Hello again beautiful readers! I had to take some time off because, well….
That’s right, We are now parents! Crazy right? Sorry for disappearing on you like that, but time off with no deadlines was essential. But after almost a year, I’m back, and more ready than ever to get back into reviewing boxes.
Now, on to the review!
This was a great month for Ipsy. The bag is adorable, and, after months of getting stuff that won’t get used, I feel like there’s adorable few things in here that I’ll enjoy and probably purchase again.
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Game Changer
There were two options for nail polish for this month and I was really glad to get this one. I love how this color looks next toy skin tone and it will look even better on my toes when I’m tan!
PUR Fully Charged Mascara
Here’s the description from the website “Opposites attract with this anti-aging mascara that has a magnetic polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance” I’m excited to try, I’m very picky about my mascara, so I’m hoping it’s good.
Hey Honey Undercover Detoxifying Mud Mask
This should be a great addition to my stash! My skin has been looking tired lately, because, well, I’m tired, but I hate for the world to know that by looking at me, so hopefully this will help.
Skyn Glacial Face Wash with White Willow
Another skin item I will add to my rotation. This should help brighten me up!
Peek Black Primer
I was SO excited about this item! I have seen several tutorial’s on some other sites I follow, and it looks amazing. Because it’s black, it brings out the colors in your eye shadows. You can also use it on your lips, to darken your natural color, or your lipstick. It can also be used to sculpt your cheekbones.
What did you think of this month’s bag?
I can see how many people will like this bag. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. It is too loud and busy for me. Definitely not one of my fave designs.
Urban Decay eye shadow in “Lounge”
Urban Decay eye shadow is always great and this is no exception. The color is so amazing! When I added it to my brush, it looked maroon. However, when I applied it to my eyelid it went on as a gorgeous green/purple color. A little product went a long way and it gave me just the look I wanted. I highly recommend this color and this company in general. They may be pricey but are oh so worth it! Continue reading
I am on the fence on this bag. I like the idea of it but not necessarily the design I got. I am not a huge fan of the color purple so that’s the main reason. I will definitely use this bag. The size is comparable to other bags we have received but nothing out of the ordinary.
ALL Smashbox mascaras are amazing. This one is no
exception. The brush was a bit interesting. I actually stopped to look at it in detail before
applying the product because it was such an odd shape. It applied well and I was able to also use it on my lower lashes with no product hitting my cheeks or under eye area. I really like this mascara and will definitely use it.
I adore Hikari products! I got the blush in my Ipsy bag a few months ago and it is now one of my go to products when I want a bright pink blush with great pigmentation. This product was no exception. I applied this product this morning for a general overall flush effect and it worked beautifully. The four colors in the compact blend well together and give a beautiful pink/brown color. There are little sparkles in one corner and that adds a bit of shimmer to the overall effect which I love. I highly recommend this product and Hikari products in general. Love it!
I used this today to apply my shadow in the crease. It worked really
well and applied the product evenly. I can always use a good crease brush and this is a perfect addition to my collection. The bristles are soft and pick up a decent amount of product with just one swipe.
I am giving this away because I honestly won’t
use it. I will most likely try to trade it with someone for something I will actually use and if not, will give it away as a gift. I know Ipsy is always trying to promote new partners but seriously? I won’t use this. Never have and probably never will. Stop sending me stuff I specifically say I will not use, please. UGH.
Yet another product I will not use. I will try to trade it to someone for something better. I am frustrated with this month’s selections as this is the second item I will not be using/have no use for. Yes, it’s only $10 a month for this stuff but I want to get things I will actually use and not throw/give away. What a disappointment
Paige and Ipsy!
Not my favorite bag in terms of looks but still a cute one. There have been
others I have loathed getting but this one is not one of them. I will definitely be using it in
L.A.B. Live and Breathe Beauty “Just Blending In” brush
The brush is a nice size, blending brush. The bristles are soft and pick up product well. I was able to use this brush as both a transition shade brush and an accent shade brush. I can definitely see myself using it regularly. It is not as soft as say a Morphe brush or even an ELF brush but it is still a nice texture.
