I BETTER BE GETTING A SERIOUSLY AWESOME GIFT FROM NEIMAN MARCUS, MY CAR ALMOST GOT HIT (BUT THANKFULLY DIDN’T), AND ZOOLANDER 2

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I’m very excited that it’s Friday. So what that it’s extremely freezing outside? I can finally wear my new winter coat. Anyway, Andy and I are celebrating Valentine’s Day early. Not that we really care about Valentine’s Day, but any excuse to get a nice meal is fine with me. We are also going to see Zoolander 2, so I’m pumped about that. 

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I bought this fabulous feather skirt for Valentines Day, but not sure I’m going to end up wearing it. I’ll probably get frost bite on legs or some shit. I may end up wearing pants, or look like a crazy person and wear pants under my skirt. I mean, why not?!

Anyway, yesterday was a weird day. I stopped by the gas station near my place to fill up on my way home. I was pulled over next to a pump, cut the engine, and fiddled with my wallet for a few moments. All of a sudden, I hear yelling next to me. I thought I was going to have to shank someone or something (not really). When I noticed the gas station attendant with 3 random dudes pushing a car that died, into the parking area of the gas station. But the car got pretty close to mine in the process! Thankfully nothing happened and they successfully maneuvered the dead car into a parking spot. 

After that, I was settling into bed later in the night. When my phone went off and I had a message from my credit card company asking if I just made a $1600 purchase at Neimans. Uh, nope! So I called them and got my account shut off all within a few minutes. Before the thieving bitch could buy me a Birkin Bag. I’m gonna find out where she lives, and ask her for all the gifts she bought me. Then I’m gonna pepper spray her face until her skin melts off. Gosh, I’m such a nice person! Seriously though, I hope the person (I’m just guessing female) gets caught and persecuted to the fullest.

It’s really not a huge deal, it was a card I hardly use. So I’m not going to miss it, while waiting for a new card to arrive. But I’m not really sure how it happened to begin with. I haven’t used the card in a while, and my other cards weren’t used fraudulently. When I did use it, it wasn’t at lot of places. It’s possible I used it at a Target or something during the big bad data breach? Sure, we’ll blame Target…even though I love that place. 

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PSA: DON’T ORDER FROM TRYITNOW.COM #ItCosmetics

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I usually don’t fall for infomercial crap. But I’ve been interested in trying It Cosmetics for a while. My friend loves their concealer she gets from QVC for her Rosacea. I also know what their price point is. So when I saw the infomercial, I thought it was a good deal. Normally I do research when I buy things, and never (ever!!) buy things from an infomercial. Not saying ALL infomercials are scams, but most probably are. Unfortunately, tryitnow site is no exception. 

If you are going to order It Cosmetics products, don’t get it from tryitnow.com. The full-size kit deal is definitely too good to be true. Suggest ordering product from Ulta or QVC. I got scammed into purchasing, a few weeks back. While I got the products as promised, it was not made completely clear the kit would end up costing $150, they are sneaky and charge installments of $50 each. Then you get shipped a new kit, and have to pay installments on that as well. I got scammed out of money when I went to cancel after my first kit. The website doesn’t make it elicit that you are basically paying $150 per shipment. Also, the 60-Day Money Back Guarantee doesn’t say you’ll get ALL your money back. They only offered me 20% off the kit price, plus would need to pay shipping. Not cool! Don’t get fooled like me, be smart. Worth noting, I was able to talk the customer service rep down on the balance for the kit installment (after some finesse). So at least I didn’t actually pay $150, but still paid more than the $50 the site lists. 

If you want my unbiased opinion on the products themselves, I’d say save your money. While the products are okay, I would say there are definitely much better beauty products out there for a lower price that do a better job. 

Anyway, I’m posting this on as many social media sites as I can, including the FB page for It Cosmetics, hoping to give people fair warning. If you want to share my blog post, please do! I’ll list all their social media sites below. The more awareness the better. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!

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BEAUTY IS PAIN, I GUESS

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I seem to be spending more time/money at Sephora these days. I guess since I stopped being an Avon rep, I have to fill the beauty product void somehow. I’ve always been interested in trying new beauty products anyway. This one isn’t really new to me, per-se. I bought the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask from Sephora years ago, when they first started carrying it. I used it several times, but I think I ended up tossing it when I moved. I don’t recall having any issues with it the first time I bought it. 

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This mask made me feel like Venom from Spiderman

This time, I found it really painful to remove. I remember it being a slight pain to remove last time, but not to this extent. I’m going to blame my application and the face wash I used. I used my Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser, which can be a bit drying. That coupled with the wrong application, could have lead to the removal being difficult. You are supposed to use a thick/opaque layer. I thought I did enough, but I don’t think the layer was suitable. Also, I will be sure not to get it close to my hair line either. It ended up pulling some hair from the side of face off, haha! Given these application issues, I will definitely be trying it again.

Despite that, I did notice my skin looking a bit more even toned. The product itself is easy to squeeze out of the tube. It has a thick but smooth consistency, it feels kind of cool actually! It did remind me of Venom from Spiderman, haha! I think with prolonged use, my skin will look more luminous. I’m definitely going to give it another try. If I still don’t like it, I’ll return it. But I’m sure it will be fine, as I didn’t have issues the first time I used it years back. 

