August 11, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag June, May, and April 2014

Three months of Ipsy~

Better late than never!  I decided to post all three of these together since my July bag will be shipped soon!

First off is the most recent glam bag. June was good to me!  Here is a look at what I got~

Ipsy June 2014
NYX Butter Gloss~ I received the color Eclair in my bag. I was super excited about getting this since I had been wanting to try it. I like it, but I don't love it. There is nothing wrong with just isn't anything special to me. I love NYX products and would like to try the Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie and see if it is more to my liking. What I like about the Butter Gloss is the pleasant smell and the way it feels on my lips. I dislike that it does not last and ends up sliding off my lips like the majority of lip glosses I have used.

Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner~ A fun sparkling liquid eyeliner that I got in blue. This is a dramatic look that is great for summer nights. It is really pretty on and comes in twelve colors as well as two matte shades. I don't have a lot of experience with liquid eyeliner....the horror I know!  I prefer using a cream shadow stick to line my eyes with shimmery colors. It lasts longer and is less forgiving of mistakes. This was easy to apply and did not skip. It dried quickly and did not rub off or transfer. This is a bold look and not suitable for anyone that only wears neutral colors.

Carol's Daughter Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage & Anti-frizz Styling Cream~ This is supposed to help with frizz and hair breakage as well as protect from heat and hold styles in place. I only used this once and knew that it was not for me. It is a thicker cream and did not help my comb glide through my hair. This is a huge requirement from any hair styling product that I use with the exception of a hairspray. I don't think this was intended to be used that way though. It is supposed to hold your style in place as you blow dry or flat iron your hair. I have naturally thick and loosely curly hair and do not use either of those. I'm not sure how this would work for those that do, so I can't really give an opinion on that. I will say that it had a nice smell since the ingredients include a lot of natural ingredients including Coprah Coconut Oil, Tiare Gardenia, and Shea Butter. 

Realtree fragrance sample spray~ I was turned off of this product when I read that it was made by a camouflage designer. My first thought was that it was going to smell like deer pee!  No kidding!  When I tried to test it the deluxe sample sprayer was broken and the perfume just dribbled out onto my hand. I didn't think it smelled good and that was the end of that....until I decided to try it again and just rub it onto my wrists and give it a fair chance about a week later. (I read on the Ipsy site that a lot of people had a problem with the spray not working and I could have emailed them for a new one, but the way I used it worked fine.)  It actually surprised me how well this really smells!  Nothing "sweaty men without showers hunting for baby animals" about it!  It has promegranate, lotus blossom, champaca flower, and amber along with a blend of other scents. I'm not a perfume expert. I just like it or I don't and I really like this. I'm happy that I gave it another try. 

OFRA Universal Brow Pencil~ This is another product that I was really excited to try. I have never really used  any eye brow products until recently. My eyebrows have always been kind of a neutral feature on my face as far as I know anyways.  I never started getting them waxed until I got older and felt like I needed it. Now my eyebrows have thinned along with my hair and my nails have become weak. I'm trying to change some habits, reduce stress, and I'm taking supplements to help, but in the meantime my eyebrows need a little help looking fuller. I have previously tried a powder and another brow pencil and neither of those impressed me much. However, the OFRA brow pencil did with my first use. I wouldn't say that it is truly a universal color because I don't think that would be possible unless it was clear. I do think it works for me and would probably work for anyone with blonde, brown, and red hair as long as it was not too light or too dark if that makes sense. It has a waxy feel and blends well with an eye brow brush. It works for me and I prefer my face with a darker brow. I will continue to use this even when my brows fill out again. 

That's it for the June bag-- next up is the May bag. I won't be going into as much detail, but I will let you know if I really do/don't like something. 

May 2014 Ipsy- I used all of the Avene Thermal Spring Water even though I doubted that I would use it at all. It is used to soothe different types of inflammation and other skin sensitivities like itching and redness. I actually found it to be quite useful and will probably repurchase this since I saw the price was not too outrageous to justify!  The nail polish is a full size Nailtini in "Bloody Mary."  I wish I had received one of the other colors since this is not a good color for me. I may try it this fall or give it away. I really love the Pacifica Mineral eyeshadow duo and use it almost daily. They are very pretty and blend easily. These are shimmery irredescent type shades and won't appeal to some people. I love them myself!  The Pur~lisse moisturizer was a thin liquid and nothing special to me.  Lastly, the Hang Ten sunscreen I use and keep it in my purse. I like to have it for touch ups and to put on my hands when I'm driving. It has a pleasant smell, but is pretty runny.

April 2014 Ipsy~ I was very excited about the Cailyn Tinted lip balm, but it was drying and not a good color for me. I finally gave up on it and gave it to a friend. The Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil was something that I had heard so much about.  I didn't think it was wonderful when I tried it since it seemed to be dry and kind of brittle at first. With use it has become softer and one of my favorite pencils to use for tightlining.  This is a travel size, but still a good size. The City Color White Gold Shadow and Highlight Mousse creased on my lids which was unfortunate because I really like the color. I mainly use this for highlighting and do still really like it. It does have shimmer and I like that especially in the summertime. I did not find the Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion sample to be worth paying big bucks for. They all seem to work the same on my skin. The last item in this bag was a sample size of the Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse. I've used this a couple of times and it's ok. I have thick hair and maybe this would be better for someone with fine hair. I am a fan of a lot of their other products. 

Well, that's it for this post!  Ipsy is a monthly subscription for $10 a month. I think it is a great bargain and love trying different products!  Some of the products I have received I could not afford to buy/sample on my own!  I just looked at the Ipsy website and the July bags will be going out soon!  I saw some sneak peeks that looked exciting!!!  I will post the July bag in July....amazing!  ;-)

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