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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bic Gel-ocity And My Pen Pals

I received the Bic Gel-ocity gel pens for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review.  You can join Smiley360 at

Have you ever experienced the fun of having a pen pal?  My first one was a second grade class project.  We exchanged a few letters back and forth over the course of a year.  It was fun and all I really remember was my pen pal asked if I lived in an igloo, a common misconception about Alaska, where I lived at the time.  We learned to write letters and we learned about another part of our country.  We found out things the kids experienced there.  It's fun to learn about other people's lives, their hobbies and traditions in different parts of the world.   The experience of a pen pal can open you to culture across the globe as well as bonding over the things people have in common.

Fast forward to today, where I am blessed to have two pen pals who live in different places.  We began to talk on the internet when we met each other through our love of color, my first true love.  My second love is baseball.  My friends and I met thru color and bonded over baseball and pets.  We keep in touch on the internet and enjoy the tradition of being pen pals, often sending cards and gifts back and forth.

When I received the Bic Gel-ocity quick dry gel pens for testing, I immediately thought of my pen pals.  We all love cool pens...especially gel pens.  And I received three sets; one for me and one for each of them.  It couldn't be more perfect.

I ripped open my pack of three and tested them on one of the coloring pages that came with them.  Honestly, I wasn't expecting very much.  I've been disappointed so many times with gel pens that were dry before I could use them, pens that smeared and pens where the color was too pale to be seen.  The Bic Gel-ocity pens are SO different!!  They are vibrant and dry quickly so that they don't smear on the page!

There are three pens in the set; blue, pink and purple.  These are a joy to write or color with.  If you enjoy the artistic expression of coloring and you love gel pens, these are definitely something you want to check out.  There is a set of 12 that I'm eyeing at Target for just $12.99 and I really feel like I want more colors!!  I generally use different colored pens in my planner to code it and the gels I tried in the past were fails.  Now that I know I can use Bic Gel-ocity with the vibrance and staying power that I need, I want a couple more colors.

Here's some closer pictures to show you the colors.

The pens have a comfortable ergonomic barrel.  I appreciate that so much as the feel is nice and my hand doesn't cramp using them.

I didn't expect to be wow'ed but I really was.  I was thrilled to find gel pens that are dependable for my planner.  The color is strong, they dry quickly, and they're super affordable.  Whether you're journaling, planning, coloring or writing to a friend, you'll want to check out the Bic Gel-ocity.  The performance is very satisfying with these pens.

Having a pen pal has been a fun learning and social exercise for me both as a kid and an adult.  I've learned enough about my pen pals to know they're going to love getting these sets in the mail.  Do you love a good pen?  What are your favorites; gel or traditional ink?  Do you have a pen pal story?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer 17 Makeup Triumphs And Tragedies - Summer Favorites

Summer has been so busy!!!  I did a summer makeup favorites roundup on my youtube channel, rather than a month by mouth accounting.  I spend more time in the pool than the makeup chair in the summer months.  The following are what I've been loving for getting me through this hot desert summer.  All items mentioned are listed in the description under the video.

Products Mentioned:
Kylie Cosmetics Vacation shadow palette:
Models Own Barely There eyeshadow palette:
Urban Decay Basquiat eyeshadow palette:  (sold out, but check your Ulta or Nordy Rack)
Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe In Yourself palette:
Osmosis Colour Pressed Base:
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation:

Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYC Strobe & Sculpt Palette:
Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYX Strobe & Sculpt brush:
Becca Ipanema Sun Bronzer:
Manna Kadar Beauty Paris Dream Palette:
Osmosis Colour Brow Gel:
Ittse Glambition Collection Goal Digger Highlighter:
Models Own Golden Sand Highlighter:
Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter:
Laura Geller Diamond Dust Highlighter:

Flower Beauty Sweet Pea Blush:
Pixi Beauty Rome Rose blush by Aspyn Ovard:
Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Pretty Pink blush:
Emani Cosmetics :
Osmosis Colour Summer Rose blush:

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss:
Loreal Infalliable Paints Metallic Lip Gloss: Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel LIpstick White Russian: Buxom Full On Lip Cream Pink Champagne: Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick in Whip: Osmosis Colour lip pencil Rosewood: Osmosis Colour Lip Gloss in Bare:

Pixi Lip Pencil Summer Rose:
Bodyography Lip Lava Rose Moon: NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick Empowered: Ella & Mila Laced Up Creamy Lips: Osmosis Colour Waterproof Eye Pencils: Cherry Blooms Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: Loreal Lash Paradise waterproof mascara: Loreal Lash Paradise mascara:

Phew, that's a lot of writing and linking!!!  Did you see anything that you like or is a favorite of yours?  What have you been loving over this summer?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Ipsy August Glam Bag Unboxing - Worth It?

I've been an Ipsy subscriber since the very beginning. I really enjoy receiving my Glam Bag each month and seeing what's in it. They list it on the website, but I enjoy the surprise. Some months are better than others - watch and see what I thought of August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag.

I had ordered a perk with my points and unfortunately, it never showed up.  Meh.  How'd you like your bag this month?