Friday, December 2, 2016

FREE STUFF FRIDAY (pt 1)

Hey fishies! I've been seeing a lot of people doing "Vlogmas" this year so I decided to do my own version of that-BLOGMAS! For my Blogmas, I'm going to bring back my most popular post where I post completely free beauty items for the taking, and I'm calling it "Free Stuff Friday."

L'OREAL NUTRI-GLOSS SAMPLE


















NATURALE BISOU HOLIDAY LOTION SAMPLE












DIOR "POISON" SAMPLE


















NOXZEMA FACIAL CLEANSER SAMPLE


















That's it for today guys! Just click on any or all of the images to claim your free stuff! Be sure to check back next Friday for more free goodies!

-Sami Fish



Saturday, November 12, 2016

FCS of the Month Club info

Hey fishies! Yesterday Fortune Cookie Soap released information on a long awaited subscription we have all been asking for. All information in this post is taken straight from the Winter 2016 launch video by Shannon. I am just typing it up in an easy to find format so you guys who may have missed the launch can be as well informed as the rest of us! :)


  • It is called FCS of the Month Club
  • It will contain full size products at 50% off.
  • It is a subscription.
  • It is not a theme so much as a category you would find on the website (Face, soap, etc.)
  • January will be the first one and it's category is "Face"
  • It is meant for you to be able to try products at a discount, and come back later and buy it if you like it.
  • You can skip a month, pause, or cancel yourself. You don't have to contact FCS to do it.
  • It will roll out in December, and ship January 10th. 
  • Each box will have one new product, and if we like the new product it stays permanent.
  • January's face box will have a toner for it's new product.
  • The first month it will launch in small numbers in the VIP group.
Are you guys as excited as I am? Ahh! I can't wait. If you are not already, please subscribe so you can stay up to date and don't miss out on any great information like this! 

-Sami Fish

Fortune Cookie Soap Alternative Uses 2.0

Hey Fortune Cookie Soap lovers! Among the FCS community a topic that is brought up often is unconventional/alternative uses for their products. In April I made my first alternative uses post, and I have been made aware of several other creative solutions so here it is, 2.0! 


Tip #1:
Conditioner bars can be used as a "shave lotion" when you shave your legs.

 

Tip #2: Hydrate Me's can double as a lightly scented perfume.


Tip #3: Incense Cones and linen spray can be used remove tough smells from your vehicle.

Tip #4: Shampoo bars are amazing for cleaning makeup brushes!. (-Gabriella N.)
Tip #5: Bath tea's can be used in a foot bath to infuse your pedicures with essential oils, sea salt, and oatmeal if you are a shower girl. (-Katie B.)
Tip #6: Hair oil can be used as a makeup primer, but avoid your eyes! (-Flora S.)
Tip #7: Cuticle oil/butter can be used on any dry/rough spots such as elbows, feet, etc. (-Aisha Q.)

Tip #8: Facial cleansing oil can be used to clean dense foundation brushes. (-Megan F.)

Tip #9: You can break bath bombs into smaller pieces to use as mani/pedi bombs.. (-Aisha Q.)
Tip #10: Bath oil being used like shower oil, and bubble bath being used like body wash. Either could be used to shave. (-Brittany K.)
Tip #11: Wax tarts to scent drawers and closets like sachets. Mustache wax to tame eyebrows! (-Allyssa B.)
Tip #12: Wax tarts or just any wax tarts i heard get a little baby food jar take the wrapper off and poker lots of holes in the top and put a few pieces in it and then put it in a spot where it gets hot in your car and that way u have a car air freshener. (-Lisa T.)

Tip #13:  I use the ocd to make my bug bites stop itching! (-Allison A.)
Tip #14: I put perfume oil in my wax warmer as an alternative to wax tarts. (-April A.)

