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Overdue Review – Ipsy: December 2012

Hi loves!

So, I had been wavering on whether or not to post these latest two monthly subscription reviews, considering they are about a month and a half later than I would have normally posted them (sorry!) due to my whole January/February semi-hiatus state, but I said what the hell, product reviews are product reviews and they might still help someone out.

December: Overall B-.

Loved the little grey bag from December, definitely one of my faves.

ArtsyArchitette Ipsy MyGlam December 2012

THE GOODS

Mirabella Prime for Face and Eyes – Full Size

This primer was okay. It is a silicone based primer and oil-free, though it feels extremely slick on my normal skin type. I do use silicone primers, two excellent ones, but this one definitely did not feel or perform the same.

I could possibly see it being helpful for those with dry to normal skin types and aging skin, for foundation and face products. Though most dry skin make-up wearers that I know tend not to use primers as they usually can go without them, and it did not make my make-up last any longer than make-up worn alone.

It also says for use on eyes, though personally I wouldn’t be comfortable regularly using a silicone primer for eye make-up, and in fact, it does include a warning to avoid the lash line – points for the warning; but if you’re going to make a dual purpose primer for face and eyes, it should be safe for optical use, lash line included. Considering products, especially those around the eyes, migrate over your skin, sometimes up to an inch, this product is one I cannot stand behind.

Plus, as I mentioned, for an oil-free primer it feel quite slick and did not help with staying power of eye shadow. I obviously couldn’t test it for help with eye liner, though I would imagine it wouldn’t have helped anyway.

From the feel and performance on my normal skin, and my past experience with oily skin, I would say that those with oily skin should definitely pass on this product.

It does include Vitamin E, for antioxidant and moisturizing purposes.

Full Size Value: $29.00 (.45 oz)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in “Zero” – Travel Size Pencil

These pencils practically have a cult following and am someone who owns a couple, I can say they are great liners for those who want something no-fuss with good performance.

As the name says, they glide onto your skin with no dragging or pulling. They are long-wearing, but not stubbornly so and do come off when you need to remove it.

“Zero” is a great go to black pencil, though it is not an extremely saturated black pencil. In fact, it is the least saturated black pencil now in my liner collection, though you can build up the color easily with multiple passes of the pencil.

Full Size Value: $19.00

Be a… Bombshell “Hot Mess” Lip Gloss – Full Size

A very good lip gloss. It feels quite moisturizing, applies fairly non-stick and is long-wearing, so great for long evenings or treat it like a stain for an easier day time look.

“Hot Mess” is a blue-based pink red and is a quite vibrant color, especially when layered.

Sheer is not a word I would or could use for this shade, but that’s okay. It is a very flattering color when applied lightly and blended into the lips like a rich pink-red stain, or applied normally, which does have a thick feel to it, to get a vibrant glossy look.

Full Size Value: $14.00

Mai Couture “St. Barts” Highlighter Papier – 25 Sheet Booklet

These could be a brilliant or a ridiculous product based on your lifestyle needs. Personally, I’m in between because while I can definitely see them benefiting my life, I just don’t have such a big need for them right now.

They leave a gorgeous shimmering glow wherever you use them. I find that I prefer to fold them to for easier maneuvering on different areas of my face or decolletage , but then I also end up with highlighting shimmer all over my fingers.

Extremely handy to have if you are going on a quick trip, as in clothes and make-up in a purse or carry-on quick; or if you find yourself having to go from work to date-night/evening out quite frequently. Also, very hygienic as they are one time use papers and no need for brush cleaner.

It really is glowing goddess in a booklet, but I personally wouldn’t choose to use these on any normal day when I have a brush and my make-up collection handy.

Full Size Value: $28.00 (50 Sheets)

NYX Loose Pearl “Charocal” Eye Shadow – Full Size

Good product, great price, but horrible packaging! I have actually de-potted this into a small open mouth container I had.

