Yes, I am FAT!

Hello, Fangirl!

Today I’m going to talk about something that happened a few days ago where 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Dani Mathers, decided that it was okay to snap a picture of a woman taking a shower after working out at gym in the US.

After she received a huge backlash from several people on Twitter (including Tess Holiday who quoted AlyssaGRodriguez‘s tweet) she deleted both her Instagram and Twitter account. She went on to apologize on Snapchat about what she did, but the damage is done. Not to her or her canceled gym membership or to her reputation (which it was), but to all those women who are afraid to go to the gym because of that kind of behavior.

This made me want to write about being fat, if you read one of my old entries you’ll see I’ve been kind of building up to these kind of topics.

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Summer 2016 Beautycon box!

Hello, fangirl!

Welcome back to my blog and join me in today’s beauty related review.

You might not have heard about Beautycon and their subscription box and that’s more than fine, I’m here to help you out with that.

Every season Beautycon pairs up with a makeup guru to and together they curate a box with beauty implements that will help you during that time. My first box was the Spring box where they paired up with Bunny Meyer (Grav3yardgirl), but that review is for another entry.

Inside this box you’ll find 12 must-have summer items and don’t worry if you’re not a summer fan; in my case I’m more of a Winter kind of person, you’ll see that the products included in their biggest box until now will only benefit your makeup collection.

Here’s something you need to know first: time is running out for you to get one as their supplies are not unlimited! You may subscribe for $99 and this is a year subscription or you can pay $29 for just the one and it will be renewed next season unless you cancel it.

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Wine + Ice Cream! A match made in NY

Hello, fangirl!

On a different note for my blog and for a new entry today I want to talk about food! During the course of making a field investigation for one of my classes I stopped by a supermarket and I was looking around when this beautiful ice cream container caught my eye. How could I say no to the idea of ice cream and wine so simply, elegantly and cleverly presented by Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream?

Based in Boonville, NY, they have been making ice creams for over 60 years, but in 2006 they decided to add a spin to their product with real wine and this has earned them awards  and to add to the amazing product it’s amazing for me to learn that in 2013 they became a 100% female owned business.

Now, can you get drunk on this actual wine-infused ice cream? I would say you can, since each ice cream has about 5 percent alcohol by volume, which also means that it should be only for those old enough to drink alcohol. In Costa Rica it means you’d have to 18 years old.

Today I had the chance to try their Ccherry-merlot-mercers-ice-creamherry Merlot and let me tell you what a pleasant experience it was! The taste of the wine is very subtle at the beginning and I recommend you first try it fresh from out the freezer, but don’t eat it yet. Let it melt a little, this way you’ll be able to really taste the wine and the very delicious Bordeaux cherries.

Is Merlot not your kind of wine?  Not to worry! There are nine more options you can try.

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Ipsy’s January 2016 Glam Bag

I bet a lot of judging eyes are on me since it’s almost June and here I am reviewing the January Ipsy Glam bag and, believe me, I’m already judging myself. Severely so.

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As you might already know I’m a fairly recent Ipsy subscriber and makeup lover and I want to share my journey with whomever reads my little blog. My first step was not subscribing to Ipsy, but going to Sephora and admit to the cast member that I was a woman who had never taken her time to learn about makeup and I needed to get basically everything. The result was amazing and I was so very pleased that remembering that feeling helped when I decided to subscribe.

I have a year subscription, which I know a lot people see as a risk, but from my point of view is better if you just go all in and then stop thinking about those extra $10 you would have had to subtract the next time you get paid.

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This is the first glam bag I got and honestly, acquiring it for just a month is not really enough to decide if you like Ipsy or not. Like I said before, give it a chance!

Knowing next to nothing about art I would say that this bag’s idea was to make you think of those Pop Art paintings that subsequently make you remember Andy Warhol. That said I think it’s a pretty bag and one worth keeping.

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Ipsy, give me my money back!!!

I woke up this morning and as the social media addict that I am, no shame in admitting it, I checked Twitter and I found that Women Are Complaining That Their Ipsy Makeup Is Arriving Smashed Or Broken and yes, I had to read it.

As you may know I am a recent Ipsy subscriber and I actually wrote about them in my previous entry hoping it will help you decide if you want to give them a chance or not. Honestly speaking and knowing I’ve failed so far on keeping the blog entries at a steady pace I should mention that I have had two issues with Ipsy  so far.

