Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January Ipsy Bag - 19 Reasons

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. 


  1. My eyeshadow pencil was "penny" and I think that it was a lot better color to send for review, because looking at the photo of the pearl one online, I can't imagine what it would be pigmented enough to use for.

    Great review :)


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