Mini-Haul from Ulta – Drugstore Makeup Brands

haulI splurged a little on some makeup, so naturally I had to tell the only people in my life who might care. ūüėČ

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm ($5.99) – So I tried this product in¬†the past from ipsy, and I was really disappointed. The shade was all wrong from their website and it had a chalky, patchy application. This shade is a little bit of a different story. On their site, it looks very brown. In person, the tube looks more rosy. On, it’s a My Lips But Better and Slightly Warmer. It also feels really emollient and moisturizing. It kind of dries out after a few hours, but the colour is staying behind like a stain. I do have to reapply throughout the day.

NYX Color Mascara in Purple ($6.99) – This was disappointing, but not a total loss. On the wand, this mascara is a bright purple. On my (very dark) lashes? The purple gets totally lost. It works nicely as a mascara and way up close, I can see a purple tinge to my lashes, but it’s not the Totally 90s effect I was hoping for. It doesn’t do a ton to plump or lengthen my lashes, but it’s a really nice everyday mascara, so -shrug-

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Stone Fox ($6.99) – I expected this to be a more neutral grey, but it’s actually more of a teal. Which is dope because it kind of matches my hair right now! It’s my spooky October shade. This is meant to go on and dry down into its suede texture. It takes a long time to dry, but when I does, I find it a bit tacky and uncomfortable. If you press your lips together, the colour comes off in spots. And after a couple hours of wear, it felt like the colour was going to crack when I smiled. I don’t think it’s a great all-day shade because of all this. ALLLL that said, I feel like Stone Fox is a really unique shade and if you don’t mind being vigilant with¬†reapplication, this¬†might be a winner for you.

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup in Ivory ($9.99) – This is very thin. I was disappointed at first, but really surprised at how much of my face I covered with barely any product‚Äďand it gave me a coverage that was better than some MUCH thicker products. It was a tiny bit chalky, however, but wasn’t greasy at all. I didn’t choose the lightest shade as I usually do, and I’m glad.

Revlon Photoready BB Cream Perfector with SPF 30 ($11.99) – This was so disappointing. It smells and feels like a sunscreen, which I hate in a foundation that includes SPF. This is very thick, and does a decent job covering dark circles. I don’t feel like it’s a good base for another makeup, however. And this definitely had my face looking greasy by the end of the day.

Ipsy Review: December 2012

So I just realized that I should be getting a tracking number from Ipsy within a day or two, but that I never reviewed my December bag. ¬†Sorry, folks. ¬†The flu took precedent. ¬†I’ll keep this (relatively) brief.

The Bag – It’s smaller in height than other bags, but it’s the first I’ve gotten that’s wide. ¬†I really enjoy this bag! ¬†It’s silky and I’ll call the colour¬†Weimaraner.

Loose Pearl Shadow by NYX – I don’t have this in front of me right now, and I can’t figure out which shade it was supposed to be. ¬†It comes with a strange brush inside that seems to just get pigment everywhere. ¬†When I finally got reins on the product (I just poured some out and used my own brush) it was pretty standard-issue stuff. ¬†I didn’t like the colour on me at all–it went on more neutral than it looked in the bottle (sort of army green gunmetal,) but it was still pretty overwhelming for my pale face. ¬†For $3 for 0.06 oz, I feel like this is on-par with other brands, even though the packaging is awful.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Zero – Zzzz. ¬†I already have this. ¬†I’m sure people who got Woodstock the last time these were in the bags are happy. Then again, the people WHO ALREADY GOT THIS are probably shrugging. ¬†It’s a great black eyeliner, but c’mon. ¬†I shouldn’t need eyeliner again until sometime in 2016.

Mai Couture Highlighter Paper – I just don’t care for products like this. ¬†I haven’t even opened it.

Mirabella Primer for Face and Eyes – This was silky and nice, and worked okay as a primer. ¬†It’s $29 at Mirabella, which is downright¬†ludicrous. ¬†Suggested alternative: $6 elf Mineral-Infused Face Primer

Be a Bombshell Lipgloss in Hot Mess – I was expecting this to be like last month’s Be a Bombshell lip product, so I was surprised to find it was a gloss. ¬†I was doubly surprised to find that it left a nice amount of colour, thought it was more pink than the tube would suggest.

The Overall – This is decent for making a vampy face, but meh. ¬†I’m considering cutting this subscription. ¬†I’ve been happy to get such deals on some of the products, don’t get me wrong. ¬†I still think it’s wonderful for someone on a budget who wants to fill a close-to-empty makeup drawer. ¬†But I have so many products that are so similar, and I’ve gotten plenty of stuff to keep my face done up. ¬†The sneak peeks for January are okay. ¬†The products include SPOILER ALERT an eyeshadow crease brush, argan oil for the face, Pacifica blood orange scented lotion (I love this brand,) Big Sexy hairspray (no idea how they’re getting these products to us…) and red nail polish. ¬†I’m really only excited for the lotion, but who needs more lotion? ¬†No one. ¬†The hairspray will be nice if it’s a can, simply because I don’t have any at the moment. ¬†Meh.

We shall see.