Friday, September 22, 2017

September 2017 Stickii Club Cute Sticker Pack Review

 What: Stickii Club is a sticker subscription that sends an envelope 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 by the 11th or 22nd of each month depending on your signup date
Cost: $10 per month (free shipping to US; $1.25 to Canada, $2.00 to anywhere else)

When I was growing up my parents made sure to teach me the importance of always being prepared. I didn't necessarily bring five just-in-case sets of clothes for a weekend at grandma's, but I definitely didn't want to be that kid showing up on the first day of school with no pencil or paper, either. And evidently, the prepared folks at Stickii Club feel the same way because they brought Halloween to September. You know, to make sure I don't have to cram my Halloween card-making and Happy-planner-ing into the last two weeks of October. Thanks, Stickii, your thoughtfulness is much appreciated :)

Over the past few years I've rekindled my love for holiday decor (yes, stickers count!). In the beginning it was just Christmas, but now I find myself hitting up the dollar spot for other holidays as well. And with October just around the corner I'm on the lookout for Halloween decorations. Not the ghoulish, grotesque kind, but I'm talking about the cute ghosts and goblins that couldn't be scary if they tried. (Like Big Boo from Mario Bros.) And thankfully, cutesy Halloween decor is becoming increasingly popular so the options are practically endless. I was just browsing through a crafting catalog the other day drooling over the huge selection of Halloween stamps and dies, debating whether to pick any up for Halloween cards. Good thing I didn't, because what good would those have been now that Stickii has sent me a bunch of stickers right here at my disposal?

When it comes to Halloween I love seeing cute fat pumpkins and ghosts, but I must say those black cats in hats are pretty sweet, too. And if you look closely you'll see the little ghost clip/bookmark that will be my page marker in my planner for the next month. :D Thanks to my awesome phone camera skills the coloring of the sheet on the left looks washed out, but it actually has a really colorful assortment of kids in costume. My favorite is the Jack Skellington kid. Why? Because he's Jack and Jack always looks happy :)

These are the rest of the October sticker pack contents. The blue sticker sheet in the middle was created by Stickii Club and it's my favorite of the bunch! These guys really know what cute is, and every single sticker on here is adorable. Even the cauldron. I didn't even know a cauldron could look cute. But draw in a few bubbles and *BAM* instant cuteness. I'm not totally sure what the stickers on the left are or what they have to do with Halloween, but it's proof that if you want something to look cute, just add eyeballs. ;) I'll probably end up using them as planner flags. 

I'm so happy with these Halloween stickers! I forgot to mention it above, but those ghost flakes in the photos above would put a hilarious finishing touch on any card or note. I mean everybody's seen a ghost holding a pumpkin before, but have you ever seen one stealing treasure? Or stuck in a bottle? Stickii has a knack for finding the best stickers to fit a theme, and this month was no exception.

Click here to sign up for October's sticker pack!

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

August 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 Extras: You can review your products each month to earn points which can be redeemed for bonus items. You can also purchase the products you love straight from the Ipsy website.

Lately, with the baby on the way (*surprise!*) I haven't been able to incorporate much of anything into my beauty regimen. Everything's either "this is bad for baby" or "that may exacerbate the problem." Add that to the fact that anything I can use has been making me break out like a pubescent schoolgirl and it makes for one pimply-faced, acne-scar-riddled lady. No pregnancy glow here! Because of that I haven't been able to try out new makeup shades or the latest cleansers so I apologize in advance if I give zero input from personal experience. :(

I am currently stuck in a love-hate relationship with August's makeup bag. Love the style and gradient, can definitely do without the words. But moving on...

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay - This gel cleanser foams up when you apply it and the combination of red clay and rosemary oil keep skin balanced. Apparently pregnancy amps up sebum production which makes my already oily skin somewhat of an oil slick. They say clay and charcoal cleansers are great for oily skin. I have mixed feelings about that claim based on past pre-preggo experiences, but right now I'm at a point where my glycolic acid cleanser is keeping my face at a (bit below) happy medium and I'm afraid to change ANYTHING at the moment.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara - I've tried this before and while I don't have anything against this particular one, mascaras in general are not really my thing. I've never met one that actually curls and lengthens like it claims to. Next.

