The April 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag has arrived! I have been receiving Ipsy bags for just over a year now and have been generally happy with the product selection and value. For $10 a month, this has been a great way to try new products that I might not otherwise seek out.

Not sure how Ipsy works? Here goes….. The Ipsy Glam bag is mailed to you once a month filled with 5 trial size products. Your account is personal. The Ipsy questionnaire is simple and the goal is to cultivate an experience that meets the needs of the consumer. Score! What is your skin tone? How comforatble are you with make up? And hair products! Did I mention hair products and fragrances?

At $10 monthly it’s a fairly inexpensive way to try new things. Or, if you love getting presents all year in a cute lil bag (like me), Ipsy may be right for you.

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Number 1- The Bag

This is a cute lemon make up bag. I’m not a bright yellow kind of gal, but I would use this. Also, I know people that are bright yellow loving folks that would benefit from owning this cutie. Each month a new bag comes, so I can spare one or two at this point. The colors are bright and perfect for summer. On second thought, should I change my make up bag for the season? Is throwing lip goss in my purse not enough. I have options and when it comes to being feminine….I am still learning. Maybe it’s time to retire my 1990s CaBoodle?

Number 2- PURRRRPLICIOUS Law Beauty Essentials Nail Polish

This is pretty, and soft in color. The only issue I had was opening the bottle. The lid separated from the actual bottle cap. Quick fix, just a little hassle. What I do dig about this product is that it comes from a women owned company that claims their products are “luxe, innovative, and eco-friendly”. If vegan/toxin free nail polish makes you happy, this is pretty good stuff. One coat did the trick on my false nail in the pic. (I just painted my dark gray and I’m not ready to remove it!)

Number 3- Buxom Cosmetics Buxom Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blackest Black

The first thing I do when I look at mascara to buy is pull the wand straight out of the tube and see what kind of clump filled horror show emerges. This one was clean! Step one, I’m a happy girl. The brush is pretty straightforward and it does not appear to require any contortion or act of magic to apply. This one wears well and does not run like some. Do you love to rub your eyes throughout the day because you forgot that you were wearning mascara? It honestly does not leave a tar (or bat poo) streak down your face. Buxom, you’ve won me over.

Number 4- THEBALM Cosmetics theBalmjour Creamy Lip Stain in Namaste

Cute packaging, pretty color, definitely something I would choose on my own. The stain just did not last long for me. This could be because of the formula and it could be because I run my mouth all day long. I cannot confirm, but this one was “eh” for me. I will continue to use this since I have it, but I do not think I would purchase more once it is gone. Again, may work great for you, just not for me.

Number 5- MOROCCAN MAGIC Argan & Essential Oil Lip Balm in Peppermint Eucalyptus

Ohh la la- Lip Balm is more my speed and I have several types located just about anywhere I could possibly be an need lip balm. Purse? yes. Car? yes. Next to my bed? yes. In my Caboodles make up suitcase? yes. All over! This one is smooth and smells like a candycane. The peppermint scent is much stronger than the eucalyptus, but I am not complaining. Also, I am sure I read somewhere that peppermint helps to plump your lips….well hello sexy smooth fatlip. Thank you for noticing.

Number 6- SUGAR COSMETICS Kohl of Honour Intense Kajal in Black Out

Eyeliner and I have a long, tumultuous history. Allergies and watery eyes makes it hard for me to work real hard on making my eye makeup “flawless”. I have this tendency to appear to be crying when the flowers bloom or the air blows. Next, being a teen of the 90s I can fully appreciate the urge to draw an inch thick like along my lashes. (Warning! Do not do that!)

Drawn on hand
Top smudge with water
Botttom- dry smudge
The verdict is in- cry BEFORE you wipe your eyes 🙂

Another great option that Ipsy recently launched is a monthly subscription service with 5 FULL-SIZE products. The only issue I have here is that it’s $25 a month and that seems a little $$$ to me for a monthly subscrption. BUT- if you are more obsessed with beauty products and want to invest that money every month for great new full size products, I support that. (But make sure your bills are paid first, ya know. Money don’t grow on trees! lol)


When you buy through Ipsy (subscription or product purchase) you can earn points and rewards. Like real cash! There are tons of items to peruse on the site including; fragrance, hair, men, skincare, etc.

Ready to try Ipsy? Use my link!

Do you currently subscribe to Ipsy or any other beauty box services? What are some of your favorite products? Tell me about it below!

Eve is a mom, student, daughter, sister, blogger, doer, thinker, and more. Any and all blog content should be viewed as opinion and any sources should be verified prior to using any of these words in that particular order to form your own (opinions). For more, visit: Happy Kotter: Disclaimer. Have a great day!


Do you dress your pets?

I do! Pets come with an array of personality traits and while some love getting dressed up and flaunting their style, some are prone to the preference of living their sweet, fluffy lives the way nature provided.

Instagram. Sandy enjoying the February in Kentucky sunshine.

Thanks to a message from Paw Clothes, my favorite four legged cutie was invited to model their available fashion. Check out the beauty that inspired this collaboration. Use code: KOTTEREVE25 for a 25% discount on your new favorite pet clothes!

The Models.

Sandy is the inspiration that started it all. She is a full figured beauty in the doggy fashion industry and must be treated with the respect a woman of her stature deserves. She is a 10 (ish) year old beagle mix rescue. Her gentle yet protective nature makes her a perfect fit in our family. When she’s excited her entire body “wags” and while she’s pretty low to the ground, she’s never short on affection.

Gypsy, a lively two year old Boxer, German Shepherd mix isn’t playing dress up for this post, but she’s a hundred pounds of pooch worth a mention. Her tail may feel like a whack from a bat, but she’s full of energy and is never opposed to a good nap.

Don’t let the senior discount fool you, Annabelle has all of the personality and no time for your sass. She’s queen of her castle and a special thanks to my friend for letting me borrow her for this project.

Cadbury, a one year old rabbit. Do you think we weren’t going to play with the cute bunny? Seriously. Also, he wants you to know, he has strong opinions and a desire to be left alone. Happy (almost) birthday, Cadbury!

Paw Clothes

I must commend the folks at Paw Clothes for making this an easy and enjoyable experience. Each item is accompanied by measurements to make dressing your pet simple. The items that I purchased turned out to be better suited for a smaller four legged pal than those who live at the Kotter household, but nonetheless, the show must go on! Each of the items featured below is accompanied by a link to the site listing.

Don’t forget to use code: KOTTEREVE25 for a 25% discount on your new Paw Clothes!

Non- Slip Puppy Socks
Non-Slip Puppy Socks (Take 2)
PawClothes Designer Set- Captain BowTie
PawClothes Designer Set- Pink Bandana
PawClothes Designer Set- Captain Bowtie
Summer Walk Cap
(PS This dog didn’t dig wearing a hat- photo shoot cut short)

The Amazon Purchase Section

Last, but not least, I purchased “Adidog” gear from Amazon. In their defense I did not compare the measurements to Sandy and Gypsy and assumed an XL and 2X would suffice. The XL can be seen below, featured on Annabelle. A cutie either way, with a new wardrobe.

The link below connects to a listing featuring this sweater up to size 9x!

Annabelle is featured in an XL Sweater from Amazon!

And Finally, a “goodbye” from Annabelle

Eve is a mom, student, daughter, sister, blogger, doer, thinker, and more. Any and all blog content should be viewed as opinion and any sources should be verified prior to using any of these words in that particular order to form your own (opinions). For more, visit: Happy Kotter: Disclaimer. Have a great day!