Reviews

What’s in My March Ipsy Bag?

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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!

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Eva NYC

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.

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Mudmasky

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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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What’s in My May Ipsy Bag?

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When this lil pouch with the cutesy travel print made its way into my mailbox, I couldn’t wait to see and test what was inside.  Let’s take a look together, shall we?

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Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

Wow, that’s a mouthful, huh?  This eye shadow compact came with three sheer summer colors–rose quartz, copper, and mauve.  They’re each pretty in their own way, and together, they make the perfect triplet.  I liked that I could build up the color, and as long as you use a primer, they’ll last all day.

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IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner

After I got over the initial chagrin of being sent a beauty product for my “aging” skin, I found this eyeliner to be a great addition to my everyday look.  It glides on like a dream, and it stays all day.  Just be careful not to be too heavy-handed at first–this liner smudges easily before it dries!

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Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Holy balls, I’m in love with this!!  I’ve been looking forever for a mascara that gives me fake-looking lashes, and this is it.  A+ would buy again

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Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lavender Moisture Rich Balm.

Meh.  It’s a lip balm.  It smells nice and does what it’s supposed to do.

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Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish

Don’t waste your time with this stuff.  Not only did I despise the blaze-orange color, but it didn’t even deliver what it promised.  I tried it out on my toes, and it chipped within a day.  (I’m not posting a photo of my feet because of creeps.  You know what I’m talking about.)

So that’s it!  Once again, it was a mixed bag.  I’m sending in my reviews now, so hopefully next time, I won’t get any more orange goop or chapsticks!

By the way, I’m heading out on vacation tomorrow, so this is goodbye for a week!  Don’t expect to see me posting.  If I do–kindly tell me to get off my phone and enjoy myself.

 

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What’s in My April Ipsy Bag?

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Last month’s bag o’ goodies was a little hit-or-miss, but I’m really pleased with almost everything I got this time!  Here’s my take on the handful of treats in April’s bag:

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Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment

As someone with freshly-bleached hair, my locks tend to feel dry–sometimes even a bit crunchy.  However, I’ve been using this stuff for a week or so whenever I wash my hair, and it makes a tangible difference.  My hair still doesn’t feel like it did before I bleached, but the oil smooths it out and keeps it from getting frizzy.

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tarte cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Creme in Wonder

Wonder indeed!  I don’t even know where to start with this one.  First off, I love the color–it’s a nice departure from all the reds I tend to wear.  Plus, that poppy shade makes it perfect for double duty on my cheeks.  I’m learning that as a pale person with super light hair, it’s important for me to wear a little extra color on my face so I don’t look too washed out.  But you know what the best part about this lip creme is?  IT LASTS.  Maybe not as long as my Santa Baby balm, but it’s pretty darn good.

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City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio & Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush

Before I got this bag, I’d never used highlighter in my life.  I wasn’t even quite sure what it was for or how to use it.  After watching a few tutorials, I tried it out on myself, and I love it!  I’ve been applying a little to my cheekbones, chin, and nose each day, and I love how bright-eyed and bushy-tailed it makes me look–even at 5 a.m. on a weekday.

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Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume

Actually, yeah, it’s a perfume.  And not a very good one.  My boyfriend says it reminds him of someone he isn’t friends with anymore, so I’ll be sticking to my natural Devinne smell instead.