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ipsy December 2017 Snow Globe – Unboxing + Review

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Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re all having a great holidays wiht family and friends and that you found some awesome deals for Boxing Day!

I know I’m enjoying my holidays and relaxing as much as possible! Though, there are times when things have been super hectic! ’tis the season, I guess! Seeing as I also have the week off from work, I’m going to do my best to catch up on my blogging. 

Today we are going to take a look at my December ipsy glam bag. 

 

ipsy december 2017

 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription from the US. This subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link here. 

December’s theme is Snow Globe. The bag itself is gorgeous! It is sleek and silver and goes well with the Snow Globe theme, don’t you think? It’s reminiscent of frosty days and twinkling nights. Much like how it is in Edmonton right now. As the temperatures plunged, it sure got frosty!

 

ipsy december 2017

 

Now let’s take a look at the bag’s contents.

First up is the Always On Gel Liner in the shade Fishnet from Smashbox Cosmetics ($16.50 CAD, 0.03 oz). This is a great size as it’s not far off from the 0.04 oz full sized product. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t tug. it’s also very long lasting. I love my liquid liner but this is a great gel liner. I quite like this product!

ipsy december 2017 smashbox

 

I also received the Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick in the shade Mysterious Mocha ($15.27 USD, 5.5 ml). Gotta admit, this was a pleasant surprise! I was skeptical before I got it because I don’t typically like brown shades but this was more of a red-brown which looks great on! It looks nude and natural on me. And it smells like chocolate! While this doesn’t have a built-in LED light on it like its full sized counterpart, it does have a mirror which is a nice touch.

 

ipsy december 2017 cosmoholic

 

Goodness, this next one smells delicious! Even moreso than the chocolate liquid lipstick above. 😉 The Seraphine Botanicals Lip Polish in Orange + Cream ($18.00 USD, 10 g, full sized) is just great all around. It is a gentle lip exfoliant that is sugar-based and infused with mango butter for hydration. Gotta admit, this was my fave product that I received this month!

 

ipsy december 2017 seraphine botanicals

 

Another brush! And I’m not saying that in a bad way. As you know, I am a big fan of Luxie brushes. The Luxie Beauty Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239 ($20.31 USD, full sized) is my first brush from their Onyx Noir collection. I haven’t tried it yet, though. I’m expecting it to be great like my other Luxie brushes, though!

 

ipsy december 2017 luxie beauty

ipsy december 2017 luxie beauty

 

The final item in my December bag is the trestique Mini Brow Pencil in the shade Espresso (Price Unknown, 0.005 oz). Espresso is a dark brown shade that’s perfect for me. It has an angled tip and it’s small but it’s easy to use. I do wish it had a brow brush, though! Then it would have it all!

 

ipsy december 2017 trestique

 

So that’s it for December’s instalment. The total value of this bag, minus the trestique Brow Pencil because I couldn’t figure out how much it was worth, is $84.00 CAD. Not too shabby for a $20.00 CAD subscription! Plus, I will be using everything I received this month which makes it worth it.

What do you think of December’s ipsy glam bag?

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Unboxing + Review: Boxycharm July 2017 Cutie Pie

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I’m trying out another new subscription this month!  I have cancelled quite a few of my subs in the past few months so I felt like something new. I have heard so many great things about this sub and when the opportunity came when the spoilers were just too good to pass up and they lifted the wait list, I couldn’t help but sign up!

 

boxycharm july 2017

boxycharm july 2017

 

Boxycharm is an American subscription box that ships to Canada. It is $21.00 USD per month or you can get a small discount for a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription. You can cancel at anytime which is nice. Each month you will receive four to five full-sized beauty items. The key words here are FULL-SIZED! Not samples or deluxe samples like other subs! That was one of the things that drew me in. If you would like to try this sub, I would appreciate it if you would use my link here. 🙂

So now that you have all the deets about this sub, let’s see what July had in store for me!

 

boxycharm july 2017

 

July’s Boxycharm’s theme is Cutie Pie. There are so many goodies in this box so let’s get started!

 

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

boxycharm july 2017 blinc

 

First up, we have the Electric Eyes Palette from Blinc ($45.00 USD). Wow! Those were the first words out of my mouth when I saw the shades in this palette. Sure, the packaging was scratched up but this palette contains five jewel-toned shades that are just gorgeous! It really is the inside that really counts. 😉 Each one is so beautifully pigmented. I had so much fun swatching all these shades! I love golds, bronzes and purples so it’s almost as if this palette was made for me. 😉 Each shade is buttery smooth and easy to work with. Love this!

