Was Getting ipsy’s Gold Holiday Collection Worth It?

Okay so on Black Friday I decided that I was going to give into marketing and order the 22-piece set, now if you have read any of my ipsy unbaggings you know how much I enjoy having an ipsy subscription and let’s be real if I could afford to shell out $25 a month to get the glam bag plus when it becomes available for the general public I would because I love getting and trying new beauty products. 

            So was it worth it? I think so, yea. I like what I got and I only got two repeats from what I have gotten in other glam bags this year and a repeat product from the Summer Fabfitfun (which I will be able to type one day without going back and making sure that I have the three F’s in the right order, today was not that day.) box but I like the product so I wasn’t too upset that I got another full size of it in this bag.

            Waiting for this bag was a pain in the butt because it was delayed at least three times, I understand that this time of year because there is such a high volume of things being shipped because it is something called the “holiday season” I get it. I was just a little worried with the fact that I had no tracking information for days at a time before I finally got it on Tuesday of this week. (Unlike the last thing I unboxed I was not disappointed by this package.) Now this wasn’t like a usual ipsy unbagging because I knew what I was getting, it was all listed and pictured on the website when I bought it. I mean it would have been really cool to have the option to have a mystery 22-piece set as an option as will but this makes sure that when you order it you know you are not going to feel as if you have been gypped (who picked the spelling for that word, I want to talk to them) with the products that were included in the bag itself. 

            After three paragraphs of exposition lets dig into the bag, it’s about two times larger than a standard bag and I am a huge fan, when I saw it on the website I thought it had gold feathers on it, I was wrong it is many gold eyelashes and that makes more sense than feathers for a beauty company. Gold interior and it is a nice tan light canvas, I really like the bag and wish that all of their products came in bags this bag but five little products would get lost like Hermione’s bag in Harry Potter or Mary Poppins purse and so it wouldn’t really make sense for five trial sized products to go in a bag this large. 

            Two items were on the outside of the bag and that was the Coola sunscreen and the Ouai Memory Mist which is a spray to make your hair more resistant to heat when styling and I am completely for that because I color my hair so when I do straighten it I worry that because of the combination of dye and heat that my hair is just going to start snapping off. It won’t happen like that but it is always a fear. 

            Now what was in the bag you may ask, I split this up between makeup, skin care, and misc. After I took all of the packaging off of the products everything fit into the bag, with the exception of the single pan blush and eyeshadow I got because I didn’t want to have loose eyeshadow and blush rolling around in my new bag to damage the bag, the other products, and the original products. I am not going to write a bunch about each product because this post would be so long and after my last post which was like 2600 words I don’t think I need to write another one that is quite that long.

Makeup:

            Most of the products that were in the makeup category were from brands that I recognized and I was very pleased with what I received. Let’s go from left to right, back row first. 

Doucce Maxlash Mascara- I got this one in one of my first Glam Bags and I am a huge fan of Doucce with the products I have tried which is this mascara and one of their eyeshadow palettes and its kind of nice to have a backup travel size of this product. 

Eyeko Eye Do Liner- I got a different Eyeko liner in my July ipsy glam bag and I normally am not a liner wearer because by the time I’m done fixing my wings to be even I look like I just walked out of a coal mine. Though I have heard really good things about Eyeko as a brand and the liner that I got in July did go on nice and smooth even though my wing was crooked. I don’t know if this is a different formula but I am hopeful that it is roughly the same. 

Lorac Pro Satin Lip in Blush- I love Lorac as a brand but this is my first one of their lip products, the color is really nice and I am excited to actually have a reason to do more than just swatch it. 

So Susan Liquid Lipstick in Pumpkin- I expected it to be orange, it is not orange and it is actually a rather pretty late autumnal shade which will take a look to go with but I am excited to have a look to put with it. I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t orange or had more of an orange tone to it, it’s more of a burnt dark orange with red tones as well. Super pretty, in my opinion.

Pacifica Nebula Highlight- Okay this highlighter is beautiful. I know Pacifica for their skin care, I used their makeup wipes for years and they smelled like coconut and were great before I discovered micellar water and have not looked back (sorry). I swatched this and I want to bathe in it, it’s a beautiful iridescent and I can’t describe it any other way, the packaging is amazing and I love it. If I like it as much as I did swatching I see a full sized product in the future.

Front Row from the left!

Helios (I love that name) eyeshadow in Pinky Up!- It has so much glitter in it with a rose gold base, it’s not super pigmented but that is okay because there is so much glitter in it that it makes up for it pretty well.