It is an ultra smooth and highly pigmented shadow, but it is a shame that they put it in small container with an even smaller opening. Despite all the products I use and tried, I still made a mess trying to get this product out.

As with many loose shadows, I would definitely recommend using a base or eye primer with this product.

Full Size Value: $3.00

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I’ll be writing my January and February subscription reviews this month too, along with some more fun things I have to share.


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What’s in the bag: MyGlam June 2012

June has turned out to be a good month for my beauty subscriptions… first a good June Birchbox and now, the MyGlam June bag.

Again, wasn’t amazingly great (for me) but at least it wasn’t a step backwards 😀

The theme was “Out All Night”, with the products focusing on those that would hold up for quite a few hours without disappointing.

So onto the products…

Swatch of the shade I received below:

“629 Power” – Full Size!

NYX Round Lipstick

  • LOVE these lipsticks! Some of my absolute favorites – and there are over 100 shades to choose from.
  • Emollient rich and mineral-based lipsticks = non-drying and pigment rich!
  • What they say: Top your look off with trendy shades of NYX’s Round Lipsticks that are made to last all night long. NYX’s Round Lipsticks are formulated with conditioning agents and provide a beautiful velvety texture. The saturated color resists wear and smudging making your lips kissable from dusk till dawn. From Pure Nude to Pink Lyric to Chic Red, this lipstick is available in countless shades. So put it on, enjoy the night and keep in mind, your lipstick isn’t going anywhere! 
  • My only issue would be the shade I received (Power) – it borders on Nicki Minaj type bright blue-based pink. Not a shade I would have selected myself, but it may come in handy someday (if I layer it with another product).
  • Value: $4 USD

philosophy take a deep breath oil-free energizing oxygen gel cream moisturizer

  • It’s a cooling, very lightweight and non-greasy moisturizer. A perfect one for warmer months!
  • Not a fan of the smell, a bit of a synthetic “cream” scent; and NO SPF :/
  • What they say: After being out all night, send your skin to detox with take a deep breath oil-free energizing oxygen gel cream moisturizer. This lightweight fresh-feeling moisturizer acts like a breath of fresh air to revitalize skin. It helps diffuse energizing oxygen to the skin as needed to detoxify skin and restore a healthy-looking glow, while a blend of antioxidants helps protect skin against environmental attack and pre-mature aging. Take a deep breath provides oil-free hydration to leave skin feeling smooth and comfortable. Skin goes from dull and lackluster to fresh, revitalized and positively glowing. 
  • FYI: It says a “healthy looking glow” – what they actually mean is that it has micro-shimmer particles in it!
  • Full Size Value: $34 USD

Living proof. frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

  • Have yet to try this one out – but will be doing so very soon!
  • I have very long – curly hair, so if I love it – I will let y’all know 🙂
  • Smells wonderful.
  • What they say: Keeping hair frizz free all night is the ultimate challenge. For soft, nourished and frizz-free hair, frizz Nourishing Styling Cream eliminates frizz by blocking humidity. It weightlessly smoothes, conditions and tames frizzy, unmanageable hair. frizz is powered by Living Proof’s miracle molecule, OFPMA. It does what silicone and oils can’t: block humidity without weighing hair down, even on the most humid days. OFPMA create an exquisitely thin, weightless shield around each hair strand that is 70% more effective at blocking humidity than silicone. The same technology strengthens your frizz defense with each use and repels dirt and oil, so hair stays cleaner, longer. Welcome to the 1st day of your frizz free life.
  • Full size value: $12 to $36 USD

“Black Eyeliner 30” – Full Size!

