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Wisdom Teeth Removal - 5 mistakes NOT to make!

Day 1 xray

My wisdom teeth came in a long time ago, but really never caused any problems.  Every now and then I had occasional pain when they would push through a little, but like the genius that I clearly am... I just ignored that pain.  What is it they say? #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat

Fast forward a few (ahem...several) years...

Now I'm 41 and my wisdom teeth have caused A LOT of trouble!  It got to the point where there were days where I literally couldn't eat anything that I had to chew.  Those were the good old mashed potato days.  There were some days where I didn't even want to talk.  When the pain became so troublesome that it was affecting my eating, the Mr. said it was time to get something done about it.  So I reluctantly made the appointment.

First, you should know I am TERRIFIED of the dentist.  Actually, no, it's not the dentist I am scared of.  I'm sure most dentists are nice and take care in their work.  I am scared of the general act of dentistry.  While the salt water fish tanks are nice and soothing to watch in the waiting room, the idea of having needles stuck in my mouth and being poked, prodded and scraped upon is terrifying.

Secondly, I did not have dental insurance.  So anything I had to have done would be self-pay.  That can be incredibly costly - just in case you were thinking about tossing out your dental coverage.  I am self-employed so I had not sought out dental insurance because I honestly didn't want to pay monthly for something I didn't plan to use often.  Another dumb-dumb move.

There was a period of time last year where I took a consultant position for a few months to further professional development.  It came with dental insurance so I used it and had a deep cleaning done.  Even with insurance it cost me like $300.  I had them give me gas so I wouldn't be quite so observant during the procedure.  The worst part was the anxiety.  The second worst part was getting the shots in my gums to numb them.  The first few weren't so bad, just little pricks.  The deeper ones weren't painful, just uncomfortable.  If I have to be honest, the absolute worst part of the whole ordeal was when I went to pay at the end of the appointment and I drooled all over the desk because I couldn't feel my lips.  That is no joke... literally a drooling Cat.  Talk about embarrassing!

I did talk to that dentist about having my wisdom teeth removed, but there was not enough time for them to refer me to an oral surgeon before my insurance was going to be ending since the position was only temporary.  So I just decided I would do it later.  However, because the dental work I had done that day wasn't quite as scary as I thought it would be (except for that whole drooling part), I was definitely open to seeking dental care... and insurance.

Here we are a year later and ouch... I was miserable.  A friend of mine had an oral surgeon he recommended.  He, his mother and sister all had their wisdom teeth out by this dentist and he said they all had great experiences.  I checked out his website and the reviews, which were all glowing!  So when the Mr. decided he was fed up with me not being to eat the same thing as everyone else, I made the appointment with Gregory Scheideman, DDS.  Here is my experience...

I made the appointment with the intention of having all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed.  After talking with the girl who answered the phone we were finally able to find an appointment 3 weeks later on July 17th.  I wanted it on a Monday because I had done a lot of research and talked to a lot of people and everyone said I would probably only need one night off work.  As I mentioned earlier, I am self employed, but the Mr. is part owner of a billiards club so when they need an extra bartender to cover the shift of someone, I usually volunteer.  It's kind of fun and the extra cash is nice.  I had been covering Monday - Wednesday nights for a girl who left to have a baby.  So I wanted to plan it on a Monday because that is the slowest night and I figured I would be back to work after that.

MISTAKE #1: Having 4 teeth "surgically" removed apparently isn't the same thing as having them pulled and takes more recovery time.  Also, I was about to find out that I was going to have more work done than I expected which meant more recovery time.

My Advice: Make your appointment on the best day that will give you 3-7 days of recovery time if your having them actually surgically removed.  It really depends on how well you follow rules, your pain tolerance, and what all you surgery consists of.

Upon arrival to the office, the girl at the window checked me in, asked if I had someone to drive me home and said it would be just a few minutes.  We sat and enjoyed the huge salt water fish tank in the middle of the waiting room.  It was actually quite soothing and searching for all of the "Finding Nemo" characters took my mind off of the impending procedure.  However, it didn't last long because after only about 5 minutes, they called my name.

We stepped into the room for the consultation and the nurse took me back for an x-ray.  I am happy to say they didn't have to jam anything into the far corners of my mouth.  I just had to step up to a machine and bite down on a little stick while this large plastic orb rotated around my head and took the picture at the top of my post.  I was taken right back to the room after that.

