ipsy: january glam bag.

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I received my January Glam Bag from Ipsy a couple weeks ago and once again, I was very pleased with this month's products!

First of all, the actual bag this month is great quality. I wasn't too impressed with the satin bag in December (it had a cheap plastic key fob in the shape of a heart; I actually threw it away). This month was a wonderful improvement!

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure // I love this eyeshadow. The color, the texture, its staying power...all around great! It's great for my fair skin + blue eyes combo. For a softer look, I put the Cailyn eye polish over it -- or I wear it alone for more impact.

Sheer Glo from Manna Kadar Cosmetics // This is a shimmer lotion that can be used alone or mixed with foundation for a soft shimmer. I haven't yet use this; honestly the shimmer makes me a bit nervous. I do plan to try it on my cheeks when I apply blush...I think that might be a good use for it.

(MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm // News flash! It's dry in Nebraska in the middle of winter. I cannot go outside without applying lip protection first. Needless to say, I've been going through lip balm like it's my job. This mojito lip balm is wonderful. Goes on smooth and provides great protection from the harsh, cold wind!

Mechanical Eye Liner from Hikari Cosmetics // Folks, this is SILVER eye liner. I find it to be a bit sketch. My idea is to try using it as a primer before applying eyeshadow. I have no idea how this is going to work...but I shall report back.

La Fresh Eco-Beuaty Good Day. Day Moisturizer // I haven't yet tried this but am always excited about finding new moisturizers. I won't be trying this during my morning routine though because it isn't SPF...but it could work nicely in my nightly skincare routine. We'll see!

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this week's groceries ($49 at trader joe's).

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Happy Sunday! Hope your weekend has been lovely. I've been enjoying mine! I kicked it off Friday with dinner in Omaha with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews. We then headed to the airport to pick up my parents -- they just got back from India, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates. It's nice to have them back home in Nebraska. :)

Yesterday I ran four miles, and it felt great! Well, my legs are a bit sore and the foam roller kicked my butt...but great nonetheless! I also had dinner with a dear friend last night. Later today I'm headed to a winery with some girlfriends. It's a full weekend, and I love it.

Right now, this Black Bean and Lentil Chili is simmering away on the stove. I'll be eating this for dinner all week + will be freezing some. SO MUCH CHILI. It's a good thing though!

Earlier this morning I went to Trader Joe's; the grand total this week was $49.

Here's what fifty bucks at TJ's will get ya....

Celery // black bean & lentil chili
Milk & yogurt // smoothies for lunch
Orange juice // apple cider vinegar shots (more details soon!)
Eggs // soft/medium boiled for snacks
Cheese sticks // snacks
Blueberries // with granola for breakfast

Chicken broth, red peppers and garlic // black bean & lentil chili
Coffee // for my addiction
Spinach and bananas // smoothies for lunch
Popcorn // snack

Lentils, black beans and marinara sauce // black bean & lentil chili
Dark chocolate nutty bits // for my sweet tooth

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