Naked Cosmetics Translucent HD Finishing Powder - Again, I'm not overly impressed with translucent powders. The way I see it is if you've tried one you've tried them all since they basically have the same silica/talc ingredient list. Don't get me wrong - I never leave the house without it, but I've already got enough to last me a lifetime.

theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow/Luminizer in Kuwakaribisha - TheBalm has got to have some of the cutest sample packaging (I love magnetic cases) but the sample inside is always so tiny you can barely get anything on your brush, especially the blushes and bronzers. But I deal with it because I do love the pigmentation I get from their products. They're subtle yet you can still tell it's there. I'm not a huge fan of luminizers but I could definitely get some use  from this as an eyeshadow.

Sundays Nail Polish in No. 28 - Sundays is a nail spa in NYC that also has its own product line featuring cruelty- and 10-free vegan nail polishes. No. 28 is an earthy lavender gray that's perfect for the transition from summer to fall. I'm definitely using this the next time I do my nails.

Verdict: Maybe I'm just bitter that I won't be able to use the cleanser anytime soon or that I already have a ton of setting powders and shimmery peach eyeshadows, but I wasn't overly impressed with August's glam bag loot. I will say that I'm very happy with the nail polish though, because while I do already have a bunch of purples, I don't have a dusty purple quite like this one. And the nail polish alone costs $18 sooo I guess that makes up for being underwhelmed.

Sign up here to get started with Ipsy. For only $10 a month you'll get five items inside an exclusive makeup bag along with access to loads of online coupons from the featured brands as well as discounted prices via the Ipsy website. 

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

August 2017 Stickii Club Cute Sticker Pack Review

 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 22nd of each month depending on your signup date
Cost: $10 per month (free shipping to US; $1.25 to Canada, $2.00 to anywhere else)

Stickers are always more fun when they follow a theme and when I found out August's theme would be Alpaca and Dinos I was ecstatic. When I first heard of alpacas years ago I didn't understand what the big deal was. They were kinda cute, but then again so are dogs, and at least I can have a dog as a pet. THEN I saw a picture of how petite they really are - an adult is barely taller than 5' (i.e. my height!) whaaaa--??! That automatically added cute points because everybody likes munchkin-sized animals. And fun fact: you can even potty train them so they can be pets, after all!

Here we have Part 1 of the alpaca invasion. Fluffy alpacas and sheep, and even shaved alpacas (but why??). The paper clip is a nice touch and it's the 2" jumbo size so I can get lots of use out of it at work. Imagine the look on my boss' face when I submit my next report with an alpaca on the front :)

Alpacas Part 2! And of course the puffy alpacas are my favorite this month not only because I'm a huge fan of puffy stickers but because those are splooting sheep in the bottom row, folks! I have two corgis at home so naturally I'm a fan of a splooting anything. Plus, look at that tongue: ↓

Next up are the dinos. Not quite as fluffy as alpacas but still cute as long as they look more like cartoons than vicious reptiles. I'm never really sure what I'm supposed to do with printed sticky notes; they're cute but you can't write anything on them...*shrugs* I'll probably end up sticking them on my dogs. I especially like the Sumikko Gurashi touch in the sticker sheet above. They're my favorite San-X characters and when you dress them up as dinosaurs you can't help but want to go out and buy one in plush form just so you can hug it.

Unfortunately, it's too late to catch August's dinosaurs and alpacas, and September's theme hasn't been announced yet but you can be sure it'll be something fun. Stickii has a way of making anything appealing; even if the theme were werewolves they'd find a way to make you want to snuggle with one. Click here to sign up for next month's sticker pack and remember you can choose from Cute, Retro or Pop, each for $10/month.

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