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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: August Ipsy Glam Bag

August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag review

The August Ipsy Glam Bag theme was "Good Vibes Only," and was all about being positive, thankful, and well...good vibes. This bag came in three different colors with three different phrases. I wasn't a fan of any of the bag designs. More specifically, I think they would have been much better without the cheesy, overdone phrases, but that's just me. So much for being positive, huh? Let's talk about what really matters-- the contents of the bag.

August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag review

1. MAKE UP FOR EVER Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara, $25-  I don't know if I got a dud or if this mascara is just really crappy. I had to apply a ton of coats before it even started to do anything, and it didn't do much. It didn't lift my eyelashes at all and barely made them look more voluminous. It all kind of sat at the base of my lashes and didn't coat the whole length of them. And on my bottom lashes-- ugh. It was so clumpy and dried so quickly, I was barely able to fix it with a spooly. I'll pass.

theBalm Cosmetics Voyage 2 Palette

2. theBalm Cosmetics Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha (currently only available in the Voyage 2 Palette), $39.50- This is a shimmery, light peachy shade and is so pretty. It's great as a highlight or an allover shadow when I'm feeling kinda lazy with my makeup. It's such a nice color and very versatile.

3. AURORA Pro Color Corrector in Pistachio, $8-  I usually use NYX's green color corrector, which I have to be very careful with. If I accidentally apply a tiniest bit too much, I end up looking like the Wicked Witch of the West. When using this product, I went in with caution but I was surprised to see how well it blended and covered red spots on my skin. I could go ham with this stuff and it would still blend out. I'm so pleased with it and I think I'm going to buy a full size tube. It just makes covering red spots so easy. It's great to not have to worry about turning my whole face green.

4. SLMissGlam T35 Precision Blending Brush- I can't seem to find this exact brush or a price for it anywhere, but oh well. I love this little brush, it's fluffy but not too fluffy so it's easy to work with and makes blending super easy. It's cute, works well, and the bristles are cruelty free!

5. Secret Key Nature Recipe Sheet Mask in Honey and Tea Tree-  Another product that I couldn't find a price for, but I'm sure it isn't over $7 for each one. Unlike many other sheet masks, this one actually does smell like the scent/formula. You know how all TONYMOLY sheet masks smell the same no matter the formula? These ones had distinct smells. Anyway, I loved these sheet masks. They smelled great, very very hydrating, and my face felt great afterwards.

Ipsy has also been making some changes lately. Members used to be able to review products on their website as soon as their bags were marked as delivered, but now Ipsy requires more time after delivery. My bag was delivered on the 9th, but I am not able to send in my reviews until the 23rd-- I think it's a great idea. This will hopefully cut down on impulsive reviews and thus product reviews on the Ipsy website might be more accurate and thorough from now on. We'll see!

Ipsy Shopper cash back
 Ipsy also announced this month that they have started a new cash back program for members only called Ipsy Shopper. You can receive cash back via PayPal or check for purchases from brands like NYX, Luxie, Eyeko, and many more. I haven't tried this out yet because I'm pretty dedicated to using Ebates for easy cash back, but maybe I'll start comparing Ebates and Ipsy Shopper to see who gives the best percentage back. Don't forget that to use Ipsy Shopper you have to be an Ipsy member and then download the Ipsy Shopper app.

Have you tried any of these products? Are you excited about Ipsy Shopper? Let me know in the comments!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I Said Goodbye to the Flowers

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You've probably noticed that I said goodbye to the flowers. The flowers that I'm referring to are the giant pink poppies that were on my old header. I've also said goodbye to a font that I had grown to hate. It's crazy that I felt so stifled by a blog header, but...

If you've been reading this blog from the very beginning, you'll know that this blog wasn't always called Poppyseeder. Last September I bought this domain and I've been so happy with it, which is significant since I'm typically quite wishy-washy about this sort of thing, which almost certainly stems from self-doubt. I really wasn't happy with my old header, though, and I wasn't from the start. I kinda slapped it together and thought, "good enough for now." But over the last 6 months or so, I really started to dislike it and even felt a little embarrassed by it, as trivial as that may sound.

I had expressed on Twitter quite a few times over the past few months that I was working on a new header but having difficulties. I was absolutely determined to do it myself. I was trying to make a header by hand, by scanning things, or using Photoshop. I could envision the header I wanted so clearly but just couldn't seem to deliver, possibly because I was trying to make it too complex and detailed and was overestimating my abilities. I started getting discouraged and frustrated because I didn't think my old header suited me and this is my little space on the internet, so it should suit me pretty darn well, right?

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#relatable (source)
I hated how my blog looked and thus started hating my blog in general. Not that a new header magically fixed everything, I'm certainly not saying that my blog is perfect now. For a while I gave up with making a new header because working on it wasn't even fun anymore. I felt stuck in a rut and started Googling how to "take your blog to the next level"-- which honestly sounds so cheesy to me, but oh well. Almost every single article I read mentioned refreshing the blog theme or header. I reluctantly started playing in Photoshop again, only to become frustrated and ready to give up a few hours later.

While scrolling through a folder, looking for a file that I probably deleted ages ago, I came across a little texture-y experiment that I made over a year ago for a vintage shop that I was planning on opening.* I don't know why, but I just really love it but I had totally forgotten about it. I slapped some text over it, and boom. Done deal.

Now more than ever, I feel like my blog reflects me well and where I want to take my blog in the future, and all I did was change my header. Moral of the story: don't overthink things, don't overwork yourself, and take a step back occasionally. I know this has been said a million times, but blogging should be fun.

Say goodbye to the old header!

