REVIEW: December Ipsy Bag


I got my first Ipsy bag in the mail the other day. I was SO excited about this bag! First let me start off by explaining what Ipsy (formerly My Glam) is.

From the Ipsy website: “Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using.All for only $10 a month.”

So, why I think this is amazing: I paid $10 for the bag you see above. It came in a cute hot pink bubble pack in the mail. How fun is that? Then I open it to find the small makeup bag. They send you a different makeup bag every month. To me it doesn’t feel like a cheaply made bag at all. It’s something that can definitely be reused and tossed into another bag or purse. They aren’t always solid prints either.

Then, inside the bag is where it got exciting. Right away I saw the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil. I’ve been wanting to try these! They retail for $18. The one I received does seem to be a travel size but, it’s still a great size! Then, I got a red lipgloss from be a…Bombshell in the shade Hot Mess. Super pigmented, although slightly sticky and I don’t like sticky glosses. I probably won’t repurchase but if you have a tolerance for slightly sticky glosses, I would check the other shades out. The color is gorgeous though, and I got a full size which retails for $14! Next, a FULL SIZE  Mirabella’s face primer. I like it a lot. It feels like my Prime Time from Bare Minerals but you need even less of it to get all over the face. Mirabella retails for $29!! Next, the Mai Couture Highlighter Papier. I have seen these but never tried them and still haven’t yet. I’m interested though. They’re sheets that you tear off and can use to highlight the face and the body vs. using a pressed powder highlighter.  The booklet I got contains 25 sheets. You can get 50 sheets from Nordstrom for $28! Lastly, another product I was excited about, the NYX loose pearl shadow. Mine came in gold. SOMETIMES everyone gets the same color in products and sometimes they send out different colors in each bag. Everyone got black for the eyeliner and everyone got red for the lipgloss. The loose shadow was the only thing that could be different this month, I believe.

So my bag retails for over $60 but I paid $10! I can’t wait to see what next months bag is going to contain!! To sign up for your own Ipsy bag visit their website!

I am not affiliatied with Ipsy or any of the brands mentioned above. I bought the Ipsy bag with my own money and the reviews of products are my personal opinion. I do not recieve anything for you signing up for your own Ipsy subscription.

Holiday Gift Ideas – Makeup Palettes

ImageAre you trying to decide what to get that makeup lover in your life? You really cannot go wrong with a makeup palette. A lot of companies will put out new palettes just for the Holidays, which makes a palette junkie like myself a little crazy. I absolutely LOVE palettes. You have all of your eyeshadows right there to see and play with. Coming up with a look is much easier. Higher end palettes can seem expensive, but when you look at all that you are getting it really is a good amount for your price.

So, what are some must have shadow palettes in my opinion? You really can’t go wrong with any Urban Decay palette. Their most popular? Definitely the Naked and Naked 2. These two palettes are probably not only the most popular for Urban Decay but also the two that I hear the most about. If you are on YouTube much it doesn’t take long to find out that the Naked palettes are definitely favorites among the beauty gurus.

Another favorite seems to be the Lorac PRO palette. I don’t own this but wish I did. I’ve seen so many reviews and recommendations for it on blogs and YouTube channels.

theBalm also has a lot of fun palettes. A good one would be the NUDE’tude eyeshadow palette. Another great Christmas idea, that comes with more than shadows, from theBalm,is the Balm Jovi Face Palette. I have both of these palettes on the way so I can’t wait to try them! You will be seeing more about them soon.

Wanting to go the cheaper route? Wet n Wild Coloricon Palettes. I know when many of you think Wet n Wild you think cheap. You’re right; but only in the price. The shadows are highly pigmented and easily blendable. The quality of the shadows for the price can’t be beat. You can find them at Walgreens or online.

More shadow palettes that won’t put a dent in your wallet are:

BH Cosmetics – these are super pigmented and blendable. They ARE soft so you have to be careful and you can get a little bit of fallout with them but for the price they’re amazing. I two of the 88 shadow palettes and used them almost everyday until I got my new NYX palette that I’ve been loving. For someone just starting out on makeup my suggestion is to keep it simple. Maybe start with the 28 or 26 shadow palettes. This way you aren’t overwhelmed when you open it and see all of the color options.

NYX Cosmetics – Another great option for a cheaper price! I have the Haute Jersey palette that I love. I love that it comes with blushes and bronzing powders as well as two lip glosses along with the shadows. Also, supposedly the Nude on Nude palette is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palette. I cannot vouch for that, as I don’t have either, but this is what I hear. 🙂

Of course, there are MANY MANY MANY more makeup palettes and kits out there worth mentioning. If you know of a brand that the person you are shopping for really loves, then head to your local Sephora or Ulta and shop the Holiday kits and palettes. If this person just loves makeup in general, check out some of the popular palettes mentioned above. Hope this helps!