Sunday, July 16, 2017

Makeup Blowout Sale Group Event Profusion Cosmetics Surprise Box Unboxing

Makeup Blowout Sale Group Surprise Box

If you are in California, you may want to check out the "Makeup Blowout Sale Group" event being held at various locations in California for some great makeup deals.

I stopped by to pick up some eyelashes for an upcoming cosplay event and was amazed at the great deals they had there. In addition to the great deals on makeup that they had there, they also offered a large selection of eyelashes.

I bought a variety because I am not sure which will look best with the different characters my daughter is creating for Comic Con and other upcoming events.  They looked pretty good and will work well for those events.  They were priced at $2 each pair and I consider that a great value.

Of course, one of the best deals there is their surprise box which sells for $30 and is filled with a variety of Profusion Cosmetics products and other fun items.  You should know that each box holds a different variety of items and no two boxes are the same.  My friend also bought a box and her items were different from mine.  I think mine was a particularly great value since I can use pretty much all of the products that were in my box.

Here is a look at what I got in my box:

1. The first item is a makeup backpack, which I will use to hold my event makeup kit.  This is a really nice item for them to have included in this box.  It has two outside pockets with one being a nice mesh pocket where I can easily see the contents.

The inside it has pockets on each side of the bag.  The first side has pockets for brushes, eyeliners, lipliners, etc.

The other side has a larger interior pocket to hold an iPad.  Then smaller pockets to hold incidentals and some business card size pockets.

2.  The second item is the Profusion Conceal Pallet - which has 8 concealing creams in the colors: Green, Salmon, Yellow, Lilac, Light Pink, Light Yellow, Medium Pink Tone and a Medium Yellow Tone. It also includes a concealer brush, a blending brush, and some sponges.

3. The next group of items is this cool collection of Profusion Cosmetics kits.  The plastic circular shimmering eye shadow kit has 6 colors of shimmer eye shadow powders.

That was followed by the Eyetunes Kit (below) which contains 2 eyeshadow quads that hold 12 colors each, 1 MP3 player bag, 1 blush brush, 1 eyebrow brush, 1 eyeshadow brush and an eyeliner pencil.
The Runway Glamour Kit Eyeshadow contains six eyeshadows along with instructions on how to create four different eye looks.

The eye shadow trio quad contains three colors which are great for creating a daytime look.

4.  The next item is a set of two Profusion Makeup brush sets.  These are drug store quality makeup brushes in a handy durable plastic pouch.  These went straight into the backpack to use at my next event.

5.  The next item is a set of two Profusion Lipstick with Lip Liner Kits.  These came in the color "Honey Gold" and included a bonus sharpener.

6. The next item in the Makeup Blowout Sale Group Event Profusion Surprise Box was a set of Profusion Eyeshadow quads with the cutest packaging.  One was a dark silver and the other was a rose gold.
They each had two blush colors and three contouring powders.  Each quad also had a different collection of eyeshadow colors in them.

7.   The next collection of items included a set of three Profusion Diamond Shine Lip Glosses.  It also included a Matte Eyeshadow Pallette that offers a collection of over 30 colors.
The Profusion Trendsetter Colorbook offers a collection of blushes, highlighters, some cute eyeshadow colors, and good selection lip colors.

8.  The next collection of items are two very different eyeshadow pallets.
The first was the Profusion Party Queen Pallet.  At first glance, I thought it was just a collection of 96 shiny eye shadow colors.
Once I started to play with them, I realized these were really shimmery and

worked beautifully with a moist brush.  The colors are sheer and buildable.  I really love the pinks and greens in this pallet.

 The next pallet in this collection is the Profusion Midnight Fever Pallet which has 10 pearl eyeshadows in it.  This is another great pallet.

The colors are beautiful in this one and again, you can build the intensity by using the brush dry or moist.   They also have a beautiful shimmer to them. I am particularly fond of the pinks and purples in this pallet since they blend so well together to create a variety of looks.

9.  The next item is a set of three bags of Profusion Non-Latex Cosmetic Wedges. I can never have too many of these on hand, so it was a major plus to find three bags of them in my box.

10.  The final set of items is a collection of three cosmetic bags.

I think I got an amazing value for the price of $30.  Again, not all boxes are going to be the same but if you like the Profusion line of cosmetics, then this is a fun way to build your own collection.

