Beauty Moments

An ipsy Moment – January 2015

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The first ipsy bag of the New Year! Will this month’s bag start the year off on a great note? Read on and find out!

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service started by YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan. It cost $10 a month to join, and you will receive four to five beauty, hair, and skincare products plus a makeup bag. For more information, check out ipsy’s website.

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This month’s makeup bag is really cool. I love the feel and look of the textured pattern. The color blocking is also pretty unique and the white, blue, and orange zipper work well together. Loving it!

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I’m going to start off with the only product in the bag that disappointed me. It is the Hikari Eyeliner in Storm. This is by far the worst product that I have received from ipsy thus far. That kills me to say that too because I REALLY wanted to love this. The color in the tube is a stunning silver/gray, but it just doesn’t show up. You can build the color up in the swatch on your hand, but it is virtually impossible to work with on the eye. It’s just not creamy or pigmented enough. I spent a good five minutes running it back and forth across my upper eyelid before just giving up because you still couldn’t see it. It looked like I just forgot to remove my old mascara before I went to sleep and woke up with it smudged. This is a full-size and it retails for $13.00, but I would not recommend checking out this product.

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Okay, let’s move on to better products. 🙂 This is the Probelle Nail Lacquer in Into the Blue. This little guy is amazing. AMAZING I TELL YOU. It’s a gorgeous periwinkle blue that is the perfect transition color between winter and spring. The formula is a little thin, but it is opaque in two coats and dries fairly quickly. The reason why I love this specifically though is, because, of the staying power. I can’t find nail polishes that will stay on my nails through work. I work at H&M, and I’m constantly handling garments on the hangers and racks, so my nails get some good wear and tear. Most nail polishes will instantly chip, but this lasted an entire shift without so much as a nick. I’m definitely going to check out some other colors in this formula. The photo of the color on my nails is after four days of wear. This is a full-size, which retails for $6.00.

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This is the Astrida Naturals Orange Mint Lip Balm. It’s your regular-Joe lip balm that smells slightly of orange and mostly of mint. It also gives you that nice tingly feeling when you apply it. The lip balm leaves your lips feeling soothed and moisturized. Nothing super special here, but I always need a lip balm so this is great. It retails for $4.00 and is a full-size.

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This is the Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Body Cream. I’m not a lotion person, which you probably know by now. I will most likely be passing this along to my mother who will enjoy it more than I will. The lotion does moisturize nicely, but it is fairly watery and leaves your hands feeling greasy for a good 5-10 minutes before it sinks into the skin. The scent is definitely powerful. When I smelled it at first I was certain I didn’t like it, but as I applied it and continued to smell it on my hands throughout the day it kind of grew on me. It’s a deeper, more sensual scent that smells like the rainforest I guess? I’m not sure. The website doesn’t give a scent description, but states that it has Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andiroba, Acai, Cupuacu, and plant stem cells as ingredients. They do have a Rainforest at Dawn version, which could possibly be a lighter scent.

The cool thing about this program is that for every purchase, money is donated to support sustainable agriculture in Brazil, to help stop rainforest deforestation, as well as to fund a philanthropy program called “Earth for you. You for Earth.” for youth education and health development.

The full-size retails for $39.00. This sample is worth $9.75.

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The last product this month is the Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal. The shadow is a pretty champagne beige that has a shimmery, pearly finish to it. I received a Pacific eye shadow duo in this formula a couple of months ago in an ipsy bag and wasn’t impressed by the formula. The formula isn’t much better with this one, but I can work with it because this is basically my go-to color every day. It’s a little sheer, but you can build it up on the lid. I recommend using a primer and a base for maximum color payoff. I like to wear MAC’s Vintage Selection Paint Pot with colors like this. If you can work past the sheerness, it’s a lovely brightening shade that compliments any look. I do wish that ipsy would spice up the brands that they choose to send out each month, because this is now the third Pacifica product that I have received since signing up a couple of months ago. Not a huge deal, but variety is the spice of life, right? 🙂 This is a full-size, which retails for $3.50 (calculated off of the quad prices because singles are not available? Not sure if this is going to be a product unveiling soon or not).


What did you get in your ipsy bag this month? My mom has a subscription, too, and received completely different products. It’s always fun to compare. 🙂 Overall I really enjoyed this bag. Way to kick off the year, ipsy!

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

xoxo Rebekah

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