 

boxycharm july 2017 colourpop

boxycharm july 2017 colourpop

 

Next, I received the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in the shade Lock Diary ($6.00 USD). I am a huge ColourPop fan so this was exciting! This product was from their limited edition Hello Kitty collection. Lock Diary is a bright cool fuschia. I’m talking super bright. Too bright for me! While I likely won’t wear this shade myself, I will say that I’m a fan of the Ultra Satin lippies. It’s a nice product… the shade just wasn’t me!

 

boxycharm july 2017 bareminerals

 

I am sure I will find a use for this next product. The BareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo ($32.00 USD) is a palette that has a setting powder on one side and a finishing powder on the other. Being translucent, it’s great for all skin tones. I’m often using powder setting products to keep my makeup in place and looking great so I’m excited to see how this product performs. I already have it set aside and included in my September Shop My Stash line up so stay tuned for more thoughts on this product! 🙂

 

boxycharm july 2017 winkylux

 

The next product is great, too. I’ve been using more brow products in the last year or so so it was nice to see the Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil by WinkyLux ($12.00 USD). How gorgeous is this gold and white packaging? This is not a fine brow pencil and reminds me of Benefit’s Goof Proof Pencil which I love. I have high hopes for this so I’m hoping that I’m not going to be disappointed!

 

boxycharm july 2017 project beauty

 

The last product I received in July is Project Beauty’s Spray. Set. Go. Makeup Setting Spray ($32.00 USD). Am I the only one who finds it odd that there are two makeup setting products int his box? I get that one’s powder and this one is  spray but still. Anyways, I do use setting sprays so I will still give this a try. It’s a nice size to travel with. Not too big and not too small. 

So that’s it for my very first Boxycharm! At a value of $127.00 USD, this is a high value box. That’s $160.00 CAD at today’s exchange rate. I do love that everything is full-sized, as well! So far I’m impressed. I just received my August box this past week so look for that unboxing soon!

Do you sub to Boxycharm? What do you think about it?

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Shop My Stash Recap: July 2017

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Wow, July sure went by in a flash! I’m truly amazed at how quickly summer is going by yet sad because I don’t want it to end! Don’t get me wrong, I do love fall but I’m not quite ready for summer to be over just yet.

I had a pretty great Shop My Stash basket in July. I used everything pretty much every singld day this month! Plus I did not make any makeup purchases this month! I was super dedicated to using what I already have and not getting anything new other than what came in my subscription boxes. 

There’s quite a bit to go through today so let’s get started!

For those of you who are new to this series, every month in 2017. I will be selecting (or ‘shopping’) different items from my makeup collection (aka the ‘Stash’) in an attempt to rediscover and use up what I already own instead of going to the store or shopping online. When your collection gets out of hand, you tend to forget what you already have. 

If you want to read up more about this series, please see my introductory post. It contains a pretty thorough explanation as to what this is all about. ?  Also you can check out all my other Shop My Stash posts here.

I break down my recap posts into three parts: empties, keepers and rejects. Starting in May and June, I have also added a new category called “retired” which I will explain in that section. I think having this new category is a very good thing! Under each category, there is a quick write up about each product to express my thoughts about each one. I like to start off with success so lets look at the empties first. Quick wins! 🙂

 

The Empties 

As usual, we are going to look at the empties first. There’s three of them. I consider it a successful month anytime I get empties! There was almost four but the NARS Tinted Moisturizer still has some product in it left.

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Face primer: Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer
Pretty good! This is the first time I have ever used a primer that also illuminates your skin. I really liked the formulation of this one. It was super light on my skin and wasn’t sticky at all. My makeup also stayed put. Overall, I really like this primer. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it again!

Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Black N’ Brown
I used up another ColourPop Brow Pencil! This one is a darker shade that Bangin’ Brunette but it still worked for me…. it just made my brows look a lot more dramatic! I like this pencil… and I especially liked how it didn’t break as often as Bangin’ Brunette did! That just goes to show that it was a flawed brow pencil and not representative of the entire ColourPop brow pencil line so that’s a good thing. I do think I prefer Bangin’ Brunette, though… I would purchase that one over Black N’ Brown.

Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash 
I used to LOVE this mascara! Now I think I just like it… recently, I found a couple of other mascaras that I like more. Still, this keeps the curl and does volumize my lashes. I’d use it again… and I’m going to have to since I still have a couple of these lying around in my collection! Not complaining, though. It’s a good mascara. 🙂

 

The Keepers

The largest section of these recap posts, as usual, is the Keepers section. These are the items I like enough to keep and continue using. 🙂

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Medium
While I do love my tarte Shape Tape, I also love this one…. but for different reasons. For days when I don’t have such dark circles or I just need light to medium coverage, I reach for this one. It’s a lot thinner consistency but still offers buildable coverage. This is also available at Sephora so I don’t need to order from tarte to get it. This is one of my fave concealers that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again!

