August 2015 ipsy glam bag

August 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

August 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

Once again this month I took a sneak peek at what I was expecting in my glam bag, and while some of my friends were disappointed with what they were expecting, I saw more in my sneak peek that I was interested in getting than things I was disinterested in, so I was happy!

The case is .. ok. It’s a vinyl black and white case with hot pink lining and zipper.

Marc Anthony
Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Oil Treatment

“This treatment is a lightweight oil used daily for strong, glossy, frizz-free hair. Whether your hair is curly, straight, thick or thin, this Argan Oil Treatment will become a daily staple in your beauty regimen.
Created with Mediterranean Olive Oil and Moroccan Argan Oil – the ancestral beauty secret of Morocco – it deeply penetrates to fortify, protect and condition hair. Vitamin E and Shea Butter hydrate and soften.”
I was sort of “eh” about this one. I’ve tried a few Moroccan oil hair products, and they’re ok – but I really like my K-Pak now instead, and plan on sticking with it. I even bought one for my travel bag (despite the non-travel-friendly size) but I figured that this would be ok – and perhaps in the small 0.7 fluid ounce size, I could at least use it in my weekender instead of taking the bigger one.

The conclusion?

I actually really liked this – the scent is pleasant without being overwhelming, the product is really viscus, so only a few drops are needed, and the product goes on smoothly because of it. I don’t know if I’d buy this (we’ll see how it works long-term, and availability compared to my K-Pak) but I will continue to use it, rather than tossing it into the “feh” basket. 10/10

La Fresh Group
Good Night. Night Cream

“This highly natural La Fresh® Eco-Beauty® Good Night. Night Cream provides super hydration and restores your skin making it visibly smoother and plumper. It will also rescue your skin from fine wrinkles on the forehead and crow’s feet around your eyes. Say bye-bye to damaging elements that age your skin and say hello to recovered, recharged, and youthful!”
This was another “eh” for me – I don’t really use night cream, and I really LIKE the facial moisturizer I have. Still, if it’s not too stinky, or irritating to my skin, it looked like a re-sealable small package, which might be ok to toss in my purse for a few days.

The conclusion?

This wasn’t at all thick like most night creams – in fact, I wouldn’t call it a night cream at all. It seems like a pleasant, light moisturizer, with no detectable scent. I actually really like the re-sealable package – it’s small and lightweight, but also re-sealable (but likely not re-fillable without a syringe) which means it will probably find a place in my purse or travel bag until it’s used up. 9/10 – a good product, but not in my idea, a night cream.

Hikari Cosmetics
Lip Gloss

“Check out Hikari’s collection of gorgeous, high-shine matte lip glosses. With these high-pigment lip glosses you can wear them alone or layer them over your favorite lipstick to create intense new colors. They will give you the perfect sultry lip with just the right amount of shine!
ipsters who sample Hikari Cosmetics will either receive the shade Salsa (classic red) or Merlot (intense red mauve).”
The screen looked like I was going to get the Merlot colour, which I was ok with – as long as it was an “intense” colour and not a wimpy nothing-there colour like the July glam bag’s lip gloss… I do like lip gloss too, so I was excited to get this one.

The conclusion?

I received the “Salsa” colour intead of the Merlot, which I was kind of happy with, and kind of unhappy about. I LIKE ‘classic’ true reds, but in the tube this was more of a super hot-pink with a fluorescent orange undertone. Or something.. It just didn’t feel like a “red”… It also smells really icky – BUT… it feels good on, and doesn’t seem quite as garish on as I feared it would be from the tube. It seems very highly pigmented; it didn’t take long to get good coverage, though with it’s boldness, it’s a ‘use a mirror’ lipgloss, not a ‘swipe it on’ lipgloss. It’s pretty glossy too 🙂 The downside to that glossiness – it transfers VERY easily. After blotting twice, the lipgloss was pretty much entirely gone. Between the smell and the transfer-ability, I’ll give it a 4/10.

‘Pencil Me In’ Cosmetics
Natural Eyeliner Pencil in Boysenberry

“Pencil Me In natural eyeliner pencils go on silky smooth and will last all day. The natural formula is infused with vitamins and anti-oxidants so the skin is actually receiving a benefit. There are 30 fun colors to choose from; plus each pencil comes with a built-in sharpener in the cap.”
This is another that I was excited to get. Admittedly I prefer pencils not made with wood (I find that the wood sucks the moisture out of the pencil too quickly, causing the colour stick inside to crack and break too easily and become unusable after a while; I just don’t use up my pencils quickly enough to use them up before they dry out.) but the colour looked great – something dark but a little bit fun, and I love the attached sharpener.

The conclusion?

Well, as anticipated from the wooden pencil – the ‘lead’ in this pencil broke the first time I tried to use it. Glad for the sharpener or I wouldn’t have been able to test it at all! The colour is NOT ‘Boysenberry’ – instead its a medium grey with a vaguely purple undertone – but so vague that it might just have been the suggestion of purple from the colour of the pencil outer paint and the name itself. I tested it, powered over top to set it, and it seemed like an attractive colour. I checked it after lunch, and it was still going strong, abeit with a bit of transfer. (Which might be less if I had used shadow as well.)  8/10 – because while it’s a nice colour, it’s not ‘as-advertised’ and the breakage is annoying.

Skone Cosmetics
Luxe Doubler Eye/Lip Pencil in Wine

“This smooth, creamy pencil is an eyeliner that doubles as a lip pencil. It’s multi-purpose design allows you to create a pop of color to line the eyes, fill in the lids, or add color to your wings. Or use it as a lip pencil to easily shape, line or fill in the lip.”
Ok.. first off, I’m not going to use the same product on my lips as my eyes.. that sounds unhygienic (unless I sharpen and clean it between each use) but still I was excited to get this one too – I’d have to see the colour to know if it would be better for eyes or lips for me (I don’t really wear wine-coloured lipstick/gloss, but I do wear wine-toned eyeshadow..).

The conclusion?

I tried this out as eye and lip colour, as suggested by the name… but it is NOT ‘wine’ either. It’s more like a light fuchsia on my eyes (not particularly wearable for my colour choices) an a darker fuchsia on the lips (a little bold for an otherwise make-up free face).  On the eyes I penciled it in and powdered over top, and it was ok. After lunch I checked it out, and it was still there, though it had transferred a bit without eye shadow over top. On the lips I  lined and filled with the pencil (since I don’t have a dark fuchsia lipstick to put over top) and then dabbed a bit of clear balm over top for a nice lip feel. It lasted until after lunch, and one more application of balm. I’m sort of “eh” on it. 6/10 – probably won’t be used.

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