15 December 2013

Ipsy December 2013 Glam Bag: Celebrate

I wasn't at all happy with my Ipsy Glam Bag last month, as most of the products inside it were things I'll never use. This month, I really enjoyed most of the products I received and will most likely put all of them to use--with one notable exception that I'll get to shortly.

The bag itself this month was a lot more to my taste than the gold faux snakeskin affair of November. December's bag is a quilted faux patent lether black, both classic in style and easy to match to handbags or outfits:

I received mostly makeup products this month, and the color scheme this time around is a lot better suited to my style, my complexion, and my holiday outfit plans. Everything I received is warm in tone, with lots of my favorite peaches and neutrals. I think that my favorite product is the One Stick from Be a Bombshell Cosmetics in Sunset, a multipurpose cheek/lip/eye color. The color is a gorgeous coral with a light shimmer, and the texture is super creamy. I'll most likely use this as a cheek color, since it gives the light, natural effect of the cream blushes I prefer and is just the shade that I like for my cheeks.

I was also really pleased with the color and texture of the Big Lip Pencil by J.Cat in Caramel Mocha. The color name makes it sound brown in tone, which doesn't usually work for me, but the color swatches peachy neutral on my skin. It reminds me of the J.Cat lipstick I liked from my September bag, but hopefully this one won't break immediately upon use.

The final makeup product I received this month is the Bright Up Your Life Eye Eyeshadow Trio by Pop Beauty in Naturally Bare. I almost always use neutral colors on my eyes, and this little sample set contains three pretty, useful shades.

I received two products this month that weren't makeup. The first is an Eye Blender Brush from Mirabella Beauty. Eyeshadow brushes are always useful, and as this one retails at $27 it's way more expensive than anything I'd ever buy myself, so it's nice to be able to try it without having put out all that money.

My final product this month really got me annoyed--it's YET ANOTHER nail polish. I've gotten it in 3/4 bags now, and I can only use the first one because it's the only one that's relatively non-toxic. This red shade from Nicka K. New York is pretty and all, if not a go-to shade for me, but I just won't wear it because of the ingredients. 

I'm going to contact Ipsy via e-mail and social media to see if nail polish preferences can be better respected, because I really liked the rest of the products in this month's bag and I'd be interested in continuing my subscription if I didn't have to deal with all this nail polish I've been getting.

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