Round-Up: April 2017

My April 2017 Round-Up is finally here!  It’s my one-year anniversary of round-ups and my first official “full circle” year.  (You can read my first round-up here).  Unfortunately, despite it’s record-breaking honor of being my anniversary round-up, the actual list broke no records when it came to being fun.  None whatsoever.  This was definitely a “to-do” list, unlike some of my “dream scheme” lists, which are basically a compilation of hobbies and ideas I’m hoping to do.  Secretly, I don’t mind that this month is over.  (Is it still a secret now that I typed that?)  It was a fun month, but it was busy.  Just read my less-than-relaxing list below:

  1. Move.  We finally…..finally did it.  More on that in my last post.
  2. Purge my vanity of old or hated items.  I did 1 round of this, though I could probably do a second one.
  3. Separate likes and dislikes when unpacking–don’t just put stuff away.  Uhh, I liked everything!
  4. Check back on my Pinterest boards and decorate according to vision, not convenience.  YAS.
  5. Come up with and implement the ultimate bug-prevention plan.  Ultrasonic beepers + EOs.  Gold.
  6. Create a storage room, and use it!  Okay, so the using part is coming along…the organization, not so much.
  7. Mail change-of-address cards.  So point of them was to announce our pregnancy, but we did move!
  8. Try not to be too sad about moving, but take some memorable pics.  It went SHOCKINGLY well.
  9. Give myself a little time for blogging/writing!  You can read my *fairly* valid reasons here.
  10. Celebrate Easter in our new home. Our first holiday here: enjoying Mass, dinner, and baby’s first egg hunt!

I also had some admin to-do’s that I didn’t include on the original list, but of which I made a mental note (and a physical note since I have pregnancy brain). haha  The biggest admin issue was that I needed to renew my domain name– KIND OF important.  The other biggie was removing ads from my website for a few days, while the Google Adsense plug-in deprecates.  I’ve never had a plug-in deprecate before, but I think I caught it JUST in time before my ads froze on my blog forever!

For anyone who doesn’t have a blog, ignore that above paragraph.  But for all my fellow Adsense bloggers…did your heart stop when you saw that the ads couldn’t be edited once the plug-in deprecates??  Whether you’re a blogger or not, thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your readership.  And thanks for bearing with my during the hiatus!  I’m happy to say the “worst” is behind us. 🙂  See you soon!

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Glam Bag Unboxing: April 2017

ipsy: April 2017 glam bag unboxing

I thought the April 2017 glam bag would be my very last ipsy Glam Bag unboxing, as it was my last bag of the subscription year.  I was kind of sad about that.  To make matters worse, the bag was sent to my old address and despite the fact that the postal service forwarded my mail–they did NOT forward my ipsy bag.  I thought I would never see it again.  But just in case their was a sliver of hope, I thought I might as well send ipsy customer service an email.  I emailed them, providing them with my new address and explaining that I had yet to receive my bag (or my free bonus product) and that I had moved.  Not to sound like Eeyore, but I really didn’t expect any miracles, especially since I didn’t hear back from them.

*NECESSARY SHOUT-OUT*

 A few days later, a brand-new ipsy package was waiting in my mailbox.  I say brand-new, because it didn’t have a forwarding sticker like all our other mail.  The ipsy company had sent me a replacement glam bag!  I was stunned by their speedy no-questions-asked service.  They even included the bonus product I had mentioned to them in my email.  10 stars!

Anyway, we can move onto the unboxing now, but I wanted to give the backstory about why this bag means more to me than normal.  (I’ve been into backstories lately).  Oh, the other reason this means more to me is because I thought it was supposed to be my last one, but wasn’t.  Turns out that ipsy subscriptions run on auto-renew and so you have to manually cancel them before billing.  Oops!  I’m really not upset about having another year of glam bags.  More products to review!

This glam bag has the cutest design.  A movie ticket.  I don’t even like movies that much.  But this ticket…oh my gosh!  Based on the bag design, it wasn’t surprising to me that the theme for this month was show-stopping nights out.    But the products completely misled me about the theme.  Most of April’s products (those I received and those I didn’t) hovered around skin care, nail care, and muted colors.  There were only a handful of products that were colorful enough to be considered “showy” or “night-on-the-town-esque.”  I really didn’t mind, because I really love trying new skincare and because muted colors tend to be my makeup favorites.   But still–usually the ipsy theme carries pretty well throughout the bag, and this time, I felt like it just stopped at the design.  At the super cute design, that is.

And finally, the unboxing:

 

touch in SOL No Poreblem! Primer

I thought the name was kinda adorable.  I feel like primers are somewhat hard to find.  They are either theBalm Porefessional (very small tube and pricey) or elf primer (large quantities and cheap).  And if you don’t like either then you’re in trouble.  It was nice getting a decent-sized tube of this, and I actually really enjoyed this product.  It had the slippery texture of theBalm Porefessional, but had a slightly more lotion-y consistency, which I prefer.  My current primer is still the Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio Blur + Illuminate 200, and I probably won’t switch from it anytime soon (I love that it has SPF 30 for these southern summers).  Still, I’m glad to have this one around and will continue to use it up.

