…But still a good day

Tuesdays are Steven’s day off, and for almost a week I’ve been looking forward to it for one reason: Bowling.  We haven’t been bowling in quite some time, and I was so ready to change that.  And to involve Jake in our bowling adventures.  Bowling is just one of those kinda nerdy things that Steven and I have enjoyed since we started dating almost nine(?!) years ago.  He is much better at it than I am, but we always have a good time.  However, we don’t particularly like going to the bowling alley when it’s crazy busy (outside of league bowling.  Yup, we do league bowling and have even participated in local tournaments.  We haven’t won yet.), and I really don’t like cosmic bowling.  You know, when they turn on black lights and such.  Just not my cup of tea.  SO, going to the bowling alley on a Tuesday in the middle of the day when we basically have free reign of the place sounded awesome.  Plus, we wouldn’t have to worry about Jake running off and bothering others.  He might even get to roll a few frames himself, and the pictures would have been epic.  To top things off a Corner Bakery just opened nearby, and I was promised a meal there immediately.  I was giddy.  I was even going to vlog it all for my YouTube channel.  But, things did not go as planned.  Womp, womp.

About two weeks ago Steven bruised his ribs, and hasn’t really tended to the injury properly.  So the idea of twisting his ribcage with a 14 pound bowling ball for at least 3 games did not sound appealing.  In fact, the only thing on his agenda today was resting.  Can’t say I blame him, but I was definitely a little disappointed.  No worries, though, there will be other opportunities.  I, however, needed some out-of-house-not-at-the-grocery-store time so I headed to the mall sans husband and son.

I only spent about an hour or so at the mall today.  To be honest, I get bored, and I end up missing my boys.  I usually take the opportunity to go makeup and candle shopping, because I can’t imagine anything more boring to boys.  Jake literally melts down the moment we walk into Ulta.  Clockwork, I tell ya.  So today was a trip to the mini-Sephora in JC Penney (which I hadn’t been to since they opened it up a few years ago), Bath & Body Works, the Victoria’s Secret’s fragrance section, and MAC.  Plus, my Glossy Box for June was in the mail when I got home!  I may have a makeup problem.  Not really, but I do have a lot of makeup.  It’s my collection.  Some people have snow globes; I have makeup and nail polish.

I also got my meal at Corner Bakery at dinner time, and it was perfect.  If we didn’t have so many sweets in the house I would have gotten a whoopie pie (yum!), but I’ll save that for next time.

I plan on doing a haul video tomorrow to replace the vlog that would have gone up about today (had we gone bowling).  I know things are getting a little beauty-centric, but that’s just how life has been lately.  There will be more than just beauty things here, I promise.

Hope y’all are having a great week, and I’ll talk to you soon!

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The Mary Kay Look – Influenster VoxBox Review

If you saw my last post, then you probably know that I was selected by Influenster to receive their Mary Kay VoxBox.  Now that I’ve had a chance to try out all of the products provided, I figured I would do a review of each.  There were only five products, so it this won’t be a ridiculously long post.

Mary Kay Lash Primer ($15)

Mary Kay Lash Primer

  The last lash primer I tried was quite some time ago, when the only ones available (as far as I’m aware) left a thick, white mascara on your lashes.  They made my lashes clump up and look horrendous, so I have stayed far away from lash primers in general since then.  This primer, however, is clear, so it’s already ahead of the curve in my book.  After doing a side-by-side comparison, the lashes with the primer were noticeably more curled, and had slightly more volume.  I didn’t notice any additional length (as claimed), but that’s not one of my personal concerns so I’ll let that slide.  While I don’t see this as an everyday product, I definitely enjoyed it.

Final Score: A-

Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara ($15)

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  I’m not much of a volumizing mascara girl, but I love me a lengthening mascara.  My absolute favorite mascara of all time is Clinique’s Long Pretty Lashes, but it’s been discontinued and that makes me sad.  Mary Kay’s Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (quite the title) definitely lives up to its name.  Even without the primer my lashes looked near falsies-length.  It has a rubber-tipped wand, which is fine by me, and is the perfect shape to really give your lashes a great coat of product without needing to go over them a hundred times.  I only applied one coat and was thoroughly impressed.  I know some people have a formula preference, and this one is a bit more on the “dry” end.  It does not claim to be water-proof, but it will wear all day without flaking.

Final Score: A

Mary Kay Cream Eye Color ($14) and Eye Color/Concealer Brush ($10)

Note: The card that came with my products stated that the cream eye color was $22, but the website advertises $14, so I’m going with the website price.

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  Neither of these pictures do the color justice (thanks to an overcast day and using bathroom lighting).  This color is Violet Storm, and while I was initially impressed with the rich, deep hue in the pot, I was not so impressed by the color that applied.  I like wearing purple next to my green eyes, but this is a very vibrant lilac shade when applied.  The consistency, however, is wonderful.  Similar to Maybelline’s Color Tattoo formula, but even creamier.  Mary Kay wins hands down in that department.  Regardless of the color, the formula blends out easily, and can definitely be built up without worry of creasing.  These make an excellent one-color eye look, and I’m very tempted to purchase some of the other colors.

Final Score: B (but only because the color wasn’t my favorite)

The eye color/concealer brush is decent; definitely good for the cream eye color formula.  It’s very similar to the brush that comes with Urban Decay’s Naked palette.  It’s also soft enough to use under your eyes for concealer, so I’m probably going to keep this with my everyday brushes for that purpose.

Final Score: B (it’s average)

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lip Stick in Pink Cherie ($18)

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  This was the one flop of the bunch, for me anyway.  My first impression was that this would be a more sheer, moisturizing color.  That was not entirely the case.  Moisturizing, yes, but it settled in the lines of my lips very quickly and looked terrible up close.  Sheer?  Absolutely not.  So I ended up with opaque color settled into the lines of my lips in a shade that was just not flattering for me.  The texture was great, the look was not.  Unlike the cream shadow I’m not even tempted to get this in another color to see how it performs.  The packaging was…interesting…as well.  You have to push a button at the top of the case to release the color tube.  It makes for a streamlined casing whose cap won’t come off in your purse or makeup bag, but you had better remember to twist the color down all the way, or you’re going to ruin your lipstick when you put the top back on.

Final Score: C- (It’s one redeeming quality is its moisturizing effect)

  As for putting a look together with the products I received?  Not gonna happen.  The combination of pink lipstick and lilac eyeshadow is far too Barbie-inspired for my taste.  I wish we had been provided with more neutral colors, or even summertime shades.  The lipstick in Color Me Coral and shadow in Beach Blonde would probably look beautiful together.

So, that’s that!  Hope you enjoyed the review; I really like beauty products and am happy I got the chance to share my opinions with you.  If you’d like reviews on other products, let me know in the comments below!  I’m always excited about new things to try (and excuse to try them).

Till next time…

voxbox-blogimage-popup2I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.