Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 2017 Stickii Club Cute Sticker Pack Review

Aack! Where has the month gone??! It seems like just yesterday was April Fools Day, and here we are already at the final week of the month. Needless to say, it's been quite a hectic past few weeks, but I can always count on Stickii Club to bring a smile to my face. This month they did just that with their "spiky things" theme.

 What: Stickii Club is a sticker subscription that sends an envelope full of Cute, Retro or Pop themed stickers every month (you choose which category when you sign up). This review is for the Cute pack.
When: Ships on the 11th or 21st of each month depending on your signup date
Cost: $10 per month (free shipping)

What good is a spiky theme without unicorns? Is it just me, or does it seem like the word "unicorn" has evolved to be a synonym for "extremely rare?" Speaking of rare unicorns, who got a chance to try the unicorn frappuccino from Starbucks? I missed out. All three Starbucks in my town were sold out by sunset. By the next day the entire island was out of that sugary sweet goodness with no plans to restock. *sad face* But at least I can still get my unicorn fix through Stickii. *yay!* This sheet of unicorn stickers remind me of Lisa Frank. I'll admit that I was a teensy bit obsessed with Lisa-Frank-everything as a kid. It might explain why I gravitate toward anything colorful in my adult years. Like that colorful cartoon unicorn sticker. That's exactly the type of thing I'd stick on my husband's work folder to add some cheer to his workday. *snicker*

Cacti! Those are definitely spiky things, which is why I do not have any around my home. I was that kid who just had to touch the hot stove. And the one who couldn't resist completing the circuit with my finger in science class. Bzz! My dad grows cactus, and every time I walk by I can't help but tap the pricklies with my hand. It hurts every time, but I still do it. These stickers are way safer than the real thing. And cuter, too. Plus check out that bookmark! I guess this means I should start reading again?

Last but not least, here are some hedgehogs to top it all off. My latest Instagram obsession has been all about following hedgehog pages because they're so gosh darn cute all balled up in a coffee mug. And remember what I said about colorful things? These pokey animals have got some fun colors and patterns! I think I'm going to stick 'em all over the house to throw my husband a hint. ;)

If you aren't already a sticker lover, you will be after a couple months of Stickii Club. You get such cute stickers, most of which I haven't been able to track down anywhere else. Click here to get signed up and ready in time for next month's sticker pack. And if my dogs ever get a hedgehog pal, you guys will be the first to know :)

Note: No referral links were used in this post. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

March 2017 Sticker Swaps Review

What: Sticker Swaps is a UK-based sticker subscription that sends an envelope full of stickers from around the world
When: Ships monthly
Cost: $9.99 per month with free worldwide shipping (or as low as $8.99/month with longer plans)
Fun Extra: There's a reason these folks are called Sticker Swaps. If you send them an envelope of mixed stickers they'll send one right back to you! Talk about growing a cultured sticker collection!

Check out all those stickers featured in March's pack! Sticker Swaps always sends out a variety of stickers - there's no theme or anything. The way it works is simple. Artists send in a bunch of stickers and Sticker Swaps features them in a future sticker pack that gets distributed around the world. How's that for publicity?!

Here's a closer look at the featured stickers:

OHMYGOSH, LOOK AT THE STAY PUFT MAN UP TOP. This one is 0% bad guy and entirely adorable. And whoever thought tomatoes could make you smile?? These super cute stickers are from UK designer Cocorino. This artist can take anything and make it cute, including V for Vendetta art. The next thing that caught my eye is the street art-inspired creature from the mind of Dutch artist Nol. It takes me back to my middle school days when boys slouched (perhaps they still do?) and wore baggy pants that were about four sizes too big. And while the triple skull sticker isn't as cartoon-ish as the others in this spread, I love how it resembles the color wheel. Unfortunately, I couldn't find who designed that one. :-/

I'm always up for some good sushi and these nigiri stickers from Georgian (the country, not the state) artist Kvachi have got me wanting to eat some. Like now. In fact, the hubby and I just went out for sushi last Friday. And the week before that. And probably the week before that, too. I can never get enough sushi. :) Even my dogs try to get in on the action, but I'm a greedy nommer; I don't share with them. And then they give me a face that looks something like that puppy-eyed pug up there. It doesn't work on me, though. Not even my husband gets to steal a bite of my food.

So if you're a sticker aficionado (or even if you're not) go ahead and pick up a subscription and use the code SHERI50 at checkout to get 50% off your first month. You'll love the originality that oozes from these stickers. I can almost guarantee that you'll be the only one in your neighborhood with them...can you say one-of-a-kind? Or if you'd like your stickers to be featured in a future Sticker Swaps pack, let them know by dropping them a line.

Note: I received this sticker pack for free in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

March 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

What: Ipsy Glam Bag contains 5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Cost: $10/month (free shipping within the US)
Fun Extra: You can review your products each month to earn ipsyPoints which can be redeemed for bonus items.

Happy March...errr, April! Apologies for not getting this post up in time. I've been holding onto this month's Ipsy in hopes that I'll get a chance to try a few of these items out buuut obviously that didn't happen. So here's a quick rundown of what I got in March's Ipsy glam bag before April becomes May. o_O

The makeup bag this month is a roomy square design that can easily fit your makeup tools, because isn't lack of makeup brush space the biggest gripe about these Ipsy bags? It is for me, anyway. I think the top is meant to flip over as in the photo above, but it's totally fine to leave it as a big ol' square which is what I'll probably end up doing. Or if you already have too many makeup bags it's chic enough to even double as a cute pale pink clutch!

theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama Bronzer (0.57g, $1.50 value) - This is a beautiful matte bronzer that is supposed to give the appearance of a real tan, not the orange-y fake 'n bake stuff. While I do agree that it's brown and not orange, I did find that it's very subtle. I guess that's a good thing, but to get the intensity shown in the swatch below I had to do about seven swipes of this stuff.

So Susan Blush & Glow in Rose Rust (full size, 3g, $23) - Blush & Glow is a luminizing blush that has multi-chromatic pigments (i.e. mica) that auto-adjust to match your skin tone. It's basically the same claim that practically every foundation makes but I have yet to find one that's true to its word and doesn't make my face look like it was on the receiving end of a unicorn fart regardless of how little I use. Since I won't be unwrapping this one, below is a photo of what the blush looks like:
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mPrincess Eyeshadow in Chestnut (full size, 1.7g, $15) - Chestnut is a metallic copper that edges on the side of brown. I have a love-hate relationship with glittery eyeshadows. Love the look, hate the fall out. Supposedly this has no such drawback but I've been known to bring out the idiot in idiotproof. :-/

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliant (0.25oz, $10 value) - Ah, an oldie but goodie. This is a scrub that uses aluminum oxide crystals to remove dead cells, leaving skin bright and smooth.  It really is quite abrasive so if you have sensitive skin I'd use this only maybe once a week.

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer (1oz, $2.50 value) - Detangles. Nourishes. Strengthens. Softens. Fights frizz. Protects against damage. The list of this little bottle's benefits goes on. Spritz it on damp hair then style away without worrying about drying it out.

Verdict: Spring is in the air and this month's bag helps you get ready for the season. There's an exfoliant to brighten skin, blush and bronzer for contouring, a shimmery eyeshadow, and a hair protectant for the sunny days. I wasn't incredibly impressed but at least I can get some use out of the scrub and hair primer. And I guess the bronzer, too, though I might burn through it in just 10 uses.

Click here to sign up for Ipsy. It's just $10 per month for five items and it might even include a new favorite! :D

Note: This post contains referral links. All opinions expressed in this review are my own