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ipsy April 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my ipsy April Glam Bag the day before my parents came to town, so I haven’t gotten to it until now. I did like a lot of the things on first glance and end up keeping them. Here’s what I got with my ipsy April 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy April 2014 Glam Bag

I actually liked every single thing I got with this month’s Glam Bag. The only thing I might pass on is the lip balm and maybe the eye shadow. The Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow looks so beautiful. The shade I got is Champagne and it looks like it would work well both as an eye shadow and highlighter. I’m not going to swatch this one until I’m sure that I want to keep this. I might gift it to one of my husband’s nieces (wait, that makes them my nieces as well right?!). I’m definitely keeping the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. I own lots of UD 24/7 eye pencils and most of them are actually travel sized ones that I’d get during ULTA’s after Holiday sale. Eye liner is one of the few makeup items I’d first reach for, so I’ll get good use out of this one. The Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm I got is in the shade of Apple Pink. I think it might look okay on me. I know that my husband tends to like more natural looking shades on me as opposed to a bright red or pink. But I do have a ton of lip products already, so I’m not sure if I want to commit to this or not. The dr. brandt® Microdermabrasion is definitely a keeper as I’m into this type of facial care products these days. Another definite keeper is the Demeter Jasmine Perfume Oil Roll On. I LOVE Jasmine. It’s my favorite floral scent. This one has a teeny bit of artificial smell to it, but it’s still jasmine to the core. I thought this month’s makeup bag looks really cool, but I’ll be passing it on to someone else that can give it more love.

Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm

dr. brandt® Microdermabrasion

Demeter Jasmine Perfume Oil Roll On

Overall, great bag as it did not disappoint! I hope this keeps on with the next bags I’m getting.

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

The latest press release that I am drooling over is something I have to share.

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

Kitty like. In fact, Kitty LOVE! Let me tell you guys something. I’ve been busy the past week cause I just got married. Zoya holds a special place in my heart because I ended up using Zoya Cosmo for my mani and pedi. I wanted a holographic shade, but my nails are uneven in length and on the shorter side for most of my fingers. I didn’t think it would look good. I wanted a shade that would dry fast too because I was running around last minute setting up the stuff for the reception and I only have a couple minutes to spare. Solution? Enter a Zoya Magical Pixie shade. I picked Cosmo since it would go with my dress and man…..what a lifesaver! It dried SUPER fast. Forget the top coat — I didn’t have time for it. I applied 2 coats for my pedi in between curling my own hair and right before I went downstairs of the hotel for pictures? I slapped on a coat of that on my fingers. Talk about last minute, huh?!

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

So yeah, you can see why I’m so in love with Zoya’s Magical Pixie stuff right now. I think Zoya Bar would’ve gone well with my dress as well, but my wedding is over and done with. This might be useful information for someone else though. I didn’t use a top coat after application, but I didn’t find the texture bothersome or in the way at all. Trust me, on that day a lot of things are just a blur. ;)

Wedding DIY #5 – Hospitality Baskets

Today’s post is on something wedding related (again), but it’s not something new. I’ve seen it before years ago when I was still living in the East Coast at a wedding I attended. I saw it at the last wedding I attended too. I just put the basics together of what I could think of my guests possibly needing that I can provide such as antacids, safety pins, body sprays, face wipes, shout wipes, lint remover, gum and more. Shown below is what the basket would look like for the women’s restroom. The men’s basket is more sparse due to the fact that there are things in the women’s basket that doesn’t apply to men at all or have an equivalent object to it (like hair ties, bobby pins and feminine products).

Hospitality Baskets

I hope it comes in handy for some. I know that the last wedding I attended (which was my cousin’s), my fiance got a killer headache and the pain pills came in handy. Thanks cuz! Now, I hope to return the favor to someone else when needed!

Wedding DIY #4 – OOT Guests Welcome Bags

We just picked up the first of our out-of-town guests today! Being that most of them had to travel quite a way to get here, I wanted to make sure that I provide them some goodies in a bag for their convenience. I’ve received welcome bags from the last 2 weddings I have attended as an out-of-town guest. I worked from there for ideas on what to include in my OOT Guests Welcome Bags.

OOT Guests Welcome Bags

I stuffed a bunch of things in the gift bag. Shown are contents for a one person welcome bag. Just double the food and drink portion for the most part for welcome bags for 2 people. Each person gets a water bottle, a bag of goldfish crackers, 2 bags of chips, 2 packets of sandwich crackers, a pack of mint gum, a pack of sweet gum, a wine topper favor, a bookmark favor, a mini spatula favor with accompanying local baking mixes, a few packets of headache medicine and antacids, various pamphlets in relation to things to do in town, and not shown is a box of plain M&M’s and a homemade map with markers of restaurants and things like gas stations or drugstores nearby. I have one family with young children (2 under 3) and I also included stuff for them like a block puzzle set, various rubber duckies and a small blow up toy of a ship for the bath (they have 2 boys). Welcome bags for females contain a night mask too just for fun (unless they’re really using it to aid with sleep). I got most of the food items in bulk at our local Sam’s Club and the pamphlets are from the visitor’s center in Norman. They were so nice when we stopped by there to pick up a few thing for our guests. They gave us more than we thought we were getting! They even included a pad of post-its for each welcome bag.

OOT Guests Welcome Bags (food and drink portion)

OOT Guests Welcome Bags (favors portion)

OOT Guests Welcome Bags (pamphlets and stuff)

I’m handing the rest of them out tomorrow. I sure hope it helps some of our out-of-town guests out. I know that my uncle from Philly already started with some of the bags of chips in his bag! :)

Wedding DIY #3 – Wedding Card Box

Hey guys! Here’s another DIY item I made for my upcoming wedding. I got this idea both from another member of wedding website theknot and online pictures of various wedding card boxes. I’ve seen wedding card boxes and they all look so pretty! The price tag? Not so much. I figured I could just DIY it, but I kept putting it off until I saw another reader on theknot taking the plunge in making her own wedding card box. I wanted to keep it simple and not too tall, so I settled for 2 boxes fused together. I added some finishing touches to it to get the look I want. Here’s my DIY Wedding Card Box.

Wedding Card Box

To make this, I just took 2 boxes with the same shape and one that can nest into the other in size. I then cut into the taped up bigger box a huge hole that’s smaller than the base of the smaller box. I also cut a hole at the bottom side of the smaller box and a slit on the top of the smaller box for guests to drop their cards into. The hole in the bigger box will take care of any cards that are bigger in nature. All cards will just drop all the way down into the big box. I purchased the Damask wrapping paper from Michael’s for $1 and proceed to wrap the bigger box with it. If I had paid attention more to the print, I would’ve used the wrapping paper around the box upright instead of sideways. In the grand scheme of things, I didn’t care really and didn’t want to waste more paper so I didn’t redo it. I got a roll of white paper from the Dollar Tree and wrapped the smaller box with that. I then used a few small bits of those double-sided foam mounting square adhesives that’s used for hanging posters and stuff to hold up the ribbon around the smaller box. I got the ribbon sash from Michael’s on clearance. I forgot how much it was but it was a discounted item in their wedding section. I thought maybe I could use that as a sash with my dress, but I didn’t really like how it looked. I’m glad that I managed to repurpose it, so nothing went to waste! I then attached the smaller box on top of the bigger box, carefully placing it over the cut out part on top of the bigger box on the base. I then used a glue gun to attach them both together. I got a little scissor happy with the hole of the bottom box that it wasn’t fully centered, but oh well. It wasn’t worth for me to redo it either.

Wedding Card Box (direct sunlight)

What do you guys think?

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