Day 9

Hey all!

Well I’ve done it. I made it past the “I think I want to do this stage” to the “I’ve done it stage.”

The Whole 30 is the IT, I was referring too. I officially just finished Day 9. It’s not the easiest thing in the world BUT it isn’t the hardest either.

Honestly the most challenging part has been purging the kitchen.

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I mean really people! Five, way too heavy, garbage bags full of junk. And the most difficult part of the whole thing was getting them to the dumpster.

So I have plenty of recipes to share but lately I tend to be really short on time.

Eventually I’ll work out my schedule…..until then follow me on insta:omgitsscrystal for some recipe ideas and food pics. Also snapchat: sparkleandmetal

I’m BACK.

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while. I’m surprised I even remember how to do this whole blogging thing. Seriously, though.

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My backup plan.

::Insert lame excuse here, followed by apologies and a bunch of other mush::

Okay, good. Now let’s move on.

A few things to mention…

My focus has completely changed.

There will be less makeup. Sure, I still LOVE makeup and beauty related things but my blog will not be centered around those things anymore. I’m sure I will sprinkle in some posts here and there that are beauty related but those will no longer be the majority.

This blog will become more recipe/food centered. I am starting Whole30 (more about that later) so this blog will reflect weekly food items and some tips and tricks to stay on track. Maybe even some motivation.

There also might be a few craft posts sprinkled in there as well. I love a good DIY as much as the next person and I have completed my fair share of them. So it’s possible a post might pop up on a day I’m feeling extra crafty.

Yes I will try my best to keep up with this blog as much as possible.

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A girl can hope.

Okay now back to the real reason that kick started me back into this whole blog thing.

Whole 30. –This “lifestyle change” has skyrocketed into popularity, with what seems to be good reason.

Now this isn’t a whole new year new me ploy. Let’s face it. That shit never works. It happens for a fews days and then you end up like this lady…

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I’m taking this 30 days at a time. Literally. It’s a 30 day program. I figure I can do anything for 30 days and then if I decide not to continue than I don’t.

People have claimed to have more energy, stamina, sleep better, and even have a happier disposition because of this program. You can visit their website and do a little of your own digging if you would like.

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So I bought this book via the amazon kindle app and downloaded it straight to my phone.

It’s an easy read and is full of useful information, motivation, and recipes.

My first hurdle will be getting the boyfriend on board. Oh sure, he’ll do it with me no questions asked BUT he might be a little shocked when he comes home tonight to find all the sugar and alcohol trashed.

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Our stash is NOT this extensive.

Let’s all have a moment of silence for our friends…

I also encourage all of you to do it with me and help me by sharing any useful tips and yummy recipes you might have. So keep on the lookout for some update posts and I will certainly post about any wonderful/easy recipes I am able to find.

xoxo

 

 

It’s Ipsy Time! May 2015

It’s Ipsy Time!20141115_075805And If you don’t know… Ipsy is a $10/month subscription bag that generally includes 4-5 deluxe sample or full size products. When joining their website you fill out a beauty quiz and that is how they personalize the products to you. Now, some months are hit and miss — there maybe a product or two that I am not crazy about. If I’ll never use it, I give it away. But, sometimes it’s a great product to try and a wonderful way jump out of my comfort zone. You never know. It is also important to be as honest as possible during the quiz to help ensure bags you would like. Seriously, it’s $10 a month. Can’t beat that. The only downfall is the wait list. But every other month they usually have a skip the waitlist feature. I only waited a month. And I always post about the skip link, so keep your eyes peeled. You can sign up here. …now you know.

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Each month has a theme and comes with a cute little insert. This month’s was “Jetsetter”20150517_20200120150517_202008

This theme doesn’t do too much for me. Yes, I have traveled this month and I know people who have as well but I think they could’ve picked something a little more spring focused. Something about these months just says fresh and new to me and I was hoping the theme would reflect that as well.
20150517_202025That being said. I may not like the theme but I LOVE this bag. I actually saw similar bags on hautelook for $5 and was ready to buy some. I’m so excited about this bag and how functional and cute it is. It is made from canvas material with a zipper on the very top.

