March Ipsy Glambag – “Destination Beauty”

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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.

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With that being said, here are the products I received this month:
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1. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready (bareminerals.com, 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.

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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.

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2. Pixi flawless beauty primer (pixibeauty.com, 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.

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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.

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3. Chella eyeliner pen in indigo blue (chella.com, 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.

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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.

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4. NYX Love in Rio eyeshadow palette in the Brazilian (nyxcosmetics.com, 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.

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

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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:

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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?

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December Ipsy Glambag – “Celebration”

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I’m playing a bit of catch up here since I never got around to posting my quick review of the November Ipsy glambag, but here is December!. 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 “Celebration.” A celebration of the holidays, a celebration of the New Year, a celebration of beauty? Hah. The makeup bag itself is tied for if not my favorite of the bags I’ve received since I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy. It is glossy black with a quilted texture and deep red lining on the inside. The zipper on the front side versus the top, which although can make it more difficult when you’re trying to jam pack a bunch of stuff into the bag, it is a welcome change and actually looks very nice with the bag style.

And here are the products I received:

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1. Be a Bombshell the one stick in flustered (beabombshellcosmetics, full size, $16)

The packaging! Oh my gosh, the matte black packaging! If there’s one thing you can always count on from BaB is their clean, simple, attractive packaging. But another thing I can always count on is receiving the bright colors and this month is no exception. I received their all over stick in the color flustered which is a bold pink toned red color. The products is meant to be able to be used all over your face – cheeks, eyes, lips.

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2. Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio in smokin’ hot (popbeauty, full-size, $24 for 10 eyeshadows)

Eyeshadow is always welcome as long as they aren’t brown neutral colors (my Naked palettes take care of all my neutral eyeshadow needs). We received three eyeshadow sample palettes from Pop Beauty this month which is a UK based company. The other palette color option being sent out is Naturally Bare so I’ll take the Smokin’ Hot palette since a classic gray/black smokey eye is always nice. The full-size palette comes with ten eyeshadow colors which includes navy and lavender. It would have been nice to have one of those colors included in the sample palette but instead it included white, grey, and black.

IMG_3904It comes with a double ended sponge tip applicator which is of no use to me. These eyeshadows are soooo soft! I was pleasantly surprised when I took a swatch with my finger. The black was perhaps a bit more gritty than the other two but nothing that you can’t work with.Very pigmented and easily blendable. I would consider purchasing one of their full-size palettes but being that Pop Beauty is UK based, I probably would not buy directly from their website due to shipping costs.

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3. NYX extra creamy round lipstick in sky pink (nyxcosmetics, full size, $4)

NYX is a brand that I am very familiar with– it was the first brand that I collected eyeshadows from when I first started wearing makeup. Admittedly though, I am a bit behind when it comes to other products like their lipsticks but I started buying them just a few months ago. I was a little worried that I would end up receiving a color I already had. Luckily I didn’t but, unluckily, I got a color I’m not too wild about. I’ve found that any color that is lighter than my skin tone makes me look weird and washed out. Sky Pink makes me looks sickly but at least with cotton candy colored lips. How about that for a visual? Don’t get me wrong, the formula is about the same as all other round lipsticks I’ve gotten from NYX, the color just isn’t something I would typically wear which is prooooobably why I never bought it. While it isn’t a color I would have preferred, it’s still usable if I layer it with some other colors so I guess all is right in the world.

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I would absolutely purchase more of these… just in different colors.

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4. Nicka K New York nail polish in   (nicka, full size $4.99)

Nicka K is a brand that I am unfamiliar with but at least it’s a change from all the Nailtini polishes I’ve been receiving. There were two other nail polishes being sent out in the December glambags, one which is a pretty purple Julie G polish from Jessie’s Girl and the other a black and yellow glitter from Starrily. I’ve never been fond of anything on me (including my nails) looking like a bumble bee.

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I received this Nicka K polish in the color Ripe Apple. I would have prefered the taupe color being sent out because I’ve very particular with the red nail polishes that I wear. The packaging threw me off quite a bit, I mean, the shape of the bottle itself is nothing like the typical nail polish bottles you see. The handle of the brush itself is long which I like so I can get a nice grip. After swatching the polish I can now say that I am SO happy Ipsy sent me this polish in THIS color. Ladies and gentlemen (ok, more than likely just ladies) I have found my perfect red color. It’s not pink like some of the “reds” I’ve tried, it doesn’t have tons of shimmer.

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It IS a nice, rich red color, it does apply very good, it is a one-coater, and it is very glossy even without a top coat. What more can you ask for in a nail polish? I’m very pleased with this item and it couldn’t have been sent at a more perfect time. Yes, I will be wearing this for Christmas and, yes, I would definitely purchase this!

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5. English Laundry Signature pour homme and pour femme  (englishlaundryfragrance, 1.7 oz for $72)

When I first opened my package, I was overwhelmed by this gorgeous scent but I had no idea what it was… until I opening the English Laundry packaging and found that the vials were about halfway or more gone! Yes, the caps were screwed loosely and from what I’ve been reading online, quite a few other ladies had the same experience. I thought the sample would only include one vial but there were two includes, one pour homme and one pour femme. I am horrible, HORRIBLE at describing fragrances. All I can say is whether or not I like them, and I actually do like these.

From the English Laundry website, the men’s Signature scent is described as follows:

Sophisticated, Masculine & Captivating. Signature is a fragrance with aromatic notes of bergamot, lemon, lavender and cedar wood. Nutmeg and coriander are composed in the middle. Signature reveals a base of sandalwood, vetiver, musk and amber.

The women’s Signature description is:

Signature opens with quince, complimented by white chocolate and jasmine petals at the heart. For a purely peaceful scent, notes of orris roots, powdery musk and sensual woods have been composed at the base.

Don’t you just love perfume descriptions? So there you have it, that’s what they smell like and they smell good. Hah. Would I purchase? At $72 for the 1.7 oz size, probably not.

And before I forget, here are swatches:

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Be a Bombshell The One Stick, NYX lipstick, and Pop Beauty eyeshadoes (white, grey, and black)

Overall, I am pleased with the quality of the products I received this month. I would have much preferred different colors on some of the items versus what I received but they are all usable.

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

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?