Beauty Product Review

July Ipsy + Randoms

July 17, 2015

I love that Ipsy gives sneak peek and then allows you to see what you’re getting. Usually, there’s at least one product that I’m super excited to try and I stalk my mailbox waiting for my bag to arrive. That was not the case this month. Once I saw what was in my bag I was underwhelmed. I’ve said it before, but I don’t want skincare and hair products. I have my skincare that I like and I don’t use hair products.

You can also see all the products that other people are getting in their bags, which is good stuff, and I’m always wishing I was getting something else. I’ve retaken the quiz twice so maybe my bag next month will be better suited for me. This was my 4th month/bag and I decided that I’ll give it 6 months and if I’m still receiving so-so products, I’ll cancel. I don’t want to waste $10 a month on products I’m not going to use. I’d rather put that money towards something else. Now that I’ve bored you with all of this, let’s get on with my July bag.

You can see my past bags here, here, and here. To subscribe to Ipsy, click here!


This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend a restaurant preview dinner at Mesa Latin Kitchen in Durham. The food was good and the company was even better! I went with my blogger bestie Stephanie and got to see some of my other blogger friends. I’ve seen Angela at some other events, but never gotten to opportunity to talk with her so I was glad I finally got sit down and get to know her. Courtney is hilarious and is one of those people you feel like you’ve known forever after just one conversation. Y’all know I’m introvert and going out and meeting new people is hard/terrifying for me, but blogging has helped me so much and I’ve made some great, new friends along the way!

There’s been so much controversy surrounding Caitlyn Jenner’s transition and especially about her receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this years ESPY Awards. No matter your opinion on her, the transgender community, or the decision to present her such a prestigious award, I encourage you to watch her speech. We can all learn something from the words she shared. Acceptance and respect are two things all people deserve. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, social status, salary, etc. everyone deserves to be loved, accepted, and respected. You don’t have to agree with their decisions, how they live, etc, but you can set aside your opinions, and be kind. Have respect for others. You don’t walk in their shoes. You don’t know their life, their story, their struggles. Maybe you think I’m too liberal, too understanding, too tolerant. That’s fine, you are entitled to your opinion just as I’m entitled to mine. I’m just tired of hearing and seeing so much hate on the news, on social media, literally everywhere. I’ve talked about my faith before and I believe it’s not my job to judge or condemn anyone. I believe that job is up to the Lord. When I get to the pearly gates, I don’t have to answer for their sins. I’m only responsible for myself. This was my Facebook status earlier this week:

Every time I watch the news or log onto Facebook, I am overwhelmed with the amount of hate I see. It really makes me wonder if these people ever learned “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” It’s one of the first songs I remember learning at church. For those who need a refresher:

Jesus loves the little children
ALL the children of the world
Red and yellow black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

If you read all of that, bless you! I know that has nothing to do with fashion or beauty, but when I originally started this blog, I just wrote about whatever was on my mind. This is something that has been weighing heavily on my mind and in my heart recently. Sometimes it just feels good to say what you need to say and move on.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and remember, be kind!

P.S. I dare you to watch this and not cry. It take a lot to make me cry and bawled like a baby. What a remarkable story of faith and hope. It’s amazing what we can all learn from a child like Leah. The ESPYs give me all the feels every single year. I need another Kleenex or 7. #LeahStrong


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  • elleseesyou July 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    i haven’t gotten my ipsy–maybe today? but i didn’t like my preview. it amazes me how we are supposed to love one another and then there is such hatred. unless someone is mentally/physically abusing me or loved ones, the way they are and live has no effect on me, so why would i spend time degrading someone i don’t know? i wish there was more acceptance of differences.

    • hhardydawson July 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      I got mine way later than usual this month. I couldn’t agree more. Why can’t everyone just be nice to each other?! Have a great weekend 🙂

  • beautybynatalie24 July 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I got my ipsy yesterday!

    If you would like to see what I got, my post will be up later tonight

    • hhardydawson July 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      I will definitely check it out. I love seeing what other people get. I always end going “Why didn’t I get that?!” Have a good weekend!

  • Rachel July 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I’m with you on the getting the face and hair stuff – hated that when I got Birchbox. Please stop with the damn moisturizer! I use an $8 bottle of Olay from Walmart and I like it! I’m with you on Caitlyn too – everybody just calm down and be nice. (But you know we are living in the big city now and have just gotten SO liberal.)

    You can pass that sea salt spray along though…

    • hhardydawson July 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Exactly! Birchbox used to send me Living Proof hair stuff all the time. $28 for shampoo and $28 more for conditioner?! No thanks. My $5 Dove works just fine. I’m sure people at home would be APPALLED over our big city, liberal tendencies haha I gave the spray to Sara, but I’ll pass my next hair stuff along. I’m sure they’ll send me something else I don’t need or can’t use.