The dates of the "Makeup Blowout Sale Group" event vary but are usually held on a Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  They travel from town to town, so if you want to attend one then you should subscribe to their Facebook page because they constantly update their upcoming event list.  They accept cash and credit cards at this event.  The event I attended was being held  at:

The Double Tree Hotel
90 Pacifica 
Irvine, CA  9261803312

Once again, you can find more information on upcoming events and locations on the "Makeup Blowout Sale Group" Facebook page.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with the "Makeup Blowout Sale Group". I am not sponsored by them.  I just enjoyed my visit and found some great deals.  Also, I purchased everything with my own money.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 - 30 Hours of Deals

Prime Day 2017 - 30 Hours of Deal  - It is that time of the year again, where Amazon has their special 2017 Amazon Prime Day deals.   This year it is on July 11, 2017.  There are quite a few good deals to be had from Amazon this year.

My personal favorite is the audible deal.  I like to listen to books while sitting in traffic so being able to save 40% off the 6-month subscription price for Amazon Audible seems like a pretty good deal to me.

Amazon is also offering 4 months of unlimited Amazon Music subscription for 99 cents.

If you are new to Amazon streaming television, they are also offering a promotion for new users where they credit you back $10 just for signing up (or something like that... I suggest you read the fine print on that offer).

Also, if you are a college student they have a special offer to try Amazon Prime for Six Months for free.  It will not be available for long so I suggest checking it out and see if it is something that works for you.

There will also be hourly Prime deals offered (like Black Friday) that you may want to check out too. Last year I got two years for the price of one on unlimited books to read.  I love to read so this was a perfect deal for me.

If you want to see what other great offers on hand for 2017, just click on the word Amazon and I have set up a link to the Prime Day Insider Guide.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tuesday Morning Store Martha Stewart Crafting Supplies Haul

Tuesday Morning Craft Haul

I was so excited to find out that my local Tuesday Morning store had received a shipment of Martha Stewart crafting supplies, so I rushed over to see what items they got in.  I thought I would share my Tuesday Morning Craft Haul purchases with you.
Martha Stewart Neon Glitters

I picked up two of the Martha Stewart 12 pieces Glitter Sets (they had several to choose from).  I picked up the Neon Iridescent glitter set and the Hexagonal Glitter Set. The Neon Iridescent glitter sets sells for $26.99  on Amazon.  I paid $6.99 for my set.  The Neon Iridescent glitter is really pretty in person and each color offers a fine glitter, a star shaped glitter, a diamond shaped glitter, and a hexagon glitter. The last three shapes are great for making shaker cards.
Matha Stewart Hexagon Glitter Set
The Hexagonal Glitter set sells for $17.22 on Amazon and I paid $6.99 for this set at the Tuesday Morning Store.  I consider that a really good deal.  This size of glitter is also good for making shaker cards, decorating Christmas Ornaments and more.

I also picked up the Martha Stewart 10 piece "Stamp Around the Page" Set.  The 10 piece "Stamp Around the Page Set" sells for $ 11.58  on Amazon and I paid $6.99 at Tuesday Morning.

The "Stamp Around the Page" kit comes with:

  • a stamp base
  • a clear mounting block
  • butterflies, fern, and floral branch design stamps (6 stamps total)
  • and instructions
This set is really cool because it has all the parts needed to create borders on cards, tags, etc.  The Amazon price of $11.58 is actually really good for the number of pieces that come in this set.

Contents of Stamp Around the Page Set
I also picked up a Ranger Dylusions Journal Insert Sheets set for $1.99.  The Dylusions Journal set sells for $6.99 to $8.9 at various stores.  This set contains:

  • 3 Kraft Inserts (single pages)
  • 3 Black Inserts
  • 3 mixed media Inserts
The paper insert size on these "Ranger Dylusions Journal Inserts" is a bit bigger than the standard travelers notebook page but will fit into an A5 Planner.  I just need to punch a few holes in them.

I also picked up some fun die cuts from K&Company from their Smash Collection and some pocket from American Crafts.  These were also really well priced at under a dollar each.

The next items I purchased were some beads form Bliss Beads that were priced at under $2.00 each.

