IPSY!!!!

Oh, My Precious Petals!!…I have just discovered my NEW OBSESSION: Ipsy.

Do you know what Ipsy is??? OMG! If you do know already, I commend you for being ahead of the game. And if you have a subscription, you are a shining example to the rest of my Pretty, Pretty Petals! If you do NOT know what Ipsy is, or if you have not subscribed…read on….

Ok, so…I get extra points to spend towards beauty products IF someone clicks my link and subscribes. So Imma keep it one hundred, luvs….I want those points. I’m about to break it down to you what Ipsy is and why (and how) you should subscribe. But first (let me take a selfie….no I’m kidding), first let me offer you a chance to just try the link, check it all out for yourself. Go to: https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link

Ok, if you chose not to click my link, let me paint a picture for you….(insert a beautiful seque here…lol)….

Ipsy. It’s a subscription service to where, once a person is subscribed, they receive a monthly “glam bag”. You LITERALLY get a BAG each month (in addition to makeup, yes, hang on…lol)! There are other services that are similar, like, for example, Birchbox. And at first, I was ALL about Birchbox. Makeup samples that come in a cute, reusable box. A box, man. Yes, at first I pictured myself keeping earrings organized in the fabulous boxes…but then….a friend of mine showed me her LITERAL glam bag from Ipsy. It was adorable….a silky makeup bag with a silly piggy on the front, and his little curly-tailed pink bum-bum on the back! I’m like “Girl! You get to keep the bag TOO?” She says “Yes, the makeup comes IN the bag each month.” I’m like “Wait…you get a NEW BAG each and every month??!!” “YES!”.  This past month she got a purple and gold silky bag that says Wild on it!!! YASS! In fact, if you want to see the past glam bags that people have received, you can always go to the site, using my link! *wink wink, nudge nudge*

Go To: https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link

Now for the makeup talk. Each month, they send you exactly FIVE makeup products. They call them “samples’, but I would say that MOST of them are more like “Trial” size. Ok? Like big. Bigger. Bigger than just some sample. Trial size is a lot more accurate. Heck, some of the stuff my girl showed me looked dang near FULL SIZE! I promise! Like, a full size eyebrow pencil or a full size highlighter kit! The other really cool thing is that you don’t just get some generic bag full of the same stuff every other subscriber is getting this month…no! The bags are seriously personalized, ok? Like, when you first sign up, they have you take this intense beauty quiz….asking you what you look like so they can match foundations and other colors to compliment your personal beauty, they ask how good you are with makeup so like they don’t send a clumsy person some tricky new pair of fake eyelashes and glue, you know? lol…they ask what brands you like, and I will be honest here, I clicked EVERY category except ELF! Now, don’t get me wrong, ELF is cool and all, but it’s cheap AF, ok? You feel me? I’m tryna get the GOOD stuff here! lol….they ask you what kind of beauty and skin care products you like, such as lipstick, eyebrows, primer, lotion, etc., And you already know, I clicked everything. Well, except self-tanner. I’m not a fan…..And they ask you what colors you like for lipstick and eyeshadow, etc., such as “nudes” or “adventurous” (blue and black lipstick, etc.)…..Finally, they ask you what some of your specific beauty concerns are, such as frizzy hair or acne.

After that, you fill out your info. Then, you have the chance to subscribe. And why wouldn’t you huh? It’s only TEN DOLLARS a month. Yes, ten dollars…for ALL THAT!!!!! In fact, why not just subscribe by going to https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link: , to help me earn a few points towards cool beauty freebies? It would be so nice, my luvs!

Now…this is important….Ipsy is very sought after, and there is actually a WAITLIST. You are put on the waitlist once you subscribe. As soon as a spot opens up, they bill you per your agreement and info, and you start receiving your glam bags. I don’t know how long the waitlist is, because I BYPASSED it. Yes, they offer you the chance to bypass the waitlist if you will simply media bomb the bleep out of their site! They ask you to message a few peeps…post on FB…post here and there….all that type stuff. Once they confirm that you have done these things….BOOM, off the waitlist, and immediately getting the goods!

