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.


One Week on Etsy Acne Treatment Routine – Pink Tub Boutique

Hello all! I’ve been using an acne treatment from Etsy and it’s been a week, so I wanted to let you know about it and check in with how we are doing. The treatment is from Pink Tub Boutique on Etsy. Their Facebook is here, their Instagram is here, and their Twitter is here. I made this purchase for review myself! Together this treatment was $38. You can watch me unbox this and check in on YouTube here.

Tea Tree and Activated Charcoal Soap ($8 Alone)


This soap has an interesting smell. The best way to describe it is it smells like soap and acne treatment, which is what it is. If you are looking for a good smelling face soap, it’s not this, but it certainly doesn’t smell bad and if it works, I don’t really care how my facial soap smells. It does not lather, which weirded me out at first, however soap doesn’t actually need to lather to work so again, that doesn’t matter a lot.

Dead Sea Charcoal Face Mask (Not Available Independently)


This is a powder that you mix with a small amount of tea tree oil (which the package comes with) and water to create a mud-like consistency. Rubbing this on the face, it’s a little abrasive and scratchy, so be careful if you are sensitive. It stung just a bit, but my face tends to sting from a lot of face masks, and this one was not nearly as bad as others; it was barely noticeable. My face felt very fresh after washing this off and it comes off pretty easy for a mud mask.

Lavender and Tea Tree Facial Toner ($13 Alone)


I honestly love this. I love the fresh, clean feeling that toner gives after you wash your face, and this does that with none of the sting of more common chemical toners. I see it pulling out dirt and oil on the cotton pad I use, so it is definitely working.

Grapeseed Facial Serum ($13 Alone for One)


I was absolutely terrified of this to be honest because facial oils scare me. I’ve never used them, and I was afraid it would totally break me out. Spoiler for the verdict section: it didn’t. Grapeseed oil is actually supposed to specifically be really good for the face, and this is something I was able to put on throughout the day when I felt dry patches without leaving me feeling greasy.

The Verdict


I don’t have a before picture, sadly, but I can tell you what this did. The picture of my face doesn’t look great but if you notice, everything is flat; there are no active breakouts. All the redness is residual from breakouts I had before using this product.

It hasn’t been long enough for me to know if this is working, but I’ve had no reaction to this or breakouts from the week of using this, and no new breakouts while using it, so it’s promising. The other huge, huge thing for me is that most acne treatments take me from a normal to oily face to a totally dry face and it’s winter. This has actually left me feeling soft and hydrated with no flaking whatsoever which is totally unheard of for me personally.

I will be checking in on Instagram every week to see how this progresses, but so far it seems promising. I’ll be back on the blog in a month with a new post about how everything is going!