Ipsy – February 2017

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

BelláPierre Cosmetics VolumeLash Waterproof Mascara (full size, $20) –  “The flexible brush perfectly separates and coats every single lash, so your fringe looks completely full and defined. Even though it’s waterproof, a makeup removing wipe will take it right off, no tugging or rubbing (or lash damage) required.”

Luna Cosmetics Highlighter in Calypso (full size, $23) – “With just the right mix of both cool and warm undertones, the pale lavender shade flatters any and every skin tone. Easily layerable, one coat is pseudo-sheer, adding more on top puts you into serious strobing territory. A baked formula = a creamy and velvety texture.”

NYX Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry (full size, $6) – “Right now this satin finish is our goldilocks texture. Glossy is too much. Matte isn’t doing the trick. But this is just right! These are so insanely creamy that there’s no need to use lip balm beforehand.”

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte (full size, $15) – “Going above and beyond much of the competition, these super shiny formulas are 10-free. Equally fab, the brand is vegan and cruelty free.”  Though it is described as a “deep grayish-purplish-brown”, it really just looks brown on the nail.

MOR Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk (full size $36; sample value $2.16) – “It does exactly what a good hand cream should do: hydrate (using shea butter and macadamia oil), without leaving hands so slippery or greasy that you can’t do anything.” The scent includes notes of wild rose, hibiscus, and fig.

 

Bag Value: ~$66

Ipsy – January 2017

Ipsy January 2017

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

Ipsy January 2017

Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose (full size $12) – This is a “universally flattering cheek color with subtle pink and peach undertones that creates a natural blush that will highlight any complexion.”

Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss in Method to the Madness (full size $22) – Ipsy says this gloss is “easily buildable; one coat delivered a rosy sheen, two coats added a more noticeable flush to our lips.”

Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 in Light (full size $39; sample value $9.75) – This BB cream has a bit of coverage with a dewy finish.  It also hydrates and has added sun protection.

Ipsy January 2017

Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub (full size $19) – “A little scoop of the shea-butter and sugar scrub buffs away any trace of flakes or dead skin, leaving lips soft, silky, and ready for lipstick application.”

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I’m Not A Ballerina (full size $7.99) – This polish is a pale pink that is opaque in two coats.  It did chip after a day, even with a top coat, which is unfortunate.

 

Bag Value: ~$71

Ipsy – November 2016

Ipsy - November 2016

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site.

Ipsy - November 2016

Luxie Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T ($18) – “Synthetic white fibers on the end of the brush lay down pigments more gently than a denser brush would” and give you more control.  Use with creams, powders, and liquids.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (full size 0.27oz/$23; sample value 0.17oz/$14.50) – Get both length and curl in one swipe with “film-forming polymers ensure smudge-proof, all-day wear.”

‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Eyeshadow in Firestarter ($13) – This shimmery reddish-pink shade is perfect for a fall eye look.

 

Ipsy - November 2016

Delectable by Cake Beauty sweet mint & cream ultra nourishing hand cream (full size 4oz/$12; sample value 2oz/$6) – This hand cream has a rich formula that dries quickly and leaves skin deeply moisturized.

Adesse New York Brightening Base Coat ($18) – A base coat with “antioxidants keep nails safe from damage caused by the environment”  and “keratin proteins and vitamin E make nails stronger.”

Ipsy – August 2016

Ipsy - August 2016

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

Ipsy - August 2016

This Works in transit camera close-up (full size 40ml/$39, sample size 20ml/$19.50) – This is, as the packaging states, a mask, moisturizer, and primer in one.  Haven’t used it as a traditional mask, but I can say I liked it as a primer and moisturizer.  When I first applied it, I was worried it would be too heavy for my oily skin, but it absorbed well and I had no issues letting it serve double-duty as my primer.

Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in Black Magic (full size, $14) –  Pretty decent liner.  It’s soft, it applied smoothly, it’s waterproof, and it stayed on my waterline for hours.

Tarte Tarteist mascara (full size 7ml/$23, sample size 3ml/~$10) –  This mascara works well if you’re willing to put in a little more effort to avoid clumps.  I like the length I get from just one coat, and it gives a little more volume to my lashes.  I did see a little smudging/transfer toward the end of the day.

Ipsy - August 2016

Ciate Paint Pot in Dangerous Affair (full size, $15) –  I’m pretty ‘meh’ about red polishes, but I can see using this one in late fall and during the holidays.  It’s opaque in two coats and, though it did leave a little red tint behind after clean up, it’s easy to apply.  Swatch below!

It Haircare 12-in-One Amazing Leave In Treatment (full size 5.1oz/$8.99, sample size 3.4oz/$5.99) – I tend not to use leave in treatments in my hair; it’s just so fine and thin that most leave-ins weigh it down.  I did, however, use it on my daughter’s hair with great results.

