Hey ya’ll! So, I have already shared the contents of my IPSY Glam Bag on social media but I saved a few of my personal thoughts for here and a private account so here goes! I love the bag every single month that I receive it or that I’m subscribed to receive one.
It appears that they really do pay attention to your product reviews and the whole nine yards. They even went as far as to have one of the three faces of Ipsy be a young beautiful female of color aka what we call “Black”. And yes, she has blue eyes……so it would appear that it was too much to expect a black woman with a common eye color to be selected just like when “Blondes” with blue eyes are used when that is not a common physical trait. In any case at least they have included ALL representations more or less like the different types of people that subscribe to their beauty bag. I totally give them props for that! I already know what type of world and industry this is (sigh). One thing is always said like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and another thing is always projected like a standard of beauty or beauty hierarchy which tells you who the beholder is at the end of the day as far as how this society sees it lol. Before I get into what grinded my gears lets just take a look at what I got this month. I’ll post the link to my YouTube channel below so that you can see everything better afterwards.
Oh, I even took advantage of a Ipsy Deal they had and this is what came in that box
I have to say the polish so far is my favorite product from that offer!
Okay. Now, having said all the above lets Tak about what grinded my gears. The theme was what? VOLUME UP…. and they chose this month to have not one but TWO women of color for this theme that are not usually used for their campaigns and etc. Some may have missed the stereotyping but I did not! Sadly, in this Country and all over the world Women of color are said and ALWAYS depicted to be loud mouthed, outspoken or unmanageable females. Usually the darker the black female is the more “ratchet” her character has been as we have seen portrayed for YEARS on TV shows, movies and music. To the point that I honestly believe many sistas have bought into that image but that is a whole different topic for another post. Anyway, of ALL the months I find it no coincidence that two “black females” were used to promote the theme “Volume Up” and as they elaborated they wanted everyone to challenge themselves in regards to “Fearlessly Expressing” Themselves
-____- So for me it read as if and always that the only females who can do such are Black Woman. Bottom line, I found the whole bit insulting to me and to all the other race of women but then again black women are always depicted and have been for years as loud mouths and etc so this subliminal stereotypically representation nonsense probably went over so many peoples heads. You can think what you may or want to. I mean maybe others felt or will feel it was a compliment! To each their own. I CAN understand that as well and play devils advocate. I could have said to myself “Hey, who better to showcase for “Volume Up” than women of color whose natural hair defys gravity and whom could have easily modeled whatever line of mascara that promised volume. Whom have been labeled outspoken and etc primarily because they/we have had to speak up against SEVERAL INJUSTICES against us and our people throughout history so “surprise surprise” the stigma that is attached to us til this day is of such so why not own it! I know the flip side. TRUST ME. But Im just sharing what was my pet peeve this month regardless! And to my recollection I have never disliked their themes or execution of them. Even when they did not have anyone who looked like me I thought well hell that’s a just the normal run of the muck American style Advertising and Marketing by any other race to leave out those of color and if a company did include us I knew they just wanted our money or to appear politically correct lol (Shrugs). I can’t say for a fact that it was INTENTIONALLY done to offend anyone so I wont dwell on it. Of course it absolutely may have been done with the thought that no one would see it as such. They tend to put their “best foot forward” with positive vibes/images/messages out that it would be hard to suspect that. I only really care about the products coming my way each month so I saw the subs and brushed it to the side until some mins ago when I decided to blog. And in this day and age it may be a trivial matter and/or of little importance to anyone. And I know no one or no company is perfect so I will let them have this one. Anyway for a much better look at the products I receieved and their size check out my Ipsy Unbagging video on Youtube.
My new favorite beauty and Health products for 2017!
Now, if it was not for Amazon and their lightning deals I would not have bothered to ever try out the natural toothpaste cleaner by Primal life Organics in Black Peppermint but Im happy I did! I love the way my whole mouth feels after using it. And I apply it all over my teeth and let it sit for 2 to 3 mins before brushing and rinsing. It states that it “Gently Polishes, Detoxifies, Re-Mineralizes, Strengthens Teeth” I CAN SAY THAT IT DOES SUCH and you can click the image below to check them out!
The next product I have fallen in love with is in a scent I adore which is Cake Batter by Eclispe! My lips tend to get dry very easily and then I pick at them and when I had that occuring two days ago I reached for the Lippiebox this came in that I subscribed to back in Feb for the Valentines box! And after two applications my lips returned to their natural non dry and chapped condition that I love to see them in.
Lastly, a product I discovered via IG just like the previous item. The Franckincense and myrrh shea butter by The Black Market Group and I can tell you now that it will be a regular on my dresser for years to come! It smells wonderful and is very moisturizing. I love the way my face and legs look after applying!
