March Ipsy Glambag – “Destination Beauty”


Guess what time it is. It’s Ipsy time! It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done an Ipsy unbagging. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Destination Beauty.” I’m a little late with this post– I actually received my bag almost two weeks ago but I was a little underwhelmed this month.

Let’s start with the bag itself. So it looks like Ipsy is doing a series of bags in unique prints for the new Artist Series. This month’s bag was designed by Klari Reis and is from her geography-based series called “Street Anatomy.” I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of the bag. It’s nothing against the artist– I took a look at her web portfolio and her work really is amazing, and I love the fact that Ipsy has chosen to reach out to artists because it’s giving them lots of exposure. It is how the artist’s work was printed on the bag that leaves something to be desired. As a non-SF person, it just looks like tons of colorful blobs (the print quality doesn’t help any either). Had the print been smaller and showed more of the work itself, I probably could have appreciated it more.

With that being said, here are the products I received this month:

1. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready (, full size $18)

bareMinerals is a repeat brand with Ipsy but we don’t get it often enough for me to be sick of it, thank goodness. This month, subscribers received either the Marvelous Moxie lipstick of lipgloss. The last time I received bareMinerals, I received a lipgloss so I’m glad I received a different product. The lipstick is in the shade Get Ready which is a warm rose pink color. The formula has a satin finish and leaves my lips feeling moisturized. The color is really pretty and I can see it complimenting just about every skin color, yes, even mine.


It is a pretty decent sized sample, it would be perfect to carry around in your makeup bag or purse or in your travel bag.


2. Pixi flawless beauty primer (, full-size $22)

I always welcome primer samples. My success with primers has been 50/50– Smashbox Photo Finish worked well with my skin as did the Mirabella Prime for face & eyes I got in a previous bag, but some others have caused me to break out, one of which was the Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer that I received in a Target Beauty Box.


Unlike the Smashbox and Mirabella primers, this primer is not clear/silicone but instead has a tint when dispensed and blends in like a moisturizer. It does leave a bit of a sheen when blended. Unfortunately, I’ve been working really hard to clear any current breakout that I’ve been dealing with to risk another breakout from another Pixi primer.


3. Chella eyeliner pen in indigo blue (, full size $24)

I love eyeliner pens. If you ask me if I prefer pencils/kohl, gel, liquid, or pens, I will say pen just about every time. They’re easy to use, no additional brush required, and they allow for precision application– what more could you want? So, yes, I love that I received an eyeliner pen. What I’m on the fence about is that… it’s blue.


I know many people on forums have been crying out for colored eyeliner and I would have also welcomed color if it were, ohhhhh I don’t know, purple, green, or gold. I’m not much of a blue around the eyes person. In terms of the applicator and formula, the pen tip is very easy to manage, you can draw a thin or thick line depending on how you hold the pen, and the formula is fairly budge proof. The blue color is nice but not for me. It’s too bad that Chella only offers this eyeliner pen in black and indigo blue. It’s also too bad that it’s $24. I’ll stick with Jessie’s Girl.

They do have a visible black band but thankfully it isn’t as thick as others that I’ve seen. These have potential for me… you know, once I actually start wearing false lashes. At $3.99 per pair and they come with a tube of glue, they’re worth giving a try.


4. NYX Love in Rio eyeshadow palette in the Brazilian (, full size $6)

I have said it many times, I love NYX. I also love neutral eyeshadows. So, it’s just about a given that I love NYX neutral eyeshadows. I just love NYX. This palette comes with three neutral eyeshadows (and a useless sponge applicator). The packaging is plastic and very lightweight but who care, it’s NYX and I love NYX. I detail I noticed about the packaging that I thought was cute was on the front closure– it looks like a bow. You can’t tell me that’s not cute.


So here are the shades that are included in the palette:


They are dark brown, nude pink, and shimmery toffee. All are velvety soft. The dark brown is a matte shade that is perfect for defining the crease. Nude pink is a slightly shimmery shade though you can’t tell in my photos. It has teeny tiny specks of glitter and strikes me more of as a champagne color and looks really pretty in the corners of the eyes or to accentuate the middle of the eyelid. I probably wouldn’t use it as a brow highlight. The shimmery toffee is, well, shimmery toffee and very pretty. It’s a great little palette to add to all of my other neutral palettes.

Here are swatches for the cosmetic items:


In summary, while the NYX eyeshadow palette and bareMinerals lipstick are pluses in my book, the eyeliner is not something I could see myself using nor purchasing and I don’t want to risk my skin for the Pixi primer due to past experiences with face products from the brand.  I see my time with Ipsy coming to an end soon.

