March 2017 ipsy glambag review

wp-1489965964026.jpg

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?

 

 

 

February 2017 Ipsy Glambag Review

It’s gloomy and rainy and dark outside. It would have been a wonderful day to stay home. Alas, I still can’t quit my day job. However, I’m thankful that I didn’t have to try to fight with the lighting in my apartment. I finally got a lighting kit, and it is seriously the next best thing I purchased since the camera. No more trying to race daylight and pray that the weather cooperates to photograph products.

I love how February flies by. I do not like February at all. It’s the worst, most temperamental weather. However, it gives me less time to finish things I need to get done monthly, like this review. Yes, this review might seem late, but I really needed the extra time to try out my products. 

Anyone else not too wild about this month’s glambag design? It was just so…meh. I get what they were trying to do, but the hem made it so tiny. Plus it looks like something right out of the early 2000’s. But again, I don’t care that much about the bag. I care about what’s in it. 

Like this guy. This was the thing I was most excited about. I’ve wanted to try It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Undereye Illumination for a while now. I use the regular formula on many occasions. I got the shade Tan last year in a glambag and I use it on the regular when I’m dark enough. But in the winter and spring when my skin is more pale, I really struggle with hiding my more noticeable dark circles. Even the power of the beloved Bye Bye Undereye allowed some green tints to peak through. And the Medium Neutral shade seemed way too light on me, yet the next shade darker was too dark. It just looked pasty.

But not this. There’s just something about this shade that matches so much better. And it covers my dark circles perfectly without any greens showing through in the middle of the day. It doesn’t crease as bad either. Weird huh?

Another old favorite brand of mine. Luxie, as far as I’m concerned, make the best brushes for a relatively affordable price. They’re synthetic bristles are coated with an anti-bacterial coating, which if you forget to wash your brushes (as I did here), you won’t have to worry about them getting too gross and possibly breaking you out. Go Luxie! 

So here we have a generous (full sized) tube of mascara. I gotta say that Bellapierre has been hit or miss with me. I haven’t tried this mascara because I’m hoarding it for summer, since it’s waterproof. I’m like a makeup squirrel when it comes to hoarding makeup for later in the year.

I’m not sure about the wand though. I don’t usually have much luck with rubber wands because they don’t grab every lash and they just kind of slop on mascara, making my lashes clumpy. But this one seems to have quite a few bristles compared to the other ones I’ve tried. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

This I wasn’t especially excited for, but it turned out to be an unexpected delight. This full sized beauty is a natural looking highlighter by Luna Cosmetics.

It goes on the face to leave a natural glow that’s not too glittery. It doesn’t emphasize texture and pores too much, which I really appreciate since I really struggle with clogged pores. It’s insanely frustrating for someone that’s acne prone or has large pores to find a highlighter that don’t emphasize your skin issues. This could be the answer to your prayers.

And now the flop of the bag…

I love getting skincare in my glambag. I’m a skincare addict, as you could probably see from my winter skincare posts. So it’s always a bummer when I get something that I don’t care for. This mask by True Botanicals runs $90 for the full sized product. For that much money, I expect nothing short of a Holy Grail. This was just okay. I’d save your money and buy something for a fraction of the price that works just as good. Plus it stung my skin a little, and the fragrance was bleh!

So…what did you guys get?? I hope it was a good month! 

Does ipsy sound like something you’d be interested in? Check it out here!