December 2017 (& Final) Glam Bag Review

Find out what I got in my December Ipsy Bag, and why this will be my last one.

Hi guys! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are as excited for the new year as I am. Welcome to my final Glam Bag review (at least for a while). I will get into why this is the last one a bit later.

(If you want an overview of how Ipsy works and how I got into it, read my first review.)

These are the profile settings I used for this month. There have been no changes from last month to this one.

Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Comfort level with Makeup Very
Brands (that you love or are willing to try) BareMinerals, Benefit, Charlotte Tillbury, Ciaté, Clinique, Colour Pop, Dose of Colors, E.L.F., Estée Lauder, Glam Glow, Glossier., IT Cosmetics, Lime Crime, L’Oreal, Luxie, Makeup Geek, Makeup Forever, Marc Anthony, Maybelline, Milani, Nars, Nyx, Ofra, Origins, Ouai, Ahu Uemura, Smashbox, Tarte, the Balm, Tom Ford, Tony Moly, Too Faced, Trust Fund, Urban Decay, YSL
Types of Makeup Products mascara , eye shadow, eye liner, brows, lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, primer, concealer, foundation, powder, blush, highlighter, bronzer & contour, brushes & tools
Tpyes of skincare, haircare, nailcare that you love cleanser, cleansing oil, moisturizer, sheet masks, serum, face oil, toner & mist, eye treatment, hand cream, lip balm, fragrance
Shade preference Eyeshadows: neutrals, smokey, blues, greens, plums, adventurous
Eyeliner: black, brown, plum, gold/bronze, adventurous
Lips: Berries, neutrals
Nail polish: (None)
Blush: pinks, peaches
Fragrance notes fresh, floral, gourmand, spicy
Where do you usually shop for beauty products Sephora, Ulta, Walmart, Target
Skin Concerns redness, fine lines & wrinkles, oiliness & large pores, acne & blemishes, dryness & dehydration, hyperpigmentation
Describe your hair (None)

December’s Ipsy bag was a gorgeous icy blue, very appropriate for the season. With the cool silvery blue and silver detail across the top, it reminded me of snow, icicles and beautiful Christmas ornaments. I am happy that they did not go full-out Christmas green and red.

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This month’s products were a well-rounded group. There were two K-Beauty items that I was very happy about, and based on the brow product they sent me, I could tell that they were trying to make up for last month’s brow fail.

SON & PARK, Beauty Water

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I am really happy with this product. As with a lot of skincare, it is hard to be able to form an accurate opinion without trying the product for an extended amount of time. So, I don’t want to pre-judge it. However, as this is a product that I was considering purchasing from Sephora, I am very happy to be able to try it from Ipsy first.

SMASHBOX, Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary

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I am always happy to try new red lipsticks. This color was right in time for the holidays. As we mentioned in out Red Lip Rundown, a red lip is PERFECT for all the holiday and end-of-year parties. This is a very flattering shade. I’m happy with this one.

NYX, Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Blackberry

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I LOVE this! This may be my favorite item from this month’s bag. The dark purple liner is the perfect not-black color for when you want to use a dark liner, but do not want the harshness of black, and brown is just not enough. Also, purple is a very flattering color on both brown eyes and deeper skin. I’ve already added this to the top of my vanity as a product to use often.

PURLISSE BEAUTY, Sheet Masks

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I am really excited to try the Green Tea + Ginger Mask. The Coconut + Rice one, not so much because I already have combo-oily, acne-prone skin and moisturizing sheet masks tend to not be the greatest for me. My husband, on the other hand, will enjoy it. I like that the sheet masks were included in the bag because I really enjoy facial masks, especially sheet masks (see two of my sheet mask haul reviews here and here).

TRÈSTIQUE, Mini Brow Pencil in Espresso

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They tried. They really did. I can appreciate that after I was sent a brow product totally inappropriate for my skin and hair color, that Ipsy took the time to send me another brow product that was better suited for me. However, I do not like this product. I like brow pencils with much smaller tips to get more precise, hair-like strokes. Furthermore, the pigment of this product is terrible, perhaps it is too waxy, but I could work on one brow for five minutes and barely see any difference. Unfortunately, this is my least favorite product from this month’s bag.

