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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Favorite Posts of 2017

With it being the end of the year, I wanted to roundup some of my favorite posts from 2017 in one convenient spot. Personally 2017 was a hard year, but things are looking up and some awesome things are going to happen in 2018. I feel like people always say this...but it's true, and I'll get to share more details soon.

I wouldn't feel right ending the year without thanking you. Whether you're a frequent reader or you just happened to find your way here for the first time today, I appreciate the heck out of you for clicking on my blog. I hope 2018 brings good things for you, too.

gooddyeyoung blue ruin hair dye

goodDYEyoung Review- One of my most popular posts of all time. This is some of my absolute favorite hair dye on the market.

vinyl record collection

Easy Ways to Discover New Music- i.e. my obsession.

vinyl test presses

5 Reasons to Collect Vinyl Records- i.e. my other obsession.

beech hill preserve

Beech Hill-  The first time that we checked out one of the most beautiful spots around.

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Baxter State Park- For my birthday, we headed into the wilderness.

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What to Know Before Moving to Maine- I had about a hundred people ask, so I answered the best I could!

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Quoddy Head State Park- We journeyed to the edge of the earth...well, to the edge of Maine. And it was gorgeous.

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Schoodic Peninsula- We explored the often-forgotten portion of Acadia National Park.

belfast maine bagel cafe

Comfort Zones + Statement Sleeves- This post is special to me because it's my first style post. After wanting to get into this for years, I finally did it!

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Gardens Aglow- Bokeh porn! The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens puts on the prettiest light show in the state.

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I'm also going to start sending out a newsletter in 2018. Only once a month, twice at most, so I won't clog up your inbox. Subscribers will be the first to know about any upcoming giveaways and other fun stuff like that. 

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Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Goals

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Drone footage courtesy of my husband

It's that time of year when we all discuss how we want to improve ourselves, so I guess it's my turn to join the conversation. After years and years of making very long, unrealistic lists, I've started doing this. A small list of a few achievable goals that aren't too specific. I used to beat myself up for not achieving all 20 or however many things on my list, so this system works much better for me. Note to self: you're never going to read 100 books in a year.

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☆ Take more photos and videos with my camera. I used to spend hours on end taking photos, editing them, and browsing Flickr and gathering inspiration and advice from people all over the world. It was pretty much all I did. I was that annoying friend who was constantly snapping photos of people. In 2014 I got my first smartphone and that's when I stopped bringing my camera everywhere I went. I have a nice camera, I want and need to use it more.

Who knows, I may do some sort of 52 Weeks or Project 365 this year, but I guess I'm running out of time to think about it. I did a Project 365 during my 17th year-- my most angst-filled year ever. It's really fun and interesting to go through those photos and A) laugh at my "artsy" photos and B) read the captions and remember what was going on in my life.

☆ Refine and improve my German skills. Growing up, German class was always one of my very favorites. I loved learning the language and about German culture. I took 6 years of German classes and being able to speak German was always a point of pride for me. Since I've been out of school and because I'm never around German-speakers, I've lost quite a bit of my knowledge of the German language.

I actually started working on this goal back in November-- because why wait till January to start improving myself? I've been using Duolingo every day and it's really helped. I also follow some German-speakers on Instagram and reading their photo captions and listening to them talk in their stories has really helped me. It's a good relaxing way to learn without feeling like I'm being quizzed. Some of my favorite German Instagrammers are juliacoldfront, vonkopfbisfuss_, dana_klomberry, and sahararama_.

☆ Get more involved in the community. It's pretty difficult to find a long-term rental in Maine that will permit a 90lb. dog and a cat. The whole time that I've lived in Maine, almost 3 years, I've had the "why settle in, we're just going to have to move again anyway" mentality. But that isn't an issue anymore (wink) so I'd really like to start putting down some roots. I want to explore more and finally go in the shops that I've been meaning to check out forever, I want to volunteer more, attend more community events...I guess what I'm saying is that I really want to make this place home.

What are some of your goals for 2018? 
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: December Ipsy Glam Bag

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Last month's Ipsy Glam Bag was a dud. But this month was great! The theme of this bag was "snow globe" and I'm giving Ipsy an A for effort. Almost all of the products were perfect for me and I was happy to try them out. Merry Christmas to me! 

