April Ipsy Glambag – “Beauty Rocks”

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Guess what time it is. It’s Ipsy time! It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done an Ipsy unbagging. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Beauty Rocks,” which I am assuming is inspired by the beginning of music festival season.

Let’s start with the bag itself. The bag is square shaped which is a nice change from the regular rectangular shaped bags and featured a record design on the front. I like it.

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Along with the theme card that we get each month, subscribers also received a flyer for Ipsy’s Generation Beauty event that includes a code to purchase a ticket at a discounted price.
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And here is what I received in my glambag this month:
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1. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on eye pencil (urbandecay.com, full size $20)

This month every subscriber received the travel size Urban Decay 24/7 velvet eye liner in black. A lot of times when Ipsy has the more well-known/more desired brands or products, only a handful of subscribers receives the item. This time every got the same pencil as one of the items in the bag. I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and when I purchased the first Naked palette I also received a dual ended eyeliner pencil. I had a few issues with smudging and when I read lots of people recommending it for the lower lash line or waterline I just couldn’t do it. I basically stopped using it.

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BUT, if Ipsy wants to give out an Urban Decay eyeliner then I will gladly accept it. It applied smoothly to my upper lash line without any tug on my skin or skips in the color. I did apply just a tiny bit to the outer corner of my lower lash line then smudge it out towards the center. It blended nicely. I tend to create a thick line on my upper lashes and it didn’t transfer onto my eyelid. I posted this photo on my Instagram so I figured I might as well post here, too:

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Yup, that’s me.

I love the rich black color when it comes to eyeliners and it blends nicely. Best of all, it stayed put.

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2. Rainbow Honey nail polish in Midnight Fountain (rainbowhoney.com, full-size $10)

I’ve never heard of Rainbow Honey so yay for trying new brands… finally. Their website indicates that their polishes are made in the US and are big 3 free (no formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate), 100% vegan, and cruelty free. I know that those attributes alone will make some poeple go gaga over them. The color I received is called Midnight Fountain, which is a blue jelly based polish with what looks like various blue, aqua, and silver glitter.

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We received a 5ml mini size. In the bottle it is GORGEEEOUS! I applied 3 thin coats on my nails (without any other base color) and the color was beautiful on my fingers though these types of blues isn’t something I would typically wear on my nails anymore. The unfortunate thing is that this started to chip the very next day.

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Though this isn’t a wearable shade for me, there are lots of other glitter bomb polishes that I do like. I just can’t get over the fact that I couldn’t go one day with it looking good on my nails. On the bright side, can we say helloooooo beautiful packaging! Sure, it’s a little wasteful (the UD also came with the large paper… thing? I don’t know what to call it) but the photograph is absolutely breathtaking.

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3. Demeter perfume oil roll on in jasmine (demeterfragrance.com, full size $10)

I have been DYING to get a Demeter perfume in an Ipsy bag– I always hear tons of amazing things about the brand and their scents. Just my luck that I would receive it this month in Jasmine. I love floral scents! The size of the product is spot-on for carrying in your purse for on-the-go refreshing. I love roll-ons, too, because I can control just how much I am using.

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The scent is exactly is you would get as if you were to sniff a fresh jasmine flower. This was a definite hit for me and I look forward to trying out more of Demeter’s fragrances.

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4. Mary Kay jelly lip gloss in berry me (marykay.com, full size $10)

This next product I would have not expected to see in an Ipsy bag… ever. Mary Kay? I think of it like Avon and, again, something I wouldn’t expect to receive from Ipsy. I’ve never tried Mary Kay products, I’ve only seen people driving around in their cars with Mary Kay decals plastered on them.

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The color gloss I received is called Berry Me. It’s a pretty pink berry color swatched but on my lips the color is very, very sheer with a little hint of pink but very shiny. (I’m wearing it in the photo above with the UD eyeliner.) It’s also very sticky which is NOT something I am a fan of on my mouth. The last thing I need is to be out on a day with a nice breeze and I can’t see because my hair is in my face because it’s stuck to my lips.

