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?

November Ipsy Glambag – “Glam It Up”

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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 “Glam It Up.” The bag itself is a wristlet style with a strap, gold with a faux reptile skin texture, and a hot pink zipper. I would have much preferred a simple gold bag sans reptile but it works.

So onto the products I received!

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1. Pixi Beauty bronzer in summertime (Pixi, full size with brush, $18)

I haven’t had long term success with the last couple of Pixi products that I received from Ipsy (primer and mascara) so I was looking for redemption with this product. Now that I’ve finally started contouring, I’m always on the look out for a nice bronzer. The packaging is a screw top container in their signature light green color. The color of the bronzer itself is very nice and goes nicely with my skin tone. One of the things I always get concerned about with bronzers is shimmer in some of them and this one soothed my worries about shimmer.

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Very nice products but for $18 for the full size, I’m a little hesitant to purchase this again.

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2. Be a Bombshell lip crayon in shameless (beabombshellcosmetics, full-size, $14)

Be a Bombshell is a repeat brand that I’ve had mixed feelings about, not so much with their products themselves but more so with the color selection or at least the colors that I’ve been sent (remember this hot pink blush?) One of the things I love about BaB is their packaging. Something about matte black packaging that screams, “buy me!” The color of this lip crayon is very pretty and it is actually something that I can work with. It’s very smooth and does not dry out my lips which is a major plus. It leaves a slight pink stain.

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Gorgeous, right?

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3. Starlooks gem eye pencil in topaz (Starlooks, full size, $14)

I and many others on MUT have been longing for a colored eyeliner so I was stoked to hear we were receiving one of the gem eye pencils from Starlooks in our bags. I received it in topaz. When I think topaz, I automatically think of orange colored topaz or blue topaz. Blue topaz sure is pretty. When I opened this and swatched, my heart sort of dropped. The only color I got out of it was… silver, and silver looks horrible on me.

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Pretty in it’s packaging but definitely not on me.

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4. Nailtini nail lacquer in champagne (tinibeauty, full size $13)

Two Nailtini colors were sent out for November, champagne and caviar cocktail. When my whole anti-silver outlook, I was very happy to find champagne in my bag. My experience with the Nailtini nail polishes is that the formulas have been sure and usually require at least four coats to get even close to the opacity that I’d like and this one wasn’t any different.

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It’s a very pretty color, sort of a copper/rose gold color. It has a beautiful shimmer in it and applies very nicely. Drying time is ok, but again, because of the sheerness of it it takes quite a few coats and the more coats the longer the drying time. While I love the color, I will not be repurchasing and especially not at $13 a bottle.

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5. Glamglow Youthmud tinglexfoliate treatment (glamglowmud, full size $69)

I can’t for the life of me find my sample of the Michael Todd mask so my face has been yearning for something. The product I was most excited about for November is Glamglow. Honestly, I’d never heard of the brand before Ipsy but so many ladies wanting this in their bags so then so did I.

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There were no odd smells thankfully. The mask was a good consistency, not too thick and not too thin. After I applied it on my face, I looked down and saw all this weird stuff:

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It sort of freaked me out but then I remembered, it’s a mud mask. I left it on for about 10 minutes. At first, there was a bit of a warming sensation but it did not last long and when it dried I seriously could not move my face. It washed off easily and the best part about it, no ugly break outs! It’s a great product that left my face feeling clean and refreshed. Unfortunately, it’s also a very pricey product and at $69 for the full-size container, I will not be re-purchasing.

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6. Em lash gallery clean volume mascara in black (emcosmetics, full size $20)

We received six products in our November bags, the 6th item being a bonus item from Michelle Phan’s makeup line, Em. I could always use mascara so I had no issue with receiving the Lash Gallery mascara in black.

The thing I loved most about the product was the packing. Sleek, glossy white with the simple logo in black and silver. Beautiful.