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1. Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Legendary, $21-  This lipstick is perfect for winter. It feels more like a lip balm than anything, it's very moisturizing. My only issue is the color. This looks like a true red, but when applied it looks more fuchsia or coral. It just not a cute color on me, so I don't think I'll be using this again. However, I would definitely like to try this lipstick in other colors. 
2. SLMissGlam L36 Tapered Highlight Brush- I can't find this brush for sale individually on their website, sorry! I really love it, though. I recently bought a Morphe M310 Large Soft Fan Brush to do my highlighting and, um...I was pretty disappointed by it. A couple days later my Ipsy bag showed up, I tried this brush, and loved it. It's so soft and applies highlighters beautifully...much better than that fan brush! I've received a few SLMissGlam brushes in  my Ipsy bags and I've never been disappointed by them.
3. NYX Cosmetics Faux Blacks eyeliner in Midnight, $7.99-  It's a Christmas miracle, folks. Ipsy finally sent me an eyeliner pencil that isn't black! This pencil is navy blue and it looks beautiful on my lower lash line. I've been using it every day, I absolutely love it. 
4. CityColor Shimmer Shadow in It's a Girl, $3.99-  This is the second one of these shimmer shadows that Ipsy has sent me and I really like them. The consistency is very buttery and they have great color payoff. This shade looks like a cranberry red in the pan, but on it's pinkish-plum and it's so beautiful. This shadow is available in 24 shades and they're so inexpensive, I'm surprised these shadows aren't more popular. 
5. Purlisse Sheet Masks in Green Tea + Ginger and Coconut + Rice, $36 (for a set of 6)-  I always love trying more sheet masks! These smell great, however they are slightly perfumey, so if you're sensitive to that, maybe don't try these. They also stay on my face well, much more than some other masks, which is always a plus. Besides that, they're your average sheet mask. They feel refreshing and leave your face feeling soft. 

Have you tried any of these products? Want to try Ipsy?
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Set in My Ways

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All photos are by Rachel Epperly Photography.

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This outfit reminds me of something that I would have thrown together when I was 5 years old. I was really into mixing prints (or powerclashing, as I prefer to say), I always wanted to wear tights, but comfort was the most important thing to me, so I always wore a comfy t-shirt. But when I was 5, the t-shirt that I most likely was wearing was a Hanson t-shirt. 

So this is 20 years later. Still mixing prints, still wearing tights every chance I get, and still prioritizing comfort. 

This shirt is probably my favorite casual item in my closet. I bought it 8 years ago and it's been my go-to comfy shirt since. I'm surprised that it hasn't fallen apart yet, but I'm definitely not complaining. Usually I only wear it with jeans, but this season I've been pairing it with skirts. I've been obsessed with skirts lately-- which is slightly inconvenient with how cold it's been. 

The only thing that isn't typical Amanda is the camo coat. I always had an aversion to camo until I found this coat at an L.L. Bean outlet. I circled the store a few times and each time I would come back and look at it till I eventually tried it on. Next thing I knew, I was walking out of the store with it. It has a ton of pockets, fuzzy lining, and Thinsulate, so it keeps me nice and warm without being ridiculously puffy. 

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Coat: L.L Bean (sold out, similar linked below)
Shirt: Urban Outfitters (sold out, similar linked below)
Skirt: Hot Topic
Tights: Target
Boots: ASOS
Purse: ModCloth (sold out, similar linked below)
Hair color: goodDYEyoung

What items in your closet do you love the most? What was your favorite band when you were a kid? Tell me in the comments!
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #10

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Life Lately: 

This month has been a blur. I had a ton of posts planned for December. I had a post planned for almost every day of the month. I started planning months ago. But recently we have been really busy (I feel like I always say that in these posts) and now that we're not as busy, I've really been enjoying being away from social media and not worrying about it. I have some guilt for not scheduling tweets and for not getting all those Christmas-related posts up, but that guilt is nothing compared to how great it feels to just relax and use my computer for fun, not work. 2018 is going to be so busy for us, it's nice to have a calm Christmas.