The last item was an amazing deal.  It is a book called 'Substance of Life" that shows some cool scrapbooking layouts done by 25 different artists.  The book was priced at $2.99 but it had an 80% off sticker on.  I think I ended up paying 25 cents for the book.

I did another Tuesday Morning haul earlier this month where I found some great Tim Holtz stuff. If you know of any great sources for find Martha Stewart or Tim Holtz crafts supplies, please leave me a comment below and share your source.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Sizzix University - Leather Travelers Notebook Advanced Techniques Class Review

I recently attended the Sizzix University TN Advanced Techniques class, hosted by Tammy Santana, where I learned how to make my own embossed micro leather travelers notebook using a Sizzix Big Shot, some Sizzix dies, and Sizzix Embossing Folders.  This was such a fun class and I learned some new leather techniques that I can apply to my jewelry making projects using these cool tools.
Sizzix Floral Dies that can cut thin leather.
We also got to use some of the new Sizzix Foral Dies on different types of leather to create flowers to decorate our travelers notebooks.  Below is a closer look at the spine of the leather travelers notebook that Tammy Santana made using the Sizzix Floral Dies (by Jill Mackay) with black and white leather to make her flowers.  It is so pretty.  By the way, Tammy made the traveler's notebook using the Sizzic Scoreboards XL Die - Journal by Eileen Hull (661906).  The Sizzix leather cutting dies can be used on various types of thin leather to cut it into flowers and other shapes.

So the afternoon started with us going in small groups to learn how to use the adjustable leather edge groover to carve a channel in the leather.
leather edge groover tool

This makes it easy to line up the diamond chisel to make the initial holes in the leather.  Then we punched the leather with the diamond chisel. I punched the holes twice to make them slightly larger.

They then taught us to use the awl to make the holes bigger and easier to stitch with.

At this point, I should have then embossed the leather.  However, I was busy conversing with some of my fellow attendees and missed that tidbit of information.  So instead I started stitching.  They had us use some wax thread which we measured the length and width of the piece of leather (x2)  and then added around 24 extra inches to the length. We then threaded a needle to each end of the wax thread and began to stitch the leather.

One tip we got is that is the holes were too small, we should use the awl to make them bigger. Stitching the leather is really time-consuming and not without a bit of risk.  I managed to injure myself with the awl while trying to make a hole better.  I have renewed respect for leather artist's who hand stitch their traveler's notebooks because it took me a quite a while to stitch the entire micro tn. Some of the ladies in the class did it rather quickly but I did not.

The next step I took in the process was to emboss my leather (I should have embossed it first) using the Sizzix Textured Impressions Plus #661340 Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.
Sizzix gives great instructions on their packaging for this folder

One of the instructor's at the class had me moisten the leather with water and then place it in the embossing folder and feed it through the big shot.  might sound easy but it is not.  However, it This can be done. Since this leather is fairly thick, I had to really force it through the machine but once it got started the rest was rather easy to push through.

The results was the above beautifully patterned piece of leather that can be linked or dyed.  I might even just leave it natural.

I also wanted to decorate my travelers notebook (fauxdori) with some leather flowers using the Sizzix Movers & Shapers Leather Dies in a couple of floral patterns.  For this project, we used a much thinner Italian leather.

Then we put the pieces into a smaller embossing folder to give the leather a little more texture.  This made the flower petals look so pretty.

Then they used a leather rotary punch to punch a hole in each layer of leather flowers and the traveler's notebook.

The flowers were attached using decorative gromments and a drive punch to set them.

I really love how my micro leather travelers notebook came out.  The flowers added an extra bit of sparkle that just makes me smile.

Below is a sample of a leather piece using a different embossing plate and some leather stain in a dark Burgundy color.  It really shows off all the intricate designs in this piece.

I learned so much at this class.  It was $35 well invested.  They also let us keep our leather kit which is worth far more than the cost of the class.

They also provided some templates for cutting leather in alternate sizes.

Tammy Santana did a great job in organizing this class. The folks at Sizzix were amazing and a lot of fun to learn from.  Tammy will be organizing future classes which you can follow on through the meetup board, her Facebook Page, Instagram and/or her website.

Disclaimer:  I am not associated with Sizzix.  I paid for my ticket with my own funds.  These are my own opinions which can vary from others.  The best way to see if you like Sizzix University class is to take one and see for yourself.