Did you receive your March Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

Memebox – 4th Global Edition


I think the post I am most excited about posting nowadays is my Memebox unboxing. If you aren’t familiar with it, Memebox is a beauty box that is Korean based but recently expanded to offer a global edition. It offers 6-8 different items exclusively from Korean brands. It’s similar to a lot of beauty subscriptions that have taken over mailboxes everywhere but one of the main differences is that you are not automatically billed each month– you have to go to the website and purchase the box each time one is available. Read more about Memebox here.

I posted my first review on Memebox towards the middle of January and, surprise surprise, my next Memebox has already arrived! They don’t wait one month between each release like most regular subscription boxes do. So when I logged onto the website to purchase the next box, they were already on the 7th edition! Yeah, I missed out on 5th and 6th =(. So word to the wise, if you are interested in getting a Memebox of your own, DO IT NOW.

I’ll spare you the unwrapping portion of it. It came in a black tear strip top bag and the box came wrapped in bubble wrap. Love companies that put so much thought into packaging and don’t skimp on it. When I opened the box, it was jam packed. The 4th edition included 10 products. Woo hoo! The double sided insert as usual shows the products sent as well as descriptions, direction on use, and full-size product information.

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And without further ado, the beauty goodness:


1. Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil (value $7.20, full size $48.00)

I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of facial oils recently in beauty reviews and subscriptions boxes. I had tried one a few years ago that I’d purchased from Avon and for the life of me I can’t remember how it performed which means two things: 1) it didn’t mess up my skin and 2) it wasn’t a miracle product. This product contains multiple difference essential oils– argan, olive, macadamia, sunflower, jojoba, camellia, and green tea. This combination is supposed to hydrate, firm, and enhance your complexion.


The product has a dropper so you can easily control how much of the product you dispense. It has a slight herbal scent this is not too overpowering but it is definitely noticeable. I applies this to my face last night after washing and so far so good.This product can also be used on the hair and nails.


2. LJH Dr’s Care Vita Propolis Ampoule (value $8.67, full size $26)

Oils must be a pretty popular product because the second item included is this oil and, oh my, isn’t the packaging adorable. Gold and silver? It’s captured my heart. This is another sample size bottle with a dropper for dispensing. The writing on the package is all in Korean so thank goodness for the description card! This oil is described as the “perfect combination of vitamins and propolis harvested by bees to bring out the natural, healthy luminosity of your face.” It is also suitable for sensitive skin. The usage instructions recommend mixing it with a facial lotion or hydrating cream. On days when I don’t wear makeup, my face looks so lifeless so I’m excited to try this.

Update: I had a chance to try the LJH serum this morning and the one thing I immediately noticed was that it took a bit longer for my skin to absorb than the Goodall serum.


3.Lanoa natural soap sulfur (full size $12)

This is the first time I’ve received a bar of soap in a subscription/beauty box. This bar of soap came wrapped in plastic and packaged in a box and has a strong scent that I have yet to decide if I like or not. It is a 100% natural handmade soap that contains sulfur, shea butter, chamomille, and lavender.


I actually just started using Asepxia soap for my face about a week ago and it is working well for my oily, acne prone, and scarred face so unfortunately this soap will have to take the backseat for now.


4. The Shampoo Plus natural waterless shampoo (full size $5)

I’ve seen powdered and spray dry shampoos but never a foaming dry shampoo which is what this is. I’ve tried a couple of dry shampoos and to be honest haven’t really been a fan of them. My hair tends to be naturally dry and using a dry shampoo after a day or so of not washing makes me feel even dirtier. When I pumped a little of product into my hand and it was more on the runny foam side versus a thicker styling hair foam. The product did not leave my hands sticky and my hair so far feels alright. I still prefer good ol’ shampoo and water.


5. Clio VF 21 Water BB SPF35 PA++ (value $6, full size $20)

One of the products I was hoping I’d get samples of from Memebox is a BB cream. I’ve only tried a couple of different BB creams which were both American brand and neither one impressed me completely. This BB cream has SPF35 which is always good in skincare or beauty products especially in California. Only downside for me is the color will inevitably be off for me which was the case here. It was too light for my NC40 complexion but at least I get to try the formula. This BB cream is to offer a long-lasting medium coverage and give a natural dewy glow to the skin. There isn’t much of a scent to the product. I applied it with just my fingertips. The formula is not thick nor runny so application is very easy. It blends in very nicely and the claim to medium coverage is just about right.


6. IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning (value $6.43, full size $60)

When I saw “Intensive Conditioning” at first I thought this was for the hair… but then I read that it wasn’t. The sample size received is a 3 days sample kit which includes an 18mL sample bottle of the product and a baggie of cotton squares. The product is supposed to clear and smooth the skin texture in 3 days. So I guess once the sample is done, your skin goes kapput or you buy more. Hah. I haven’t yet tried this product but, again, something I’m happy to have received and look forward to giving a go.


7. Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss (value $12)

First off all, doesn’t the name just want you to buy it automatically?! Snow Crystal Pure lip gloss, come on. The gloss contains micr0 glitter that gives this gloss a beautiful sheen giving the appearance of fuller lips. I received this in the color veil rose which is a pretty coral pink color. The formula is slightly sticky but not bothersome. There is a bit of a fruity scent that sort of reminds me of the gum I used to get at the asian markets as a kid. Anyone remember these?



8. T.E.N. Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence (value $13.33)

The packaging of this product is really pretty– it’s a matte see-through bottle with a swirly pattern in white decorating it all around. This is one of those bottles that I would hold onto after the product is gone just because it looks nice. This product works to hydrate, tighten, brighten, and even out your complexion. All properties that I could definitely use a little help with when it comes to my skin. It is paraben free and fragrance free (as well as other things free) which is great. Reeeally excited to try this and add it to my skin regime.


9. Peripera Peri’s tint mint mandarin juice (value $2.69, full size $7)

Ladies, we’ve got another lip tint! Again, packaging is cute but I don’t know if the packaging will save this product. Like the Tonymoly tint from the 3rd edition, this stuff has great staining power. I swatched this on my hand last night and have washed my hands multiple times since then and I can still see the color. This one fro Peripera is an orange color which I don’t see myself wearing on it’s own. One of the main differences I found between this tine and the Tonymoly is that this formula bled much more which is a big negative for me. I want a lip tint to stay on my lips not wander around, so seeing as how it bled when swatched I’m a little hesitant to try this on my lips. Tonymoly is the winner here.


10. Danahan bon yeon jin essence (value $16.32, full size $68)

And to round out the 4th edition Membox, I have for you an anti-wrinkle serum which contains red ginseng and herbal extracts. It has a very subtle scent that I can only describe as… clean. Anti-wrinkle anything, give it to me!!!

Last but not least, here are swatches of the cosmetic items. To the left is the Laneige lip gloss and to the right is the Peripera tint. You can see the shimmer in the gloss and also how the lip tint bled into the lines on my hand.


This is after wiping off the tint and washing my hands a couple of times:


The value of the Memebox 4th Global Editiona comes out to $89.64 which is significantly less than the 3rd edition but still a great value considering the cost of the box.  I paid $21 plus $6.97 shipping to the U.S. which included a free upgrade to express shipping. I missed out on the 5th and 6th editions– apparently there are two version 5s and two version 6s and I missed out on all of them. I did order the 7th edition though. Beginning with the 5th editions, the price of Memebox has gone up– instead of $21 it is now $23. Not a significant difference but it is more, maybe because of the popularity of the boxes now? Regardless, I would still recommend Memebox to anyone who wants to try new skincare products that are not readily available here in the U.S.

Memebox – 3rd Global Edition


I am beyond excited to be able to share this post with you today. A couple of weeks ago I was browsing videos on YouTube when I discovered Memebox. Memebox is a beauty box that is Korean based but recently expanded to offer a global edition. It offers 6-8 different items exclusively from Korean brands. It’s similar to a lot of beauty subscriptions that have taken over mailboxes everywhere but one of the main differences is that you are not automatically billed each month– you have to go to the website and purchase the box each time one is available. Read more about Memebox here. This year, I will be turning 30 so it’s about time that I really start thinking about skincare (I actually should have started a regimen years ago). So when I found out about Memebox, the only edition available was the 3rd edition and I snatched one up. I placed my order on January 11th and less than one week later, it arrived waiting for me to open it (actually, I missed the mailman so I had to pick it up a day later).

So first, let’s talk about packaging. It comes in a bright pink sturdy plastic baggie which you can easily open by ripping off a strip at the top.


The box inside is then wrapped in bubble wrap for safe traveling. I’d received some subscription boxes before where they mailed the items in a box and nothing else– no protective bubble wrap nor plastic bag– so while it is something simple (and maybe insignificant to some) I truly appreciate the extra steps.IMG_5066

The box comes with an insert. On one side, it gives a description of what Memebox is and how to purchase Memebox.


The other side of the card lists the different products, their descriptions, how to use the products, and also pictures of them so you know what is what. An added plus is that the card also gives the size and price of each of the full size products if you choose to buy them. Underneath the card is all the beauty goodness. My goodness, look at all that amazingness stuffed into the pretty pink box:



1. Dear by Enprani bounce cheese cream (value $11.60, full size $29.00)

The first thing I thought was, what the heck is a bounce cheese cream?! You know you thought it, too… but rest assured as far I know there’s no cheese in this cream. (The second thing I thought of was R. Kelly. Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce…. you knowwww, that “Beep Beep” song.) The pot of cream says that “it will extend bouncily on your face such like ‘mozzarella-cheese’ and give elasticity without drying all day long!” It has a light soapy/floral smell which I find to be very refreshing. I understood the mozzarella cheese analogy when I opened the cream. The pot has a plastic top in addition to the screw top lid and when I pulled off the plastic top the product kind of… stretched?


