December ipsy Bag

Hi guys! Happy (belated) Holidays! I have been busy working the holiday retail grind and have not been active here on PT so today I hope to update ipsy and Influenster for you guys. I have two new bags and a Voxbox to share deets on and this Vox, I was able to try yet-to-be-released products so I’m super excited to give you guys the inside scoop before these go BIG.

Ready? Let’s get started with my review of December’s ipsy bag!

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The first product I received for December was the Julie G Longwear Nail Polish in Pin Up Girl. Love the name (vintage is so in when it comes to beauty packaging right now). However, the color leaves much to be desired. It reminds me of the shiny, cliche Christmas red I wore in the fifth grade before mattes were a thing. I can’t imagine any fashionable fifties femme would rock this. The formula is average, nothing much to talk about.

Item two: lip liner! Score! I LOVE lip liner and have been going through my nude ones literally weekly lately so I was so excited to receive a new one. Initially I was thrown and thought this product was neon pink like the cap but it’s nude! This is a product from ModelCo. I find their products to be about a 7 in quality- better than drugstore but the highlighting palette I received from them is not as pigmented as I’d like. Still, their packaging is definitely model worthy. The cases are hardy and they have deep wells so you get a lot of product in a small space.

Next up is an all-natural product with the most darling packaging! This nude natural lipstick is from Pacifica. Though it’s a little drying the color is FABULOUS. It really works as a perfect rosey nude on us olive-complected girls. This line is available at Target which makes it easy to get a refill when you undoubtedly use this one up.

Finally, a hair mask. Again, one of my favorite products to receive. Since my balayage, I take extra care to use a deep conditioner on my ends at least weekly to keep my color healthy. This Marc Anthony product is gentle enough to be used on color-treated hair and uses coconut and shea butter to make your hair feel and smell like you just walked off the beach. Definitely getting me into the summer mood.

I was so excited to see a new brand in this box in the form of Jersey Shore Cosmetics because A) It’s an exfoliating lip scrub and other than exfoliating my lips with a toothbrush, I’ve never really delved into lip exfoliation. During these winter months on the east coast, I could totally use this product. But B) The product is made right here in New Jersey in small batches. You know I’m all about supporting the cause of local businesses.

Let me tell you guys, this stuff smells ah-ma-zing. I use it in the shower and it does an awesome job without making my lips feel raw. It does a nice job on cuticles too!

 

*Pro tip: If you’re new to exfoliation, don’t break out it out for the first time on the night of a hot date. Exfoliation is an overnight/Sunday afternoon activity. If you use this product (or any comparable one) and then try to go straight into your lip routine you will fail miserably. Your skin (yes, even your lip skin) will shed and sloff off. That’s what exfoliation does! And you’ll end up with all little chunks in your lipstick. Not cute.

 

A special note for ipsters everywhere: Tons of people ask me, “B, how do you get such great bags? It seems like you always like almost every product. My bags stink!” My answer to this is review, review, review. I review every single bag and not just yay or nay. I give details. I take my time to use the product, watch YouTube videos on application, and then make my decision. I give good feedback and retake my style quiz with the seasons. ask and you shall receive, ladies.

 

Now head on over to the beauty section for the January ipsy bag review! It just arrived today! And if you haven’t already, join ipsy now! Use my referral code by clicking here and skip the wait list.

 

Thanks,

BGB

October Ipsy: Alter Ego

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I have been so busy with work and school that I didn’t get to open my Ipsy bag until last night! It arrived earlier this week and that metallic mailer was calling my name. As usual, I am so excited with the products chosen for me this month and cannot wait to share with you. Enjoy!

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Let’s start with the bag itself. This month’s theme is alter ego, providing products that are within your category (mascara) but not necessarily your line (green mascara versus your normal black). In keeping with the theme, the cosmetic bag this month has two different sides. One is gold metallic and the other is black patent leather.

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The first product I received is a hair mask from Eva NYC. It is supposed to be therapeutic and help hair become nourished and grow. In the fall and through winter, my hair, skin and nails tend to become dry so this is a perfect product for me for this time of year. Clearly, Ipsy has recognized that I love argan oil because this is another month incorporating it into my bag.

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Just in time for the season, I was sent a pumpkin facial scrub! I like this one because it uses sugar for its exfoliant instead of those little plastic beads that are seriously hurting the environment. Plus, I’m big enough to admit that I’m basic. Pumpkin. Is. Everything. And can we take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous, elegant packaging?

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I’m really excited for this third product because I’ve never used a product from the Balm before but people on YouTube and Pinterest are crazy for its face products (ie Mary Lou Manizer). So when I saw that this product was from the Balm and it’s a pinky-nude matte lipstick? I was set. I have been working the Kylie lip with nude, matte liner but it can make lips a little dry. This will be a great addition to my makeup collection.

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This fourth product is one I’ve heard of for a while and always wanted to try but couldn’t validate the price to myself for a brand I’d never tried. This is the It Cosmetics 5-in-1 mascara. Again, this product is a cult fave and I am so excited to try it because mascara is one of my favorite makeup products, period.

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The last product is unexpectedly a tool! Every Ipster knows that we don’t get tools (brushes, sponges, tweezers) often so when we do, it’s a big deal. These are the only products that you’ll never run out of and they tend to be some of the priciest. I received a new gigantic tweezer from Emite! It is their $35 full-size professional slanted tweezer and I’m kind of freaking out because the entire bag is only $10! I have a Tweezerman but it is the smaller one which can be hard to handle for stubborn hairs so this was such a nice surprise.

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All told, accounting for the amount of product received, this bag is worth approximately $60 plus the cosmetic bag.

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Share links to your Alter Ego bag or looks in the comments below.

Happy friday, gorgeous!

-BGB