Ipsy Bag For August 2014!

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Ipsy Bag for August!

I’ve seen so many people trying out Ipsy and Birchbox, that I finally decided to take the plunge and join for awhile to see if I liked it. I thought it would be a fun monthly blog post to share what I got, and what I liked out of it!

If you don’t know what Ipsy is, it’s a monthly subscription you sign up for $10.00 a month (includes shipping prices), and they send you out a new bag each month with sample size or full size products! When you join you enter information on your coloring, preferences as to what you use the most, and what kind of products you lean towards (I put natural).

Here is what I got for August.

Products I received from my Ipsy bag for August!

Out of all the products I was the most excited about the Lip conditioner (it’s organic and feels so silky smooth!), and the eye shadow. I was totally out of my L’BRI eye shadow in this lighter color, and I love the light shimmer that is included in this eye shadow.

I’m going to try the dry shampoo, as some days I go longer then I want without a shower because I’m so tired. Perfect timing on that one.

The Sheer Glo lotion is intriguing. You mix it with your foundation, or just apply it on your face after you put your foundation on. I did it today (very quickly) and didn’t notice a huge difference but I’m going to try it gain.

The Urban Decay eye pencil went in the trash. :) I’m not big on eye pencils and this one was purple. I knew I wouldn’t use it.

I’m going to try Ipsy for a few months, and then maybe try Birchbox to compare and see if I want to stick with either one. It is really fun to get some new products in to try for a month! I’ve read that Birchbox leans towards the skincare/ body care side of products, and Ipsy is more about makeup. They are both $10.00 a month, so price doesn’t make a decision on which company to stick with.

Have you ever tried either company?

Comparing Cowgirl Dirt versus L’BRI Makeup

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Long time readers know I used to promote Cowgirl Dirt makeup a lot. It is an affordable natural makeup option, and at the time I hadn’t found anything better that I liked. When I switched over to promoting L’BRI Pure and Natural (both the skincare and the makeup), a lot of readers asked my why I had switched. This post is long overdue to explain why I prefer L’BRI makeup.

And for the record, I took these pictures several weeks ago before morning sickness hit in. :) I’m still on my break from pictures for now. 

No Makeup On! So why do I even wear makeup? Here is a picture of me with nothing on. I find that my coloring is a little blotchy in my cheeks, and before I had bangs I would get some breakouts flare up in my forehead. I’m not obsessed with the need to wear makeup, I still go out without makeup, sometimes even to church.

After I had my 3rd child, I was exhausted, and felt like I walked around looking like that exhausted stay at home mom look. You know, the run down, hair looking crazy, blurry eyed mom look. There is no shame in that look, most of the time it’s because we truly do feel that way. Being a mom of an infant is hard work. I tend to get pretty irritable after months of not getting very much sleep!

I asked my husband what he thought about me trying to wear some makeup, and he thought it was fine. It was around this same time that I discovered flexi clips from Lilla Rose, and so that took care of fixing my hair each morning. I just feel happier when I add a little makeup and don’t look so tired and run down.

When I wear makeup my goal is to not have neon lights flashing off my face saying “makeup alert!” when people see me. I want a natural look with some color, not a caked on heavy makeup look. I want makeup to accent, not take over my whole look.

Cowgirl Dirt Mineral Based MakuepThis is the Cowgirl Dirt makeup that I had been using. To be honest I had not touched it in months, and after I took these pictures it all went in the trash. :) I used Southern Belle Foundation Cream, Wild West Blush, a little bit of concealer, Eye shadow, Mascara, and a sample of the Yeehaw Lip Sticks (War Admiral Color).

I'm wearing Cowgirl Dirt in this picture, to compare it with makeup from L'BRI. This is a picture after I put on the Cowgirl dirt makeup. I had a hard time spreading the foundation cream, it felt a lot thicker and heavier after I’ve been using L’BRI for so long now. The colors didn’t seem to work with my face as well as my makeup from L’BRI. The foundation and mascara felt heavier and not as effective. The one item I do still really like and use on a regular basis are the lip products from Cowgirl Dirt.

L'BRI Pure and Natural MakeupThis is my makeup from L’BRI. I use the wet/dry foundation, Perfect Finish loose powder, Blush, Eye shadow (you can buy an already put together set based on your eye color, or customize a set!), Mascara and Lip stick.

