May 2015 ipsy

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My ipsy order came a bit early in May – on the 14th for a change (it usually arrives closer to the 17th I think.) but that doesn’t mean I was on top of trying everything out.. *sighs*

Here’s a quick run-down of what I received, and what I think… (in no particular order)

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April 2015 ipsy delivery

 

April Ipsy

April Ipsy

Pretty much right on time I received my package in the mail from ipsy – it just took me a bit longer than normal to report on it.

Included this time around (from best to worst) is:

Honey & Olive Oil lip balm – I think the time of year is pushing this product up to the top of my list; every lip balm I’ve picked up lately I’ve loved, because I’ve needed balm so much lately… This one goes on a bit waxy, but still pretty nice. I had hoped for more of a honey taste/smell, but it’s pretty blah – but still good lip balm. I’ve been using it pretty much every day since I got it!

Brush – I really love getting brushes! This one seems good quality, though I’ve only used it the once to test it out.

Eye shadow – this is really similar on the palate to one of my all-time favourite colours, Baked by Urban Decay. It goes on smoothly, and blends out quite easily… but the colour isn’t QUITE as golden-bronze as Baked, it has a bit more of an orange-ish or coral undertone. It’s still a good colour though, and I think that the quality seemed nice. It is very, very clearly a ‘sample’ size – super-tiny, but at least the packaging isn’t overly huge; it will be fine to toss in my travel bag (I’m pretty sure BAKED is in there right now!).

Mattifying nail polish top coat – I have tried another mattifying top coat before, and this doesn’t seem too different. I was mildly chuffed that they included a coupon for some money off buying their product – a coupon only good in the USA. 😦 Hellooooo Canada here! I put it on freshly polished nails, and the top coat sort of ate away at the polish underneath. I had noticed with my other one that the mattifying effect only lasted a few days; this one lasted at least 3 days, which is when the first chips in my colour started to show, so IMO that is plenty long enough.

Blush – using the brush to pick up some brush… the powder balled up into little clumps. It took a LOT of work to blend the blush I found, as if I’d done it on moist skin – but my skin was totally dry… FAIL. The container LOOKS good, but feels cheap.

…all in a cute rustic/boho/sun-destination- looking pouch – a bit bigger than the normal pouches which is very good 🙂

Freya and Valkyrie pendants

Frey and Valkyrie reproduction pendants

Frey and Valkyrie reproduction pendants

Today I have another ‘shopping’ post for you – super quick (I have some new projects that I just finished, but I need to photograph them first!) just to show off these really nice Freya and Valkyrie reproduction pendants. Well, the seller was selling them as earrings, but I’ll be disassembling them and using them as pendants on my treasure necklaces/festoons instead!

Want your own? I got mine through “Do I look Phat in This?” – an Etsy seller from Sweden – and she still has some left! Act fast! (Shipping was also quick to Canada too 🙂 )

Block printing wood blocks

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Not too long ago I liked the Facebook community “Adventures in block printing”  since the artisan is local, and I’ve loved seeing what she’s made in person – of course all of those delightful posts have made me itch to do some printing of my own as well – I haven’t done block printing since design school.

You should totally check out her page – it’s full of inspiring and creative images, plus lots of step-by-step photos and original source inspiration photos!

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Of course I have my old blocks from school.. (which I might show off at some point, but this is really more of a ‘shopping’ post than a block-printing post!) but I wanted NEW pretty blocks – possibly ones that I could use for some costume elements too…

I bought all these stamps from Charan Creations (https://www.etsy.com/shop/charancreations) on Etsy – and they came from Brampton, Ontario super fast! Makes me almost feel guilty that I haven’t yet found the time to actually USE them yet. Small steps.. small steps… They came well-packaged and seem to be well made.. here’s hoping I’m equally successful when I pull out the fabric and paints!

Indian Hand Carved Wood Block Stamp- Large Medieval Pattern

This one is my favourite I think! (direct link from seller)

While you’re checking out the Adventures in Block Printing Facebook page – don’t forget to “like” my dress diary page too! https://www.facebook.com/DawnsDressDiary

Tudor Tailor’s pointed hood

The second, larger hood

The second, larger hood

I was hosting an A&S practice night at my place in March, and decided to make the theme “hats, hoods & headwear”. While not too many people brought out their own examples, there were certainly lots of people working on thematic items which was neat. I also decided to bring out some of my period (or attempts at period!) style hats, and at the last minute decided that this theme meant it was time to start on a Tudor hood as well, something a bit less high-class than the French Hood.

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