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)


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.


Ignore the black, I was swatching something else earlier.

Nyx Slide on Pencil in Black Sparkle ($8)


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


Daily Makeup Fall 2017

Hello all! Today I wanted to share with you what makeup has been part of my daily routine for the fall months! Let’s get to it!

elf Mineral Eyeshadow Primer (No Longer Available)


I do my eyes first every time. This is something that was pretty popular a while back and at least to me seems to have fallen out of fashion, but it’s how I prefer to do things, particularly if I don’t know how much fallout a palette or eyeshadow has. I got this primer a while ago and it is no longer available, which isn’t too much of a disappointment to me as I find it lackluster; it is kind of greasy and I haven’t seen a notable improvement in the longevity of my eyeshadows when I use this.

Colourpop I Think I Love You Pressed Powder Palette ($16)


As you can see in this blog post, I got this palette alongside the Yes, Please! palette not too long back and since I’ve gotten the set, this one has become my go to. It has a lot of neutral and soft-pink options while also having some options for a bit of pop, so it has been good for me on a day-to-day basis. The color payoff and the general quality of the shadows is good here.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Liner in Perversion (Full-Size $20)


The quality of this eyeliner is absolutely unbelievable; I got it in my November 2017 ipsy bag and I fell in love with it. It is pretty soft and has crumbled on my eye before when I sharpen too much. The product also seems to disappear – I have to continuously sharpen this – but I love it so much that it doesn’t bother me besides meaning I’m going to have to buy it sooner.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Volume Mascara (Full-Size $27.50)


This was a bonus I got from ipsy and it has been my go-to simply because I ran out of other mascara. That said, the quality is good. It stays on, it’s waterproof, and it is definitely very black. It hasn’t blown my mind enough to be worth the price, but I am also someone who has never had a mascara I love so I normally choose by the price.

elf Tone Adjusting Primer ($6)


I honestly hate this stuff. It is truly and honestly terrible. It feels awful and greasy and slippery on the skin, and I don’t enjoy it at all. Why have I used it everyday? An impulse to use primer combined with the fact that I don’t have any other primer. Gonna have to buy one of those, because I really dislike this.

Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in Green ($5.82)


I use everyday especially this fall as my breakouts become fairly bad out of nowhere (perhaps the stress of starting grad school?). It covers them up really nice. It’s very green, but once blended in a bit with a beauty blender it works under concealer and foundation to really kill those red spots.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Fair ($6)


This thing uterally destroys my dark circles. And my circles are bad. Living that grad student life is really making them a task to deal with, and this stuff deals with it. The finish isn’t great, which is why I prefer it under another concealer and my foundation – it shows way to shiny on its own. But colorwise, it really does the job.

L’Oreal True Match Concealer in C123 ($8.95)


This is the cool-light shade of the concealer to match the foundation colors – all the concealers cover three of the foundations. This concealer works good enough. There is some creasing under the eyes but not a noticeable amount. If you have dry undereyes or fine lines it will settle in. However, it does its job and covers problem spots up well.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in C2 ($10.95)


This foundation is pretty good; it feels good on the skin, it’s medium to full coverage and it’s buildable if you give it a second to dry down before trying to build it up. It lasts okay throughout the day: not amazing, but not bad at all. This has been my go to foundation for a while and I’ve been using it daily because I have it and it preforms well enough, but I’m looking forward to trying new foundations in the coming months.

elf High Definition Undereye Setting Powder ($3)


Alright, first thing’s first – this does have glitter in it. Somewhat noticeable glitter. However, it really does set the undereyes well, and it brightens them right up. So long as you are okay with some glitter, it’s a great price and a good product.

NYX Brow Pencil in Light Brown ($4.75)


Way back when I got this eyebrow pencil it wasn’t labeled any more than “eyebrow pencil” because NYX had just released it as one of their first. It has worked for me since then. The pencil is a good balance of soft and hard, and it is a twist up rather than one that needs to be sharpened, which I prefer. The brush works better for me than a spoolie when it comes to fixing up my brows. The color is a good match for my dark blonde hair.

Ciate Bamboo Bronzer in Palm Island (Full-Size $28)


I’ve been loving this bronzer. If you asked me what my favorite bronzer is I would say Tarte Amazonian Clay. And yet, lately, this is the only thing I reach for. I got it in an ipsy bag and it stayed unused for a while, until recently, when I just haven’t been able to put it down. It’s a cool bronzer, but it still really warms up the face, and it’s perfect for me being as pale as I am, and during the fall/winter season when less of a tan looks a lot more natural.

elf Mineral Blush in Jetsetter (No Longer Available)


This blush is honestly so good to me, so afforadable when I bought it, and such a beautiful color that I am almost devastated that it is no longer available. I love this blush so much I would have told you to buy it right now. This color is a beautiful light mauve that looks cool and classic on my skin, and goes on beautifully light yet buildable.

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian ($8)


These Colourpop highlighters are so amazing. The highlight goes on blinding with one swipe so if you are looking for natural be careful. I, however, am a crazy person with highlighter and I want to shine like a disco ball. The color is absolutely amazing in this highlighter, I bought it the second it came out because of how much I loved it and I have not put it down since.

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Rose (Full-Size $20)


This lipstick…I don’t know what to say. Do I adore it? No. Is it amazing? Nope. Do I keep using it? Yup. It’s a lightweight formula. It is pretty drying, though that’s not something that bother me much. I think I keep going back to it for the color. It’s a dusty rose that errs on the side of warmth more than most dusty rose’s, and it goes really well with my skin tone. It is natural enough to pair with basically any eye look and when I don’t want to think about my lip, I grab this.

Wet n Wild Mattifying Powder ($4.99)


Honestly, I don’t even know if this stuff works. Let me rephrase. This definitely powders down my makeup that still feels wet when I’m done with it. I’m just not sure if as a setting powder it extends the life at all. However, at the price point, I’m not asking that much of it besides simple setting.

Colourpop Green Aventurine Setting Spray ($6)


This stuff….well, it smells good, it’s kept my makeup actually on my face, so it’s doing it’s job. Really, my main problem with this is the nozzle. The nozzle is garbage if I’m being honest. It doesn’t spritz you, it showers you. You have to hold this pretty far away to make sure that you don’t get huge wet spots, and it needs to be brushed in afterward. However, it’s a good price, it works, and I’m a ho for some crystal healing.


I hope you guys enjoyed seeing what I use. Some of it is habit, some of it is true love, but regardless next season will certainly look different. Let me know in the comments what some of your go-to products have been and I may try them out! We’ll see next season 🙂