 

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel

This was perfectly timed, since I got my first sunburn of the year a few days later.  (Not thrilled about the burn, but really do like the product).  It felt a bit like glorified grocery store aloe.  Instead of being sticky and green, it was smooth and clear.  But it is still aloe, at the end of the day.  It wasn’t mind-blowing, but I like it better than the aforementioned grocery store stuff.  NB: The Hanalei Lip Treatment is their STAR product and I still use it to this day!

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer – Star Island

Ipsy first introduced me to this brand in January via the geology top coat (the BEST gel topcoat ever).  It was nice to see this brand again, especially in the form of a bronzer and the word ‘bamboo’ involved.  This bronzer differs from many in the fact that it has a little built-in skincare, in the form of amaranth and sunflower extracts which soothe the skin.  It also is oil-controlling, which is always nice for the summer months.  My favorite part is the tiny bow that is stamped on the top.

 

Naked Cosmetics Eye Pigment – Heavy Metal #04

This was definitely by far the most “show-stopping” product in the glam bag, and probably the one that fit best with the theme.  The color took me by surprise–it’s DEFINITELY got a red undertone to its copper pigment.  I can’t say that it is the most flattering shade, but it is definitely bold and different. It’s pretty fun, but not an everyday wearable shade.  It also looks really, really bad with pink, which is 50% of my wardrobe.  Oh well, guess I’ll have to pair it with black.  Which is the other 50% of my wardrobe.  Convenient!

 

Luxie Beauty- Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660

Luxie is another product that ipsy introduced me to, back in July of last year.  This past February, they once again acquainted me with this beautiful brush collection via the gorgeous Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514.  I use my Luxie Beauty Small Angle 215 brush every single day.  So getting this pretty blue brush was such a score.  Plus, I love getting brushes in my ipsy bag.  A single brush always makes up for the $10 subscription fee, so getting 4 other products for this price is just unbeatable.

In this case, make it 5 other products.  I got a freebie after accumulating a certain number of points, earned by reviews, etc.  I opted for a lotion, because I thought my ipsy account would be over and this was my last chance to use the points.  That’s not to say I regret getting the lotion, in fact, it’s pretty nice.  But I probably wouldn’t have had the same sense of urgency to use up all my remaining rewards points if I had known I would continue to accumulate them for another year!  Oh well.

 

erbaviva organic skincare body lotionawaken

This is a cute 2 oz bottle of natural, organic lotion containing essential oils of melissa, lemongrass, and rose.  And more importantly, it DOESN’T contain artificial fragrances, silicones, petrochemicals, or artificial dyes.  Another bonus: it’s cruelty free.  So while maybe adding another lotion to my collection wasn’t a necessary use of my rewards points, this definitely felt like a reward and is a pretty nice product on it’s own.  I still can’t believe ipsy remembered to include it in my glam bag after the mix-up!

And that is finally the end of my April 2017 glam bag unboxing!  If you stuck through this whole thing, I really appreciate it!  And I am grateful every time you stop by, so hopefully you’ll get a chance to peek at my May 2017 unboxing.  It will be coming out soon!

**By the way, if you aren’t an ipsy member but would like to be, you can use this link to sign up!  Using my link will not provide me with any monetary compensation, just bonus points to use on fun products — see above!**

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April 2017

april 2017 monthly to-do list!

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill. / You know how it is with an April day. / When the sun is out and the wind is still.”  — Robert Frost

I really feel like I should be calling this my moving post. This is my monthly to-do list, but so much of it basically feels like a PCS-ing check-list. It kind of is. But, I do plan on making a *separate* post about moving–one that may involve a to-do list very similar to this one. For now, this will remain my April to-do list, heavily influenced by our impending move (impending as in: I spent the evening packing and have been cooking with anything I can find in the pantry).

  1.  Move. So much easier said, than done.  So. Much. Easier.
  2. Purge my vanity of old or hated items.  Preferably before the move.
  3. Separate likes and dislikes when unpacking–don’t just put stuff away.  Like last time.  🙂
  4. Check back on my pinterest boards and decorate according to vision, not convenience. irl.
  5. Come up with the ultimate bug-prevention plan.  And implement it the same day.
  6. Create a storage room, and use it! Our current apartment IS our home and storage combo.
  7. Mail change-of-address cards. Really excited about these!
  8. Try not to be too sad about moving, but take some memorable pics.  Not gonna be able to handle it.
  9. Give myself a little time for blogging/writing!  It will be tough, but I want to make some time for it.
  10. Celebrate Easter in our new home. Our first holiday there!  <3

There are some unwritten to-do’s that I have circling in my mind (doesn’t everyone?) But I don’t like overloading my to-do list because that is one way to guarantee I won’t get anything done! When I was a kid, I used to write non-negotiables on my to-do list, like waking up or eating lunch, just to give myself things to check off! ha  My tactics haven’t improved much.  But we will see what I get done and hopefully I can do a little better than last time!

What are your plans for April?  And for anyone interested in a lil #tbt, you can read my first-ever monthly post here.  It’s been one year since I started these, and they have become my favorite posts to write!  Thanks for stopping by!!

 

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