Aside from all that, Ipsy actually has a pretty cool site and a neat community full of beauty freaks like US, my Pretty Petals!!! In fact, to further increase the odds of getting makeup goodies you like in your bag each month, go on the site and REVIEW each sample you get! They do read those. There’s a whole thing on it if you go to their FAQ’s link. Basically, it helps them tweak your preferences so that you get the best goodies FOR YOU! And who doesn’t love to leave a review, huh? I mean, I know I am for sure going to be reviewing EVERYTHING!!! lol

Alright, so THAT, my Lovely Lavender Buds, is my new obsession! I hope you join me. I am so happy about this. I want you to be happy to!

JOIN ME!

Alrighty, bye for now my petals. Mwah!

Love, Princess Dandilion

 

 

Makeup…random blog post…

Hello my Pretty Petals!

I just HAD to share this with you! My friend was cleaning out her bathroom cabinets and decided to pass along her orphaned  beauty booty to Moi!!!!!! Yaaaay!

What did I get? Well, a ton of half used lotions and expired sunscreens. Pretty standard when a friend declutters her stuff and dumps it on you.

However, she did hand me at least one treasure. It was a large black case FULL of eyeshadow shades. OMG! So many shades! Some are shimmery, some are matte, and some are even multi-colored. I am so in love with this case! And excited to wear EVERY single color!!!! In total, there are 84 colors total! I think this must have been a professional makeup artists case at one point! See, my friend works at the airport and is entitled to keep anything passengers lose or leave behind or have confiscated by personnel. So, my theory is fairly possible.

Any way,  let me share a pic and run. Lots to do today, my perfect petals. Love you all! Mwah!

Love, Princess Dandilion

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Randomness…(Diary Entry)

Hiya, my Precious Petals!!!

Just wanted to share something incredible I just ran across. Ok, backstory: I collect magazines. Like, I am a magazine hoarder, ok? And since the late 90’s I rip up magazines for inspiration. Sometimes, I make a mood board. But more often, I like to make mood notebooks. As in, a full notebook, pages covered in torn up magazine pieces and handwritten notes explaining the appeal, ftont and back. It’s like my secret happy thing. Well, not so secret, I guess. Because when you enter my bedroom there are mountains of magazines surrounding my bed. And my house usually has magazine rip-outs randomly placed about. For example, the bathroom door displays a full page magazine ad about brushing your teeth. The boy in the ad looks EXACTLY like my eight year old son. Doppleganger shit. And the ad is simple in it’s message: “2 mins/2x day”. It inspires both me and my boys to pay more attention to hygiene. So, the ad taped there is helpful, right? I also have ads for food and drinks I have torn out hanging on my fridge until I decide to buy them and try them out. And, as I mentioned before, I have a Mark Twain quote taped to my entertainment stand to remind me to get off my butt and DO SOMETHING, because, as the man says: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started”. So true.

Anyway, enough backstory there I suppose. Now, on to the point…. I found a magazine dated March of this year. And I came across the horoscope section. I am a Pisces. Through and through. I’ve even done my extended house chart before and discovered that even my houses, full of other signs and planets, STILL support and exaggerate a lot of my Pisces traits!!! Moving on, again, I was curious to see this particular horoscope because it was a weird and important month for me. I would love to elaborate, but some things must remain secret. Very few, but some. Anyway, not only was the horoscope spot on…predicting EXACTLY what happened, just as it happened….it also offered an insight into the rest of the year. This is where I stopped and just ripped the whole page out and I’m about to tape it to the bare wall. Just tape it there. I NEED to see this everyday and CLAIM IT! AMEN! Ok, so the “Your Year” section says: “You’ll remember 2017 as the year everything changed…” YASS!!!!! First of all, ok, it already has been that kind of a year. But, there is also this thing I am immersing myself in: Becoming. Becoming the real and truest and best me possible! CHANGE. And here this silly horoscope claims it for me! This will be the year everything changed!!!! Do you feel it, my Darling Daffodils? Do you feel it?! YASSS!

