December Ipsy Glam Bag

My December Ipsy Glam Bag is here! IMG_6190

Here’s everything I got:

-Pixi Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare.  A powder highlighter in a subtle shade.

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- NYX Butter Lip Balm in Red Velvet.

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-Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 n 1 Mascara.  Not sure what the 4 in 1 means or does, but I can always use mascara.

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- Swissco Electroplated Eyelash Curler.  In my favorite color- purple!!!  Another tool every girl needs.

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_ Beauty Without Cruelty 3% AHA Complex Facial Cleanser.  Something else I can always use.

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Another good bag.  Nothing got me overly excited, but a good bag overall.  I’ll be comparing it with the BoxyCharm box that’s coming tomorrow & decide which subscription I’m going to keep.

Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/1mlq?sid=ipsypoints&cid=email

Hello Charmers!

As you know I’ve been a fan of Ipsy’s Glam Bags for some time now.  But I kept hearing about this other subscription service called BoxyCharm and how great it is.  So I subscribed.  I received my first box yesterday.  I’m going to compare the December boxes from Ipsy and BoxyCharm and see which I like better then I’ll stay with that service.  But for now let’s look at what came in my November box!

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Here’s what all was included:

-MicaBeauty Eye Primer.  A staple I can always use.

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-OFRA Cosmetics Pressed Blush.  This blush is HUGE!  And really pretty!

IMG_6093_2-Tarina Tarantino Eyelicity Glitter Liner.  This is super sparkly!  Love!!

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-Kevin.Murphy Color.Bug in Purple.  It’s a hair chalk that wipes on and washes out!

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-bellapierre Shimmer Powder.  Color- Tin Man (silver).  It’s a gorgeous loose powder eye shadow.

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All the items are Full Size.  There was a card included that lists all the prices of the items if bought separately.  The total for all of the above is $125.89!!!  All for $21 a month!!!  So far I’m impressed!  If you’re interested in signing up, click here: https://www.boxycharm.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/25996/

November Ipsy Glam Bag!

My November Ipsy Glam Bag is here!  This is a great bag! I’m really pleased.  IMG_5999Here’s what all was included:

-Oil of Morocco Hairspray.  Perfect travel size.

IMG_5995-Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Glitterati (black).  I always love a good liquid eyeliner.

IMG_5996-Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl.  It’s a liquid highlighter that’s so subtle and pretty. It’s the teeniest bottle I’ve ever seen so I’m hoping I don’t lose it before our next cruise because it will be perfect for dressing up for dinner.

IMG_5994-Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive (a shimmery taupe).  I suppose you can wear this alone or under eye shadow.  It’s creamy and I usually have a hard time with cream shadows but I’ll try it out!

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-J Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion. I tried a little, TINY, bit of this on without a mirror, just as CSP was coming home from work.  He walked in the room and exclaimed “Oh my God!  You look like you’ve been shot in the mouth!”  This stuff packs a punch.  And a LITTLE bit goes a LONG way.  I blotted 3 times and my lips were still stained 5 hours later!  So I’ll be using this stain for the rest of my life.

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Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/1mlq?sid=ipsypoints&cid=email

ModaVoxBox from Influenster

I received my #ModaVoxBox from Influenster recently and I’m so excited about it!  It’s full of fun products I can’t wait to test out! IMG_5916_2 Here’s what I received:

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask:IMG_5926_2  I love a good hair mask, especially in the winter when the air and my hair are so dry!

Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa:  Who doesn’t love a good cup of cocoa?!?IMG_5956

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer:  Perfect for my sensitive, dry skin!

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Resource Spring Water:  I drink water all throughout the day and it’s so cool to try one with electrolytes! IMG_5928_2

Puffs SoftPack:  Perfect timing since we’re in cold and flu season!IMG_5927

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara: I’m a big fan of mascara and love to try new ones.  And this curved brush looks amazing!IMG_5922_2

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick:  Gorgeous color!IMG_5924_2

Kimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Liner:  I’m not normally a lip liner girl because I wear lip gloss and I’ve always associated lip liner with lipstick.  Plus I can never find a lip liner to match my gloss.  Problem solved!  This liner is clear so it holds my gloss in place and matches everything!!!IMG_5923_2

I received these products from Influenster FREE for testing purposes!

