Curly Crafty Mom: February 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ipsy Review #15 - February

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Ipsy really outdid itself this month with the bag... it has beading on it in black and white with a red heart! The back of the bag is hot pink, though and I wish it matched the color of the heart. I was excited to receive a SmashBox item this month! The primer oil! Also, all of the other items are really good, too! I love it all! I hit the jackpot this month!!

What is Ipsy?
If you've never heard about Ipsy before, it is a mail subscription that sends you a new makeup pouch each month along with 5 products to sample. And, the kicker? It is ONLY $10 a month! It is also fun to see what others get, because not everyone gets the same products... you fill out a questionnaire and they base your products off of your answers. If you're interested, you can sign up under me, by clicking HERE and I'll earn some points to buy myself extra products. Thanks!

Now, let's review my Ipsy bag!

February Ipsy

Trust Fund Beauty - Nail Polish in I'm Kind of a Big Deal
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I was excited to receive a nail polish in a Spring shade that I don't already have. I put this nail polish on my nails on Friday and it is Sunday and it is still going strong without any chips. I used Essie's Gel top coat over it. The polish is nice and thick and dries quickly!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Paula Dorf - Baby Eyes Enhancer
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You put this eye enhancer on your waterline and the color brightens the lower rim of your eyes. I was hesitant about this really working or showing up, but it really does! I have never put anything on my waterline, for fear it'll smudge or water... but, this is such a light (yet bright) color that it doesn't smudge, run... just brightens! It also has Vitamin E in it that is supposed to help moisturize (not that my waterline needs moisturizing, but I guess it isn't a bad thing!).
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

SmashBox Cosmetic - Photo Finish Primer Oil
I was really excited to receive the SmashBox Photo Finish Primer Oil in this Ipsy bag! The small jar will last a long time, too since you don't need a lot of it! However, I don't think this is the best Photo Finish product for my skin type. I have combination/oily skin and it is not dry at all. I think this oil would be better for people with dry skin types. I prefer the Photo Finish Foundation Primer or even the Primer Water A LOT better (both of which I use and have right now!). I will use this oil up, but I will not purchase it. It did help keep my makeup on, but it made my skin feel oily even when I used it sparingly! The top photo shows me wearing it under my makeup.
I would rate it 4/5 stars.

BellaPierre Cosmetics - Mineral Blush in Desert Rose
This is the first loose powder blush I've owned, but I really like it! The color works with my skin tone and it has a little sparkle to it (but, not too much!). It could show up a little more than it does on my skin, but I think I will wear it a lot on days when I don't want to look overly done up with my makeup. The top photo in this post shows me wearing the blush.
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Jersey Shore - Vanilla Bean Anti-Aging Lip & Hand Polish
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This was my FAVORITE item in my entire Ipsy bag! I give myself a little spa night every other week with a facial and Lush bath and I'll be adding this to it until I run out! You squeeze some of this out of the tube and then lather up (it is sort of a gritty texture, reminds me of a sugar scrub) and then you rinse it off and your hands feel like velvet! I haven't tried it on my lips yet, will probably save it for my hands! Not sure how well it works for anti-aging, I don't have enough to see the results on that.
I would rate it 5/5 stars.


And, if we look back from a YEAR ago... this is my February 2015 box and I'm sharing what I used and what I didn't use...

Products from my February 2015 Box I've Kept or Tossed:

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This was a REALLY good Ipsy month. The Hey Honey Take It Off was a lot of fun, being the first 'peel off' face mask that I had ever tried. 

I use the Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush (504) almost every day! And, the ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder (in Cosmopolitan) that they sent I use at least every week and I still have a lot left! 

The MCARGO Mini Lip Gloss (in Anguilla) is a nice Spring shade and I will be pulling it out to use again soon!

The only item this month that I haven't really used much, is the Rob Scheppy 'Tini Beauty Eye Shadow (in Pearl Fizz). I already have two Naked palettes and this is just not a shadow I need. I will give it away or toss it, since it hasn't gotten much use in the last year.

