IPSY December 2017

Ok people, if you aren’t on the beauty subscription bandwagon you need to be! Beauty subscriptions have helped me build a make up collection, try out new products, and keep me from having to buy a ton of new products. For $10.00/month, I get to test out skin care, make up, make up tools, and have a stock pile of mini bags for traveling!

Like most subscription services, you complete a questionnaire to determine your beauty profile and then a bag is curated specifically for you each month. At any time, you can go in and adjust your preferences. You can also review each product to adjust what types of products you receive.

Here are my thoughts on December’s Bag….

First of all, the bag itself might be one of my favorites! The blue-silver sparkle is not only perfect for the holidays but just plain pretty! I will happily carry this in my purse (AKA diaper bag) anytime of the year.

The first product  received is The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream from TonyMoly. I wasn’t familiar with this brand so I did a little research. TonyMoly is a Korean based beauty company that was one of the trailblazers in the Korean beauty trend. They have a wide range of products from skincare to make up to body products. TonyMoly also has a great variety of products that range from just a few dollars to around the $50.00 range.

The Chok Chok Green Tea Water Cream is a daily moisturizer that is describes as “…a protective layer over your skin to help shield it from pollution, free radicals, and other skin-damaging elements.”  Sounds like everything I’ve ever dreamed of!!

I’ll have to test this out for a while to see how I really feel but here are my initial thoughts. The consistency is very nice! It’s creamy consistency without feeling heavy, dries very quickly, and is not heavily scented. I’m excited to work this into my skincare routine. Stay tuned for my thoughts in a later post!

Initial impression: Super Excited to try!

The Chok Chok Green Tea Water Cream is $25.00.

Next up is the City Color Cosmetics shimmer shadow in the shade It’s A Girl. There were two shade options that I could have received. It’s a Girl is described as a metallic plum while All Eyes On Me is a smoky mauve. I’ve used City Color Cosmetics before and I was happy to receive either one of these colors as they weren’t colors I would typically purchase on my own.

So first of all, the size of the product is HUGE! You get a ton a shadow to work with and the packaging is nice and sturdy. The color isn’t probably isn’t something that I would have picked for myself but I’m excited to try something new. The pigmentation is really beautiful. It’s a metallic shadow without being overly shiny and is very wearable when swatched however, the consistency is pretty dry and chalky. I’ll definitely have to play around with this to determine the quality and bendability of the shadow.

Initial impression: Meh…We’ll see

City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadows are $3.99 and come in 24 different colors!

This girl loves a good mascara and I was so excited to try this one! It’s the MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Lash Mascara in Black Extreme. Believe it or not but I don’t have any MAC Cosmetics! I’ve used MAC before but have never purchased any of my own so I was excited to add this to my collection and test it out. This mascara is a whipped formula that is supposed to give volume, curl, and lengthen but not clump…sounds like the holy grail of mascaras to me! It also says that you can use an angled brush and use this mascara in place of liquid liner. Hmmm…liquid liner is usually not my thing but I might give it a shot.

I have to say, I love the packaging of the sample size! I’ve looked up the full size product and it comes as your standard mascara tube but the sample comes as a squeeze tube which I just think is so clever! I’m picky when it comes to the wand on a mascara and this one doesn’t look like it will disappoint. And the name Black Extreme does the color of the mascara justice! It’s one of the blackest mascaras I’ve seen and the formulation looks nice and think. Definitely dropping this into my mascara rotation ASAP>

Initial impression: I want to go re-do my make up right now just to test this out!

MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara is $23.00

My weakness is good skincare so having a good cleanser is crucial! I’ve tested out several things from First Aid Beauty so I was excited to see their Face Cleanser. This cleanser is supposed to refresh, take off your make up, and clean our your pores without leaving your skin feeling tight. It’s a whipped formula that is supposed to work for all skin types.

It’s fragrance free which I love when it comes to skin care! It’s a very nice thick formula and feels like it will really do the job with getting dirt and grime off your face. I’m always interested to see how well cleansers remove make up and this one seems promising!

Initial impression: Is it time to wash my face yet?!

First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser is $20.00

Lastly, as much as I love testing out new products, I LOVE getting beauty tools in my Ipsy bags! This month I got the Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239 from Luxie Beauty. I have several different types of brushes from Luxie all of which I’ve received from Ipsy and I really, really like them! Out of the ones I’ve received, their shadow brushes are definitely my favorite so I was really excited to play with this.  This is an angled brush that is supposed to evenly blend shadows into your crease and has synthetic bristles.

The quality of the brush is really nice. The onyx handle has a nice texture that allows for a good grip and the bristles are very soft. The bristles are not packed super tight so it looks like you can use this brush to blend easily as well as still be able to pack on color.

Initial impression: No shade here! Adding to my make up routine tomorrow!

Luxie Beauty Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239 is $14.00

Overall, I’m very happy with this months Ipsy bag and can’t wait to really give these products a test run! Keep checking back to see if any of these products make it into my monthly favorites or empties posts!

 

 

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