Turning into a Bag Lady: ipsy November 2016
Another month, another ipsy bag! I failed at taking photos again this month but one day my house will not be a total disaster and I will be better at taking my own photos! Some of these products I’ve tried before or at least tried variations of before so I knew what to expect when trying these out. Either way, I always want to let you know my honest thoughts even if it’s a brand or formula I’ve mentioned before!
Delectable by Cake Beauty sweet mint & cream Hand Cream
This product was actually a repeat of another ipsy bag, except this time I got a different scent. I have super sensitive skin so I always get nervous with skin care products because scented washes and lotions can cause rashes on my skin. This formula though doesn’t bother me which is great because the smell is so good! This time I got “sweet mint & cream” which basically smells like Girl Scouts Thin Mints. Because of the mint in this, I notice a very slight cooling effect when I apply it to my hands but it fades almost immediately. These creams have actually been a lifesaver for me with the weather changing because they’re the perfect size to slip into my purse and I can apply it whenever my hands are feeling a little dry. SInce I have 2 different scents now, I’m keeping one in my office for when my hands need extra moisture!
Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush
I’ve heard about Luxie Beauty and their brushes on various social media channels from different influencers, but I’ve never actually tried anything from the brand. From a quick glance at their website, it seems like they offer higher end brushes so this little guy was a pretty good addition to my bag considering what the value probably is. The rose gold handle is so pretty, you almost want to get more and put them on display! I usually use duo-fiber brushes to blend my contour and blush but this time I decided to use this with ColourPop blushes to see how they would apply as a cream product. I loved this technique because it applied such a light wash of color that looked so natural on the skin- it would be really hard to apply too much with this brush. I will be trying this technique out more often for sure!
Japonesque Pixelated Finishing Powder
When I saw this was coming in this month’s bag, I was pretty excited. I got a mini version of one of their blushes a few months back and have really been enjoying it. I was hoping this would be similar formula since I loved the formula for the blush! The packaging is very simple, cardboard packaging since this is a sample but the full size packaging is so creative and colorful- I love it! I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a brightening powder or more of a highlight- maybe it could be used as both? Since I tend to get oily, I stay away from finishing powders like this on my face because I don’t usually like to add illumination to the face. If you have drier skin though, this would be a great powder because it goes on so smooth and creamy. I’ve been using it as a subtle highlight to the bridge of my nose and cheekbones and love how subtle this is! No drawing attention to texture here- just a nice glow where no one will notice it’s actually your highlight!
Adesse New York Brightening Base Coat
Another nail product I’m less than thrilled about. I just keep rating these poorly in my preferences and I hope ipsy will get the picture eventually. This time it’s a clear base coat that is supposed to help protect your nails from environmental damage and correct any discoloration before the actual polish is applied. This product is five-free and cruelty-free, which are always good perks. I actually did try this out on my nails just on its own. Since it’s clear, I didn’t have to be so picky about application. I really like the brush on this product because it made it very easy to apply to the nails. The formula was also the perfect consistency where it wasn’t too runny but also didn’t plop out on the nail in a glob of product (both issues I’ve had before). This product does give my nails a nice shine and I did notice a slight improvement in the appearance of my nails- the natural color is enhanced but also somehow uniform across both hands. Not bad, but I don’t apply polish enough to make this worth it.
theBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara
Ahhh last but not least. This is one of my favorite lesser-known brands that I really have been wanting to try more products from. I have some of their face products from prior bags and I have a full size highlighting palette, but have been absolutely dying to try their lip products (hint hint, if the ipsy powers are reading). I’ve never heard anyone talk about their mascara before, so I’m thinking this is probably a new product. This product I’ll say is very similar to the Benefit Roller Lash mascara in that the wands are curved and there are shorter plastic bristles. This one is different though because the bristles are more spaced out. I’m not a huge fan of that because you have to be more careful in your application to ensure that you’re turning the brush over as you wiggle it through your lashes. But, I did notice a curling effect and I love the separation this gave my lashes- it looked like I had a million lashes! The formula of this is also nice and black which I love. I’ve actually been grabbing this little guy over some of my other mascaras, so it may be worth checking out if you’re in the market!
This month was decent, but I’m not sure I’ll be running out to buy any of these in full sized versions. I can definitely see myself using up most of these products and enjoying it but I don’t think any of them are my next holy grail, if that makes sense. If you’re into curling and separating mascaras, definitely pick up theBalm’s mascara because it was probably my favorite product in my bag this month! What’d you get in your bags this month?! I’d love to hear your thoughts!