I hope you found these alternative uses helpful! -Sami Fish

-- Please note: These alternative uses are not FCS approved. Most suggestions are submitted by myself and fans of the company. Please be aware any alternative uses are done at your own risk --

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fortune Cookie Soap Winter Box 2016





Always Winter-OCD Hand Sanitizer (Evergreen fir needles, cinnamon, cranberries, apple cuts, and cedar wood)
Always Winter is reminiscent of "Oogie Boogie" from the Nightmare Before Christmas collection. It smells like Christmas, which I love. The only downside for me is the silver glitter which leaves a fair amount on your body when used-I could do without the glitter. 

Father Christmas-Whipped Cream (Winter air, blue juniper bush, frosty snow, iced vanilla cupcakes)
This one reminds me a lot of a previous scent as well, maybe Tommy guns and baseball bats but a little more minty?

Sweeties-Fortune Cookie Soap (Rosewater, pistachios, amaretto, buttery cookies)
This smell is really confusing to my nose...it kind of smells like rosewater and gummy bears mixed? 

Dream of a Dream-Dusting Powder (Lavender, vanilla, soft musk, patchouli) This scent is one I'm going to have to try in another product to make up my mind on it. The scent description sounds really good but I can't pick up on much from the dusting powder. 

Lion's Breath-Perfume Oil (Winter frost, fir needles, pomegranates)
My favorite scent of the collection-It's a wintery pomegranate scent that could almost be unisex. I love it.  

Hide and Seek-Whipped Soap (Dark chocolate, espresso beans, allspice, coconut cream)
I'm so excited to see whipped soap make a return! It is so light and fluffy, and the scent is a really nice blend of the dark chocolate, espresso, and coconut. 

Deep Magic-Shampoo Bar (Rosemary, fresh garden herbs, mint)
Maybe it's because it's 85 in NOVEMBER but the shampoo bar this time showed up kind of slimy. I'm really happy Fortune Cookie Soap offered a minty shampoo though because I know a lot of Fortune Freaks have been asking for it.

Small Favors-Pedi Bomb (Warm honey, tobacco pipe, spiced citrus)
I want to try this product in other scents as well, if you know me at all, you know I love anything tobacco scented! It smells like a more spicy version of "Grandpa Joe." I LOVE! 



If you subscribe to this box, comment and tell me which scent was your favorite! Lion's Breath (perfume oil) and Small Favors (pedi bomb) are my two favorites. 

I'm unaware if this soap box is still available for purchase, you can check by clicking here.  If you aren't able to get the soap box or love the scents so much you want full size products, visit their Facebook page (CLICK HERE for a direct link) on Friday, November 11th at 6pm CST for the launch of this collection.

If you like this blog or you have enjoyed this post, please subscribe! It helps me be able to bring more things your way including giveaways and discount codes.

-Sami Fish

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

FCS "I put a spell on you" small box

Fortune Cookie Soap certainly did "put a spell on me" with this Hocus Pocus themed box! AHH! I love it. There were two sizes (and of course, I bought both. Hello...Hocus Pocus is my jam!) The one I'm showing you today is the small box.



"Good Zombie" aloe me body whip [White chocolate, candy apple, marshmallow cream, butterscotch] This one smells sort of like Tink to me with a punch of apple which I LOVE. The muted green color is to die for as well...pun intended.

"I Put A Smell On You"(PUNNY!) perfume oil [Cotton candy, sugar, dragons blood] This smells like a high end perfume you'd spend a lot of money on to be honest. I'm guessing dragons blood is the top note because it doesn't smell at all like a kid-scent you'd expect from cotton candy and sugar.

"Sistas" OCD hand sanitizer [Passion fruit, guava nectar, bubblegum] I'm not big on fruity smells but this is tame enough to be a crowd-pleaser. It's fruity and light and lacks the "punch in the face" a lot of fruit scents give you. I like it.

"Oh, booooook!" Fortune Cookie Soap[Bubblegum, black cherry] I get straight up cherry from this one but I like it!

