Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February Ipsy Glam Bag review

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Hey all, I got my Ipsy Glam Bag yesterday; check it out! (Ipsy is a beauty product subscription service that costs $10 per month. If you want to try it out, click here to use my referral link!)

I'm pretty happy with this month's bag! Let's look at each product, starting with my favorite...

Zoya Odette

Zoya Odette. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

Yep, I got a full-size Zoya in this bag--how cool is that! Odette is a dusty orchid creme from the new Naturel collection of nudes/neutrals. It's one of the least nude polishes in the collection, at least for a pasty white girl like me, but it's definitely still work-appropriate. Something about this shade just makes me really happy...there's nothing like a beautiful glossy creme sometimes! The formula was on the runny side, so make sure to keep your coats thin to avoid flooded cuticles. (available here for $9)

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay


I'm glad Ipsy sent me this one, since I love trying out new cleansers. This one is supposed to clear your pores and reduce oil production with red clay and rosemary oil. It also contains botanical antioxidants. As an oily-skinned person this all sounds great; but I've tried several clay products (mostly masks) and they tend to dry me out and cause breakouts. So I'm cautiously optimistic.

I've used this cleanser twice so far. It has a thick gel consistency and foams slightly when you lather it up. It also has a pleasant rosemary scent. After use, my skin feels very clean and a little tight, probably due to the red clay sucking up my oil. So far I haven't noticed a difference in the appearance of my pores, and I haven't had any breakouts yet. I'll keep using this sample unless something horrible happens to my skin! I like the looks of this brand anyway, so do check them out. (available here for $24)

POP Beauty Plump Pout in Peony Petal

Wow, that's a lot of Ps! This is like a cross between a lip stain and a lip gloss; it's got great pigmentation and shine, and it's pretty long-lasting too. It's also not very sticky! I didn't notice my lips becoming particularly plump though. I really like this one, although the color is bordering on too loud for me. (I guess I need to become more adventurous!) Plus I think the container is really cute. 

I should also note that the description claims to contain avocado and jojoba oils, but they're not listed on the ingredients list--instead, I see petrolatum and mineral oil. Not sure what's going on there. (available here for $16)

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in Ambrosia

This is the first cream eye shadow I've ever owned! This product can be used on its own or under powder shadow. It's supposed to resist creasing and extend wear. I received Ambrosia, which is described as "glistening plummy mauve", but to me it looks brown with purple undertones. In my photos you can see that it's well-pigmented (upper right) but blends nicely with your fingertip so the color isn't overwhelming (lower left).

I was impressed with the durability of this shadow; I wore it for about three hours and had no noticeable creasing (pretty impressive for my oily eyelids). It was also really tough to remove! Even my trusty Magic Mitt had a hard time with it. My only criticism is that it seems to accentuate the little bumps and wrinkles on my eyelids. Maybe eyeshadow primer would help with this (I don't actually own any...) Oh, and this shadow has a smell that reminds me of some kind of pastry, but I can't put my finger on what. (available here for $18)

J.Cat Beauty Eyelashes + Eyelash Glue in 747L

Every subscription box has a dud, and this is mine. Not only did they give me the most ridiculously long set of eyelashes that I would never wear, but I also have a strong flinch reflex when objects get close to my eyes, so I wouldn't even be able to put these on. (I felt really bad for the very patient woman who did my wedding makeup.) These are going in my stash sale if you want them! (available here for $3.99)

Have you tried any of these products? Did you get something else exciting in your Glam Bag this month?


  1. This month's bag looks great! Love the nail polish you got :)

  2. I got the same cleanser and Pop Plump Pout. I really like them both, but I'm amazed at how well the Plump Pout works. It sinks in so well, you can actually go out for a drink without reapplying!
    And the eyelashes, I hear you. I decided to give mine a go and got them on one night. I was hoping to wear them on Valentine's, but of course when push came to shove, it didn't happen. I think I'll save them for Halloween or a freaky art project :/
    Overall, this was a fun month. And I'm jealous of your cream shadow, that's a gorgeous shade.

    1. Hooray for sensitive eye people!

      I like the Plump Pout too, it has all the good qualities of lip tint without the dryness.

  3. This looks pretty nice! I cancelled already (too late to not get this month's bag, though) and it says it's delivered but uh....never was. Not impressed :(

  4. Confession: I don't use eye shadow primer, i just put on a thin coating of either liquid foundation or concealer, it works just as well for me. I can get through an entire day with drugstore brand eyeshadow and not a smudge! I might buy a primer one day out of curiosity to see what the fuss is about, but it's not an urgent need.

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