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*Opening an online vintage shop is still a dream of mine and I plan to follow through with it-- but after I buy my own house. I'll give an update on this eventually. 
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #6

Maine Blogger, New England Blogger

Life Lately: 

In case you missed it, Spencer and I visited Baxter State Park a few days before my actual birthday and I'm already dying to go back. It was so beautiful and so much fun, but we only saw a little bit of the park. We didn't even have time to visit the brand spankin' new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument-- but we'll fix that soon!

I didn't really make any plans for my actual birthday, so we decided to try out a local trail that we hadn't hiked before. We went to the Richard Hodson Preserve in Camden because it boasts a babbling brook and at the top, a blueberry field with views of nearby mountains and the Penobscot Bay. Long story short, because the blueberry field is part of a working farm, that part of the trail-- the best part of the trail, and the whole reason why we went-- is closed until October. To be fair, there was a sign about halfway through warning that a portion of the trail was closed, but it didn't specify where so Spencer and I trekked on, hopeful that we'd get to see the beautiful views that we were promised. Nope. It was a bummer, but still good exercise and now we know of a good place to hike when October rolls around. 

We've also been spending tons of time at Fernald's Neck Preserve in Lincolnville, right on Megunticook Lake. The last time that we were there, I got within about 2 inches of a skunk (not on purpose, obviously) and it's a miracle that I didn't get skunked. Actually, I'll give myself some credit-- I bolted. So shoutout to me for running away so quickly. Ha. 

I guess I could summarize all this with "I've been doing a ton of hiking lately." 

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Link Love:

  • First, thanks to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust for managing all the preserves that I've been frequenting this summer. They do great work and the local community is lucky to have them. 
  • While browsing Epoch, a vintage store in Belfast, I came across stacks and stacks of paintings from local artist Hillary White. She has tons of awesome stuff for sale on her Society6 page-- and I love it all. 
  • I recently became acquainted with Rosie's blog, Girl in Awe, and there are so many posts I'd like to link, but for now I'll just share this very important one about Instagram and respecting nature.
  • If you're not following Aloe on Twitter, you're missing out. They provide self-care reminders in a really cute way. They're also currently trying to fund an app through Kickstarter and could use your support-- a donation or even just a share! 
  • Taylor offered some great advice on avoiding tourist traps in Washington D.C. 
  • Vicky made a great list of some vegan & cruelty-free nail polish removers. I remember when I first found out that many nail polish removers contain gelatin. Why??
  • How adorable is Maria in this Elsa Mars inspired look?! Long live bold blue eyeshadow. 
  • Speaking of adorable, I love this outfit of Kimberly's. It looks so cute and comfy!

What posts have you loved lately? Link 'em in the comments!
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation

Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation from Influenster

Honestly, I was feeling pretty #blessed when I got the email saying that Influenster was sending me two shades of Milk Makeup's new Blur Liquid Matte Foundation and their Dab + Blend Applicator. Before this, it had been a long time since I had received anything from Influenster that I felt was even worth talking about, which definitely added to my excitement about this VoxBox.

Before I get into the review, let me explain what Influenster is. Influenster is a site where you can review products, read reviews, and get boxes, called Voxboxes, full of 100% free products. I've received things like dog food, snacks, laundry detergent, cosmetics, and more. I had friends nagging me to join Influenster for the longest time, but I put it off because I was convinced that it was a scam or it wasn't actually free-- but I stand corrected.

The Blur Liquid Matte Foundation is vegan, cruelty-free, oil-free, and silicone-free. It is said to blur pores, fine lines, and provide breathable, weightless full-coverage. I was sent the two lightest shades-- Ivory and Fair, which sell for $40 each. Milk's website says that Ivory is for people with neutral to yellow undertones and Fair is for people with pink undertones.

The first time I used these foundations, I put a little bit on the back of my hand, side by side, and couldn't really see a difference in color. I applied Fair to my face and instantly regretted it. The Fair shade was too dark, too orange, and too yellow on me. It was bad. Thankfully I didn't apply a large amount and was able to blend it out pretty well.

Next I tried the Ivory shade which is definitely what I should have used in the first place. It was much closer to the actual color of my skintone, though I still think it is a bit too yellow on me. This foundation is offered in 16 different shades, which is a pretty decent range, but I would love an even lighter and less yellow shade.

Even though the Ivory shade wasn't quite right on me, I wore it everyday for about a week. It is very full-coverage, but I felt like it made me look a little cakey. I also noticed that it wore off somewhat easily, even after I set it with powder and setting spray. I always felt self-conscious when wearing this foundation. Sure, my acne scars were well hidden, but they were hidden behind an odd texture that wasn't the right color. I don't want this foundation to go to waste, so I may start mixing a tiny bit of it with my usual foundation for extra coverage. We'll see how that works.

Milk Makeup Dab + Blend Applicator

Now, the Dab + Blend Applicator...I had been seeing this all over YouTube and was very excited to try it. As you can probably guess, the applicator doesn't suck up product, therefore none is wasted and the applicator doesn't get all gross and grimey. That sounds nice, right? Well, this applicator just didn't work for me. I felt like it just made foundation application more difficult and messier. I should mention that I'm not a fan of beauty sponges, I use my fingers or a brush to apply foundation, but I was really hoping that this one would work for me. To me, the best thing about this applicator is how easy it is to clean. If you like beauty sponges, maybe take a chance on this. If not, don't bother.

Overall I am disappointed in this foundation and the blender. I am so grateful to have received the products for free, but I had such high expectations and they were squashed. I might be willing to give this foundation another try if they came out with a lighter shade because that would make a huge difference for me. On the other hand, my first impression of this foundation wasn't good and I'm very pleased with my usual foundation that only costs $13. In short, would I buy this foundation? No.

Don't forget to sign up for Influenster so that you can start receiving 100% free VoxBoxes! 

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and all opinions stated here are mine!*