It has a liquidy paste texture that reminds me of white school glue. A little bit of product goes a long way– I applied about a nickel-size amount of product onto my face and it smoothed over and covered it completely.


2. Dr. Jahrt V7 eye serum (full size $38)

One of the skincare items that I desperately needed was an eye cream. I have really dark undereye circles and I’ve had them for as long as I can remember, so when I found this Dr. Jahrt eye serum in my Memebox I was absolutely stoked.  This item is the full size 15 ml product. The product description says that it uses a complex of 7 essential vitamins (vitamins A, B3, B5, C, E, H, and F) to brighten the skin under the eyes and manage puffiness.


3. Tonymoly Delight Tony Tiny in red (value unknown, full size $3)

This lip product is labeled as one of the bestselling lip tints in Korea and it is supposed to give a natural gradient lip appearance. First off, let’s talk about packaging and I’m talking about the little tube in the picture above. The first thing I noticed is that the product name nor any other information is listed on the product. Granted, I know this is a sample size but having that information would be helpful in the event that later down the line I DO chose to purchase it but I can’t find the product name. Second thing about the packaging is the brush handle.


It’s shaped like a freakin’ heart! Sooooo cute and definitely a fun little detail. I thought this was a lipgloss but when I unscrewed the cap I found an applicator that you would find on a lipgloss but it’s a thin red liquid.


I’ve never used it before, but just by reading about the Tonymoly lip tint, it seems to be similar to how products like Benefit’s Benetint works, where it creates a stain. I would err on the side of caution when using this product because the last thing you want is to have red stains all over your skin, or worse, your face. This really does stain! I’ll post a swatch of it a little bit later down the post because you know how I like to wait until the end for product swatches.

4. Papa Recipe princess lip gel patch (full size $3)

The other fun item in the picture a little ways up is that product that is actually lip shaped. It is a lip gel patch that is supposed to hydrate the lips to prepare them for make-up or I guess you can use it anytime you really need some moisturizing on your lips. You simply place the product on your lips for 10-20 minutes, remove the gel patch, then tap your lips lightly to help absorb the product. I’m actually going to wait a bit to use this product for a day when I really need soft, smooth lips to try this out but I can’t wait to use this.


5. Banila Co. It Radiant products (value unknown)

The next brand in the Memebox actually includes quite a few different products from Banila Co. They all came in a see-through pouch which included the whitening moisturizing color control base, melting pact, and five foil packets of the brightening cream. I was pretty surprised with the amount of product just from this one brand. In other subscription boxes, just one of these products would have counted as a single sample but here, everything in this photo was included as one sample.


Wow, that’s a whole lot of stuff! So I guess these all come in a kit whose purpose is to give your skin a radiant, dewy glow. I’m excited to give this a try as well.


6. Aritaum the professional eyelash (value $3)

I’m not typically a false eyelash person. I can’t remember if I’d mentioned this before on my blog, but I don’t use them mainly because I can’t apply them. Shame on me. The funny thing is, I still buy them occasionally. The last ones I purchased, I think, was a set of three different styles from the ones Katy Perry came out with. Anyway, I’m never one to turn down a pair of eyelashes that is basically just given to me. These came in the style clear brown No. 6 daily. The thing I first noticed about these false eyelashes is the band:


It’s a clear band! They look like the individual falsies on a clear band which I think is great to 1) give a more natural look because you don’t have that thick black band and 2) you don’t have to sit there and place each individual lash. Great addition to my collection of unused eyelashes actually.


7. Secret Key Twinkle waterproof gel pencil liner in deep black (value $12)

I love eyeliner. One of the products that I always have to wear when going out is eyeliner. Even better is it is in the color deep black. I don’t need colorful eyeliner, that’s what eyeshadows are generally for to me. I just love the look of a classic black eyeliner. Period. Welll….. this deep black eyeliner actually has a little shimmer in it. So, I guess it’s not a classic black but it’s still black, just with a little bit more oomph. The pencil is pretty pigmented and just in the short run, you really have to put pressure on it to smear it. I’m looking forward to seeing what the results of this product are after, say, a day’s wear.


