Ipsy March 2015

IMG_0440Makeup is in bloom, or something!

Another month, another Glam Bag from Ipsy! (referral link)

I was really excited by the theme and I think the bag itself is cute as pigs. It’s a really different print for them, which I really appreciate. I was disappointed that these products are physically just really, really small all together.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk (full size: $6): I was super thrilled to see the most vibrant, exciting shade in my bag. Finally! The application is a bit sheer, so it doesn’t go on nearly as vibrant as the tube looks, and it’s more pinky. The lipstick has the taste and smell of a cheap lipstick, which I hate, but it does feel very buttery on my lips. Still, so happy with this.  Good pick, ipsy.

Vintage by Jessica Liebskind Illuminating Face Highlighter in Crystal Pink (sample size?): This was an ipsy exclusive, so I can’t get a good handle on whether this is considered a sample size or not. They were selling this on their site for $26, possibly along with another product?  At any rate, this goes on a bit like a very sheer eyeshadow–it’s too pink to make sense as a highlighter to me. The shine is a bright, sugar pink. Not for me.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer (sample size): They sent this to me in the medium shade. I am extremely fair. I can blend this out and the shade does okay on my dark circles, but I definitely have to cover-up the Cover-up. I have no idea why they sent this to me. The full size is about three times the size of the sample and $20, so I don’t think I’ll be buying.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion (sample size): This feels like a typical pore-minimizing primer, but has a bit of an herby, medicinal scent. It contains apple stem cells (haha), retinol and alpine (?) extract, among other things. It did a fine job of working as a primer and mattifyer, but the jury’s out on its anti-aging properties. The full size is $60 for 1.7oz, which I just can’t see.

Lashem 3 in 1 Eye Bright (sample size): First, let me start by saying that my .17 oz tube was nearly empty. I’m emailing ispycare about it as we speak. The tube included no instructions for use, so I just applied this around my eyes and crossed my fingers. It promises to lift, firm, brighten and rejuvenate tired eyes. I definitely felt a cooling sensation that perked me up a bit. It’s an okay product that retails $40 for 15mL, but it’s not for me.

3 responses to “Ipsy March 2015”

  1. A good bag this month!

    NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops Explosif: I like NYX lipsticks but I’m not crazy about this color. It’s a pinky-nude and there’s nothing explosif about it. But I lost my other tube so this one can replace it. I use NYX lipsticks like non-shiny lipgloss or lip conditioner when my lips are dry: they’re nice and creamy and they last about an hour. So I’m reapplying them all the time.

    Highlighter: That’s highlighter?!??!!! I thought it was eyeshadow! I’m stocked up in either case — into the discard pile it goes. This reminds of when I was in my teens and I would “re-purpose” make-up all the time — eyeshadow went on eyes, cheeks AND lips. (Nothing wrong with that, except sometimes I started to look a little monochrome. )

    Concealer: Too dark for concealer! But just right for eye primer! I’m on a new kick : I’m using up my older concealers as eye primer. (Whhyyyyyy am I buying separate eye primer??)

    Gilchrist & Soames Body Lotion: Very happy to get this. I’ve been running low on lotion and it smells nice.

    Pur-lisse Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser: Also happy to try this — I’m out of cleanser.

    Both lotion and cleanser are something I use inconsistently, even though I’m supposed to be using them religiously. So I’m pretty happy to slap on anything somebody gives me.

    Anytime I read about a $40-for-15-ml product I pray that I never get addicted to something like that. It’s bad enough I pay $20 for my MAC blacktrack liner.

    1. Can someone explain to me how NYX names their shades because what? Haha
      I was actually way annoyed when I noticed that this was highlighter. It works way better and an eyeshadow. That’s exactly how I’ll use it. It’s POSSIBLE that the ingredients aren’t eye-safe, but they probably are.
      I’m jealous of your lotion and cleanser.

  2. […] of my products were defective. TWO. After March, when I felt like two of my products were underfilled, I decided to contact ipsyCare. They said […]

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