Hey guys and Happy New Year’s Eve! Anyone have any big plans? My family and I are going to a hockey game tonight. I’ve never spent NYE in the city so it should be interesting. Also, I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. I know I enjoyed spending time with my family and not worrying about school or homework. I am back with two new blog posts today (!!), with the first being my monthly review of the ipsy bag.
December was kind of a so-so month for ipsy, in my opinion. There were a couple of products that I loved and a couple that I didn’t particularly care for. Ipsy is a $10-per-month beauty subscription service. You can find more information about it here.
The first thing I didn’t really like was the bag. It’s just a plain black with a heart zipper pull, which is cute, but also a bit juvenile. It would have been fun for them to do a bright color for the end of the year, or a holiday themed bag or something. I own a million plain black bags so anything would have been better.
I’ll start off with one of the products that I loved! This is the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. According to the website, the mascara is supposed to lengthen, curl, condition, and volumize. It gets two thumbs up from me because this stuff is amazing. It creates long, full lashes that are jet black in only one coat. You do have to be careful of clumping, though – this is a pretty dry mascara, and it can clump easily. It can also create spider-y looking lashes if you pile on the coats. Just stick to one, maybe two max, and you will be fine. I would without a doubt repurchase this. Love! A full-size retails for $20.00. This sample is worth $8.33.
This product I really wanted to love, but sadly I don’t. This is the Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare. What I do like about this product is that it is brand new. It’s awesome that ipsy throws in new products for everyone to try. However, I don’t like the packaging, I don’t like the color, and I don’t really like the formula either, which isn’t awesome. First of all, this thing is messy. I was reading some reviews from other ladies on the ipsy website, and they all pretty much had an issue with getting product out of the tube. I had the opposite problem – when I received my bag and opened the shadow, it was everywhere. It probably got jarred around a lot during transit, but I couldn’t even open the thing without a mushroom cloud of eyeshadow poofing out. The applicator (coupled with the mess) makes it extremely difficult to apply to the eyelid. It looks like a spongetip, but it feels rubbery? You can’t apply it properly, and forget about blending it out. I found that I had to apply it from the tip to another brush, and then put it on my eyelids. It’s too much of a hassle for me to use everyday. The color on the eyes is fairly brightening, so I will give it that. However, I don’t love matte eyeshadows, and the color isn’t particularly noticeable on my skin tone, which is pretty pale. All in all, this was the product that I was most disappointed in this month. This is a full-size product, which retails for $10.
Back to another favorite :). This is the Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush. This brush is awesome; hands-down one of the best eyeshadow brushes I have ever tried. It’s double-ended, which was difficult to capture in a picture so I am just showing close-ups of the two separate sides. One is a very precise pencil brush that is great for applying color to the outer corner or creating a cut-crease look. The other is a fluffy brush that is perfect for applying color straight to the lid. Both are incredibly soft, and both blend like a dream. It is a little difficult to store because it is double-ended, but it’s no biggie considering how great they both work. Nothing else to say here other than I want the whole collection. This brush is full-size, and retails for $17.50.
This product was also meh for me. It’s the Beauty Without Cruelty Premium Aromatherapy A.H.A 3% Facial Cleanser. This is 100% vegan and contains alpha hydroxy acids that are supposed to clean skin without disturbing it’s natural balance. The cleanser has a clean, lemon scent to it that isn’t too strong, but it tends to linger. Honestly, it’s a nice cleanser that takes my makeup off and leaves me feeling fresh and clean. But, I don’t really notice any major difference in the way my skin looks as compared to my favorite cleanser – Philosophy Purity. I probably wouldn’t repurchase, but it’s not a bad product. A full-size (8.5 oz) retails for $11.95. This sample (2 oz) is worth $2.81.
This last product is the Nyx Butter Lip Balm in Red Velvet. It’s your basic tinted lip balm that I think is essential to anyone’s makeup collection. They are perfect for those days where you need to get out of the door fast (or the winter time when your lips are dying but you still want some color). It’s hydrating, sheer, and the color applies evenly. Speaking of the color, though, I would’ve loved it if I got anything but red. Red is a color I tend to wear when I want a bolder look, and I like to use tinted lip balms more for everyday. I don’t see myself reaching for it as often as I’d like. This is full-size, which retails for $4.00.
Overall, this bag was split down the middle. Did you get a December ipsy bag? What did you think of it?
I’m posting a New Year’s Eve What to Wear next, so be on the lookout! As always, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram for updates @bmdrose.
Thanks again for reading!