20150517_202128Okay time to dig in.

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Urbcfreditan Decay– 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil – Color: Ozone

Received – Sample size 0.8 g

Retail – 2.8 g. for $16.

Get primed and ready for action. Urban Decay’s long-lasting, waterproof liner glides on smoothly to prime AND define—for long-lasting lip color and clean lines. Smooch. Pout. Smack. Nibble. Lick. 24/7 stays put through everything (yes, EVERYTHING) you do. When you use this liner to fill in your lips completely, it primes them for lipstick or gloss, grabbing on to color to help it last.

Next, finish the bad girl beautiful look with a sample of Urban Decay’s brand new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss—insanely intense color with high shine. The high-coverage, ultra-pigmented formula lays down all the color you crave in one coat.

This lippie is also laced with Hilurlip™, which defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller.

This was something that I was initially excited about when I received the bag. I can always use a nude/clear lip pencil because lets be honest, picking perfect lip liner matches for every lipstick color is just TOO much. I’m a low maintenance makeup kinda girl. And this will for sure be one of my holy grail products. I haven’t tested the longevity of the product yet but it does apply smoothly and easily.

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Bellapierre – Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner – Color: Ebonycfredit

Received– Full Size 0.06 fl oz.

Retail – $14.99

This super creamy mineral gel eyeliner formula provides effortlessly smooth application and intense pigment for amazing coverage and all day wear. Plus it’s waterproof so you’ll definitely be smudge-free!

This eyeliner is so black and insanely stay proof. I used this in my waterline yesterday and it did not move. It did not transfer, smudge, or wear-off. It will take me a long time to go through all of this but when I do I know I will repurchase this.

Code: IPSYMAY2015 for 15% off, exp. 6/30/15

cleanserPeter Lamas – Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser

cfreditReceived – Sample 1 oz. – Estimated Value $6

Retail – Full size 4oz. – $24.00

This Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser invigorates skin with a potent fusion of natural ingredients. A purifying blend of Chamomile, Coconut and Alba Bark combine to create a rich lather that locks-in moisture while Wheat Protein smoothes and strengthens skin. Vitamin C and Beta Carotene work to detoxify, protect and energize, giving you softer, younger-looking skin. 100% Vegan. Paraben-free. Sulfate-free.

I love this product. I wasn’t crazy about getting a facial cleanser but after trying it out for a week or so I love it. The smell is a slight citrus and my skin feels so clean after using it. I still need to use it a bit more to determine if I would purchase this and make it part of my routine but it is definitely a contender.

Code: IPSY20 for 20% off, exp. 6/30/15

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Pixi by Petra – Bronzer – Color: Summertimecfredit

Received – Sample size 0.16 oz

Retail  – Full size 0.36 oz $18 with kabuki brush

This deluxe bronzing powder gives your complexion the warmth and luminosity of naturally sun-kissed skin. Hydrating, silky-smooth & long-wearing, it also contains Vitamin E to protect skin against free radicals

Ipsy, Ipsy, Ipsy. While I love pixi products and love a good bronzer, I have a ton. Bronzer is not something I use a ton of everyday so mine last for a long time. I might just give this one away or put it up for swap.

Code: IPSYMAY15 for 20% off, exp 6/30/15

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cfreditBare Republic – Natural Mineral Sunscreen 30 SPF

Received – Sample size 0.34 oz.

Retail – Full size 1.7 oz. – $14.99

Let the power of nature protect and nourish the sensitive skin on your face with this lightly tinted 100% natural, chemical-free active SPF 30 face sunscreen. It’s lightweight, non-whitening, non-greasy, and lightly tinted application is perfect to use with or without makeup.Wear it with confidence knowing that you are applying the latest in sunscreen technology: broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, 40 minutes water resistant, no chemical actives, no synthetic fragrances, no parabens – no worries!

