April 2016 Ipsy Bag

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of April but I am so ready for summer! I’m very excited for my glam bag this month and can’t wait to try out all the products I’ve received. The theme this month is dreamers and I’m loving it so far!

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner in JET 

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Product Description:  Dramatically emphasize your eyes with Starlooks’ intensely-pigmented, mechanical kohl eye pencil! These ultra-soft liners glide across delicate lids and water-line without pulling or scratching. Try a smokey effect by blending outwards with a fluffy brush!

  • Maximum Color Saturation
  • Long-lasting
  • Ultra Creamy Formula

First Impression: I have stated time and time again that I am not an eyeliner person. I don’t wear it (mainly because I just make a mess) but even I can appreciate how beautiful this eyeliner is! I swatched it on my wrist and was amazed by the pigmentation. This is the blackest eyeliner I’ve ever seen and it’s very creamy. Another huge plus is that it’s retractable which makes it perfect for traveling because you don’t have to pack a sharpener as well.

Tarte Cosmetics Lip Insurgence Lip Creme in Wonder

Product Description: The super creamy formula is infused with their famous maracuja oil to leave lips feeling oh-so soft. And we’re beyond obsessed with the soft poppy pink shade.13106778_10206062971717654_832939449_o

P.S. It also doubles as a cheek color! Apply to the apples of cheeks and blend for a radiant flush of color.

First Impression: I have wanted to try Tarte Cosmetics for so long so I was super excited about this. I haven’t tried it on my lips yet but I swatched the colour and it is gorgeous! The formula feels creamy and it seems like the product won’t transfer much, will update you all on this! Also bonus, Tarte is cruelty free!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Gel to Oil Overnight Repair Treatment

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Product Description: This overnight treatment has seriously upgraded our hair repair game! The nutrient-rich gel melts into an oil to release a blend of Natural Oils, Vitamins and Antioxidants (AKA NOVA Complex) that strengthens, restores moisture, and repairs damage while you get your beauty sleep – literally.

First Impression: I’m a little wary on putting oil on my hair because my hair gets oily fast (like I don’t even know what second day hair is) but I’m really excited to try this product because if it repairs I’m game because my hair is damaged. This product doesn’t seem to have a scent, or if there is one it isn’t strong at all,  which is nice so for now this product is good with me.

Crown Brush C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush

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Product Description:It multitasks as much as you do! Use with your fave foundation, blush, or highlight.
First Impression: This brush is very soft and has finger grips on the handle which is a plus.  I don’t know how likely I am to use this brush for foundation but for blush I think it’ll be a great brush.

Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Face Highlighter

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Product Description: It’s totally buildable, so you can take your look from a subtle sheen to an out-of-this-world glow. Plus, the ultra-blendable formula is totally foolproof – perfect for anyone from newbies to pros!
First Impression: I am so excited to try this highlighter! I do not own any highlighters and the fact that I got one from one of my favourite brands is a huge bonus for me. What I’m most excited about is that it’s a cream and which I swatched it, it was absolutely beautiful! I’m very excited to try this!

April 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag First Impression

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The bag

I love this months bag, I’ll definitely find a way to use it. It’s colourful with yellow and blue tie dye, and once I looked closely I noticed a little pink along the edges of the blue, too.

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Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Face Highlighter

I love the name of this, “that glo tho”, it’s hilarious. It’s a lovely golden bronze colour, and right now all I’ve got for highlighter is my Smashbox step-by-step contour kit so it’s nice to have something that’s more than a kit.

tarte cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Creme

I got the lip creme in the colour ”
wonder”, which seems like a bright pinkish red. I’m not sure yet how I feel about the colour, but I like it more than some others I’ve received from ipsy.

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Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522

This brush is really soft, just like every other Luxie brush I’ve ever felt. Also like every other Luxie brush I’ve ever seen, it’s very pretty.

Harvey Prince Organics Keravegan Hair Mask

I’m a sucker for hair products, so I was pretty excited about this. I’m assuming it’s called Keravegan because it’s got keratin and it’s organic/vegan, which if that’s true then it should be fantastic for your hair.

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Probelle Nail Lacquer

The colour I got for this is called “In or Out” and it’s a sort of pastel yet bright purple, if that’s possible. I’m not a huge fan of the colour, and the smell is really strong for my liking, but if it’s a good quality nail polish then I’ll keep the brand in mind when making future purchases.

