May Ipsy Glambag – “Fresh Picks”

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Sorry I’ve been lagging so much with unboxings! It’s been really hectic around here but for now, it’s Ipsy time! 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 “Fresh Picks.”

The bag is a canvas, burlap-like fabric which is different than any other glambag I’ve received. It has a pretty green leaf print on the front of the bag with a matching zipper. Very pretty actually.

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Here is what I received in my glambag this month:
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1. Pacifica mineral eyeshadow duo #2 (Moonbeam & Unicorn) (pacificaperfume.com, $14 for 4-shadow palette)

I’m a huge fan of Pacifica body products, they’re scents are amazing! I’ve never tried their makeup though. Lately, I’ve found myself not using a whole lot of eyeshadow so to find that the only makeup item I received this month was this eyeshadow I was a little disappointed. With that being said, The size of this sample is perfect for travel– two shadow colors in one simple, small compact. I received duo #2 which consists of the shades Moonbeam and Unicorn. The colors are ok– the darker shade which I am assuming is Moonbeam is an almost matte with a slight shimmer muted purple color. Unicorn has a few teeny tiny specks of glimmer and is what I would describe as a vanilla color. Of the two shades, the lighter shade is much prettier in my opinion.

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Would I purchase these with my own money? Probably not.

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2. Eva NYC therapy session hair mask (eva-nyc.com, full-size $40)

I’m not a fan of hair styling products in my Ipsy bags but please give me conditioners, masks, and treatments! This mask by Eva NYC has a nice scent, sort of perfumey but not the old lady type of perfumey. The scent, however, did not last long after rinsing and drying. Unfortunately, I did not see much of a difference in my hair after using or at least not enough to justify the $40 price tag for the full-size product.

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3. Jersey Shore Sun anti-aging sunscreen (jerseyshoresun.com, full size $40)

Holy sh*t! Forty bucks for a sunscreen?! Way to rich for my blood. Yes, I am basing on whether I like this product on the price tag.

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4. Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria (macys.com, full size 4 oz $89)

Perfumes are one of my favorite items to receive in subscription boxes because they’re compact and fit perfect in my purse and are excellent for traveling. I haven’t yet found a scent that I have not liked but I have found some that were… underwhelming? This may be just one of them. I appreciate the size and ease of use of this sample but Endless Euphoria didn’t stand out to me.

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5. Avene thermal spring water (drugstore.com, full size $18)

When I first saw this I thought, “I got water **insert straight, emotionless face here**.” IT’S A CAN OF WATER. Literally, a can of water. Now the application of this was great, it is an aerosal can with a nice even mist so I didn’t get droplets all around my face. It left me face feeling nice and refreshed, kind of like those misters that you run into everywhere during the summertime. A+ for the packaging but if I’m going to pay $18, I’ll be more than happy to get a $1 spray bottle and fill it up with water myself.

 

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

Friday mani + Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

I haven’t been buying a whole lot of nail polishes lately. Why? The colors I find in stores are either too common/boring or I have them already and/or they’re more than I want to spend and I’m not buying indies because there are just way too many beautiful combinations that people are coming up with that I can’t choose. On my latest Target run, though, I still peeked through the cosmetics aisles (force of habit). I found this pretty polish from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez collection. I could care less for her but I loved the nail polishes, especially one that I picked up which is called Inner Sparkle. It’s a pretty clear base glitter filled with lilac and light dusty rose pink hexes and micro gold glitter. Sorry I didn’t take a macro of the bottle. It applies evenly in one coat and not a whole lot of glitter fishing is required.

Anywho, I used it on a mani the other day but I ended up taking it off… only to use it again.

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Here I used three coats of Sally Hansen Hardcore Party which is a light pink color more on the sheer cream side. I probably could have stood one more coat to get it more opaque. On the tips I used a generous layer of Inner Sparkle (I used the dabbing method) along with one layer of Glamorous from the Wet n Wild Fergie Collection to add some medium gold hex glitter as well as one layer of Nina gold holographic topcoat all topped with NYC clear topcoat. The NYC clear topcoat is one of my absolute faves. It dries super fast and high gloss.

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Here’s a closer look of one of my nails with this beautiful glitter combination… and my dry cuticles.

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The colors of Inner Sparkle are similar to Revlon Girly with the pink and purple hex glitters but inner Sparkle is on the lighter side with gold glitter in addition to its clear base. I think I much prefer Inner Sparkle.

The other day, I also posted my May Ipsy glambag. I took advantage of one of the Ipsy deals for once and made a purchase with Pacifica. By stacking a few different coupons, I was able to get the Sea Foam Complete Face Wash, the Color Quench Lip Tint in sugared fig, and nine of the solid perfume samples all for under $20 and that was with free shipping! Yeah, I went a little overboard with the perfume samples.

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I haven’t used any of the perfume samples yet nor the lip tint. The thing I was most excited about was the sea foam face wash. The product smells just like coconut and so yummy yet not overpowering. Out of the tube it is a gel that is a bit on the runny side but it lathers up nicely and, just like it claims, the product took off all of my makeup. My previous face washes also exfoliated but this doesn’t so I use a little bit of my Berry Grand super exfoliating beads from Avon.

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I’ve only used it twice, before going to bed last night and when I woke up this morning. I don’t expect anything to happen but I’ll post again in the future to let you know how my skin reacts to this product. Retail I believe is $11 but you’ll get a greater deal just by watching out for coupons and purchasing it online like I did.

Did you use of of this month’s Ipsy deals? What did you grab up?