8. Nuganic Customize sun block Fresh (value $45)

And last but certainly not least is this sunblock from Nuganic. It’s described as a 3 in 1 sun protectant with brightening and anti-wrinkle properties. Anti-wrinkle? I love it already!  It has SPF 50. It contains Adansonia digitata seed and Nymphaea alba flower extract. I won’t even pretend to know what those are. The package says that it can be used on the face or body so I’m crossing my fingers that this doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin. I am currently still using up a Coola facial sunblock so once that’s gone, I’ll be giving this a try.

Then there are the beauty product swatches:


The top is the lip tint and eyeliner when first applied. The bottom picture is about 30 second later after I tried to wipe them off and I mean really tried to wipe them off– they wouldn’t budge without using force. See how the lip tint stains?

So, that is my first Memebox which is the 3rd edition. Now for price, I paid $21 plus just under $7 for shipping.  In terms of the value of the box I received, I couldn’t find the Banila Co. products on the Memebox store and I couldn’t find a price online (at least one I could read) so not including those samples the value of the box is $115.60. WOW! Definitely a bargain and especially for products that you don’t typically have easy access to in the US to just walk into a store and buy. I’m amazed with the value of the boxes and the wide range of beauty and skincare products that I received. Would I recommend Memebox? Absolutely. As of right now, the 3rd edition of the global Memebox is still available here and for those of you that already have the 3rd edition, the 4th edition is also now available for purchase– I already ordered mine. Shipping for the 4th edition is set to ship at the end of January to be sure to get yours before they sell out!

October Ipsy Glambag – “The Art of Beauty”


It’s about that time again! As usual, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here.

This month’s bag theme is “The Art of Beauty.” The artwork on the card is very eyecatching this time around. Nothing overdone, just simple with pops of color.


And the brands that participated in this month’s bag:


The bag looks a bit juvenile. It is white with a pink zipper and inner lining. I would have liked the bag more if it either had more of a design on it or if it didn’t have the writing.  The quote featured on the bag is from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Some people will recognize it; unfortunately, it went uncredited on the bag nor is there any reference to it on the information card. Too bad.


If you’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for a few months, you’ll find the bag to be similar to one we received in April. I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for one year and the April makeup bag is perhaps my favorite.


The white outer material of the October bag (right) feels thinner and not as durable as that of the April bag (left). Another difference is that the October bag (right) has a plain pink inner lining whereas April’s (left) had a striped pink and white lining.


And onto the products I received!


1. Zoya nail polish in Neve (Zoya, full size, $8)

Zoya is a very popular nail polish brand that, for me, is very hard to come by so I always get excited when I find out we’ll be receiving it in our Ipsy glambags. Zoya is big 5 free (no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl pthalate, or camphor). The formulas are very long lasting.


This month, I received Neve from the Fall 2013 Cashmeres and Satins Collection. I’ve been into blue nail polishes as of late so I’m extremely happy that I received this gorgeous metallic blue.


I just did my mani last night and I’m not quite ready to take it off so I will not be swatching this Zoya polish for this post. I will in a future post to keep an eye out for that!



2. SexyHair texturizing spray clay (Ulta, full-size, $18.95)

We seem to have been getting SexyHair products quite often and most times I don’t use them. This month one of our five items was guaranteed to be a SexyHair product, either a blow dry gel or texturizing spray clay– I received the spray clay. It is a 1.4 oz deluxe sample sized aerosol can.


I will say that one of the things I do like about this is the packaging. There’s something about black packaging that draws me in. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be using this product. My husband did just get his hair cut so I will be giving to him to try out.



3. Nourish Organic coconut & argan body lotion (Nourish Organic, full size, $11.99)

One of the items that I could never get enough of, especially in the colder months, is lotion. My hands get ridiculously dry so I was crossing my fingers for lotion or hand cream. Ipsy was also giving out Be Delectable by Cake Beauty which I was kind of hoping for since they posted a pre-spoiler (?) of cupcakes for it. I have a thing for cupcakes. I didn’t get the Be Delectable cream; I instead received Nourish Organic. The formula is 100% certified organic and contains Moroccan Argan oil, coconut oil, and hibiscus. It has a very pleasant scent, not at all overpowering.


Just as the back of the tube says, it absorbed very quickly and did not leave a greasy feeling on my hands. The size of the tube is very convenient and fits into my Phillip Lim for Target mini gusset bag perfectly.



4. Bella Terra mineral shimmer in Emotion  (Bella Terra, full size $14.99)

Every month Ipsy has any kind of loose powder as an “or” item, I get it. This month was no exception. The containers sent out were just short of full size (container in our glambags is 2.0g, full size is 2.5g).

2013Oct_Ipsy_BellaTerra02The packaging is pretty typical of a loose powder– a screw top container with a shaker lid. THE COLOR IS GORGEOUS! It looks different than what is shown on their website. It looks more mauve/red/pinkish on the website’s picture but in person it’s a super shiny, metallic, purple/plum color. The swatches below show the color in natural light (left) and indoor with flash (right).