Ciate - Dangerous Affair

 

Bag Value: ~$64

Ipsy – July 2016

Ipsy - July 2016

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

Ipsy - July 2016

Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara (full size 0.15oz, $25; sample size 0.08oz, $13) – Okay, so I know I was just saying in my July Birchbox review that I had a backlog of mascara samples to work though, but when I received this one I had to test it.  Verdict?  I kinda love it.  The wand is quite thin, which allows you to get closer to your lash line, closer to your inner corner, and you can easily coat your lower lashes without worrying about a bulky brush getting in the way.  I also felt that it was long-lasting without flaking or transferring to my lid (too often a problem).

Mellow Baked Eye Shadow in Coco (full size 0.10oz, $8) and J Cat Perfect Duo Brow Pencil in Dark Brown (full size 0.25g, $3.99)  – I’m going to go ahead and put these two together since I won’t be using either.  Nothing against the products, I just have so many brown shadows and I don’t really use brow pencils.

Ipsy - July 2016

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter (full size, $15) – LOVE LOVE LOVE this polish.  It definitely needs two coats for complete coverage, but the color? Yes, please.  A lovely neutral greyish purple.

Eva NYC Get Glossed Hair Serum (full size 50ml, $14.99; sample size 10ml, $3) – I like getting these small samples of hair oils, because they seem to last forever.  I use them only occasionally and only on the tips of my hair… a little goes a long way.  This particular oil doesn’t do anything spectacular, but the sweet vanilla scent makes it worth using.

 

Bag Value: ~$43

Ipsy – June 2016

Ipsy - June 2016

If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

Ipsy - June 2016

Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush (full size, $18) – This blush is a slightly shimmery neutral that I can see myself using as a blush and an eye shadow.  It also seems fairly long-wearing, which is a plus.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball (full size 0.05oz/$19, sample size 0.03oz/$11.40) – If the great peach to pink shift on this shadow wasn’t enough, it’s also highly pigmented, applies smoothly, blends well, and is long-lasting (with a primer).  Can’t ask for much more!

Ipsy - June 2016

Formula X Nail Polish in Wingwoman (full size 0.4oz/$10.50, sample size 0.13oz/$3.40) – I actually didn’t test this one out since I have other shades like it and reds/pinks aren’t shades I typically go for on my nails.  I can say that the other Formula X polishes I’ve tried applied easily and were fairly long-lasting.

Royal & Langnickel Crease/Smudge Brush (full size ~$5.99) – This 100% vegan double-sided brush is… average.  Not as soft as some of my other brushes, but not scratchy.

Clarisea Sea Salt Solutions Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask (full size 5oz/$18, sample size 1oz/$3.60) –  Whoa.  That name is a mouthful.  Despite the name, this product can be used both as a mask and as a cleanser.  To use it as a mask you mix with a few drops of water to form a paste, apply to your face, wait until dry, and rinse.  To use it as a cleanser you simply mix it with your regular cleanser, massage into your skin, and rinse.  I don’t use it as a whole-face treatment; instead, I focus on my nose and chin area as they seem to need the most ‘deep pore’ attention.  It’s a good product, but I’d suggest moisturizing after use.

 

Total Value: ~$42

A few from the Sinful Colors King Kylie Collection + Comparisons

King Kylie Collection

Swatches of polishes from the Sinful Colors King Kylie collection are everywhere, but what’s the harm in a few more, right?

I picked up Slay Grey, Karamel, and On Fyre; they happen to be the three in the collection that have a gorgeous gold shimmer.  I like what I like, I suppose!

All of the swatches below were photographed in natural light with no top coat.

Karamel

First up is Karamel, a pink-nude with the aforementioned gold shimmer.  It applied streaky on the first coat, but was smooth and opaque by the second coat.

It’s maybe not the best nude, color-wise, that I’ve tried… but I think it works.

Slay Grey

Next up is my favorite of the trio, Slay Grey.  On me, this grey has a slightly green tint.  And though I didn’t encounter the streakiness I did with Karamel, the first coat left me with a bit of the ol’ visible nail line.  The second coat took care of that issue, no problem.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by my love for Slay Grey; it’s quite similar to my all-time favorite from the Sinful Shine line, Prosecco.  Both are fairly muted shades… both have that gold shimmer… Prosecco just leans more taupe/greige. See:

Prosecco

Prosecco is still on top, between the two.  I have a ‘thing’ for taupey greige polishes.  Perhaps that’s another post for another day.

 

On Fyre

Finally, I picked up On Fyre.  When I saw it on the display, I knew it was coming home with me.  That vibrant red and strong gold shimmer reminded me of Inferno, one of the polishes from the CoverGirl Capitol Collection (part of the Hunger Games collaboration).  Those Glosstini bottles are so tiny (3.5ml), and I figured On Fyre would be a decent backup, should the need arise.

The application for On Fyre was surprisingly good.  I assumed it would take two coats like the previous polishes, but I was able to get decent coverage with the first coat alone.  I went back and did a second coat for consistency’s sake, but unless you prefer thin coats you should be able to get away with just one.

On Fyre vs Inferno

So how did On Fyre stack up against Inferno?  They’re similar, though not dead-on dupes.  Inferno is on my ring and index fingers above, and you can see that it’s more warm.

 

Have you grabbed a polish from any of Kylie’s new Sinful Colors collections?