Ipsy – May 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.

  • Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Posh (full size: $13)
  • Pacifica Island Life Eyeshadow Palette (full size, estimated value: $10)
  • Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Opal Overcoat (mini size: $6)

 

  • Adesse Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl (full size: $18 …sure, Jan)
  • Beauty & Pin-Ups Fearless Hair Rescue Masque (sample value: ~$5)

Bag Value: ~$52

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Ipsy – April 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.

  • Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner (full size: $6.99)
  • Tony Moly Liptone Lip Care Stick (full size: $10)
  • Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush (full size: $5)

  • Meg Twin Nail Lovey Dovey nail polish (full size: $10)
  • The White Company Seychelles Hand Cream (sample value: $3)

Bag Value: ~$35

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 – 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?