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Overall, I think Ipsy did a good job this month. There was a really good mix of items to try, and I like that it was a minx of both makeup and skincare.

So, why I am I stopping my Ipsy subscription? Honestly, I am just more enticed by BoxyCharm. While the value of the Ipsy bags may be more than $10, I just don’t feel like paying $10 for a bag of samples. Ipsy says that they send full-sized or “deluxe sample”-sized products, but I can get free samples with my Sephora and Ulta orders every month. The only full-sized items you receive are ones that CANNOT be smaller, like sheet masks or individual eye shadows. I would rather pay $11/month more to get a box of all full-sized items. So, beginning in January, that is what I will do. I am honestly, quite excited to see what BoxyCharm will send me. So, stay tuned to see how I make out, and if maybe you’d be interested in giving THAT subscription service a try.

I hope you guys enjoyed my Glam Bag review series while it lasted. Who knows? It may come back one day. For the foreseeable future, I hope you look forward to and enjoy my new BoxyCharm reviews. New year. New series. Lots of new products to try and hopefully enjoy.

Thanks for reading guys & happy holidays! 💜

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Sparkle Eye shadow palettes

Hello, hello. I hope this Hump Day finds you all well. With the holiday season in full swing, we are surrounded by holiday collection this and holiday collection that. This is ESPECIALLY true when it comes to makeup. Almost every major brand has released a special limited edition holiday collection. One genre (if you will) of holiday collection items are the sparkle/glitter eye shadow palettes. In this first installment of my “Showdown” series, I will give you a quick rundown three of this season’s sparkly shadow palettes, and which one is worth your holiday cash.

Urban Decay, Heavy Metals, $55

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Going in the order in which I tried them, let’s start with the UD palette. I had high hopes for this palette. The colors are beautiful and colorful; it swatched pretty nicely in store. I really thought I would LOVE this, but after a few days of daily wear tests, I realized that it wasn’t really worth the money. I felt like I had to work too hard to make the metalized effect come through. At $55, I don’t want to work that hard. I also felt like the color (not even the shine) got dull before the day was over. My recommendation: PASS.

Fenty Beauty, Galaxy, $39 (at time of publication), $59 regularly

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This was one of the most talked about shimmer/glitter palettes of the autumn release cycle. Some people LOVE it. Others HATE it. One of the most heard conversations about this palette was that it was an entire palette of glitter. You can see that just looking at the palette. Once you move past that and accept the palette as one needing companion palettes or shadows to do a complete look, you can judge the palette more fairly. For me,  one of my biggest problems with this palette is that the shadows do not do enough. As a $59 palette of only glitter, I should be able to see the glitter on my lids. I tried several application methods to try to get these shadows to work. I tried almost every single shadow, too; the sparkle is MIA. Interestingly, though, you can see the glitter in the fall out all over your face, but not on your eyes. Recommendation? PASS

ColourPop, Golden State of Mind, $26

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I love ColourPop’s Super Shock eye shadows. I also love most of their lip products. So, I was over the moon when Sephora started carrying the brand, and did not even bother swatching the palette in store. I just knew that I would love it like I do everything else from them…WRONG. So, wrong I was. This palette, unfortunately, was awful. I actually could not even pick up any color on a brush, and had to  scrape at the shadows to get something just to come up on my finger. Sadly, this is also a PASS. (T_T)

Think I’ll just leave you hanging without any viable options to get your lids as sparkly as the Christmas lights on your tree? Nope. Instead of trying to buy an entire palette of glitter, sparkle or metal, just buy a couple individual shimmer shadows from City Color Cosmetics.img_3622

 

Their huge single Shimmer Shadows are gorgeous, and have a majorly pigmented, highly shimmery shadow that really lasts throughout the day straight into the night. At $3.99 each, you can get several beautiful colors that you actually like and will use for the price of any one of the three lackluster palettes I discussed.

 

 


Well, that is it for this midweek mini, showdown volume 1. I hope you are thoroughly enjoying this amazing holiday season. ♥

 

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Morphe #39A Dare to Create palette review

Morphe Brushes eyeshadow palettes are nothing new. Known for their affordability, they were not known as the highest quality line, but ever since the Jaclyn Hill X Morphe palette launch earlier this year, their reputation has quickly turned around as an affordable AND high quality makeup brand. (Note- their brushes have had a cult-like following for years.)