The dental assistant asked me the basic questions: Are you Cathy? (I've gone by Cat for so long it is really weird to hear people refer to me as Cathy.  I almost want to start looking around the room for my mom.)  I answered yes.  He asked if I had any medical issues the dentist needed to know about. Nope.  He confirmed what medications I was taking, which at the time was only over the counter ibuprofen for the tooth pain.  Then he asked if I had eaten anything in the last 6 hours.  WHAT?!  I was told I couldn't eat anything after midnight!  My surgery was scheduled at 9:15 am!!

MISTAKE #2: I was told I couldn't have anything to eat or drink after midnight.  I had dinner at like 9:30 pm and then sipped water until around 11:30 pm and then NOTHING!!!!  Apparently, it can be life threatening if you eat anything 6 hours before anesthesia .  But only 6 hours?!

My advice: If you're dentist says you can't have anything after midnight - eat at 11:45 pm!  By the time I had my surgery - I was starving AND really couldn't eat a dang thing!!

While answering questions the dentist came in and introduced himself and asked how I was doing.  I told him I'd let him know in an hour or so.  He then laid the bomb on me.  As you can see from the picture above, my bottom wisdom teeth grew in literally horizontally.  I let it go so long that they rubbed up against my second molar's (you can see which one I mean in the photo above) and basically destroyed them.  He said in his professional opinion, he believed they were beyond repair and wouldn't likely cause more problems and I should have them removed.  I gasped and immediately tears sprang to my eyes.  My thoughts were he was telling me that we would have to reschedule to have another assessment done.  I had really psyched myself up for this day and if I left, I might not come back!

MISTAKE #3: Which is really more like my first mistake: Even though I knew my wisdom teeth were causing problems and that historically they grew horizontally in my family, I still didn't do anything about it until it was too late.

My advice: DON'T WAIT TOO LONG!! I promise your fear of dentistry is nothing compared to the pain you will have to go through when they start causing problems with you're other teeth.

The dentist was not telling me I had to leave.  He was merely telling me I really needed to have 6 teeth removed instead of 4.  That scared the crap out of me!  He said he understood my hesitation, and I had a couple of options.  He said I could just have the 4 wisdom teeth taken and then go to a dentist to see if the teeth could be fixed or I could just wait altogether until after I visited with a dentist or I could have them all removed at the same time so that I would only have to be put under once and go through one recovery.

I looked at the Mr. and asked what he thought.  He said, "Why don't you ask them what you really want to know?" Then he looked at the dentist and said: "If she has the other 2 removed from the bottom row will it affect her eating?"  I burst into laughter!!  One because for once I wasn't even thinking about food, I was worried about the extra cost since we were paying cash for this procedure!  Second, because he was absolutely correct!! That is a big deal to me.  So I looked at the dentist and said, "I do love me some food.  Will I be able to eat normally with them gone?"  He said most people can function quite normally with only 12 teeth on bottom and that if at any time I didn't think I could, I could always go in and have posts and implants put in.

He did say though that one draw back is that in 10 years or so I would probably need to have the same teeth pulled from the top because there are no teeth on the bottom for them to sync up to and it could cause problems long term.  But it sounded like the smart move for now.  I had waited 3 weeks for the appointment and I respected his opinion so I went for it.  And he said if I did have implants put back in the bottom, then I wouldn't have to remove the teeth up top.

Just a few minutes later they said my room was ready and I was shuffled off to another room.  They said the Mr. could stay until the IV was put in, but I knew he wanted a nap so I sent him on his way.  After a quick kiss and "Good Luck" from him, he was off to the waiting room and I was on the way to my room.

I sat in the chair and the dental assistant was back.  He again confirmed I hadn't eaten in over 6 hours, took my blood pressure and applied 3 sticky monitors to watch my heart rate (I assume) during the procedure.  Since this was a surgery I wasn't sure if I was going to have to change into a gown or something, but nope.  One monitor went on my ankle and I honestly don't remember where the other 2 went.  I think on my left arm in 2 different spots.

The dentist came in and sat next to me and put a splint type device on my arm and explained it was to keep my arm straight during the procedure so that my IV wouldn't come out.  He said the needle was the smallest available for IV's and I would only feel a small pinch.  He had me make a fist and I turned my face away and a nurse that had magically appeared beside me stuck a big foam "thing" in my mouth.  I won't lie.  This irritated me a little because there was no warning, she literally just shoved it in my mouth.  I'm lucky that it was on the side that wasn't really hurting that day.  I did feel a little pinch, but that was literally it.  The dentist said in about 30 seconds I would start feeling sleepy and that was totally normal.  I said, "Ok.".  He said, "How do you feel?" I passed out.