To see my February 2015 Ipsy review post, click HERE.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 02/28/16

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Today's Feature is Dollar Tree DIY Succulents Wreath by Katie at The Homespun Hydrangea.

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Welcome back to our DIY/Craft Link Up Party! Thank you for stopping by every week! 

Time for some weekly recap photos:

This week went by pretty fast, so I don't have a lot of photos to share.

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On Sunday Autumn had World Thinking Day for Daisy scouts. Her troop did Germany for their country, but she got to go around and 'visit' many other countries that day. They are 'fishing' with chop sticks in the photo on the left and on the right you'll see the swap that her troop gave out to all of the girls. The mini pretzel is so cute!


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(Left) We got to go back and see Autumn's class dance this week and I also know what her recital costumes are going to look like now. (Right) The kids had a surprise snow day and I know you usually see 'staged' photos of my house all nice and clean. But, this is the disaster of my house from the snow day! Nathan was trying to teach Autumn how to play chess. Rose got in the chess box to watch them and Autumn tried to catch her before she hopped out. Oh, and there is just random stuff laying around everywhere. Yep, pretty much how our house looks when I'm not taking photos for the blog.


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(Left) Nathan had his first sick day home from school and also missed his Blue & Gold ceremony for Cub Scouts that evening. :( (Right) Autumn had her second Cosmic Bowl with Daisy scouts.

Check out what my fellow bloggers have been up to and don’t forget to check out my feature for this week as well.
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Neutral Fabric Book Covers from Curly Crafty Mom.
Party Planner Easter Basket from The Southern Couture.
Ikea Bookshelf Hack from The Dempster Logbook.
Master Bedroom Facelift from Making It In The Mitten.

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Dollar Tree DIY Succulents Wreath
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Katie at The Homespun Hydrangea shared her DIY Dollar Tree Succulents Wreath at our last party. I can't believe that the dollar store sells succulents, they are not cheap at regular craft stores. And, this wreath turned out beautiful!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Out with the Processed... and IN with Nakd Bars!

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I have gotten into a wonderful rhythm when it comes to working out and as I have mentioned on the blog before, I have been working out 5 times a week. It isn't easy and I took baby steps towards it, but it is SO worth it. However, I am not so great when it comes to eating and I really need to start making better choices. Its easy to make poor choices when your limited on time and energy. Cereal bars are always a quick choice, but not the best one when you actually stop and look at the ingredients listed on the box. 


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Nakd bars are healthy cereal bars from Natural Balance Foods and give you a better option for breakfast and snacking. I was delighted when I received this ENTIRE box c/o Natural Balance Foods full of all of these colorful bars in all sorts of different flavors. The Rhubarb & Custard was the first one I tried!


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It was delicious! I was running behind on my day, due to a lot of errands and it was too early to eat lunch yet I needed something to eat before my workout. This was the perfect snack!


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I wanted to show you a close up of the back of the wrapper for the Rhubarb Custard bar. It shows the ingredients and it also includes a hint of natural flavoring. Its cold-pressed and has NO added sugar or syrups!


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These bars are perfect to put into your gym bag to have on hand if you need a small snack before or after you work out. Or, just keep them around the house if you work out at home.


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These bars would also be a great snack to eat while you are working, studying or planning out your day in your planner!


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In addition to the bars, they also sent me their Nakd Salted Caramel Fruit & Nut Nibbles.


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Here is a close up of what they look like outside the wrapper. Yes, simply yummy indeed!


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I am really excited to try out all of the flavors with my family! There is Cashew Cookie, Berry Delight, Rhubarb & Custard, Ginger Bread, Caffe Mocha, Bakewell Tart and more!


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Nakd Bars are raw fruits and nuts smoothed together. These bars contain natural ingredients, meaning there is no added sugars, syrups or other ingredients that shouldn't be there. Completely wheat, dairy and gluten free, these bars have incredible flavor and a soft and chewy texture. These bars are a perfect snack in-between meals, on the go, or even packed in your lunch. 

