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#MakeupMonday: November Ipsy #GlamBag

My November #GlamBag by Ipsy just arrived in the mail today - what's inside this month's bag? I'm mentioning a couple of the products in my bag that I'm super stoked to try!

If you haven't yet heard of Ipsy - it is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month you receive a cute makeup bag (warning: the bags are sort of small but I've managed to use them for various purposes, not just makeup) filled with deluxe samples! In order for Ipsy to help customize your product selections, you take a quiz when you sign up that asks about your favorite product types including makeup, skincare, and hair care as well as brands, makeup looks, etc. to customize your bag selection each month. If you're interested in Ipsy, you can sign up here (yes, it is my referral link so I can earn points towards free products) and you can cancel anytime if you decide that Ipsy isn't right for you. I've been lucky enough that somehow Ipsy has managed to predict things that I may need in my makeup/beauty collection (such as this awesome taupe-y shadow they sent me last month and they sent me an awesome smudger brush great for eyeshadow/liner). Each monthly bag has a "theme" and November's bag theme is "Rock Starlet" which the bag has a cute makeup themed constellation print. If you really love a product in your #GlamBag, Ipsy will usually have a coupon code for you to spring for a full-size one! Forhe price of two latté's a month, you can get fun makeup (I'm saying this as I'm trying to quit my Starbucks habit).

First up in my November #GlamBag is the Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick (phew, that's a mouthful) in the color Diva. I am curious how this red will work with my green hair (it's sometimes green and sometimes blue) but it may be a fun contrast for the holidays!
I've heard pretty awesome things about Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara and luck would have it my current mascara needs to be replaced so I am excited to try this one out!!! Supposedly this mascara is everything, my blonde lashes that crave drama will have to report back to you on this soon... 
More to come on the rest of November's #GlamBag... Let me know if you received something awesome in your #GlamBag!

Disclosure: Stock Photo Credits via Ipsy

Fri-YAY (and introducing #FridayFavorites)

Happy Friday or Fri-YAY, y'all! It's after midnight and this post may more so be a stream of consciousness than anything... So bear with me y'all and let's get to it! 

Yes, I have very much become a New Yorker in some regards but there are certain Southern "eccentricities"(as a broad term) that I will never let go including but not limited to the following:
  • "Y'all" will still remain a part of my vocabulary.
  • The only iced tea is sweet tea.
  • Proper manners and greetings such as "yes ma'am" and "no, ma'am."
  • A love of barbecue, biscuits, and fried chicken.
As today is Friday, I am beginning a series entitled "Friday Favorites" (or #FridayFavorites to those speak hashtag) featuring my favorites for that month, that week, that day... Whatever strikes my fancy as a favorite.

These Crocs Leigh Wedge Shooties are amazingly comfortable and stylish! There will be #TuesdayShoesDay post coming soon professing my love for Crocs but until then, you'll have to take my word for it on how awesome these booties/shooties are on your feet. (ps. If you order these from crocs.com, you can earn some $$$ with eBates too - it's 5% back!)

Winter is coming and my skin has gotten drier with age... I am currently obsessed with face oils and BioOil is one of my favorites (I have another favorite oil as well but currently sourcing the places it can be purchased as I've only found it in Richmond, VA). I have melasma as well as a few scars/marks on my face from previous blemishes and BioOil is supposed to minimize scarring and assist with pigmentation issues. 

Last but not least, my Granny who was quite possibly my favorite person in the whole world (other than Mom) passed away last month. Granny lived a long, beautiful, simple yet joyous life, and left this earth at 94 with grace and dignity. She would always tell me, "I love you a bushel, and a peck, and a hug around the neck."  Her heart and gentle soul will be missed but always with me.