Ipsy Glam Bag One Month Re-Review – November 2017

It’s been about a month since I got my November ipsy glam bag, so I thought I would return to the products and see how I feel about them now that I have had the opportunity to use them for longer. You can read my original first impressions post here.

Oribe Hair Care Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($22)


Unfortunately, this continues to be useless to me. I have sprayed it once and not touched it since then. This one is my fault for not changing my beauty preferences – I know nothing about the product quality but it’s not like ipsy knew I shaved my head.

Colourpop Cosmetics Pressed Powder Shadow in Paper Tiger ($4)


I just…haven’t touched this. It’s not a bad product; it’s just as good as the other Colourpop pressed shadows from what I can see in the swatch, but the color …I blame this one on ipsy and not on the product.


‘Tini Beauty Barfly Highlighter in Candlelit ($12)


In terms of my bag, this was super exciting, because I love highlighters. In terms of product, well, it’s a highlighter. It stays on well and blends out beautifully into a light highlight. However, if you want a strong highlight you have to put on a lot of product and as a cream, it starts to feel greasy. If you are okay with the light highlight, this is a good product that remains on and does not feel greasy or heavy with the first application.


 Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Lit (Full-Size $18)


This lip looks so amazingly beautiful on. It has a beautiful bright truly gold metallic shimmer. It dries down so it doesn’t transfer, but it doesn’t feel dry at all. I wore it without anything under it, but I would suggest a neutral pink on your lips under this to help it pop more.



Tarte Amazonian Clas 12 Hour Blush in Feisty (Full-Size $29)

Note: I can’t find this color online right now.

I reach for this all the time now that I have it. The color is good for my complexion and works well with a lot of looks because of how neutral it is. It stays on all day without rubbing off at all and it goes on light but buildable in a way that gives a lot of control.


Bonus: Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara (Full-Size $27.50)


To be honest, I have been reaching for my newly purchased drugstore mascara more than this for one simple reason; this stuff deposits so much product. I can feel wetness on my eyelashes when I put it on and I really just don’t like that sensation. It is a good mascara, but at a high price like that smaller issues become more serious problems. If the sensation bothers me that much, it’s not really worth it. That said, that is a personal problem and the quality of the product is good. It stays on all day and makes your lashes thick and very black.

The Verdict

This bag turned out not to be a huge hit for me. Everything was good enough. The blush was great, I love getting highlighters no matter what, and the Lime Crime lip is so unique and cool. All the products that I could use (aka everything but the dry shampoo) were good quality, but some of them I just don’t reach for.

I hope that this was helpful to you. If you would like me to continue to revisit my bags and give a full review of the products after about a month of use, be sure to let me know down in the comments!



All I See is Magic Colourpop Cosmetics Holiday 2017 Palette

Colourpop has released their holiday collection and when I perused it I fell in instant love with the All I See is Magic pressed powder palette and instantly picked it up. Today we are going to go through swatches and report on the performance of the shadows! If you want to watch me do a look and first impressions of the palette you can see that here.

The Swatches


Left to right: Go Wish, Now and Zen, 11:11, Treat Yourself, Top Notch

The top row features a good blend of colors that I would actually see using together to create a look just with these. 11:11 is a beautiful pink metallic shadow with added silver glitter that I totally see using for a really bright bold eye that is glittery yet wearable.

The swatches above don’t represent the quality of the shadow, I just did a really bad job swatching and you will see with the other two swatch pictures that these shadows actually swatch beautifully.


Left to right: Tinsel Town, Twinkle Toes, Something Special, Wishful Thinking, Pitter Patter

I love how bold this row is. I feel like this row is a good resource for choosing a focal color and then using some of the other shadows outside this row to complete the look. Everything but Tinsel Town is a metallic and they are all beautifully creamy and smooth. Tinsel Town is a great outer corner or crease shade for deepening up a look in a colorful way. Wishful Thinking, if you can see, is actually bronze that flashes a green-leaning teal. I think these are all awesome pops of color for the holidays specifically.


Left to right: Save it for Later, Big Spoon, T-Cup, Imperial, Never Never

Like the first row, I totally see myself using this row on its own, and I could see buying just these five shadows for a small palette that could make multiple looks. Save it For later is a beautiful gold that pairs well with any of the neutral mattes here. These are really a good variety of mattes to help make the palette wearable and multi-use.

The Verdict

The colors here are totally beautiful and it’s no secret that I like the formula of Colourpop pressed shadows. I did a wear test on these and experienced no smudging or loss of color over the course of the day. The colors didn’t crease. There was a small amount of glitter transfer from my lid up into my crease. It was minimal but is something to be aware of, especially if your eyes are more hooded than mine. All in all, I really do suggest getting this before it is discontinued. There are a lot of lovely and unique metallics alongside useful neutral mattes that make it very valuable for the price of $20 (on sale for $14 as I write this!).

Ipsy Glam Bag Review – November 17

I get ipsy’s Glam Bag monthly subscription and honestly, it is one of the most exciting things each month for me.

If you prefer a video, you can watch me below.

This month’s theme was “All You”, and it’s all about being yourself and lifting up others so that they can be themselves. It’s a great theme!

The bag this month was actually two options. The other was a bronze and yellow, which I preferred because I’m all about that mustard color, but hey, this is cute too.

Oribe Hair Care Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($22)


Okay, I usually pay $8 or under for a full-size bottle of dry shampoo. Granted, that usually leaves a ton of icky residue in my hair and this stuff doesn’t but….holy cow at this price. I’m always impressed when ipsy hits my $10 investment on the first product. That said, I may have to update my preferences, as my head is currently shaved.

