Best Ipsy bag yet! The contents were great again this month. I got a pink bag with a white zipper that contained a Pop Beauty lip gloss in Peony Petal, a Martini shadow tint in Spiced Rum, a Zoya polish in Odette, a Nume hair mask, and a City Color matte blush. Swatches below!
For more info on what Ipsy is, please read my original post here! The November glam bag included a gold snakeskin print bag with a little wristlet loop. This is my favorite bag so far. Inside was an Em Michelle Phan mascara in brown, which I would never purchase, but I decided it will come in handy on days I don’t feel like doing makeup but have to run a quick errand. It’s not as harsh as black mascara and doesn’t look out of place with no other makeup. It wears nicely, not clumpy, lengthens a good bit, but it has fuzzy stuff all over the brush. At first I thought this was supposed to be there, like those mascaras that contain fibers to build your lashes, but it doesn’t say anything about that on the box so I think it is just loose fuzz from the brush. You can see it all over the wand and the end of the tube in the pic below (that’s not mascara on the end of the tube!)
Next is the Be A Bombshell lip pencil in Hot Damn. I normally love super bright colors, but this is legit clown red. I can’t say much about how it wears as far as the texture because I topped it with an opaque nude gloss. When they mixed together, they produced a really beautiful red coral and I really love it so I’ll keep using it this way. Swatch below.
Next is another Starlooks eye pencil, which I am very happy about because I loved the last Starlooks pencil I got in black. This time I got the color Amethyst, which is lavender with silver metallic. It is super beautiful and much more metallic than the photo is showing, but I’m still trying to figure out how to wear this color right now. I think it will be beautiful as a shadow in the center of the lid with dark smokiness around it. Definitely a glammed up color. Swatch below.
Next is a Nailtini nail polish in Pewter. My mom really loved this color but she got the color Champagne, so I traded with her since I would use either color equally. I tend to lean more towards pinks and super dark colors so I’m not sure how often I’ll reach for these. Last month I got a Zoya polish in Mason (sorry I didn’t have time to post) and I loved that one so much that I’ve used it twice already. It was a deep burgundy/purple/pink pearlized shade. If you want pics of last months bag, comment below and I can add a post. I may gift this Nailtini shade, but I’m not sure yet. It might be beneficial to branch out into a new color scheme and to try a new brand.
Next is an HSI Professional Argan Oil leave-in hair treatment bottle. I used this a few times just to try it out and thought it worked equally as well as MoroccanOil and Suave Moroccan Infusion, but Argan oil is Argan oil. As long as there aren’t any additives to lessen the effectiveness or damage your hair, they’re all pretty much going to work the same in my opinion. I didn’t really get a fragrance with this one, which is fine, but I do like things that smell good, so I might not buy this in the future simply because I’d prefer fragrance instead. I ended up tossing this in my bag to use as a travel oil. The seal on the cap is well made so I’m not concerned about it leaking like my MoroccanOil travel bottle did!
Last is a Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched. This is the first time I’ve tried a Pixi brand product. I love the packaging, the clear top is always a win for me because I hate rooting through all my products looking for a specific color by reading all the labels (Nars, I love you but you’re a PITA!) The green part is sort of rubbery, it feels weirdly nice and it is easy to grip and twist open. I tend to think this might absorb some shock and protect the product if I were to drop it. The color itself is extremely subtle and would be best for the fairest of skins. I actually like it as a daily contour color because it adds just the tiniest bit of definition without making it look like I’m wearing makeup. It’s great for everyday but I use a darker, more prominent bronzers for evening.
I’m really enjoying these new products. Again this month I find myself feeling like I got a bunch of goodies that I never would have purchased, but am glad I have now that I’ve tried them. This is exactly what I was hoping for from Ipsy. I wanted to broaden my cosmetic horizons and try new brands, products and colors. I’m so happy with my subscription and plan to continue it pretty much forever. If you’re interested in giving Ipsy a try, you can use my referral link to subscribe!
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Smitten Polish is another independent polish line with an Etsy shop. I love my indie stuff. I chose the color The Ghost of Jupiter because it had real depth to it. There is micro glitter, small round glitter chunks, and large round glitter chunks in a deep blue base. It really looked like a photo from outer space in the bottle.
The formula is super thick and clumpy, gel based. It was really difficult to get even coverage and I ended up putting two super thick coats on to get an opaque result. The nails that ended up with all three types of glitter look great, but those that didn’t are mediocre. And I don’t like that the big glitters tend to clump together. I ended up with big chunks of glitter in some spots and really had to work to spread it so I didn’t have a lump on my nail. It just took too long for me and too much maneuvering to be worth it. I’m not happy with the application of this product so I don’t plan to purchase from this line again.
Cons: Clumpy, Thick, Uneven Application
Available at: Smitten Polish
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The shade is a super hot pink with a deep reddish undertone, mostly opaque. I absolutely love this color, it is so vibrant and is perfect for this time of year because it is on the darker side of the neon spectrum. It applies super smooth and doesn’t dry super quick, which I like because it doesn’t get gooey in the open bottle half way through. The brush is great, bristles are set wide but not too wide, similar to OPI brand.
This lasted a full week with no chips or peeling. This is remarkable in my book because I rarely get past two days using the best brands on natural nails without the edges chipping off. It literally still looked freshly applied after a week, at which point I removed it to switch colors. Love this, can’t say enough great things about it. The only problem is, there weren’t many colors available, almost everything was sold out, as is typical for Llarowe. I did some more investigation and found that Lilypad Lacquer now has an Etsy site! They are offering a ton of crazy, beautiful and holographic colors at a slightly cheaper price (but higher shipping cost). Will definitely hit that up asap!
My photo is of two coats with Seche Vite top coat.
Pros: Good Application Brush, Good Consistency, Doesn’t Get Tacky, Super Long Lasting
Cons: Shipping is Expensive from Australia, Hard to Find in US
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I purchased this from Llarowe, a website that offers many hard to find and overseas nail polish brands. It is pale pink with small black glitter and larger pink glitter.
It dries really quickly, so by the time I made it to my last nail, the polish was already getting thick in the bottle and was becoming hard to work with. This ended up making it look streaky and I had to go over with a third coat to even it out, which gave me a little bit more glitter than I had wanted. It is a thick, gel-like polish so the glitter stays suspended in the product and doesn’t settle at the bottom. The glitter comes out evenly with each dip. I did notice after just one day that it began lifting slightly at the cuticle area. This is not normal for me, so I believe it is due to the formula of this specific polish. My photo shows three coats with Seche Vite top coat. I ordered several other colors from this site in different brands and will be posting those in the weeks to come. I highly recommend checking out this website, they have tons of holographic and unique colors available.
Pros: Pretty, Even Glitter Distribution
Cons: Too Thick, Lifts at Base, Lllarowe is Often Out of Stock
Available at: Llarowe
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