New Blog Start…

When I started this blog, I just wanted to write. I felt like I needed a place to (anonymously) write my feelings. I wanted to write about travel (even if I’m only dreaming about it), my daily activities, if I found something neat while shopping, etc. I ended up writing almost exclusively about my subscription boxes and while I definitely love them, I want to get back on track for me.

There is a lot I will write about eventually. I’m an introvert, a mom, an animal lover. I love coffee and traveling, I’m obsessed with Scotland and Ireland. I’m religious but not overly, I’m a prude but then not, I… I… I… There is so much I feel like I need to get off of my chest at times and since I’m not a talker and don’t typically care for in person socialization, I will probably write it here.

There is so much running through my head like ADD on overdrive (although I’m not diagnosed with this). I have a child with ADHD and Dyslexia so I know how it works.

What are some topics I would like to cover at some point? Some things I am just interested in while others personally affect my family. Topics: grammar (affect vs effect), overthinking (Did I use the correct form of affect as opposed to effect?), mental health issues, my own anxiety, learning differences such as Dyslexia, traveling to Scotland & Ireland, being comfortable with me, being cozy, animals, memes, my favorite YouTube channels, products I love, kindness, recycling, history, being unique, raising a family, etc.

I’m not a tech person so I will try to add pictures in when I can. I know it adds interest and makes a story but… I’m overthinking, over explaining again. You know what though? I’m not apologizing. It’s time to be me, no apologies necessary. Now, time to relax and love on my fur babies.

Ipsy Glam Bag – Review #3

The Legal Disclosure: All product reviews are my own & products have been purchased by myself unless otherwise noted. The reviews will always be honest, full of respect & trust. Some posts may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on the link & make a purchase, I may be compensated (this is at no cost to you). Not all links are affiliate links but will post this on every linked page to be fully transparent. If you would like to learn about how I do a product review or info about subscription services, please comment below or email me at [email protected]

Ipsy is a monthly beauty bag subscription that costs $10 (plus tax) per month. You receive an exclusive makeup bag and five travel-size items every month. Ipsy offers products such as perfume, hair care products, and make-up.

You can read the first two reviews here.
https://esoterictartan.com/2019/02/16/ipsy-review-1-ipsy-ipsy/
https://esoterictartan.com/2019/03/17/ipsy-review-2/

Each month has a theme and April’s is Fresh Spring Beauty.

Here is a look at the five items plus the bag (the two masks were considered one item).

I adore the bag this month! It is so adorable with the lemon pattern.

Item 1: Tarte – Double Duty Beauty Base Tape Hydrating Primer – This hydrating primer is made to moisturize and smooth your skin for 12 hours. It is vegan and cruelty-free.

Item 2: Laura Sanchez – Moods Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Woman – We received a full palette from Laura Sanchez in our Glam Bag Plus and my teens love these shades (see here: https://esoterictartan.com/2019/04/13/ipsy-glam-bag-plus-review-1/).

Item 3: Sugar Cosmetics – Kohl of Honour INtense Kajal in Black Out – This is a nice eyeliner that goes on smoothly. It is transfer-resistant , smudge-proof, & waterproof.

Item 4: Billion Dollar Brushes – Fan Brush – This brush has “charcoal-infused bristles with antimicrobial powers.” The brush is super soft.

Item 5 (Part 1 of 2): Huangjisoo – Broccoli Plumping Mask – I’ve not had a chance to try these vegan masks. This mask is packed with vitamin C, beta carotene, and broccoli extracts for plumping and hydrating the skin.

Item 5 (Part 1 of 2): Huangjisoo – Red Fruits Brightening Mask – This vegan mask is made with acerola and redlove apple to brighten and even out dull skin.

My kids and I still love the Ipsy bags. We have the Ipsy profile geared more towards what they love with the more adventurous make-up and colors.

Ipsy has their own app so you can preview the items you are going to receive and purchase items directly from the app. They also offer a points system to earn free sample size products. You can earn points by reviewing your items every month and also earn points for referrals. They have products for purchase on their website as well. points for referrals. They have products for purchase on their website as well.

If this is something you would be interested in trying, please use my link below. If you have any questions about Ipsy, please leave them below.

As always, if you have any questions regarding a post or products, please leave them in the comments below. I would be more than happy to help!

Socks Matter – Review #3

The Legal Disclosure: All product reviews are my own & products have been purchased by myself unless otherwise noted. The reviews will always be honest, full of respect & trust. Some posts may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on the link & make a purchase, I may be compensated (this is at no cost to you). Not all links are affiliate links but will post this on every linked page to be fully transparent. If you would like to learn about how I do a product review or info about subscription services, please comment below or email me at [email protected]

Socks Matter is a monthly sock subscription where you receive two pairs of socks for $12. When you tag the company on social media, they sometimes will include an extra pair of socks in your order.

