Walmart Purse review

Shocking! I know.

I enjoy luxury items most of the time. I’m a confessing brand snob, if you will. Not proud. 

I sleep on vicose sheets.

I carry real leather bags.

I wear real leather coats.

I wear name brand clothing, unless I’m out sourcing.

I wear Quality shoes. 

You get the point. 

I wasn’t always this way. Not by a long shot. 

Maybe as you age, you just want to treat yourself better. If possible. I’m the same with my kids. Not that they care about brands. Except my oldest. 

Also; I should point out…nothing has to be brand new to me. I’d much rather have a used quality item then a brand new cheap one. I know many friends who insist on things being new. This is not me at all. Used, yet of good quality is fine by me. 😃

Jumping into this review…
Erm…This perfect purse. 

While out grocery shopping a couple months ago, I decided to wiz through the the handbags; just for fun. 

My eyes went to a Big Buddha bag, which use to be a higher end brand. I examined the quality made Purses, which had $40-$50 price tags. 😳Much too much for Walmart, I quickly thought thought. 

Then I walked over to all the other bags. Like the one above. Not real leather, but for the $9.97 price tag… I picked one up to inspect. It didn’t feel like leather. But it felt okay. Zippers felt smooth and opened with ease. Adjustable strap. Stitching and seams were all straight. No loose threading. It looked and felt lightweight. All things I look at, before purchasing  a new bag. 
I have been looking for a cross-body purse that I could use while out sourcing, and thought that it would be a perfect little bag for the task.

I thought it would be a perfect hands free bag. 

They came in maroon, black, brown, hunter green, cream, and Navy. They looked like they had a place that another color was, but it must have been sold out. Awesome color selection too!

I chose the black one. I know. Boring..

I brought it home and my daughter quickly noticed the purse sticking out of the Walmart bag. 

 She gave me an odd look. “Walmart?” She questioned me. 

I told her that I needed something cheap that I didn’t care if it got dirty, etc. But more importantly, I needed something that would allow me to source with my hands free… because a fanny pack just wouldn’t fit around my fanny. 😏

That night I took everything out of my Calvin Klein bag, and placed it in my new ten dollar Walmart purse. Then I tried it on. You know, walked around the house with it. Hands free!

My husband saw me, and asked if I was going somewhere. I told him no.. then explained to him how I bought a special purse to use when I went out sourcing. 

Of course he didn’t understand. Men!? 😐

So where is this longgg drawn out story going….

In a nutshell: I source a few times a week and I found myself switching back and forth all month long… 

But then I found myself upset when I had kept switching back to my designer bags..😱

 I was actually missing my cheap little gem. 

This bag is the perfect medium size, hands free, bag. It is! 

It has just the right amount of pockets, and us set up so practical.

Cell phone slips easily on one side, which doesn’t have a snap or zipper closure. 

Stevia, Lippy, and pen in the other side. (Showing In the above picture) which does zip. 

Large inside with side zippered area for smaller stuff. I can for a full size wallet, notepad, more makeup, and first aid in the main pouch. 

The bag is the best $10 I ever spent!

So for the past month I have been solely carrying it. 

I was at a friends house the other day, when she noticed my bag and asked me which brand it was. Knowing that I only carry nicer bags..

I smiled,  and told her Walmart! 🤣

Her reply: Noooooo! 

So last night while out grocery shopping… I grabbed one in gray. I guess that’s the color that was sold out last time. 

Now I have one to switch over too when I want to look extra put together. 😁

There we go.. She’s all set! 😊


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Eyelash perming lift DIY

So I bit the bullet and decided to jump on the eyelash perm trend. I have given myself a DIY eyelash extensions before, so I figured how hard can a DIY eyelash perm be.

I jumped on YouTube and watched about six different videos, before deciding on what kit to buy. Amazon was out of the kit that I was looking for, so I spent a dollar more, and bought it off eBay.

It took about a week to receive. It was coming from California, supposedly. But we all know it was originally drop ship from China. Just like the ones on Amazon.