So, imagine my excitement when I heard that they were launching a new holiday line including the #39A Dare to Create palette ($32 on Morphe’s website). My first glance at it was on CKey’s  unboxing  of the collection on YouTube. If you have not seen what this palette looks like, take a look below and you’ll understand the hype.

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The thing that first struck me once I started playing with these shadows is how insanely creamy they are. In texture, they kinda remind me of my Marc Jacobs shadows. *gasp* I know. Crazy, right? All of them are smooth and glide onto the skin.

The next thing I noticed is how incredibly easy they are to blend. I posted a photo on Instagram of a look I did with ONE shadow. I prepped my lids with concealer and set them with powder. Then, I took the shade Indigo and, starting in the outer corner, I packed it on and blended it out towards the center of my lid. This is the look:

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I also really love the giant center pans of this palette. Everyone knows that you tend to use up your transition shades before any other colors (unless you use the same ones daily). So, Morphe generously giving us HUGE pans of transition shades in various tones across the middle of the palette is really worthy of a major *thumbs up* on its own.

Actually, not just for transitions on my eyes, I have used those middle tones on my face. I have used Bare to help blend out contours. I use Evolve as a matte bronzer to warm up the perimeter of my face, and I use Transitional as a light contour shade. So, I truly get multifunctional use from this palette.

The only negative that I have found while using this over the last few weeks is that sometimes the shadows are TOO blendable. More than once, I have come to find that all of the colors have blended together after a while and don’t hold their own color for a long time. I am still working on finding ways to remedy that, such as application technique and even color selection. One thing that I have found is that packing on the color with your fingers really makes the colors pop (which is generally true for all eye shadows). So, for these, even though I typically only do that with other palette for metallic or shimmer shades, I use my finger to apply all of the shades (except transitions or in tight spaces) for the 39A palette and just use my finger or a brush to blend.

Keep scrolling to check out swatches of all 39 colors.

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From top to bottom: BRONZE CHROME, STROKE, EXPRESSION, ARTISTIC, SPARK, CREATE, PASSION, FOREVER
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FRAME, MASS, CUT CREASE, DEEP HUE, VIBRANT, SNATCHED, VIVID, TRENDY
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BARE, CANVAS, SUNDER, DEFINE ME, EVOLVE, TRANSITIONAL, SCULPT
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IMAGE, INDIGO, DARE ME, CHROMATIC, FICKLE, INSPIRE, PINE, SO GLAM
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TAILOR, COLOUR, COBALT BLU, SLICE, CAT EYE, EXPOSED, GRANITE, MUSE

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Thanks for reading, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!♥

 

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November 2017 Glam Bag Review

Check out my review of November’s ipsy Glam Bag.

Welcome to December & welcome to my monthly Ipsy Glam Bag Review.

(If you want an overview of how Ipsy works and how I got into it, read my first review.)

These are the profile settings I used for this month. As I told you guys I would in the October review, I did change my hair preference setting to black. That’s the only change I made.

Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Comfort level with Makeup Very
Brands (that you love or are willing to try) BareMinerals, Benefit, Charlotte Tillbury, Ciaté, Clinique, Colour Pop, Dose of Colors, E.L.F., Estée Lauder, Glam Glow, Glossier., IT Cosmetics, Lime Crime, L’Oreal, Luxie, Makeup Geek, Makeup Forever, Marc Anthony, Maybelline, Milani, Nars, Nyx, Ofra, Origins, Ouai, Ahu Uemura, Smashbox, Tarte, the Balm, Tom Ford, Tony Moly, Too Faced, Trust Fund, Urban Decay, YSL
Types of Makeup Products mascara , eye shadow, eye liner, brows, lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, primer, concealer, foundation, powder, blush, highlighter, bronzer & contour, brushes & tools
Tpyes of skincare, haircare, nailcare that you love cleanser, cleansing oil, moisturizer, sheet masks, serum, face oil, toner & mist, eye treatment, hand cream, lip balm, fragrance
Shade preference Eyeshadows: neutrals, smokey, blues, greens, plums, adventurous
Eyeliner: black, brown, plum, gold/bronze, adventurous
Lips: Berries, neutrals
Nail polish: (None)
Blush: pinks, peaches
Fragrance notes fresh, floral, gourmand, spicy
Where do you usually shop for beauty products Sephora, Ulta, Walmart, Target
Skin Concerns redness, fine lines & wrinkles, oiliness & large pores, acne & blemishes, dryness & dehydration, hyperpigmentation
Describe your hair (None)