Foundation / BB Cream: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz, Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer in 07 Sand, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+SPF 50 in Tan
Okay, I knew that I liked the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer but I didn’t realize just how much I loved it until this month! I reached for this one the most in July. I’m going to say about 90% of the time, I wore this. It’s just so perfect for summer and July was a pretty warm month here with many days that felt humid, too. All I wanted was light coverage on these days. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the IT Cosmetics and Milani ones (in that order) but they were too thick for this month even though they are darker shades that work with my skin tone right now. Still keeping those for future use!

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Blush: NARS Orgasm and tarte cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush in Entertain
The NARS has shimmer while the tarte was matte. I love them both, though! The NARS is very pigmented so I just made sure to use a light hand with that one… otherwise, I would be very shimmery for work! The tarte was more subtle and natural. I will continue to use both!

Highlighter: tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
This was a lovely highlighter palette! I used Sunlight and Moonlight (the two larger of the pans) the most. Excellent pigmentation and Moonlight kinda falls uder the same shade family as Becca’s Opal shade so I probably used that one the most. I was disappointed in Filtered Light (the smaller shade in the middle), though. It wasn’t pigmented at all! Two out of three is still better than none, though!

Setting powder: elf Perfect Finish HD Powder
I’m starting to get into the duplicates in this category so I think I will be retiring this one in October after I try out the Bare Minerals one I received in July’s Boxycharm in September. As you know, I really like the elf pressed setting powder! Seeing so much pan proves that point. This is a great product and it’s reasonably priced, too. I got this last time I went to Vegas but I’ve seen it a lot locally, too. Superstore, Walmart, London Drugs and Rexall all carry this now. I will definitely be repurchasing this!

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Eye primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
I really need to start using some of my forgotten eye primers… this is a duplicate, again. So you already know this is a holy grail for me. If you follow my blog, you’d know this already! So we’ll just say it’s great and I love it and let’s move on.

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Urban Decay Naked 3 Double-Ended Eyeliner in Darkside and Blackheart
KVD is holy grail. That is a no brainer. It’s like the Too Faced eye primer. I love it and have repurchased it again and again. That’s all that needs to be said. The Urban Decay duo eyeliner is nice, too. I love these two colours. Darkside is a warm plum with a satin finish and Blackheart is a cool burgundy with a glitter finish. The formulation is nice. it glides right on. This one’s a keeper.

Mascara: tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes
I hope this never runs out! I’ve been using this one since April and I love it! It really lengthens and volumizes my lashes. It doesn’t smudge on me either (like the Too Face Better Than Sex one… oh my, raccoon eyes!). I will be using this until it’s done… or until the six month mark when it’s due for replacement. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat!

Eye shadow (palette or singles): ColourPop Super Shock Shadows 
When I first started this endeavor, I said “For the month of July, I will focus on all my ColourPop. I have so many that I have neglected for too long!”. So I used mostly ColourPop in the month of July and it was SO good! I forgot how amazing these formulas are and just how pigmented and great they look! I will definitely have to use these more, for sure! Here are swatches of a few of my favourite ones.

 

shop my stash recap july 2017 colourpop super shock shadows

From Left to Right: Mooning, Tinsel, Catnip, Mixed Tape, Get Lucky, Supermodel, Partridge

shop my stash recap july 2017 colourpop super shock shadow

First Row: Partridge, Supermodel, Get Lucky
Second Row: Mixed Tape, Catnip
Third Row: Tinsel, Mooning

 

The Rejects

None this month. I didn’t have anything in my basket that I absolutely couldn’t use or hated. That’s good, I guess? 🙂

 

The Retired

I’ve made it! When it comes to this category, at least. 😉

 

shop my stash recap july 2017

 

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Another duplicate. This category is going to go into a loop right away and I don’t want to clutter this post with the same thing each month. I love this setting spray so it’s definitely going into that rotation.

And that’s it my friends! Another month of Shop My Stash in the books. I’m still working through my collection but at least now that I’ve completed seven months of this, I’m feeling a lot better about it. I’m discovering what I love and what I don’t. That was the whole point when I started this.

While summer is still busy, I’m going to try and not fall behind on my next Shop My Stash posts. Look out for my August recap and the intro to my September basket posts on the week of September 3rd! 

Until next time! How are you doing on your makeup challenges? 🙂

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Shop My Stash: July 2017

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Honey, I’m home! From vacation, that is. And can I just say, how is it already July? Anyways, it’s time for my July basket reveal! New to the blog or new to this series? 

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. ? Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan. 

If you’re interested, you can find my other Shop My Stash posts here.