I'm wearing makeup from L'BRI  and comparing it to Cowgirl Dirt makeup. Here is the finished look with L’BRI makeup. I love how smoothly the Dual Action wet/dry foundation goes on. When it is on your skin it covers sort of like a cream, it’s just really silky and easy to apply. The eye shadow lasts a long time for me, and the mascara does not feel heavy or itchy. I actually don’t really like mascara, so it’s a big deal for me that I can use this one with no problem.

If you are curious about colors, here is a color chart that shows all the colors of makeup that L’BRI offers. I’m using the Dual Action Wet or Dry color #31, which is the Light Beige color. My blush is the Rose Sand color and I use Wisteria lip gloss. You can register as a new customer to look at product prices. They are comparable to Cowgirl Dirt, and in some cases are cheaper (the foundation is $20.00 which is $6.00 cheaper then Cowgirl Dirt).

If you still love Cowgirl Dirt makeup, or you like drugstore makeup, I’m thrilled for you! Everyone needs to find what works for them, but I wanted to share why I prefer L’BRI makeup now.

Long Denim Skirts On Sale For Deborah & Co. 4th Of July Sale!

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4th of July sale at Deborah & Co!

It’s time for a 4th of July sale, and per your request, the long Denim Skirts are on sale at Deborah & Co.

Rainbow Maternity Denim Skirt on sale! The Rainbow Maternity Denim Skirt.

Rainbow Denim SkirtThe long Rainbow Denim Skirt for Women – a classic best seller!

Navy and White Striped Cotton SkirtOur brand new Navy Striped Cotton Skirt is on sale!

Green Polka Dot Skirt from Deborah & Co. | themodestmomblog.com

The Green Polka Dot skirt is $5.00 off!

Paper Dolls

The paper dolls and coloring book is on sale!

Bundle One is $10.00 off

Bundle Two is $10.00 off

The Coloring Book is $4.00 off

ABC Say It With Me DVD

ABC Say it With Me DVD has had nothing but rave reviews from everyone who purchases it!

Homemaking 101 DVD

The Homemaking 101 DVD is full of encouragement for young, Christian Wives!

You can find the rest of the Sale items here

Finally, we just added this beautiful new Chiffon Gray dress, but it is available in extremely limited sizes and quantity. Don’t delay if you want this dress! It is a gray color with bluish tints, and even has pockets!

Chiffon Gray Dress

Modest 4th of July outfits for Women!

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Around our household the 4th of July is a pretty big deal. For years my husband and brother in law have been in charge of putting together a day of celebration for our church family. We meet at my mother in law’s farm, and have speeches, skits, music, games, food and good fellowship. It’s lots of fun!

Whether you have a 4th of July gathering you attend every year or not, a lot of us love to wear patriot colors on that day. While this is the average outfit found on the 4th, you can still put together a cute but modesty 4th of july outfit for women. Let’s look at other options besides cutoff shorts.

Fourth of July Outfit

Normally the 4th of July is hot (at least in the midwest where we live it is!). You definitely need to keep that in mind if you are going to be outside all day. I normally choose a denim skirt and pair it with some sort of red and blue combination.

4th of July outfit that is modest and classic! The shirt is from gap, and the scarf was a mother’s day present from one of my sons. :) It was from Marshalls.

Fourth of July Flexi Clip! I’m wearing last year’s July Flexi of the Month in my hair. Make sure you come back tomorrow to see the new July Flexi Of the Month released early!!

Denim_SkirtMake sure and add a splash of red somewhere if you are wearing all blue! I’m wearing the rainbow denim skirt we carry, and normally wear this skirt to our 4th of July gatherings.

Red and White outfit for the 4th of July! After looking through my closet I realized I didn’t have a true red shirt. This is more of a coral color but it works just fine!

Blue and Red combination for the 4th of July! Did you know you can use Flexi Clips on scarfs? They add such a cute touch! I’m wearing the striped infinity scarfwe sell at Deborah & Co.

I wrapped a blue scarf around my head for an easy headband look! I wrapped a blue scarf around my head twice and tied it underneath.

Flower Pin This 4th of July flower pin is super cute!

If you are going to a more fancy 4th of July gathering, you have plenty of options other than a denim skirt!

Red Chevron Skirt A red chevron skirt paired with a chambray shirt is adorable.

Blue Dress with Halftee

This is an outfit I wore last July. A red halftee under the dress adds a modest option without a lot of extra bulk.

Blue Striped Skirt This is a new striped cotton skirt we are selling at Deborah & Co. and it would look adorable for the 4th of July!