It is very finely milled and applied smooth. It’s also extremely easy to blend. I don’ typically wear dark or bold colors on my eyes during the daytime but this will definitely get lots of wear during evening events especially now with the holiday season right around the corner.



5. Coastal Scents medium shadow brush (Coastal Scents, $2.49)

I’m going to be honest, I was NOT happy when my glam room showed that I’d be getting an eyeshadow brush. I mean, I can get makeup brushes anywhere! With that said, I am quite pleased I received one in my bag, hah. I received Coastal Scents’ natural classic medium shadow brush.


One of the things that I don’t like about some brushes is that the hairs shed easily or they are too stiff or hard and hurt my eyelids when I apply eyeshadow with them. The head on this brush is soooo soft. The size of the brush is perfect for my application. The handle of the brush is plain black and silver just the way I like them with the name and brush number written on it. The only downside so far is that there is excess glue on the silver part of the brush. Not a big deal for me.


When I first peaked into my glam room before I received my bag, I really wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. Sure, I was looking forward to the Zoya polish and I was happy that I’d be getting a lotion but the other three products didn’t get me excited. I was pleasantly surprised. Out of the products I received, four I will find myself using often. The other product (the texturizing spray clay) sadly has no place on my vanity but hopefully it will find a happy home with my hair product junky of a husband. If you aren’t a current subscriber, I think you should definitely give it a try at only $10 a month. You can always cancel at anytime. Subcribe now here!

Did you receive the October Ipsy glambag? What did you receive in yours? How do you like the products?

September Ipsy Glambag – “Classic Beauty”


It’s about that time again! And that time seems to be getting later and later each month. As usual, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here.

This month’s bag theme is “Classic Beauty.” I usually don’t pay much attention to the cards that are sent out with them (except to check for the discounts) but the design on the front of this card isn’t one of my favorites. For one, the text on the card is a bit difficult to read. Not a big deal though.


And the brands that participated in this month’s bag:


Michelle Phan recently launched her new make-up line, “Em,” so we received this card as well:


The life palette includes blushes, eyeshadows, and lip colors for different “looks” that you can create using them.


We also received a sample in the card. I HOPE that this isn’t the only sample that we can expect to receive from Em in our glambags. A single use card with blush and eyeshadow?


So onto the actual products. This month, we received five products.


1. NYX single eyeshadow in Fahrenheit (NYX, full size, $4.50)

When I first started wearing makeup, one of the first brands I used often and started to collect was NYX. One of the stands at my local indoor swapmeet sold tons of NYX makeup so that’s what I usually bought the single eyeshadows for, I think, $3 or $4 dollars. I would buy the single eyeshadows and three eyeshadow palettes. Unforunately, when i moved out of my parents’ house, my eyeshadows were a victim to being thrown away. The thing that I love about NYX eyeshadows is that they’re pretty pigmented and the ones I’ve tried texture-wise are very smooth. I also love their simple square packaging. I was thrilled to find out we were receiving it in our glambags this month. I know others would have preferred to have gotten a different brand but to each his own. I received it in Fahrenheit which is a lovely coppery red color. I had a palette with a similar color before (along with a gold and dark brown shadow) so I’m happy to reunite with this pretty color.


Just as expected, the texture was very nice when swatching and also when applied to my eyelid. You can apply it so the color is nice and bold but it’s very easy to blend out for a more subtle appearance.sep2013_ipsy_09


2. Cailyn tinted lip balm in Big Apple (Cailyn cosmetics, full-size, $19)

Blush and lip colors are the two makeup products that I don’t often use, however, lately I’ve found myself buying a lot of drugstores lippies (Kate Moss’ line for Rimmel, Flower Beauty, and some NYX) but most have been mauve color or some variation. I don’t typically wear red. Actually, the last time I wore red lipstick was during my polynesian dance days and we had to wear “performance makeup” which consisted or eyeshadow and red lipstick).


I had gotten the Cailyn gel eyeliner in a past bag that I was generally happy with so I might as well try out the lip balm, too, right? The packaging of the lip balm is the same as the gel liner with the exception of the cap and brush being white instead of black.


The color itself is a really pretty color. It’s rad but leans towards a little hint of pink, or at least it does to me. I’d read on MUT before that some people found the formula drying so before I applied it onto my lips, I made sure to swipe on some other lip balm first. It didn’t apply as smoothly as I expected it to but the color payoff is pretty good. It is not a lip balm. Then I think lip balm, I think smoothing, moisturizing, slippery on the lips lol. I have to agree with the other ladies that the formula is dry. It was matte on my lips (I had to apply a little gloss on top to give them some shine). I though, well, maybe this is supposed to just be a potted lipstick then. No staying power. Beautiful color, horrible formula.


