Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eye Liner in Storm – This is a dark grey eyeliner that has a little bit of sparkle to it. The formula is a little bit waxy, which made it difficult to apply. At $13 this product is a bit over priced for the quality it produces.
Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure – I received a sample of Pacifica eye shadow in another Ipsy bag that is a similar shade that I use quite often. The shadow goes on smoothly but, it isn’t very pigmented. The other downside is that the Pacifica shadows are only available in a palette and cannot be purchased separately.
Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo Luminizer – This luminizer is very thin and liquidity. I’d recommend mixing it with some of your foundation before you apply it. It gives your skin a little bit of “glow” which is great for my dull winter skin.
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
– I rolled my eyes when I saw another lip balm sample but, after trying it was pleasantly surprised! The smell/taste kind of reminds me of honey lemon Halls throat drops. The lip balm is very soothing to my over chapped lips. Unfortunately, it does not provide sun protection so I’d have to use it with a product that does or if I’m staying in doors.
Ipsy is beginning to disappoint me! I’ve had a Birchbox subscription before but, cancelled because I preferred Ipsy. Are there any other subscription services available out there? The Fortune Cookie Soap Box
is so much fun but, it comes out quarterly. The Spring box ships on February 9th and it appears it may be Alice in Wonderland themed! If you like soap/lotion/body wash, their boxes are worth checking out!
NYX Butter Lip Balm ($4.99) From eye shadows to lip products I have never been disappointed with NYX cosmetics. The shade in my box was “lady fingers” it has a sheer pink tint and smells wonderful! The lip balm goes on smoothly and is hydrating like the description says.
Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes ($20.00) I’ve tried several “higher end” mascara brands and feel that they are no better then the typical drug store mascara. In fact, I prefer drug store mascara. It’s cheap and I replace my mascara often. My favorite is still Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara.
Fairy Dust Pixi by Petra ($10.00) This product is a powder pigment illuminator. I have several mac pigments and while I love them, I always get some of it everywhere when I open the jars. The advantage of this pigment is that it comes with a convenient small lip gloss type brush that screws into the tube. It’s pretty and shimmery, but not something I’d wear on a daily basis.
Coolway Boost Repair Mask ($29.95) This product is supposed to restore damaged and over-processed hair. When I first opened the tube it looked watery, so I initially thought it was hair gel until I read the back.The scent is also a bit off putting. I have not used this product yet, but basing it off of the reviews on Ipsy, I’m not sure I even want to. Many of the reviewers say it actually made their hair feel even more damaged after use.
Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush by Crown Brush ($6.99) I love that Ipsy sends brushes as I could always use more!For the price this brush is sturdy and appears it will last quite a while. The size of the crease brush is perfect. Over the past several months I’ve found different brands of cheap brushes are right up there with MAC and sigma brushes. In the future I’ll post a review of a few different “cheap” quality brushes.
If you are interested in a membership click the image below. Ipsy bags are $10.00/month. I was also a member of Birchbox for awhile, but have been more please with the products that Ipsy sends. It’s worth trying!