You can read my first two reviews here.
https://esoterictartan.com/2019/02/23/socks-matter-review-1/
https://esoterictartan.com/2019/03/24/socks-matter-review-2/

I tag the company on Twitter as I don’t use Instagram.

We received three awesome pairs this month.

Pair 1: No show women’s – White and Navy blue with an anchor – These have a good no slip mark on the back of the heel.

Pair 2: These are a men’s crew sock and look like the coins from Mario.

Pair 3: Women’s crew sock with random patterns.

We have tried a few sock subscriptions & I still think this one has the best value. My kids and I always love the Socks Matter packages and know we are going to like everything in them.

If this is something you would be interested in, please click the link below. By using this link, we will each get a free pair.

If you have any questions regarding this product or subscription, please leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help.

Little Passports – USA Edition – Review #1

Little Passports is a monthly subscription geared towards kids that provides “Award-winning monthly kits feature geography, science, world cultures & more.”

This review will be specifically for the USA Edition that is geared towards ages 7-12. My daughter is 10 and is a great age for this specific Edition.

This comes in a cute plastic portfolio to keep all of your stuff in.

This is the starter kit so it focuses on the United States of America as a whole instead of a specific state.

The characters, Sam & Sofia, go with you as you travel the United States.

You receive your U.S. Field Guide that help you keep track of places you will go.

Here are a couple of the interior pages.

You get a large map of America to help you keep track of where you have been.

The USA Scratch Book comes with a scratch pencil and has some neat activities.

There are scratch stickers and you learn about some of the Symbols of the USA.

There are also pages about our National Parks and you learn about Tornado Alley.

I think this is a neat kit and my daughter will enjoy it. I felt the starter kit was lacking a little and could have come with another item or two for the kids to enjoy.

It would be nice if the World Edition & USA Edition were on par as far as ages go since the World Edition goes to age 10 and the USA Edition goes to age 12. It seems those numbers should be reversed. This USA Edition starts at $14.95 per month.

If this is something you would be interested in trying, please use the link below.

As always, if you have any questions regarding a post or products, please leave them in the comments below. I would be more than happy to help!

Original Photo by Adrian Jenkins

I bought this gorgeous photo at the Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games & Festival in 2018. It is by a very talented photographer named Adrian Jenkins.

It is titled ‘Fading Glimmer’ and is a limited edition fine art print numbered 1 out of 25. Is a 13 x 13 print matted and framed to 23 x 24 and has been signed by Adrian. This photo is from his 2018 collection.

I bought this directly from the photographer and he told me this was taken from inside of a bothy. I believe he said it was on the Isle of Uist if my memory serves me correctly. My pictures do not do this justice to see the details of a old window and the scenery beyond that.

The photo came with its own Certificate of Authenticity. I accidentally laid something on top of my certificate and got it wrinkled.

Adrian has a lot of amazing photographs and I encourage you to check out his work.

You can find his work on his website at http://www.adrianjenkins.com.

If you have any questions about this photo or any of my posts, please leave a comment below.

Flying over the Atlantic to Scotland & Ireland

In July of 2017, I was blessed to go to Europe for the first time. I flew from JFK Airport in NYC to Edinburgh Airport in Scotland. These are my pictures from the plane. It was an amazing adventure which I will always treasure.

From the first glimmer of the sunrise…

…to the sun finally peeking over the horizon.

Once the sun had finally risen, I could not get enough of the view.

The higher the sun rose, the more the colors changed.

Our plane had personal monitors to show our flight progress and destination so I knew I was finally over Ireland.

The clouds cleared and you can see part of Ireland. I actually wept when I saw this view for the first time. I was finally seeing “home.”

It got cloudy again before arriving in Scotland.

Finally, my other “home.” Arriving in Scotland, I actually squealed. I’m not kidding, I did.

This was my first journey across the Atlantic in this lifetime. There will be many more. I found my true “home” in Scotland and Ireland. The home of my ancestors and where my heart lives.

I will make several more posts showing my pictures of my first adventure in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. Dreams do come true.

Cats and dogs…

When you try to work but your cat says no…

We ♥️ our fur babies!

Our dog is so spoiled. She won’t go outside in the rain to do her business unless someone walks outside with her.

Never alone…

Let’s add a guinea pig to our family.

I only sit still for food.

Just another stuffed animal…

I’m the queen…

I must go on all the car rides…

Me too, kitty. Me too.

The fish refused to have his picture taken. 

Okay, maybe just one…

Love your pets and adopt don’t shop.