Total cost: $12.20/Free shipping

Salons charge between $80-$145

So I think a DIY was definitely worth it.

 And you know what?

 I did not screw it up! 

Sure it took nearly 90 minutes from start to finish, when it should have only taken a hour total, but it was my first time.. and all ‘first times’ are well… not all that great.


So this is what the $12.20 kit looked like. You should be able to squeeze six different peems out of this one kit. And since they recommend you don’t do this more then six times per year, it will last an entire year. 

Sorry for the somewhat blurry photos. Also, no mascara on, so you can barely see that I have any lashes at all.

I decided to do this task at night, in my bathroom, where the lighting is not that great. But still.. barely there lashes are what I have had to work with my entire life.


Up close and personal of how thin and straight my natural eyelashes are. 


Step one was to take a damp cloth to make sure there is no old make-up, oils, etc. on your lashes. 

After that, you remove one eyelash perm rod from the kit. They give you two different curler options. The silicone pink thing, that you can see in the picture next to the glue on the upper left hand corner, or a basic sticky white perm rod. (As seen in the above picture.)

I tried using the pink silicone thing, but my lashes simply would not stick to it, regardless of how much glue I used. So I went for the rod, and am so happy I did. Worked like a charm. Sorry I didn’t snap a ictire of the failed attempt with the pink one on. 

So you place the sticky rod as close to your lash line as you can get. Then, using your fingers or a q-tip, you push your dry lashes onto the rod. (I used my fingers.)

You may use glue, but I didn’t need to use the glue with the sticky rod. The glue doesn’t affect how the perming solution works. Just a heads up on that. So if you need to use the glue, do so.

Next, you use the first, of the four vial solutions…

With a clean dry q-tip, you dip  it into the perming solution (white vial) and wipe it on all your lashes in an upward motion. Like you are putting mascara on. Making sure to do not get any in your eye, or on tight line. I did with one eye, and it burned.

Be generous, as this is the most important step. It is what will curl your eyelash hairs.

You leave the perming solution on your lashes for 10-15 minutes. I left it on the full 15minutes, but I know some people leave it on 20, if they can take the burn. Yes, it burned a tad. Just like a real perm. 😉

After the 15 minutes are up, you take another q-tip and dip it into the eyelash cleanser (yellow vial) carefully wiping  away the perming solution. It only takes a minute. Very easy to do.

After the perming solution is off, with the rod still on, you take the eyelash neutralizer (green vial) and place that all over your lashes, just like you did with the perming solution.


This is a picture of how crazy that looked. 

But we are almost done!

Wait another 10-15 minutes. Again, I waited the full 15 minutes.

And lastly, use that (yellow vial) cleanser once more, to remove the green neutralizer from your lashes. 

Then carefully lift the perm rod away from your eyelid and toss it in the trash. 

They are not reusable. That is why they give you so many.

You now have a very natural looking curly eyelash that is ready to be mostiourizd. (Clear vial) I think the clear stuff may be mineral oil. That is what it looks like. So you dip a clean q-top into the oil and with the perming rod now off your lid, you brush on the oil into your lashes to sooth them. Like a regular hair perm, you can dry them out. So keep them mosturized.

I also read that coconut oil or caster oil will also work,  if you want something more natural. 

Take a eyebown/lash comb, and comb through them, making sure none of them are stuck together…. and you are finished.

You can’t get them wet for 24 hours, so I would try to skip the eye creams, mascara, etc. if at all possible. Just enjoy the new you. 

Again, bad lighting, but you get the jist. I am very happy with the results. Your natural lash cycle is around 4-6 weeks. So once you start having new straight lashes growing in, you can determine how often you would like to repeat this process. 

A couple close-ups. Bye-Bye eyelash crimper..


Now, how about an eyelash dye kit. Ha! 


Anyone ever try this before? 

Please share how it went. And If you blogged about it, I’d love to check it out.

Hair Ties/Rings

Ever since I saw these no pull flexible hair rings at Kohl’s, last Black Friday, I wanted them. 

But there was no way I was going to dish out $8 for three pieces of plastic. Come on!