Day 1.pngWhen I woke up, I literally couldn't believe it was over.  I felt like I had just fell asleep for a few minutes.  However, I knew they were done because my mouth was full of gauze.  The next thing I know they were tying this huge white bow to my head with icepacks in it.  I didn't even care.  The dental assistant walked me out the back door where the Mr. had parked and I only almost fell once! :)  I will say it was really nice of them to have a private exit so you don't have to walk out through the front drooling everywhere.

The Mr. drove me home and then left to go get all of my meds!  There was apparently enough pain meds in the IV to last me a few hours and the big kids were watching me so I was fine.  This is a picture I took while he was gone.  You can see in my eyes I was still pretty loopy.

One mistake I did not make and my advice: They told me I could take one of the pain meds they gave me every 4-6 hours "as needed".  Whether I needed it or not, I took the meds every time I was allowed.  I didn't want to give the pain a chance to rear it's ugly head.  I definitely recommend that!  And honestly that was all the magical work of the Mr. He literally had a little worksheet that he crossed off each time I had my meds and knew when I could have the next dose of each one!  Amazing. ♥  I am a lucky girl.

They prescribed me:

  • Prednisone tabs: a steroid I had to take a lot of!  I had to take 4 the first day, 3 the second day, 2 the third day and 1 the 4th day.
  • Naprosyn: they pharmacy gave me Naproxin.  I had to take one the first day and then one in the AM and one in the PM every day through day 7.  This was an anti-inflamatory for pain.
  • Chlorhexidine Rinse: This is medical mouthwash that helps to prevent infection.  I couldn't use it on day 1.  But I got to use it day 2.  Although I wasn't allowed to "swish" it in my mouth.  I was only allowed to let it roll in my mouth and then let it drool out of my mouth.  No spitting, no swishing.
  • Hydrocodone: Strictly for pain.  This is the one I could have every 4-6 hours as needed and I took one every 6 hours for sure.  It kept me comfortable.
  • Promethazine: This is for anti-nausea, but they only gave me 2 of them.  And while all the pain meds did make me nauseous, I didn't want to waste them incase I really felt sick later on.
  • Irrigation Syringe: To clean out the teeth area, but the instructions tell me not to use it until after day 7.  Some dental websites have their patients using them on day 3.  But I have success so far following all of the other rules, so I'm going to wait until day 7.

And last but not least by far...

  • The ice pack sock: I don't know what it's called, but that's what I call it.  It is a long sock that twists in the middle and an ice pack goes in each side.  The ice packs are made of water and rubbing alcohol.  The alcohol keeps the water from freezing solid, so it stays like a mush.  I was told to keep using these and replace them every 30 minutes for the first 48 hours.  I did just that except when I slept.  As soon as I woke up I would change it.

At the end of day the dentist called me to ask how I was doing.  Unfortunately, I was sleeping so I missed the call.  I was really impressed that he himself called me and told me to call him back if I was having any discomfort because that is what he was there for.

On day 2 I was feeling ok, but realized I had made...

MISTAKE #4: I scheduled my appointment on a Monday...we are huge fans of #TacoTuesday and I did not get to eat tacos on Tuesday. :(

My advice: Schedule your appointment for Wednesday!!  So you can still have #TacoTuesday AND if you work a traditional 9 to 5 - you can take Wednesday through Friday off and still have the weekend to recoup before having to go back to work AND you should be healed enough to at least have soft tacos for the following #TacoTuesday. :D  Or maybe the week after that if you are a giant pansy like me.

On day 2 I felt ok.  I kept up with the pain killers AND I got to use a soft bristle tooth brush to clean the teeth I do still have.  DO NOT USE a vibrating brush - trust me.  I was sad about the tacos and said because I couldn't really eat anything "good".  The paperwork suggested soft foods like mashed potatoes, soft pasta, or scrambled eggs and then gradually progress to solid foods as comfort allows.

MISTAKE #5: I had scrambled eggs.  Terrible idea.  Terrible.