Ittsē single eyeshadow in metamorphosis- It’s super pretty and with the eyeshadows I found a theme, rose gold/copper/gold was the tones for all of the shadows in this bag, I like the shadow and it was already magnetic so it went into my magnetic palette right after I took the picture, the pigment is so-so but I feel like with a lot of single shadows it is like that for many brands that I have encountered because of my ipsy bags.

Space Case Eyeshadow in Love Potion No. 3- I loved the outer packaging on this one because it was so cool, really hard to open but so cool. I really like the shade and while I would not pair these three shadows together in one look in their own individual looks they would be great. 

Lottie blush in Zayn- It’s a nice pinkie blush with pretty good pigment, went right in the magnetic palette because it came as just a pan in a bubble plastic with a small outer box. The packaging on this one was great too, I cannot get over the packaging for so many brands, they always seem to find a way even with simple packaging to blow me away. 

Skincare: 

            This was the largest category and I split it up between products and masks so products first. From left to right.

            Pūr-Lisse Lip Nourisher- Not a brand I have heard of but that clearly means nothing. It has mango and shea-butter in it so I know that it’s going to be pretty great and we are getting into the season of dry and cracking lips so having something to protect them makes me very excited.

            Barefoot Venus (another great brand name) Lemon Freckle Hand Cream- First impression, it smells like lemon pound cake or lemon meringue pie and I am not mad about that. It is thick and moisturizing. I am one of those people who loves lotion but hates the feeling of it on the skin because most of the time it’s greasy; this one actually isn’t too bad and it smells great both in the tube and on the hands. It’s been about 10 minutes since I put it on and my hands feel really silky and there is no more greasiness so that is a super plus in my book. 

            Jersey Shore Cosmetics Peppermint moisture rich hydrating balm- I prefer natural scents when it comes to any kind of mint if I can get it, I prefer natural scents for a lot of products but that is for another time. I am one of those people who have 7-10 tubes of chapstick or lip balm around, none of them are finished, and I can only find two so having another one is not a bad thing. 

            Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer- I have used one primer for years now and one other before that, both are green tinted because of a skin condition that I have that leaves my cheeks red and ruddy, though I am willing to give anything with it comes to beauty a try so I am excited to try this as well. I would open it while I am writing this but I have lotion on my hands and the cap is on really tight. 

            Dermadeli Pumpkin Seed Serum- I am not a user of serums (that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be) but I am really excited to try this because according to the ipsy description of this product it can help with inflammation of acne and help prevent it in the future and as someone who used to struggle with more breakouts than I do now this is a product that I probably should have been using for years and I hope that it does help with those things as I give it a good test in the next few weeks.

Youth to the People Adaptogen Moisture Cream- I am excited to use this, I have sensitive skin and according to the description on this one it soothes that kind of thing. 

Timeless Beauty Bar sheet masks in Up in the Clouds and Glam and Glow- Okay I love sheet masks, I don’t use them as often as I should and I have a collection of them but I love the packaging on these two, it gives you a “best for” situation on them and I love that, it also tells you what it is meant to do, for example the Up in the Clouds one is hydrating and refreshing and best for frequent flyers. I love the packaging it is classy and very informative while still being modern, love it looking forward to using them. 

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels- Again something that I have thought about purchasing in the past, maybe not this specific brand but the idea behind them is pretty cool. I am excited to try them, maybe they will help me look less tired while I walk through life trying to look less tired. 

Last section! I promise and this is miscellaneous, things I didn’t really have a category for and it’s only three things so bear with me just a little longer.

IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo- I am usually a user of Batiste dry shampoo but I am always in the market for something different or something that will work better with my hair so I am excited to try this and see if I like it better. 

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Lacquer (or polish) in Kiss Kiss, Darling- To be honest from the packaging I thought this was soap, it didn’t say nail polish anywhere in English. I mean I love the color but the packaging had me confused. 

Slmissglam R60 Blending Brush and R61 Angled Eyeshadow Brush- Love new brushes and everyone knows it. I love the color of the synthetic hairs on the brush, I love the tiny jewels on the metal part of the handle, I am hoping those don’t come off when I wash them. I am excited to give them a try one of these days.

So do you think it was worth it? 

See y’all Tuesday with another post!

-MJ

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What was in my May ipsy Glam Bag?