To me, you should be able to get these hair ties for a quarter each, so I just waited it out. 

BTW, You can find them in that little area right before the cash registers. You know, the area that all the stores place over priced items to feed on impulse buyers while standing in a line that resembles a snail race. Yeah! That area.

So for the past six months I’ve been waiting for them to either go on sale, or drop in price. But nope! They have remained the same. They come in your basic hair colors. Black, brown, and a tan blonde shade.
I even picked them up one time to ask the cashier if there was a mistake in the price. 😐

Several months ago while shopping I brought them up to the cashier and asked her if they were really $8?

The cashier was so funny. She gave me a surprised look, as to say, “ain’t no way those are $8!”

Then she told me they are probably $4-$5 dollars. Max. 

She wrung them up and gasped. Then quickly gained her composure and replied, “Oh, I guess you are right ma’am. They are $8.”

After all, she is employed by Kohl’s, she can’t tell me they are not worth it. Or act surprised at the price. Could she?

She asked me if I wanted them. I replied no. And then she whispered that she doesn’t blame me. 
I continued to look for them in other stores. Even Amazon and EBay, but gee wilikers, they were all around the same cost. 😔
So I continued on wanting them…just like those trendy fur slides, (which I did actually find, and purchase last night st the Shoe Depot. More on that in the next blog.) 😃

I’ll be the first to admit, nowadays,  I am the typical basic consumer that wants something that is over-hyped and hard to get a hold of. 

But I’m also stubborn. In the fact that my frugalness will not allow me to pay retail. Ever!

This takes us to last week when I opened my mail box to find a $10 off coupon from Kohl’s. 

I quickly read the fine print to make sure that I didn’t need to shell out $50 to receive the $10 off. Although there was a $50 bottle of parfum I was also eyeing at Kohls…but I know I don’t need another over priced bottle of perfume, when I have more sitting on my dresser then I can ever wear in a life time. 

After reading the fine print I saw that it was one of those…. come to kohls and buy anything for $10 and get the $10 item free. If you are able to only come in and buy one item, then leave.

Like Target, who in their right mind can go to Kohls and only buy one item and leave?

I can!

So I went there and used the coupon for the over priced hair rings. Ya-hoo! 

Then I came home to show my oldest daughter my unique, or so I thought, find. 

You get three hair rings in the cutest cubed package. I handed one over to her to try out first

She placed her long hair in a high bun and twisted the hair ring around once. Pleased that it held a tight high bun, she smiled and said that it felt like nothing at all. No pulling or weighing down the head. 

I then tried one out, having to twist it around twice because my hair is shorter and thinner then hers. It felt great! Exactly the way I expected it to feel. And all for free!

Then my daughter examined them and said, “These look like those old 90’s bracelets that she use to wear as a kid.”

It took me a moment to scan all the popular girls bracelets  that have been popular throughout the years… jelly, slap, silly, friendship, pen bracelets…And yes! Those twisty ones! Ugh! 

If I recall right, they still sell all of the above at the dollar tree. *sigh*

After having a moment of anger verses sadness, I kicked those feelings aside and continued to love my free over priced hair rings.

Fast Forward:

Last night while shopping at Walmart with same daughter, she came across the girls 90’s coil bracelets. $1 for a pack of 3! 

Sure, they are bright colors. No neutrals, which is what I tend to stick with, but they had them non the less. They are also made alot better then the over priced hair rings and while they are a bit bigger in size, they still feel like nothing in your hair. 

Yes, of course I bought them …and have already worn one to the pool. The bright pick one, which is why it’s not shown here in the pictures. And the brown original hair ring that I gave yo my daughter is also not shown here. But I wanted to show a side by side comparison.

So there you have it. Do I regret using my coupon on them… not really. I did at first, but I’m very partial to neutrals for daily use. I will also wear the bright colored ones for the gym, lounging pool side, etc…

And I would still never, ever, pay $8 on any hair accessory.. 