Tampa

Last weekend CSP & I took a quick 4 day trip with his parents to Tampa.  The main goal of the trip was so CSP & his mom could go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against CSP’s beloved Minnesota Vikings.  The trip down was fairly uneventful, if loooong. We found our hotel then went to grab a quick dinner at Mimi’s.

The next morning we got up and had the hotel provided breakfast.  We were in a Homewood Suites and it was quite nice.  CSP and I had one room, then there was a living room, then CSP’s parents in their room.  Great set up.  After breakfast we got ready for the day and hung out in the room planning our route for the day.  Once it was all figured out we headed toward Ybor City (pronounced EEE-bore) to go to the Columbia Restaurant for lunch.  IMG_5927

The Columbia is Florida’s oldest restaurant. IMG_5938 It’s SO cool!  And as you can tell by the pictures, it was a GORGEOUS day!!!IMG_5923 Such amazing details and architecture. IMG_5937 You could spend a whole day there looking at everything. IMG_5924IMG_5925 We arrived right at 11:30 am and it was a good thing because the place really filled up and had a wait by the time we left.  CSP was so excited to order a real, traditional mojito, complete with sugar cane!IMG_5928IMG_5929  They bring each person their own warm loaf of Cuban bread. And all the waitstaff are in tuxedoes.  Very nice.  I ordered the Pollo Riojana.  It was so good. IMG_5934CSP enjoyed his Bean SoupIMG_5933 and the 1905 Salad that they make right by the table.  So mad I didn’t get a picture of our sweet server tossing that up!  We even had desert.  We shared an incredible White Chocolate Bread Pudding.  The best I’ve ever had.

IMG_5935After lunch we went into the Columbia’s gift shop.  CSP bought the salad dressing from the 1905 Salad, some hot sauce and a cigar (which he still hasn’t smoked!). Then we hit the road looking for the beach!

CSP’s mom really wanted to see the Gulf of Mexico since we were so close.  We thought about going to Clearwater Beach where I used to go as a child.  Boy has it grown!  It was so busy you’d think it was the middle of the summer, not the end of October! So we drove over to Sand Key and drove until we found a public beach access. IMG_5939 It was such a gorgeous day IMG_5953I would have been happy to nap on the beach and swim but we had other plans. IMG_5948 We did get to walk around a bit on the beachIMG_5949IMG_5943 and put our toes in the water. IMG_5946IMG_5952I could have stayed all day!!!  But it was time to get back in the car and drive over to St. Petersburg. We drove around looking at the city a bit and went to a park for a little while.  Then we found a Starbucks for drinks.  I tried the Shaken Green Tea Peach Lemonade and it was delish! IMG_5954By now it was starting to get late in the day and we were thinking about where to have dinner.  There were a couple of ale houses CSP was interested in located in St. Pete so we did a quick drive by.  Oops!  They were having their Halloween parties a little early so they were packed with costumed party people.  We even saw a clown throwing up on the side of the road.  At 5:30 in the afternoon!  They party hard in Florida!!!  So we headed back to Tampa.  Let me tell you that each trip from Tampa to Clearwater to St. Pete were not short.  Traffic- the struggle is real in Florida.  And people drive like maniacs. So we spent the better part of the day just in the car trying to get places!

We found ourselves back in Ybor City (Tampa’s Latin neighborhood) for dinner at Tampa Bay Brewing Company, a place visited by Guy Fieri on Diner’s, Drive Ins, and Dives. IMG_5955IMG_5956I had the beer cheese soup and the Firecracker Shrimp.  Best beer cheese soup ever! IMG_5985CSP really enjoyed the wings and house brewed beer. IMG_5984 You can see the big brew tanks behind us.  After dinner we were all tired from our long day so we went back to the hotel and promptly to sleep.  I love sleeping in hotel rooms.  It’s so dark and the sheets are so crisp and smell faintly of bleach.  Ahhh.

