I decided to cancel Sephora Play, and I'm still in the process of figuring out the best subscription service for cosmetics for myself, and Boxycharm comes up a lot, so I went and subscribed last week and my July Box just arrived (as a late subscriber, my box obviously wasn't being shipped out right away, but I should be receiving my August box at their normal time). Unlike Ipsy Glam Bag and Birchbox, these are 4-5 FULL-SIZE products, never samples. It does cost a little more, at $21 per month, but considering that as long as you like ONE item in your box, you come out ahead financially, it's not that bad.
What really got me to bite the bullet and subscribe was the free FULL SIZE GlamGlow mask I received as a new member!
You know those false lashes I got from that Voxbox from Influenster? (Sign up to get your own HERE)
I tried them out today. And it was definitely not glamorous. They make Baby Jesus cry.
Originally I shot a video of myself applying them, but that video ended up being 27 minutes long because I am THAT bad at this. I had to reapply those fluffy little abominations about 1,487,263 times, give or take a few. So I decided to shoot a quick video (3 minutes) of my AFTER.
So, should I go run errands and take my daughter to her appointment like this? Everyone in this town already thinks I'm a little "extra", so I clearly have nothing to lose.
Nah, I'm just going to go pressure wash all this makeup off. I put on a full face of makeup so that the falsies would "fit" with the look, as I'm not sure they'd look that normal without some "glam" thrown in, and I regret everything.
I guess that "plant butter product" by Country Crock (also in my Voxbox, for some reason, you can check out all the weirdness in last week's video HERE) can't possibly be worse than this. I mean, it's a "product" versus being called "food", but... At least it's not on my face. It'll just go on the inside, which doesn't count in real life, and where beauty products definitely don't go.
See you on Monday!
Hi everyone! I am really excited to do this review for Besame Cosmetics, as I purchased several different types of items and in different colors, to make sure I got a really good feel for the whole brand, instead of just one product in one color.
Besame Cosmetics has a cult-following, mostly among women who like the vintage look, as these products are replicas of real colors and shades worn in different time periods. The first product I decided to try out were the lipsticks, and here are the 3 shades I chose, in order from lightest to darkest:
***Note: This post contains referral links. They are my adorable tween daughter's Ipsy referral links, not mine. Lord knows I don't need more cosmetics.***
I have decided to keep my Ipsy Glam Bag Plus subscription. Honestly, they seem to do a much better job with choosing products and brands I would actually use, and the box arrives soooooo much earlier than the regular Ipsy Glam Bag (the Ipsy Glam Bag Normal is what I've dubbed it). My Ipsy Glam Bag Normal hasn't even started tracking yet. I'm not getting that thing until my kids start school. Gaaaaaaah.
But the Glam Bag Plus is FIRE and definitely worth way more than the $25 I pay (weeeelllllll, I also purchase add-ons, but you can see which products were added, and which came in my box as part of the normal $25 fee):
There is actually an additional item that arrived with it that I forgot about too, pictured below.
I'm finally back after the extended holiday weekend. Lots of food, fireworks, drinks, and hanging out with new friends (and speaking French to an actual French person, with my apparently pretty decent accent, woo-hoo! I was worried that I'd embarrass myself, but taking trips to Paris and being immersed in the language really helped a ton).
4th of July did have an outfit change because it wasn't quite warm enough for a skirt (and yeah, I'm sure some of you are thinking, "PUT ON AN REAL SHIRT TRACY, OMG", and I did throw a cardigan on over this).
I decided that ultimately, I don't actually like those pants. The crotch of them are actually a few inches too low, and I feel like my body looks 90% torso. Into the "sale box" they go.
Quick outfit breakdown:
Now to spam you with a few photos of the day (don't worry, it's only a few):
I do the occasional Thrifty Thursday post, but since tomorrow is 4th of July and I'm probably day-drinking, I'm going to share this adorable little bargain with you TODAY instead, on this NonWasteful Wednesday (hmmm, doesn't quite roll off the tongue the same way).
If you wear loose powder of any kind, and LOVE the glamour of vintage eras gone by, you really should nab one of these before they're sold out.
Look at those little pedestal legs! AND IT COMES WITH A LITTLE POOF!
Think of how cute that's going to look on a vanity or counter. Go grab one HERE and match with me!
First off, minus 8 billion points for my Ipsy Glam Bag actually getting lost in transit, with 9 days of ZERO tracking information, before finally arriving to me. Ipsy's customer service, as always, was NOT helpful. DHL is absolute garbage and I'm at the point where I don't think I will shop at any retailer that uses them for their shipping. Yes, that means I might have to cancel a WHOLE lot of my cheaper subscriptions, but I don't think the stress levels and missing items and 3 week shipping times are worth the low price at this point.
Anyway, here are my two comparable $10 beauty boxes. If you want to check out my Ipsy Glam Bag PLUS, which is $25 and only FULL-SIZE products, here is Box #1 (I showed all 3 of my subscriptions in that video), and Box #2 (also with add-ons because they get with those add-ons EVERY TIME). I wish Sephora PLAY! had the option to pay for additional discounted items to be thrown in my box!