3. J.Cat Beauty fantabulous lipstick in honeycrisp (J.Cat beauty, full size, $2.49)

J.Cat is another repeat brand from Ipsy. The last time I received anything from them it was the glitter palette which, although was very pretty, was unusable and sort of a waste of space. This month, I received two lip products, the Cailyn tinted lip balm and this J.Cat lipstick. It came in the color honeycrisp which is a nude color. When I first noticed the nude lip trend, I fell in love with it especially when paired with a smokey eye but I could never find a nude that actually looked right on me. This swatched pretty enough on my hand but when I applied it onto my lips, I looked horrible. Mind you, I initially tried it on my lips without any other makeup.


So I did my whole face makeup and tried again. Still horrible. The lipstick itself wasn’t bad I just had a problem with the color. I wish they had sent another color that would have been more universally flattering.


4. Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big mascara (Elizabeth Mott, full size $19.99)

Yet another repeat brand. Previously, we received the Lash Cards from Elizabeth Mott which I never ended up using. After the fail of the Pixi mascara from last month, I was iffy about getting yet another. We received a small sample size tube which is great for tossing in your purse and taking it on the go.


Nothing really crazy about the brush itself. No death balls on the tip of it either.


I was pleasantly surprised by this mascara! It claims to be a volumizing mascara that also lengthens. I didn’t get so much of the volumizing as I did the lengthening. It also defined my eyelashes really well. I actually love this mascara, but for $19.99 I think I’d probably stick with my drugstore mascaras.


5. Jesse’s Girl liquid eyeliner pen (Jesse’s Girl,)

Of all the beauty products I love most, it is a good liquid eyeliner. Again, when I started wearing makeup I bought a lot from the asian lady at the indoor swapmeet. She also had these $1.00 liquid eyeliners there that I loved. The formulas was black, nice and dark, just the way I like my black eyeliners. Mind you the staying power was pretty bad but I would give anything to have the brush it came with. The brush was perfect. Ever since I stopped going there, I’ve been hunting for a new liquid eyeliner but it was such a hard task. The formula would be good but the brush was too soft. The formula would be good but the brush was so stiff it hurt to apply it.I could never find a good brush! I finally settled on using the Milani liquid eyeliner pen (Eye tech?) but it didn’t last me that long.


Ipsy, knowing all the trouble I’ve been going through with finding a great eyeliner, sent me this Jesse’s Girl liquid eyeliner pen. I’ve never heard of the brand. Many ladies have said that this brand is sold at Rite-Aid but I don’t often go there to buy makeup and of the times I have, I’ve never seen this brand. The packaging is sleek, silver, and shiny. When I first opened the pen and swatched on my hand, I was a little worried that the tip was going to be too soft for me to work with, but I applied it to my eyelid this morning and it worked out just fine. The color is a nice, rich, black color– PERFECT! I applied it this morning at about 4:30am (yes, I wake up THAT early) so I’ll check in again later today to report on the staying power but so far I like it.

Here are swatches of the products I received: NYX eyeshadow in Fahrenheit, Cailyn tinted lip balm in Big Apple, J.Cat lipstick in Honeycrisp, and Jesse’s Girl eyeliner in black (I guess haha, I didn’t check if it had an “official name” and I’m having a hard time getting on the website right now).


Overall, I’m very pleased with this month’s glambag from Ipsy. The products are usable, though I’ll have to put more effort into the lip balm and a lot of effort into the lipstick. If you aren’t a current subscriber, I think you should definitely give it a try at only $10 a month. You can always cancel at anytime. Subcribe now here!

Did you receive the September Ipsy glambag? What did you receive in yours? How do you like the products?

July Ipsy Glambag – “Beach Beauty”

ipsy_july2013Today, I have for you the July Ipsy Glambag. I’ve posted a few of my bags in the past but if you don’t know what Ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers.

The theme for this month’s bag is “Beach Beauty.” The makeup bag this month is a cylinder tube shape which is different from all the typical rectangle shaped bags. It’s vinyl and hot pink and totally screams SUMMER! Here’s what I received in my bag:

ipsy_july2013_011. Pop Beauty pouty pop crayon in Coral Crush (set of 6 for $25.00 at Ulta, $4.17 each)

I was really excited about this product when the sneak preview was released. I’ve wanting to try more lip products besides the lipglosses that I’ve gotten in the past from Ipsy. I received one other pop beauty product which was a mascara that I wasn’t 100% wild about but it was useable.


