Ipsy Bag August 2014

Despite evidence to the contrary, I am still alive! I apologize for the long period of silence; my mother-in-law was visiting, which meant giving up my guest room (aka my makeup room) to her and trying to avoid getting any more comments about how much makeup I own, so blogging sort of fell by the wayside. I’ve got a lot of ideas for posts floating around my head now, though, so hopefully you guys will profit from my having to hold back for a few weeks.

Today, I’m bringing you my August 2014 Ipsy Bag. The theme this month was “Beauty Schooled”, and Urban Decay contributed two of their new(er) products to the products Ipsy chose from, to much internet excitement. Let’s see what I got…

August 2014 Ipsy Bag - GlamGlow YouthMud, Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion, Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner, Lord & Berry Black Silk Kohl eyeliner, and Urban Decay Perversion mascare
August 2014 Ipsy Bag – GlamGlow YouthMud, Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion, Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner, Lord & Berry Black Silk Kohl eyeliner, and Urban Decay Perversion mascara

In an orange-and-white polka dot tube-shaped bag that is cute but made of cheap unlined vinyl, I found, first and squee-most, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. (0.1 fl. oz. sample; full 0.4 fl. oz tube costs $22, so this is worth about $5.50) Much like their popular Perversion eyeliner pencil, Urban Decay bills this as “Bigger. Blacker. Badder.” It’s supposed to be a blacker-than-black, make-your-lashes-look-insane product, and…I was expecting to be underwhelmed. All the blog reviews I’d read of the product were glowing, but pictures of the mascara in use on those blog posts just didn’t look very special. I’ve mentioned before that my taste in mascara runs to the boring; I don’t like my lashes to be stuck together or theatrical-looking, and I suspected that that was what Perversion was going to give me, since it seems to be what “volumizing” mascaras all seem to do.

Folks, I’m here to tell you I was wrong. Hot bleepin’ DAMN, you guys, this stuff is awesome. For comparison, I give you, uh, my eyes.

Open, eyelashes uncurled in both photos:

My bare eyelashes, eyes open
My bare eyelashes, eyes open
My eyelashes with Urban Decay Perversion mascara, open
My eyelashes with Urban Decay Perversion mascara, open (3 coats on top lashes, 1 coat on bottom lashes)


My bare eyelashes, closed
My bare eyelashes, closed
My eyelashes with Urban Decay Perversion mascara, closed
My eyelashes with Urban Decay Perversion mascara, closed  (3 coats on top lashes)

I can’t even with this. There’s no clumps. My lashes look insanely long. And yes, blacker than black. I hate mascara because none of it ever looks good on me, and now Ipsy has twice sent me mascaras that are inexplicably awesome. I’m seriously going to go have to spend actual money on Perversion now when my sample runs out, and I’ve never done that before with an Ipsy product.

*deep breath*

Calming down now. I’m ok. Aaaaanyway. Also in my bag were:

  • GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (0.5 fl. oz sample; 1.7 fl. oz. full-size sells for $69, so my sample is worth about $20). Ipsy keeps sending me these exfoliating treatments, and I keep nodding politely and stuffing them in a drawer without using them. The skin on my face is just too sensitive for me to want to risk scraping it raw with sandy stuff. I will say, however, that I opened this Tinglexfoliate Treatment and sniffed it and it smelled exactly like the bag of Sour Patch Kids I’ve been snacking out of this week. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! Use code IPSY30 when checking out at glamglowmud.com for 30% off any purchase.
  • Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Nutrient Dense Anti-Aging Lip Conditioner (.15 oz full-size, worth $5.50). For all that this has a very long name, this is basically Chapstick. I mean, it’s fancy Chapstick – it’s certified organic, and it’s supposedly Mandarin Orange-scented (though my stick smells more like Key Lime Pie, and I’m cool with that) – but it’s basically a hydrating stick of wax you put on your lips. It does the job. It’s not unpleasant. But it doesn’t really do anything Chapstick doesn’t do just as well at half the price. Use code IPSY50 when checking out at JerseyShoreSun.com for 50% off all of their Lip Conditioners.
  • Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion (0.27 oz. sample; their site doesn’t list a weight for the full-size, which retails for $29, so I’m going to eyeball it and guess this is worth about 1/3 of that, so $10). This is a pale pink, shimmery highlighter lotion that they say “enhances eyes, lips, or lashes.” It was a pretty highlight when swatched on my hand, but when I blended it into my cheekbones it just flat-out disappeared. I’m not too experienced with liquid highlighters, so maybe I was just doing it wrong, but man…disappointment. I’m going to keep playing around with this in the hopes that I figure out its secret, though. Use code IPSY20 when checking out at mannakadarcosmetics.com for 20% off any purchase and a free gift.
  • Lord and Berry SILK Kajal Kohl Eyeliner in black (0.02 oz. sample; full size official price is ¯\_(シ)_/¯ since their online store is “temporarily closed for refitting”. Googling, it looks like this sells for around $19 for perhaps 3x the size of the sample, so let’s guesstimate $6 for my sample). It’s a kohl eyeliner. It’s black. It’s perfectly fine, but no different than the five other black kohl eyeliners I already own. Use code LAB@14091 when checking out at lordandberry.com for 25% off any purchase.
  • Total value of bag: (very) approximately $48, with nearly half that made up of the GlamGlow exfoliating treatment.