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5. dr. brandt microdermabrasion (drbrandtskincare.com, full size $78)

And we’re back to five items this month! Lastly, I received a sample tube of the dr. brandt microdermabrasion. I’ve heard of this brand and have always wanted to try it but could never bring myself to spend the money on it. The value of this sample is $9.75 so this alone almost makes up the entirepurcahse cost of the bag. I am always on the lookout to try different exfoliating products (I received the Epice  purifying exfoliant in my January bag as well which I liked). I haven’t yet tried the product since I’m trying to finish up the Epice but I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

 

For this month, despite the fail of the Mary Kay lip gloss and the Rainbow Honey polish, I do have to say that April’s Ipsy glambag is still one of my favorites that I’ve received in the 18 months that I’ve been a subscriber.

Did you receive your April Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

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Easy Overnight Oats

overnightoats_05Every morning Monday through Friday, I wake up at 4:10 am. I get ready for work then wake up my daughter at 4:45 to get her ready and we’re out the door by 5:05 am. There is NO way I’m waking up before that and with less than one hour, my breakfast cooking options are limited. Then I discovered overnight oats, I have no idea how it took so long!

You put it all together the night before, let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, and it’s ready to enjoy by the morning. And the flavor combinations are endless!

overnightoats_01I like to use these Ball pint jars. I’ve seen many people using the 12 oz. tall glass bottles but I take mine on the go with me to work and eat them straight out of the jar with a plastic spoon so it just makes more sense to use a wider, shorter jar so I don’t have to stick my hand into the jar to reach the very bottom. I bought this 4 pack of jars at Target for $5.99.

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All you do is add all of your ingredients into your jars! I like to put all of my dry ingredients into individual jars for each day that week. The night before each day, I add in my fruits and liquids.

My Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

  • 2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tbs steel cut oats (optional, for added texture)
  • 1 bottle of probiotic dairy drink + milk (you can use milk, soy milk, almond milk, greek yogurt, whatever you want)
  • brown sugar, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and/or cinnamon to taste
  • fresh, frozen, or dried fruits
  • nuts
  • dash of salt

Not much of a “recipe” because it’s all based on your own taste and preferences. I’ve found that 2/3 cup of oats plus your liquids fill the pint jars perfectly. My favorite flavor combination right now is peanut butter and banana. I use old fashioned rolled oats, steel cut oats, 1 bottle of probiotic dairy drink (like Yakult), 1 teaspoon of natural creamy peanut butter, half a sliced banana, dried golden raisins, and about 1/2 teaspoon of flaxseeds with a splash of vanilla extract, brown sugar, and a dash of salt to taste then fill with milk. It is perfection in a bottle.

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Are you an overnight oat-er? What’s your favorite flavor combination?

Recipe: Filipino leche flan with whole eggs

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When the holidays roll around that means one thing– family get together! And food. Okay, two things. One of my favorite decadent filipino desserts to bring for get togethers is filipino leche flan. It’s sweet, it’s smooth, and it’s really not very good for you to eat an entire pan on your own but you get tempted to sometimes. Soooo, for tomorrow I’m bringing leche flan to our family Easter lunch.

Most recipes that you find call for use of the egg yolk only, which means you get tons of egg whites sitting in the refrigerator waiting to be used. If you’re anything like me, you’ll forget that they’re even there and by the time you find them pushed all the way back in the fridge, they’d gone bad. So I’m really happy that I found that some people do use whole eggs such as this recipe. You’ll see from the picture at the top of this post that using whole eggs will produce a slightly more airy, less dense leche flan. The opposite of my grandmother’s dense, extra rich version but it’ll do.

I don’t have a cool leche flan pan so I just use whatever I’ve got at the time, in this case, it is a loaf pan.

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Recipe: Red velvet cake batter cookies – oh my!

One of the things I love to do is cook/bake. The downside of my love of baking is that my husband won’t eat anything I bake unless it’s a strictly chocolate brownie or chocolate chip cookie. How boring. But this time around, I wasn’t going to sacrifice what I wanted to eat because I knew my husband wouldn’t eat it– in fact, I kind of took guilty advantage of it. On one of our weekly grocery runs, I had to pick up more sugar (I use morena sugar for baking) and the boxed cake mixes were screaming at me. Knowing I wouldn’t be able to eat a whole cake by myself, I picked up a box anyway because I can atleast eat a bunch of cake batter cookies alone or they’d be easier to share… you know, if I wanted to. So into my cart a box of red velvet boxed cake mix went.

Anywho, here’s the finished product of my kitchen madness:

Looks good, right? Even my daughter couldn’t wait for them.

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