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Another one from Gardens Aglow

Link Love:

  • Valery opened up about gender roles, internalized misogyny, and strong women. It's definitely worth a read! 
  • I've really been into checkerboard print lately, even more than usual, so naturally I loved this post from Alice
  • With it being the holiday season, I've received a ton of inquires from brands asking me to promote their products in exchange for nothing but "exposure." Exposure doesn't pay the bills and it isn't a valid form of payment in exchange for my hard work. Over the past couple weeks I've repeatedly referred to this post from Ashlynn to help me word my responses to brands a bit more tactfully. 
  • I love these adorable deer enamel pins that Kathy designed. 
  • I can't get over the combination of Nicole's outfit and the setting of the photos. BRB, shopping for an outfit like hers. 
  • I was going to save this for a "favorite YouTubers" post (I keep putting it off) but I have to recommend Pixielocks' channel. I found her channel over the summer and I've been hooked since. Jillian (AKA Pixie) is so darn cute, funny, and has a great style. Her videos are so binge-worthy. If you like bright colors, Magical Girl anime, cats, glitter, or adorable Canadians-- you should subscribe.  

What posts have you loved lately? Link 'em in the comments to spread the love!
Monday, December 18, 2017

Yule Jams

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All photos are by Rachel Epperly Photography.

alternative christmas party style

Did you really expect me to get through December without posting a Christmas-themed playlist? You must be new here. I loved making last year's playlist for you all, so it's definitely going to be an annual thing. This year I discovered Chris Farren's Christmas album that was released a few years ago and have been playing it non-stop, I definitely recommend listening to the whole thing. And Merry Christmas to me! One of my all-time favorite bands, Eisley, relseased two new Christmas tracks. One song is on this playlist while the other is available exclusively on Amazon's Indie for the Holidays playlist.

Music is my favorite thing about the holidays, second only to the festivities. My red chiffon pleated dress that I found at T.J. Maxx has been my designated Christmas party dress for the past few years. It's simple and understated so it's never really out of style, but the accordian pleats add a little something to make it more interesting.

This year I paired it with emerald green velvet block heels that I am absolutely in love with. At first I had buyer's remorse becuase I hardly ever have need for shoes like these, but then I realized that like this dress, I'll only wear them a couple times a year and they'll last forever. Green velvet never goes out of style for Christmas!

green velvet block heels

classic christmas party outfit

easy holiday party outfit

Dress: Lush Clothing (no longer available, similar linked below)
Tights: Target
Shoes: Modcloth (sold out, similar linked below)
Hair color: goodDYEyoung 

You can find more of my playlists here or just follow me on Spotify. What is your favorite Christmas song? Do you have a go-to Christmas look? Tell me in the comments!
Friday, December 15, 2017

My Winter Essentials

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drone view midcoast maine
Photo was taken by my husband

We got our first snow recently so now I'm in full-on winter mode. I've been having an especially hard time this year with the sun setting so early. I keep crawling into bed without looking at the time, only to realize that it's barely 6pm. This time of year certainly makes me miss living in Florida. Unfortunately I can't spend the winter in Maine curled up on the beach, but here are a few things that help make the winter a bit more bearable for me.

