Ipsy Bag: July 2013

If you read my update post, you would know that my first Ipsy bag was damaged. I expected Ipsy to replace one item, because it’s their policy, but I was pleasantly surprised when I received a whole new bag. The second bag was different from my first, so I got more than 5 products this month.

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This month’s theme was “Beach Beauty” and the items I received were:

  1. BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sampler (2)
  2. Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 Unscented
  3. Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayons in Coral Crush and Rose Romance
  4. Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub
  5. Benetint
  6. Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Hairspray and Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray

BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sampler (≈ $2.69 each)

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Upon first glance, I had high hopes for this eyeshadow trio. I’d received BH Cosmetics samples before and those were always great. On top of that, the packaging and shadow sizes are a huge improvement from the previous ones. Unfortunately, this sample fell flat. I was not impressed with the pigmentation at all. It took numerous swipes to get the color to pay off. Also, they aren’t very creamy. Of the three colors, the gold one from the Malibu was the best. It was the most pigmented and the smoothest. The purple is no where near as dark as it looks in the pan and middle color is more bronze-y in swatch, which I would love if the pay off was good.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 Unscented (≈ $4.87)

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There isn’t much to say about this product. It’s a sunscreen. In reality, I like it, but I wouldn’t pay full price for it. I like that it doesn’t have that typical sunscreen-y scent and that it’s not greasy. It goes on like a normal moisturizer, but obviously has SPF.

Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayons in Coral Crush and Rose Romance (≈ $4.17 each)

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This product instantly made me think of the Tarte LipSurgence lip tints. I like the right coral color, but it’s not the most flattering on my lips. When I saw that I got a second one, I was excited, but that one ended up being like a nude. I doesn’t look good on its own, but I use it as a concealer so that others colors will be more bright. Overall, you get a decent amount of product. Unlike the Tarte lip tints, when you twist the product all the way up, you get quite a bit. These lip crayons are pretty moisturizing and the longevity isn’t too bad. The first time I used one, I ate, and went to retouch to find out that it wasn’t necessary. The one thing that this product doesn’t do is “create a plumped and pillowy pout.” There is zero plumping done.

Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub ($16.25)

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I was most excited to test out this product! I love everything and anything skin related. I’m especially crazy about microdermabrasion treatments. Anything that helps to clear skin and fade scars, I’m all over. This product contains dead sea salt along with volcanic sand to help break up scar tissue and exfoliate. It also has lime and lemon peel astringents which gives it its heavenly scent.  I’ve used the product three times, so I can’t tell if its helped to clear my scars, but my skin always feels smooth after using it. Though I can’t tell yet if it’s working, I’m hoping that I’ll see some results in a couple of months!

Benetint ($6.00) benetint

I received a sample of Benetint before from a Sephora lip package, and I was thrilled to try it out because I heard so many people raving about it. In the end, I didn’t think it was that great, so I ended up giving it away. When I saw that I got it again in this month’s bag, I was curious about trying it out again, thinking I might like it a second time around. In the end, I didn’t really care for it. I really wanted to love it because so many others did, but as of right now, it’s not too exciting for me.

Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Hairspray and Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray (≈ $7.80/$6.65)

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I got my first July package the same week as my senior pictures. When I was that I got the weather proof hairspray over the beach spray, I was disappointed. I was hoping to get it because I wore headband curls and I wanted that beach-y look. Though I preferred the beach spray, I was still happy with the hairspray. I was hoping that it would keep my waves in tact in the Houston humidity. In the end, I feel like that spray did an okay job. When looking in the mirror and in person, my waves looked intact, but unfortunately, in my senior portraits, my hair looked surprisingly flat. As for the beach spray, I haven’t personally used it, but lent it to my cousin. She’s been experimenting with beach waves herself (for her Vegas trip) and I told her she could test out the spray.

TOTAL BAG PRICE: ≈ $55.29

That’s it! I’m already at work testing out all the items I got in my August bag, so hopefully it’ll be out soon! (I know I say that all the time :P)

I hope everyone is enjoying the last week before school! I’m personally really busy and should be working on summer assignments, but I would rather blog and share all things beauty with you guys!

♡ Melissa

 

Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow!!! Review

I just finished trying this new mascara from my February Ipsy Bag. I didn’t know what to expect, and I’m glad to say, I really like this mascara. I feel like mascara reviews are better with pictures than words, so here we go. *Ignore my red eyes, I have naturally dry eyes, and they got worse because I kept holding them open to try to get decent pictures.

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My plain lashes vs 1 coat of the mascara

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2 coats of mascara on each eye

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My bare lashes

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1 coat of mascara. Sorry for the blurry picture, I didn’t notice it was that bad until I uploaded it!

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2 coats of mascara

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A side view of my lashes.

As you can tell from the beginning picture, I have long-ish lashes, but they are very thin and sparse. They are so thin that without mascara, they seem non existant. When I normally use mascara, I first prime my lashes with Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, but in order to correctly test this mascara out, I skipped that step.

With that being said, I think this mascara did a great job! The mascara is very black and helps to make my lashes look much more volumized. They make my lashes look a little clumpy, but I prefer that. Actually, if you let the mascara dry between coats, it gets pretty clumpy, so if you prefer neater lashes, I would recommend finishing one eye before you move on to the next. I would work fast because this mascara dries pretty fast. Shortly after applying the mascara, I ran my finger under my lashes, and no mascara rubbed off. Hopefully this means that their won’t be any smearing or smudging. I won’t have this on for very long, so I won’t be able to test that out now, but I will edit this post when I do.

*edit: I have worn this mascara for about an hour and it smudges. This may because I have oily skin or it just smears in general. This problem may be fixed if I use a primer first or use a clear coat over the mascara.

Have you tried this mascara? What do you think of it? 

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Melissa

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