How does it all look put together? Pretty ok, but that’s mostly thanks to the mascara. In this photo I’m wearing:

  • Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in 10 Porcelain ivory
  • Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette (third pan from the left, top row)
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
  • Lord and Berry SILK Kajal eye pencil
  • Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion
  • NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama (which is actually more brick-red than the tomato-red it appears in this photo)
Ipsy August 2014 products in use
Ipsy August 2014 products in use

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Ipsy Bag July 2014

Ipsy time! This month’s bag was a weird one for me; the stuff I expected to love was pretty “meh”, but there was an unexpected gem, as well.

Ipsy Bag - July 2014
Ipsy Bag – July 2014

Let’s start with an inventory. From left to right up there, we have:

  • Whet Nails polish in Facetious, an electric blue. It took three coats to make this color even out and really pop on me, but when it popped, it popped and it looked great! The nail polishes I’ve gotten from Ipsy previously have been ehhhh, ok-ish, so I didn’t expect this one to blow me away as much as it did. This is a mini-size bottle, at 0.3 fl.oz. A full-size 0.5 oz bottle retails for $15, which means the bottle Ipsy sent me is worth about $6.
  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink, which supposedly a pH-reactive color that personalizes itself to you. You guys know my love for balm crayons, so I was excited to try this, but apparently my pH is “clear chapstick”, because that’s what this looks like on me. I received a 1.8 g sample size, while a 3 g full-size costs $14, so the sample is worth about $8.50
  • Befine Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. This is an SPF moisturizer with “Rosemary Leaf Oil, Pomegranate Extract, Safflower Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, and Rice protein.” Sounds tasty. I got a 1.5 fl. oz. sample, while a 1.7 oz full-size costs $24, so the sample is worth about $21.
  • Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil in SPF 08. I’m frankly appalled that a beauty subscription service is sending out (sun-)tanning products when everyone is well aware of the effects that tanning has on skin and health. And considering that Ipsy knows that my skin tone is “ghostly pale” and I thus burn like a lobster at the slightest bit of sun, there’s even less of an excuse for sending something like this to me. There’s simply no way I would ever use a product like this, and I would discourage anyone from using “tanning oil” to bake themselves. For the record, this was a 1 oz. sample that appears to be worth about $4.
  • Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Divine Wine. This is supposed to be a miracle potion that primes, brightens, smooths, sunscreens, and basically does everything except the dishes. I was super-excited to be getting a Bare Minerals product in my bag, because I lust after their eyeshadows, but the color they sent me is a dark-cocoa-brown-but-with-a-bit-of-sparkle (“wine”, my left foot!), which is about as far from a primer shade as you can get on my skin. It applied smoothly and blended ok, but I dunno, just…the color. It was weird. As a primer this is actually a pretty good product, but given that primers are usually skin-toned, and a properly colored primer thus won’t stand out as an eyeshadow, it seems weird to be trying to do both with one product. I received a teeny-tiny 0.03 oz sample tube of this (seriously, so tiny. I opened it and promptly fumbled the little cap/applicator and smeared brown eyeshadow all down the front of my shirt. Don’t be like me, kids). A full-size 0.1 oz tube retails for $18, so this was worth about $5.50.
  • Total retail value of products in bag: $45 (though nearly half of that total is made up of just the Befine moisturizer)

And now for pictures! Here’s my face using the Bare Minerals shadow and the Pixi balm (also wearing: Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in Porcelain Ivory, ELF Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in some sort of sparkly rose-pink color, and Milani Liquid Eye liner pencil in Purple). The hint of pink you see on my lips is not from the Pixi balm, but from remnants of a pink lipstick I had on before I decided to use the balm instead).