Now that I have shared what I love and fancy why dont you let me know what your top 3 product picks are as to date! Im curious to know!
Last month I had the pleasure of purchasing some awesome lippies from a new cosmetics company called Anicosmetics! I ordered one of their lipsticks and one of their lipstains….Im in love! The stain stays put and the lipstick is super moisturizing. Check out the colors I selected below …
They have such a large variety of colors to choose from!
And of course I have to show you how I looked in them😎
Wearing the Lipstain in Regal
And the lipstick in Lush
I absolutely adore these lippies and will be picking up some other colors as soon as I can!
Now let me tell you about the Company I discovered this weekend. They have a line of lippies that also blow me away and they are Vegan! The company is Mercuryiii! They have an astrology or should I say Zodiac themed line or lines of cosmetics that I find just so unique and clever. Not to mention right on the money color and concept wise. Check out a few here…
The top one is Gemini and that’s the one I bought! (Pic from their IG page)
I will be looking to try out some more great cosmetic lines and will be back to tell you guys all about them. I also will be back to give my opinion on Meruryiii’s Gemini lippie! Until then stay sweet. Later ✌
(Disclaimer, everything was purchased with my own money (Just as everything else I have ever blogged about was unless I mentioned otherwise) and neither one of the companies have sponsored this blog post (just as no others have unless I have mentioned otherwise…which was never lol) This was shared out of pure love and appreaciation for their products! Take care ya’ll 😊)
I will be back to chat a bit more in this post but for now I will just ask if you guys would comment below what you want to see posted here most this year! For me it’s food recipes of mine I have yet to share! Anyway, XoXo! Thanks for always checking in. There will still be subscription boxes shared here like my most recent one by the Candy Club!
Hey everyone! I can’t believe that a whole year has gone by since I first started this blog? It sure went like the wind! I have a few more days til it’s official but I want to take the time now to thank each and every single one of you who cruise through my blog posts! Espeacially those who comment. I read you guys comments daily. ALL OF THEM, for a matter of fact so I see you spammers as well….”bless your heart” as my grandmother would say. I’m never going to approve your comments but go right ahead on using your energy to submit them if that makes you happy! To one in particular that was not so much spam but a fellow Blogger whose site mentioned how the earth is not round but flat….thank you for visiting my blog. I returned the favor by clicking your link and thoroughly enjoyed your site! I have yet to approve your comment since I only viewed it in my email and not here. I have to dedicate a day to trashing spam to find your comment and many others like yours! Just know you guys that I appreaciate you all very much! I really do want this to be a engaging site with you all giving feed back, RESPECTFUL opinions and advice. I like to think at this age that Im at, that I know exactly who I’am and what I like and dont like. What I will accept and not accept. Will stand for and not stand for but in reality there is about 10% room for the unknown and unexpected for me. There are plenty of subscription boxes I have yet to try and life experiences as a woman, person of color (Oh, I know the correct term too by the way and it ain’t Black or African American but for right now…) and mother I have yet to experience but with each lesson I grow. Just as with each subscription box, purchase elsewhere and research hour dedicated to knowing more about what I’am rubbing on my skin, or ingesting and digesting. As for this Blog it is a mini expression of who I’am. Not perfect, but perfect in my imperfection and eager to learn, grow, share and repeat! I hope you guys have been entertained, educated, made to think about many things and overall pleased with what you have found here this past year. When it is officially one year as to date (in a few days) I will be back! For now, I’am going to enjoy this Tuesday in which I’am trying to get over a cold with my favorite chocolate by my side 😆
Hey guuuyyysss! Im talking to you from the comfort of my bed. I have looked outside and seen the accumulation of snow thus far and thought thank goodness I can stay in and rest. It was declared yesterday that schools would be closed today due to the expected snow storm. Meanwhile, parents and others may STILL be expected to head out to work? My little sister has been told by her managers that they are going to open at 3:30pm. That just blows my mind right there but Im not the least bit surprised as some folks/companies only care about profit. Nevermind that they will be wasting electricity and putting their workers in possible danger while they travel back in forth on the road in this storm. To wait for customers who are being advised to stay indoors…..yeeeaaaaa let that sink in.