Nudestix Lip & Cheek Pencil in “Mystic”
The product comes in nice packaging and applies
smoothly. It almost has a cream finish look to it. That makes sense as it is also being marketed as a blush. I only had to apply once around the lips to get a great color payoff. Overall a great nude lip product.
Ren Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream
Wow! This product is amazing! I was
a little skeptical about it when I first opened it but after applying it, I know I will purchase it in the future! The lotion has a semi strong scent that fades after applying and the product goes on smoothly and easily. Usually when I apply my face cream, it takes two attempts before my skin feels moisturized and not “tight”. That was not the case at all with this product. I could feel it absorbing into the skin and when I woke up with morning, it was still doing the job and my skin felt incredible. I love this lotion!
Buxom Cosmetics Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid lipstick in “Centerfold”
This product is…interesting. It is being marketed as a liquid lipstick and it really isn’t. I would compare this product and consistency to the Maybelline Vivid Matte liquid lipstick. It goes on smoothly, like a gloss, but does appear matte. It does not dry the lips and the color payoff is great. I am just thrown off by the label of “liquid lipstick” as it isn’t. I love the brand and wear products of theirs but in this case, would prob not purchase this again as it is so similar to the Vivid Matte lipsticks. Maybelline is cheaper. 🙂
Moroccan Oil Moroccan Oil treatment
I’ve used this product in the past. It is nice but not for
me. I already have healthy hair and don’t need this product. I didn’t even use this. I traded it for a lipstick from someone else who also gets Ipsy. I also don’t really like the scent either.
Looks like Natalie had a great bag this month! How did you like yours?
This bag is a lot of fun! We all unanimously loved it, and will definitely use it in the near future.
Creme Ultra Reparatrice
Blake– This ultra repair cream is AMAZING. It goes on thick but does not leave a gross residue. I give this 5 ipsy bags.
ClariSEA SeaSalt Solution
Blake– Yet another product that I feel is amazing. I love that you can use this exfoliant just with water or also with a cleanser. Another great thing is the charcoal factor which again I love. I give this product 5 ipsy bags.
Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
Natalie– Crown Brush is another great brand that I already knew about prior to Ipsy. The brushes from this company are high quality and affordable. I own many of their blush/contour and foundation brushes. This brush was a nice addition to my brush collection. The flat shadow section picked up the shadow quickly and didn’t give me a lot of excess. I was able to use it once and get all the color I needed. I was not as impressed with the crease portion of this brush. It works well but is more firm than then the crease brushes I normally use. It is still a great product but not for me. I will definitely use the shadow portion of this brush more than the crease. Overall I give this a 4 out 5.
NYX in collaboration with Ipsy Eye Shadow Pallette
Paige- I love all things NYX, so I was excited to see this collaboration. The formula, as always, went on well, and stayed all day. The only thing, and I say this every time I get an eye shadow from Ipsy, is that they send the same colors as every other eye shadow I’ve gotten from Ipsy. There are other colors out there, and a girl can only use so many brown and copper shadows at once. Other than the color issue, (dont get me wrong, I will use these colors, eventually) This was a great surprise. 5/5 from me!
Blake– This is a great trio with complimenting colors that go great for a night out. The shadow does not go on to heavy which is a must. I give this product 4/5 ipsy bags.
Natalie– I was overjoyed to get this trio in my bag. I adore NYX products and this was no exception. The colors are a great neutral set that I can use for many different looks. The reason I love NYX so much is the affordability for the product. You spend much less than high end brands and get the same, if not better, results. The pigmentation is great and a little goes a long way. The nude color has a bit of a shimmer to it and is a great color that can be used as a base tone over the entire lid. The brown shade was nice for the overall crease and I applied the dark brown/black into the outer “V”. This created a great neutral look that was easy to transition to night with another wash of color from the trio. If you are looking for a great eyeshadow, look no further than NYX for an affordable, and gorgeous, product. I rate this a 5/5.