Ipsy July 2014 face
Ipsy July 2014 face

Here’s a close-up of the eyes.

Bare Minerals - Divine Wine (blended up into crease)
Bare Minerals – Divine Wine (blended up into crease); ELF Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in ??? (sparkly pink but I lost the box with color name on it)

And here’s Facetious. Ignore what looks like shimmer in the bottle, that’s actually just my fingerprints. This is a straight-up creme finish.

Whet Nails - Facetious
Whet Nails – Facetious

Overall, I’m ok with this bag. The nail polish alone is worth the whole bag, and I’m sure I’ll find ways to use the eyeshadow and lip balm. I haven’t tried the moisturizer yet, but it never hurts to have another one of those around. As for the tanning oil…straight into the trash bin, and I’m considering writing Ipsy a “wtf???” note to boot.

June Ipsy Bag Swatches

It’s that time of the month again! No, not that one. The other one. Ipsy time! I didn’t peek at my Glam Room this month, so what turned up in my bag was a complete surprise. Here’s what I ended up with:

June Ipsy bag
June Ipsy bag


I did a quick test-out of the mascara and the butter gloss on my bare face when the bag arrived. Unfortunately, close-up photography reveals that my upper lip is in serious need of a waxing, so you’re not going to get to see the gloss on my lips today. Instead, you get a super-informative hand swatch! Yay!

NYX Butter Gloss in "Creme Brulee"
NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee”

I don’t tend to wear a lot of lip gloss these days – I’m either wearing plain old chapstick with no color, or I’m wearing full-on lipstick – but I can see why people like this formula. It’s really soft and, well, buttery on my lips. Feels nice! On the other hand, the color is a big “meh” on me – my lips are already very pale, and Creme Brulee (though it smells awesome!) just washes them out more.

I can’t say this gloss has necessarily persuaded me to start wearing gloss more, but it’s made me curious enough that I’ll probably pick up a Butter gloss in another color next time I’m in CVS and see what I think of it in a color that doesn’t make me look like a zombie. At the $5 price point, it’s cheap enough to be worth a try, or even a couple of tries.

And now, Be a Bombshell’s “Lash Out” mascara. The internet is awash in Very Upset Ipsters complaining about the scent of this stuff. Descriptions range from “rotten” to “like a fuel refinery” to “chemicals with a side of garlic”. And yes, the scent when I opened my mascara and sniffed it was…not delicious. It does indeed smell oddly garlicky.

But you know…I don’t generally stick my nose in my mascara. Opening the tube about 8-12 inches from my face, as I generally do when I’m going to put mascara on, I couldn’t smell anything. Ditto putting it on my lashes: no detectable smell. So yes, kind of stinky in the tube, but not in a way that would prevent me from using it, internet grar notwithstanding.

That all said, this is not a mascara to run for if you’re into Big! Dramatic! Lashes!

Here’s my left eye, with no mascara (on my bare, oily face. What? It’s laundry day, screw getting prettied up!):

Bare eyelashes, open eye
Bare eyelashes, open eye

Here’s my right eye, with two coats of Lash Out on the top, one coat on the bottom.

Two coats of Lash Out on my top lashes, one on the bottom lashes
Two coats of Lash Out on my top lashes, one on the bottom lashes

And again, eyes closed this time:

Bare eyelashes, closed eye
Bare eyelashes, closed eye
Two coats of Lash Out
Two coats of Lash Out

These photos don’t actually do justice to the fact that there is a difference, but it’s a more subtle one than we’re used to seeing in the age of mascara ads that use lash inserts, etc. Lash Out added a bit of length and curl to my lashes, but not dramatically. It’s most visible in these shots on my bottom lashes and at the edge of my eye. And actually, for me, the more subtle effect is ok. I have fairly long, dark lashes to begin with, and most mascaras seem to mostly just clump them up and give me anime eyes. That’s not a look I’m into; I prefer my lashes to look more like eyelashes than spider legs (though if you’re into that look, more power to you!). Lash Out definitely did the job there – my lashes look longer, but I still have every individual lash, and the curl is pretty “wow” considering I didn’t touch an eyelash curler. Amazingly (to me), I had no clumping issues with Lash Out, at all. Not one. No lash comb necessary or anything.

So if you’re into dramatic lashes or unscented product, yeah, this isn’t going to be the product for you. If, on the other hand, you like your lashes to look natural and you can stand a product that doesn’t smell all that great out of the box, Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara is definitely worth consideration. It’s going into active mascara rotation for me, because this does what my L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara claimed it would do, and then didn’t.