Jun 23, 2014

Alone Time.....Pleaseeee!

Let's face it, there are times when we feel like the walls are closing in on us.  It doesn't matter if you are a stay at home mom, working mom, single mom, empty nest mom or a single woman who does it all alone.  Sometimes the responsibilities, duties and obligations feel like they are pushing you into the ground.  I'm having one of those periods in my life right now and something has got to give!  I've over extended myself in various categories and I'm seriously feeling it!  Most women are smart enough to know when it's time to take a break.  Although most of us worry if the world will keep spinning on it's axis if we do.

Well I've decided to take a chance.  It's a shame in itself that I'm considering taking a break as taking a chance.  I have a 1 week vacation coming up in July and on the first day of that vacation, I've put everyone on notice.  LEAVE ME ALONE!  On that day, my Ikea Lack side table will be my stationary butler as it will hold a glass of ice water, my Nook and my new Samsung Galaxy 5.  Between mini naps, I can eat and read the June, July and August issues of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle Decor.  I'll probably take time to pin some fall fashions to my Style Room board on Pinterest and most of all, just really take time to think about the life I want for myself and my daughter.  I think I will make a sign for my bedroom door that reads, "No Inquiries, Questions or Complaints" just so I can be completely clear and of course because some people are visual and not verbal learners.

P.S.  I will post an updated picture of my side table on my "Alone Time" day.

Jun 18, 2014

Should You #Ipsy...?

#Ipsy June 2014
With makeup being my new obsession, I'd been on the hunt for a subscription similar to the CurlKit (a monthly natural hair product box), but one that exclusively offered makeup.  I did my research for well over a month and found several offerings of this kind.  The prices for such a subscription ranged from $25 to $40 per month and I just wasn't willing to commit to spending that amount of money every month for what would inevitably be a surprise.  Don't get me wrong, I like surprises, but I also based my opinion partly on online reviews and YouTube videos.  After all, for those prices, I could spend the same amount each month on the E.LF., BH Cosmetics and NYX products of my choice.  Upon more analysis, I realized that if I could find a reasonably priced monthly makeup subscription, I could also save myself some time by allowing these products to arrive at my door instead going to get them.  My primary motivation at this point is to just build upon my current collection by adding some random and new products.  Once I realized  how the affordable the Ipsy bag is, I quickly decided this would be the subscription for me.

This weekend, I received my first Ipsy bag and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.  The unique thing about Ipsy is, each month your products come in a makeup bag so truthfully, for the month of June, instead of receiving 5 products, I actually received 6.  The contents of my June subscription were as follows:
  1. A Rebecca Minkoff makeup bag (love it)
  2. OFRA universal eyebrow pencil, full-size (love it)
  3. NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair, full-size (love it)
  4. Real Tree eau de parfum, sample size (nice fragrance and will fit nicely in a makeup bag)
  5. Nicka K Shimmer Eyeliner in blue, full-size (definitely look forward to trying this)
  6. Carol's Daughter Sacred Tiare Styling Cream, sample size (haven't tried it yet)
For the record, I was very pleased.  Here are the details on how Ipsy works.  Go to the website and sign up.  Take some time to peruse the site so you can take it all in, but make sure you take the quiz because your monthly bag will be customized based on your answers.  If you like what you see, then you will need to subscribe.  Now here's the beauty of it all.  The monthly subscription is only $10!!!!!! After you subscribe, you will have to enter your payment information, but you will not be charged until an offering is available for the next month's bag.  Also, you may be put on a waiting list, but Ipsy will offer options for getting off of the waiting list.  In this case, you won't be charged until you are off the waiting list and the next month's bag is offered.  Shortly before shipment, Ipsy will release sneak peaks of what's in your bag.  You will also have the option of posting photos and videos of looks you've created and they also offer products for purchase at a discounted price.

Bottom line?  I would recommend subscribing to Ipsy.  The price can't be beat and the bag allows you to add to your collection while trying some great new products.