In addition, the horoscope went on to claim that I would find my True purpose in life this year and should surround myself with like-minded people. That is YOU, my Precious Petals! YASS! Finally the horoscope surprised me in predicting correctly changes in April (losing a relationship), that made way for a fresh start in May (getting into a life altering car accident that pushed me closer to my Partner emotionally, but also shook me awake, and made me decide to Become my True Self). It even predicted that I would take a Vacay in July, which I really did! Crazy! Now, it goes on to suggest that September and November will be my steamiest months. Yummy. Please, my petals, cross your fingers for me. Steamy sounds so refreshing from BLAH! Insert winky thing here. lol. It ends by saying “You need: to not hold back!”. Wow! Just wow to that. Right?

Alright, back to noshing on fried rice covered in Ponzu and forever sipping on the straw in my Pibb Xtra. Thanks for listening Lilac Luvs! Mwah! Mwah!

Love, Princess Dandilion

Saturday Review, Part Two: Wow, a book review!

Alright, my Lovely Lavender Luvs…here it is….finally. The book review I promised.

So, two weeks ago I began reading Wow: A Handbook For Living by Zen Ohashi and Zono Kurazono. The hope was that reading the book would propel me into a state of inspiration. You know, give me the fire I needed to begin making some real change in my life. Change towards Becoming my True and Best self. Did it work? Well, the sheer AMOUNT of inspiration and motivation in this book is quite overwhelming, to be honest. I guess I would have to say yes, I did make progress. But to explain that progress, and the book, I think it would be best if I just explain it in a linear fashion. So, I will start at the beginning…

Now, I have posted a few blog entries that touched on my progress with the book. For those of you who have read those entries, some of this might seem redundant. However, for those of you who have not read those entries, I may just refer you to my previous blogs for a more in-depth explanation. So, here we go…

The book is separated into 31 Exercises, rather than chapters. The book begins with a set of, what I have dubbed, “Anti-Instructions”….sort of guidelines to help you use the book to its fullest. I had a bit of an issue with this, as I explain in an earlier post. If you are interested in following my thought process concerning the Anti-Instructions, then please, my Precious Petals, take a quick moment to CLICK HERE and kind of catch up. Within these Anti-Rules, or guidelines, lay a bit of wisdom that I have taken away from the book, forever. It was something so profound, so compelling, that I actually ended up making a Sign to hang and remind myself of this wisdom, Everyday! Again, to avoid an unnecessary and lengthy recap, it would be tremendously helpful if you have already visited the link to the earlier post I provided above. If you have not yet done yourself this favor, here’s another chance, My Peach Blossoms: CLICK HERE!  And if you would love to actually SEE the sign I ended up creating and the Mantra I created using the wisdom found in the book, the CLICK HERE….it’s a different post that offers a picture of the sign and a breakdown of my new mantra. Beyond the Anti-Instructions is an Intro…about a paragraph, well worth the read (again, all covered in the posts linked above).

After that you turn the page, AND…there are pictures of DANDILIONS! Hello?! How much more of a cosmic sign does one need, my Darling Dahlias??? I was enchanted and very determined to put my all, my True and Real and Best all, into this book.

