The theme for the September 2017 ipsy glam bag is a pretty common theme on social media this month (and a few before it): Beauty Boss. The free zipper pouch is an all-business faux leather clutch, and the products are about empowerment and confidence. I’m pretty sure that’s not a new focus for the beauty world, but it hasn’t been done in an ipsy glam bag yet! I didn’t see a huge embodiment of the theme in my products, but then again, I think that’s because most beauty products fit in the category of “empowerment” and “confidence.” The products themselves were great, so I can’t complain!
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer
I’ve never heard of a product like this. It’s a combo of a highlight and a primer. Maybe developed from the “glow within” look? It supposedly can double beneath makeup as a hydrating primer, and then be used again for a final finishing highlight. Based on it’s pearlized, rose gold color, I can definitely see the highlight part happening. I’m not sure about it as a primer…I feel like it will give the skin a slightly orange look.
re:p real elemental practice Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb
This product was a result of ipsy’s collaboration with Soko Glam. It’s a very natural, hyper-sensitive, multi-tasking facial mask. Some stand-out ingredients include Kaolin, calendula, and chamomile. And some of it’s promises include redness reduction, facial calming, and dirt removal. I didn’t try this product out yet since I’m pregnant and have to be careful about what kind of natural remedies I turn to. But I’m EXTREMELY intrigued by this mask, and look forward to trying it! My current go-to mask is this one, and I generally like it.
Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo –Peach Honey
If you can believe it, I’ve never tried a Pixi product! So I was happy to get this full-sized blush duo. This powder is made with mica, which gives it a shimmery finish that translates well as a highlighter. So maybe they should call this a quad, since its two shades that can be use two different ways. A product bonus and a space-saver!
Pretty Woman Nail Polish – Girl Boss Because what other color could they send me this month? It’s perfect for the theme. I am a huge fan of pastel nail polishes, but never seem to have enough! This one will be beautiful for the winter. Now if only they would send me a blush pink polish, I’d be all set for the next few months!
Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207
This is not my first Luxie Beauty brush. In fact, it’s my fourth! I got two large brushes (think blush brushes) in my April and February bags of 2017, as well as my first Luxie brush ever in my July 2016 glam bag (a teeny angle brush I use every.single.day). I love the quality of the Luxie beauty brush bristles, as well as the smooth and comfortable handle. They come in stylish, pastel colors and never disappoint me in their longevity and practical use. They look cute sitting in my brush jar, but they also work wonderfully on my face!
That’s a wrap for my September 2017 glam bag! Well, I did get one more item, but it wasn’t really a normal ipsy product. I used my bonus points (I earn them through reviewing the products) on an “ipsy” merchandise sweatband, and it arrived with this month’s glam bag. I don’t know if I’ll ever really wear it, but it looks super cute on my toddler! haha Do you have an ipsy glam bag subscription? Please leave a comment below describing what you got in your September 2017 glam bag! Thanks for reading and come back soon! And if you don’t have an ipsy subscription, but would like one, you can follow this link to sign up. Doing so will not give me any monetary reimbursement, though it will score me some extra bonus points.
The August 2017 ipsy glam bag finally made it to my front door! I don’t know why, but it felt like I waited so much longer for this one. Whether I really did or not, it was SO worth the wait! The products were all “full-size”…every single one of them. And the theme was boho…which I’m all about! I can’t say enough good things about the bag, so I won’t even try. Let’s just say it was one of my favorites of the year! And now, let’s jump in and look at the contents:
Vitamasques Yoghurt Mask Duo – Kiwi and Strawberry
I can’t think of anything more “boho-skincare” than a mask made of natural, foodie ingredients. The kiwi mask is said to soften and revitalize, while the strawberry smooths and illuminates. I’m super excited to try these, as right now I only use two facial masks. I use this overnight mask every night, and this mud mask once every two weeks or so. A new yogurt mask would totally be a fun way to shake up my mask routine!