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The product name was on the brush handle rather than the tube which I liked as well. I’m telling you, it’s the little things that get me. I liked the mascara– it wasn’t in your face volumizing. Instead, I found it to be more lengthening and defining. The downside to the products is that buy the end of the day, I did have raccoon eyes which is never a good thing unless you intentionally gave yourself raccoon eyes. Sadly, I was not be purchasing this product.

 

Here are swatches of the products (yes, I even “swatched” the mask haha):IMG_2846

Glamglow, Em mascara, Be a Bombshell lip crayon, Starlooks gem eye liner, and Pixi bronzer

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

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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February Ipsy Glambag

For months, I debated whether or not to sign up for Birchbox, which is a monthly beauty subscription. Then while browsing Instagram I saw a few pictures from people who had received their monthly beauty subscriptions and it included a gorgeous black and white chevron makeup bag with red details. But it wasn’t Birchbox. It was from Ipsy. So, again, I sat on my butt for a few days before I bit the bullet and signed up. It’s $10 a month which includes shipping ($10 + tax in atleast CA now). It includes a makeup bag and beauty samples that follow a specific theme. I got by first bag in December.

It’s now February and I received my glambag themed Red Carpet Ready. The makeup bag is a simple, shiny, black vinyl pouch with a red lining. The bag smells exactly like a beach ball, plastic-y and very cheap.

 

Here is what I received in my glambag.

Take a closer look at what I received after the jump!

I received Coastal Scents in In the Spotlight. I’d always read about Coastal Scents and their humongous eyeshadow pallets for a really cheap price but I never actually bought any mainly because on a daily basis at most I’ll do is a neutral eye. This is my first CS eyeshadow.
When I opened the package,one of the little pots popped right out.
 

Swatched on my arm, left to right: sunbeam (matte), dark golden olive (shimmer), golden globe (shimmer), and dark goldenrod (shimmer). The texture of the eyeshadows is velvety smooth and they’re quite pigmented. But to be honest, I can really only see myself wearing the dark golden olive and dark goldenrod. Anyone want the other two? They pop right out of the container.

The next item I received is this Mica Beauty Cosmetics gel eyeliner. I think this is the brand that I usually pass right on by their kiosk at the mall. I usually use liquid eyeliner for my daily makeup; my current HG of eyeliners is the Milani Eye Tech liquid eyeliner in black, mostly due to the applicator tip. For nights out, I tend to use my Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining long wear gel liner in ebony applied with an angled eyeliner brush. I’m currently wearing this Mica Beauty eyeliner and am curious to see how it holds up against the Sonia Kashuk.

 It also included Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer. I had received a sample of this a couple months ago in a Target beauty bag and the sample I received in my glambag is definitely a deluxe sized sample. I have lots of old acne scaring from high school and when worn under makeup it looked UH-mazing and flawless. The downside is that I broke out after I used it. To be honest, I can’t remember if I had changed anything else about my beauty routine at the time so I’m willing to give it another try. I’m currently wearing this underneath my Revlon Photoready liquid foundation.

 It’s a light beige color but it blends into my skin wonderfully.

Next up are these Lash Cards. The first thing that came to my mind was, “why is the writing backwards?” Duh, when you use them looking in the mirror the writing magically is the right way.

It came with four individually wrapped lash cards. Both ends can be used, one labeled “small curve” and the other labeled “large curve.” You basically hold them between your eye/face and your eyelashes while you apply your mascara to prevent it from smearing all over the place. Great idea and I kind of wish I’d thought of it but I wouldn’t buy them. They don’t do anything different than a small piece or paper or tissue can do.

Speaking of mascara, a sample tube of Pop Beauty Smokey Lash Kapow!!! in No. 1 smoky black was also in the bag. You can never have too much mascara… or can you? Really rich, deep black color which I absolutely love. It noticeably lengthened my eyelashes but it applied a little clumpy for me. I had to go over my eyelashes a few times to brush out the little chunks.

  
Overall,  I’m pleased with what I got in my February glambag, minus the Lash Cards. But for what I received that I can use (the primer, eyeliner, and mascara), it was worth the $10.90 price tag. Do you receive any monthly beauty subscriptions in the mail? What did you get? What do you think about them?