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  1. NYX Cosmetics Epic Ink Liner- Having waterproof eyeliner is especially important for me during the winter, because when it's cold outside my eyes water like nobody's business. I haven't had the best luck with NYX's eyeliner in the past, but I picked this up at Target one day after I finally had to throw away my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. This liner stays on all day, is super pigmented, and is a great price. 
  2. Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara- Again, I'm all about waterproof eye makeup during the winter. Especially when it's freezing outside and I can't be bothered to put anything but mascara on. 
  3. Essential oil diffuser- I am absolutely obsessed. To give myself a boost in the morning or afternoon I diffuse lemon & peppermint essential oils and at night I usually stick to lavender. It's just such an easy way make myself feel a little better, more relaxed, or more energized. Plus, with how dry it is during the winter I can get a bit uncomfortable but this adds a little humidity back into the air. 
  4. Stash Tea- I don't know why, but as soon as there's snow on the ground I switch from coffee to tea. Usually I have one cup of coffee per day, but with tea...I usually lose count of how many cups of tea I've had in a day. Growing up, Stash Tea was a staple in my house because of the low prices and huge selection. Luckily for me, multiple local stores carry a pretty decent range of their teas-- I always leave with at least 5 boxes. 
  5. L.L. Bean Cotton Ragg Camp Socks- These socks are so simple, yet so awesome. They're thin, so they don't feel uncomfortable when you wear them with shoes, but they also keep my feet nice and warm. They're just so soft and comfy!
  6. Onesies/kigurumi-  My house is pretty much always cold thanks to an archaic heating system, so if I'm at home, I'm wearing one of these. These are so insanely comfortable and warm, I don't know why I didn't buy one sooner. 
  7. Smith's Rosebud Salve-  Another product that I've been using for almost my whole life. This smells amazing, lasts for a very long time, and can be used on lips and even dry hands or elbows. If you'd rather have it in a tube instead of a tin, you're in luck
  8. Dr. Martens vegan 1460 boots- These are always what I'm wearing when I'm out and about. They're roomy enough for thick socks, my feet always stay dry in them, and they're slip resistant-- which is very important for my clumsy self.
  9. Lush Cosmetics Lord of Misrule Shower Cream-  No surprise here. This is one of my favorite scents ever and it's perfect for winter since it's such a warm smell. It leaves my skin so soft and it's just great for a little pampering when I'm feeling grumpy about the cold. 
  10. TONYMOLY Panda's Dream So Cool Eyestick-  This is one of my more recent discoveries and it's become part of my daily routine. This is a serum stick to apply around your eyes. It claims to help with puffiness, which I don't have issues with, and fine lines which...well, I may be starting to get those. But the reason I bought this was because it's very cooling and feels so refreshing when applied. After being outside in the cold air, this provides some relief. Also, that packaging! 
  11. L.L. Bean Daybreak Scuffs-  These are my favorite shoes of all time. They are so incredibly comfortable, keep my feet warm, and they also have an anti-slip rubber sole. I used to feel weird wearing shoes in my house but now I feel weird if I'm not wearing these. I'm not the only one who loves them-- my mom and my husband each have a pair, too. 
  12. Fleece-lined footed tights- On days when it's ridiculously cold and I need an extra layer or just when I'm determined to wear a dress despite the cold, fleece-lined tights are my savior. These are a staple in my wardrobe. 
  13. L.L. Bean Flannel Duvet Cover- I'm pro-flannel everything. I've had my flannel duvet cover for a couple years now and it's great for extra warmth and softness. 
  14. Threshold Flannel Sheets- Obviously, I love L.L. Bean's flannel products but when it comes to sheets, I think I'll stick with Target. Target's flannel sheets are much more affordable, which is good for me because I like to have multiple sets to rotate. 

What are your winter essentials? Tell me in the comments!
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hit Reset

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All photos are by Rachel Epperly Photography.

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I bought these pants back in August with the intention of wearing them all through fall and winter. I was so excited about this purchase because these pants are almost exactly the same as some pants that I wanted when I was 14, 11 years ago. I guess my taste in clothing hasn't changed too much in all that time. I was jobless back then and my mom didn't like those pants, therefore I didn't get them. Immediately after purchasing these, I texted my two best friends "just bought the plaid pants from Hot Topic that my mom would never let me get, being an adult is great!"

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My confidence was at an all-time high when I was a teenager. Sometimes that led me to act like a complete idiot, sometimes it allowed me to feel comfortable sharing some of the worst, most pretentious writing anyone had ever read, but most of all, it led me to opportunities. Opportunities to make new friends, explore new interests without hesitation, and travel around the east coast by myself.

I've briefly mentioned it now and again here, and I have no desire to really get into it, but in my early 20's I lost all that confidence. I was burnt out, miserable, and not at all myself. I didn't enjoy anything anymore and thought that was how the rest of my life would be. I didn't see any point in trying new things, meeting new people, or striving for happiness.

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I am working towards getting that confidence back every single day and that's where blogging comes in. I used to blog about environmental issues-- something I'm still very passionate about and remain engaged in-- but I needed a break from that. It didn't make me happy. You know what makes me happy? Sharing my favorite music, my favorite places, and talking about these awesome pants.

I'm sure any blogger can tell you about the eye rolls, smirks, whispers, and patronizing remarks they have gotten for being a blogger. It happens to me quite frequently and I'm not even one to talk about my blog very openly. I'd be lying if I said it didn't irritate me, but you know what? At least I'm still here. I'm doing something that makes me happy. I'm expanding my horizons and meeting new people. I once again feel confident enough to share my thoughts online and get my photo taken, not only in public, just in general. I don't think any of that is something to smirk at.