"Amok! Amok! Amok!" foaming sugar scrub [Caramel corn, buttercream, red apples] Caramel corn is the top note in this one for me. It's not my favorite scent but I am excited to try the product.

"Bubble Bubble I'm In Trouble" bath bomb [limoncello, sour candy] First off, I LOVE the witch hat shape. Secondly, it smells like 7-Up, which I'm a fan of. Super cute.

"Salem" Deodorant [Cotton candy, cucumber, cantaloupe] This is a very muted, light scent. The cantaloupe is what I smell first, followed by a light tough of cucumber. It took a bit for me to pick up on any scent from this one.

"Master" Exfoliating Body Wash [Raspberries, pineapple, watermelon, cotton candy, flowers] This scent is very complex but I think what I pick up on most is the flowers and raspberry...but it has a hint of like a cardboard scent to me, like WI5OSW has the hint of plastic. Maybe it's just me lol.



To sum it all up, Fortune Cookie Soap knocked it out of the park with this collection. We have been asking for it for years and they definitely did it justice. I noticed a trend of bubble gum and cotton candy is collection, so if you are a candy scent lover-be prepared to fall in love!

The fourth Sanderson sister,
Sami Fish

"Goodbye cruel world!"-Winifred Sanderson


Monday, August 29, 2016

Fortune Cookie Soap Halloween Teasers

Hey guys! If you tuned into the Fortune Cookie Soap fall launch video, you may have noticed quite a few subtle hints from Shannon (Our FCS queen!) about the upcoming Halloween box and a collection! I've carefully re-watched the video to bring all those teasers to you.

(1:13:01) Shannon mentions they saw the poll on the Fortune Cookie Soap fan group asking which "discontinued" products we wanted brought back, in which wax tarts were the top vote. She says they did not see that in time for the fall collection, but there is no problem with them.

(1:13:39) In the video stream, Alyssa B. comments "Chat about wax tarts, we want them back" to which Shannon replies "Alyssa you are going to be very happy...in Halloween-ish."

A charcoal cleansing oil was mentioned as well, I'm unsure where it will be introduced.

(1:16:30) A lot of people in the video stream comments ask for Halloween spoilers. Shannon holds up the product featured in the photo and mentioned liquid courage (described as "puffy clouds of cotton candy with sticky raspberries, pineapples, wild watermelon, wrapped in the soft embrace of night blooming flowers")is coming back in the Halloween box.



(1:16:45) Shannon says "So we're going to have the Halloween box, then a separate Halloween collection that is not the same as the box and that will be out the 23rd of September."

(2:00ish) The Halloween collection has 8 scents.

(2:04) There will be a pumpkin lovers collection that is a smaller version of last years "Basic Pumpkin"-all the best things. The bath bomb has changed into a mini bath bomb set, basic white pumpkin, as pictured. This collection will have 4 or 5 products.



(2:10:32) The fall collection will be re-stocked September 9th , another collection is launching with it and Shannon's hint was "Oh hair No." It appears to be an Oh Hair hair gift set, and I definitely saw dry shampoo in there.



(2:15:51)Winter Soap Box hints: Shannon mentions it is wintery and snowy. The product featured in the photo below is a whipped soap and she confirmed the winter theme is NOT Frozen or Game of Thrones.



(2:19:54) Someone asks if grab bags will be brought back and Shannon mentions "Get What You Get" is on the calendar but it depends on stock.

So to sum it all up...

  • Wax tarts will be back sometime during the Halloween season.
  • Liquid Courage will be back for the Hocus Pocus halloween box.
  • There will be a separate Halloween collection launching September 23rd.
  • There is also a Pumpkin collection coming up similar to "Basic Pumpkin" from last year.
  • An "Oh Hair" hair collection is coming.
  • The winter soap box is something wintery and snowy, and contains whipped soap.
I hope this has been helpful for those of you who weren't able to attend the launch or missed out on any of this during it. Anyone else counting down the days til Halloween? Just me...okay. *cough* 63 days *cough*

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

40 Beauty Questions Tag

How many times do you wash your face daily?
Usually just once, in the morning before I put my makeup on.

