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 www.smiley360.com.

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:  http://bit.ly/2tAMyd3
Models Own Barely There eyeshadow palette:  http://bit.ly/2iZiOlA
Urban Decay Basquiat eyeshadow palette:  (sold out, but check your Ulta or Nordy Rack)
Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe In Yourself palette:  http://bit.ly/2gGZUzi
Osmosis Colour Pressed Base:  http://bit.ly/2iROBFc
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation:  http://seph.me/2wgwbRI

Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYC Strobe & Sculpt Palette:  http://bit.ly/2ilyc6q
Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYX Strobe & Sculpt brush: http://bit.ly/2vCOMKF
Becca Ipanema Sun Bronzer:  http://seph.me/2x284c
Manna Kadar Beauty Paris Dream Palette:  http://bit.ly/2snzxzw
Osmosis Colour Brow Gel:  http://bit.ly/2wvGoeJ
Ittse Glambition Collection Goal Digger Highlighter:  http://bit.ly/2x28dgb
Models Own Golden Sand Highlighter:  http://bit.ly/2qWM4sd
Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter:  http://bit.ly/2uSgEJz
Laura Geller Diamond Dust Highlighter:  http://bit.ly/2xKIeXA

Flower Beauty Sweet Pea Blush:  http://bit.ly/2wD1w0S
Pixi Beauty Rome Rose blush by Aspyn Ovard:  http://bit.ly/2gCM80R
Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Pretty Pink blush:   http://bit.ly/2pR7bzb
Emani Cosmetics :  http://bit.ly/2wymSfV
Osmosis Colour Summer Rose blush:  http://bit.ly/2eYa8aN

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss: http://bit.ly/2x6uaL1
Loreal Infalliable Paints Metallic Lip Gloss: http://bit.ly/2vGyArv Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel LIpstick White Russian: http://seph.me/2ezmvgO Buxom Full On Lip Cream Pink Champagne: http://seph.me/2xGzGRw Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick in Whip: http://seph.me/2gBVObV Osmosis Colour lip pencil Rosewood: http://bit.ly/2s75jjT Osmosis Colour Lip Gloss in Bare: http://bit.ly/2eRGBzK

Pixi Lip Pencil Summer Rose:  http://bit.ly/2xLIDcz
Bodyography Lip Lava Rose Moon: http://bit.ly/2eRQZaL NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick Empowered: http://bit.ly/2gBG60h Ella & Mila Laced Up Creamy Lips: http://bit.ly/2iTw8YU Osmosis Colour Waterproof Eye Pencils: http://bit.ly/2euYQtZ Cherry Blooms Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: http://amzn.to/2gCp1Ds Loreal Lash Paradise waterproof mascara: http://bit.ly/2eY4s0p Loreal Lash Paradise mascara: http://bit.ly/2eY4s0p

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?

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