Marbella Permanent Eyeliner Pen

  • Okay – first off – not permanent! I hate it when companies do that – just be honest in your labeling, please!
  • Glides on very smoothly, much like a felt tip writing pen.
  • As for the pen, standard felt nib, which you can actually pull out! Yes, you can pull out the nib and turn it around, giving you access to a “new” nib/tip after you have beat up the first side (after on-going use).
  • Green-based black  eyeliner, which they say is waterproof – it is not. A little water/moisture and any slight contact will make it smudge. So I would say anyone with greasy lids, or hooded lids, caution when using this pen.
  • Also, applies smoothly, but has a tendency to bleed a little – so beware if you have fine lines around your eyes.
  • Once set, it doesn’t budge, unless (as mentioned above) any moisture gets at it.
  • It will leave behind a faded greenish imprint, so you will need a make-up remover and/or good face wash to get it off.
  • What they say: This semi-permanent eyeliner truly lasts all night long. This pen offers long-lasting color and glides on with the ease of the pencil and the intensity of a liquid liner. It is made with all organic ingredients and conditions skin while staying on for those long nights. The eyeliner is easily removed with makeup cleanser, just rub eye gently with cleanser until the line is gone. Dermatologist-tested, this pen is 100% water based and oil- and alcohol-free.ingredients and conditions skin while staying on for those long nights. 
  • Full Size Value: $19 USD

So overall, I’m happy with this month and I think the products went well with the “Out All Night” theme.


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My (sometimes) Everyday Make-up

I have been asked quite a few times now to share some make-up looks, so I thought I’d share an everyday make-up look of mine. I’ll usually spend 20 to 30 minutes on my morning skin care and make-up routine, but I always do other things like getting dressed or combing my hair in between certain steps (example: combing my hair while letting my skin soak up my moisturizer for 5 minutes).

Here’s a look I’ll wear quite frequently, with cosmetic products from this particular day written below:

Make-up products used:

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light
  • MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation in NC25
  • MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer in NW25 (under eyes only)
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in 330 Nude
  • MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NW45 (for contouring)
  • Benefit Sun Beam
  • MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt
  • Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in 25 Rose Petal (Discontinued 😦 )
  • NARS Laguna Bronzer
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Eyeshadow in Foxy
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 630 Cashmere
  • CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
  • Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black
  • Maybelline MasterShape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown
  • MAC Invisible Set Powder
  • Korres Lip Butter in Mango

It may seem like quite a few products, but each product has its purpose. Make-up lovers will understand that 😀

So I may be sharing some make-up looks from time to time.


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1st Official Post! MyGlam February 2012 Bag

So is MyGlam going to be the new Birchbox? Well I wouldn’t say that just yet – though I would say watch out Birchbox (they are trying).

So let’s get down to the dirty details of the MyGlam “Valentine’s Day” Bag, also my 1st MyGlam bag:

Well to start off, it was late – I received a post-Valentine’s day bag BUT that’s a non-issue considering the bag didn’t scream Valentine’s Day anyways.

The Goodies (sorry no photos for this one):

DEAD SEA PREMIER Cinderella Mask & Eye Cream

The Verdict: Too Small ladies! The sample was barely enough to cover my face. While the mask did make my skin feel luxuriously soft – it was no Cinderella transformation. Perhaps this would suit more mature skin, though for the price tag I had high expectations.  Eye Cream – nothing special, won’t be abandoning my usual.

Shine Control by X Out

The Verdict: I’ll have to give an update on this one later into the Texas Spring/Summer, as we’re just coming off our “winter” – my skin is not as shiny as it would normally be. Though from a simply one-time test – it doesn’t seem to be much of a moisturizer, more of a mattifier and quite thin in its consistency.  We’ll see how it well it works under make-up and the Texas sun.

BIG ISSUE HERE: Recycled packaging – rip off the label and find it’s the packaging for Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford -Deep Cleansing Masque. Whats up with that?

Roll On Shimmer by NYX (pronounced like ‘nicks’ for the Greek Goddess of the Night)

The Verdict: I was lucky to get the product in “Olive”, which suits my skin and eye color nicely. I am a fan of quite a few NYX products and I must say, this product is a nice addition to my cosmetics collection. The pigment glides on nicely, with golden green shimmer (without coming off too drag queen or pre-teen celebrity show), and it’s buildable.