What skin type do you have? (dry, oily or combination)
Combination, normal and oily. My "T zone" is oily and the rest of my face is normal.

What is your current facial wash?
I am NOT recommending that you all do this, but it is what I do...I use Fortune Cookie Soap "Foaming hand soap" on a cotton pad with no water. It removes my makeup and cleans up all the oil I may have. It works great for me.

Do you exfoliate?
No. My face is very sensitive to abrasion.

What brand do you use?
N/A.

What moisturizer do you use?
I don't use moisturizer. My skin is fairly oily on it's on.

Do you have freckles?
Yep! Especially across my cheeks and nose.

Do you use eye cream?
I have some, and I try to remember to use it, but I forget a lot.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Nope, never have.

Did you ever use ProActiv?
No, I haven't ever needed it.

What foundation do you use?
I use a few different ones. I have some lower quality ones for "every day" and some higher end ones for special occasions or if I want to look extra saucy. My every day foundation right now is "Maybelline Dream Wonder fluid touch foundation" in the shade 10 porcelain ivory. Dr Jart's BB cream is my special occasion foundation.

How about concealer?
Hard candy "Glam-o-flauge" in the shade ultra light.


Do you know your undertone colour?
I'd imagine it's pink.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I like them. I wear them sometimes. I'd like to wear them more but it's not practical most days.

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
I knew it was somewhere around there. Honestly I just use mine until I run out and need a new one though.

What brand of mascara do you use?
Covergirl "super-sizer" (I didn't realize so many of my current makeup products are drug store!)

Sephora or Mac?
Sephora, although I prefer to do my makeup shopping at home.

Do you have a MAC Pro-Card?
I'm not a fan of MAC. It seems over priced and over hyped to me.

What make-up tools do you use in make-up application?
I use a "Beauty Blender" from Shop Miss A for my foundation. These brushes I got from Amazon for most everything else.

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
I just use my concealer for eye shadow primer.

For the face?
I don't use a primer for my face, I just prefer to use a setting spray afterwards (My two favorite are "Oil Control setting spray" from Icing and ELF makeup setting spray)

What is your favourite eye shadow? (Colour or Shade)
I don't really have one. 90% of the time I use a matte cream shade all over and a matte soft brown in my crease. I do like ColourPop "Lovely" for my lid for some extra glam though.


Do you use pencil or liquid eye-liner?
I use the liquid pens.

How often do you poke your eyes with an eye liner pencil?
I don't, since I use the liner pens.

What do you think of pigment eye shadows?
I don't use them, but I think they're pretty.

Do you use mineral make-up?
I don't currently, but I have. I used to use a Rimmel mineral foundation before it was discontinued.

What is your favorite lipstick?
ColourPop "Midi" ultra matte.

How about lip gloss?
Gross.

What is your favorite blush?
I LOVE ColourPop blushes, but right now my favorite is Seraphine Botanicals "Happy Hibiscus"


Do you buy make-up on e-bay?
I have a couple of times, but not often. Usually Amazon or direct from the brand itself.

Do you like drug store make-up?
Yep! While there are some makeups worth their high price, I don't believe high price makes a makeup any better. I have eye shadows that cost a dollar...setting spray that costs $3. You just have to try things and see what you like.

Do you go to CCO's? (Cosmetic Company Outlets)
I didn't know that was a thing.

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I'd like to take one sometime to learn more about contouring and just general knowledge for fun.

Are you clumsy in putting on make-up?
No, I think I've got it pretty much figured out :)

Name a make-up crime that you hate?
When someone really cakes the makeup on...or overlined lips.

Do you like colorful shades of make-up (lipstick, eye shadow) or neutral tones?
Neutral.

Which celebrity always has great make-up?
A specific person doesn't come to mind. I really like pin up/classic makeup style however.

If you could leave the house with just ONE Make-up item, what would you use?
Foundation probably. Maybe Mascara.

