Ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag Review

Ipsy Glam Bag June 2017What’s in the Ipsy June 2017 “Volume Up” Glam Bag?

  1. Glamour Dolls Romantic Rose Brush
  2. Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender in Light Pink
  3. Margaret Dabbs London Treatment Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily
  4. privai Matte Moisturizer
  5. theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush
  6. DOUCCE Maxlash Volumizer Mascara

Ipsy Glamour Dolls BrushGlamour Dolls Romantic Rose Brush

I just adore these brushes! They’re so cute with the copper and pink tips. I have a few brushes from this brand and I love them all! This is one is for precision blending and for applying eyeshadows. I love to do my eye make-up for special occasions so this is perfect.

Ipsy Beaute Basics BlenderBeaute Basics Travel Face Blender in Light Pink

I use the original beauty blender to apply my face powder. I rarely use liquid foundation but when I do, I use my beauty blender to apply that too. I loved receiving this travel size one that I used to apply my under eye concealer. It’s perfect since the beauty blender I already have is took big to hit the right spots under my eyes.

Margaret Dabbs London Treatment Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily

Getting nail polishes (especially full size bottles) in my glam bags makes me so happy! The packaging of this one is beautiful! Isn’t it? I love the color too. The formula itself was very thick and opaque with just one coat. It’s definitely quality. I would love to try out more colors from this brand!

Ipsy privai matte moisturizerprivai Matte Moisturizer

This moisturizer definitely helped keeping my skin matte which I liked. My face isn’t really on the oily side to begin with though so I don’t know if I’ll need to keep using it. It does help keeping my skin soft too. Based on all the reviews on ipsy though, this product is amazing and serves its purpose! If you have oily skin and need a product that will keep your skin matte, you should try this moisturizer.

Ipsy theBalm Balm SpringstheBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush

Ah I just love this brand!! I literally have been using their blush that I got in my ipsy bag a fews months ago to this day. This one is a bit on the matte side and the one I’ve been using has a light shimmer. I love that they’re different so I can switch it up. I’m definitely a fan of this product!!

Ipsy DOUCCE mascaraDOUCCE Maxlash Volumizer Mascara

I always get excited to get new mascaras to try. When I saw that this was a mascara that volumizes lashes, I couldn’t wait to try it on. The wand looked promising although it’s not the type I usually prefer for mascaras. It was a bit tough to get the product on my lashes. Although, it was very pigmented, it didn’t really work for me… unfortunately.

Another month, another ipsy bag! My faves from this month are the nail polish and the blush. I’ll probably get really get use out of those 2 products the most. The bag itself was pretty cute too, since there are lips on it, I’ll probably store some lip products in there 🙂 If you want to try ipsy for only $10/month, click here! It’s so worth it to try 5 new products each month plus get a make-up bag. To help put it in perspective, the blender brush alone retails for $10 and the nail polish is $22… wow!

P.S. I got 6 products this month because of an issue with a product from a previous month.


Landon’s Lumberjack Themed Party

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^ Cake: Sweet as Bliss (owned by my good friend, Tara, who was a Cupcake Wars finalist btw)  – Cake Topper & Birthday Crown: Fetes & Fables (amazing quality and the owner, Jess, is so sweet)

The photos above were taken a couple weeks before his actual party. As most mamas know, having a photo session with a baby or toddler can go either way so you gotta just go with the flow. Lol. In my case, Landon would not stay standing, didn’t want to smile and kept grabbing the lantern and putting it on top of the smash cake lol.

Here’s photos from the party we held at our house…

Lumberjack Welcome Table^ Everyone got a kick out of our welcome table… lol. Thank you Pinterest!

Lumberjack Sweets Table_5Lumberjack Chalkboard^ My cousin made this, she will be opening an Etsy shop soon but if you’re interested in a custome theme chalkboard (digital file)… e-mail me at raina@themamaqueen.com!

Lumberjack Tier Cake^Cake: Deanna’s Cakery & Sweets (everyone was obsessed with this cake my mom ordered from her friend)

Lumberjack Sweets Table_4^ Looking back at the sweets table, I wish I had time to make or order a backdrop!

Lumberjack Pancake Cake^Cake: Deanna’s Cakery & Sweets (everyone was in awe that Landon’s smash cake looked exactly like a stack of pancakes)

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Overall, I thought Landon’s Lumberjack themed party was pretty successful! Special shoutout to all our guests who came with their flannels in 90 degree weather. We had the AC blasting but since more and more people kept coming, it just wasn’t cooling down. Landon ended up being in his diaper most of the time until the early evening lol. Planning parties are no joke and as much fun as they are, they are so stressful when you’re the one hosting it! I hope Landon will be able to look back at all the photos one day and know that he is truly loved.


You, Me, Matcha

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Ok if you’re in the San Diego area, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about Holy Matcha in North Park already… and if not, where have you been?! Lol jk. But no really, this place has been the talk of the town since they’ve opened and based on the pictures above, can you see why? It’s like a bloggers’ dream… from the marble tables, pink and green color scheme and the adorable presentation of their drinks and food. It’s totally the place to capture the perfect Instagram post! Lol.

