August Ipsy Bag

August Ipsy Glam Bag Reveal & Review

Hiya Geeks! For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you already got a sneak peek at what I got in this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. But today is the day that we take a good look at everything that I got and my thoughts on each item. Let’s get started!

August Ipsy Bag

First of all, how friggen cute is this month’s bag?! I seriously think that it’s my favorite bag that I’ve received. This month’s theme was Sugar Highness, so everything this month was all glam and girly. I think this will become my go-to makeup bag for travel now.❤

Now on to the products!

The first one is this Nourishing Argan Oil Deep Hydrating Conditioning Treatment by Marc Anthony. It’s sulfate free, so it’s great for those of us with color-treated hair. The argan oil and keratin is also there to help restore and nourish weak, dry, and damaged hair.

Marc Anthony Argan Oil Conditioner

The idea of a new weekly hair treatment for my hair was exciting (I currently use L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm and am in love – it smells soooo good). So I used this in place of my normal weekly treatment.

The conditioner smells amazing, and I was looking forward to the benefits of the argan oil and vitamin E. However…I noticed that by midday the next day my hair was looking limp and oily, not a good look. So if your hair is naturally oily like mine it’s probably best to avoid this one. But, if you’ve got dry, frizzy, overprocessed hair it’ll most likely work wonders.

And lucky me, Ipsy sent me 2 nail polishes in a row! This month I got a mini polish by Formula X in Dollface, a super cute light pink.

Formula X Dollface Polish

I’m definitely going to have to try other polishes by Formula X, because I immediately fell in love with the formula of this one! It’s the most gorgeous understated pink ever – you can bet I’m going to be purchasing the full sized bottle of this color.

Even better, this baby held up for a full 5 days before I got my first chip. That’s an astonishing record considering how hard my job is on my hands (and I spent one of those days out on the boat with my parents fishing). Two huge thumbs up for this one!

The next product is one that I don’t have a lot of experience with – a Liquid Illuminator by NYX.

NYX Liquid Illuminator

I tried this a couple of different ways, and both seemed to work really well. I first tried mixing it with my normal foundation, which led to a nice overall glow to my face. I also used small amounts on the high points of my face (cheekbones, bridge of my nose, etc) as a highlighter, which actually worked really well. The color I got, Gleam, is a pretty shimmery bronze. You’d think it would be overpowering but it goes on quite naturally and a little goes a longgggg way. I’ve been using this almost every time I put a full face of makeup on.

Trust Fund Beauty made it into 2 bags in a row – not that I’m complaining – and this month I was gifted with a matte liquid lipstick (Zach is convinced that I have a severe lipstick addiction as well as polish problem now). This one is called K’bye.

Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick

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(excuse the dramatic picture…still getting a hang of photographing myself for “beauty” uses) I absolutely love the formula of this liquid lipstick, and the color is even better – a very wearable dark mauve. She’s also got some great lasting power as well. Something I’m always after…because I like to eat too much. I swear it’s a problem, seems like right after I apply any lip product I feel the need to devour a cow.😄

Lastly is a new multi-purpose moisturizer by This Works, the In Transit Camera Closeup Moisturizer.

This Works In Transit Camera Close Up Moisturizer

This is a mask, moisturizer and primer all in one guys! So I’ve been using this during my morning routine and my normal moisturizer at night. Guys. I love this product. It’s so moisturizing and it leaves my face feeling soft and ready to take on anything. It’s also a really great primer, and I love being able to cut out one step to my beauty process (who doesn’t?). It’s even got caffeine in it the help remove signs of fatigue – something my under eye circles thank me for. Love. Love. Love. Going to be getting my hands on a full size tube. Def.

Anyhow…that’s a wrap guys. Hope you guys enjoyed what you got in your Ipsy bags. What was your favorite this about this month’s items?

till next post, Katie

*Disclaimer – I am not affiliated with any of the above companies/organizations mentioned above. I am not receiving any form of compensation or payment to write this post. All of the thoughts mentioned above are 100% honest and my own. I purchase this subscription item once a month with my own money.*

QOTW iPhone Background 

Morning everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve loved a QOTW image so much that I needed it on my phone…and on my iPad…lol. But today I’m resharing this Sunday’s post, a sweet little Peter Pan quote. I love being able to take a peek at it every day from my phone.❤

:: click here to download ‘To Live Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure’ ::

I hope you guys enjoy this background!

