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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

ArtsyArchitette Ipsy MyGlam December 20122

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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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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What’s in the bag: MyGlam April 2012 Bag

I had meant to post this yesterday, but I got so many goodies in the mail yesterday – I just got distracted. More on those goodies in the next few days 😀

So I received my April 2012 MyGlam bag on Friday and it was a good one, not great but pretty good. At first I was like ‘what the hell, why does it feel like it has nothing in it?’ – but this month’s bag just had some slim items in it. It seems like the MyGlam team is heading in a good direction with the their selections.

So to start, the theme of this month was Girls Night Out and the products included in the bag, as well as the bag itself, seemed to fit that theme well.

Now, I’m not one of those baby pink-loving women, so I may be giving this baby pink metallic bag away, or may just stash it in a drawer in case I need an  extra make-up bag. Though I can see why they selected this one considering the ‘Girls Night Out’ theme.  Onto the goods!

All-Belle Natural Lash “Princess Leah” Synthetic Eye Lashes

The lashes I received were the “Princess Leah” style, are fairly soft and quite flexible. The lashes also come with a small vial of  lash adhesive. The lashes do have a solid seam made of the same synthetic material as the lashes themselves and weaved in a braided ribbon style. When it comes to lashes, I do not mind a solid seam, as I can just wear some eyeliner to conceal that; though I am extremely bothered when the seam of lashes is too stiff for comfort. Luckily, this is not the case with these lashes, as the material is quite soft and extremely flexible, so I expect these will be quite comfortable to wear. I do not wear false lashes very often, so it may be a while until I give these a try.

MyGlam Eyeshadow and Eyeliner Brushes

Very soft, decent quality brushes – I’m sure I’ll find a use for them.

Dermstore Lip Quench

Full size tube! This stuff smells amazing, like strawberry lemonade, which admittedly, may not be for everyone. Has almost no taste and is only slightly sticky. It is sheer with a slight sheen to it and hydrates lips nicely. I’ll definitely being using up this product.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Junkie”

Whoo hoo! So excited for this product. I have been lusting after these long-wearing pencils and so glad MyGlam included this. It is a travel size pencil and I received the color Junkie – a teal pencil with metallic shimmer (not glitter). The pencil glides on extremely smooth and really does last all night. The pencil is initially blendable but then “sets” and doesn’t budge until you are ready to remove it.

Overall this bag was an great improvement, I had purchased the 1 year subscription earlier in the year and I am excited to see what is going to be included in future MyGlam bags.