Saturday, November 16, 2013

IPSY: November 2013

Another great month for IPSY and my subscription. I am continually finding my next favorite thing because of their service. This month I was extra excited to see a full-sized Em product from Michelle Phan's new line in my bag as well as a coupon code for 30% off my next full-sized purchase. I received her Lash Gallery Mascara. They sent me the brown version of the mascara. At first I was a little puzzled, I never wear brown mascara. However, I have blue eyes. So a brown mascara could really make them pop. I also just invested a small fortune in Makeup Geek eyeshadows in every neutral shade they make. So I'll be dreaming up some beautiful winter looks using this mascara. In total, including the bag, I received seven items from IPSY this month. And not a stinker in the bunch. Read on to learn more.

This Month's IPSY Bag
The bag this month is a very glamorous and shiny gold metallic bag with hot pink accents. For winter, and for that Hollywood diva that lives deep in my soul, I am madly loving this bag. While it's not the same thickness as a hide or fabric bag, it feels sturdy enough to carry my beauty treasures for at least a few months until spring.

Em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Mascara in Brown
What sorcery is this?! Let's start by saying that this mascara smells like roses. I kid you not, roses, I don't have to curl my lashes when I put this stuff on, and they've got that perfect lift afterward. I can't begin to guess how they pull that one off. The formula is liquidy and goes on smooth. It gives good length (dirty girl!), and dries quickly so I can add more coats. Even after a few coats, however, it doesn't add much volume. Did I mention it smells like roses? I'm totally serious. Roses. I love the wand as well. It's not too thick and has a subtle arc and the bristles are plastic (I believe) for an even coat. I have had zero clumping. I'm going to guess it's one of those mascaras that just improves with age as it dries a little. The brown is still dark enough to give impact. But light enough to give a casual neutral healthy look without adding anything. Not sure what else to say. I was skeptical when I first got this stuff, the reviews on the Em line were mixed. I have a lipstick palette from them that's only so-so. But this mascara is decent. I tend to go for more volumizing formulas and won't purchase this again. It also stung my eyes a little the first time I used it. So take it for what it is. 

Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Shameless
This lip crayon was very similar in texture, longevity and pigmentation to a Covergirl Smoochies Lip Balm. In fact, the shade "shameless" is very similar to the smoochies shade #textme, only a little cooler toned. I love these types of products for those days full of errands or casual engagements when a lipstick is too much maintenance but I want to rock a colored lip. 

Nailtini Nail Laquer in Rose Gold
'Tis the season for rose gold - everything. It's definitely the "in" color right now. The funny thing is that this shade is identical to a shade from Revlon that I wore on my nails for my wedding. My dress was cream colored with rose gold accents. It took two coats, but this polish wore nicely. I'm going to try it with a gold polish from OPI called "The Next CEO" for some nail art in the next few days. I'm sure it will hold up well.

Pixi Beauty Bronzer
This bronzer is a lot cooler in tone in real life than it is in this picture. It's the perfect shade for fall, and in my opinion a better blush than bronzer. It's not hugely pigmented, but instead gives a very subtle and fresh color-kissed look to the cheeks. I love this shade and plan on wearing the hell out of it before spring comes.

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil
Oooh, sparkly! When the snow falls, so do the metallic beauty products. I love this color when it's swatched on my wrist. It's like liquid mercury. On my eye it's a lot more subtle, brightening and very beautiful. I mixed it up with a bronzey/warm metallic look by lining my upper and lower water line on the first inner third of my eye with this liner. It is stunning. I can't wait to use it with a black smokey eye.

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow in Asteroid
I have seen and heard of BH Cosmetics eyeshadows before, but never had the pleasure of actually trying one. So when I opened the box and saw Asteroid, my jaw hit the floor. I couldn't begin to guess what it would look like on. I swatched it and smiled from ear to ear. It's a metallic and very bright lilac color. I lay it on top of my burgandy and cranberry shadows for my fall looks and it just sings. I can't imagine a skin tone or makeup look that this couldn't bring to the next level of beautiful. I've got a coupon code for the BH Galaxy Chic Palette that I'll be absolutely taking advantage of. Love this baked eyeshadow!