I feel like I have been on a hiatus for the last few weeks just because of all of the stuff that has been going on in my life but I am back! It has been a rough few weeks with a lot of changes in my life and all of that so I have been off of most of my social media channels for over a month now and that has not been too fun for me, but I digress.

I am still loving ipsy and the products they are sending me, granted this Glam Bag was from May and it is now July but I am going to be playing catch up to some things in the next few weeks when it comes to posting here. My YouTube channel is kind of under construction right now because of personal life stuff so that will come back hopefully before its first anniversary on July 29th.

Let’s get right into it shall we?

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I love the bag this month, it has a travel/postage seal theme and I was here for it. I like the fact that each month you get a new bag and everyone gets the same one but on the inside all of the products are different and catered to your style, skin tone, brand preferences, etc. Granted these are small bags, (you could not fit a full sized palette from a lot of brands in here.) but they seem more meant for travel or on the go with your everyday essentials when it comes to an everyday look as opposed to a more dramatic evening look. Now that being said, you could fit plenty of single pot eyeshadows or small palettes in here to transition your day look to a night look with a few swipes of a brush.

On to the products inside:

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  1. Lord & Berry Lipstick Crayon in Intimacy (P3405): Now I have never heard of Lord & Berry before and I think that is one thing that I really like about ipsy, they take your preferences and introduce you to new products. I think I own at most one other lipstick crayon and that is from Butter London in the shade Ruby Murray (it’s a deep autumnal red and I love it) but this is a beautiful mauve almost plum shade and I am a huge fan of those shades all year round because it can really make a statement in your look if you do a subdued eye but a more dramatic or drastic maybe experimental lip. I am really looking forward to actually using this shade because the swatch I did went on smooth and didn’t feel heavy or easily crackable, I am used to the crack in lipstick because all I have been using recently is liquid lipstick. I am hoping that it keeps itself up as a long wear lip product because I don’t want to have to reapply it every half an hour because it transfers to everything and wears quickly when you talk.

 

  1. Sur.Medic Pore-Less Carbonic-Peel: I love a good face mask, especially when it comes to a sheet mask. I don’t do them as often as I should because they make my skin feel amazing. Now this is a Korean beauty product (I am thankful that there is an English translation on the back) and I am looking forward to trying it out because it is carbonated water, I don’t know the full benefits of it but it says that it deep cleans pores. (Which I totally need at all times when I spend most of my days sweating and covered in dust, most of pores are probably so clogged.)

 

  1. Jivi Lavender Moisturizer with micro algae: I was a little surprised when I opened this moisturizer and it was grey, I was not expecting it to be grey. It smells so good though, just like lavender and it makes your hands really soft. Normally with lotions unless they are formulated properly their smells smell artificial and I have some sensitivity to heavy fragrances so I was happy when this didn’t give me a headache when I wore it on my hands all day. I really like how it made my hands feel though I am one of those people who has three to five lotions in my purse/backpack at all times because inevitably someone will ask me if I have lotion and then I can give them a selection. (This is what happens when you spend years as the mom friend in your friend groups.)

 

  1. Doucce Maxlash Maximizer Mascara: Now that is a mouthful but Doucce is a brand that I have heard of before, I have one of their palettes that was in the winter fabfitfun box. (at the time a family friend subscribed and she didn’t want hers.) I know that their products are usually something that I enjoy and I was really excited to get a mascara from them in my ipsy bag. The brush end of the wand is almost as long as the tube though so that is something that I have to deal with when I use it. It is one of those mascaras that with one coat makes you feel like you are wearing false lashes because it does give you so much volume. I love it so much because I normally have to use two or three coats to get the volume and separation that I got with this. Also I didn’t really have a clumping issue which made me so happy. It does take a little while to dry, not long but it also depends on how much you actually get on you lashes.

 

  1. Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder: Tarte is one of my go to brands, if you read my top five eyeshadow palettes you know how much I love my Tarte Trateist Pro eyeshadow palette. I also raved about it in my makeup bag essentials post. I am normally not one to use finishing powder or spray because I normally don’t wear my makeup long enough to need it. Though I will always love Tarte’s packaging and their quality. I am excited to have a need to wear a finishing powder so I can actually try it out.

 

Even though it is like a month and a half late there is what was in my ipsy Glam Bag in May. I still am a huge fan of the service because it is exposing me to so many new products that I don’t think I would find on my own.

Side note from MJ it is very hard to write a post all the way through when there is a poodle pawing at you.

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He’s cute though.

-MJ