Colourpop Cosmetics Pressed Powder Shadow in Paper Tiger ($5)


It’s no secret that I’m in love with Colourpop and everything they do. This is my first single from them, but I recently got to experience their pressed shadow palettes, and this lives up to those: good color payoff and a buttery texture.


‘Tini Beauty Barfly Highlighter in Candlelit ($12)


Highlighter, yeeeeees. I’m obsessed with highlighter. I would bathe in it if I could. Honestly, I’m a crazy person. So I’m always so happy when ipsy gives me one. This one is a great silver pink that gives a fun frosty look that I think will be great for the holidays. It’s stick form, but isn’t greasy like other sticks I’ve had in the past.

I’m sorry my swatch is barely visible, highlighters can be so hard, but you can see a video of it on my Instagram.


 Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Lit ($18 for full-size)


This thing is literally the most gorgeous. I pulled it out of the bag and just stared at the packaging for a good five minutes. The top is a sparkly pink, and the product looks great in the bottle. It swatches a nice pink with gold reflection, and it goes on full-coverage, so it works like a lipstick, not a topper.


Tarte Amazonian Clas 12 Hour Blush in Feisty ($29)

Okay holy, frickin’, shit. Peep my phone case in this picture. I didn’t notice that until I started writing this post but my God I am keeping it. (Yes, that is Gudetama).

Anyway, Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Bronzer was the first bronzer I actually liked or got attached to, and in fact the first thing ipsy ever sent me that I become an avid fan of. So this blush, with a similar formulation, is totally awesome, and it’s a very wearable pink that verges on peachy but doesn’t make it there.


Bonus: Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara (Full-size $27.50)


This was honestly just….hilarious to me when I pulled it from the bag. It’s my own fault for not paying attention but when I selected it as one of my ipsy point-buys, I was anticipating getting a full-size mascara. So this was impressively tiny.

That said, it is awesomely black and is a great replacement for the dying tube of mascara I was using.

The Verdict

ipsy did a good job this time. I really liked most of the product and my only real complaint is that dry shampoo is kind of useless to me right now, but that’s my own fault for not updating my profile. Paper Tiger isn’t an amazing color, but I did choose “adventurous” for my eye shades, so that’s probably why I got it instead of the nice pink that was offered and honestly, I have enough pink eyeshadow for a lifetime. 4.5/5 stars this month, ipsy.

ColourPop Mini-Haul October 2017

I recently made a large purchase from ColourPop so I’m going to share some brief first impressions of everything I purchased. Watch out for full reviews of these products coming up!

I Think I Love You and Yes, Please! Pressed Shadow Palettes

I needed to include pictures of all of the packaging because ColourPop’s packaging is always amazing. I Think I Love You has a metallic pink box and palette while Yes, Please! has this amazing bright yellow box and a grey and yellow palette with the cutest phrase “Cute AF” on it.

I swatched these the moment that I got my hands on them, and the formulation of the pressed powders was amazingly silky and buttery. The color payoff is also great. The shimmery shadows come off with a beautiful shines and the mattes are true mattes.



I actually got the chance to use the Yes, Please! palette already and the shadows are super blendable, which is really important for the bright colors of the palette.



Overall, I’m impressed. I only had used ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadows in the past and had loved that formulation, so I was wary about the shift to pressed powders, but they did a great job. I will be doing a full review and swatching for each of these palettes in the future. Let me know what you want first!

The palettes are available for $16 each.

Moments of Weekness

Let me tell you, I have been waiting forever to get this lipstick set; I’ve wanted it from the moment it came out and was finally able to purchase it. As always, the packaging is adorable.

I knew I would love this, but I was still happy when I wore Tuesday for the first time and it lived up to my expectations. All of the lipsticks are ColourPops Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks. Their formulation dries quickly and perfectly matte and it stays put. I have never had a transfer problem with these lipsticks, and they have passed the kiss-proof test.

I’m going to do a week of these lips in the future and let you know about it. Stay tuned! This set is available for $35.

Aventurine Crystal Setting Spray

Fun fact about me: I owned neither setting powder nor setting spray until I got this spray from ColourPop. Because of that, I needed to be able to rely heavily on this spray.


The spray has a nice, fresh smell. However, the spray mechanism for this bottle isn’t very good; it doesn’t come out as a thin enough mist, so it has to be held far from the face to avoid getting soaked. I will say, though, that other than the application problem, the spray works and kept my face on through a night of raving.

The mist is available for $6.

Brush Bundle with Roll


Another thing I was lacking: enough brushes. The only brush I have used before this are a flat eye shader, an eye blending brush, an angled face brush, a foundation brush, and a (not a brush) beauty blender.

These brushes are great and soft, and the large powder brush made a beautiful powder applicator as well as a great blender. I didn’t love the fan brush; it doesn’t deposit much powder and I am so obsessed with highlighter that it just doesn’t work for me.

Now, here I really reveal my newbie-ness but holy crap I was not prepared for how much actually having a variety of eye brushes would up my eyeshadow game. I did the best eyeshadow of my life with these brushes. They pick up and deposit product well without holding too much onto themselves, and all the shadow brushes were soft but firm enough to perform their functions.

The whole set is available for $86 (at time of writing, on sale for $55).

The Verdict

Colourpop remains one of my favorites. There were a couple small misses in this, but even the misses were still generally functional and even useful. For the price, ColourPop can never be beat.