The first exercise started out a bit wonky for me, though. But I quickly realized that that had more to do with my over-eagerness than anything else. I had read the first page of the exercise…the Chapter Title page, if you will….the page where the Exercise is “named” more or less…and just ran with it. As it turns out, in this book, what you see is not always what you get. So, Exercise One, titled “What’s Working For You?”, tripped me up a bit. After I read on, I realized it was actually asking me what was going good in my life, to get me to find positive things in the face of negative feelings or circumstances. Very “Law of Attraction”, in my opinion. It also reminded me of a sweet game my six year old son and I play together to brighten our spirits. I have actually already covered all this in a previous post. So, if you would like more info on Exercise One, or you would like to hear about our Positivity Game, then you know what to do, My Heavenly Hibiscus: CLICK HERE! Oh, smile, smile, luvs…it should be the last time I refer you to another post in this review. Exercise One is the last thing I covered in previous posts before, well, before I went MIA for a week due to private circumstances. (Again, I apologize my Petals. I missed you dearly. And I shan’t leave you for so long ever again!)

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Saturday Review, Part One: Pinterest Pedi Tips

So, here it is, FINALLY, my Pretty Petals: the book review and Pedi Tips I promised you!

Let me start with the easier portion…the Foot Care tips. So, as promised. I perused Pinterest for foot care tips to try and tell. First of all, if you are not currently using Pinterest…you MUST begin! It’s like a digital “mood board”. I may just go on the app to look up shades of blonde to upgrade to…and then somehow stumble on to like velvet hair ribbons and crystal tiaras, and the next thing I know I look up and it has literally been three hours!!! OMG! There is EVERYTHING on Pinterest. Seriously. Stuff I’ve never heard of, stuff I don’t know HOW I even LIVED without before I knew about it, stuff that I go to bed dreaming of!!!! Yasss! Please, Petals, do me this one favor: If you don’t use Pinterest, START! If you do…carry on!

Finding Foot Care tips on Pinterest was easy enough. I even created a board called Feetsies to keep all the tips (and pictures of beautiful foot jewelry) in. The one tip that bombarded me over and over was this Listerine “soak”. I saw it in various forms: some paired the mouthwash with other ingredients, some kept the original ingredients but changed the doses, and some changed the process of the soak. No matter how it was written down, it was still the most popular and frequently re-pinned (passed around) foot care formula. So….that was the one I made a point to try out for you and for me.

I was hoping for good things. I really, really was. Sigh. Ok, let me just tell you the story. So, the Pin shows a pair of feet soaking in a blue liquid. I’m already sold. Blue water. It reminds me immediately of like sunny tropical oceans or sunny tropical drinks!! LMAO! Either way, sunny tropical pedi…here I come! I grab an old bucket and mix the concoction up: 1/4 cup Listerine and 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water. The pin says you can use any kind of Listerine but they prefer the blue kind. Duh. It also does not specify the type of vinegar. So, I used apple cider vinegar. I had it on hand from a marinade I had made from scratch earlier this year. ( Side note: I am a HUGE Cook! I HEART COOKING!) Ok, so I put it all together in the bucket. Immediately, I realize that this is NOT enough liquid to “soak” anything! I put one foot into the bucket. I want to see the difference between the treated foot and the untreated foot. But the liquid barely licks at my toes! It really only covers the very bottom of my foot. Not satisfying. The Pin instructs one to soak the feet for at least 10-15 minutes. Then, the Pin promises, you will be able to take a clean cloth to your foot and just magically wipe away the dead skin!!! Sounds SO satisfying! Fifteen minutes later, I remove my foot….no dead skin in sight! I take my clean cloth and wipe…nothing…I rub….nothing…..I scrub vigorously!!….NOTHING! I run my hand over my foot…it feels tight and…DRY?!

I don’t get it! I really trusted this Pedi Potion. I don’t know why. Maybe the Listerine made me a believer. After all Listerine is one of those things that you just TRUST. Like, mouthwash, eh, yeah, everyone agrees it works, right?! But then you say “Listerine” and everyone agrees, YES, THAT works! I also felt that if this particular Pin was being re-pinned so often by so many that it MUST have some validity. Believe you me, I made a point to comment on the Pin and let people know Hey, I tried this, and it did NOT work!

