I feel like November is basically already over. Slow down, dude. I’m already thinking about putting out my Christmas tree and getting ready for 2015. Ipsy must be feeling the same way, because my November bag is party central. Everything is festive and glittery, and I kinda like it. The actual bag is not my favorite because it’s a cheap, glittery plastic, but it’s not the worst one I’ve ever gotten, either. Each month, Ipsy subscribers receive a makeup bag with 4-5 deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products for only $10.
The Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Guys and Galaxies sure looks pretty in the bottle, but I usually try to avoid glitter polish because it’s a pain to get off and the chunkier pieces can sometimes stick out and snag everything in sight. Guys and Galaxies is an exclusive Ipsy shade made of silver glitter and iridescent sparkle. I layered it over a chartreuse shade and it looks nice with one coat, but if you want to go full disco ball, I’d suggest doing two. The brush is one of those thicker, flat ones, so it’s pretty easy to distribute the glitter evenly. I probably won’t use it too often, but it’ll be nice to have for the holidays. Full Size, $6.99 value
Demeter Pixie Dust Roll on Perfume Oil smells exactly how I imagined it would-sugary, cotton candy. I’m on the fence about this one because it doesn’t smell bad and it doesn’t smell bad ON me, but it’s just not really what I’m into as far as fragrances go. It also doesn’t stick to me for very long, so I would imagine the bottle would get used up rather quickly from reapplying. Eh, it may be good to keep in my purse for emergencies since most of my good perfumes aren’t really portable. Full Size, $10.00 value
Most of the highlighters I really enjoy are in powder form, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with the TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl. It seemed like a nice idea until I started playing around with it.
It was nearly impossible to get a decent picture of the swatch. It’s a white shimmer with a pink shift. Let’s talk about how this worked out on my face. Since I have oily skin, my foundation has a powder finish, and I have to use a nude eye shadow all the way up to my eyebrow to keep my mascara from transferring to my brow bone. This liquid highlighter did not work well with powder. All it did was remove eye shadow or foundation from the areas where I applied it. I even tried rubbing it into my finger a bit to dry it out some and then patting it on my nose, cheeks, and brow bone, but no luck. I tried it with a bb cream, thinking it may help brighten my face on the days I go simple, but it barely showed up on my fair skin. This may be better for darker skinned ladies, but since it doesn’t have much shimmer, it’s just not working for me. 0.1 oz, $2.75 value
Did Ipsy go through my makeup stash and notice that my favorite Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner was running on empty? Did they read my mind and realize that the next one I had planned to buy was the black, sparkly one? Man, was I happy to see this Elizabeth Mott You’re So FINE Eyeliner in Glitterati in my bag. I only took a quick peek at what I would be getting in my bag online, so I thought I was going to end up with just a regular black liquid liner. The glitter was a plus. Unfortunately, this one has lots of issues, starting with the overwhelming smell of craft glue.
The brush is really hard to work with. It’s not very fine and the bristles are kind of all over the place. I already had to trim some off because they kept sticking out sideways my first use. As you can see, the glitter is already chunked up around the wand, so I anticipate that becoming a problem down the road when I try to get it in and out of the bottle.
The actual liner dries to a matte, dark charcoal rather than a true black. I had a derp moment and forgot to allow it to dry before I took this photo, so it appears shiny and dark here. It is a bit streaky, so I have to layer it on a few times to get it uniform across my eyelid. Since this one has larger chunks of glitter than my MUFE liner, it was difficult to get it distributed evenly. I kept thinking I missed a few spots, but it was actually light reflecting off of random groups of glitter on my eyelid. Once I actually manage to get this on and looking okay, it stays put pretty well, but I don’t think it’s going to be replacing my MUFE liner any time soon. Full Size, $17.99 value
I love lip crayons, so I was happy to see the L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil in Wine in my bag. They’re like a less-intimidating version of lipstick. I don’t have to make a big deal out of putting them on, and they give off just enough color to balance out my face.
I’ve actually been using a Revlon lip crayon similar to this color a lot lately because it’s perfect for fall, but this one is more pink and less sheer. I was a little disappointed at first because it looks very dull and flat after a couple of swipes, but once it’s built up, it looks great. Woooooo lip crayons. Full Size, $3.50 value
Here is how the products look together:
Total bag value is $41.23. I’m impressed with how many full size items Ipsy gave out this month. I’m not really over the moon about anything except the lip crayon, but everything will definitely get used at some point, so having a full size is not a complete waste.
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