The vibe for ipsy this month was all about celebrating individuality. I can definitely appreciate that. It is important for people to love themselves as they are and to be able to appreciate others as THEY are. What is the world, if not diverse? Anyhoo, this month’s bag was pretty simple. There was no overt connection to the them. I got a mustard and bronze bag. The other option (you can’t choose, you get what they send) was a mono-chrome bag of blue with a blue metallic portion (where my bag’s bronze is). I think my bag is pretty. I somehow managed to spill one of the products all over it as soon as I opened it, but we will get to that…

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NAKED COSMETICS, Mother Nature #06

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In one of my recent bags I got a loose shadow and said that I liked it. So, I am assuming that’s why I was sent this one. The color is pretty. It is a iridescent brown with a strong blue shift. My problem was the container. The powder spilled all over me, my desk, and the ipsy bag (ruined) when I tried to open it…and no I didn’t have it turned upside down or anything. There is no sifter. The color was nice. Good payoff. Lasted a good amount of time, but the mess stuck with me… I would still give it another try though.

NOMAD COSMETICS, Multi-Perfection Duo Brow Powder in Brunetta Brillante

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I’m not sure what demographic they meant to send this to, but it most definitely could not have been mine nor anyone whose hair was not blonde. I definitely indicated that my hair was dark. This light/mid-tone gray powder would not work on anyone with dark hair, and certainly not deep skin. And, yes, I know you do not use black or even ultra-dark brown for your brows, but this is just clearly way too light. Hard pass. HARD PASS. (I also didn’t like the formula. Even if it was darker, the payoff wasn’t enough to get the full brows that I like.)

SKYN ICELAND, Berry Lip Fix with Wintered Red Algae

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This was a surprise favorite from this month’s bag. The first time I tried it I was doing some lip swatches so my lips were a bit raw. BIG MISTAKE. This formula has some sort of menthol/tingling/cooling properties so on my sore lips it was a problem. I didn’t realize that at the time because I didn’t know about the cooling. So, I initially thought it was an allergic reaction. I ended up giving it another try, though, and ended up really liking it. It has the consistency of petroleum jelly but is not greasy. It sinks into the lips and really moisturizes them. It’s a lasting moisture, too—perfect for the winter.

TARTE, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty

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I love tarte blushes. If you’ve read my Sephora shopping guide or sale haul, you know I have the Amazonian clay blush bazaar from this year’s holiday collection. I love it. That being said, I don’t need another single, so I passed it on to a friend. That doesn’t diminish my love for the blush, and the shade looks similar to some in the palette that I enjoy. So, I gave this five-stars in my ipsy rating.

COLOURPOP COSMETICS, Ultra Satin Lip in Baracuda

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This was another item that I did not like at first, but ended up happy that I gave it another shot. These kinds of colors can be a bit tricky on my skin tone. But, thankfully a more brown toned lip liner helped transform this color into a gorgeous everyday pinky mauve. I love ColourPop’s lip formula. I love most ColourPop products actually. (Most. Stay tuned for my upcoming Showdown series. A ColourPop product will be up for review.)


Final thoughts

Overall, I was not impressed with this bag. I really only genuinely liked 3 out of 5 items. Unfortunately, that is a fail in my book. I am thinking about changing my beauty subscription service to BoxyCharm next year based on a post/recommendation from another blogger, @KindaPuffy. Her October Boxy Charm review really got me seriously considering it. For now, though, I will be receiving December’s ipsy, but stay tuned to see what changes I decide to make for next year. Either way, I enjoy makeup and beauty products way too much to not be subscribed to SOMETHING.

Thanks for reading guys & happy holidays!♥

 

 

*****Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way. The links contained herein are not affiliate links.