What’s in My March Ipsy Bag?


Another month, another Ipsy bag.  Maybe it’s because I’ve actually bothered to rate my stuff on the Ipsy website, but lately, I’ve been getting some seriously good stuff.  Let’s dive in!



Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer

For someone who likes to play around with her hair as much as I do, it might surprise you to know I’ve never used a heat protectant before.  That changed when I started using this stuff.  This spray is supposed to detangle, nourish, strengthen, soften, cut drying time, add shine, reduce frizz, and protect against heat and environmental damage.  Honestly, I’m not sure if this really lives up to all of those claims, but my hair was definitely shiny and frizz-free whenever I used it.  It’s fun to use for now, but I don’t think I’d reorder.



Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask

For the last week or so, I’ve been doing the 10-step Korean skincare regimen (day and night!), and masks like this fit in nicely into my new routine.  This stuff works; my skin was very smooth after I used it, and my pores seemed to have vanished into thin air.  It reminds me a lot of the Queen Helene mask, which I’ve always liked.


Dirty Little Secret

Blush in Kitty Pink

Yes yes yes yes yes!  I’ve been wanting a peachy blush just like this one and now I have it!  The color looks great with my new hair color–I don’t think it would have worked as well if I were still a bleach blonde.  Plus, it’s not super pigmented.  You can build the color to suit the look you’re going for.


Elizabeth Mott

Blending Brush

I just…I don’t really use eye shadow.  I can’t say if it’s great or not since I don’t use eye shadow brushes anyway!


Tarte Cosmetics

Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rose

First off, the color is really, really pretty.  I love rosy colors like this one!  And it’s a nice kind of matte–not too dry and crusty like other matte lipsticks can be.  The only thing is that you have to be careful!  Only use a little bit or else you’ll be licking lipstick off your teeth.

Overall, a great bag this month!  Do any of you get Ipsy bags?  What did you think of yours?


What’s in My February Ipsy Bag?


I know, I know.  A few months ago I went on a long rant about how I was never going to do Ipsy posts again, yet here I am, unzipping a fresh new one.  Well, I’m doing it for you.  I’m not paid to review this stuff, so think of me as your brutally honest friend who’s brutally honest because she loves you.  We all need that friend.



Sheet Mask Duo – Purifying Black Charcoal Mask and Nature Green Tea Collagen Essence Mask

I’m still trying to get into sheet masks.  They’re slimy and hard to unfold, and then it’s a challenge to align them with your eyes, nose, and mouth.  And for what?  I’ve never really noticed a difference in my skin after using a mask, and these were no exception.  Let’s be real: the only reason my skin looks so good right here is because Snapseed is a gift from God.



Coconut Solid Brush Cleaner

As someone who regularly cleans her makeup brushes with dish soap, this was a foreign concept to me.  Now that I’ve been civilized, though, there’s no going back.  This cleaner smells really good, but what’s more important is that it does a great job getting all the gunk off my foundation and blush brushes–and it leaves them softer than a baby’s butt afterward.


NYX Professional Makeup

Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry

This lipstick, guys.  The color exactly matches its name, and that pretty raspberry tint lasts a long time (it was even there after my daily McMuffin!).  The best part is that it’s so jam-packed full of hydration that I don’t have to reach for my Chapstick when I have it on.


Absolute New York

Nano Liner Ultra Fine Precision Liquid Liner in Black

Whenever I try to wing out my eyeliner, it usually takes me about five or six tries and ends with me sadly tossing a used makeup wipe in the trash along with the remains of my dignity.  You know how many tries it took me with this liner?  ONE.  The tip is so precise that it’s almost impossible to screw up.  And it lasts all day!



Mineral Eye Shadow in You’re Toast

Dear Lord, I hate loose eye shadows.  The tiniest breath of air will send shimmers through the air, and not in a cute way.  In a “crap, now I have to clean the sink again” kind of way.  I also didn’t really like the color (too orangey/peachy for my skin).


So that’s it!  Have you guys tried any of these products?  What do you think?



What’s in My June Ipsy Bag?


This post almost didn’t happen, mostly out of laziness.  See, my mailbox is down two flights of stairs and requires a key, and I simply can’t be bothered with checking my mail all that often.  As a result, I didn’t open up this Ipsy bag until last week, and I wasn’t sure if I’d even have the time to review it.  However, I got some pretty great things in it, and I wanted to share them with you!  So…HERE WE GO!

BioRepublic SkinCare  Fiber Mask Set

I got a pair of masks–Cucumber Breeze and Pomegranate Crush.  All you do is unfold them and stick ’em on your face, and after 20 minutes, you can peel them off and rub the excess lotion into your skin.

Let me be frank: I’m not really a mask person, so these didn’t really do it for me.  My skin didn’t feel any different after I had used them.  Still, it was nice to just sit down and relax with them on my face for a while, especially with the terrible summer heat upon us.


Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush

Oh.  Oh, oh.  This blush is a brand-new favorite.  When I first opened it and saw how dark the color was, I didn’t think there was any way it was going to look right on my pasty pink skin, but I WAS SO WRONG!  I get so many compliments when I wear it, which is crazy for me because no one ever compliments my makeup.  All I do is sweep it into the hollows of my cheeks and enjoy the rest of my day.  Happy Hibiscus, indeed!


Royal and Langnickel MODA Crease/Smudge Brush

Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Fireball

The brush is nice–it’s double-tipped and pretty versatile, and it’s definitely better quality than most of the ones I already have.

As for the eye shadow, well, it’s not what I’m normally into.  It’s hot pink and very shimmery, while I prefer browns and paler pinks.  I will say that it LASTS all day (even without a primer!) and goes on very smoothly.  It also builds well–but it took me several applications before my boyfriend even noticed!


Doucce Boombastic Lash Volumizer Mascara

Yaaaaaaas this mascara is awesome!  Maybe not as good as the one I got in last month’s bag (see here), but still pretty great!  I’ve never used a mascara that’s so good at separating my lashes.  The only problem I had with it is that it didn’t volumize my lashes as much as I’d hoped.