Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Glam Bag Review

It's the last day of I guess it's a good time to finally review December's bag, lol!

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer
This primer is nice...the bottle is super small but a little goes a long way. I do not use it on my entire face but more my T-zone area and the cheek area around my nose ( where my pores are larger ) The product smells great and really does smooth the appearance of larger pores. 

Tarte Cosmetics tartiest Glossy Lip Paint in WCW
I do not know how many times I have to mark "I do not like this product" on Ipsy to stop getting lip glosses/colors/scrubs/etc. I'm very fair skinned and I do not like lip color...hell, I rarely wear Chapstick! I ended up giving this lip color to my coworker Kyla. Looks great on her, but that doesn't help me none.

Cake Beauty Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm
Another product I don't use often ( but probably should ) is hand cream. I wear gloves like it's my job...because it is. And because of THAT, my hands and cuticles get beat to hell. This hand cream literally smells like cake. Haha! To the point that one of my dogs got into this months Ipsy bag while we were away and dug their teeth straight into the thing. I use this product before bed sometimes. 

Aurora Intensively Precise Eyeliner in Cinnamon
I welcomed this eyeliner simply because it was a color OTHER than black. The fine-tip application is wonderful and it stays put. I still don't understand how girls can apply their eyeliner without pulling their eyelid taught, though. I watch these tutorials in awe.

OUAI Wave Spray
I still have yet to use this product, but an Instagram friend told me she loves it annnnnnd it smells really good. But since it's winter here in good ole PA, I tend to blowdry my hair instead of leaving it wet to airdry. I tend to NOT enjoy having a cold...

m-61 PowerGlow Peel
I got these with my Ipsy Points. It came with 3 one-time-use wipes in the pack. Pretty much all you do is rub a sheet on your face for about a minute and then let it soak in. It felt wonderful but, of course, you can't do too much for your skin with only 3 applications. I do, however, have very sensitive skin and this product did not irritate it at all.

I have 3 more months of Ipsy bags and then it's time to decide if I want to renew for another year or not. If anyone has any other suggestions of monthly subscriptions that they enjoy, feel free to mention them in the comments. 

Happy New Year's Eve everyone, and be safe!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Trans Siberian Orchestra!!!

Months ago, Nate got us tickets to see TSO at Giant Center thanks to his coworker Kelly putting the bug in his ear. I've always wanted to see TSO but never had the opportunity. Well, it just so happens that Kelly and a group of others share club seating at the we could use their seats for the show! We went to Friday's 8:00 PM show :)

I went to the Giant Center in the past for only a few things: the circus and to see Blue Man Group years ago. It's always a madhouse, it seems. But with the club seating, we got free parking and a space towards the front ( which was awesome ) We also got access from a side door so we didn't have to wait out in the cold in a long-ass line. It was awesomeeeeee!

We arrived pretty early because we didn't know how bad it was going to be, and since we had "special privileges", we technically were there very early. But we each got a drink, relaxed and waited for the show.

The show started a little after 8:00 and lasted until about 10:30. It. Was. SPECTACULAR! The entire orchestra is so talented not only instrumentally but also vocally. Although I was utterly exhausted from an early/long day at work, I'm so thankful I got to experience this and kinda cross it off my bucket list. The lights, the fire, the talent...I definitely recommend everyone see them at least once in their lifetime.

Our seats, without needing to zoom.

Hope everyone else had a great weekend!!

Sunday, December 4, 2016


They say that the grass isn't always greener on the other side...but sometimes, it is...

When I went to dental assisting school, I told myself that I did not care how much money I made ( I mean, it had to be enough to live on of course... ) as long as I liked where I worked. I didn't want to take the time and effort to learn a trade and then hate my place of employment.

My first dental job I took right after externship. It was for an orthodontist. Fresh out of school, I was learning the ways of braces. I actually had two job offers prior to "graduating"...and I chose ortho over oral surgery ( funny the change of events ) But after 2 months of working there, they decided to let me go. I was devastated; my first dental job was the FIRST job to ever fire was horrible.

So after 2 months of constant resumes and a few interviews, I finally landed a new job. They paid me $1 more an hour and everyone seemed awesome. And everything was awesome when I started there. I was so happy; a better opportunity in a better atmosphere...things were looking up! My boss was a jokester--down to earth and fun to work with. MOST of the girls were easy to get along with and I really bonded with the woman who ended up training me. I was excelling at my field and was even told once that I was "one of the favorites" ( completely unprofessional might I add, but it felt good also... ) But unfortunately, it didn't last very long...

After about 2 years with the practice, there were major changes. Power given to the wrong people. Horrible turnover with staff. Very shady things happening...and although people may have thought I was blind to the evil that was lurking in the shadows, I was indeed not. I read people. I can see a dark heart very easily. I'll admit that played the game for a long time; I have bills to pay and responsibilities to take care of, but after a while you just can't do it anymore. I stayed another 2 years after the switch, but after that I had to go. That place wasn't anything like it was 4 years prior when I started. I was starting to become distant, moody, sad, depressed and just hated going to work everyday. I was a blatant bitch. I searched for a few months for a new job with equal or better opportunities with very little luck. But then, a family friend mentioned a job opening that was perfect for me...and I jumped on it immediately. And, thank God, I landed that job!

I put my resignation notice in that following Monday...

I was scared for my new endeavor, but also SO ready. I needed a change of pace, a better work environment, and to just get out of that toxic environment. And after working with my new boss for the last 8 months I can honestly say that I am truly blessed. 

My new job is amazing. My boss is truly such a nice guy. My coworkers are helpful and team-oriented and understand my anxiety/jadedness from my previous experiences. My boss actually verbalizes his needs from the staff instead of expressing it through sighs of irritation, or by having his office manager condescendingly "discuss it with you".  He doesn't underhandedly give your responsibilities to other people because you're "just not hacking it"...and my office manager doesn't discuss completely unprofessional topics about people with other coworkers. It sometimes feels far too good to be true that I ended up where I am today, but I thank my lucky stars every night that I was able to find such an awesome job opportunity after feelings so helpless for so long...

On Friday, doc gave us each a Christmas card and a bonus check. The bonus check of course was wonderful, but what he wrote in my card is truly what meant the most:

After 4 years of working in an environment where I no longer felt appreciated, important or worthy, this meant SO much to me. After so much self-doubt and fear of being spoken ill of behind my back or people doubting my work ethic, of all the things he could've written in this card--he chose this. Some people have no idea how much just a few kind words of appreciation can really help someone. It actually almost made me cry. 

I've found my ( hopefully ) forever home within this group of people. Everyone may not get along all the time and we all aren't going to be BFFs, but that's life. I want to be a part of this team until my doc retires...and I truly hope that becomes the case. I am so very thankful to be where I am today and my experiences helped me grow as a person and taught me that I should never settle for anything less than what I deserves. A few bad eggs shouldn't ruin the whole bunch and doc has taught me that there are still very good, caring people out there who appreciate the work of their staff and show their gratitude everyday. THAT is the type of man I want to work for, and hope to work for, for many years to come!

The Three Musketeers!