I usually don’t like getting sunscreen in subscriptions. Ipsy is something that I get once a month for fun and sunscreen is not fun. Of course I will use it and I’m glad I have it but it was not something I was excited about.

Code: IPSY2015, Free shipping with any purchase, exp 6/30/15

All in all this bag was better than I initially expected.  For only $10, it was pretty awesome.

You can join Ipsy here.

*Estimated value based on full size/price comparison.

Visit my edivv.com shop for swap items.

Ipsy Time! April 2015

Hey all! It’s the pinkest time of the month!

It’s Ipsy Time!

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And If you don’t know…

Ipsy is a $10/month subscription bag that generally includes 4-5 deluxe sample or full size products. When joining their website you fill out a beauty quiz and that is how they personalize the products to you. Now, some months are hit and miss — there maybe a product or two that I am not crazy about. If I’ll never use it, I give it away. But, sometimes it’s a great product to try and a wonderful way jump out of my comfort zone. You never know. It is also important to be as honest as possible during the quiz to help ensure bags you would like. Seriously, it’s $10 a month. Can’t beat that. The only downfall is the wait list. But every other month they usually have a skip the waitlist feature. I only waited a month. And I always post about the skip link, so keep your eyes peeled. You can sign up here.

…now you know.

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Each month has a theme and comes with a cute little insert. This month’s was “Beautifully Bohemian”

20150414_18175920150414_181835With Coachella going on this month this theme is perfect. I personally love this theme! Not as much as I love pink and glitter but, anything with a bohemian vibe is a close second.

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Ipsy has been hitting it out the the park with their bags lately. This one is so cute and well made. I love that the zipper placement is directly on top and the textures of the bag are so awesome. I will be using this for sure.

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Okay time to dig in.

mulleinsparrowMullein & Sparrow– Mini Lip & Cheek Tint

cfreditReceived – Full size 0.25 oz

Retail – 0.25 oz. for $10 OR 1 oz for $22.

The Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint is an all-natural, sheer, tinted balm that gives your lips and cheeks a slight flush and dewy finish. Apply desired amount to lips for nourishment, protection, and color. Dab a small amount on cheeks as a light cream blush. It’s perfect for beauty on-the-go; it brightens the whole face with a sheer rosey flush for the cheeks, gloss for the lips, and a sweet orange scent!

This product is handmade and vegan! A huge plus. The lip balm is very smooth and easy to apply. The scent is kind of strange to me, maybe a little like patchouli. I’m not sure. It’s not the most moisturizing balm But it would be great during the day over a lipstick or something. There is a light pink tint that is very sheer. It is buildable but I probably would not use this on my cheeks. This will strictly be a lip balm for me.

Code: IPSY2015 for 20% off, exp 5/31/15

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MicaBeauty – Eye Primer

cfreditReceived– Sample Size 4g *Estimated value- $22

Retail – Full size 8g – $44.95

MicaBeauty Eye Primer is perfect for everything from sealing in eye shadows and foundation, to enhancing your all-day look. Go from shimmer to matte in just seconds. This waterproof formula provides the perfect foundation for a long-lasting, smudge proof look that is designed for your active lifestyle. This eye primer helps even out skin tone as well as extending and intensifying your mineral eye shadows, without creasing, smearing, or fading.

I have a not-so-secret obsession with eye primers. This product even out my skin tone and cover up any veining by my eyes. I have not tested lasting power yet but I don’t think I will be disappointed. The sample is a great size and it is exactly half of the full size. I imagine this primer will last me for a long time.

Code: IPSY2015 for 40% off, exp. 5/31/15

20150419_131440theBalm Cosmetics – NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single

cfreditReceived – Sample – Single shadow – 0.035 oz. *Estimated value $3

Retail – Full palette – 12 shades – $36.00

Introducing theBalm’s latest addition to the Nude series… Nude Dude! Get a quick look using any combination of these triple-milled shadows or dress up your look by adding water to transform your favorite shades into loyal liners. The shadows can be worn wet or dry and alone or layered for added intensity, so go ahead and cover (or uncover) your eyes.

