Ipsy December 2017

This month’s ipsy theme was Snowglobe, which came in a beautiful silver and mint bag that I adored. Following are my first impression reviews of the items that I got. Coming on Friday will be my one-month re-review of my November bag, and one month from now you can see how I feel about all these products after trying them out for a while. If you prefer, you can watch my unbagging for December 2017 on YouTube.

pixi by petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Orchid Ornament (I could not find this item, but the Mineral Palettes are $12)

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This looks like a very pretty light pink-gold and brown-purple duo, but it swatches out much closer to just gold and brown with some pink-purple undertones. Despite being more neutral than they looked in the palette, they do swatch nicely and the colors are still pretty. There is something of a powdery sensation when you touch the shadow but it isn’t too bad.

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Ignore the black, I was swatching something else earlier.

Nyx Slide on Pencil in Black Sparkle ($8)

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This was a little bit of a disappointment just because there were four different shades available and even though I list in my beauty profile that I prefer adventurous colors, I got the black. However, when I thought more about it, it’s looking like I’m going to get some use out of this soon (New Year’s parties, anyone?) so I’m trying not to be unreasonable.

The swatch doesn’t look great but my eyelids don’t exactly have the lines my hand does for the liner to settle in, so I’m not really worried. The sparkle shows up really nice and shiny, and the pencil is smooth. It seems like it might be so creamy it disappears, but I’m going to try to use a lighter hand and not go too hard on the product in hopes that I can prevent it from just crumbling away.

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Rodial Glamolash XXL in Black ($28 for Full-Size)

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Mascara! Not something that really excites me much, but I actually just changed my beauty profile to include mascara as an item I want because I’m really trying to find my go-to holy grail product; I want to love something! This mascara is promising to me. It looks very true black, and it has the type of very full-bristle wand that I tend to prefer.

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary (Full-Size $21)

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Not important but, I love tiny sample size lipsticks. I don’t know why. The mini bullet is just so hilarious and adorable to me. I’m a weirdo, I know. This lipstick looks like it’s going to be a true red, but it’s a little more blue-toned in my opinion. It took three swipes to get the full swatch I have below, which isn’t promising but also isn’t a huge deal. The sensation of the lipstick is a little tacky and I’m not sure how it’s going to feel on my lips. I have mixed feelings on first impression and I’ll really have to use it to know how I feel.

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Seraphine Botanicals Lip Polish in Orange + Cream ($18)

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Okay, looking this up I truly did not believe it would be over, like $10. Or maybe $15. This is because I am cheap and don’t buy nice things. So it’s kind of actually cool to get a weirdly expensive lip scrub. And my lips are a disaster because of winter and my inability to remember to put on lip balm. I am liking the smell of this and it feels like it’s going to be a good balance of abrasive and moisturizing.

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The Verdict

I don’t know guys. There’s really nothing wrong with this bag. But also, I’m not feeling really excited about it. Mostly, I think it’s just my mood and not ipsy’s fault. This was generally a good match for me as a bag, and I’m going to get good use from these products. The value of the bag is decent, as always. Remember to check in in a month to see what I think after usig these products.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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.

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‘Tini Beauty Barfly Highlighter in Candlelit ($12)

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.