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Jacket: Hot Topic (sold out online, similar linked below)
Sweater: Anne Klein (old, similar linked below)
Pants: Hot Topic (sold out online, similar linked below)
Boots: ASOS
Purse: ModCloth (sold out, similar linked below)
Hair color: goodDYEyoung
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gardens Aglow

gardens aglow, coastal maine botanical gardens

Back in August I bought our tickets to Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay because I had never been before, and I had heard this event was unmissable. During Gardens Aglow the botanical gardens are decorated with over 500,000 lights and it is so beautiful. We spent nearly 2 hours there, it was so relaxing and fun. My favorite part was how beautifully the bokeh turned out in my photos. In fact, I hardly shot any photos in focus and now I have more photos of bokeh than I'll probably ever need.

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Besides the lights there is food, drinks, art exhibits, and the gift shop is open. It was pretty cold when we visited, but thankfully they have warming stations set up so were able to stay comfortable. From what I've heard, Gardens Aglow keeps getting better each year and it was pretty amazing this year, so I'll definitely be back!

Along with the hundreds of photos I took, I also took a fair amount of video. I recommend watching it in HD!

Gardens Aglow runs Thursday through Sunday till the end of December, with the exception of Christmas Eve. Click here to purchase your tickets. 
Friday, December 1, 2017

DIY Kitschy Christmas Wreath

kitschy christmas decor

It's finally December! Which means that society finally deems my Christmas spirit acceptable, so today I'm going to share my latest Christmas crafty creation with you. Full disclosure, I don't do many crafty things these days, but this year I was determined to make this pink, kitschy eyesore. Do I personally think it's an eyesore? Heck no, I think it's adorable and fun. But I know tacky pink wreaths aren't everyone's thing, thus it may possibly be an eyesore to some.

Everything for my wreath was purchased at A.C. Moore with the exception of the hot pink feather blob-- which is actually a gift topper that I found at T.J. Maxx a few months ago. It was easy to find items to add to this wreath because I knew I wanted lots of pink and lots of glitter. It's also easy to go overboard when shopping for things to decorate this sort of wreath with, so as a general rule if a single item cost over $4, I didn't buy it. If you use pom poms on your wreath, I definitely recommend buying more than you think you need. Initially I was only going to use one bag of the assorted pink pom poms but I bought a bag of white ones just in case. Good thing I got the white pom poms because I used every last one! I was able to complete this wreath in about 2 hours, so this is a pretty quick little project.

DIY pastel christmas wreath

I placed the larger objects on my wreath first, like the sprigs of holly and the sparkly spiky balls (I guess that's the technical name, right?) I laid them out around the wreath first to get an idea of how they'd look, then I very carefully stuck them in the styrofoam wreath, making sure not to push the long ends out through the other side of the wreath. I kept them mostly in the back of the wreath. Then with hot glue I added the hot pink feather gift topper and the mini Christmas tree. After that I started placing the pom poms and filling in spaces. I just made sure to balance the bigger items in sort of a triangle formation on the wreath.

pastel christmas

The best thing about making a wreath like this is that it doesn't take much planning. You can just fill it with things you like, you don't really have to worry about it looking flawless because the point of it is to be ridiculous. There's no wrong way to make a wreath like this. You can make a wreath like this any way you want-- silver & gold, rainbow, black red & green, whatever! I'm already planning a silver & gold wreath next, and maybe a super goth one. I think kitschy goth Christmas decor sounds pretty darn awesome.

pink christmas decor

What about you, are you into classic Christmas decor or the more tacky the better? What sort of Christmas crafts do you like to make? Tell me in the comments! 
Friday, November 24, 2017

Why You Should Visit Maine in the Winter

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The first time I visited Maine was at the end of November 2014. At the time I was living in Florida, working at an elementary school and attending college, so my Thanksgiving breaks both aligned perfectly and allowed me to escape to Maine. I had never been to New England at that point and didn't really know what to expect. I also didn't really know what I would end up doing there, as I heard that a lot of businesses close for the winter, and many do-- but there is still a ton to do in Maine during the winter. Most people think to visit Maine in the summer and fall, but here's why you should visit in the winter.