After experiencing the excruciating disappointment this trial afforded me, I decided to do a little detective work and search the world wide web for more input. I wanted to know WHY people even thought that Listerine would cure dry skin to begin with! I mean, it’s a long jump from Pedicure to Mouthwash, am I right?! So, I ask Google, hey Google, why Listerine, man? What are these kids thinking, huh? And I found a site called Medical News Today. They had an article where a Zawn Villines reports on the popular Listerine Foot Soak and kinda breaks it down for us. I personally trust the information given because it IS reviewed by a medical doctor for accuracy, in this case a Dr. Debra Rose Wilson. In the article, Zawn reveals that the science behind the theory lies in Listerine’s chemical ingredient Methyl Salicylate, which is “chemically similar” to the well known skin exfoliant Salicylic Acid (often found in acne products). This is why people assumed it would have a similar effect on one’s feet, and dry skin would just satisfyingly peel or roll right off the foot! Alas, as Zawn points out, this product is targeted at a “much more sensitive” region: the mouth. Could you imagine if Listerine DID make the skin on your feet peel off??? Would you EVER use it in your poor mouth again? I mean, I have burnt the roof of my mouth many a time, and the feeling of having raw skin in one’s mouth is utterly uncomfortable! So, in hindsight, I am GLAD it did not work. But, there it is, my Darling Daffodils: The Listerine Foot Soak DOES NOT WORK!!!!

Ok, so, while the Soak does not cure dry feet, it may have benefits after all, of a different variety. For example Zawn Villines points out that Listerine is a disinfectant, and “it might help prevent” infections like athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. But be aware, it is not potent enough to CURE current infections…it merely provides a barrier against such infections, and should only be used as a precautionary aid. Zawn also points out that Methyl Salicylate is also “almost chemically identical to aspirin”, and so it may aid in pain relief in the feet. Zawn also states that the pleasant scent from the essential oils in Listerine may provide a mood lift. At this point, it is my personal opinion that a Listerine Foot Soak is just a silly, fun thing a person might do if their feet are tired and achey and they just want to “treat themselves”. It certainly does not offer the amazing dry skin relief I was so desperately seeking. So, I stand by my assessment: FAIL.

If for some insane reason, you just want to try it for yourselves (And hey, that’s ok luvs, I often go against the grain just because. So, you be you, my Petals. Even if that means going against my maternal advice to NOT waste your time with this silly, silly Soak. Mwah!), let me say a few things. First, do not do it if you have any open sores or cuts on your precious feetsies. For reals. Ok? Promise me? Ok! Good, good….that would burn on an epic scale. Moving on, if you try it, there are actually a few different “recipes”. The one I tried used vinegar, as I said before. And yes, it had it’s purpose in the concoction…vinegar is a well known disinfectant. I mean, old timey people used to wipe down their kitchens and stuff with just vinegar and water. And I think it’s regaining popularity….I have seen cleaning products on shelves that boast vinegar as a main ingredient. So there. Anyway, in the article, Zawn Villines lists some other ingredients that one may add to this Soak: Epsom Salt (soothing), Honey (antiseptic), Lemon Juice (exfoliant and antiseptic), Lavender Oil (feet smell pleasant), and even Tea (soothing)! Zawn really covers so much in the article, including even more ways to soften your feet! For all the actual Listerine Foot Soak recipes, and tons of other helpful foot care info, please visit his site really quick! It will only take a second to click the link and check it out. Go ahead, my Petals, take a peek. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THIS FOOT SOAK PAGE!