Could you ever leave the house without any make-up on?
Yeah, I'm a Mom of two. It happens often.

Do you think you look good even without any make-up on?
I don't think I look awful or anything...I just prefer my face with makeup.

In your opinion, what is the BEST make-up line?
The one I use the most products from is ColourPop (I like their shadows, blushes, and ultra matte lipsticks)...but I use a lot of different makeup companies.

What do you think of Make-up?
It's fun. I think it lets you be your best self and express your creativity.

**While this post contains links to products, it is by no means sponsored. I just wanted to share with you the things I've found that I love**

Friday, August 12, 2016

Kleancolor Madly Matte lip gloss review

Kleancolor "Madly matte" lip gloss

Nudes & Darks collection



 (Above images taken from the website I purchased the collection, Shop Miss A )


Shop Miss A describes the Madly Matte lipgloss by saying "Each of the 48 gorgeous shades of Madly Matte Lip Gloss provides rich color in a matte finish for all day wear without drying. It goes on as a highly pigmented liquid and dries to a smooth matte finish. Lips are colored in velvety perfection that lasts. So grab one... or 48 and go! You're off to a smooth start with Madly Matte Lip Gloss from Kleancolor."




While I find these at a decent quality for the price (about .83 cents per shade), the nudes are definitely more opaque than the darks. In the above swatch, I had to go over the darks twice, whereas I only did a single swatch on the nudes, however the darks are still more streaky even with the extra swatch. 

Another issue I found with these is that they never fully dry down, and leave your lips feeling kind of sticky, but they are nearly impossible to remove. I think they'd be okay for occasional wear, but it's definitely not something I'd want to wear on my lips every day. I also wanted to point out these have sort of a funky scent...sort of like a chemically plastic cake smell. 

I am glad to have these in my makeup collection. Most of these shades are something I don't own anything similar to, and even with the issues, it'll be fun to pop on a fun blue lippie one day, or maybe a Lime Crime "Cashmere" dupe for a fraction of the cost. 

-Sami Fish

**This post is not sponsored. All items were purchased with my own money and the opinions I listed are my honest feedback.**

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fortune Cookie Soap Fall 2016 box

"As You Wish"




Princess Bride you guys!! Let's jump right in because I'm sure you guys are just as excited to find out about this box as I am.



DROP. YOUR. SWORD-Fortune Cookie Soap (Honey, apple mead)
It's a really nice, refreshing apple cider-ish scent and VERY glittery. Fruit scent lovers, here's looking at you. 

Prepare To Die-OCD Hand Sanitizer (Cookie dough, clove, saffron)
Brittany, this one is for you! This one is a real nice fall bakery scent. It's probably one of my favorites in the box. The spice and cookie scent are really well balanced. 

Mostly Dead-Whipped Cream (Golden honey, almonds, pumpkin puree, amber)
Pumpkin lovers, you are going to go crazy about this one. It is a mild pumpkin scent that smells good enough to eat! I want my whole house to smell like this.

Inconceivable!-Perfume Oil (Fall woods, black amber, pears, whipped vanilla cream )
I just don't have enough good things to say about this box. Even though this scent doesn't have any pecans, it smells like pecan praline to me. 

Mawiage-Scented cotton ball (Pound cake, cardamom, pistachio, rosewater, buttercream) l can't smell this one very well on the cotton ball, but the scent description sounds yummy. 

Pit of Despair-Steam Me Up Scotty (Patchouli, lemongrass, plumeria)
While I don't find this scent very autumnish, it does smell amazing. It's heavy on the lemongrass and plumeria and would be a great shower steamer or linen spray. Or you know...all the things. 

Buttercup-Shampoo (Candied rum, fig, bergamot, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla musk )
This is the one scent of the box I'm not crazy about...I get black licorice from it. 

True Love-Facial Cleansing Oil (Citrus, jasmine, sea salt)
This was a perfect product choice for this scent, in my opinion. It smells like a high end beauty product should smell. It would also be a good air spray or linen spray.

