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My First Ipsy Glam Bag

I’ve never been a huge fan of subscription boxes – They’re typically over-priced and impractical.  But a few weeks ago I was introduced to Ipsy. The selling point for me was the price, $10. I also liked that I was able to fill out a profile about my coloring and make-up preferences so the bag is tailored more to my liking.  My first bag arrived a few weeks ago, and to my surprise, I love it and have been using four of the five products…Daily!

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Let’s start with the eyeliner, it’s Mr. Write (Now) in Jac. I’ve never heard of this brand before, it seems to sell at various places for $17. That’s a far cry from the Maybelline and Cover Girl eyeliners I typically use! It’s a mechanical pencil, and the color, Jac, is a light brown, which I think goes well with my blue/grey eyes.

I’m not sure if the contents of the bag is meant to be used together, but I’ve been using the eyeliner with the eyeshadow it came with: Naked, Sierra Nevada. It’s a loose golden/brown powder that I’ve been applying with my finger. Actually, I apply most of make-up with my fingers, as I feel like I have more control that way. I usually wear a taupe color on my eyes, but I’m really liking the lighter gold shimmer, especially with the eyeliner up against it!

The bag also came with a blush stick, trèStique in Bora Bora Coral. I’ve never used a blush stick before, and to be quite honest, am still not sure if I’m using it correctly, but regardless, I like the look I’m getting from it! I draw a few lines on  my cheeks, then use my hands to rub it in. It gives my pale skin a nice rosey, porcelain doll-type look.

Lastly, I’ve been carrying around the Carrot + Rose hydrating cream, as my skin has been drier than usual so far this winter (I blame the pregnancy!). It’s a light and smooth cream that smells delicious!  I haven’t been using the tub of cream the bag came with, mainly because I have a giant tub of Palmer’s coco butter I use, but I’m sure I’d like it, especially based on my love for the rest of the bag!

Let’s not forget the bag itself that the products come in. It’s SO CUTE, and practical for travel! I know I’m not going to be traveling much this year, but I think I’ll be storing my makeup in there for when the time comes to deliver the baby!

Here’s a close-up of the finished product:

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Squelch Product Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a new product: Squelch, a natural, scentless odor remover. Given that I’m an avid gym-goer who frequently spins and runs long distances, I thought it would be a great product to try out, specifically for my stinky sneakers! TM? #SorryNotSorry

Last summer, I was training for a half marathon. Combining the long mileage in the NYC summer humidity made for some  sweaty and smelly feet, which my husband reminded me of constantly. It’s a running joke in my house that I not only have the smelliest, but the ugliest feet. The ugly doesn’t bother me, but the odor is quite embarrassing.

I finally made my way to the nearest drug store and bought odor removal spray and basically went to town with it. I would spray my sneakers after each session so much so that the insoles would be soaked, and I was swallowing second hand spray. Gross. Not to mention, once the smell of the spray wore off, my stinky sneaks were back!

Squelch has a completely different look from your standard deodorizers right off the bat – it’s not an aerosol can! This is a huge differentiation as the release of the product comes out differently, meaning, I’m not over-spraying and choking on the smell  – because there isn’t one! Not only is the product odorless, but it left my sweaty, smelly sneakers odor-free and dry!  Squelch is also so compact, I just leave it in my purse so that I always have it on hand at the gym and never forget it at home.

You know what they say, “Less is more!”


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Product Review: Anjolee Milgrain Diamond Eternity Band

Longer ago than I’d like to admit, I was given the opportunity to review product from jewelry brand, Anjolee. I was given the option to chose the piece and knew immediately I wanted the Milgrain Diamond Eternity Band, because I’ve been dropping hints for another band probably since my one year wedding anniversary.

The band was bigger than I anticipated, but that may also be because I’m used to my thin pave ring. The detail of the ring is very minor, and dainty, with little indentations surrounding each diamond, which gives it just enough pizazz to bring to your hand. 

Since it’s an eternity band, you can wear it many ways: alone, with your engagement ring, or all three together! Check out what it looks like on and let me know what your favorite style is!

   
   

Product Review: WRAPURSE

If you’re anything like me, you love a good designer bag in which you can fit your entire life. This bag basically becomes an extremity, lugging it everywhere, and inevitably, placing everywhere. For me, my bag winds up on the NYC Subway floor. Gross.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who has been grossed out by this concept. Single mom, Cindy Heap, had the last straw when she found bubble gum on the bottom of her Coach bag, and from there got the wheels in motion and created WRAPURSE. I recently tried it out, and it’s fantastic!

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It comes in an array of colors and sizes, so you can either match it to your purse to camouflage it, or use a contrasting color to give your bag an extra pop of color!

I was initially nervous that I was going to lose it. That with the every day hustle and bustle, it would fall off. But, the draw strings really work, and I’m happy to say I still have it! Honestly, I forget that it’s even there.

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WRAPURSE is currently raising funds to grow the company. You can learn more about it and donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-purses-wrap-it-right-with-wrapurse#/story

Birdman

Go see Birdman. Do it.

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I spent some time the past few weeks volunteering at the New York Film Festival, and when I was offered the opportunity to attend a showing of Birdman at the closing night, I jumped!  I quickly asked if I can get another ticket for my husband, and was able to do so.

I was super-excited. I’d only just learned more about the film at NYFF, and knew Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis were in it, so I was basically sold. My husband on the other hand, not so much.  See, he has this way of wanting to come to screenings with me all the time, so I made sure to think of him, and thought he’d be thrilled. But, he wasn’t. He was about to bail because he thought the synopsis of the film sucked and thought it was loosely based on Michael Keaton’s life. He caved.

We arrived at Alice Tully Hall to take our seats. He kept going on about how this film was going to suck, and I was ready to tape his mouth shut.

Before the film started, we were greeted by director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who gave a great speech about the film, talking about how it’s beautifully shot. Of course he was going to say that, he’s the director, but to my surprise, it really was.  The film was shot so that it looks like it was filmed in one take, a sequence shot. He also said that he can talk all he wants about the film, but it doesn’t matter what he says, because it is not going to be as good as the film, and referenced a note in the film that said, “A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing,” which is what Iñárritu was conveying in his speech. I really enjoyed him!

He brought to the stage Galifianakis and Keaton, who were both equally as charming as they are funny, and then the movie began.

The film follows Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up-movie-star known for playing superhero “Birdman,” as he takes on writing, directing and starring in a Broadway show, while at the same time working towards a better relationship with his daughter, Sam (Stone), who is a recovering addict.

Riggan takes the audience through his daily inner monologues, which are narrated by Birdman, and we become quickly aware that we are going to slowly watch this man unravel, but without a ton of comedy along the way!

Much of the hilarity is brought on by Edward Norton’s, Mike, who is hired on to the play because he can sell tickets, but he is a train-wreck. The first reading he does with Riggan, is fast-paced and brilliant, but goes on stage drunk, and hard, as in, Edward Norton has a huge boner right now and it’s priceless, hard.

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When Riggan really begins to crack, it’s hard to differentiate between fantasy and reality. One minute he’s flying through the streets of Manhattan as if he’s Birdman, and the next he’s back on the Broadway stage, and then he’s running through Times Square in his underwear.

The ending ties it up all up quite nicely, however, my husband and I disagreed on what the ending meant and what really happens. That was part of the beauty of the film.

I loved the film, and so did my skeptical husband.  What does a blogger who writes a lot about fashion give it? Five out of five Louboutins? Five out of five Hermes bags? Either way, it’s a must see.

Here’s a blurry shot from the evening of Keaton, Galifianakis, and Iñárritu:

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