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.
|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…
NAKED COSMETICS, Mother Nature #06
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
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
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
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
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.)
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!♥
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