If you want a little more crunch, try out the Nakd Crunch bars that are crammed with soya crunches for extra protein.

Eat Nakd products are available for purchase across the USA at eatnakd.com.

Have you tried Nakd Bars? What flavor is your favorite? Or, if you haven't... What flavor would you try?

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. These bars were gifted to me in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #50: The Perfect Solution for the Running Pack Rat

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

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Happy Thursday! The weekend is almost here... Last weekend we had 70+ degree weather on Friday AND Saturday, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to get out some of my Spring/Summer work out gear. Yay! But, what I am the most excited about is this new TKO Running Belt with a Lime Green colored Reflective Trim (it also comes in other colors, like pink!). This belt has TWO pockets, and the front pocket is large enough to hold my iPhone6 Plus and then some. It has a water resistant design, adjustable waist band and you could even fit a small water bottle in the front pocket! 

And, did you know Forever21 has some adorable workout clothes? The shorts are old, but I got them from F21 and I have two other pieces that match the shorts (running bra and capri running pants- not pictured here). The breathable shirt is from Old Navy and the shoes are of course my NEW running shoes from Brooks!

I plan to take this with me when we go to Italy this summer, it will be PERFECT to keep my valuables close to me and it'll keep my hands free! However, it will probably get the most use when I go out for my runs!


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Let's see what fits inside the TKO Running Belt, for all of us running pack rats!
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What I'm Wearing:
Running Belt - TKO
Go-Dry 1/4-Zip Pullover - Old Navy
Running Shorts - Forever21 (Sold Out, Similar, Similar)
Running Shoes - Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This belt was gifted to me in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.


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Guest Co-Host:
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Emily at Darling, Dearest is our co-host this week. Emily lives in North Carolina and is a teacher. She blogs about affordable fashion and was recently married. She enjoys a good book, her cat Pippa and a glass of wine!

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My pick these week is Carly from Lipgloss and Crayons. This mother and daughter pair are too cute in their leopard prints from last week.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Neutral Fabric Book Covers for the Bar Cart

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You won't believe this, but I have FINALLY finished decorating the gold bar cart from Target that Brian got me two years ago! I am really pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to reveal it with y'all next week! This bar cart has ALSO inspired me on how I want to decorate our family room- in gold, black and white! 


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I could have sewed fabric book covers for the cart, but I wanted something quick and easy... because, I am a busy mom and I also have a lot of unwanted books downstairs that need to be put to use. I was going to use three books, but when I added a couple of knick knacks on top of the books... I realized it looked perfect.


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Once you learn how to do this, you'll be thinking of places to add fabric covered books in all areas in your home. Its quick and easy and who doesn't want to look through all of the fun fabric patterns and colors at Hobby Lobby?!


How to Create an Easy Fabric Book Cover

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For this project you'll need:

  • Fabric
  • Old Books
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Fabric Scissors/Glue Gun (Not Pictured)

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For this project, I had purchased THREE fabrics, because I thought I'd make three fabric book covers. However, when I decided to do just two books, I had to single out one of the fabrics. I decided to go with the first photo and the top fabric in the second photo I tossed (well, it'll get used for something else).


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Lay your fabric on the floor and measure 2" out around it, Then, cut the fabric.


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You could iron your fabric first, but I like to iron it after I cut it. Its more manageable that way and not a huge piece of fabric.


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Get a big piece of scrap paper or cardboard and go outside or in the garage and spray the inside of your fabric with spray mount. Then lay your book (open) on top and press down so that it adheres to your book.


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Cut two strips on each side of the spine. You will tuck this fabric into the spine later.


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Use your hot glue gun and glue the fabric that hangs over onto the inside of the book. Fold in the corners so that it looks like the above photo.


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Here is a close up of one of the corners I hot glued down.


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Now, use a your finger or a dull knife to tuck in the flap of fabric into the spine.


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And, that's it! Next week, you'll see how I placed these books on the bar cart! Stay tuned!


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