This color is a gorgeous shimmering copper. Perfect of me and practical for everyday. Let’s take a minute to appreciate how cute theBalm’s packaging is. I love how this shadow is packaged in a magnetic case. The shadow itself is creamy and has great color payoff.

Code: IPSY20 for 20% off, exp. 5/31/15

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Pandora’s Makeup Box – Pink Carnation Blush

cfreditReceived – Full size 0.14 oz (4g)

Retail  – $14 without case, $18 with magnetic case

Pandora’s Makeup Box Pink Carnation Blush is suitable for all skin tones and made with long-lasting, vibrant pigments with a silky texture for easy application. The formula is designed for professional use and contains the best quality pigment and ingredients to highlight the cheekbone for the ultimate glowing texture and color.

This a canadian makeup brand created by a makeup artist. The brand is amazing. Its focus of course is quality makeup but also being cruelty free and eco friendly. All the packaging is reusable and made from recycled materials. Now onto the blush itself. The color is a gorgeous peachy pink with amazing color payoff. The texture is so smooth and creamy. I will be using this all summer for sure.

Code: IPSY20 for 20% off, exp 7/31/15

polishJulie G – Nail Polish – Color: Damsel

Received – Full size 0.35 fl oz

Retail – $3.00

You won’t be a damsel in distress with this JulieG Nail Color! Highly-pigmented, no chip formula, with a brush applicator that glides on smooth for the perfect application.

This color is a mid-toned pink. Honestly, its a great spring/summer color but, it’s a little too toned down for me. Particularly during the summer I want neons and brights. I am actually going to put this on later today but, that’s only because I am waiting for a brighter color in the mail.

Code: IPSY2015APR, 20% of any purchase, exp 5/31/15

All in all this bag was worth about $52! For only $10, that’s pretty awesome.

You can join Ipsy here.

*Estimated value based on full size/price comparison

Visit my edivv.com shop for swap items.

Influenster #YSLVoxBox

What’s the best type of beauty product? A free one!

This past month I received an email that I was chosen for an Influenster VoxBox. #yslmascara

What is Influenster?

Influenster is a website anyone can sign up for. Once on the site you can fill out surveys, review products and connect your social media to increase your impact score. The higher your impact score the more likely you will be asked to join a VoxBox. An email is sent stating they are considering you for a VoxBox and if you would like to join the program you must fill out a survey. All of their surveys are fairly simple, quick, and basic. They are just trying to get to know you so the products you are trying apply to your life. About a week or so later they will notify that the box has shipped if you have been chosen for the VoxBox. Once you receive the VoxBox there are steps you are asked to take in order to honestly review and survey the products.

All in all this is an awesome program and worth it. I highly suggest signing up if you think it is something you would be interested in. The boxes are random, and they do not come every month nor are boxes guaranteed. I think of them as an extra and I never expect to get one. A few months ago anyone could sign up but I believe you need an invitation from a member now. I still have a few invites left if anyone needs…

Okay moving on.

As many of you know YSL stands for Yves Saint Laurent, which is a high end makeup company. Influenster chose their “VIPs” and distributed the Original False Lash Effect Mascara.

This was the box.

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This is what was in the box.

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So the box was small and simple. It contained the full size mascara and an info card.

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

The mascara retails for $32.

Color: High Density Black

You can buy it here.

 NEW improved formula does not dry out. The best gets even better, the original false lash effect mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula. Achieve absolute dramatic lashes in a single stroke for eyes that instantly pop. Its secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes. Available in 6 signature YSL shades to compliment eye color or to create a customized look.

Let’s take a minute to soak in the beauty of this mascara.

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The gold metal packaging is sleek, smooth, and gorgeous. There is something about this packaging that just makes you feel luxurious as you’re using it. Mascara never looked so good! And for $32 the packaging better look that nice.

But aside from the pretty packaging the most important part is, does it work?