My advice: You can't really suck eggs down the canal of your mouth without them getting in your teeth.  Mashed potatoes - check.  Soft pasta - some of it worked out.  Short noodles like macaroni, not long ones like the ones in Campbell's chicken noodle soup. The eggs had to be chewed sort of and here's the really bad part.  As the space where your teeth used to be heal, a "scab" of sorts start to form.  It can be almost any color from gray, to pink, to white, to... you guessed it, yellow - just like eggs.  And you are instructed to NOT pick at this because it is protecting your wound.  However, I couldn't tell what was food and what was not and I couldn't pick at it or wash my mouth out.  I was terrified I was going to get egg into a whole I could never get it out of.  I did have Campbell's cream of chicken and that was really pretty good when I thinned it out with 1 can of water.  I even took a piece of bread and tore it up into little pieces in my soup and was able to suck it down pretty easy.  I know that sounds gross - but it is what it is.

fb thank you.pngAll in all day #2 was mostly successful.  I had several friends reach out to me to send me well wishes, ask how I was feeling and offer advice on recovery.  My mom-in-law even brought me flowers. :)

The flowers were beautiful. :)

Day 3: Pain was a little sore in the morning so I started with the ice packs and a pain pill.  Around midday I went to the kitchen and my daughter looked at me strange and asked what was wrong with my face.  She took a pic and showed it to me and I flipped out.  Day 3 is supposed to be the start of bruising and such and I thought that is what was happening.  Here is what it looked like on both sides:
Day 3 ice burnAs it turns out it was irritation from the ice packs.  So I did some research.  I won't list this as a mistake, but I will tell you what I found out.  The ice pack is really only good to use the first 48 hours.  It restricts the blood vessels and less fluid can come out of them, the less your swelling will be later.  After the first 48 hours, the ice is only beneficial for pain.  I put the ice away and within hours my skin looked much better.  Still a little swollen and red, but much better.

Day I did wind up getting dry socket in two sections, but I followed Every. Stinkin. Rule.  I have a pretty high tolerance to pain and I was starting to really be kind of miserable.  I had an odd pain that I couldn't quite place and after doing all kinds of research on my own, and coming up with nothing, I finally called the dentist.  It was after hours so I left a message and he called me back within 15 minutes.  Then he told me to meet him at the office - that was closed!  I called up my bff for moral support and we headed to the office.

When I got in, he popped me in the chair, had a quick peek and said it was definitely dry socket - although from what I had read online, I thought it would feel much worse.  It was really like a big annoyance more than pain.  He took some gauze covered in clove oil and pushed it into two spaces and I felt immediate relief.  It was crazy!  #cloveoilbeliever

Over the course of the next few weeks, he had me come in 4 more times to remove and repack the gauze.  Finally the fourth time, he said he thought I was good to go so no repacking.  Each time he saw me there was no charge and it only took him 5 minutes.

Overall, I would say the entire experience was a success.  I am now wisdom teeth and pain free.  Because we had to take out the extra teeth on the bottom, I will eventually have to have the ones above it removed or posts put in the bottom so that my teeth have a place to meet.  The really exciting part is getting my bottom teeth straightened!  It makes me so happy to think about a smile with straight teeth!  I credit the success to my surgeon, my amazing other half who literally followed a schedule to make sure I took all the right meds at the right time, and myself for following the rules.

Most important advice:
  • Don't wait!!!  If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth - go talk to your dentist or an oral surgeon!  You'll be done reading this article in the next 30 seconds - your next move should be to call your denist!!
  • Do. Your. Research!  Make sure you research the heck out of surgeons!  Ask your friends on social media (and in real life) for referrals.  Make sure you look up each referral online and look for reviews!  If you have even 1% reservations about a specific surgeon - keep looking!
  • Follow the rules after surgery!  Take your meds.  Don't use straws.  Don't smoke.  And if you break all of those rules, manage to stay pain free and you don't wind up with dry socket - please do not share your experience with someone looking for advice - because your situation was not typical!  You must have some kind of magical fairy dust in your sock drawer or something.
Bottom line.  I did it and I'm a giant baby.  If I did it, you can too. :)

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5 Products that ROCK ipsy - April 2018 Unboxing

5 Products that ROCK ipsy - April 2018 Unboxing

I’ve been an ipsy subscriber for over 3 years and this by far has to be my favorite bag so far.  Not only do I love the bag itself, all 5 items that I received were full sizes and perfect for me!