Nude Dude eyeshadow pallet is the best kind of nude dude

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This is one of my favourite pallets next to the Naked pallets by Urban Decay. Playing on the pinup style from the 1950’s, this pallet amusingly plays on sexuality with its feature of ‘naked men’ under the eyeshadows; neutral tones from light to dark.

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My favourite shadow is “Flirty” which is a lighter purple with bits of gold flecks in it. There is are several matte shadows (Fearless, Fabulous, Flawless, and Feisty), and shimmer shadows (Faithful, Firm, Fit, Flirty, Friendly, Funny, Fierce, and Fine). These colours are all easy to use and blend beautifully.

The product retails for about $45 Canadian, but on their website it is listed at $36 American 

I got this product at my local beauty store -before its recent closure :(- and one of the ladies working there recommended this product to me in replace of the Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow by Too Faced.  This product is definitely a good mach for that pallet, plus this one by The Balm comes with more colours and the gorgeous purple/gold shadow.

Dream On with the April Glam Bag by Ipsy

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This months glam bag by Ipsy is stunning. This months theme is dream and the bag does embody that with its tie-dye print. It is perfect for the spring and the excitement of the summer to come. This bag holds a great amount and looks hella cute just to carry around.

This month I received:

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City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio. The colours are gorgeous and look like they will be great for highlighting.

Crown Brush C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush.

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Moroccan Oil treatment. I tried this several years ago and loved it so I’m super excited that I received this in my bag.

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil in Jet. This is similar to a kohl liner but it doesn’t need to be sharpened. I tested it out on my arm and it goes on smooth and barely smudges like other pencil liner. Would definitely recommend.

Tarte LipSurgence lip crème in Wonder. It’s a beautiful, creamy pink that is a very similar colour its packaging. It’s hydrating and comfortable to wear.

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I am very pleased with this month’s glam bag and I can’t wait to try everything out!

Let me know what you guys think of this months bag

 

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2016

Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco 3 Day Smooth Perfect Blow Dry Cream:

Anyone who knows me knows that I love anything to do with having healthier hair. When I saw that I was getting a Marc Anthony product, I was extremely excited. I have wanted to try a product by them for quite some time, but I have never been able to afford it. I blow dry my hair a lot, even though I know it’s horrible for your hair, so the fact that it was a blow dry cream made it even better.

I used the Blow Dry Cream the day after I got my bag. The instructions on the tube aren’t extremely clear, so I sort of made up my own routine of flipping my head upside down and rubbing it into my hair, then flipping my head back up and putting my hair to each side to make sure the cream got everywhere. Afterwards I combed my hair with a wet hair comb to even it out without damaging my hair too much.

On the first day my hair was noticeably softer, and every consecutive time that I uses the cream it got even softer. Marc Anthony, you amaze me. I will definitely by buying this product once I run out.

Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover:

I don’t have much to say about this product other than the eyeshadow itself is good quality, and comes in a small enough package to be easily transported for reapplication if needed. I personally don’t like the colour, it’s just too pink for me.

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold:

I have mixed feelings about this blush. I like that it’s two colours, because it highlights and adds a blush colour at the same time, which is great. I no longer have to chose between highlighting or blush. The problem is that the pink in the blush isn’t very bright, like at all. I have to apply an extremely thick layer before I see any results of the pink, but by then my cheeks are all shiny from the gold.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick:

Okay, this lipstick is both fantastic and awful at the same time. Personally, the colour is not for me. I got the vibrant red colour, like the reddest red there ever was, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that this lipstick does not come off. That can be both good and bad. No reapplying throughout the day, don’t have to worry about eating, drinking, kissing, or whatever else might rub off a normal lipstick. But, if you want to be able to take it off at night or not have any left over the next day, for the entire day, this lipstick is not for you. I applied it, didn’t like it, tried to take it off, and was stuck with it for the entirety of the next day.

Me me me Loose Powder Brush:

This brush is a little too solid to actually blend anything. I used it for my loose powder (duh) and I didn’t really like it. I could hardly see a difference after applying it, so it doesn’t work that great. It’s small enough to carry around without taking up much space like my other brushes, but it’s just not good enough to actually use.

Also, here’s my main problem with ipsy: there’s a style quiz you take in which you select the types of things that you want, however you can’t select the things that you don’t want. I do not have it selected that I want makeup brushes, however I have received a brush every single month except one. You can review you products you’ve received, and state that you don’t want any more items like that, and I do that every time. Yet, I manage to get a brush, every. time.