Sunday, October 13, 2013

September Ipsy Bag Review

Another month.. another beauty bag!

I had a bit of an issue with this month's Ipsy bag. I was extremely excited to get it and was frequently checking the tracking code to see when it would be delivered. Well it was delivered... except to a different city. I was kind of upset but figured I'd give it a few days to arrive. It never did. I decided to email them and within a few days they replied and sent out a new bag. 

Thankfully I received it but it was super late and my excitement had quickly gone away. So that's why I am posting this in October :P.

Anyways.. here is what I got in this month's Ipsy Bag:

Elizabeth Mott- It's So Big Volumizing Mascara
Shade: Black

How many mascaras does Ipsy think we need. Two months in a row? I decided to give this one a shot as I'd seen many mixed reviews from other ipsters. I was actually surprised at how much I liked it! It doesn't compare even in the slightest to my two usual mascaras (Lashblast Fusion and Buxom Lash) but it wasn't bad. I have naturally long lashes but this added even more length! It applied smoothly, separated and didn't clump my lashes but I do have a specific brush that I prefer whereas this one is shaped more like an hourglass and is very bendy (which I do not like). Can't complain too much other than to say that it did not hold a curl that well.. which happens with almost every mascara I try. Damn thick lashes!

I will definitely be keeping this in my rotation.

Rating: 3.5/5

NYX:  Eye Shadow
Shade: es32 Purple

Steph's Review: I am a big fan of NYX eye shadows in general as I find they apply so nicely and most of the time have a very velvety feel to them. I've even often compared the texture to Urban Decay. This shade however was just not for me. I do enjoy purple eye shadow but this shade was just too close to pink and too sheer. Just not for me, sadly. I really enjoy pigmented shades and don't generally use sheer colours. The other colours were so pretty and I was rather disappointed... oh well. A lot of other ipsters felt the same way about this colour in general on the review page. I have enough eye shadow anyway :)

Rating: 1/5

Jenn's Review: I really love this shade, the pigment is light and sheer but the colour is build able. There is not a lot of shimmer which I really like. I have other NYX shadows and they are all really blend-able and last. I typically always get creasing with eye shadows and this one doesn't crease badly, I still recommend wearing an eye shadow primer to last all day. 

Rating: 4/5

Overall: 2.5/5

Starlooks: Kohl Eye Pencil

Shade: Obsidan

Steph's Review:  This was actually a nice eye pencil! I was surprised because all of the other eyeliners I've received in beauty boxes have been major disappointments (too glittery or not pencil.. liquid and gel scares me!). It applies in a very creamy texture which I like as it makes it easy to apply. The colour was perfect and quite dark (though all ipsters received the same colour) and it didn't smudge and lasted all day. I may have an excessive amount of eyeliner right now but will definitely be keeping this in my rotation.

Ratings: 4/5

Jenn's Review: Loved this one, it applied smoothly with ease. The colour goes on dark black, I find with other liners they aren't as pigmented, but this one was beautiful. I don't however like that it's a pencil that you need to sharpen. This did wear nicely all day and didn't smudge. Based on it being a pencil I likely won't be purchasing.

Rating: 3/5

Overall: 4/5

Freeman Beauty: Facial Paper Masks (set of 3)

Steph's Review: Who comes up with these things? Paper Mask? This was one of the more difficult masks I've ever used. I decided to try the Rose Brightening Mask and it smelled okay.. but was just so weird I didn't pay much attention to the smell. I opened the package and it dripped everywhere. Ok.. whatever I put it over the sink. Unfolding the paper mask with the liner was pretty annoying  as it didn't really unfold and the liner got stuck in weird places. I tried to put it on my face as best as possible but the eye holes and everything else just didn't fit properly. I took it off as soon as I could which was 3 minutes (recommended was 3-5). How did it feel after? Not good :(. I expected to feel refreshed and have soft skin but my skin was red and felt very dry. Maybe they set me up so I need to use the hydrating one soon?

Who knows? Will not be using again.

Rating: 0/5

Jenn's Review: Yuck! I hated it, I tried the Starfruit Purifying mask. When I opened the package the liquid inside squirted out in my eye, ouch.. So from that point on I was careful to remove it from the package. I have never used a paper mask before, and will not be trying it again. Unfolding and applying this mask was very difficult. The mask did not fit my face properly, the fragrance was pleasant but very strong. Upon application I began to feel burning, after a couple minutes the burning feeling was unbearable so I removed the mask and did not leave it on for the recommended 5-10 minutes. I face continued to burn for several minutes after removal. I do not recommend this mask to anyone.  

Rating: 0/5

Overall: 0/5 would not recommend

J.Cat Beauty: Fantabulous Lipstick

Shade: Honeycrisp

Steph's Review: This was BY FAR the most ridiculous lipstick I have ever tried. It looked like I put concealer on my lips . Who wants their lips to look the exact same colour of their skin? It had a weird orange tint to it and was just awful. I actually put this on and then laughed hysterically. It just looked so funny. I can understand nude lipstick but this takes it to a whole different level.. a Halloween level. I also felt that this was very drying and made my lips look like they had flecks on them. I gave this one to Jenn to try and it looked about 50x better on her than it did on me. She has a gorgeous darker lip colour (compared to me) which allowed for her to not look completely washed out like I did.

Apparently this lipstick is available in 46 shades. Why did every single subscriber get this hideous nude colour? Not a good pick ipsy..

Rating: 0/5

Jenn's Review: I like how smooth this lipstick applied, the colour is definitely not my style but it had a nice subtle shine. I would really like to try some other colours from this brand. If you're the type of person who likes nude lips then you would love this lipstick.

Rating: 2/5

Overall: 1/5

Overall Bag Rating?: Probably 2/5. I was just not wow'd and the shipping issue didn't help.

I would say that this was not the best beauty bag experience. I wish that there was more of a surprise feel to it and that there were nicer full sized products. I really am thinking of subscribing to a better makeup bag like Wantable.

I should be getting my next box soon so watch for that in the upcoming weeks!


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