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)

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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)

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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.

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‘Tini Beauty Barfly Highlighter in Candlelit ($12)

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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!

 

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December Julep Maven Box

I signed up for the Julep Maven Box. If you don’t know, its a beauty box run by the cosmetic company Julep. It includes cosmetics and nail polishes, and you can personalize it every month; I chose to only receive nail polishes and will likely continue to use this as a nail polish subscription.

Mira (Bombshell)

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This is such an interesting nail polish because I wasn’t sure how a matte was going to transfer with all this glitter, but it actually looks so super awesome. It’s a great black matte color. It’s a true black and it looks badass, and the glitter that is in it is itself dark so it gives an interesting shine and sparkle without lightening up the black at all.

Lonelle (Boho Glam)

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Okay, I didn’t notice until I just now went to the website to grab the title link, and apparently, this is holographic. Looking more closely at it, it’s not a lie! It has shimmer that reflects the entire spectrum of the rainbow so it is in fact holographic. This is a pretty cool toned back holographic because the rest of the shimmer is a very true yellow gold that looks pretty awesome. This is a glitter nail polish and goes on like one, however, unlike most glitters that I would personally say need to be put on with a sponge, swiping three coats on will actually give you fairly full coverage. It also works as a glitter top coat on another nail polish if you only put a layer or two down.

Emmaline (Classic with a Twist)

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This is a great deep, deep burgundy that leans toward dark purple but with a definite red note. The shimmer basically matches the color of the polish. It goes on with minimal streakiness that disappears on the second coat. It’s a really good fall color, in my opinion, and I wish I got it earlier, because I’m leaning toward bolder dark colors as we move from fall to winter rather than these colors that I wouldn’t call neutral, but I wouldn’t call vivid.

Leia (Boho Glam)

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This literally looks like a Christmas tree with multicolor lights, and I am in love. If I hadn’t bought a (beautiful) set of false nails (that you will see a post on soon) I would be wearing this for Christmas because it really genuinely reminds me so, so much of a Christmas tree. I think it’s totally wearable as a non-holiday color, but that fact of it is what is making me love it so much. It is bright evergreen with holographic shimmer, which is what gives it that lit tree effect.

Bonus

As you can see in the header, I also got little gold studs that came with it, which I think will be great to make an interesting12 look, especially paired with Lonelle – Lonelle as an accent nail with the gold studs on a more basic color is a great idea to me (which you might see soon 😉).

The Verdict

The thing with this subscription is that it should be worth it because you get the opportunity to choose your own nail polishes; none of them should really be misses unless the formula just sucks in real life. So far, all the formulas are good and pigmented and look even better in real life than I expected when I chose them online. So, for me, this is great and worth it. The subscription is $20 a month and you can sign up here if you are interested.

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.