If you don’t know what ipsy is, check out my post, What is ipsy and is it Really Worth it?

The theme...
As with most sub services, ipsy has a theme every month.  It is usually associated with a positive message and a hashtag.  This is what the theme card says on the back this month: 

 " Fact: Life's too short (and your makeup looks too good) to skip all the fun stuff happening right now.  Instead, we challenge you to be your best self, have your best spring, and RSVP "YASSSS" to everything that comes your way.  A new friend request? Yup.  Sundae making party with your niece? Mhm.  Random date night on a Tuesday? Heck yeah.  90s trivia and wine tasting? You're in.  Swipe right, check yes, and load up your calendar.  You're going to be one busy bee this month.  Luckily, we've got your hair, makeup, and mani plan covered.  Don't forget to head over to the ipsy mobile app for inspo, ideas, and everything you need to know about your Glam Bag picks.  And find us on Facebook so you can get social with other ipsters who love beauty too! #ipsysocialbutterfly

The bag…
This month ipsy describes their bag as “A pretty, butterfly-covered pouch that you’ll wanna take everywhere you go.”  I wholeheartedly agree!  First of all – I LOVE Rose Gold.  The corners of the bag and the zipper are adorned with this shiny rose gold metallic look that makes me giddy.  The butterflies are super cute, whimsical and perfect for Spring.  I use all of my ipsy bags for something… but this one will be up front and center.  I plan to keep this in my bag with office supplies that I need regularly.  My pens, a pencil, a couple of journaling pens for when the mood strikes, stamps, and some extra business cards, and because of love post-it’s – some kind of sticky notepad.

The products... 

Trust Fund Beauty – That Glo Tho Liquid Highlighter in LIT – RV: $20.00

“The name says it all – this highlighter is extra-luminizing, highly-pigmented and very buildable.  We layered it on and it gave us an out-of-this-world glow.”

It has a champagne color and can be used on your cheekbones, brow bones, collarbones, shoulders, down your nose, and as an eyeshadow, among other things.  It is rated 4 out of 5 stars with almost 33,000 votes. ipsy offers 8 ways you can use this product.


  • 8 ml - $20 (On ipsy it is currently on sale for $16 and after your cash back, it only costs $12.80!
  • 100% Vegan & Cruelty-free
  • Paraben-free
  • GMO-free
Trust Fund Beauty describes it as a “gold coloured liquid highlighter”.  I would tend to agree more with ipsy – it’s more of a champagne color.  The brand’s website also offers another liquid highlighter for $20 called That Liquid Glo Tho LIT AF and describes it as the same product with a “rose gold” color.  I would like to try that one… #obviously.   They also offer another highlighter that is $8 called That Glo Tho, and is in a tube/stick form – like a lipstick.  If you order this product through ipsy, the product is fulfilled by the brand and shipping is $6.99.

Twitter: @trustfundbeauty
Instagram: @trustfundbeauty
Facebook: @trustfundbeauty1
Pinterest: @trustfundbeauty

Ciaté LONDON – Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner – RV: $19.00

“The intense, inky black shade gives your eyes instant definition, and fills in all the little gaps between your lashes and your lashline.”

This eyeliner has a felt tip and a long-wearing formula that dries quickly.  It is rated 4 out of 5 stars with over 454,000 votes!  ipsy offers tips on “How to Get the Fiercest Flicks Ever”.


  • .05 oz - $19 (On ipsy it is currently on sale for $17.10 and after your cash back, it only costs $13.68! (…and is currently out of stock.)
  • Paraben-free
  • Vegan-Friendly
  • Gluten-free

Ciaté LONDON describes it as a “precision tip liquid liner”.  They are also currently sold out – so I’m really lucky I got this in my #glambag!  It is rated 5 stars on their website.  If you order this product through ipsy, the brand actually fulfills the product and offers free shipping for orders over $60, but shipping is only $5.66 for orders under that.

Facebook: @ciatelondon
Twitter: @ciatelondon
Pinterest: @ciatelondon
Instagram: @ciatelondon
YouTube: @NailsbyCiate
Snapchat: @ciatelondon

Luna By Luna Cosmetics – Eyeshadow in Selene – RV: $15.00

“We’re picky when it comes to eyeshadows, and this velvety powder formula ticks all the boxes.  It’s crazy blendable (aka never streaky), and won’t crease, and lasts all day.”

ipsters received either Selena or Spiced Pumpkin.  I received Selena, which is a really pretty shimmery pink(ish) color.  The Spiced Pumpkin is a rich copper that is supposed to be great for a killer smoky eye.  It is rated 4 out of 5 stars with over 54,000 votes!  ipsy gives 3 steps to a 30-second eye look.