Revitalizing Microdermabrasion

Brand: HYDROXATONE

Revitalizing Microdermabrasion

Retails for $29 at Ulta.com

Details:

Hydroxatone Revitalizing Microdermabrasion is formulated for all skin types. People desiring youthful, radiant skin will benefit, as well as acne-prone individuals.
Skin exfoliation naturally slows down as we age, so regular, gentle exfoliation is critical to aid in maintaining healthy youthful skin. 

You don’t get very much, maybe enough for four treatments. 

Wet your face and scoop out an ample amount. Massage on face in a circular motion for several minutes.


I just rinsed my face. It immediately looks, and feels softer.


Looks good to me!


I’m very happy with the results. 🙂

New baby!  

Well, the next best thing, other then a new baby…;o)~

Very similar in style… to the 2k LV speedy….(which I was gifted years ago before I knew what designer bags were worth.)
I ended up selling it for only $50 on eBay, back in 2001. *sigh*

This here, is my new Michael Kors Black Grayson satchel. I’ve only had it a week.

This one is a very roomy bag. Modest in design, so I added a mink puff to give it some va’voom!

It’s not Leather..and for the price, I would have thought it should be.🤔


They have one left on Amazon if you are interested in adding it to your own collection. I’m not sure how to link it, but here’s the details to search..all great reviews.

Has anyone else received any new designer bags lately? Due tell! 😉

Vintage Beautifying Facial mist face steamer

I picked up this 1970’s vintage gem at a thrift store last week and finally got around to trying it out. 

And….

I love it!
It opened my pores within about 5-7 minutes flat. There is a dial that you can set on low, medium, or high. I am use to the YMCA steam room, so I used it on high. 

I then doused my face with a clay mask while my pores were still open.

And wa’la! An ‘at home’ facial. My pores are just empty now. They have never been this empty, especially on my nose. 

 The machine was only  $7, which I thought was very reasonable. I feel this type of machine would run for $100+ at Sephora.

I checked eBay and I could probably sell it for a profit, but I love vintage finds that actually work… so I will be keeping it for my daughters and me to use.

And besides, it’s the same shade of pink as my Kitchen-Aid. 😉


Tooth contouring 

I had some tooth contouring done a few days ago. The dentist offered to square off my upper two pointer teethalso, but I declined. 

I know they are meant to be a bit pointy. The ones that were bothering me the most were my two front teeth.

 I’m happy with them now!

I didn’t have any sensitivity like some people do. But they recommend that you wait a week before whitening them. 

The procedure is quite cheap, even without insurance. $110 for two teeth.

No Novocain or anything like that. It’s like a electric tooth filer. It only took 10 minutes total. 

Has anyone else ever had this done before?

Who owns who in Cosmetics?

I remember years ago that someone casually mentioned to me, that L’Oréal owned Yves Saint Laurent, which is why the packaging was so similar, not to mention, the formula. I remember thinking how cool that was.

So after some digging, here is what I’ve found out about some of the other popular brands. 

I was most surprised to learn that L’Oréal owns Maybelline. For some reason, I always thought Covergirl owned Maybelline. 🤔

 

Just a few brands that Estée Lauder owns: Clinique, Bobbi Brown, M.A.C, Origins, Jo Malone, La Mer, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Donna Karan Cosmetics.

A few brands that L’Oreal owns: Maybelline, Garnier, Lancôme, Kiehl’s, Redken, Matrix, Giorgio Armani,Dermablend, The Body Shop, Ralph Lauren and Yves Saint Laurent.

Procter & Gamble owns: Cover Girl, Max Factor, Anna Sui, Olay, DDF, Aussie, Camay, Clairol, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Ivory, Infusium-23, Pantene,Gillette and Noxzema.

Johnson & Johnson owns: Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, RoC, Rogaine and Lubriderm.

Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy owns: Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Benefit, Make Up For Ever, and Sephora’s namesake line.

A few brands that Revlon owns: Almay, Sinful Colors, Pure Ice, Mitchum, and Charlie fragrances.

Very interesting. 😉

Sun food Super Greens Review

Sun food Super Greens Review:
This stuff is AMAZING!

