Friday, January 30, 2015

IPSY: December Glam Bag Review

   I will be reviewing the products I received in my December Ipsy bag since I've had the chance to test them out for about a month now. If you don't know already here's the spill. Instead of doing an "unboxing" type of post, I review the products over the course of a month and then let you know what I thought and all the product details. If you didn't see my November bag review you can check it out HERE.

   This post is a bit late, but we'll be getting back on track for February.
   Here's what I received in my December Ipsy Bag...

 
DECEMBER IPSY BAG

1). December's Glam Bag- Not going to lie, this month's bag was a disappointment for sure; it felt cheap, was flimsy, and the zipper was in a weird spot. I will probably end up giving it to my daughter to keep her play makeup in.

2). NYX Butter Lip Balm in Red Velvet- Retails for $4.00 (this is the full size)
   I'm not a big tinted lip balm fan, I'd rather just wear a lipstick. This is the first NYX balm I've tried and I have to say that I did like it. This particular color did leave a nice red color on my lips so if you're someone who wants to try a red lip but doesn't want to be too bold, this may be great for you. They were buttery smooth, hence the name, upon application and felt really nice on my lips. I personally wouldn't repurchase because like I said, not a huge lip balm fan unless it's my Nivea. But I do enjoy receiving a few in my Ipsy bags to try out.


3). Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara- Retails for $20.00 (for a full size)
   I can't say too much about this mascara because I have a mascara review & comparison coming up and this one is included in the post. But I will give you a bit of a spoiler and say that I really like it. See if your store, Sephora or Ulta, has a deluxe sample available for you to try out.
(My mascara comparison and review will be up sometime next week.)


4). Pixi Fairy Dust- Retails for $10.00 (this is the full size)
   Since Ipsy doesn't come with a description card like some other subscription services, at first I was a bit confused with this one but it's supposed to be an eye shadow. It is a loose power and all of the product is in the clear bottom tube. The top part is an applicator that you have to stick into the tube to pull out the loose product which can be messy. Packaging was just not ideal in my opinion.
   I tried this shadow a few different ways; as an all over the lid color with and without a cream base, as a highlight, and a shadow topper. The best way to apply it is with your finger because if you use a brush or the applicator you're going to have some major fall out. My eyes were so red because product kept falling into my eyes and I had to remove my contacts a couple of times. Needless to say, I absolute did not like this product but I've heard a few people say they do like it. Have you tried this If so please leave a comment on how you apply, exactly how you use it, and your thoughts.


5). Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) Facial Cleanser- Retails for $11.95 (for a full size 8.5 oz)
   First of all let me say that I was very excited about this product because the brand specializes in cruelty free and vegetarian products which I think is amazing. I've been using this cleanser in the evening after removing as much makeup as I can with a Simple facial cleansing wipe, and I've really been enjoying it. The cleanser leaves my skin feeling nice and clean and it's very gentle to use. However, I do have to go back in with eye makeup remover to get rid of any remaining mascara or eyeliner. Which is fine with me because a lot of cleansers don't always get all of the eye makeup off, so I usually do go back in and touch that up to make sure my skin is fresh before bed. This is definitely a product that I would consider repurchasing. You can also buy it at Walgreens but not all stores carry this brand (I know mine doesn't).


6). Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet- Retails for $6.99 (find it HERE)
   Brushes are always a great thing to get in subscription boxes because it gives you the chance to try out something new (duh Brit, that's what the services are for anyway). I personally don't like to purchase new brands of brushes online because I want to feel them first. As far as I know these can only be purchased online so that alone is a no purchase factor for me.
   This brush is double ended with a shadow brush on one side and a crease brush in the other. The shadow brush worked great, it had the right amount of fluff mixed with density which I like in a shadow brush. It picked up product and deposited it nicely, I didn't have to work too hard to build up color because of brush issues. The crease end was a different story! The brush seemed to pick up the product really well but it didn't quite put any in my crease, like the shadow was stuck and couldn't come off. This is probably the most dense crease brush that I now own and I absolutely do not like it at all.
If this brand came available in stores then it's possible that I may purchase something, but as of now it's a no. But I do like having a new shadow brush, we can never have enough makeup brushes!


   I was going to do a sneak peek of what I received in my January Glam Bag, but since it's already the end of the month I'll wait for the review post. Be on the lookout for that in about 2 weeks.

   What did you receive in your Ipsy bag for December? Have you tested the products out? If so I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments.

   Hope everyone has a fantastic Super Bowl weekend!  

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