In my March glam bag I got the Beauty Blush Duo in  Peach Honey by Petra and it was broken into a million pieces like my heart did when I saw it and then my April glam bag was missing from the pink package. I understand the feeling of waiting and waiting for something that ends up being broken or just doesn’t arrive, but from there to feeling like you are being totally ripped off? I think it’s a little bit of a stretch.

Don’t get me wrong! I understand that we’re paying for good, not damaged and definitely not missing products, but sometimes it seems some people lose perspective of things. We’re paying $10, that mean time spend working to earn it and something else we could have bought, but we get five makeup products that usually are worth a lot more than that amount. On top of that Ipsy’s customer service is one of the best I’ve had to contact when something happens; they’re nice and attentive and they resolve the issue right away.

When I contacted them about the Beauty Blush duo they answered my email in less than 10 minutes and when it was about my April glam bag they answered in less than half an hour. They apologized and sent me the items right away.

I would love for all of us to get an awesome experience all the time, but there are always last minute things and accidents. Such is life! Coming from someone who is very prone to anger outbursts I know it’s complicated to not go to social media and rant and there are moments and situations where we shouldn’t stay silent, but others are just a matter of taking a deep breath, reach out through the appropriate channels and then wait.

My recommendation is still the same: give Ipsy a chance and try it for yourself! Make sure you review the items you get in your bag so they can curate the content for the next ones. If after this you think that Ipsy is “a joke” or “I hate all my items” or “I only get two or three that are good” or “they are ripping me off” I would advice you not to renew your monthly or yearly subscription and spend the money on something else you’d rather have.

Take it as a life lesson too: if something or someone is not making you happy, making you feel excited or motivated then why should you keep getting it every day, month or year?

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Hello, everyone!

According to my last entry I’ve been away for a month and I know I should be kicking myself for it because I’ve been trying to post regularly, but I sit in front of the computer and can’t seem to do it. It has been known to happen before and I apologize for that.

Now, onto today’s topic: More makeup!

I’d been reading and watching videos about Ipsy‘s Glam Bags for a while and when the time came for me to decide to get an Ipsy year-long subscription I did it after pondering my finances. On the long run I believe it’s a very good deal.

What is Ipsy? 

Ipsy was created by Michelle Phan as a way to answer the always asked question in her YouTube videos: “What are the right products for me?”

For $110 a year you get five makeup products in a pretty bag, every month and most products cost more than just the bag! If you are into makeup, like I recently am, or if you make vlogs (reviews or tutorials) I think this is a good purchase.

Pros

  • Almost free makeup!
  • Curated content to your needs, as you fill up a test before you order it
  • Different products that you might not try on your own
  • Different brands that you might not have heard of before
  • A beautiful bag (a different one every month!) that you can use as whatever you’d like

Cons

  • You might end up not using all the products
  • You might end up not liking all the products
  • You might not like a specific brand and you might get it
  • You might end up hating a product that you can’t return

However here is a very important thing that I need to highlight: once you get the bag, you get the chance to review it and also each product, which means that you also help curate the content for the next bag! Be as honest as possible, the people at Ipsy have your best interest at heart and they truly want you to have a nice experience.

I will be getting my third glam bag soon and I’m very happy with the ones I’ve got so far. If you want to know more about the January and February bags keep an eye for my next blog entry.

Self-parking chairs?!

Just a few days ago I was talking with my friends about how maybe I won’t get to see a future like the one we’ve seen in cartoons or movies, but it’s getting build as we go on our every day lives by amazing people that envision amazing things that will help make our lives easier. And yes, sometimes, lazier.

If you are the kind of person that stands up from a meeting and pushes your chair back in place then this might be a relief, not because we are lazy and don’t want to push our chairs, but because there are friends and coworkers that don’t do it and it can be a little bit annoying.

To help us visualize how great their self-parking technology is Nissan decided to showcase it with these chairs, it-s the same one they have for their self.parking cars; this office chair is able to make 360-degree turns and zero in on a target location.

Look how cool it looks and, let’s face it, they look very cute too!

They’re controlled via a WiFi network that triangulates each chair and then they move back to where they were as long as no one is sitting on it. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like they will be available to the public anytime soon, as they are supposed to help promote their self-parking car.

Or maybe the chairs will cause such an impact that they will start selling them. Hopefully!

So, do you like them? Would you like to have them in your office? Would your company accept them? Do you think this technology would be benefited if other companies create a partnership with Nissan? Which company would you think should be their partner?

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Thanks to The Verge because without their tweet I wouldn’t have known about them.