Unboxing!; (Late) September Ipsy Bag

      Hey guys! Another Thursday right on time and the first week in ages of having two posts. I know it’s late to be talking about this Ipsy bag from a month ago, but in my defense, I did get it a little late in  the month. I was given an item extra from this month from a friend who also recently subscribed, so we’re going to have an extra item on this list that are being included because they are Ipsy products.

     Just as an intro to Ipsy, if you’re new here or to Ipsy in general, Ipsy is a makeup subscription service with three levels. On the base level, you’re looking at $12 dollars for 5 products. Some are full sized, some are deluxe samples. It’s still a good value, in my opinion, because you sometimes get things like Ofra. In the higher tiers, you’re looking at $24-$50 dollars a month and get full sized items, and palettes. Of course, it’s not a hit every month, because it is kind of gambling. But, this is the one I keep going back to.

     I also want to give a heads up that content may slow back to a single post on Thursdays each week. I went into it on the latest drink post for the fall, I’m in a financial slump but I’m grateful to have a job to fall back on in my old job at the bank. That makes me feel so much better, and like things are looking up. I’m honestly still hoping for a move in the future, but time will tell.

Ipsy- 111Skin Eye Cream

    Moving on to what you’re here for! The first item in my bag this month was the Space Defense Eye Lift Gel from 111Skin. This was a brand that I was totally unfamiliar with. I’ve used it a few times since receiving it along side my Confidence In a Jar from IT Cosmetics, and I really like it. It feels revitalizing and hydrating around my eyes. So, I may have to look into repurchasing this item in the future.

Smashbox 24 Hour Wear Foundation

     Item two is the Smashbox Cosmetics Studio Skin 24 Hour Liquid Foundation. This is a product that I’m already way familiar with as I bought it last year and was blown away. I may have to pull it out of retirement soon! We’re thankfully seeing a dip into the 60s here in Georgia, so I’m thrilled to be able to do a full face again. This foundation claims to be 24 hours, and I haven’t tested that claim. But, I do like the way this sits on my skin and doesn’t feel overly drying.

Ipsy: OfraxMadison Lipgloss in Sugarcup

     The third thing I got was something I was actually really hoping for! This gorgeous Ofra collab with Madison lip gloss in the shade Sugarcup. This is a lovely formula and just look at this color! It’s beautiful and light and feminine. Not unlike what I used to wear growing up. The consistency is great but I will say that the lasting power is lacking. But what else do I expect from a lip gloss formula? I was so hyped to see this was in my bag!

Ipsy Coola Mineral 30SPF Sun Silk Cream

     We’re almost done! This next thing, I honestly haven’t tested yet. But it’s on my list. I know you should wear SPF no matter the weather, and I’m horrible with forgetting if I feel like I’m going to be out of the sun. This is the Coola Mineral 30SPF Sun Silk Cream. It has a lovely name and smells delightfully like a beach to me. I’ll be reporting back in with my review on this particular product.

IBY Highlighter in Private Jet

    The last thing that actually came with my bag was the IBY Highlighter in Private Jet. At first I was a little offput that I didn’t get the highlighter I wanted this month. But then I tried it out, and it’s actually quite lovely.  It doesn’t show up overly dark like some highlighters do or leave a dark streak that illuminates with the sunlight. It’s lovely, inoffensive glow that pops in the right conditions.

Ipsy: OfraxMadison Highlighter in Sea Shimmer

    My lovely friend, did give me this last item on this list. Which was one of the highlighters I was after for this month of September. I’m all about Ofra Highlighters and I was thrilled to see two options, but not thrilled to see that I got neither of them. The one I was given was this Champagne-Pink highlighter which is an Ofra Collab with Madison, in Sea Shimmer. I was honestly completely in love with Moondance, but I’ll hopefully be able to hunt it down in the future. Sea Shimmer is absolutely stunning, and in true Ofra fashion is almost aggressive unless you tap your brush off. It’s not too pink on the skin and shows as Champagne with a pink shift. I love my color shifts in highlighters, so I’m really enjoying this particular item!

Unboxing; Possibly the Most Useless Allure Box May 2019

Hey guys! First off, Happy Veterans day and thanks to all of you who may be Veterans, for your service! Formalities aside, can I get right to the complaining? I got what is very possibly my last Allure box for a while and they ended it on such a regrettable note. Now, I want to say that this is bad for me personally and may not be all around a bad box.

Unboxing; Ipsy May 2019

Hey guys! I’m in the midst of doing youtube filming, but I still wanted to get this Ipsy post up for you guys. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get the June bag, so this may be the last one for a while so I definitely wanted to enjoy it. This particular month was at least better than last month’s. Which is a relief, as I really don’t want to leave Ipsy on a sour note! 

Unboxing! April 2019 Ipsy

Hey there guys! I hope you guys are having a fantastic Thursday afternoon! Today is a lazy day for me, because since I lost my job I have been running like I’m on fire. I know this post comes way late, since we have the May ipsy now, but better late than never! This particular shipment wasn’t too impressive, sadly. In any event, let’s get to it!

Unboxing; Yes Oh Yas! One Last Shot!

      Hey guys! Happy on time Monday! The first in…. well, a while. I’ve been getting the same ol’ subscription boxes for the last couple of months, but for whatever reason I haven’t been writing on them. What can I say other than I dropped the ball. This post is a special farewell to Yes Oh Yas, which I’ve been paying for since the middle of last year. I haven’t been impressed by the names included in my shipments.

     This could be a thing that’s just me- but if I’m paying upwards of 20 dollars a month, I want big names. Not these unknown little things, you know? I have nothing against indie brands or anything, but honestly, the quality hasn’t blown me away with these. It’s been a consistent disappointment, much like Sephora play. And like Sephora play, this one is also canceled.

    This particular shipment had a small, colorful palette from Amorus. The palette was called Lady Boss and is a somewhat juvenile pink, cheetah pattern. Honestly, that’s just me being petty, but I wasn’t a fan of the packaging. I did like the color story of the palette, as it had a nice smattering of colors that looked promising. There was a liquid liner, that I was curious about, that had the usual felt tip. A cute little tube of liquid lipstick, and a lip brush. There’s also a detox bath from Dosi, that I’m super curious about.

    For the testing phase on this shipment, I used the palette, liner and lip product. The palette, in all was unimpressive. The colors lacked pigment and did not want to blend. I was was a little happy with the orange which did brighten up the crease a little more than I was expecting. The black in the lower right corner was woefully underperforming, I was a little heartbroken with that turn of events. The liner from Studiomakeup was…. likewise displeasing. I found it a bit hard to work with, with admittedly could be user error, but I did also notice that it dried up on the nib very quickly. The last of the items I used, was the lipstick, and it smelled terrible. A very… rubbery? smell. I’m not sure how to describe the scent, but I wasn’t too into it.

I wanted to show you guys the look I came up with for this particular box. I had to literally dig into the colors to get the pigmentation that we have there.  Also, I want to extend an apology for my aggressive looking brow. I’m not sure what to say except for- “oh”. 

I don’t think I have to say too much about this rating, since I kind of tore into them, honestly. The subscription service is not bad, by any means and maybe I was unfair. My biggest gripe is that I feel like the cost isn’t quite justified at $17.00 or more for each shipment, I’m not able to say it’s worth it. I’m moving over to Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, which is like 4 dollars more and looks to include some of the high-preforming items I’m more interested in. Maybe I’m just boujee?