Ipsy Review – July 2014

Hi guys!!

I received my July Ipsy bag today, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

DSCN2680For those of you that don’t know, Ipsy is a subscription service that sends you 4-5 deluxe sample and full size beauty products each month!  It’s only $10 a month and tons of fun!

If you’re interested, you can sign up here!

DSCN2686I absolutely love the color and style of this month’s bag!! Scallops are my favorite and pink is one of my go-to colors!!

The July bag isn’t as good of quality as the June bag, but it is still very cute!!

DSCN2693“Sensationally Sun Kissed” is the theme for July!

This Ipsy card looks quite similar to the Julep theme card for July!

Both chose bright blue and yellow for their color schemes!  Perfect colors for summer!

DSCN2746My July bag came with five products! Two of them are full size! YAY!!!

July Products:

  • Pūr-lisse – Pūr-protect Essential Daily Moisturizer – SPF 30
  • Clear Clinic Laboratories – Vanished Clear Spot Treatment
  • Elizabeth Mott – Tints & Sass
  • bareMinerals – 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15
  • POP Beauty – Sunkissed Bronzer

DSCN2727Pūr-lisse – Pūr-protect Essential Daily Moisturizer – SPF 30

I’m very fair skinned, so anything with sunscreen is always appreciated!

This moisturizer is the perfect size to take in my purse when I go on a little adventure!

DSCN2735Clear Clinic Laboratories – Vanished Clear Spot Treatment

I’m pretty excited to try this spot treatment!

The spot treatment I currently use is a gel, and this one is a liquid.  I’m interested to see the difference in performance!

DSCN2720Elizabeth Mott – Tints & Sass – Cherry – FULL SIZE

I’ve never heard of Elizabeth Mott, but I’m excited to try her products!

I was pleasantly surprised to see that this product is full size! I looked on their website and this tint retails for $22.99!

I’m not a fan of cheek stains (I had an incident!!), but I do love lip colors!  This one is the perfect red for me!!

DSCN2729bareMinerals – 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Divine Wine

This is the product I was looking forward to the most! It is also the product that disappointed me the most!

DSCN2737It came in this packaging, which is a dead giveaway that it was free!

This sample is the length and width of my pinky!! (I have really skinny fingers!!)

Come one Ipsy!!

bareMinerals was the big ticket item in this month’s bag and I just can’t believe how small it is!

DSCN2707POP Beauty – Sunkissed Bronzer – Secret Sunshine – FULL SIZE

Once again, I have very fair skin.  I’m very comfortable with my paleness, so I don’t feel the need to tan or bronze!  If I were into that sort of thing then this product would be fantastic.  Since I’m not, this product is a miss for me!

DSCN2699This month wasn’t great, but it also wasn’t horrible!!

I’m going to review my products and hope that IpsyMatch does a better job next month!

What did you get in your bag?! Are you also disappointed with the bareMinerals?! Let me know with a comment below!!

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – July 2014

Hi everybody!!

It took a bit longer than usual, but I FINALLY received my July box from Julep Maven!

Julep warned us that this month’s box would take a little longer than normal.  I just never guessed that it would take as long as it did!! DSCN2631Here’s a little background for those of you that aren’t familiar with Julep Maven:

Julep Maven is a nail and beauty subscription box.  For $24.99 a month, Mavens receive a selection of nail polishes and other beauty products.

The price recently went up from $19.99 to $24.99 to accommodate those Mavens who wished to completely customize their boxes.

I like what Julep picks for me, so I chose not to upgrade to the customization option!

I believe all new subscriptions start at $24.99 though!

If you’d like to be a Maven click here to sign up! DSCN2640Here’s my Classic with a Twist box!

It came with two Tootsie Rolls, which I am SUPER excited about!! DSCN2669July featured The Poolside Collection.

I’m not in love with all the polishes from this month’s collection.  I think some of them are just a tad too dark for summer!!  I am, however, in love with the two polishes I received! DSCN2675The July quote is very fitting!

I love the yellow and blue color scheme that Julep used this month! So bright and fun!! DSCN2664This month’s beauty product is Bare Body Milk.

I’m quite impressed with the size of the Body Milk! It’s 6.8 ounces, which is a pretty decent size!

I really like the scent of this lotion! I’m not sure what it smells like, but it smells pretty good!

I used some on my hands the other day, and it worked very well! DSCN2655Nail Polish

  • Kelsey – Classic with a Twist – Powder peach crème
  • Vicki – Classic with a Twist – Pink flamingo crème

I LOVE both my polishes this month!! They are so pretty and perfect for summer!

I’m currently wearing Vicki on my fingernails!  It’s a tad bit brighter than I expected, but still very pretty!

I think that Kelsey will look perfect as little polka dots on top of Vicki! (That’s what I’m trying next!) DSCN2678As an added bonus for the July box, Julep sent along a coupon!!

It says in the fine print that this coupon is good for two uses!! That’s double the fun!