Knight Cream-Facial Cleaning Oil (Unscented)
It has no scent so I can't describe that for you, but it is very moisturizing. I think I'll definitely be buying some in a full size. 

If you subscribe to this box, comment and tell me which scent was your favorite! Inconceivable (perfume oil) and Mostly Dead (whipped cream) are the scents I love the most, but the collections scents as a whole are so cohesive.

Unfortunately this soap box is sold out, as Fortune Cookie Soap is such a fast growing business; however if any of those scents sound like something you would enjoy, visit their website-FortuneCookieSoap.com on Friday, August 26th at 6pm CST for the launch of this collection.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Life Update

Hey fishies! You have no idea how much I have missed all of you. Life has been so hectic lately.

The last blog post I made I told you guys I was about to have my tonsils out. That happened, and it was dreadful. I had to be taken to the emergency room via ambulance because my throat started bleeding like a scene from a horror movie. That happened a couple more times, but I was able to stop it without having to go to the ER. The pain didn't let up until almost a month post surgery.

Within two weeks of my tonsillectomy, my youngest daughter had to have surgery and was life-flighted to a childrens hospital due to complications. As you can imagine, that hurt my heart and occupied a lot of my time. Once she was released from the hospital, we took a trip to the beach to relax after everything that had gone on.



The night we were heading home, I got a call about a family emergency that has since only got worse. Life has been hectic but I am ready to get back to my normal routine. I thank you all so much for your patience in my getting back to the swing of things. Keep an eye out...I'll be bringing back an old favorite, a freebie post!

-Sami Fish

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ColourPop Birthday Boy

Hey fishies. I've been holding off for a little bit on posting this review because I intended it to be my last one for a week or two. Sad panda!

Friday I am having my tonsils removed after years and years of strep, tonsil stones, and basically every tonsil related issue you can image. I am very excited for the procedure to be done and over with, but I have heard nothing but horrid things about adult tonsillectomys so I don't think I'll be in my right mind to blog for a bit. So let's make this last one a good one!


Hey there Birthday Boy! ColourPop releases a limited edition shadow shade every year on their anniversary. Last year we received Birthday Girl, which was a beautiful rose gold. This year we got Birthday Boy, which is perhaps the fraternal twin of Birthday Girl. 


As you can see, the shades are similar but not identical. They are both in the shimmery gold family, but Birthday Girl is a rose gold whereas Birthday Boy would be more in the taupe gold family. I feel like the two are similar enough that if you missed out on Birthday Girl, you'll be content with receiving this year's version! They are both crazy pretty.


I'll see you all in about a week or two, depending on my recovery process and healing time. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers and I will see you all as soon as I am able!

-Sami Fish


Thursday, June 2, 2016

(First Ever) LIVE SamiFish blog!

Hey fishies! I have some really exciting news to share with you. This coming Saturday (June 4th) I am going to have my first ever live stream blog on my Facebook page!

I have some really exciting plans for this event-such as a quick look at my May monthly favorites, a "Q&A," and a couple giveaways of limited edition items from some of my favorite companies!

I'd love if you guys could comment on this post or on my Facebook post or event page some questions you'd like answered during the live stream blog...and I hope to see you there at my event!



Sunday, May 29, 2016

June Ipsy Sneak Peek


First off...is it just me or does the bag look straight out of the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air"? haha. We only get a look at two possible items from this months bag:
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow, offered in two shades. (Lounge: brick red with a green shift and Fireball:peach with a pink shift)  
  • The Balm "Meet Matt Trimony" matte eye shadow in the shade "Matt Kumar" which appears to be a reddish brown color.
To be honest, I'm hoping none of these are in my bag. The "the Balm" samples are notoriously tiny (usually a dime will cover your entire sample) and none of the shades featured are really my thing. I've disliked every bag since I purchased my yearly subscription. Whoops. lol

 Here's hoping the other items offered are more my style...I mean really...a red eye shadow with a green shimmer?? Hello Christmas...5 months early.