Well, I have a love/hate relationship with this mascara. As many of you know I suffer from oily eyelids. There are very few mascaras that will stay put on my lashes all day. For the most part I need waterproof mascara, which is such a pain to get off.

Anyway, lets start from the beginning. I loved the application. It made my lashes super black, kept the curl, and also worked for my lower lash line. The formula is a little bit more wet than others so I had to be a little more careful during application but it wasn’t too difficult. You could definitely see a difference when comparing naked lashed and ysl lashes. The mascara made my lashes long and dramatic. I can honestly say I loved this mascara, its effects, and its application.

Now the hate part. First things first, I live in Florida; so the humidity is insane. I also spend most of my time running around a hospital or a restaurant.  I can say with confidence that I gave this mascara a run for its money and put it to the test. At the end of my days there was slight run off in the lower outer corners of my eyes. This only happened during my very long days. So, I could probably wear this mascara for 6-8 hours without worrying about how it looks. But when I start getting into my 12-18 hour days the mascara becomes a little less forgiving. Which is understandable, I don’t think I have found a mascara able to withstand that much abuse.

All in all I loved this mascara and would recommend it. If you have a similar oily lid issue I would definitely suggest trying the waterproof version.

As for another issue that is close to my heart – this product is NOT cruelty free. This brand does test on animals. As a result of that I would not personally buy this mascara. I tested this product for about 2 weeks so I was able to give an honest review but I probably won’t go near it after this review is complete.

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*

Ipsy Time! March 2015

Hey all! It’s Ipsy time!

I took the dogs for a morning walk and we picked up the mail on the way. Look what we found!

20150314_110309And If you don’t know…

Ipsy is a $10/month subscription bag that generally includes 4-5 deluxe sample or full size products. When joining their website you fill out a beauty quiz and that is how they personalize the products to you. Now, some months are hit and miss — there maybe a product or two that I am not crazy about. If I’ll never use it, I give it away. But, sometimes it’s a great product to try and a wonderful way jump out of my comfort zone. You never know. It is also important to be as honest as possible during the quiz to help ensure bags you would like. Seriously, it’s $10 a month. Can’t beat that. The only downfall is the wait list. But every other month they usually have a skip the waitlist feature. I only waited a month. And I always post about the skip link, so keep your eyes peeled. You can sign up here.

…now you know.

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Each month has a theme and comes with a cute little insert. This month’s was “Floral Fantasy”

20150314_12074020150314_120759With spring just around the corner a floral theme is perfect. The colors are so bright and vibrant and just what everyone needs this time of the year.

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I am obsessed with this bag. The colors are so vibrant and the design is so cute! The bag itself feels well made and has a zipper on the top of the bag. I will definitely be using this in my purse.

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Okay time to dig in.1Sexy Hair – Soy Renewal Creme Oil

cfreditReceived – Sample size 1 fl oz *Estimated value – $ 5.46

Retail – Full size 4.2fl oz  – $ 22.95

Discover Soy Renewal Crème Oil, a luxurious styling crème made of the line’s staple blend of Soy, Cocoa and Argan Oil. Soy Renewal Crème Oil provides lightweight conditioning and moisturizing benefits that helps hair look and feel extra healthy! Ideal for fine and normal hair.

I am so excited to try this stuff. I love the sexy hair line and I love nourishing conditioning products that contain argan oil. I actually love the size of the packaging and it is perfect for travel. I actually have a trip coming up soon so I think I will wait to try it on that trip.

Code: IPSY for 20% off, exp 4/30/15 OR text IPSY to 33233 for 25% off, exp 4/30/15

nyx butterNYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick – Color: Little Susie

cfreditReceived– Full size 0.16 oz

Retail – $6

Pamper your lips with a hydrating kiss of smooth Butter Lipstick in 22 luxurious shades. The delicate texture of satin fused with the high color saturation creates an even finish on lips that’s long-wearing and beautiful.

