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Monday, June 27, 2016

June Ipsy Glam Bag

This month I received my 32nd Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was “Rebel Rebel.” Here is what I received:


Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks Blush in Peach Pink – $23 for 5 g, I received 2.5 g, a value of $11.50:
It’s time to blush up on your game. Start with this universally flattering and foolproof shade. And build a glow that goes from subtle sheen to full-on flush.
30% off orders of $35+ with code CHEEKS35 until 7/31/16.
My thoughts: I like the color and the quality. I need to learn to use the right amount of blush to not look too pink, but for it to show up on my face!

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar – $5.50:
Triple milled just sounds attractive, doesn’t it? It means this shadow is super fine, making it smooth and easy to blend.
20% off with code IPSY20 until 7/31/16.
My thoughts: I have talked about how much I love this brand in the past, just because of the name and the names of their products, but I really love everything I’ve tried from them too! This eyeshadow is definitely smooth and long lasting, and I like the color as well!

Bioderma Laboratorie Dermatologique Sensibio H2O – $6.95 for 100 ml, I received 20 ml, a value of $1.39:
Micelles are incredibly tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water that attract dirt, grime, oil and other nasty impurities and dissolve them. Most makeup removers are either too oily (and can break you out) or too drying (and can leave skin tight and irritated). Sensibio H2O is neither, making it perfect for any skin type. It cleans in one sweep. And you don’t have to rinse.
Free Sensibio H2O with Purchase with code IPSYBIODERMA until 7/31/16.
My thoughts: I haven’t tried this yet. I like that you don’t need to rinse after using, but I think I prefer wipes as opposed to pouring the product onto a cotton ball!

BioRepublic SkinCare Fiber Mask Set – $4.99 for 1 mask, I received 2, a value of $9.98:
These masks calm stressed-out skin and brighten dull, flat complexions, with results you see even days later.
Cucumber Breeze – saves stressed-out skin.
Pomegranate Crush – energizes and evens out complexion.
40% off + free shipping over $5 with code IPSY40 until 7/31/16.
My thoughts: I usually love face masks. I didn’t really like how this one felt on. It’s actually made of fiber, and you use your fingers to contour it to your face. I’m not sure I had it on right, but I felt like my eyes were blocked! So I peeled it off and left on the remaining essence. You don’t have to wash it off, you just rub it in. I didn’t mind the smell. I have only tried the pomegranate so far.

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Pout Potion in Secret – $14 – I don’t think I got a full size but I’m not sure the proportion I received. Let’s say it was a value of $7:
Lipgloss should smell awesome (your lips are right under your nose after all). This one has the addictive scent of a piƱa colada enjoyed poolside with a full color shine perfect for day or night.
25% off with code ISPY25 until 7/31/16.
My thoughts: I have a ton of lip gloss, but not many in nude shades, which I like, so I am happy with this one.

Once again, I pay $10 a month for these bags. I love seeing what comes my way each month! The value received this month was approximately $35.37, which was less than last month. My favorite item is the eyeshadow.  

If you’d like to sign up to receive your own Glam Bag each month, click here! If you got this month’s bag, what did you think?

Friday, June 24, 2016

What I’ve Been Reading #129


Gabbie was reading Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper and at first, she couldn’t quite get into it. However, once she got further along and eventually finished the book, she loved it so much that she wanted me to read it too! Interestingly, the main character in the story is reading a book that she too can’t quite get into! Although this book is marked as 4th-6th grade reading level, I enjoyed it very much myself.

“When her best friend is moving away and her mom has arranged for some strange little girl to come and stay with them, Ash—who is petrified of change and new people—is expecting the worst summer of her life. Then seven-year-old Claire shows up. Armed with a love of thrift-store clothes and an altogether too-sunny disposition, Claire proceeds to turn Ash's carefully constructed life upside down. While every part of Ash's life seems to be disrupted, she must protect a carefully hidden secret: She has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It’s a wish jar, full of someone's old wishes—and it has the power to send her back in time and provide a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls’ story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming.“

The wish jar and the supernatural portions of the book were not my favorites, but they did provide a way to show both Ash and the reader a story from the past. What I enjoyed most about the book were the relationships between Ash and her mother as well as the relationship that Ash developed with Claire. The mysteries of the connections in the book kept me guessing, and I enjoyed their reveals at the end of the story.

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Boy Mom Box Swap Reveal


Recently my blog friends Elizabeth, Sarah, and Stephanie hosted a Boy Mom Box Swap and I was quick to join in! Having two boys, I definitely consider myself a boy mom, even though I’m obviously a girl mom too – I feel lucky to be both! Anyway, I was paired up with Tara from A Tale of Two Maples, and her boys Declan and Calem. I apologized to her that my boys are a lot older than hers and it might be hard for her to shop for them, but she said she was excited to think about bigger boys and guess what? She did great! Just don’t tell my boys. I haven’t exactly given them their treasures yet! I’m waiting for the right time!


The boys got water balloons, Play Doh, Legos, glow sticks, and a coloring book.

I got this adorable note pad, a cupcake kit, and a $10 Starbucks gift card – so generous!

She also sent me an adorable card. She wrote:
”Behind the cutest of superheroes is a fabulous Super Mom who doesn’t get enough credit for the beautiful family she has created!”
I really love that!

Thank you Tara for the great swap!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Memorial Day and Father’s Day At The K

We went to two Royals games recently – one on Memorial Day and one on Father’s Day! Both times we at hot dogs in the parking lot before the game and both times the Royals won!


Our seats on Memorial Day were pretty high up. I was using my old camera, which had a better zoom than my new camera!


We had a perfect view of the players!

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It was an evening game and the dusk over the field was pretty.


We walked over to the other side of the field where there are some things for kids to do.

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Then we sat in some close to the outfield seats.


We moved even closer before the end of the game!


That’s Hosmer getting splashed.


On Father’s Day, the game was in the day time.


Our far up seats were good because they were shaded from the sun.


I can’t zoom in very far with my new camera.


Eventually we went to the other side and this time we realized we actually have coupons for the kids to use the fun kids’ things, so Simon went on the carousel and Zachary did mini-golf.


The game went into extra innings and we moved down to super close seats.


Finally we won!


Salvy splashed Cuthbert.


The kids got to run the bases – well, from first to third! That’s Simon in the back of the group there!


Yay Royals!