September Ipsy Glambag – “Classic Beauty”

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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.

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

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

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

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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?

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

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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?

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August Ipsy Glambag – “Glamour Academy”

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After waiting for what seemed like forever, my August Ipsy glambag finally came in over the weekend. 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 “Glamour Academy.” The bag itself is an eggplant purple color with a gold print on it. The colors are pretty together but the print is horrid– an Ipsy Glamour Academy crest? I get that it’s supposed to be a school themed bag but the bag is king of… well, corny.

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Mica Beauty Cosmetics shimmer powder in bronze (micabeauty.com, full size $14.95?)

I actually couldn’t find a “shimmer powder” on their website– the closest I could find was their mineral eyeshadows but this could absolutely be used as an eyeshadow. I had reserved the Mica Beauty powder in Earth a few bags ago so I was a little on the fence about receiving yet another one. This month I received it in bronze. It packed LOTS of punch in a single swatch. The powder is very fine and feels just like butter when applied. I didn’t have any problems blending this out either.

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The packaging is very simple and fits perfectly into just about any makeup organizer or makeup bag.

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Noya natural lip balm in cherry (noyabeauty.com, full size $3.99)

The Noya lip balm was the “or” product against the Urban Decay lipstick. On one hand I wanted the UD because I don’t own any of their lipsticks yet and I’m still on the search for a color that looks good on me. On the other hand, lip balm will always be used. When I started seeing swatches of the lipstick colors that were being sent out, I was RELIEVED when my Glam Room showed I’d be getting Noya. I was even happier when I opened my bag and saw that I received the cherry. I love cherry anything and everything.

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The design of the the tube itself is very minimal with a big, fat cherry on the front (I WANT CHERRIES!!!) but the paper packaging that it came in is a little wasteful. It doesn’t have an artificial pink/red color that you’d find with a lot of other balms. It applies very smooth and not at all sticky. And it smells divine. If I could eat this entire tube, I totally would. Oh wait, I can– it’s all-natural!

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Pixi lash booster mascara (pixibeauty.com or Target, full size $17.00)

Next up, with its ever-so-familiar packaging to any other Target addicts is Pixi Beauty’s Lash Booster Mascara. Pixi Beauty is a UK based company but you can purchase it online or in-store from Target. I love Pixi so I was excited to be able to finally try one of their mascaras.

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It’s a pretty standard brush– nothing fancy, no spiky balls on the end like some have or a dramatic curved brush.

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I nearly ran into the bathroom to give this a try. I swiped it onto my upper eyelashes but I didn’t notice any difference so I swiped it again… and again. I leaned in closer to the mirror, tilted my head up, and went for another swipe but… what the heck is going on?! I I twirled the brush around inside the tube and swiped at my eyelashes again. Hmmmmmmm… I took a piece of toilet paper and wiped the brush on it. Well, there was mascara on the brush. So I studied my eyelashes really hard…. They looked a bit more defined but aside from that, I didn’t see much of a difference. When I wear mascara I like it to look like I’m wearing mascara and this didn’t do it for me.

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Michael Todd Organics pumpkin nutrient-rich facial mask (michaeltoddorganics.com, full size $34.00)

One of my favorite things about Fall is pumpkin. When I first saw the pumpkin cheesecake Pepperidge Farm cookies I grabbed them right up. To be honest, I’ve never even heard of Michael Todd but after receiving the pumpkin mask, I love the brand haha. Ipsy must know that I love my sweets because, just like my Noya lip balm, the scent of this mask makes me want to eat it all up.

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I received a pretty good sized deluxe sample (1 fl oz). The mask is an orange  color and smells just like pumpkin pie. It says that it is suitable for all skin types, except sensitive. I get wary using products on my oily, acne-prone skin but this was fine with me. I didn’t have any kind of reaction, didn’t cause my sebaceous glands to go even more into overdrive. I applied a thin layer all of my face and in about a minute or applying I started to get a warm tingling feeling all over my face. It wasn’t irritating my skin though– it actually felt nice. It washed off very clean and my face felt a little smoother afterwards.

Only downside (for my cheapo butt anyway) is the price. If it weren’t $34.00 for the full size I’d probably purchase it.

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City Color cheek stain in pink (citycolorbeauty.com, full size $2.99)

Another brand I have not heard of, the last product I received in this month’s bag is the City Color cheek stain in pink. I’ve gotten two other blushes from Ipsy in the past and after swatching them and trying them out, in the end I haven’t used either of them more than once. The colors have just not suited me. So you can imagine how… thrilled I was when I received this cheek stain… and in pink! After receiving the last bright pink blush from Ipsy, I changed my profile to something more boring but it didn’t kick in for this bag or IpsyMatch just isn’t accurate, who knows anymore.

It arrived much cleaner than you see in the above photo but my daughter got into my bag and went right for the cheek stain. The product applied nicely and blended into my bare skin with my fingers very easily. OK, so the color is a pretty pink color but not on my face. I will not be using this for myself but I’ll be holding onto it. It may come in handy at SOME point.

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Swatches of City Color cheek stain in pink and Mica Beauty shimmer powder in bronze

So overall, not an amazing bag but I’m definitely not disappointed. My favorite products this month were the Michael Todd pumpkin mask and the Noya cherry lip balm.

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Are you a current Ipsy subscriber? What did you think of this month’s bag?