I started taking this a week ago
I’ve tried many wheat grass/super greens type of products before. I’ve even grown my own grass before.. Wheat Grass! I mean. 😉

None of them have ever given me the clear mind and zest that this one has. 
I’m not the most healthiest eater. I want to be. I really do. I’ve tried to be a die-hard vegetarian on numerous occasions. 😐

And the best I’ve ever felt, both physically, and mentally, was the Summer I was a raw vegan. 

The only reason I stopped, was because it got too costly and none of my family was on boat with me. 
Hence, I’m always looking for something to add to my diet to keep me focused, and energized. 
That’s where this amazing stuff plays in!

The Vitamin Shop sells two sizes, 8oz and 16oz. The 8oz is $24.99 and the 16oz is $44.99.


You get a little more for your buck by buying the larger size. Which is what I did. 

I also bought some raw honey  to add to it. But then realized I really didn’t need it. It was sweet enough, due to the banana.

I’ve been using the recipe on the back of the package. Well, minus the 1/2 of avocado and yacon syrup.

Recipe:

8oz of Almond Milk (sometimes I add 12oz)

2 teaspoons of green powder

1 whole frozen banana

Blend & Drink!
The first day I drank this 3x

By the second day, I just felt all around better! 
Especially mentally. You know that foggy feeling that we sometimes get? Well, it disappeared! Completely!

When I run out, I plan on repurchasing this again. I think Target also sells it. Amazon has it too, but it cost more. 
The Vitamin shoppe has the best price. 
For me, the best part about this mix is that you are getting all your veggie servings that you need each day, by only taking it once per day. Of course if you need an afternoon ‘pick me up’ you can take another instead of a tea or coffeee. 😉

Not only that, it’s filled with your probiotics and digestive enzymes, for any tummy issues that you may encounter during the day by eating something ‘not so healthy’ 

As you get older your body doesn’t make the amount of enzymes it once had. This is why doctors sometimes prescribe enzymes to you. And probiotics are excellent for anyone!

Especially if you are ever on any antibiotics. You need to be putting the good bacteria back into your body to help fight illness and diseases.

Whish self tanning coconut cream

This is a quick review for Whish Self-Tanner.

It’s not all that cheap. $30 for 5ozsTo the best of my knowledge it’s one of the only all natural self tanners on the market. So I wanted to give it a go.

It’s not a spray, foam, or lotion.

It’s a body butter. Thick and creamy!

(Think Nivea cream)

It’s not suppose to leave that tradition tanning smell on you either, or streak.

It’s suppose to give you a very natural glowy look. NOT ORANGE!

It doesn’t have a color guard or bronzer. So you do need to take your time and spread it evenly.

Like you would a traditional body butter.

I generally use St.Tropez self tanner, which has a color guard and bronzer in it, so I was looking forward to a more natural approach.

That said, if it sounds to good to be true, it generally is. Or so the saying goes…

I followed the directions to the tee with this one. I was excited to see the results later that evening!
It smells like coconut coming out.
It has a very nice pump. Spreads easily.

I didn’t use a mitt with this one, but I made sure to wash my hands throughly afterwards.

I used three pumps for each leg. Two pumps for each arm, one pump for chest area, and a half pump for my face.

I smelled like a fresh coconut afterwards!
But then around the four hour mark, I looked in the mirror and saw “The Don” looking back at me.

I looked at my hands, wrists and feet.. they were very pronounced. A not so nice coral orange shade. *sigh*

I’m left very confused. I read many rave reviews, and even watched a few YouTube videos claiming how great this product was.
So I don’t want to diss the product entirely. Perhaps it works better with certain skin undertones. I’m neutral. Not warm or cool.

I have the Whish shaving cream and charcoal mask, and I love them both. I really do enjoy the brand.
So… I guess I’m going to hold off using this again by itself. I may try mixing it with one of my bare minerals foundations which tend to be very liquidity. I will try to find a positive way to use it up. I hope!
I’d love to hear if anyone else has tried this particular self tanner and how you liked it.