The Balm Read My Lips gloss

loving this. The Balm Read My Lips gloss in BAM!

In my February Birchbox, I received a sample of The Balm’s Read My Lips gloss in BAM! and I LOVE it. The scent/taste is fantastic! It is delightfully fruity. The color is very natural and just a little lighter than a “my lips but better” shade would be. I will likely purchase it again and might try out the ZAAP! shade as well. ZAAP! looks like it has a bit of shimmer in it though and that might keep me away from that one. I also have my eye on GRRR! Alas, one negative note: the texture does nothing for me, as it has that sticky gloss feel that I’m not fond of. And for some reason, glosses with that texture seem to wear unevenly on different parts of my lips. I like an even uniform slip feel when I rub my lips together.

Another note, since I’m just about to watch the most recent video, I’d like to recommend the What’s Up In Makeup series of videos from Jen Luv’s Reviews on YouTube. I have been loving these videos! I always find a few things I had not heard about yet that I want to check out.

Some things I have my eye on

My latest thing has been YouTube. I have been watching many, many YouTube videos. And very recently, I have been watching many many beauty and make up channels. This has been awesome and inspiring and has made me want to get out my make up and play. It has also made me want to shop, and my budget is not really allowing that. Alas. But here are a few things that I *would* be snatching up if I could.

The first time I fell in love with a perfume was around age 14. One of the ways my friends and I liked to spend our weekends was walking around the local mall. Around this time Elizabeth Taylor’s perfumes seemed to be pretty popular and one of the varieties that existed was Diamonds and Sapphires. I LOVED it. Every week, we’d wander through all the stores, and I’d spray myself with the sample. Eventually, when I was a little older, I got a bottle of it for Christmas. It was discontinued, though I’m told one can maybe still find it through the online discount perfume stores. I had forgotten just how much I loved it. Until the other night when I was walking around Meijer in search of a Wet & Wild eye shadow palette (which I did not find. I think I missed the boat on the after party palette.) and I passed a display of Coach fragrances. Two of the three were labeled fruity florals so I sprayed one on each wrist and went on about my business. Then I actually sniffed them. And one of them smells JUST LIKE DIAMONDS AND SAPPHIRES YOU GUYS. I kept sniffing my wrist and happily sighing. I went back to the display and sprayed myself more times than I’m going to admit to. Wrists, neck, coat. As much as I could with it being a stuck down sample bottle. I wanted to bathe in it and buy it on the spot. But I restrained myself. Because it was $45? I think? Maybe $42. More than I could justify at any rate. But that was fine, because then I found it for much less on Amazon and Sephora, which will make it much more do-able. Perhaps if I have any birthday money to spare. Coach Poppy Flower will be mine.

Moving on to the make up!

Next on the list of pretty new things that I would like to own: Divergent Multi-Piece Collectors Kit

I just watched a video reviewing/swatching everything in this kit. Everything in it looks so pretty! It’s a lot more neutral than I tend to want to buy but there is a lot of shimmer, which I am definitely into.

It includes a bunch of eye shadow, a couple blushes, a highlighter, a bronzer, 4 lip glosses, and a dual ended brush. It’s just under $60 and this is why it will not be coming home with me, much as I would love it.

And finally, Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Palette

This is a smaller collection with some more similar mostly neutral colors. Still so pretty! It includes 3 eye shadows, a blush, a bronzer, and a lip gloss and is $32.50 (sadly, still not coming home with me.)

I’s still been on the sample kick and have had a lot of things that I’ve been intending to review. They’re coming. Hopefully. Maybe. We’ll see.

waffle pan

Do you like waffles? I like waffles.

Do you like pancakes? I like pancakes!

What if you could combine the two? You can!

There is a stove top waffle pancake pan from Nordic Ware. This griddle has a non-stick surface (for easy clean up) and makes up to 7 3-inch waffle pancakes at a time. They come out as crisp round pancakes, with a waffle top! Perfect for drizzling butter and syrup or even fruit! Mmmm.

I want one of these!


Rebagz are so neat! I’ve seen them in gift shops before. There are a number of different sizes and styles, all recycled from rice bags, grain bags and juice packs. It doesn’t stylish, but they have a really interesting and pretty look to them.

They’re a little out of my budget though. Alas.

Right now I have my eye on this large tie tote, this messenger bag, and this on the go/baby bag.


I recently saw a post on BellaSugar and it has brought to my attention another product that I think I just have to have. I’m kind of a freak about my skin care. When I was younger I didn’t like my skin at all, and even now, we still have days that we don’t get along so well. From what I have read, the Clarisonic might be the answer to a more peaceful relationship with my skin. Sadly, the high price tag on this ($167 on amazon and close to $200 on other sites) means I will be lusting for and drooling over this for a while yet to come.

Anyone else have experience using it? Do you love it? Hate it? Feel eh about it?

brownie awesomeness

I love brownies. I think they are the bees knees, the cat’s pajamas and all sorts of awesome.

I like my brownies to be moist, dense, chewy – what they call fudge like (or is it fudgey) even though they don’t resemble fudge really at all. I’m not so into cake like brownies. I don’t even think they should be allowed to be brownies. They should just be cake.

My favorite part of the brownie is the edge. Don’t get me wrong, I will happily munch down plenty of the non-edge parts. Brownies are moist chewy bits of happiness, after all. But I will fight someone for the edges. Not just fight them. I will WIN! This is the passion I have for brownie edges.

Sometimes in the midst of my foodgasm, I will sigh and say “I wish I could have a pan of nothing but edges…” in that wistful sort of way that you say things that you know are ridiculous but you wish anyway.

So imagine my surprise and delight when I was reading through assorted food articles and found out that it is possible! There is a thing that makes this wonderful idea a reality! (at least in theory)

Bakers Edge makes an all edge pan. It has a winding channel that snakes it’s way across the pan providing you with edge, edge, and more edge. Wee! I clapped my hands, bounced, squee’d! It is now on my list of things that I must have. And when I have it I will never leave the house again. I will stay home and bake brownies all day.

Brownie edges + me = <3 4EVA