So, that concludes all my research and trials regarding my search on Pinterest for foot care tips. That was a mouthfull!…..well, maybe more like a pagefull! LOL! Anyway, I enjoyed it all. The whole process. And what did we gain from all this my Lovely Lilacs? Because, THAT is the point. What did we gain? How did we grow? Did this propel us towards our best selves??? I know that MY BEST SELF has perfect feet! YOU TOO? Well of course! Who doesn’t want PERFECT PEDIS?! So, again, what did we gain? Did this bring us one step closer to perfect feet? Yes. I think so. Johnny Cash said, “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.” (Credit and Thanks to BrainyQuote.com) Now we know. We know that the Listerine Foot Soak is a bust. But we also know that we have the impressive ability to FIND THE TOOLS we need to succeed. We put SO MUCH effort into this one thing. And yeah, it sucks that it didn’t turn out the way we wished it had. But think about the effort we used to first, sort through all those Pins on Pinterest to find the right Foot Treatment to try…then, actually create the Soak and try it out…and then research and report on it. I mean, that is Dedication and Actualization. We actually did something for ourselves. We saw it through to the end. And, Yes, it was FUN! So THAT is what we gained, Pecious Petunias. We gained the confidence of knowing we really can succeed at whatever we put ourselves to. And we started. We did something. We took one step forward, reaching for our True and Best Selves. We STARTED our journey!!! Look, I am not trying to be THAT girl that’s always spouting quotes, but I MUST share, because this moment right here in time reminds me of a quote that I cut out of a magazine and taped to my TV stand so I can see it every day:  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain. Do you feel it? We are THERE my pretty, pretty petals…We have OFFICIALLY started our journey NOW. We are strong, we are smart, we perservere….we have a goal to Become….and we WILL!!!!! One step at a time. Grab my hand….let’s continue our journey!!!! Remember, we are Becoming our true selves, starting from the ground up….literally. Feet first.

P.S. I would love to share a list with you that I made. It was inspired by all my foot care research and all that. It’s just a list of Feet Do’s and Dont’s. It’s not all scientific or whatever…it’s just a collection of my thoughts and observations regarding having the perfect pair of feetsies. Look forward to me sharing that soon, ok?

P.S.S. Look out for Part Two, where I review the book we have been reading for, well, two weeks now. LoL!

Love you all, my Dazzling Daisies!!! Mwah!

Love, Princess Dandilion

Friday Eve (Update)

Hello, hello again, my Precious Petals! I am truly sorry that I have been MIA for a whole week. I had every intention of posting our exciting weekend review on last Saturday…but…ah, life. Isn’t it ironic how we try to pursue life, only for life to get in the way?! Now, my Curious Crysanthemums, and Nosy Nightshades…the question on your lips…will I tell you exactly what happened that caused me to abandon my most beloved task of Becoming myself and taking you along on the journey???? Will I? No, my dearest flowers, no. It simply is not to be shared here. I am sorry. But, take heart, my luvs…I am back, and as they say, better than ever. For what else could I possibly be but Better? We are Becoming….growing, elevating, ascending. Yes? So, smile. Let us hold hands, and march forward. Come on, come on….come with me now, my Petals!!!

So…where were we? Ah, yes. I had Pinterest Pedi Tips to debunk. And one heck of a book to review for you. This particular evening, I have already spent all of my energy. So, how does tomorrow sound, hm? I would like that very much! See you here tomorrow. G’night and have such sweet dreams, my Petals! Mwah!

Evening Update

Goodness, goodness. Oh, my dear Daffodils! Another night I am just consumed with exhaustion! Please forgive me if this is but a quickie of an update. Thank you, luvs!

So, I finished our book. Have a lovely review to post for you on that tomorrow. It might take all day to type it up though, because each exercise led to either self discovery or questions! In addition I shall chose a New book to read next week, and more…… So, stay on the edge of your seats, my Petals! Tomorrow is excitement day!

Goodnight for now, before I fall asleep mid sentence! I swear a vampire must be visiting me each and every night for me to be this low energy! I mean, not really, of course…..but my wouldn’t that be sexy?! Naughty! Naughty! And see you are egging me on, my Baby’s Breath! Lol! Well now behave and go to bed too! Beauty sleep is the MOST important tool in a beauty arsenal, besides pure water and moisturization every night, of course!

Mwah! Tomorrow then, sweet sweet Petals! Love, Princess Dandilion