Get it together Ipsy!


-Sami Fish

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May Ipsy Review

May Ipsy Review



  • Epice hydrating mask  [$12.50] FULL SIZE 1*
Hey Ipsy, thanks for sending me, a person who has marked "oily skin," a hydrating mask. Really. [Use code Ipsy16 for 30% off any online purchase]

  • SLMissGlam small contour brush [Appx $13] PART OF A SET 5*
This brush seems to be very good in quality, and the purpose of the brush (contouring) is very modern and usable for most Ipsy users. I'm pretty happy to have received this one. [Use code SLIPSY25 for 25% off any purchase]

  • Smashbox X-Rated Mascara [Appx $7.33] SAMPLE 4*
I've heard nothing but good reviews out of this mascara. I won't use mine yet because I just opened a new mascara, but I can't wait to try it. Smashbox is a great brand and I've heard the mascara doesn't clump and stays on really well. [Use code Ipsy15 for 15% off your first purchase]

  • Neutrogena Moisturesmooth color stick "Almond Nude" [Appx $2.32] SAMPLE 1*
Although I normally like nude lippies, this one looks more like the shade of a contour stick. I don't think I'll get much use out of it. [Use code Ipsy for 20% off this product only]

  • Peek beauty lip plumping balm [Appx $4] SAMPLE 1*
Enough with this company and their microscopic samples already! This is the second product I've got from them and the amount of actual product you get could be covered by a dime. Also, I read that it doesn't plump your lips at all. [Use code Ipsy20 for 20% off]


As for the bag itself, although I'm not in love with the print or anything, I really like the way the bag is made with the button enclosure. I gave it three stars. Out of a possible 30 stars for this month's glam bag, I gave it 15. I'm really waiting for another Ipsy bag to blow me away.

15/30

Total bag value: $42.15 (with $3 figured in for the bag, which is what they normally sell for.)

I'm really waiting for another Ipsy bag to blow me away. I think from now on, unless anyone objects, I'm only going to review the Ipsy bags I like. Reviewing these ones I don't like is a bummer for me and it's becoming quite a chore. What was your favorite thing in your Ipsy this month?

-Sami Fish

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pale Princesses

Hey guys! I try not to post about things that don't work, but at the same time I want to always give you guys my honest opinion on products; so after much debating I decided to share my personal experience with my fellow pale princesses. The items we'll be reviewing today I've heard highly rated among others in the beauty community so I couldn't wait to try them for myself, considering "porcelain" shades are usually 1 or 2 shades too dark for me.



The products I'm talking about are Manic Panic's "Dreamtone" and StarGazer's white pressed powder. I spent about $15 on Amazon for the two products online. The day they were set to arrive in the mail, I waited to put on my makeup until they got here (which was 2pm) because I was just so excited to have something that would match my skin tone. It turned out to be a total bummer.

The foundation by itself is super thin, which was okay because I bought it with the intention of mixing it with my favorite foundation that is just a little bit too dark. It didn't mix well at all, and it just made a clumpy mess, which was even worse when applied. It was very patchy and uneven in application, and it felt like I was wearing stage makeup. I tried to apply the pressed powder over it, which just made things worse. It was thick and applied perhaps even more cakey than the foundation. This was the result within an hour of wear.


First of all, you guys better know I love you. This picture is super unflattering but I wanted to show you what I meant. As I hope you can tell...the color on my forehead is really patchy and cakey. It applied really thick under my eyes and didn't stay on my cheeks and nose well at all. Just a huge mess. I've had dollar foundations apply better and stay longer than these two.

So yeah...that's it for today guys. Stay away from these two disasters and save your money. Maybe one day makeup brands will realize us pale girls wear makeup too.