  • .05 oz - $15 (On ipsy it is currently on sale for $12 and after your cash back, it only costs $9.60!
  • High pigmentation
  • Easy blendable formula
  • Minimal to No fall out
  • Long lasting
  • Doesn’t crease
  • Perfect for any skin tone
Luna by Luna doesn’t offer a description or list the ingredients on the product page.  ipsy does have the list of ingredients on their product info page.  If you order this product through ipsy, the brand actually fulfills the product and offers free shipping for all orders.

Glamour Dolls – Romantic Rose Blending Brush – RV: $4.99

“This glam rose gold brush makes blending all your powder, liquid, and cream shadow formulas easy-peasy.”

This brush has soft fiber bristles that are supposed to make your makeup application streak-free.  It is rated 4 out of 5 stars with over 148,000 votes!  ipsy shares how to get a smoky eye with just one brush with a 3-step process – including photos.

  • 1 brush - $4.99 (On ipsy it only costs $3.99 after cash back!)
  • Precision blending
  • Rose Gold
  • High-Quality Bristles
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Synthetic hairs offer a longer lifespan and are easier to clean 

Glamour Dolls describes this product as a “Romantic Rose Brush”.  If you order this product through ipsy, the brand actually fulfills the product and shipping is $5.

Twitter: @glamourdollss
Instagram: @glamourdollsmakeup
Pinterest: @glamourdollss

HEMPZ – Herbal Lip Balm – RV: Product is not sold no brand’s website. 

Here is a list of retailers that the site offers links to that offer HEMPZ products:

  • Beauty Brands – this site carriers HEMPZ products, but they all seem to be hair or bath & body products.
  • Beauty Kind – this site seems to be under construction until 05/01/18.
  • Chatters – RV: $9.96 – in stock as of 04/19/18. (Free shipping on all orders over $75.)
  • Peninsula Beauty – RV: $8.99 (use code: BEAUTY for 10% off orders over $49; all orders over $49 get free shipping; orders under $49 are charged $4.99 for shipping.)
  • Regis Salons – this site did not have a search function to look for the HEMPZ brand.  The link is to the products list page, which does not feature this brand. 
  • Ulta Beauty - $V: $8.99 (Buy 2, get 1 FREE! – online only. And you can get 3% cash back if you order through ebates.)  Shipping appears to be $5.95 for standard shipping, although Expedited and Premium rates are also offered.  Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on this site with 287 reviews. They also offer several other HEMPZ lip products in various flavors! Herbal Lip Balm in Whipped Strawberry Crème & Chamomile, Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon, Triple Moisture, and Yuzu & Starfruit Daily with SPF 15.  And a Sugarcane & Papaya Lip Gloss and Lip Scrum.  They are all $8.99 and qualify for the Buy 2, Get 1 FREE offer!

“Say hello to your new everyday fave.  This healing, hydrating balm is made with 100% pure hemp seed oil and natural extracts to moisturize dry, chapped lips.”

This lip balm is great for a foundation to matte or liquid lipsticks.  It is rated 4 out of 5 stars with almost 169,000 votes!  ipsy tells you how this lip balm can help prep your lips for lipstick application.


  • .44 oz – You cannot purchase this on the ipsy website.
  • Gluten-free
  • 100% Vegan
  • THC-free
  • Enriched with 100% Pure Natural Hemp Seed Oil
  • Flavor: Sweet Citrus
  • Includes Avocado Oil & Shea Butter

HEMPZ describes it as a “herbal lip balm – helps nourish, hydrate and protect the condition of your lips.”

Instagram: @hempzofficial
Facebook: @hempzproducts

The overall retail value of my April 2018 ipsy #glambag is $67.98!!  I paid $10.83!!  The value is undeniable.  I do not always receive 5 full-size items, but the value of my bag is always more than the cost, considerably more! 

In the coming weeks, I will be reviewing each of these products based on my experience with them.  I will try and come back to this post and give you links to those reviews and any videos I post on YouTube.