JCat Beauty Waterproof Eye Pencil
Natalie– JCat is a brand that I discovered through Ipsy. I am in love with their Liptitude lipstains and use them regularly. I definitely see this brand as an up and coming one. The products are reasonably priced and provide a great color payoff and what is best is they last! The pencil sharpens easily and glides on smooth. It doesn’t tug on your lid at all. I don’t know about the color as it is a bright bronze but if it were a dark brown or a black I would definitely purchase this product. 5/5
Trestique Matte Lip Crayon
Paige– I enjoy the Trestique brand, I have any eye crayon from them ( in GREEN!) that I love. The lipstick is a different matter though. I can’t handle the color, it’s this nude beige-y color that only looks good on, like, 3 people. The formula is OK, if a little drying, but I think that’s just par for the course with a matte lipsticks. So, not too happy with the lipstick, although if they sent me a different color, i might feel differently. This in no way looks natural, nor does it flatter my skin tone. 3/5 Ipsy Bags.
Blake– I do love this line of products and this color is great. The color name is Nantucket nude which it is light but goes on smooth. I give this 4/5 Ipsy bags.
Glam Glow Flash Mud Brightening Treatment
Paige– I love Glam Glow Products, and this one was no exception. I don’t buy them regularly because I feel that the price point is too high for me, so when I get them in a bag, I am extremely excited. This formula is great, I did not notice any changes, but I don’t have to many spots or need to much brightening. I am very happy with this selection! 4/5 bags
Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Moisture Mask
Natalie– I didn’t use this product either. I don’t do the mask thing. Have no plans on using it nor will I ever. I am also giving this away. 0/5 Bags
Garnier Fructise Brazillian Smooth Flat Iron Express
Paige– Garnier is a great brand, and works well in my hair. I love that this is a full size product, and it smells great, as do all their products. I don’t use a lot of heat in my hair, but, when I do, I always use a heat protectant. This one will come in very handy. It did not leave me with a greasy feeling after I curled, and I really appreciated that. Way to go on the full size here Ipsy, as well as an affordable product, that i will definitely re-purchase. 5/5 Ipsy Bags!
Formula X Nail Color in Ignite
Paige– I like the Formula X brand. I think the polishes are great, but those little tiny brushes are hard to get full coverage out of. That being said, I actually like small bottles of polish because it takes me forever to go through a full sized, so the small works well for me. This is an excellent formula. I am hard on my hands, and rarely get nail polish to last for more than a few days, but this stayed on for a solid 5 days! Because it is a darker color, you’ll want to use some sort of base, because it will stain. But all in all the color and the polish worked really well for me. This is a great fall/ winter color and it will definitely get used. 4/5 Bags!
Blake– I have started to get hooked on nail polish! (I can thank Paige for that.) This color is called Ignite and boy does it. The color is beautiful and it goes on smooth. It does take some time to dry. I give this 4 ipsy bags.
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in “Elegantly Wasted”
Natalie– I didn’t use this product. I have an OPI color exactly this same shade and was already wearing this color, interestingly enough, when I received my glam bag. I have no opinion on this product as I didn’t use it and don’t plan to. I am giving it away to a friend.
Overall, we really enjoyed the bags this month!
Natalie was happy that she received hers on time, as that had been an issue in the past, although she will only use three items out of the bag, and Blake and Paige were incredibly happy with everything. It was a good month!
What did you like out of the September bags?
Paige– I thought the bag was really cute! Its not my favorite, but it’s still something I’ll use.
Blake– Ok can I just start off by saying that I love, really love, this bag. Unfortunately out of the kindness of my heart, I gave it to my mother because it matches her luggage set.
Paige– This is a pretty summer color. I am not sure if it works with my skin tone yet, but I am going to keep trying because I think its a really pretty neutral.
Blake– I love this lipstick. It applies so smooth and the shade is not to bright and not to dull for me. I also love this brand of cosmetics. I give this 5/5 Ipsy bags amazing product.
Eco Beauty Good Night Night Cream
Paige– I took this camping with me to Big Bear this weekend, and it was nice to have something that worked SO well for hydration. It is not gooey, and does not leave an oily film, but moisturizes fully and keeps your skin moisturized until you wake up. I noticed a difference in moisture after one use.