How Shop My Stash Works

Every month I will take one or two of these types of products and put them in a basket.

*Please note, at times, I will not have some items in my basket. The reason why is stated next to the category.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction (None, no need for color correction right now)
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer (None, it’s summer and my skin is too dark for bronzer. We will revisit in fall/winter)
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer (Success! None, retired category. I only have one product left: Benefit POREfessional)
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel (Success! None, retired category. I only have one product left: MAC Brow Set in Clear)
  • Mascara primer (None, currently sporting eyelash extensions)
  • Mascara (Only for lower lashes)
  • Setting Spray

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

 

Shop My Stash for July 2017

Now that we are well into summer, I have decided to put together a basket of products that caters to summer, the sun and hot weather. That’s right – hot weather! Despite popular belief, we do get pretty warm summer weather in Edmonton as proven by the temperatures being around the 30s this week! Yes, we have Heat Warnings issued. It’s hot. So my basket contains items that are light and bright and works well on my tanned skin. I used sunscreen throughout my holidays yet I still tanned! Let’s just say most of my foundations are too light for me right now…

Anyways, without further adieu, let’s take a peek at what’s in my July basket!

 

shop my stash july 2017

 

  • Face primer: Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer
  • Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Medium
  • Foundation / BB Cream: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz, Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer in 07 Sand, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+SPF 50 in Tan. Some of these are repeats but they are the only ones that work with my skin tone right now.

 

shop my stash july 2017

shop my stash july 2017

 

  • Blush: NARS Orgasm, tarte 
  • Highlighter: tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
  • Setting powder: elf Perfect Finish HD Powder
  • Eye primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer

 

shop my stash july 2017

 

  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): For the month of July, I will focus on all my ColourPop. I have so many that I have neglected for too long!

 

shop my stash july 2017

 

  • Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Urban Decay Naked 3 Double-Ended Eyeliner in Darkside and Blackheart
  • Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Black N’ Brown
  • Mascara: tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes, Benefit Roller Lash (yes, same ones I still have on the go! Mascaras are difficult to go through because you don’t want too many open!)

 

  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

That’s it for July! It’s a smaller basket, yes, but I want to try and get more empties out of my collection! Stay tuned for my Shop My Stash Recap from May and June coming soon!

I hope you’re all still enjoying this series. Let me know if you’re doing a Shop My Stash or Project Pan, too! I’d love to hear about your progress. 🙂

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Shop My Stash: April 2017

shop my stash april 2017

I know, I know – I haven’t even finished my March recap yet but I really wanted to get my April basket up on the blog before the end of the month! 😉 My March recap is still in the works but should be up very, very soon! 

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. ? Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan. 

If you’re interested, you can find my other Shop My Stash posts here.

How Shop My Stash Works

Every month I will take one or two of these types of products and put them in a basket.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel
  • Mascara primer
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

Shop My Stash for April 2017

My version of Project Pan. I am so glad that I didn’t put too much in my March basket and as you will see when I post my recap, it worked really well! I was able to focus on certain products and really get a feel for them so I am going to stick to a focused basket for April, as well.

Similar to last month, I will have some products from last month which I will have carried over into April. Mostly in the mascara department because I’d rather use them up before I open up a new one! 

Let’s take a peek at my basket for April. My makeup basket, I mean. Not to be mistaken for the Easter bunny’s basket. 😉

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

  • Face primer: Too Faced Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control
  • Color correction: Nothing this month
  • Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye By Undereye in Medium, Maybelline FitMe Concealer in Medium
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in Natural Beige, Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Foundation in Natural Beige, Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup in Neutral

 


shop my stash april 2017

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

  • Blush: Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks in Peach Pink, Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Natural Glow
  • Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in Opal
  • Bronzer: None
  • Setting powder: GOSH prime ‘n set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder
  • Pore reducer: Benefit POREfessional
  • Eye primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Eyeshadow Primer

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

  • Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • Brow: ColourPop Brow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette
  • Brow setting gel: MAC Brow Set in Clear
  • Mascara primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer (carried over from March again so I can finish it)
  • Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash Deluxe Mascara (carried over from March so I can finish it), Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Deluxe Mascara
  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

shop my stash april 2017

 

  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection, tarte Tartelette tease palette – both of these are my oldies but goodies!  Needing some love this month. 🙂

There’s my mix for April. Probably the smallest basket yet but full of goodies I love or things I feel like I need to just finish already. I’m still enjoying my Shop My Stash journey this year! It doesn’t get boring when I make a monthly basket. 🙂 

Just a random question to my readers – are you enjoying these types of posts? Let me know what other types of posts you want to see on the blog!

I should have my March recap up by the end of the week so please be sure to check back!

Enjoy your week everyone. 🙂

 

ipsy august 2016