June Ipsy Bag Review

June Ipsy Bag Review


I am a little late getting this June Ipsy Bag Review up but the travel back and forth to VA slowed things up a smidge! I don’t have too much longer until July’s will be up but I love trying the new products out so its not bad :)

June’s Ipsy bag included a lot of variety by adding in hair and face products into the makeup mix! The bag itself was designed by Rebecca Minkoff and it is absolutely adorable and perfect for summer! I foresee this bag getting a lot of use on vacation!

My thoughts on June’s items from left to right:

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray: I will admit that I haven’t tried this one. I’m currently growing out my pixie so I don’t quite have the length to try it out yet but I am looking forward to trying it in the future! I have naturally wavy hair so I’m excited to try it.

Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: Absolutely love this! It is almost an exact dupe for my holy grail Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner. I love, love, love the look of winged liner but I am definitely a newbie and the PF eyeliner has been the only product I have found that I can create the winged look! The Jesse’s Girl eyeliner retails at $6.99 versus the Physician’s Formula at $10.95 so there is a little savings there!

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel: I absolutely adore the NYX line of Butter Glosses and Butter Lipsticks before receiving June’s bag so I was definitely happy to add another gloss to my collection! The line is so smooth and creamy and the glosses have fantastic color pay-off to wear on their own or on top of a lipstick. There are definitely more Butter Glosses in my future.

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: I definitely am not a fan of this mascara. I find the formula really dry so I couldn’t get the look I typically go for with mascara. I don’t think its a bad mascara. Its just not the formula I look for (especially at that price point).

ClariSEA Sea Salt Solutions Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant: What I love about this exfoliant is that you add it to whatever cleaner suits you the most and you are in control of how much exfoliant you add into the mix. I have been battling the oh-so-lovely butterfly rash that can occur with autoimmune issues and when that flares, my skin is much more sensitive than usual so its great to be able to adapt this exfoliant to changing skin needs.

Overall, I think June’s Ipsy Bag deserves two thumbs up. The bag is adorable and the products were great for this time of year to try out. 4 out of 5 ain’t bad!

What beauty product would you recommend for summer?


Disclaimer: This is in no way, shape, or form a sponsored post and I gladly pay my $10 every month! I just wanted to share the Ipsy love! I have included my referral link which adds bonus points when used. Just trying to keep it real!

The Week-Long Migraine & Hating The Word “Normal”

I have struggled with migraines for years. Initially we were able to pinpoint that they were primarily triggered by hormonal shifts so I was able to take preventative medication during the times my migraines would primarily peak. After my hysterectomy, I definitely experienced a decrease in migraines because obviously there were no longer any hormonal shifts to trigger them.

Unfortunately, in the last year or so, my migraines have returned with a vengeance. My doctor has checked my hormone levels just to be certain there wasn’t anything wacky going on (such as the possibility of a piece of ovary being left behind from surgery) but everything came back normal.

The last day I was in VA with Abby visiting my family, I was hit with a massive migraine. I could hardly lift my head because of the pounding and extreme nausea. I had absolutely no idea how I was going to survive the drive back to NC the next day. Thankfully I wasn’t the one driving but being in the car for 5 hours was definitely not a pleasant experience.

Usually my migraines pass within a day or two but this one hung out for a week. I wanted to go to the ER but the last two times I visited the ER (once for a migraine, once for extreme abdominal pain), I ended up with the same doctor who refused to treat because I was a pain clinic patient. Pretty sad scenario, huh? I had an appointment with my rheumatologist and my pain specialist that week so I tried to just stick it out.

In addition to the increase in migraines, I have had a major increase in joint point and fibromyalgia flares were now accompanied by low-grade fevers and butterfly rashes. My rheumatologist decided to do blood work to check for lupus (and other similar autoimmune illnesses).

While we waited for test results, I had my appointment with my pain specialist and when I told him about my week-long migraine, he was able to give me a shot to help knock it down. I honestly think that syringe must have been filled with liquid fire because it was honestly one of the most painful shots I think I have ever had. I had to bite my tongue in order to keep from blurting out some unladylike comments. Thankfully, the pain was worth it as my migraine finally started to fade.

A few days later, my lab results came in: all normal. I am really beginning to hate that word. The list of symptoms and their impact on daily life is growing but answers are few and far between. I have spent most of 2014 bouncing between my doctors searching for answers and it seems that every test, scan, or procedure comes up inconclusive. We know that there is scar tissue causing abdominal/pelvic pain and GI complications but we don’t have the cause of the increase in migraines, joint pain, fevers, rashes, dizziness, or heart rate issues.

And they wonder why I have anxiety.

After every test, I feel like I hold my breath hoping that maybe this time, we will find the answer. Maybe this blood work will reveal the missing piece of the puzzle. Maybe we will find a definitive diagnosis.

Its pretty sad when you pray for abnormal results. A new diagnosis could mean the possibility of new treatments which could mean the possibility of relief.

Normal results means we have nothing and everything stays the same.

I spent some time pondering the word “normal” and the name of this blog. When I started blogging, my “new normal” was living with chronic illness. Maybe now that is my “old normal” and my “new normal” includes more excitement and fulfillment than I am allowing myself experience because I have to let go of the old in order to embrace the new.

Maybe its time that I embrace my inner Elsa and let it go.