Ipsy December 2014 Bag Review

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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!

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Products on my July Wishlist

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1.) Dior Addict Lip Glow  I’ve seen several positive reviews of this product online. The Sephora website describes it as,  “A sheer balm that enhances your natural lip color while moisturizing and protecting the skin.” It reminds me of that mood changing lipstick I had in junior high that always ended up turning my lips the same burgundy color whenever I applied it. Again, we get what we pay for and this high end product supposedly lives up to it’s expectations. I just cannot bring myself to spend $32 on lip loss that I will end up misplacing. Currently I have dozens of lip glosses floating around somewhere out there. I leave them in my old purses when I switch or in my make up drawer and forget about them.

2.) Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter™ Eye Treatment As my 32nd birthday approaches, I feel like it is time for me to develop a better under eye routine. Although I’ve always been very careful about that part of my face because of how delicate it is, I am beginning to notice fine lines forming. A few gray hairs are popping up as well, but it isn’t a big deal. We are all going to age and I personally do not feel that cosmetic surgery or injections are necessary. As long as you start taking care of yourself properly, you will age beautifully! Anyway, this Tarte eye cream is something I might purchase to add to my make up routine in the morning under my eyes. Some times my make up settles into the tiny lines under my eyes. It drives me crazy because it makes them look very dry and accentuates them more. The only reason I hesitate again is because of the $38 cost.

3.) Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer Is this nail polish really worth $24 a bottle? I’d like to find out! The ratings on Sephora.com are very high for this chip-resistant polish. As I mentioned before,  I have had a really difficult time finding a nail polish that is long lasting. Some reviewers mention that the look of this polish resembles a gel finish. I love gel manicures, but it causes too much damage to my nails.

4.) Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer I’ve always wanted to try Bumble & Bumble products because of all of the great reviews I’ve read about them. I do like to splurge on hair care products, especially conditioner. This particular product is a pre-styler that protects hair from heat and UV in addition to conditioning your hair. Currently I use It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin right after I get out of the shower before I comb my hair and begin drying it. I think I’ll be purchasing this product soon to test it out.