Hey y'all! Today I have a review of my January Ipsy Bag (referral link) themed/named 19 reasons. Unfortunately, I could probably name at least 19 reasons why I hated this months bag....but I'll try to be nice.
When I saw what I was getting, I was pretty excited....but that soon faded as soon as I opened the envelope. The cute teal makeup bag smelled absolutely HORRIBLE. It almost triggered a migraine, so I had to move it far away from me after this picture. I emailed them & they said something about the manufacturer having to use extra paint for the bag & it would go away in 24 hours or so. Well, it took longer than that. I did check it the other day and didn't notice a smell, but I couldn't believe the horrible quality control letting that slide. Anyway, onto what I thought of the products themselves.
Proactive+ Mark Fading Pads - Not 100% sure why I got these, as I only get hormonal breakouts and not very often. I did try them, as I had a few spots but I feel my Clean&Clear stuff worked WAY better than these tiny little wipes. Maybe if I had more than 4, I would've been more impressed. I also didn't like that the only way to get these is to purchase them with a kit. So definitely wouldn't purchase since you really can't anyway.
Mica Beauty Tinted Lip Balm - The shade I received was Fiesta, which is a soft mauvey pink(I think). First off, I absolutely HATE lip products that come in jars. If I'm putting something on my lips, I do not want to have to wash my hands before & after applying to keep from getting germs in the product and near my mouth. I also wouldn't call this a lip balm at ALL. When you think of "balms", you think treatment. When you think "tinted", you think sheer. Not with this. It's drying and opaque. I had to use a brush to apply it to my lips and actually had to apply it over a balm with a gloss over it. Another that I wouldn't purchase.
Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil - I received this in Pearl. I was excited to get this because I LOVE eye stuff. It's rather tiny, and I was expecting a full size. It also has a plastic like outside but my thumbnail scratched it, so I think it should be easy to sharpen. I tried to use this over the weekend and the color is pretty, but too sparkly to use as a base & too light to use as a liner. So, I tried to apply it to the inner corner of the eye as a highlight. I couldn't see it at all. I swatched it on my hand to make sure it was ok and it looked fine on my hand, beautiful & smooth even. I tried to get more on the eye again with no luck & just gave up. The swatch lasted forever. I even just applied it to the top of my hand again and it will NOT rub off. I might just try using this as a face highlighter or on the brow bone. IDK that I would purchase.
Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion - I heard/saw a lot of people saying they didn't like the smell of this. I can't exactly pin point it, but it wasn't off putting. I did like this, but I think the sample size was WAY too small. It was thin and my face seemed to drink it up causing it not to spread around easily. I hate moisturizers, because most of them make my face look like I dunked my head in a can of Crisco, but not this one. It was super lightweight and my skin loved it. IDK that I loved it enough to pay $22 for it, but I might definitely think about it.
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask - YAY I remembered the alt code for the trademark (ALT + 0153 = ™) without having to look it up. The only bad things I can say about this is there wasn't more....well that and when I tried to wear this as an actual hair mask, meaning more than a few minutes, it seemed to lather in my hair so I rinsed it out. My hair felt so silky smooth after using this. If it wasn't $26, and I didn't already have a HUGE stockpile of hair products, I'd be picking this up and trying the rest of the line.
Overall I only loved 2 our of the 5. And because everything was sample sizes, IDK that it was worth the value of this months bag. HOWEVER, I honestly can't complain for getting to sample all of these for just $10 a month.