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*Disclosure: I did not receive any products for free or discounted for doing this post.  This post is my personal opinion and I was in no way compensated for it.  I did post an affiliate link above for anyone that wants to try the service and if you click that link, I do receive points that I can use toward free product(s).  I try to link product names to either their website or a social media account.  None of the companies, products, brands, social media sites I post about or linked to endorse this post.

What is Ipsy and Is It Really Worth It?

What is ipsy and Is It Really Worth It?

What is ipsy?
ipsy is a low-cost subscription service that offers great products (and service in my opinion) for a ridiculously low cost!  For $10 a month ($10.83 with tax, I think), you get an original ipsy designed cosmetic bag and 5 beauty products.  What kind of beauty products, you ask?  It depends on what you answer to your profile questions when you sign up.  Every month ipsy has several products they offer and based on your profile, they fit you with what they think the best 5 are.  Here are the items they had up for grabs in the April 2018 bag.  There were 52!

Any 5 of these would have made me happy, but the 5 that I got made me SUPER happy!  Check out my unboxing!  I'll add the link here when I finish that post and get my video up on YouTube!

How does it work?

First, you sign up at ipsy.  You can use this link: CLICK HERE.  That is an affiliate link and I will earn 250 points if you sign up under that link.  You can see what the points are for in the next section. :)

Once you sign up, you will answer a little questionnaire that updates your "beauty preferences".  This tells ipsy what types of products you like and what you don't.  You also tell them what color your hair is, what color your eyes are and what your skin tone is like.  Then based on all of your answers, they try to match you with the best 5 products for you out of the products they are offering that month.  You do not get to choose specific products, but I actually like that.  There are products that I have gotten, that I would NEVER have tried, but because ipsy sent them to me, I gave them a try and in some cases have LOVED them!

Every month you are charged $10 (shipping is included, but they do charge tax) and you get a new bag, a card (with the theme, coordinating hashtag, and a motivating message), and your 5 products.

The points...
You can earn points with ipsy in different ways.  The main 2 ways are:

1.     To offer your referral link (like I did above).  You can find it by clicking "Points" after you log in and clip the copy button.  Then you can text it or email it anywhere.  ipsy also offers convenient buttons to share your link and/or a message on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and email.  Every time someone clicks your link and signs up, you get 250 points!

2.     Review products.  You get 5 products every month.  By clicking on the Glam Bag link after you log in you can see all 5 products and review each one.  You get points for every review that you do. :)
Redeem your points...

What do you do with the points?  You get FREE STUFF!!! By clicking on the Points link after you log in and then clicking on Redeem, you can use your points to get FREE stuff!  As of today (I am writing this on 04/18/18) here are the items you can get:
  • Pureheals Propolis 80 Cream (Face cream to help brighten, soften and smooth skin.)
  • Seraphine Botanicals (Long-lasting lip & cheek crayon.)
  • Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish (Facial scrub that renews and refreshes complexion.)
  • Ofra Eyeshadow in "Country Road" (Soft burnt orange that also doubles as a blush.)
You can click on the picture of each item on the same page, for more information, including things like the size, ingredients, tips on how to use it, and reviews!  All for Freeeee!   And often times you can even find special offers (including cash back) to purchase other items from the same brand!

The bags...
The cosmetic bags are different every month and fit the theme for the month.  The design is always interesting and never repeated.  The size usually stays the same - about 7 ½ x 5 inches - although I have seen larger.  The closure isn't always a zipper, but it usually is.  I think I got one that snapped once... and maybe a velcro?  I'm not sure, but I love the zippers because it always fits in with the theme.  One October the zipper was shaped like a bat and I think near a Valentines holiday it was shaped like lips.  Always super cute.  I have been a member for over 3 years and I find uses for all my bags.  I have them all over my house, in my car, etc.  Here are a few ideas:
  • In your car - filled with first aid kit stuff (Neosporin, band-aids, Ibuprofen, etc.)
  • In your bag - with another first aid kit if you are with your "littles" a lot.
  • In your bag/purse - personal items for that time of the month.
  • In your work bag - pens, stamps
  • In your gym bag - sanitary items, toothpaste, floss, deodorant
  • In your library bag - library cards, receipts with due dates, pens, scratch paper, bookmarks
  • Your daughter's drill team bag - sanitary items, bobby pins (lots of them), ponytails
  • Your desk - stamps, staples, paperclips, pens
  • Your journal - colored markers, pencils, pens
  • Gift: Your child's teacher - full of chocolate! (or stamps for the kids, etc.)
  • Gift: Your bestie - again full of chocolate. 😋
The goodies...