On another subject, I have receieved the February 2017 Degustaboxusa food box and cannot say it excited me much. It did however excite my LO who had seen an unboxing online prior to us receiving ours last night. He could not wait to open the included Walker’s Shortbread cookies. And they did not dissapoint either of us despite them being crumbs as most of it was broken up. As I already stated I was not excited by this months selection but happy to have recieved an extra item which I received in the past and loved. The Lovely chews! 😍😍😍😍 The other extras were two items I told them in the survey I DID NOT LIKE. The very artificial tasting gummies with yogurt from Welcher’s and the Jolly time popcorn that tasted like a bag of chemicals last month. The items for the February box was a hot sauce, cookies, dark chocolate bar with salt (wwhhyyy), a orange soda by Jones, two small packs of a sauce and a fettuccine package. I may have left one item out but I will simply come back and update this post later with pictures for accuracy! Ah!! As I type this out I have received a message from my sis and apparently after much thought her company will be closed today. 😒 😂
I will just share the upload of the activity we completed so far for you guys to check out right here Hobby Horse Activity! Tommorow we will do another and Im looking forward to October’s Crate! For more info check their site right here using my referral link Kiwicrate! If you want you can also read my first blog post from some weeks ago about them and the various boxes for different age groups. The Koala Crate is for ages 3-4! “I’ll be back” ✌
Soooooooo… in the last week the US citizens have seen on live TV or via the internet
1.Guns planted on a dead African American male that resulted in them saying those were gloves that appeared and not the gun(s) they claimed he had. And of course the officers said that they “feared for their lives” when they clearly outnumbered the unarmed victim. The discovery of the planted guns or “gloves” was shown in a slow motion replay of the LIVE CNN BROADCAST. You see the body on ground and officers watching the camera man so when the recorder panned away BOOM just like that guns MAGICALLY APPEARED ON THE GROUND! Link right here!
2.A video said to be of an NYPD cop beating and raping a young African American girl in a holding cell that hours later showed up on the web as an incident that took place in South Africa (saw these sources as weak but this is an issue in South Africa in general) which if you didn’t know was the new America as the lands are beautiful so Europeans and wealthy white Americans have moved there and white washed it to the point that Native (Decendants/Of color) South African girls had to protest not to long ago to WEAR THEIR GOD GIVEN NATURAL HAIR TO SCHOOL…. IN THEIR NATIVE LANDS which are now being occupied/controlled and run by large amounts of outsiders who clearly have no love, appreacition or respect for the original INHABITANTS of South Africa or ones image that is distinct to their DNA aside from their own #BottomLine. Cop raping teen (NYPD or South African, either way this is sick )
*AND NOW THE VIDEO WAS BANNED BY INSTAGRAM BUT I TOOK SCREEN SHOTS. I couldn’t or wouldn’t download it rather* Im sure you can find it somewhere on Youtube or etc. Millions saw this video in the last two days who would have saved it.
He punches her to knock her out and…..
3.Countless sports teams taking a knee when the first innocent lines of our otherwise racist National Anthem song begins. The lyrics are now globally known and no one can dispute the fact that it is not fitting nor has it ever been for a so called “Melting Pot” of a Country. Which thanks to technology in everyones hands we and the world are able to see how those in Authority really feel hence the action by athletes to take a knee since when it comes to people of color ESPECIALLY it would appear those who are suppose to be seen as protectors are now seen as lynch mobs they ought to fear and never call on.
4.Governers caught in their Ku Klux Klan robs and an US rep for North Carolina saying things like “The Protestors in Charlotte hate white people because they are successful and they’re not” If you have been paying attention to real news and not the Govt run media you caught that. And then the mainstream media may have mentioned it and his fake apology.
You know I just want to wake up and the Aura feel like it did in 1995….the energy and current climate of our Country is disturbing and it is the same eleswhere. I couldn’t avoid mentioning the crimes being committed and allowed or welcomed by our our “Government” which makes everyone see that the motives of the elected are not for the general publics best interest nor has it ever been. When everyday the media backs those with a badge as if they are not people with their own minds and bias we see very clearly what is going on. I say this is hell on earth and you make each day something different with whom you spend your days with and where you go and dont go. I understand that those who see whites taken into custody who have guns out and all cannot understand how it could NOT be the dead black mans/womans fault. But that is a delusional and blind way of thinking, if you are awake and know the history of all people and in particularly this Country you would get it. If you consider yourself a Human being you would want justice and senseless killing to end. I hear all the time this is all to create a race war but for those of color or aboriginal decent there has been an race war since Columbus and the men from prison (thieves, rapists, killers, pedophiles) the Queen gave him to find new lands ended up here in America and all the other places. Though without such crimes being committed by Law Enforcement and others that we KNOW OF you wouldn’t know how much we have never changed. History is repeating and we have a first row seat to witness the blatant cover ups and deceit shown by those in positions of power.
I’ll try to put myself in a happy place as if we dont live in a #sicksadworld. I do know some good people. People who want others to have food, clothes and shelter. An education, their parents ALIVE and a clean safe neighborhood no matter the color of their skin or personal beliefs. Im thankful for those real Human Beings that I do know. Im thankful for the little things that make my day. Im hopeful despite it all.