Sunday, July 27, 2014

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July's Citrus Lane came on the 18th and the reason I remember the exact day is because when we opened the box I was standing there with wet nails all ready to meet my friend for her birthday dinner.  My son squealed with happiness the second he spied this John Deere Monster Tread from Tomy.  He grabbed it and ran around the house in circles several times before coming back to me to take it out of the packaging.

Well you know how kid's packaging is!  I told him that Mommy was all ready to go out and Daddy would be home in just a few minutes to unpack it for him.  He was none too understanding about the delay!  I felt kinda bad as I watched him standing nose pressed to the door glass, anxiously holding his toy, and chanting, "Daddy open, Daddy open..."

To try and distract him a little bit, I him have the Mashups from Plum Organics we got.  Even though I think he's getting old for food pouches he continues to love them.  We go through apple sauce pouches so quickly!  He loved this one just as much as he's liked all the Plum Organics samples Citrus Lane has sent us.  I was a little surprised because both of my kids usually act like blueberries are poison!

This month we got to select the theme of the Match Stacks we got from Tree Hopper Toys.  Since my little guy is about any kind of vehicle, it only made sense to get him the transportation set.  These are really cool, like much more sturdier memory cards, they are made in the US out of sustainable hardwoods.  I love that a small company like this was included.  A set retails for $19.99.

***Please note the smudges on the discs and reusable container were "added" by my kiddo's greasy hands and this not the original pristine condition they arrived in.  I made the mistake of letting him play with them before photographing.  At least it shows that he like them!

The fourth item in our box was this Pur Protect SPF 30 by PurLisse.  This is some pretty expensive sunscreen, a full size is $55, so I thought it was very cool to get a sample size.  I'm always on the look out for a good facial moisturizer so I'm enjoying it.  Now I have heard that this brand has been in a lot of subscription boxes this season so some weren't as pleased to see it, but since I don't get that many boxes it's new to me.

At first glance, this box seemed a little light, even though the actual box was bigger than normal to make room for the John Deere toy.  However, the TOMY and Tree Hopper Toy combined add up to $30, which is more than I paid for my box and the two other items are nice extras.  This box was by far the best one as far as my son is concerned!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag: Sensationally Sunkissed, July 2014

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This month's ipsy glam bag came earlier in the month but unfortunately mine had a mishap along it's way to me and the Befine Food Skin Care Moisturizer opened up and squired everywhere.

I contacted their customer service and a replacement was sent to me.  I decided to wait until I received it so I could let you know if the situation got resolved and it did, within the same month as the original bag so I'm pretty satisfied.

Back to the actual glam bag, it's a hot pink with scalloped edges and I think it's just perfect for summer and this season since everything has been about the neons lately.  I got five products, and four I'm pretty happy with so once again, it was a good value for the $10 subscription price.

My only gripe was with the Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08.  At the risk of sounding clueless, which basically I am as a life long non tanner, I had no idea what this was for.  Does one put it on and then go outside and tan?  Or are you supposed to put it on your legs and it makes you look tanner?  In that case, is it a self tanning product?  Anyways, I didn't know and the product description wasn't very clear either.  I don't tan and an SPF of 08 seems like a joke and a waste of time.  I decided to not even open it and pass it along to friend, and I did it before I took a picture but it's in the top photo.

The Befine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15, full size $24.00, shown at the bottom of the photo above is what opened up.  I've gotten a new one and it's light, thin lotion, that seems to work perfectly fine.  It's fragrance free but it still has a scent that reminds me a little bit of sunscreen.  I don't really care for how it smells, which has led me to be hesitant to put on my face.

Above the lotion is a POPBeauty Sunkissed Bronzer, full size $10, and I think that's what we got.  Since I don't wear it every day or even every other day this should last me a long time.  I like the color a lot, it does have a shimmer so I use a light hand when applying.  I only recently discovered this brand, during an Ulta clearance sale, and have been quite happy with the lip gloss and nail polish I bought.  I'd be happy to see more of this brand in my subscriptions!

{Hey Friends!  This is where I will insert a picture of the next two items in my bag.  It's just too late to get a decent one right now & I want to get this review of the July bag up in July so this will be updated shortly!  You can use the links below to get a look at what full size products would look like.}

At first glance the sample size of the bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow, shade: Divine Wine/full size $18, seemed so minuscule, it was laughable.  However, I now realize that a little goes a long way and it's super opaque so I will be able to get several of uses out of it.  I like to apply mine with a brush because I read your skin oils will affect the texture of a cream shadow and increase the likelihood of it creasing later on.  This is a beautiful color, although it might be a bit dark for some tastes, and I am really glad I got to try it.

My favorite item in the bag has got to be the Tints & Sass by Elizabeth Mott.  It's gives a really nice wash of color and best of all, the size included in my bag is the full size and sells for $22.99!  I have really enjoyed lip tints in the past but the Benetint's $30 price tag has held me back from purchasing another so I'm thrilled by this.  I think it works just as well, is non-sticky after drying, and layers nicely.  I won't be using it as a cheek stain so this will last me a long time.

Over all this was a successful month for me, if I could have traded products to create the ideal bag I would've preferred the Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm and the Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray in lieu of the tanning oil and moisturizer but I think with services like this it's rare, if ever, that you get everything you want.  The bronzer and Tints & Sass make it more than worth my while to subscribe!  If you'd like to start getting an ipsy glam bag each month, I'd love it if you'd use my referral link!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are You a Good Mother, Just for Fun from Kidecals

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You may remember my previous review of these Blast Off Round Labels by Kidecals.  I have found them to be really durable and like how they help ensure our little guy's belongings come back home with us.  Labels make my life easier, that's for sure!

Kidecals recently shared this fun infographic, that's both positive and reassuring.  Basically, even though we may all make different choices, we are all good mothers.  I've been having some tough days with my kiddos lately, and sometimes I need to hear that kind of thing.  I thought maybe some of my readers did too.  Since I can't reach out and give you all a pat on the back myself, I hope this will help feel the love from me to you.

Courtesy of: Kidecals


Disclosure: I was not required to share this, nor did I receive any compensation.  I thought it was a pretty neat way to show no matter what decisions we make, we are all great moms as we make the best personal choices for our children.  I just wanted to clarify that this is not sponsored.
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