It's practically deserted. Seriously, compared to the crowds that summer brings, Maine is pretty darn empty in the winter and it's so nice. Stores and restaurants aren't packed, traffic isn't bad, and you don't feel like you're suffocating all the time. It's just so peaceful.

Winter sports & snow. Maine has quite a few ski resorts, places to go snowtubing, and of course you could always go snowshoeing around Acadia National Park. If you're from somewhere where snow isn't really a thing, just seeing the snow is pretty awesome.

Christmas! Maine is pretty cute during Christmastime, y'all. You can find some sort of cute, old-fashioned Christmas celebration almost anywhere you go. And to get you started, I already made a list of 10 Christmas 2017 events in Maine.

It's cheaper. Generally speaking, it's much cheaper to visit Maine in the winter. While some bed and breakfasts close during the winter, the ones that stay open for the season slash their rates. And circling back to my first reason, the hotels and B&Bs are usually pretty empty which can be quite nice. Once when we stayed at an empty B&B the owners upgraded us to their biggest room for free!

There's still a lot going on. Remember, people live in Maine during the winter, we gotta stay occupied somehow! You could experience Maine's booming food scene with Maine Restaurant Week, check out the National Toboggan Championship, and many towns have their own Winterfests. Have you ever watched someone carve an ice sculpture with a chainsaw? It's pretty impressive.

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What's your favorite thing to do during the colder months of the year?
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review: November Ipsy Glam Bag

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ipsy november 2017 glam bag This month's Ipsy Glam Bag theme is "all you." As soon as I saw what was coming in my bag, I was a little disappointed. Nothing really excited me except the ColourPop shadow, but you'll read more about that below. But I still tried to keep an open mind about these products.

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  1. Lime Crime Iridescent Lip Topper in Lit, $18- This is the first product from Lime Crime that I've ever tried, and although many people still have mixed feelings about this brand, most of what I've seen is very positive. Because of that, I had high hopes for this product. It's a water based product and the color I was sent, Lit, is very sheer pink with tons of gold glitter in it. It's not drying, but also the glitter comes off quite easily. Every aspect of this product reminds me of play makeup for children. The smell, the consistency, and how it looks on my lips. I very, very rarely do glittery lips, so if I ever do use this, it will be for New Year's Eve. I truly don't believe that this product is worth $18. Urban Outfitters sells the mini size for $8 and I don't even think it's worth that. 
  2. 'Tini Beauty Barfly Highlighter in Candlelight, $12- I'm not typically a fan of highlighters that come in cream sticks. This one gives more payoff than others I've tried, but still not really enough for my liking. It's a beautiful color and is great if you like subtle highlights.  
  3. ColourPop Cosmetics Pressed Powder Shadow in Paper Tiger, $4- Ipsters were sent this color, Paper Tiger, or Come and Get It, which is a light metallic pink. Well, I was hoping for the pink shadow but got the matte mustard. What can ya do? This is a perfectly fine color, but it isn't one that I'll wear often and I already have a few matte mustard colored shadows. The mustard shade, Creamsicle, in the Morphe X Jaclyn Hill palette (which I reviewed here) has a lot more color payoff than this one, so I'll probably reach for that palette over this shadow if I want a mustard color.
  4.  IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ in Fair, $38-  As usual, this product is just a wee bit too dark, but I've still been using it. It claims to color correct but I'm not so sure about that. It's a perfectly fine CC cream but the coverage isn't full enough for my liking so I've only been wearing it when I need to get out the door fast or under my foundation.
  5.  OUAI Hair Oil, $28- As soon as I pumped a little bit of this out of the bottle, I was taken aback by the scent. I thought it was gardenia, but it is actually a combination African Galanga, Ama, and Asian Borage. The point is that it smells exactly like gardenia, which I thought was a risky choice for a hair oil. I do like gardenia and gardenia-like scents, but sometimes it can be too floral and overpowering, and sometimes it can easily give me headaches or make a headache worse. Besides that, I think this is a great product, however I don't think it's any better than many other hair oils on the market that are much cheaper.

All in all, this was a pretty underwhelming bag compared to other Glam Bags that I've received. But I've seen some spoilers for the December bag and they have me excited, so I'm not going to cancel my subscription just yet! Honestly though, that was never really on the table, I love Ipsy. Heh.

Have you tried any of these products? Want to try Ipsy?