I am so excited I got this color. The other two options were a purple and a light nudeish-brown, none of which i would wear. This is a gorgeous pink color. The formula is so soft and buttery and applies a sheer layer of color. This is one of the most hydrating lipsticks I have ever come across.

Code: NYXBUTTER for 25% off butter lipsticks, exp. 4/30/15

chellaChella – Ivory Lace Highlighter

cfreditReceived – Full size 1.4g

Retail – $18

This fresh and pretty neutral pencil will brighten and visibly lift your eyes when lightly applied on the brow bone, dark circles, blemishes and red spots. In addition, this multi-purpose pencil can be used to brighten and “open” the eye area by applying to the water line and inner corners of the eye. Applying a thin, blended line down the center of the nose creates the illusion of a thinner nose. Perfect for highlighting a beautiful smile by eliminating dark shadows and preventing lipstick spread by applying to the Cupid ’s bow and along the lip line.

I have been dying to get my hand on this product but I could never justify $18 for a highlight. Thank you Ipsy! I love that is it a pencil instead of a powder. I know lately I have gotten a million highlighting shades from Ipsy and I am sure I am set for life BUT a girl’s gotta have her options! Especially when one option is something as fabulous as this one. This formula is so creamy and blends out so nicely.

Code: IPSY2015 for 25% off, exp. 4/30/15

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Dr. Brandt Skincare – pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion

Received – Sample size 0.26 oz

Retail  – Full size 1.7 oz $60

“An apple a day keeps the lines away.” This oil-free, lightweight lotion is formulated with apple stem cells to help delay the natural signs of aging by maintaining the longevity and activity of stem cells in the skin. Simultaneously, retinol stimulates new cell turnover and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Brandt’s multi-tasking formula provides the best of both worlds, delivering anti-aging and pore minimizing/mattifying benefits.

This is one brand I am disappointed in. I like the products but they are not cruelty free. You can bet that this will be going on my swap board. This brand is actually really great because every product I have tried from them works! Aside from the high price point I would recommend this brand for anyone not looking to be cruelty free.

Code: none

luckypennyMARSK– Mineral Eyeshadow – Color: Lucky Penny

cfreditReceived – Full size 0.04 oz/ 1.2 g

Retail – $22.50

MARSK Mineral Eyeshadows are 100% natural, mineral based loose powder that are strictly cruelty free and available in a range of striking shades that offer endless color possibilities for a professional makeup effect. Featuring a creamy texture, these highly pigmented powders can be used both wet and dry, are easily blendable and offer you the ability to create depth and intensity around the eye.

This color was a score for me too. The other option was a silver, which I would never wear. But when swatching it I am fairly disappointed. I’m sure we can all agree that $22 is expensive for ONE shadow color. So safe to say I was expecting something gorgeous. The color payoff is just not there. I will probably use it as a base color because it is not as vibrant as it should be. To be honest you’ll get more payoff with the L’Oreal Infallible shadows. The only positive is that the MARSK brand is cruelty free and the other is not. I also think the packaging feels like cheap plastic, not as high end as it should feel.

Code: IPSY2015, 20% of any purchase, exp 4/30/15

All in all this bag was worth about $! For only $10, that’s pretty awesome. Visit my edivv.com shop for swap items.

You can join here.

*Estimated value based on full size/price comparison

Instagram to the Rescue

So one of the reasons I started this thing, blogging, is to hold me accountable for getting healthier.

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But really, can I get one of those collars? It may have worked better.

Here is the issue. Blogging takes time and work. Something that, as a Radiography student, I don’t have much of.

aint-nobody-got-time-for-thatSo through my many daily encounters with social media I had a brilliant idea.

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             DING!

“I can use instagram as a tool” What is easier than snapping a photo and hashtagging? My phone even predicts the hashtags I should use. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

So from here on out my goal is to post my daily activity and at least one healthy meal.

It takes barely any time and will help keep me accountable.

So here’s where you guys can help. Follow me on instagram! omgitsscrystal Cheer me on and call me out on my crap.

Let’s Do This People!