It’s Ipsy time!
I thought this month’s bag (valued at approx. $2.00) was pretty cute! It’s a dark blue light weight square bag with a record/record player on it. I think it’s kinda groovy, so I’ll be putting it to use!
** Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription that sends you a combination of delux-sized samples and full-size products that are personalized for you based on the results of your beauty quiz. Along with the beauty products, you also receive a monthly (super cute) make-up bag! The cost of an Ipsy subscription is $10/month. **
Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse
Full size = $17.95, Sample value = $2.87
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw this product. Sexy Hair products have not been my favorite products of all time, but I’m always willing to try new things. I don’t use a root lifter in my normal hair routine, although, when I get a haircut, my stylist always insists on using one on me.
I’ve been trying to wear my hair down a little more lately. I feel like I’ve been extra rough on my hair lately, and pulling it back into a wet bun every day is not good for my hair. So I’m trying to give it some freedom.
Anyway, I sprayed the mousse onto my roots and massaged it in. It’s not like a regular mousse that expands like a huge cloud in your hand, it’s much thinner, but does foam up just a little. Then I flipped my head upside down and diffused my hair.
I think a used just a tiny bit too much product, as my hair felt heavy and slightly crunchy at the roots, and that’s not what you want. But I think my hair was a little more lifted at the roots than normal, so I guess it ultimately did it’s job.
Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne
Full size = $12.99 (received full size)
I’m not sure how I feel about this eye shadow. As a general rule, I don’t think shimmery eye shadow looks good on me. However, once applied, this shade didn’t really look too shimmery. It looked more brightening than anything else, which is nice.
I wasn’t terribly impressed with the texture of the shadow. It seemed a little dry. On the other hand, had it been more buttery and velvety, it might have looked more shimmery, which probably would have made me like it less. Apparently, I just can’t be pleased! ;)
I didn’t really have any problems with the shadow creasing, but fading was definitely an issue. I would use a primer in the future.
All this too say, I don’t hate it. And I’ll probably continue to wear it, particularly on days when I’m feeling and looking tired and need my eye area brightened up.
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet
Full size = $20.00, Sample value = $13.33
I love black eye liner. I love it almost as much as I love mascara (which is A LOT). I’ve heard a lot of hype about various Urban Decay eye liners, so I was curious to see how this one performed.
First, I loved the texture of the pencil. Not too soft (so many eye liners are getting ridiculously soft) and not too dry. Just how I like it. And really, really dark black. Check, check!
However, while it claims to be waterproof, I had no problems washing it off with just soap and water. If a product is water proof, I would expect to have to use makeup remover to get it off.
Also, I had a problem with it flaking. I noticed lots of black flecks along my under eye area. And I don’t believe it was my mascara as I was using the same Almay mascara I’ve been using for years.
Flaking aside, I liked this eye liner a lot.
Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare
Full size = $10.00 (received full size)
You know, I thought with all the advances we’ve had in makeup technology, I thought we were past the days of super sticky lip gloss. Even drug store brands like Rimmel, Maybelline, and Revlon have super smooth and balmy textures.
But I have to say that this is probably the STICKIEST lip gloss I have ever used. I know some people say stickiness in lip gloss is what allows it to last longer, but this is unreasonably bad.
I can’t tell you how long this lip gloss lasted, as I wiped it off shortly after taking my photos. I expect so much more from a $10.00 lip gloss.
The color that I was sent is another corpse-y nude color. I thought Ipsy was finally starting to regularly send out lovely rosy lip colors, but I am disappointed once more.
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
Full size = $78.00, Sample value = $9.75
Whew – this stuff was intense! But very awesome. And it should be. Did you see the full price? And that’s just for two ounces, by the way.
When I hear the term “microdermabrasion”, I expect serious results. And I think I got it with this product.
It was slightly painful to use, by my skin was mighty, might smooth after using it. Much more so than just using your average facial scrub. I actually told my boyfriend he needs to use this as well.
I can’t afford to repurchase this product, but if you have the available funds, you might want to check it out!
This is me wearing the Elizabeth Mott eye shadow, Urban Decay eye liner, and Mary Kay lip gloss. I also applied some cream blush to my cheeks because without it, I was completely washed out. And I am actually wearing the Sexy Hair spray mousse as well, but I, obviously, have my hair pulled back so it’s hard to tell.
Overall, this was a good bag, but not a great bag. And it certainly had a great value. I paid $10, and the total box value was $50.94!
I think the microdermabrasion was my favorite item in the bag, followed by the Urban Decay eye liner.
Did you receive an Ipsy bag this month? How was it?
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