Monday, April 20, 2015

March Ipsy Bag Reveal & Review



Yet again another late post but I thought I'd show you all what I got in my March Ipsy bag!


Nyx Butter Lipstick in Hunk
I've had my eye on these lipsticks since they came out last year. I'm a huge fan of the Nyx Butter Glosses and thought these would be a creamier, most moisturizing alternative to your typical lipstick. The texture really is smooth and moisturizing without being too thick, but this is just another case of Ipsy sending me a color I will never wear. I mean, c'mon! Purple? Who do you think I am? It definitely doesn't apply as scary as it looks in the tube (more of a berry color) but it's still just not me. I'll probably try tapping it onto the lips for a flush of color but ultimately I think this will most likely molder in the back of a drawer.

Swatches from Left to Right : 
Vintage Illuminating Face Highlighter, Nyx Butter Lipstick in Hunk

Boo-Boo Cover Up in Medium Shade
You want to talk major color fail? What is the point in Ipsy asking me for my skin-tone (which is listed as fair) when they just ignore it and continuously send me medium concealer shades. My skin-tone could only ever be considered "medium" if I had a very serious suntan and considering I avoid the sun like the plague that just ain't gonna happen. So, even though the concealer has a nice, full coverage I'll get absolutely no use out of it.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-aging Mattifying Lotion
Now this is more up my street. Anything that will mattify my oily skin is welcomed with open arms and I'm already a big fan of the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer, so I was pretty excited to try this. Much like the claims, this lotion is smoothing, mattifying and absorbs very quickly. Almost too quickly, actually. I felt like it was absorbing before I even had a chance to spread it evenly across my face. It just left my skin feeling like it wasn't getting enough moisture. Don't get me wrong, I love a matte look but I still want my skin to feel hydrated. I think I'll hold onto this for the most humid summer days when my skin needs very little additional moisture.

Lashem 3-In-1 Eye Bright
This product is a bit of an odd one. The gel-like serum claims to help diminish dark circles and fine lines, smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and hydrate and nourish the eye area. I don't know about all that. I didn't see a marked difference in my eye area but on the days when I applied this as an additional step (over my regular eye cream) before applying foundation, I noticed that my makeup wore better in my eye area throughout the day and didn't sink into fine lines as much. Would I ever invest $40 on this product? No. Although I see the benefits of using it to prime my under-eyes before makeup, I would rather invest the money in an eye cream that will actually reduce the signs of aging and hydrate my eye area.

Vintage Illuminating Face Highlighter
This beauty definitely won best product in my March bag. I'm usually all about the matte cheek colors but this blush/highlighter hybrid applies so beautifully and just adds the most youthful glow to your cheeks. It isn't incredibly pigmented but has a lovely pale pink color and pearly glow that looks great on it's own and layers beautifully over cream blushes. I've been using this baby on top of my Stila Convertible Color in Peony, applying it on the top of my cheekbones, for a highlighting effect that really lifts my cheeks. I've become so obsessed with this combo that I took it with me on my trip and it's what I've been wearing almost exclusively for weeks. It's so beautiful it almost makes up for some of the other fails in this bag. And the sample is such a nice size that I plan to be rocking this looks throughout all of Spring.

The final component to my March Glam Bag was the pouch itself. As March's theme was Floral Fantasy (What better way to welcome Sping?) the makeup bag of course featured a lovely graphic floral print. I absolutely love the print and have had this pouch in my purse since I received it. It's perky and pretty and a definite improvement on February's bag.


If you would like to sign up for your own Ipsy bag, you can register for just $10 a bag and receive a monthly, individualized bag filled with beauty samples and full-sized products. You can use my referral code.

So what do you think? Do you think all of this was worth the $10 price tag? Would you wear any of these products? Have you tried any of them? Let me know,




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