Wednesday, December 17, 2014

November Ipsy Bag Product Reviews

   November was an exciting month for me because I finally jumped on the bandwagon of joining a beauty subscription service. I choose Ipsy because I had heard the most about it and it's super cheap at only $10 a month. Let me say it again...$10 to try out 4-5 beauty products (some full size) from drugstore to high end AND you receive a small makeup bag. Really you can't go wrong because makeup bags alone are around $5-7 for a travel size. With the holidays coming up as well, this would be a great gift for that beauty lover in your life.

   I've seen most beauty bloggers/vloggers do "unboxings" with their subscription services, but I've decided to do something a little different. Once I receive my bag each month I'll do a small post about what I got but nothing too in depth, basically a picture and  tiny description of each product. Over that month I'll test out each product and then give a more detailed post that will include retail prices, where to purchase, and my opinions. 

So let's go ahead and get started with what I thought about my November Ipsy Girl Meets Glitter Bag. Please excuse the picture, it's just something I snapped really quick to upload to Instagram when I received the bag. 

November Ipsy Bag- Girl Meets Glam
 (Top) J Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion
(L to R) Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray, Temtu Highlight in Pink Pearl, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium, Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive

1). November's Glam Bag went along with the glitter theme quite well...unlike any other item in m bag. The bag is silver, sparkly, adorable, 100% girly & perfect to throw in your purse for the upcoming holiday season. The zipper is on the top, which I prefer, and I can fit quite a few products inside. My plan is to fill it with several essentials and a few other products so that touch ups will be simple during the Christmas travels to everyone's house.

2). J Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion-  Retails for $4.99
     Since I'm a total lipstick junkie I was super excited to receive this FULL SIZE lip paint in such a beautiful color. These are carried by Ulta in a few shades online, but J Cat Beauty offers these in 17 different colors on their website that range from a soft nude pink to a straight up gold. 
     Application was a bit messy in the beginning, but I've found that the best way to work with these is by squeezing a little onto the back of your hand and applying with a lip brush. The formula is a bit wet when you put it on so I didn't rub my lips together or anything before it dried. However, once it dried, which didn't take long, I was good to go.            
     Red Potion, the color I received, had awesome pigmentation and it stayed on for a reasonable amount of time. Even after eating lunch and drinking through a straw my lips were stained with color so it didn't completely vanish. Overall I was very happy with the performance or the product, the price point is fantastic for all budgets, and I will definitely be purchasing a few more colors. 

3). Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray- Retails for $7.99
     Let me start by saying I am absolutely in love with this hairspray and will be repurchasing it very soon. They sell it at both beauty stores and drugstores, I'll be getting mine from Walgreens and using my points to purchase it so it will end up being super cheap or even free with my rewards. If you want to try the product before buying the full size, Ulta also sells a travel size (which is what I have) for only $2.99.
   This is a scented hairspray but it's not overwhelming or flowery or fruity, it reminds me of a salon. Just stop what you're doing, head to the store, and smell I've used Tresemme hairspray for years because it seems to be what works best with my curly hair until I tried this. It leaves behind no stickiness or residue which is sometimes a problem with other products. Since I have curly hair it tends to be flat on the upper half and poofy at the bottom some days, but I spritzed this right at the roots and it gave me instant volume. As far as hold I would say it's medium but it's a product that you can use throughout the day and still have your hair feeling fresh and light.  

4). Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl- Retails for $27.50
     I received a sample in the color Pink Pearl & Temptu also offers this highlight in Champagne Shimmer, Gold Shimmer (I want), and White Shimmer. I thought this was more of a cream highlight, but it's more of a liquid although not too runny. This is great for any area that you want to highlight because it goes on sheer but it's also buildable for a more dramatic effect. Since it has a pink tone to it, I'm wondering if this one is the most natural looking out of the other 3 colors. I think the Gold Shimmer would probably be great for a bronzy look or a night, but again you can build up the Pink Pearl easily. This blends beautifully and you can also mix it in with your foundation for an all over glow without it being harsh or too shimmery. 
     I've found that this is super easy to work with and I've used it all over my face. For an extra pop on the inner corners of my eye, I've dabbed this on and then topped it with a highlight powder and vice versa. This was the first non powder highlight I've used and I love it. Even though I received a small sample in my bag, a little goes a long way and this will last me for a while. 

5). IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer- Retails for $24.00
     *Claims: An award-winning Anti-Aging, full coverage treatment concealer that delivers highly pigmented natural-looking perfect coverage. Bye Bye Under Eye® uses Anti-Aging technology to help treat the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discoloration, conceal dark circles, age spots and redness, conceal facial imperfections without settling into lines and wrinkles; and helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles instantly.
     This concealer does work for me and I usually have light to dark under eye circles and slight redness at times. As far as how it does with fine lines and wrinkles, I can't speak for that, but I will be testing it out on my mother soon (I'll update afterward). This product is creamy and blends out easily without feeling cakey or too thick. It also last on my face all day long without touch ups (I do set it with powder after applying). A little bit really does go a long way with this product so I feel like the sample size I received is big enough for me to get man uses from and decide if I want to purchase the full size or not. 

6). Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive- Retails for $14.00
     *Claims: A high pigmented, long lasting product that can be used as a single cream color or used as an eye base to build color.
     Ipsy distributed the color Submissive, which is like a bronze, copper, gold mix, it's a pretty color that would look great on everyone. It is a cream product and I did find that it creased quite a bit after a few hours of wear. I have not worn this as a shadow alone because the pigmentation is not as great as I expected or would like. I have used it as a base for browns and greens or popped a little in the middle on my eyelid to finish off my look. I will not be purchasing this product, I think the Maybelline Color Tattoos are much better and they are also less expensive. 

Let me know if you like the Ipsy review, if so I'll continue to do it after I've had time to use each product and form an opinion. I did receive my December bag the other day so keep an eye out to see what was inside. 



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