Thursday, June 27, 2013

Influenster Review: Q-tips Precision Tips

Q-tips have long been a staple in my house.  The are handy for so many things.  Hygiene, cut or scrape cleaning, medication application, make-up and nail polish, and that is just to name a few.


Thanks to Influenster and the "Something Blue" VoxBox, I was able to try a new Q-tip product, the Q-tips Precision Tips.  As you can see in the photo below, the ends of these swabs are tapered to a point.  This allows, as the name would suggest, more precision.  I feel like these are a beauty must item!  I wear contact lenses, and my eyes often water.  Typically, this happens about 2 minutes after I complete my eye make-up. If I blot with a tissue or towel, I end up making a bigger mess of my eyes, and possibly damaging the sensitive skin in the eye area, or getting bits of paper in my actual eye.  This is where I have found the Precision Tips to be a lifesaver!  They allow me to clean up any smudges quickly and gently.  They also work for actual application of make-up products.  I have found that they allow me to apply a thinner line of eyeliner, even sometimes using eyeshadow to do it.  All in all, I find this to be a really useful product.

Tonight, I decided to use my Precision Tips to have a little fun.  As of today, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in 1st place in the MLB.  For a team that cannot manage a winning season for more years than I can count, this is a HUGE deal.  So, I celebrated by giving myself a baseball themed manicure.  I am not very good with painting my nails, but the Precision Tips helped a lot.  I was able to use them to create my design, as well as clean up some of the messy parts where I colored outside the lines.  My nails look far from perfect, but thanks to Q-tips Precision Tips, they look pretty fantastic.


Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary of Influenster for the purposes of testing.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Class of 2013

UntitledFor the third summer in a row, we have had a graduation in our family.  This time, the celebration was for my nephew, Austin, who graduated from high school.  I cannot express how proud of him I am.  Since he has been old enough to work, he has worked (often 30+ hours a week), and still maintained the grades to graduate with honors.  He is one of the most unique young men I have ever known.  From an early age, Austin knew that music was his greatest love, so he has spent 7 years playing drums, 4 years playing guitar, and the last 2 years he has played bass for a local band.  That is some dedication and motivation, all exhibited by a teenager!

We all were able to travel home to celebrate Austin's graduation, which was extra special because he graduated from the same high school that my siblings and I did.  Well, let me clarify; the actual school building we attended was torn down, and Austin attended the new updated building.  But BHS is more than just a building, it is a way of life.  That is what it is like growing up in a small town I guess!  The graduation ceremony was really nice, I particularly liked that the recognized the kids who were joining the military.  At the end of the ceremony, we all rose to sing the Alma Mater, and I was amazed that after 17 years, I still remembered all the words!


The day after the ceremony, my sister and brother in law threw a great graduation party at their home.  It was so nice to see so many of my family members and friends of our family (some I had not seen since my wedding!).  It was also great that I finally got to meet Austin's girlfriend, Alexis, who is adorable.  I have never seen my nephew as happy as he has been in the past few months.

His hard work is far from over.  Just a few days after he graduated, he got a great new job, and in the fall he will be starting college.  In fact, he has already tested out of one of his intro classes.  Clearly, he is one smart kid.  What can I say, it runs in the family.


Congratulations, Ozzy.  Aunt Nini is so proud of you!