Ipsy Bag: February 2013

Guess what came in today? As you can tell from the title, it was my February bag!

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This month’s theme is “Red Carpet Ready.” My bag included 5 items:

  1. Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer
  2. MICA Beauty Gel Liner in LC 48 (?)
  3. Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow!!! in No. 1 Smoky Black
  4. Coastal Scents Min Eyeshadow Quad in In the Spotlight
  5. Lash Card Mascara Shields

Since I just received my bag, I haven’t had time to try out any of the products, but if I end up really liking them, I’ll do an individual post. For now, I’ll talk about the products in order.

Pixi is a brand that you can get from Target, but despite this, I haven’t actually tried any of the products. Because of this, I’m pretty excited that this was included in this month’s bag. I especially love trying new primers since my skin is super oily and I’m always trying to find a primer that keeps all the oil at bay. The bottle says that this primer is:

Oil free. Hydrating. Hypoallergenic. For all skin types.

This primer doesn’t feel like a typical silicone based primer; its creamy and slightly tinted. Unfortunately, it has a slight scent that reminds me of the “play” makeup that you give to little kids.

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Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer

I’ve never heard of the brand Mica Beauty, but the gel liner just reminds me of the Maybelline one, so I’ll have to see what the quality is like.

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If I could only have one beauty product, it would be mascara, so I’m always excited to get new samples even though I have plenty. I’ve also never used Pop beauty even though I see their products at Ulta all the time. I’m really excited about this mascara and will let you know what I think!

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The wand for the Pop Beauty mascara

In a previous bag, I received a Coastal Scents Quad, but I like this one better. The colors are so beautiful and pigmented. I also feel that while they seem kind of intimidating (I usually stick to neutrals), they appear surprisingly wearable. The colors included in this quad include (Left to right, Top to Bottom): Dark Goldenrod, Sunbeam, Golden Globe, and Dark Golden Olive.

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Left to right: Dark Goldenrod, Sunbeam, Golden Globe, Dark Golden Olive

Lastly, when I pulled the Lash Card package out of the bag, I got super excited. Once I opened the little package, I was kinda disappointed.  I read “mascara shields” and thought that it would be a plastic, guitar pick-esque mascara shields (like the one that comes with the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara), but instead they were just disposable paper ones. I was looking forward to this product because my lashes are so thin and sparse. I always manage to get mascara all over my eyelid, and using a Q-Tip often disrupts and smashes my lashes together, so this could potentially be a lifesaver. Anyways, the package includes 4 shields (which are printed backwards O.O) and each one has a large curve and a small curve.

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Hopefully these still perform well, and if they do I’ll definitely let you guys know!

So that’s it for this month’s bag! I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great evening!

~ Melissa

Ipsy Bag: January 2013

Hey guys! I got my January Ipsy bag a while ago, so I thought it was time I shared it with you. Actually before I start, I’ll mention a little about it. So if you don’t know what an Ipsy bag is, it’s a monthly subscription service that was created by Michelle Phan. In the beginning, they were under the name Glam bags, and they had many problems. Luckily, I hadn’t subscribed yet, and by the time I did, all the problems were resolved. The first couple of bags were okay, you were getting your money’s worth, but they never really had too many things I was super excited about. But then, they became Ipsy Bags, and that was when things started getting better. For my own subscription, I chose the yearly one, and I believe I got my first bag in March/April. Either way, my subscription will be ending soon, but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with it or if I’m going to switch to Birchbox. If you have tried both, let me know in the comments which one you think would be better for a teenage girl.

Anyways, getting away from all of that, if you follow me on Instagram (more self promotion :P), you have already seen my January bag, but here is an official picture from Ipsy

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I got a total of 5 products, but I’m only going to go in to detail about 3 of them.

The 5 products I received were:

  1. SOHO cosmetics concealer brush
  2. Travel sized Big Sexy Hair Hairspray
  3. Mini Josie Maran Argan Oil
  4. Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Laquer in Frappe
  5. Pacifica Tuscan Orange Body Butter

I tried the concealer brush, and it’s nothing special. Personally, I rather use my fingers for concealer. For the hair spray, it’s also not a big deal, you can get it anywhere.

On to the other three products:

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I haven’t actually tried the nail polish yet, but I’m looking forward to using it for spring. I can tell that it will be a nice base color and that it gives your nails a nice, healthy look. I’m not sure, but it you may also be able to use it for a “jelly sandwich.”

As for the body butter, I love it! I don’t actually use it for my body, but for my hands. This is the most delicious smelling lotion I’ve ever come across. I’m not good at explaining scents, but here’s what it say on the bottle:

Sparkling, juicy blood orange with notes of red raspberry and spicy sweet Italia mandarins. The scent of the Mediterranean beach.

It is also 100% vegan, free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, peanut oil, and artificial color. On top of all that, it’s not to greasy, and the scent is very strong. Whenever I pull it out to use, everyone else asks if they can have some because it smells so amazing.

Lastly, my favorite item from the bag is the Argan Oil. I knew that it was a favorite of many, but I never used it before. Before using it, I watched this video where Josie Maran talks about the oil. In the video, she talks about using it as a moisturizer, and I decided to do the same. As you can tell from the picture above, I’ve used quite a bit. I now use it every day and night. I love it because it feels very light weight and doesn’t have a greasy/oily scent, but is still very moisturizing. Also, it absorbs into the skin very well, almost instantly after applying it. I’m not a 100% sure, but I think that it might be making my acne scars lighter. All in all, I love this product. It’s a tad expensive, but I may decide to splurge and get a full sized product.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you’re an Ipster, let me know which products from this month’s bag you enjoyed the most!

~ Melissa