March 2017 ipsy glambag review


First off, I apologize for not posting last week. I’m really trying to stay on a schedule, but there’s been a whole lot of stress and chaos that I was dealing with that I couldn’t think of anything to write. Not to mention I’m currently trying to think of posts I could do that aren’t reviews. I love reading and watching about makeup reviews, but I want to switch it up once in a while. Maybe a tutorial?

But as always, ipsy lightens up my day just a teeny bit. I was so excited for the bag this month because I absolutely love the springtime-in-France theme, the bag, and the products. And it even looked like they all had a color theme too, aside from the lotion.

We’ll start with my favorite, which is the tarte Cosmetics tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in the shade Delish.

I’m relatively inexperienced when it comes to the world of liquid lipsticks, especially matte ones because in the past I’ve never been a huge fan of matte. But this one is by far my favorite. It’s not uncomfortable to wear for a liquid lipsticks. Other liquid lippies I’ve tried in the past make my lips feel very dry and almost chapped when I wear them. I always assumed that it was a sacrifice you had to make if you wanted something that will last all day without transferring. Not so! This lippie is transfer proof, even needing minimal touchup after eating and drinking. I wore it through a full work day and the color didn’t go anyway. When I swatched it I had a hard time removing the swatch from the back of my hand, so be sure you have a good makeup remover! Preferable one designed to remove stubborn lipstick. This also didn’t flake and bead up which some liquid lipsticks do throughout the wear. 10/10 would buy again! In fact, I do plan on buying a different shade or two soon!

Next we have the Luxe Pro Blending Brush by Skone Cosmetics.

I have to admit, Skone has sometimes been a hit or miss with me in the pass. This brush is a hit! It’s super fluffy but not dense, so it’s a fantastic brush to blow out color on your crease and gently blending colors. It’s a bit too fluffy to add much color, however. But it still serves it’s purpose. The bristles feel very high quality, and so far shedding hasn’t been an issue. And I absolutely love the rose gold detailing. I hope ipsy features more brushes from Skone in the future, because so far, I’m impressed.

Another 5-starer for me is this Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector by City Color Cosmetics. City Color Cosmetics has a great track record for me, and they’re stuff is super affordable. Besides the website, you can find them at Five Below stores, too.

Even though I do use concealers, I prefer not to. I prefer just using color correctors and then layering my foundation over them. I find it easier than hunting for a perfect concealer color. I even like this one more than my tarte color correcting palette. I just use my finger, dab a little under my eyes, and it covers the purples and greens like a charm. It blends so easily that way, too. And even layered under foundation, it creases a lot less than other color correcors and concealers I’ve tried. I ALWAYS have that problem due to one, just one, very annoying and prominent eye wrinkle I have under each eye. Go figure.

There was one thing that didn’t work out that well for me, and I’m super disappointed because I thought this was such a pretty color. This is the Peach Blush by OFRA Cosmetics.

This wasn’t as pigmented as I was hoping. Instead of showing up as a peachy blush with a gold sheen, it just kind of shows up as a peachy gold sheen. As I have a lot of texture on my cheeks, I don’t like drawing attention to that, which this definitely did. I might use it as a peachy highlighter or eyeshadow, which ipsy’s website claims you can do, but I honestly don’t see myself reaching for this over my other eyeshadows or highlighters.

And last but not least, the Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer from First Aid Beauty.

I’ve only tried their serum before and I loved it. This moisturizer I love, too. It’s not rich or greasy, and it absorbs very fast yet moisturizes adequately. There’s no scent. I know some people don’t like that. I prefer it. I don’t mind scented face products, but some go over the top. I remember trying one that I swear could double as a perfume. Added fragrance just seems so unnecessary.

All in all, it was a pretty good bag this month! What did you get in your glambags?





January 2017 Ipsy Bag Review

Before we get to the good stuff, I want to welcome you to my first post! Thank you so much for taking time to read it. Even though I know it’s going to be a LOOONNNG journey because I have so much to learn, I’m looking forward to the experience.

As I’m learning how to write a beauty blog, I’m learning photography, too. Photography isn’t brand new to me. I’ve dabbled for years. But I finally decided to get serious about it as part of a New Year’s resolution. I ended up purchasing my first DSLR camera. I only wish I did it sooner! I’m already in love with it!

With that, I learned how awful the lighting in my apartment is. My bedroom provides the most space to lay everything out and provides the most natural light, but it’s a very gloomy and rainy day outside. To compensate, I have a table lamp and a floor lamp.

The table lamp is in the most convenient place to stage the products. However, the light bulb gives off this gross, yellow tone. It’s cozy for a bedroom and easier on the eyes, but terrible for photography. The floor lamp on the other side of the room has bright, almost sun-like light, but no place to set up.

I need to do better planning and not photograph on gloomy days. For now, I apologize.

So let’s get to business!

First off, the theme is Metropolis, and the bag design was inspired by city skyscrapers.

I personally think that it reminds me more of the athleisure trend we’re seeing in fashion. It’s like the mesh on a running shoe. I’m not complaining though!

What matters to me most is the stuff inside.

Blush is an essential to me. I’ve tried ModelCo products in past bags and I’ve always liked them. The shade Peach Bellini is the peachy, shimmery color below. Check out that pigment. AND dat sheen.

The streak next to it is this guy from Manna Kamar.

It’s in the pinkier side of bronze.The shade is called Fantasy, and it’s the only color of this particular product. At first glance it looks pretty ordinary, but it does a beautiful job of adding some sparkle to an everyday, neutral eye look. This morning I took a fawn colored shadow stick, smudged it all over my lids, and dusted this on my inner corners and the middle of my eyelid. The results were beautiful! It claims to be a 3-in-1 product that you can use as an eyeshadow, a highlight, and a bronzer.

On to the Camera Ready BB Cream. Because there’s nothing like a good BB Cream on lazy or rushed days, and Smashbox hasn’t failed me yet.

I got the shade light/medium. It looks too dark because my arms are so pale right now, but it actually sheers out very nicely on my face.

Blended out, it gives your skin a natural and lovely no-makeup makeup base. Plus, SPF 35!

These last two products I was so excited about. I’m addicted to both.

Ipsy finally sent me a nail polish! The last time I recieved a polish was December 2015. About time!

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in the shade I’m Not A Ballerina is a loverly baby pink, perfect for spring color. And baby, it lasts and lasts.

That’s after 8 days. A teeny bit of peeling at the edge on my index finger and thumb, but otherwise it looked almost as good as the day I put it on. Opacity in two coats, and not streaky at all like a lot of light colored polishes. And it’s so, so shiny.

Next is one of two masks.

My camera did not want to focus right on this product. But that’s okay, because this product is awesome! Sheet masks are awesome! Especially when they work as well as this one for only $1.50! 10 minutes is all you need with this Sally’s Box Loverecipe Mask. Ipsy gave subscribers two kinds to try: Acai Berry and Aloe Vera (the Aloe one I used pretty much the minute I opened the glambag.) I must mention that your skin might feel a little sticky for a half hour or so, but you’re left behind with baby-soft skin that feels hydrated from within. Plus the little scenes on the packaging are adorable.

I rarely get a bag I don’t like from ipsy, and this one was no exception! I got two products I yearned for and three that worked out pretty well.

If you want to build up your makeup collection on the cheap or want to explore new brands, you really should check ipsy out. It’s a $10 a month subscription service that sends you 5 deluxe sample-sized or even full-sized products every month. As a subscriber for almost two years, I say money well spent.

If you’re interested, check it out here! More info