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THIS LITTLE OSTRICH WANTS TO CONGRATULATE THE PANTHERS ON A SUPER BOWL WIN!

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The Super Bowl was last night and it was pretty boring. Maybe because I really didn’t care about either team. But I was going Carolina all the way for several reasons:

  1. Good team colors
  2. Good team logo/mascot
  3. The team doesn’t have a Manning on payroll
  4. I love me a good underdog (or undercat) story 

Now before anyone pees on my Carolina victory parade, I stopped watching the game sometime during the 3rd quarter. Which means, I didn’t see them lose. So if I didn’t actually see the Panthers lose, it means they didn’t! Don’t you just love my ostrich syndrome logic? If I didn’t see it, it didn’t happen! So shhhhh…don’t ruin the game for me. As far as I’m concerned the Panthers did win,  as I truly cannot stand the Manning family. Andy wishes me the best with this endeavor, but he knows how stubborn I am. So good luck to anyone that tries to convince me otherwise.

P.S. We have a snow day today!

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VALENTIA TRUE GLOW EYE CREAM AND ULTRA PLUMPING HYDRATION MASK #BrandBacker #Valentia


I was invited by BrandBacker and Valentia to try their True Glow Eye Cream and Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. Before I give my review, I’m going to explain the ingredients in each product and some background info on Valentia!

The True Glow Eye Cream,  is a luxurious antioxidant rich eye cream. It helps lock in moisture, repair, and tighten skin. All  for a youthful looking glow around the eye area. The Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask is a blend of amino acids and hyaluronic acid. These work together to flood the skin with moisture, which provides intense hydration and nourishment. 

About the Brand:
The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria. People like Matriarchs seeking to maintain their youthful look, farmers seeking help for sun damaged skin, Valentia used berries, herbs, barks, and other natural ingredients. They rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative, and corrective powers. Just like their namesake, Valentia Skin Care products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin. Valentia listens to their customers, and do extensive research into using natural ingredients in their products. They also are sure to use products that are free of toxins and parabens. 
About the Ingredients:
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– Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine lines/wrinkles, and restores elasticity to skin.
– Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect skin from harsh environmental pollutants, and stress related aging.
– Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.
– Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
– Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.ULTRA PLUMPING HYDRATION MASK
– Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: These natural miracles increase moisture content, help in production of collagen, and elastin. These decrease the appearance of visible lines.
– Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Penetrates deep into the skin, to secure moisture, and plump skin from within.
– Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.
– Japanese Green Tea: Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.
My Review:
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I personally loved both of these products. I’ve been using the eye cream twice daily. It has a light scent and an orange hue. But the cream doesn’t leave an orange hue on the skin once applied. I found my eye area to appear tighter. I also noticed the dark spots under my eyes are fading a little. It leaves my skin very moisturized throughout the day, I also think it works great under my makeup. It helps provide a moisturized and smoothing base for my concealer and foundation. I can’t wait to keep using it!
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I love me a good mask! This one goes on fairly clear, you can’t really tell I’m wearing a mask, aside from a very slight orange hue. The mask has given me great results. I found my skin to be smoother, more taut, and moisturized. Plus the next morning, I noticed it helped reduce redness and pimple size. Awesome! The mask does have a slight fragrance, but it didn’t bother me. I can’t wait to keep using it, as I love using masks. 

http://www.valentia.com
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I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!

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I’ve had a busy week, but we made time for dinner and ice cream at Cabot’s one night. I love Cabot’s! It’s an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that has been around forever. They serve breakfast ALL DAY LONG, not to mention delicious ice cream.

They offer loads of ice cream flavors and options. As a matter of fact, they have a separate menu for ice cream and froyo treats. One time I got a cream puff sundae to split with my friends, it was gigantic!

Despite the diverse menu, I got a tuna melt with fries this time. It was so yummy! I also topped it off with a “small” mint oreo fudge sundae with marshmallow. It was so good, I still miss it. It’s good I don’t go there often, otherwise I’d be an orca.

But my work is moving offices, and we’ll be nearby. That’s going to be dangerous, but we aren’t moving for almost a year, so I have time to prepare myself.

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SECOND WANTABLE ORDER!

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I’m trying Wantable styling service. If you want to sign up, please use my referral link so I can get credit. I started off by filling out a style quiz, so your stylist knows what items you prefer. You can also send them a note if you want outfits for a specific reason, like a party. I paid the $20 styling fee, which can be used towards items that you want to keep. I found all the items under $80 each when they arrived. I find the prices a bit higher than I would normally pay for tops, but the quality is quite nice!

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This round I got the Mia Toothpick Skinny Jeans, Midge plaid top, Coated Faux Suede Bias Zipper Jacket, Cowl Neck Sweater, and V neck Contrast Sweater. I ended up keeping all the items from this shipment. But the plaid top had a hole in it and they didn’t have a replacement, so I had to send it back. However, they were still able to give me the 20% discount on the order, since I checked out five items. I’m still a bit bummed about the plaid top, but I’m sure I can find something similar next time I go shopping. I’m excited for my next order!

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