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.

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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.
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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.
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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).
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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!
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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?

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?