Here is an itemized list of what I received in my Sephora PLAY! box (which arrived a full week before my Ipsy Glam Bag, if that sort of thing matters to you):
I feel ridiculous.
I've been reassured that I don't LOOK ridiculous, but that was from women in a Facebook group where we aren't allowed to be mean (which is synonymous with "honest" to most admins).
Maybe the fact that I have hooded eyelids and most of the color ends up retreating when my eyes are open, is what helps make this look not as ridiculous as it feels? (Also, we're going to ignore that flakey mascara. I threw it out immediately after applying as that dry flakiness is a sign that it's probably expired now).
I'm thinking that I might feel like this look is more wearable if I switch out the lipcolor for a sheer gloss, or something neutral. These colors are much louder than they appear in photographs! Neons have a strange tendency to photograph like pastels.
Maybe I just need to be brave and quit hiding behind my boring beige colors like "Wheat", "Au Naturale", "Birthday Suit", "Beigeoisie", "Dead Grass", "Cracker", "Left Butt-Cheek", "Builder-Grade Carpet Choices"... (I may have made up some of those).
Is naming makeup colors a job? Because I feel very qualified for it.
First off, I want to announce that I am 6 months in the clear with no cancerous or about-to-turn-cancerous cells. I haven't really kept anyone up to date on all of that, because honestly, it's boring. Just a whole lot of waiting, getting new samples sent to the lab, waiting for results, then waiting for the next checkup, to send off more samples to the lab, to wait for results, etc. I don't know at what point I'm considered to be medically all in the clear and officially "cured", but obviously this isn't going to be what kills me. I would LOVE to just be done with all the appointments and uncomfortable tests. There is no pain-free way to get cells from a cervix, especially after having to regrow it, ouch. I am still indignant over how I tested positive for 0 of the HPV strains associated with cancer. There is a myth that you can only get this if you are HPV positive, but my doctor says she is seeing more cases of HPV negative cervical cancer, so clearly, something new is causing these, but maybe I'm just being a conspiracy theorist and it's just genetic luck of the draw and I lost the coin flip. Even though there's zero family history of cervical cancer.
Anyway, on to other things that are way less important but still make me happy... Guess what came in the mail yesterday??? I literally changed my video-line-up to do this one today, because that's how excited I am about these palettes I ordered, and some of my friends wanted to make sure the colors were obnoxious enough. I mean BOLD enough. *cough*
If you're one of my Type 4 friends from DYT, and you only buy ONE palette, get the pink one.
If you don't mind having one or two useless colors (or you don't mind breaking a couple of color rules), then just splurge on all 3 like a total glutton, and know that I like your style.
Here are photographs of the palettes, close-up, to help you determine if you love them or REALLY love them. I took them both with and without flash, so you can see how they look under unnatural lighting as well as natural light:
The large, double-sided, hard-plastic (not cardboard) magnetic makeup palette that I use and have featured in several videos, is not only back in stock on Amazon, but has two more colors: Pink and also Pink!
Also, a respectful nod to the person who named these colors "Sorta Pink" and "Supersonic Punch". You deserve a raise.
These also come in basic black, cobalt blue, and a deep maroon, and you can check out all the colors HERE.
(Black is called "Singularity", blue is "Particle Accelerator", and maroon is "Praetorian", and seriously, I love the person who named these. I love them in ways that are probably immoral in the bible).
FYI, these normally don't stay in stock very long, and take ages to restock, so really, grab them while you can. Black is the color that goes out of stock first. Click on any of the colors or the images to go directly to the listing!
If you're wondering why I love magnetic palettes so much, here's an older video I did that shows how I was able to consolidate and organize my cosmetics once and for all (with this case in black), and also get extra use out of my lipsticks:
AAAAALLLLLL of my videos are on my YouTube channel, by the way, if you want to go check out some of the older content! (Extra hearts for subscribing!)
I usually upload a new video every Friday, though you also get to see that here in the blog post, but subscribers get earlier access to my videos simply because I literally have to upload there FIRST, before I can embed into my blog.
Speaking of which, tomorrow there will be a new video! See you tomorrow!
My second Ipsy Glam Bag Plus box has arrived! And this time, I actually received all of my items! This month featured a lot of items from the Tetris x Ipsy collection. Yes, Tetris as in the puzzle game, which made my geeky 80s heart happy, but then I realize it was really quite a stretch to try to link an 8-bit puzzle game from my childhood, to beauty products. Something about celebrating our different shapes and colors and unique beauty, blah blah blah. Quite a leap there, but I'm not complaining. I love puzzle games almost as much as I love RPGs. Let's combine TWO of my unrelated hobbies for no reason, woo-hoo!
If you're wondering what the major difference is between the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and the Ipsy Glam Bag normal, they both come with 5 products (with the optoin to add additional items for a fee), but the Plus costs $25 instead of $10, and the Plus contains ONLY FULL-SIZE items, where as the normal bag contains mostly deluxe sample size products, with the occasional full-size product.