Sunday was game day!  We woke up and had hotel breakfast again then I laid down with a nasty headache. CSP came in to say goodbye and he was off to his game.  I napped until about 1:30 then showered and got ready for the day.  FIL wanted to go to Mimi’s again for lunch so we headed over there. After lunch we went down toward the stadium to find a place to park and wait for CSP & MIL to get out of the game.  We found some shade in a grocery store parking lot and waited.  Then the game went into overtime.  Luckily I had my phone with me so I passed the time texting friends and cruising Facebook.  We were parked on the main drag so once the game let out all the fans were walking by our car.  So fun to people watch!  Drunk people, families, people all decked out in team wear.  We found CSP & MIL and they were starving.  So we went to Miller’s Ale House back near our hotel.  I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of CSP & MIL in their jerseys.  They looked really cute.  At Miller’s we heard a play by play of the game.  I needed a cocktail so I ordered a creamsicle.  Very yum. IMG_5987We hung out at the Ale House for a couple hours watching the late football game.  Then it was time to go back to the hotel and pack up to leave!

We hit the road fairly early the next morning but ran into major traffic around Orlando so we didn’t get home until about 11 pm.  CSP fell asleep as soon as we got in the car. IMG_5993The pugs were happy to see us and we were happy to see them!  They were very well taken care of by our BIL, who stayed at our house the whole weekend and sent us funny text updates throughout.

Now we’re all rested up and ready for our next adventure!

 

 

 

Dia De Los Meurtos and Happy Halloween!

For Halloween this year I decided to take my obsession with sugar skulls and turn it into my costume!  I needed a costume because my sister & BIL hosted a FABULOUS Halloween party in conjunction with their across the street neighbor.  They’ve set the bar high!  Anyway, I didn’t want to spend any money on a costume so a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull was perfect!

I gave myself a couple hours to paint and I used every minute!  I started with a white base. IMG_5935  That took a long time to get the streaks and splotches out.  Then I moved on to eyes, nose, jaw. IMG_5936I used Snazzaroo water based face paints.  I curled my hair before I started painting so it would set.  2 hours later- the results! IMG_5941_2IMG_5949IMG_5950I wore all black clothes and pinned 2 Thirty One large rosette clips to a thin black headband.  To set my face paint I sprayed my face (and hair) with glitter hair spray!  I also wore a skull and crossbones necklace and large silver earrings.  Last but not least, sparkly lip gloss!

Then it was time to party!  The set up was awesome!  This is the candy table! IMG_5943_2There were plenty of toys for kids with allergies too.

The tables were all decked out with black candelabras.  So cool! IMG_5942Sara and Gigi looked so cute in their get ups! IMG_5946IMG_5945

Joey was Shadow Man!  You couldn’t see that kid as soon as he stepped out of the light! IMG_5947

The party was in Sara’s front yard for dinner, then we were to move across the street to the neighbor’s house for dessert and an outdoor movie.  Brianna the neighbor even carved a theme pumpkin to match the movie- Hocus Pocus!  The pumpkin was amazing!!!IMG_5944_2Alas, it was not meant to be.  We had just finished dinner and socializing when a storm came up!  We all dashed inside with the food and decorations.  CSP and I had to go home early anyway because he had to be at work at 5am today.

We had a ball though and we’re thinking this will turn into an annual thing!  I already have requests to do Gigi and Momo’s faces next year!

 

 

 

Adoption Update.

Periodically people ask about how our adoption is going.  Yep, we’re still at it!  We still submit profiles of children to our social worker every couple of weeks and she submits our home study to their social worker.  But we haven’t been matched yet.  This is really frustrating for us.  We feel like we are a perfect match for these kids but who knows what’s keeping us from being matched.  One thing that breaks my heart is that when I’m browsing the profiles and find one that says they prefer to have a home with a single mother.  What has happened to that poor child that they DON’T want a father??  We can only imagine.

We’re still having quarterly visits with our social worker.  And we’re keeping our home study current.  In fact, we have CPR coming up again soon.  So please keep us in your prayers.  We’re still chugging along, hoping and praying that someday soon we will finally complete our little family.