Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ipsy Series: Reviewing December

Three Ipsy bags in and I'm still loving it.  Now this month they provided subcribers with products that can make some great holiday looks.  I'm definitely digging the makeup bag they provided.  The quality seems a little nicer than the other bags I have received so far.  If you didn't catch my video check it out and let's get into my thoughts on this month's bag.

Check out the goodies!
Mirabella Prime for face and eyes
*Unfamiliar brand, first time trying anything from this product line
*Full size, retails for $29 (available at website listed below)
*Gel consistency
*Overall Impression: I was initially surprised by the gel consistency of the primer.  However I noticed an immediate difference in the coverage of my powder alone.  I tend to wear just a light to medium coverage powder on a typical day.  I used MAC Mineralized Skinfinish with this primer for my first time was a light day for makeup that particular day and I received a compliment that same day.  I was told that I had a glow and was asked if I changed the brand of makeup I use.  Other times I opted to wear liquid foundation combined with powder the primer definitely made a difference.  Now typically I skip primer...that's just my personal preference, but this product has somewhat changed how I view primer.  I just might purchase this product
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil
*Very familiar brand, I absolutely love their eyeshadows!
*Travel sized, full and travel size available at website listed below, you may also purchase this item at authorized retailers such as Sephora and Ulta.
*Very soft consistency
*Jet black
*Doesn't pull or tug at skin
*Smudges/blends easily
*Overall Impression: As usual Urban Decay delivers.  This pencil may replace my all time favorite.  It literally does what it says its going to do which is glide across your skin.  Smudges easily with your favorite pencil style brush.  The first usage won me over literally. 
Be A Bomshell Cosmetics Hot Mess Lipgloss
 *Semi familiar, first lip product from this product line
*Full size, retails for $14 (available at website listed below)
*Typical sponge tip applicator
*True red
*Overall Impression: I tried wearing this poduct two different ways...and the conclusion I arrived at is....this absolutely needs to be paired with a matching lipstick and liner.  Now I'm kinda funny when it comes to wearing red lip's a hit or miss for me.  I just couldn't get into wearing it alone.  However when I paired it with MAC's  MAC Red lipstick and Rimmel's Red Diva lip liner it got real, lol. 

NYX Cosmetics Loose Pearl Eyeshadow- Black Pearl

*Familiar brand
*Full size, retails for $3 (available at website listed below, also authorized retailers such as PacSun and Ulta)
*Blends easily, can build intensity by layering
*Comes off easily with makeup remover
*Overall Impression: I like the loose pearl eyeshadows by NYX.  For one they are much more afforadable than a lot of other brands on the market.  I also like the fact the opening is not huge...ever spilled a MAC pigment?  You'll shed a tear or two over that one, lol. 

Here's a swatch of Black Pearl
Mai Couture Highlighter Papier- St Barts
*Unfamiliar brand, never heard of it prior ro receiving it in my Ipsy bag
*Trial size, however this is quite a bit for it to not be a full size, retails for $28 (available at the website listed below, I also decided to include the where to buy list since there are mutiple retailers and other websites that carry this product line
*Easier to use if you use a brush rather than applying the sheet directly to your face
*Overall Impression: I think this was a more than enough trial size in terms of the amount of sheets received...especially considering the cost of the full sized product.  I found it easier to apply this product by using a stiff face brush...just rub the brush against the sheet.  Great product, but I used it sparingly.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ipsy Series: Reviewing November

I'm back again reviewing November's Ipsy bag. Now I'm still a newbie to the Ipsy subscription but all in all I think I'm going to continue this subscription. I like the fact that the bag is different every month, sometimes you want to coordinate...all the way down to the cosmetics pouch in your handbag, lol. If you didn't catch my video for Novemeber's bag check it out and let's get straight into my thoughts.

Here's everything from the November Ipsy bag:

Starlet Cosmetics- black eye liner pencil
*Unfamiliar brand, first time trying it for myself
*Brand states to be paraben & talc free
*Full sized, can be purchased for $11 at the website listed below
*Soft and creamy makes for easy application
*Smudges easily for smoky eyes
*Found easy to remove (I used H2O eye makeup remover)
*Overall Impression: I think this is a great everyday use type of pencil.  Doesn't tug at my skin as I drag it across my eyelid.  Smudges easily with a pencil brush.  I like that it has a soft and creamy consistency.  The color payoff is decent.  I also like the idea that this brand is paraben and talc free.  The price is affordable and is a great quality pencil overall.
Nailtini nail lacquer- Millionaire
*Unfamiliar brand, first time trying it for myself
*Full sized, full size retails for for $13 (available at website listed below, select US retailers, and US salons)
*Typical packaging (box included)
*From the Speakeasy Lacquer collection
*Gold & teal tinsels within a rose-gold microglitter
*Overall Impression: I like this polish/lacquer for the unique combination of tinsels and microglitter.  I definitely plan to use this whenever I want a unique glittery look. (The polish I paired it with was Dress Me Up by China Glaze)

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel

*Unfamiliar brand, first time trying for myself
*Trial sized, full size retails for $18 (available at website listed below)
*Masara wand type applicator
*Dries without flaking (product is clear)
*Overall Impression: Product does exactly its designed to do.  Tames brows with no effort.  Great product to use prior to filling in brows.  A little pricey for my personal taste and I'm not one of those people who feels like they absolutely must apply eyebrow gels.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss- Daredevil

*Familiar brand, however this is my first time trying it for myself
*Trial sized, full size retails for $18 (available at website listed, and authorized retailers)
*Typical sponge tip applicator
*Overall Impression: When worn alone it gives a high shine finish with a nice hint of color.  However it compliments lipsticks from the same color family.  The price is in the middle, believe me there are tubes of lipgloss that sell for $30 or more.  I plan to use to with lipstick every time I wear it.  Personally if I purchase lipgloss for color I want to see it without having to layer it on. 
*I tried it alone, which provided a high shine finish with very subtle color payoff.  I also paired it with Frosti lipstick by MAC and Current lip pencil by MAC.

The Balm Cosmetics: Meet Matt(e). Matte Eyeshadow- Matt Batali
*Semi familiar brand
*I would consider this a single full sized eyeshadow.  (Available at the website listed below, however I noticed it only seems to be available as part of a palette)
*Deep color payoff, which is a bonus.
*So far I've only used this as an eyebrow filler and more than likely that's the only way I plan to use. 
*Overall Impression: Hands down I like it!  The rich color payoff works perfectly for the purpose I use it for which is filling in my eyebrows.  Pairs nicely with the Chella eyebrow defining gel.

 Overall I liked everything from this month's bag.  I can't say I like one thing more than the other because I was able to incorporate everything into a look at some point.  Well may be I like the Matt Batali matte eyeshadow the most because I can use it everyday.  Can't wait to see what December has to offer.

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