Every month you get 5 beauty products.  These may be full size, trail size, samples or beauty tools.  I have read reviews where people say it isn't worth $10 a month to get a bag full of samples.  I can't count on two hands the number of times I've actually received a "sample".  I do get a lot of trial sizes, but that's perfect because I get to try it a few times and decide if it is something I may want to buy a full size of.  I would say I get 1-3 full-size products in every bag.  And my daughter is super jealous because even though we live in the same demographic area - we get different stuff every time and I get a TON of beauty tools! (Check out my April 2018 Unboxing!)

My thoughts...

I have to admit... I may be a little addicted to subscription boxes/bags.  I often will try one for a couple of months, do a few unboxings and reviews and then cancel it and try another.  However, when I find one that I love, I stick with it.  ipsy was the first one I ever tried and I have been a huge fan ever since.

The reviews...
There are mixed reviews on every product and service in the world.  While I do look at reviews and usually will not try a product or service if there is an overwhelming amount of negative reviews - I try to remain objective in the beginning and give almost anything a try - within reason of course.

My review of ipsy overall...

I joined ipsy in January 2015 and I have never once had a problem that wasn't resolved easily with ipsy.  There was once a billing issue with my card, but it turned out that was a banking issue, not ipsy.  There was once a broken product in my bag, I contacted customer service and it was replaced.  My mother signed my daughter up for ipsy over a year ago and it goes to my mom's PO Box.  The postal worker has put the package in the wrong box a couple of times.  It usually ends up on my mom's porch (when the honest neighbors wind up with it😐), but the one time it didn't, we contacted ipsy and they replaced the bag! We ipsy!

The website & app...

Another great feature of this subscription service is that it offers a website and an app!  The website has a ton of great stuff on it.  Aside from the points section I mentioned earlier, there are 3 other links at the top.  Glam Bag, Shopper, and Account.  Your account section is obviously for you to edit your profile and payment/shipping information.  The Glam Bag section tells you about upcoming events with a timeline. (see mine below) It tells when you can expect to be billed, when they will match you with products, when you can log in and see what is coming (I don't do this because I like the surprise, but my daughter does it every month, lol.), when your bag is being assembled, when it was delivered or expected to be delivered, tips on how to use some of the products and reviews.  It is awesome!  This is what the timeline looks like:

You can scroll down a bit to see the bag and the products included in your bag.  You can learn about each product and review it once you've gotten your goodies.  There are also other little fun things if you keep scrolling.

If you click the Shopper link (which is 
new!), it is sooooo great!  There are ipsy Offers, to begin with.  These are items that they are offering at huge discounts so you can give them a try.  Right now they have a Pretty Woman Nailed it Set that retails for $25, that they are offering for $12!  And a Vintage Cosmetic Company FabuLASH Kit that retails for $35.08 and is only $15!  These go so quick though, so you have to jump on them if you like them.  Keep scrolling and you will find all kinds of products you can buy that are on sale.  You can earn up to 30% back on discounted products!  Here are some of the brands offering sales:
Final thoughts... Is it really worth the price?
Seriously, if you are into beauty products at all, even just a little bit, you should give ipsy a try.  Not only do I think it is a great value (and I've been paying for it for over 3 years), it is like your birthday every month!!  Who doesn't love that?!  I always look up the retail value of my products.  If I get a sample, I don't value that.  If I get trial sizes, I value them at $3 because I feel like that is a fair price for a product I will get to use several times.  If it is a full-size product, I look up the retail price on the brand's website.  I have NEVER received a bag that was valued under $20.  Not one time.  And that isn't taking into consideration the bag itself - which I love.  

My bag in April 2018: I'm happy to say all 5 of my products this month were full sized.  
Total RV: $67.98 - all for $10.

This is me doing my happy dance. 😀


I ♥ ipsy.  That is all. ♥

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*Disclosure: I did not receive any products for free or discounted for doing this post.  This post is my personal opinion and I was in no way compensated for it.  I did post an affiliate link above for anyone that wants to try the service and if you click that link, I do receive points that I can use toward free product(s).  I try to link product names to either their website or a social media account.  None of the companies, products, brands, social media sites I post about or linked to endorse this post.

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