This month, Ipsy continues with the shipping notification shenanigans...I got my confirmation email about four calendar days after it shipped, and only a day before it actually arrived at my house. Perceived value, I guess. While I appreciate getting my bag before Christmas (which honestly I was not expecting), I do not appreciate your ruse, Ipsy. You are fooling no one.
Pop Beauty Brighten Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Naturally Bare
Ardell Natural Lashes #120 Demi
Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset
J.Cat Beauty The Big Lip Pencil in Caramel Mocha
Starrily Nail Polish in Bzzz Bzzz
|the shadows. That middle one looks an awful lot like|
UD Half Baked.
|eyeshadows swatched over bare skin|
with the included sponge thingie
|the One Stick, blended to oblivion|
|the lip crayon|
|two coats of the polish over OPI Alpine Snow|
It's my first go with Pop Beauty eyeshadows. They are pretty powdery, but I was surprised that they were as pigmented as they were. The taupe color left something to be desired, but the gold Naked 1 kind-of shade packed some pretty impressive punch. Half-Baked is a very popular color to dupe, it seems. I have worn these twice, and I am pretty happy with how they apply on the eye. They were easy to blend, and seemed to hold up wonderfully over my regular primer. I will be keeping these in my "quick face kit" for sure.
The One Stick:
I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be doing with this. It's really a blood red cream-ish stick infused with gold glitter. It blends surprisingly well, and this shade will mimic a natural flush precisely. It's only got one drawback, but boy is it a doozy: the smell. It smells like cheap crayons. I can't get beyond it. I think this will be a swapper.
The Lip Crayon:
I actually really like the formula on this lip crayon. It's smooth, it smells a bit like cocoa, and it is very pigmented. My only complaint is about the color, but that is really minor.
I've never worn false eyelashes, and I doubt I'm going to start with a full length strip. Those in the know say that Ardell is a quality brand, and I know they have excellent prices. I have already traded these away to someone who was very excited to get them.
Let me first say that I hate mini bottles. They were not made for people with big hands. Aside from that, this is a perfectly serviceable glitter. The base is a bit on the thick side, but it suspends the glitter well. I didn't have to do any dabbing, thankfully. I do like that it has a mix of gold and yellow glitters in there. I think it makes the bee theme a little more dynamic.
And here is my face, using all the December Ipsy stuff...except the eyelashes. I am still not convinced about the lip color, but in pictures it looks ok. The One Stick is the most convincing flush-color I have ever seen...but for someone with a red face anyway, I'm not sure how I feel about it. I have a friend who got the other color, and I might try hers out. The eyeshadows were just a pleasure to work with, so smooth and blendable for something that swatches so powdery. (I even used the awful sponges to apply it both times!)
|I think blogger kinda airbrushes faces.|
my original pictures dont look this good.
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