Pineapple Enzyme Facial Mask Sachet by Freeman

The Verdict: Loved it. I have tried many Freeman brand masks and enjoy most of them. This one was no different, other than it’s consistency – a semi-transparent yellow goo that smelled amazing! It gave my skin a nice cooling feeling while on and a healthy glow when it came off. Definitely a treat for my face and senses.

NuMe Professional Styling Tools and Hair Extensions Gift Card

The Verdict: “$100!! Hell yeah!” – that was my original reaction, until I actually realized their styling tools are a minimum of $115 for one plus shipping. I had vaguely heard of the brand and knew I wouldn’t be purchasing any extensions but after researching a bit more – I’m probably going to gift this gift card away to some hair-styling-loving lady I know.

Bonus! Ghirardelli Chocolate!

The Verdict: Keep the chocolate coming!

As for MyGlam – well they’re trying and I’m excited to see the bags get better (as promised by the MyGlam girls)!

Read an email update from MyGlam here:

It’s been an amazing 3 months since we launched MyGlam. We began the company as an extension of what our founder, Michelle Phan, has been doing for years: building a community for discovering and experiencing beauty through video. While finding the right products and looks through video and sampling is important, our ultimate vision is to help women feel beautiful, both inside and out. We believe the best way to do that is to create a supportive community – one based on honest and straightforward communication. To that end, we wanted to give you an update on where we are today, and most importantly, where we’re headed.

We’ve made great progress in our mission in these first 3 months. We now have over 300,000 awesome Glammies helping each other through tips on our Facebook page and by writing reviews on the MyGlam website. We’ve shipped hundreds of thousands of products from amazing companies like Urban Decay, NYX, NuMe, and Wen. And over 2,000 helpful YouTube videos have been created by our official stylists and by you, the Glammie community.

We’ve also made mistakes as a new company. We had shipping issues in January that affected many of you. At times, our customer service team has provided inconsistent communication with uneven response times. We’ve also had unforeseen billing issues. For all of these issues and to anyone who has been affected: we are truly sorry.

We want your experience with MyGlam to be amazing and stress-free. We know we have a long way to go, and we’re working diligently behind the scenes to improve your experience. We now have an amazing team of Glam Girls to assist you with all of your customer care needs. We have made some improvements to our system, and are working on a major overhaul that will dramatically improve our billing and shipping process. And we are going to release a completely revamped version of our website in the coming months on an invite-only basis to our Glammies, so stay tuned. As we get some of these operational challenges taken care of, we can focus on the more fun stuff – building our Glammie community and creating great Glam Bags.

To answer some specific questions we’ve been asked recently:

  • If you ever need help, please contact the Glam Girls directly at http://myglam.desk.com/. Due to volume and privacy concerns, they cannot respond to individual account questions via Facebook.
  • The Glam Girls respond to each and every email they receive, as quickly as possible. Glam Girls do not work weekends or holidays, so please be patient with us.
  • A site update in March will allow you to easily update your payment information.
  • New Glam Bag subscriptions are currently closed. We will re-open them again once we can guarantee that we can serve each one of you in a quality manner.
  • We will continue to improve our shipping so that everyone, regardless of geography, will receive the Glam Bag within a few days of one another. We have Glammies in every state, and we partner with both UPS and USPS to ship tens of thousands of bags every month.
  • Glam Bags are currently not customized based on your quiz responses. But they will be in the near future! Personalization has always been the goal of MyGlam.
  • We hear you loud and clear about getting more makeup products into the Glam Bags, in addition to quality skincare and haircare products. Each month we partner with many different brands to craft a great bag of 4-5 beauty products (some sample, some full-size). It takes a few months to develop each bag, and we have some great bags on the horizon based on your input.

We appreciate your honest feedback – we take it as a sign that you care about the success and future of MyGlam. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that your experience with MyGlam is amazing. Everything we’ve accomplished has been thanks to you, and we sincerely believe that with you as our partners, we will succeed in bringing Michelle’s vision, building the absolute best beauty community, to life.