Holy Matcha_5

I’m sure this place can get crowded during the prime time hours of the weekday evenings and obviously the weekends so I went during a lunch break with my coworker, Shana (who had to take my husband’s role of Instagram Husband haha). We went around 11am on a Thursday and there were a good amount of people but it wasn’t packed. There were only a couple people ahead of us in line and there were open seats. I was stoked haha.

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I got the iced matcha horchata (two of my favorite things in the world mixed together in one drink). I loved it! It wasn’t too sweet and the touch of cinnamon was perfection. I also got the strawberry gluten free donut and for a “healthy” donut it was pretty darn good! The matcha donut was my coworkers and she said it was delish FYI.

Overall, this place is suuuuper cute and the drink and donut I tried were so yummy! Would I wait in line outside during a busy weekend day? Probably not, but I would definitely stop by again during their less busy hours on a weekday! If you’re in San Diego, you have to go at least once to try it out (and get that cliché picture for your IG, duh).

Thanks for stopping by! Happy almost Friday! 🙂


What I Added to My PM Beauty Routine

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As if I already don’t take forever to get ready for bed, I added 2 more beauty products to my nightly beauty routine. I started using the Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment and the VII Code Oxygen Eye Mask and they have been such a game changer!

Dermalogica Nightly Lip TreatmentDermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment_1

What I love about the new Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment is that it’s supposed to firm the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate and improve skin elasticity, and restore barrier function visible signs of aging. Honestly, I’ve been struggling with these issues for awhile and have been on the search for products that would help since I love to wear lipsticks and you know they’re not cute with a bunch of fine lines. Am I right?!

The product is more of a lotion so it was a bit different since I was expecting something like a lip balm. I love that this kills two birds with one stone too… you put it on your lips and the skin around your lips where wrinkles form as you get older. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and honestly, my lips looks so much smoother with less fine lines. I can’t wait to keep using it and see more results! I’m really happy with this product so far and totally recommend it. Thank you Dermalogica for sending me this to try! 🙂

VII Eye Mask_1

Another product I got to try is the VII Code Oxygen Eye Mask for dark circles. I was so excited to receive these since, as a mom, I get like no sleep or if I do, it’s broken sleep LOL. One word: concealer. Thank goodness there’s a product that will help eliminate dark circles under the eyes so that I can use less concealer look less tired (naturally).

VII Eye Mask

These eye masks feel so good when you first put them because they’re cool (temperature wise lol). So after you cleanse your face, you put these babies on under your eyes and leave it on while you sleep… no longer than 8 hours. I can only dream about sleeping that long now-a-days 😛 Any way, when I wake in the morning and I take these off, my skin feels firmer and look brighter. Obviously, it’s not a ‘night and day’ type of result after one use but slowly and surely after each use, the results definitely get better. I’ve been using these masks mostly every night for almost 2 weeks and I’m sold 🙂

Check them out!

*This post was in collaboration with both Dermalogica and VII Code. As always, all opinions are my own.


The Perfect Bluish Purple Nail Polish

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Sinful Colors Bluz Cruz 2

Does anyone else get inspired by seeing someone else wear a nail polish color they like? I know I do! I saw my coworker wearing a similar color to this and I went straight to Target to get one just like it… I’m glad I found “Bluz Cruz” by Sinful Colors for only $1.99! Before I used to be all about just having salon brands (which I still love and have a ton of) but honestly, you truly do get the bang out of your buck with Sinful Colors!

I love pops of color during the Spring time and this one definitely pops! The formula is a dream and is opaque with just one coat, although I always do 2 coats of polish. It was super smooth to apply. Their polishes usually last a few days with a solid base and top coat… I use the OPI Natural Base Coat and the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. If you don’t have those yet. You need them now… trust. They are game changers for any DIY mani.

Sinful Colors Bluz Cruz 1Monowear Leather Band

The top pictures were taken in the sun and this was in the shade. See how it still pops even in the shade?! Obsessed. Oh and I’m loving my Monowear Classic Leather Band in Black for my Apple Watch… it’s on sale for $45 and if you use code “MAMAQUEEN15” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off!


^ Btw, if you missed it on my instastory… I got 2 of this nail polish rack on Amazon and I am in love!! They’re just what I needed. So worth it. I should’ve gotten 3 because after my little Target trip, I added a few more to my collection… shh don’t tell my hubby! I was only supposed to go for diapers lol!

Have a good week everyone!


Gift Ideas for Father’s Day



Shoutout to all the amazing DADS out there! They sure deserve to feel special on Father’s Day. I’m so blessed to be married to an amazing man who is a Super Dad too 🙂

I don’t know about you but I always struggle with what to give my husband for his birthday AND Father’s Day! It’s only on these past couple of years that I’ve been nailing it LOL. For his birthdays two years in a row, I got him basketball shoes (he loves to play basketball and also coaches middle school) and my latest gift to him was an Apple Watch… I definitely got extra wifey  brownie points for that one haha. THEN, of course, I saw how awesome it was and how much he liked that I made him get me on for Christmas 😛

Any way, I hope this guide gives you ideas of what to give all the special dads, father figures, husbands, uncles, brothers, ETC. in your life. Don’t tell my husband but I think I’ll probably get him the iPhone Mophie Case since he’s always on his phone and it’s always dying haha.

Happy Hump Day!