I received the lip crayon in Coral Crush. Just reading the name terrified me. I look HORRIBLE in coral colored lip anything. While I waited for my bag to arrive, I read some ladies’ comments on this shade and made said it was more on the pink side versus coral so that calmed me down a bit. I swatched it on my wrist when I got it– it didn’t look that bad, the color is actually very pretty. However, I applied on my lips and I immediately swallowed my words– holy moly, this color is bright! Super disappointed at that.

Since applying it I’ve been rubbing my lips together and typing up this review. It really did apply very nicely, it’s very smooth. The best part about the lip crayon is it’s a twist-up so no annoying fat pencil sharpener required. Anyway, out of curiosity I just stepped into the bathroom to take a look at the color and it’s toned down quite a bit now that I’ve rubbed it like mad and it’s actually left a really pretty slightly pink stain. So, note to self, apply 15 minutes and rub it in like crazy before I need to be in public.

ipsy_july2013_032. Coola unscented mineral face sunscreen, SPF 20 (full size $36.00)

Coola is an organic skincare line which is great for those with allergies or sensitive skin. There were two types of sunscreen being given, the unscented mineral sunscreen which is what I received and the rose essence tinted sunscreen. Both are SPF 20. Here is the website’s description of the product:

Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen; a clear, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. Organic Acai Oil – high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, plus antioxidant Vitamins C and E – delivers a powerful defense against aging. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract promotes elasticity while organic Linseed Oil, containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids, reduces redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates, as organic Cucumber Extract calms skin.

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben Free
  • Ultra Sheer
  • Anti-Aging
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No nano-sized particles

Coola website

I’ll admit, I was a little surprised by the size of the sample we received. It’s 0.23 fl oz and about the size of a Carmex tube. I haven’t yet tried the product but I may give it a go this weekend when we go to the fair.
3. BH Cosmetics California Collection samples (full palettes currently on sale for $9.95 each)
The mini palettes from BH Cosmetics included one eyeshadow from each of the California Collection palettes– Hollywood, San Francisco, and Malibu. For a sample, the packaging is definitely cute. The Hollywood eyeshadow is an eggplant purple, San Francisco a bronze brown. and Malibu a yellow gold. I thought these were going to super pigmented eyeshadows when I first opened the palette but to my surprise they are actually pretty sheer. Swatching them was a delight as they are velvety smooth and don’t crumble up like some other eyeshadows. The sheerness actually works for me. I don’t wear a lot of eyeshadow aside from evenings out or special occassions, so the fact that they are sheer means I can wear them during the daytime without feeling like my makeup is overdone.
The colors are really pretty and could definitely work together. I’m thinking these are perfect for when basketball season rolls around. Ride or die Lakers fan (just don’t remind me about the train wreck of this past season).
4. Sexy Hair’s bigsexyhair Weatherproof, humidity resistant spray (full size $18.95 at Ulta)
Out of all the possible products from this month’s bag, this was the product I was desperately hoping for. My natural hair texture is loose curly, somewhat kinky, and coarse. I heat style my hair about 2-3 times a weak and exposure to humidity basically ruins me. This product is supposed to do just as what the product name says– protects your hair against humidity. You are supposed to spray it on your finished look, so I’ll give it a little test run tomorrow and for a real go at the fair this weekend as well. I can’t waiiiiit!
I love nail polish, there’s no hiding it, but if I had the option of getting nail polish in a color that I didn’t personally choose and trying a different brand new product (i.e., a dermabrasion scrub which was the other item I was hoping for), I would pick the other product. This, sad to say, is probably the product this month that I could have cared less about receiving. I’ve gotten two other Nailtini products in past Ipsy bags that I wasn’t too crazy for, Frappe (which was more nude than pale pink also is more sheer than what I’d like but it works when I want to wear nailpolish but I don’t want it to look like I’m wearing nail polish) and Millionaire (which is a shred/bard glitter polish that I swatched once and haven’t looked at since).
I love mai tais, in fact, I think one of the first mixed drinks I ever ordered was a mai tai… at Mai Tai Bar lol. The color is described as a vibrant sunrise coral. Really? TWO coral products in one bag? I can’t think of anything worse for me besides maybe two hot pink items in the same bag. I’m not too fond of this color. It’s darker than other colors I wear. Perhaps if it was a similar coral color to the Pop Beauty lip crayon I got then it would have been better but, unfortunately, it’s not. If I use this polish, it will probably be on my toes… covered in glitter.
Overall, I got my $10.00 worth. The lip crayon and eyeshadow palettes will likely get lots of wear this summer and I’m crossing my fingers for good results with the humidity resistant spray and mineral sunscreen.
If you are interested in joining Ipsy, you can do so by clicking here. There usually is a waitlist but every so often they will open subscriptions. Next month is my birthday month so I’m crossing my fingers for something reeeally good.
Are you a current Ipsy subscriber? What did you think of this month’s bag?