the Balm Cosmetics the Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow – Kuwakaribisha
I love anything that is the Balm. And this Balm Voyage eyeshadow is no different! Kuwakarisbisha is a pale-neutral shade, with quite a bit of shimmer. It has a total glow factor that reminds me of a highlighter. Apparently, the reason the Balm eyeshadows are so buttery and soft is because the pigments are triple-milled. They are so soft, that one dig of the finger into my eyeshadow pan resulted in the huge divot you see pictured above. Courtesy of my toddler! 🙂
Aurora Pro Cover Up Concealer – Pale Ecru
This one doesn’t immediately scream “boho” to me, but then again, neither does dark circles or hyper-pigmentation. I guess you could say this product is “under-cover boho.” ha! This is my second Aurora product from ipsy, as my first was a felt-tipped eyeliner in my December 2016 glam bag. In ipsy’s description of the product, they mention that this can be used as a highlight or even as a contour (not this shade) if it doesn’t match perfectly. I could definitely see this working as a highlight, especially since it is a full-coverage product. If you’re wondering why full-coverage highlights matter to me, visit my My Maskcara Beauty Haul & Review to read about this new epiphany in my makeup life!
Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo – Beaming and Tenderheart
I was floored when I saw this product in my ipsy bag. A coconut blush single is currently retailing at Ulta for $12.00, and my entire ipsy bag cost $10! So I’m looking at $24.00 worth of blush in my $10 ipsy bag, which so happened to contain 4 other products…SUCH A DEAL. Digression over. Since coconut is a main ingredient here, these blushes are not only beautiful, but also healthy for the skin. While they are intended for blush purposes, I will definitely be trying these as eyeshadows. The shades are too beautiful not to! Plus I think having an eye look that imitates a cheek look would be super beautiful, especially if both were worn at the same time. I’m pretty excited this arrived in my glam bag!
SLMissGlam Brush – T35 Precise Blending Brush
But…there is nothing I was more excited for in the August 2017 ipsy glam bag than THIS BRUSH. I received my first SLMissGlam brush in my November 2016 glam bag, the W20 Angled Eye Brush (in diamond white). Then, my sister gave me another W20 brush this past summer. So now, this is my third SLMissGlam brush and the excitement is making me think I should probably just invest in a complete set. I can’t put my finger on why I love them so much, but I feel like the faux diamonds are 98% of it. I think the bristles are soft and perfectly dense. The brushes hold up very well during cleaning, and I haven’t seen a single bristle come out! Unfortunately, I did stain on of my W20’s and haven’t been able to get the stain out. Doesn’t matter because they are still my favorite, stains and all!
That’s a wrap for my August 2017 ipsy glam bag unboxing! Thanks for sticking around to see what I got. Are you an ipsy subscriber? If so, please leave a comment below letting me know what came in your August 2017 ipsy glam bag! And if you’re not a subscriber, but would like to be one, just follow this link. *Subscribing via my link will not compensate me with any money, but it will credit my account with bonus points to use on fun products!* Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.
I wrote a post about this very product over a year ago. But this mascara is so good, that it totally deserves an annual recognition post. It is basically begging for a yearly publication saying, “this mascara I always rave about–yeah it’s still the best.” Because this mascara really is the best. And I don’t use the term “best mascara” lightly. I have tried so, so many mascaras. (Scroll to the bottom to see my hoard pic). But I keep coming back to this one, and always will.
I first heard about this product from Sam Schuerman, on one of her youtube videos. She was saying that she owed so much to Carli Bybel for bringing the product into her life. With two trusted references, I thought I should give it a go. After all, I was a long-time L’Oreal mascara wearer. It had been already been one of my go-to mascara brands for quite a few years. I had been wearing the Voluminous Original Mascara since high school. Then I upped my game and began using the Voluminous Extra-Volume Collagen after college. I have to admit I was slightly skeptical about this particular version of their mascara being so wildly different and “perfect” considering L’Oreal mascara wasn’t new for me. But still, I gave it a go. And–Oh. My. Goodness. I am so glad I did!
