Ipsy August 2017


Alright- my August Ipsy bag and review!

They had three bag options, none of which I especially cared for (a tassel?) but I am a fan of my products this month!

  • Yadah Silky Fit Concealer BB Power Brightening-  Verdict:  Like!
    • It was a tad light for me for summer, and didn’t conceal anything major, but I liked it a lot for minor blemishes when I didn’t want to put on all my foundation.  It didn’t irritate my skin or make me break out more.  I like it!
  • Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo-  Verdict:  Like!
    • This was pretty good blush.  I like subtle blush and this is perfect!  It’s also huge, so that’s a plus!
  • Air repair Skincare Super-Hydrating Eye Cream- Verdict:  Like!
    • I have only had this a few days, but I like it so far.  Time will tell if it helps a lot, but it doesn’t hurt!
  • theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha:  Verdict:  LOVE!
    • This is great!  It stays really well, it is great as a highlighting shade, just overall perfect.  I’ve used it every day.
  • SLMissGlam Blending Brush:  Verdict:  Okay
    • This was fine.  I love brushes, and the color was fun, but I didn’t feel this did a great job blending- I tried it on my eyeshadow.  My normal blending brush does a much better job.   It didn’t really seem soft enough.  I may try it as a crease brush and see how that works.

Overall:  Great!  I feel like Ipsy’s bags have really adapted to my feedback and have some great stuff in them.


On the fence about subscribing to Birchbox?

I stumbled across Birchbox’s promo code yesterday for new subscribers.  Usually, if you sign up for 1 year you get 1 box free ($110).  Right now, if you want to make the leap, head over to https://www.birchbox.com/invite/bc37s  and use the code it gives you – “BESTYEAR99”- and you get a year of boxes for $99.

If you don’t want to do the math, that’s $8.25 a box.  Not a bad deal!  (plus that link gets me some points or something on their website, I think!)

As a recap, here are the boxes I’ve gotten so far:


July- Ipsy



Okay, this month’s Ipsy bag was pretty good.  The bag was again, small but cute.  I like the blob thing on it.  Some of the samples were nice too!

-Beau Gachis Illuminator brush-  Verdict:  Okay

This brush was just okay.  It’s supposed to be good for concealer but I prefer my finger to this brush-  I’ll give it another try sometime though!

-Jersey Shore Cosmetics-  Lip conditioner

I liked this fine.  I can’t say it works great, because I keep forgetting to use it.  It’s been pleasant when I remember.  I’m terrible at remembering to put on lip balm-  I just put on lip gloss.

-Cougar Beauty Products:  24 Hour Liquid Lipstick in Mulberry –  Verdict:  Okay

I liked the color, but the product just didn’t really work for me.  It both didn’t stay well and didn’t remove well- just smeared.  Again, I’m not a fan of liquid lipstick- lipgloss or lipstick, not some combo.  If you are a fan of liquid lipstick you might like it better.

-Ciate Londer Wondewant Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black-  Pass

I don’t use eye liner, so this is pretty worthless to me.

OFRA Cosmetics- Gold Rush Eyeshadow- Verdict:  Love it!

Great color and good staying power.  Not too shimmery.  I use it a lot.

Overall- the bag is okay, but not the best.  I’m not sure it’s worth $10 for some good products and some I don’t care for.  I’m nearing decision time!



July Birchbox


This was a pretty good box, overall.

Let’s start with the bad:

Beautoniq Beauty Blush Serum-  This was not good.  Hard to apply, didn’t apply evenly, hard to remove (stained, really).  Pass.

Oribe Matte Waves-  Verdict:  Okay.

I was excited about this, but I found it didn’t have much effect or hold.  However, it didn’t make my hair stiff.

MAC Primer-  Verdict:  Fine

This is a pretty good primer.  Not my favorite, but not terrible.  I think a few other primers hold better, but this is just fine.  MAC makes good product so it’s not a bad choice but I am not sure it’s the best for my skin.

Juliette Has a Gun:  Anyway perfume-  Verdict:  Good

Not a huge scent person but I did like this one!

Kiehls rare earth deep daily cleanser- Verdict: Good

I liked this.  It didn’t seem to irritate my skin, or dry it out.

July Sephora Play! Review


My July bag came with:

IT Cosmetics mascara

Boscia Charoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-off treatment

Briogeo Leave in Conditioning Spray

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte in Swag

Milk Makeup Cooling Water

Atelier Cologne

Problem with my July bag-  Some of the items packaging was opened.

Solution- a quick call to Sephora and they refunded my monthly payment.  Much appreciated and super easy!

Because of that, I didn’t try most of the items.  I did try the mascara (it was securely packaged), and the leave in conditioner.

Thoughts:  The conditioner was fine.  It was light; in fact, when I let my hair air dry after putting it in, it seemed to enhance my curls and waves.  Very nice!  I can’t say if it made a difference as to conditioning, but it didn’t hurt.

Mascara-  it (“IT”) was fine.  It went on well enough and I liked it okay.  It didn’t seem to hold as well as other brands.  I will definitely use it up, but I wouldn’t buy it.

Ipsy June Bag

Another one that is not a box.  Ipsy comes with a little makeup bag.  This one looks like it was created for a teenager….   It’s pretty small.  Would work well for throwing a few items in your purse.   The bags aren’t as good quality as the free clinique makeup bags you get with their bonus promotions, which literally last forever, as far as I can tell.

I wasn’t ever completely sold on this subscription, as their website is clearly geared towards a much younger crowd, but a friend really wanted me to give it a try.

So- my box/bag!



NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle- Tried it.  Didn’t like it at all.

sky ICELAND Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark- Tried it.  It was fine.  I will certainly use up the sample.

theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush- This was pretty decent blush.  It works well for my skin tone and was easy to put on without being too pigmented.  I will keep using it.  I don’t use a lot of blush, but I like this option.

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish- didn’t like the color and just found the polish to be okay.  I prefer neutral pink for nails so not sure what one would be expected to do with turquoise.

Luna by Luna Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Jace- this was pretty decent eyeshadow.  It was very pigmented.  The color is much warmer than I prefer, but I’ve used it a couple times with a few others.  It’s a nice matte shadow and it stays well.
Overall, not sure about this bag.  A few decent products but the colors are off.  I reviewed everything and they do include color as part of the review process, so I will be interested to see how that plays out.