Glam Dolls Eye Shadow in Sorcery
Paige– I have to hand it to Ipsy, they do take your coloring into account. The problem is that they also send a lot of the same colors in different brands. I Have received a lot of eye shadows similar to this one. I do like the color however, and it will get used. It went on easily, and blended easily.
Marc Anthony Argan Oil of Morocco
Paige– This is very nice. I use hair oil pretty regularly to tame my ends, and I like this product and the brand as well. The sample size is large, as they go, and will last for some time.
Blake– Well I do love Moroccan hair oil to a point. My hair likes to hold oil in so I don’t like to use them that much. I loved this travel size because it just fits so perfect in my to-go bag. It did make my hair silky, smooth and gave it a shine and what girl doesn’t like that? I give this product 4 ipsy bags.
Paige– It’s nice to get a lip liner and not an eye liner! This was a good color and helped to tone down the pink lipstick perfectly!
Blake– I am usually really picky with blush but this product was awesome. It glides on and sets perfect. At first when I saw the term hydrogel I thought it was going to be sticky and thick, but that is not how it is at all. This is another 5 bags. 🙂
Blake– I was very disappointed with the color of this product. It says nude but it is brown. I will probably try it as a lip color mixed with another color but lip liner no thank you. Very sad 1 bag.
Blake– This product was not bad and not amazing. It was just ordinary face wash with average smell. So I give this 3 bags.
All in all we loved this bag!
What did you get in your Ipsy this month?
This little pink envelope makes us so happy when we find it in the mail! Our bags were really different this month, and we love seeing what we get every month.
Lets get right to it
Paige– I love it! it might be my favorite so far, perfect for a little summer clutch.
Megs– Not a huge fan of the design on this month’s page but I love what’s in it 🙂
Megs– Well, I’ve enjoyed their lipsticks and I like how the lip balm feels. Not wild about the color. When it’s on, it is a really pale pink that just sort of washes me out. I will be keeping this on the nightstand for this times when I wake up with the driest lips this side of the Sahara.
Wow where do I even begin with this crazy weekend of Gen Beauty?
Once both of us were done we thought “what now?”. It looked like a cluster**** in a huge white tent! There was no concept of lines that we could conceive, just huge globs of people at each vendor. In the end, we decided to simply walk around and try to figure out what the “must sees” were for us. Upon further investigation we realized that there were a lot of vendors who were doing touch-ups (however, no one mentioned to me that we probably should have started with clean, makeup free faces, so they were skipped). The next revelation was that we needed to pick a line and pick it fast, as it was becoming increasingly crowded.
Once we had our bearings, we headed for the NYX line which ended up being two lines. In one, we got to vote for a You-Tuber and get a free popsicle. (YUMMO) Then, after we voted, we took pictures to get a free item.
The popsicle wasn’t bad at all, and after waiting in both lines we received two free full size lip glosses, a NYX tote and 40% off all their products! Not bad right? NYX was definitely the longest wait with the most people for the first day.
After the fun of shopping we decided to check out each vendor to see what their freebies were. There were a couple good ones, like LA Girl and IT cosmetics, who also gave us wonderful tote bags with a coupon or a lipstick. Actually, the majority of vendors had something to give us, which was awesome. Not something little either! Of course there were a few who gave out travel sized items, but mostly we either received full size, or a couple travel sized items from each vendor.
The only issue for me was, that even though there were a lot of vendors, who were giving away these awesome items, it didn’t seem like there was much for sale. Yes, they were informing us of their new and upcoming items, but we weren’t able to actually BUY much. If I am going to an event, and I love the products that are featured, then I really want to be able to buy the products at the event, not write them down or take pictures to go by later. Isn’t that why we were there? To get a first glimpse of new items? What better way to do that than allow us to purchase said items? Seems to make more sense to me. But I digress…
Once we came back from lunch, with tans and full bellies, we formed our game plan. We had wanted to see a couple You-Tubers but it was super hectic because there was really no set panel location, they were just out in the open, in the middle of the tent, talking about their vlogs in big crowds, which was not for us. It would have been nice to have placed them in a separate room (or area, as it were) where they could be heard over the din and we could maybe sit down.
Erica is a guest blogger from In the Life of a Fit Fatty. Check her out!