Why I’m Not Opening My IPSY Bag…Yet

Normally I’m excited when I see this bright pink package in my mailbox but this month was different. I’ve been a strong supporter of IPSY for nearly a year now. If you don’t know, for $10 a month, IPSY sends 4-5 beauty products (think make-up, hair, lotions, etc.) that are customized just for you and delivered in a super cute GLAM BAG. This subscription box is very similar to Birchbox and many of you have asked which one I think is better. Unfortunately, I couldn’t answer that question until now.

In order to give a fair comparison between IPSY and Birchbox, I decided to subscribe to both boxes. Clearly my IPSY bag has already arrived. When Birchbox gets here I’ll unbox them and let you watch!

Ellen Tailor IPSY AprilMy favorite YouTube videos are monthly unboxing videos comparing the two and most times (spoiler alert) IPSY wins. That’s the reason I initially signed up for IPSY over Birchbox. I’m hoping to get my very own unboxing video up on my YouTube channel by Wednesday so stay tuned.

In the meantime, which do YOU prefer? Birchbox OR Ipsy?

Cruisin’ Lake Union

Ellen Tailor - Seattle Lake Union Sunday Funday 1

Another incredibly gorgeous weekend in the Great Northwest! My gal pal, Melanie, shot out a group text in the morning asking if any of us would be up for renting a boat and enjoying the sun while cruising Lake Union. Umm…duh! I’m in!

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It’s time to stock up on maxi dresses and sunnies because summer is almost here!!!

My Oh My MK!

I’ve never been one to spend an excessive amount of money on material things. I’ll choose a vacation and memories over an expensive pair of jeans any day. My New Year’s Resolution is to get out of debt but I have one vice, Michael Kors watches.

When I spotted this MK watch at Nordstrom Rack, I had to try it on! (Mind you, the only reason I was even in the store was to make a return, not buy anything. Famous last words.) I thought it was a sign when the sales associate told me she had just marked it down from $225 to $100. I had to have it! I proudly walked out of the store beaming because of the great deal I had scored but that was short lived.

Ellen Tailor Michael Kors Watches

(left) New Watch, (right) Old Watch that looks exactly like new watch

I got home only to see that my new watch looked almost identical to the one Michael Kors watch I already own. Ugh! I can’t justify keeping both of these, can I? They’re so pretty but I just don’t know what to do! #FirstWorldProblems

Pinterest Polish Palette

A little too much spare time leads me to Pinterest which took me on a nail adventure. I perused my ridiculous, too big, nail collection for any sign of Spring I could find. Last week’s manicure got some heat because apparently the ring finger trend (where it’s a different color than the rest of the mani) isn’t in style anymore. (Click HERE to see a photo.) Here’s what I came up with.

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Ellen Tailor Spring Nails - 1To prevent from looking like a total Easter egg, I mixed in this gun metal color polish from Revlon. Considering I’ve got OCD tendencies and like things matchy-matchy, I’m pleasantly surprised this manicure hasn’t driven me crazy yet.

What nail trends are you trying? What colors do you love? What are your favorite polish brands?

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick

Lipstick intimidated me for years. There was something about it smudging all over my water bottle or even worse, getting it on my teeth, that made me steer clear of the color. I secretly envied Taylor Swift and Rihanna for owning their bright red pouts. But to think I was going to let a little tube of lipstick scare me away from beauty was flat out stoopid. (Yes, I said stoopid.)

Ellen Tailor - Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick

I was stoked to try out the brand new Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick (c/o Influenster.) The color was absolutely stunning! Next time you’re at your local drug store check out #360 As You Want Victoria. If you’re not bold enough to try red but want something other than the everyday pink, this color is for you. I also think it’d look great on a variety of skin tones!

The smell is very pleasant. The staying power is unbelievable! And when they say “moisture renew,” they’re not kidding. This feels more like a lip balm than it does a lipstick. I definitely see myself buying this Rimmel lipstick in multiple shades.

Ellen Tailor Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Influenster

What do you wear on your lips? Are you a gloss girl? Lipstick? Share your favorite brands and colors with this newbie, will ya?! :)

Dry Skin No More

While I’m lucky enough to not have had serious acne problems, I do suffer from dry skin. It’s the worst on my nose and between my eyebrows. I’ve had to deal with peeling skin since puberty. It’s disgusting. It looks like a freaking snake shedding its skin. Nasty.

I remember my mom taking to me to the fancy department store when I was young and spending a lot of money on expensive face cream only to have it not work. I quit wasting my money and learned to live with my dry skin…until now. My life, or at the very least my skin, has been changed forever by Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster.

Ellen Tailor Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
c/o Dermalogica

When I first got the 1 oz. product, I thought, “How the heck are a few drops supposed to hydrate my reptile skin?” Holy crap! Dermalogica proved me wrong. It’s described as a “super hydrating fluid that intensely moisturizes thirsty skin and smoothes and minimizes fine lines. The water-based, non-greasy formula contains Hyaluronic Acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water for powerful hydration.” Sounds impressive, right?!

After only TWO days I noticed a huge difference in my skin. I mix 4-5 drops of the Skin Hydrating Booster into my regular face lotion. (You could also use it alone if you prefer.) I try to moisturize twice a day but let’s be serious, sometimes you’re in a hurry in the morning and it gets skipped.

If you suffer from dry skin, do yourself a favor and invest in Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster. Use the code “BOOST” and receive 15% off any booster purchase at Dermalogica.com. (Valid until May 31, 2014.)

Signs of Spring

The first sign of Spring isn’t chirping birds or flowers blooming. It’s bright colored manicures! I’m using Sally Hansen in “Pacific Blue” and Nicole by OPI’s newest textured polish called Roughles (pronounced ruffles) in the color “On What Grounds?”

Ellen Tailor OPI Sally Hansen Blue Roughles Nail Polish

I never would have bought a textured polish but since it came in my IPSY Glam Bag last month I figured it was worth a shot. I don’t know about wearing it on all of my fingers and toes just yet but it makes for a fun little accent. When I went to Fred Meyer I noticed the blue color was sold out but the purple, pink, and yellow Roughles shades were available. Definitely worth checking out.

Ellen Tailor OPI Sally Hansen Blue Roughles Nail Polish

I’m not the only one with Spring on my mind. The weekly brunch date I have with my gal pals proved we’re all itching for warmer weather! What colors are you rocking this Spring?

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

My March favorites can be summed up in one outfit. My favorite Old Navy denim, that I should retire but instead I bought another pair because I love them that much! These boots I snagged for a steal from Hautelook have only left my feet when I sleep.
Ellen Tailor Faux Fur Vest Hot Pink Shirt Hautelook Boots

I’ll be honest. I dressed around this Jewelmint necklace. I’m pleasantly surprised how versatile it is. Honorable March Favorites: China Glaze nail polish in “Flip Flop Fantasy” and every midi ring ever invented!
Ellen Tailor Faux Fur Vest Hot Pink Shirt Hautelook BootsWhat are YOUR March favorites? What do you love in fashion, beauty, or anything! I’d love to so please comment below.

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