-Sami Fish

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dem nails tho

Just a quick post to share some "nailspiration" with my fishies! This is how I got my nails and toes done yesterday. I love that it's all colors that could match with any outfit you choose...and I'm really loving nude nails right now. Comment and let me know your favorite spring nail trend. Happy Sunday.

-Sami Fish

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fortune Cookie Soap Summer 2016 Soap Box

Fortune Cookie Soap

 Just Keep Swimming 

Summer 2016



AHHH...Fortune Cookie Soap Box review time! I can hardly make myself wait to get in the door to tear open the box and this one has most definitely been worth the wait!  The one we'll be reviewing today is Summer 2016, themed "Just Keep Swimming."  This subscription box retails for $19.99, shipping included, and comes with a $10 gift code. Unlike monthly subscription boxes, this one is sent out seasonally, and includes between 8-10 sample products that will be featured in their launch.




Shark Bait-Fortune Cookie Soap (oranges, vanilla ice cream, sandalwood, strawberry)
Two words. SO. GOOD. It's like a sophisticated creamsicle with a pop of fruitiness. You guys are going to die for this one. By the way, my fortune reads "Gimme some fin." Cute!

Lil' Blue-OCD Hand Sanitizer (Pear, apples, plum blossom, sandalwood, amber)
Lil' Blue is a very fresh smell that would be a great perfume oil. Sandalwood and amber are the top notes but you definitely get the hint of non-traditional fruitiness. 

INTERVENTION!-Whipped Cream (Coconut milk, pineapple, island breeze)
Intervention is by leaps and bounds my favorite scent of the box, and probably in my top 10 all time favorite FCS scents. It's like a coconut and pineapple milk shake. The product card jokes that "FCS products are for your skin, not your mouth" which is a good reminder because this absolutely smells good enough to eat!

Whale Talk-Perfume Oil (Strawberries, black currant, jasmine, grapefruit, avocado )
Grapefruit, jasmine, and black currant are the top notes in this scent to me. It's a very complex, heavy fragrance that smells expensive.  I'm sure will be a lot of people's favorite.

Jellyman-Don't Be Jelly Soap (Black cherry, watermelon, guava nectar, strawberry, key lime) All of the fragrances blend together so beautifully, I can't pick a headliner. All I can say is that it is fruity goodness!

Aqua Scum-Spray Lotion (lychee, apple, peach nectar)
While I don't exactly know what a lychee smells like, I assume that is the top note in this scent, followed by apple and little to no detectable peach nectar. The product is very moisturizing and the scent is very unique and pleasant to the nose.

Oooooooooh...Barracuda-Lip Gloss (cantaloupe, green honeydew, watermelon, lime, raw cane sugar )
I believe this is the first lip gloss we've received packaged this way and it is straight watermelon yumminess! The scent is a perfect choice for summer!

Fin. Noggin. Duuude.-Pedi-Bomb (Lemon fizzy pop, orchid, white chocolate)
My poor turtle didn't survive the trip :( but it's 7-up with a hint of white chocolate floating in the background. It shouldn't work but it so does.

If you subscribe to this box, comment and tell me which scent was your favorite! Intervention! (the whipped cream) and Shark Bait (Fortune Cookie Soap) are the scents I love the most, but the collections scents as a whole are so cohesive.

Unfortunately this soap box is sold out, as Fortune Cookie Soap is such a fast growing business; however if any of those scents sound like something you would enjoy, visit their website-FortuneCookieSoap.com on Friday, May 20th at 6pm CST for the launch of this collection.



--This soap box was provided to me free of charge for my unbiased, honest review.--

Thursday, April 21, 2016

May Ipsy Sneak Peek


So it looks like this month we have:

  • IT cosmetics no-tug waterproof eye liner
  • Smashbox X-Rated mascara
  • Glamglow supermud clearing treatment
Which one would you be excited to see in your Glam bag? I LOVE the Glamglow products but I wouldn't be against the idea of a waterproof liner in my bag either. It looks like from the image the theme may be travel related as well. Don't forget guys...



-Sami Fish