What did you get in your July Maven box?! Comment below to let me know! Bow signature pink

Another Hydrangea Painting!

Hi everyone!

I loved my first hydrangea painting so much that I decided to make another one!

DSCN2335I won’t bore you by repeating the same instructions as before!!

For my original tutorial on painting hydrangeas, follow this link.

DSCN2388Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Poodle Skirt
  • Bubblegum
  • Wild Salmon
  • Green Curry
  • Scottish Highlands

Here are some pictures for you to follow!

Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 1.1 Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 2.2I really love my color choices and how these turned out!

If you have any questions or troubling locating my original tutorial, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Crafting!!

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Easy Lilac Painting!

Hi everyone!!

I have another painting tutorial to share with you!!

Today, we will be painting lilacs!

DSCN2343It’s a pretty simple painting, so let’s get started!

DSCN2589Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes (filbert, detail brush, and scruffy brush)
  • Pencil

DSCN2594Marta Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Hydrangea Purple
  • Heliotrope
  • Pesto
  • Scottish Highlands

Folk Art Acrylic Paint

  • Purple

The first step is to paint your canvas.  My canvas was prepainted, so I didn’t bother painting the background.

DSCN2214These canvases came from Michaels.  If you can work with the colors then these are great!! They save quite a bit of time!

DSCN2217Take your pencil and draw the general shape of your lilacs and stems.  It’s okay if the shapes are wonky!! You’ll be painting over them in the next step!

DSCN2227 Paint the stems and leaves with the detail brush.

I used both green paints to add a bit of definition to the leaves.

DSCN2237Using the scruffy brush, dab the darkest purple paint onto the flowers.

DSCN2233Don’t glop on the paint, but a little texture is good!

DSCN2243Once you’ve finished the base coat, it’s time to paint the actual flowers.

We will be using the five-petal flower from my hydrangea and pink bouquet tutorials.

DSCN2420Using a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.

If it helps, you can think of the flower as a little man.  He has a head, two arms, and two legs.

DSCN2600Using both the light and medium purple paint, add little flowers all over the dark purple base.

Overlap the flowers and let the colors mix to add dimension!

DSCN2597To dot or not to dot?! It’s up to you!

Once all the flowers have been added, you decide if you’d like to paint their centers.

I skipped dotting the centers, because I like how my flowers look with out the dots!

DSCN2343I chose to add a third leaf to the right side of my bouquet.

I have a real problem with symmetry and couldn’t handle three leaves on one side and only two on the other!!

Once your bouquet is symmetrical (or not!!), the painting is complete!!

I really wanted to add a bow around the stems but mine were too far apart!!  I will try and add one next time though!!

Happy crafting!!Bow signature pink

 

Easy Flower Painting!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve become very interested in painting in the last few weeks, so I’ve decided to share one of my projects with you!

ImageHere’s a bouquet of pink flowers I painted last night.

ImageSupplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (a large and medium flat brush, small filbert (not pictured), and two small detail brushes)

ImageMartha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Raspberry Ice
  • Poodle Skirt
  • Blue Sky
  • Scallion
  • Green Curry

ImageThe first step is to give your canvas several base coats.

I used Blue Sky and my large, flat paintbrush to paint my canvas.  I believe I gave mine two coats, but the more coats the better!!

ImageNext, we’re going to add the tulip(ish) flower on the left.

Start by double loading the small, flat brush with Raspberry Ice and Poodle Skirt.  Then, using mostly the tip of your brush, slowly wiggle up and down while moving in an arc.  This should create the shell shape above.

ImageNow, turn your brush so the light pink is facing up and paint another shell below your first one.  Then, paint an oval shape to create the rest of the flower.

If you’re not satisfied with the way your flower looks, just keep playing around with the paint until you achieve something you like.  That’s what I did.  I kept adding paint here and there until I was satisfied.

ImageDouble load your brush again, and begin painting shells right next to each other.  Keep going until you’ve made a full circle.

ImageOnce your outer circle is complete, create a smaller circle inside.  I went over some of the shells several times before I got the look I was going for.

ImageNow, it’s time to add the little five-petal flowers.

ImageUsing a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.  These are just like the flowers I used in my hydrangea tutorial.

These flowers are really easy once you get the hang of it!

I dipped the end of my brush in paint to create the center of each little five-petal flower.

ImageThe closed tulip is really easy to paint.  It’s just a large teardrop with two points.

Once the majority of the flowers are painted, it’s time to add the stems.

I used the smallest detail brush and Scallion for the five-petal flowers and the larger detail brush and Green Curry for the larger flowers.

ImageAs I painted the stems, I added more little flowers to fill in the spaces.

I also decided to extend the stems to the edge of the canvas.

ImageNow, we add the leaves.

Add leaves wherever you think they should go!

ImageI used the smallest detail brush to do the light green leaves.  The leaves are essentially two parenthesis next to each other.  Like this ()

ImageThe bigger leaves are painted exactly like the smaller ones.

ImageOnce your leaves are painted, the project is done!

ImageI hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

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