P.S. It also looks great as an iPad background.😉

till next post, Katie

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To Live Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure

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I hope everyone’s had a good weekend, and with that in mind, let’s take the advice from a young boy I know. He’s quite wise for his age, you know. He lives every day in the moment, and isn’t afraid of a little adventure. In fact, he believes that just to live is an adventure in itself.

Let’s not forget to make the most of every single day, to embrace our humanity and live every moment to its fullest. Enjoy the mere act of being alive. The fact that you don’t know what each new day has in store for you. And even more…never grow up.

till next post, Katie

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Feed Your Face Friday: Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins

Happy Friday my Geeks! How about some muffins? I found this recipe on Pinterest for Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins by Jo-Ann over on her blog Food Wanderings, and Zach and I tested them out a couple of weekends ago. It was quite a bit of prep work, but worth it in the end.🙂

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Muffin Batter: 

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup whole milk (original recipe used 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups strawberries, cut into small pieces

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp beaten egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Streusel:

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter, cold

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Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.

Streusel Topping:

  • Sift the flour, sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Whisk together. Add the cold butter and mix with a fork until the mixture looks like coarse wet sand. Set aside.

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • Beat the cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.

Muffin Batter:

  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl. Whisk together. In another bowl, beat the milk, oil, egg and sugar. Stir the dry ingredients into the milk mixture gently. Do not overmix. The muffin batter will be slightly lumpy.
  • Scoop a tablespoon of the muffin batter into each cupcake liner. Sprinkle a few pieces of strawberries. Add a dollop (about a heaping teaspoon) of the cream cheese filling. Sprinkle a little of the cinnamon streusel on top of the filling, followed by another layer of the muffin batter. Add a few more pieces of strawberries. Lastly, sprinkle the cinnamon streusel on top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve warm with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Don’t they look amazing? I seriously wish you guys could’ve smelled how amazing my kitchen smelled while these babies were baking!

They do take a little bit of prep work, but honestly it’s totally worth it, and it makes a fun Saturday-morning activity for a couple. Plus, having two people work on all the separate parts makes it go by a lot faster!

Let me know if you try them out! Got a recipe you’d like me to try? Let me know in the comments below or over on my contact page!

till next post, Katie


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First Impressions: Pastel Ombre Nail Effect Polish

We all know I love nail art. And I love the ombre effect that’s been swimming around the interwebs for a while now. However, we also all know that I kinda maybe suck at achieving it myself. So who’s to blame me when I see a product that may help me cheat a little? Absolutely no one. That’s why I decided to pick this little guy up whilst roaming around Ulta one day.

It’s a nail polish that is supposed to coat-by-coat gradually lighten the color of any nail polish, therefore making a pastel-ombre effect possible and easy.

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And it’s supposed to be super easy. Just pick your base color and apply 2 coats, then after your base color dries just layer on the Ombre Effect polish to your desired effect. They also suggest using a darker base color for a better and more visible effect.

For my first test I did a nail by nail swatch, adding one extra layer of the effect polish to each nail than the last. So on my thumb nail I didn’t apply any, index had 1, middle had 2, etc. etc. You can see below how it worked out. {for those wondering, the polish I used as a base is Ripped Denim by Trust Fund Beauty}

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1 coat didn’t seem to make too much of a difference, but after 2 coats you can definitely tell that it starts getting a lot lighter. I quickly realized that this polish is literally just a super watered down white polish, so each individual coat is quite transparent but when layered on top you would eventually get a solid white color. (maybe this was a white polish formula that Essence just couldn’t make work so they relabeled it lol)

However, the real test is how it looks when trying to achieve an ombre effect look.

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(forgive the blur…my camera wouldn’t cooperate today).

Anywho…clearly it’ll take some practice to achieve an ombre look. But, I do think that it would actually work really well if used properly. Alternatively, it could also be used to create some interesting looks. I’ll definitely be trying this out with some new ideas I’ve got brewing now!

All in all, sure it seems like a kind of gimmicky product. However. It does work, even if not by some magical way. Plus, it could also be used just to get more tones out of the polishes you already have. Got a dark blue but need a shade just a tad lighter? You could definitely pop this on top to get the desired effect.

till next post, Katie