Here is everything in my box and the items I decided to purchase as "add-ons". The Sunday Riley moisturizer by itself already made the box more than worth the $25.
For price point references, the full-size product add-ons (the additional Tetris x Ipsy eyeshadow palette and the Smashbox palette) are $12 each. Those Smashbox palettes are $29 at Sephora, so that's more than 50% off. The deluxe sample size products, like the Tetris x Ipsy mini lip balm, are only $3. So I am ALL ABOUT the add-ons. (You can only add 3 items max though).
I haven't quite made up my mind yet about the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, as I like to give a subscription service 3 shipments to impress me, but so far, it seems like a pretty good deal! What do you think?
Neon is huge this season, and I know it's not for everyone, but if you've been following this blog for a while, you know that neon and I are besties who go way back (I do, after all, own every single satchel from Cambridge Satchel Company's fluorescent line).
I've also decided that skirts > shorts when it comes to staying cool in the summer, and am loving this crazy pattern that really doesn't even make sense but works anyway. It's two different animal prints, but geometric, but also fluorescent, and it's completely crazy and great.
Here is the full head-to-toe look:
***NOTE: At the time of publishing this post, some of the items have gone out of stock***
Ugh. Where do I even start with this?
I am posting a very brutally honest review of this new lip color from the DYT store.
It's a sheer lipcolor, called "Sweet Brier".
First let's start with what that tube of lip color ACTUALLY looks like in real life, and me wearing it:
This is a look from last Thursday (so some of you may have already seen this if you're in the same Facebook groups as me). It was heavily inspired by my awesome eyeball scarf from Nuno, and from there, I paired it with classic silhouettes so I didn't look COMPLETELY insane. I did play with my eyeshadow color choices though! My palette definitely looks incongruent and awful, but honestly, it was not that bad. Weird colors can be surprisingly wearable! And you really should just be fearless and try new, strange combos. You might surprise yourself.
Here's a photo of the scarf fully unfolded (and it's only $38 FYI):
Hey everyone! I am posting a second video this week, because I felt inspired to do my own version of Kalista Watson's summer makeup tutorial for T4s. Since most of the new products she featured sold out very quickly, I wasn't able to snag any (not that I could justify buying more makeup anyway), so I used similar colors I dug out from my own embarrassingly large makeup collection. I'll share her video below mine, and links to every product used. This is a perfectly casual, neutral look that will pair nicely with virtually everything.
I bought this Betsey Johnson blazer from ThredUp (I'll share my total haul soon) and it was... not exactly as I expected. I have BUTT RUFFLES. My husband reassures me that this doesn't look like a baby diaper cover, but I'm not entirely sure. I look like I'm dressed for Baby's First Funeral Reception.
**UPDATE** Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT!!! use more than one layer of lash primer unless you want a horrible chunky coagulated mess stuck all over your eyelashes. Sweet baby Jesus I had to clean my entire face and start over, it was traumatic. One coat. Only one.
A quick product testing video today! Not sure if lash primer is worth it? Here's me taking some Milk Kush Lash Primer for a test drive:
Today's outfit of the day is cast in truly terrible lighting, and I am suddenly feeling extremely motivated to paint my builder-grade-boring beige-butt-cheek wall. That color really takes everything down a notch just by being near it. I've been focusing on perfecting my casual, everyday wardrobe, and this is effortless but still cute outfit for the day!
I received my FabFitFun winter box much sooner than last time, and here's what I received!
As always, I let you know if I have received items for free and what things are or aren't included in the standard base price, and the easiest way to get a discount on subscription boxes if you aren't willing to shamelessly blog and review things is to use a friend's referral code (you BOTH get credit when you do). I've got mine HERE for convenience and also on the sidebar of my blog if you scroll down, but it's always better to use a friend's code before you use a blogger's code (even if that blogger is me, though I appreciate everyone who supports my little blog, because this does take a lot of time and effort)!
Here's my video!
Here is a photo of the Kate Spade frame that I didn't show in the video, by the way:
Isn't it adorable? And at the low price point of $14, how could I resist? (That is 60% off the normal retail price of $35). Honestly, I was more excited about all the add-on items you can throw in than the box itself.
What do you think? I'm kind of borderline on whether or not I want to continue with FabFitFun (my first experience was not that great with them, and you can read that post HERE), but I do think it's a great deal, the items I don't use or want I've been able to easily sell or give to friends, and I love getting packages in the mail. But are those good enough reasons? What do you think?
You made it! You weren't trampled to death at Wal-Mart by rampant consumerism! Or maybe you still plan on hitting up the "sales" today because you live dangerously.
Either way, thanks for taking a second to stop by. Here's the weekly video!
I'm sharing a few very easy to incorporate beauty tricks that I picked up from my old days in the modeling industry, which was so long ago it might as well be the Triassic period (I am a dinosaur by modeling standards! And also about 27 inches too short for runway). Anyway, it's short, about 6 and a half minutes.
Do you have any unconventional beauty hacks that you'd add to my list? Drop me a comment!
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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