If I would have to pick one specialty that this mascara gives, it would be lengthening. That’s it’s hallmark attribute. And I know clumpy lashes or really full ones can be a coveted look. But those looks aren’t very noticeable without length accompanying their fullness. And the fact that this is one of the few mascaras that actually CAN add (or emphasize) length means that a variety of eyelash looks are possible. You can go for the super long, fanned out look. Or add 3 more coats and you can go for the thick and clumpy-long look. I would absolutely have to attribute the formula to this lengthening phenomena. But, the mascara can do more.
The BRUSH is the catalyst behind the perfect lift that this mascara gives your eyelashes. Besides lengthening them, the slender, short-bristled brush pushes the eyelashes upward for maximum lengthening effect. Because let’s face it, eyelash length is severely diminished by straight, uncurled eyelashes. And the brush takes care of that. At first glance, the brush doesn’t look like anything special. In fact, some have complained that its so small and flimsy that it can’t POSSIBLY do anything. But, it can do it all.–I would agree with the sentiment that you want to be somewhat gentle with the brush when pulling it in and out of the tube, as it isn’t the world’s most crazy-sturdy brush ever. But that’s a small price to pay for such an amazing product.–Bonus about the petite brush size: it works great on under eyelashes, as it’s not bulky.
Pictured above in gold is the Telescopic “Original” Mascara, while the black tube is the Telescopic “Carbon” Mascara. I have used both, and buy them interchangeably. I have not noticed, in my 3 years of wearing them, a detectable difference. Some have commented that the black tube is a darker formula than the formula in the gold tube, and has a slight sheen. Others have said the difference between the two is that the black tube gives longer lashes while the gold gives fuller lashes. Again, I have not found any of these claims to be true, as I do not notice a difference between them. The only thing I notice is how much BOTH make my eyelashes bolder, longer, and fuller.
I’ll make a final note for those wanting long, full and false-looking lashes: this requires multiple coats. But not multiple coats as in you need to wait 2 minutes between each coat. I simply mean you need to apply the product over one eye for about 10 seconds, then do the other eyelash, then go back and do each eye again for 10 more seconds. So yes, it’s a total of 40 seconds of putting on mascara. But when you think about it, that’s only 20 seconds per eyelash. And no set of falsies goes on under 40 seconds! It’s WORTH it. And I’m only pointing this out so that if you swipe your eyelashes once with this product, don’t be disappointed if you don’t get enormous Bambi eyelashes. The Bamb-ness will come, but you need to applying the product for like 40 seconds to get those big, gorgeous falsies!
And now, I’m going to ask:
Have y0u tried the L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara?
If you haven’t, you need to drop everything and head to the drugstore right now and snag a tube. It lengthens, lifts, and has the ability (with multiple coats) to create the fullest natural lashes you have ever worn. Is there anything else a mascara is supposed to do?? But before you head to the store, what is your current go-to mascara? I promise it will be this one once you try it! This is truly the best mascara in the entire makeup world. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you back soon.
**While I would love to say that L’Oreal Paris sponsored this post, alas this is just all ME talking from the heart. No sponsorship. No free products. Just a girl and the best mascara in the world.**
The July 2017 glam bag hit mailboxes this week! And the theme surprised me just a little bit, but I like it! It’s all about lazy summer makeup and “doing less” so that a you can ultimately “do more.” Apparently, the ipsy creators thought this theme is epitomized by the new ipsy mascot, a cartoon over-easy egg named Gudetama. Some of you may already recognize him for his iconically lazy attitude and sluggish little depiction. I didn’t. And I still don’t know the backstory behind why ipsy chose him as their new mascot, but I can see why he fit the July 2016 glam bag theme! Does anyone know why he happens to be an over-easy egg? haha Moving on, the glam bag itself is pretty cute! The brands that partnered with ipsy were fun because all but one were repeats. It kinda felt like a mini-reunion of my glam bags over the past year. And I really like the products that came in the July 2017 glam bag, so it was an overall, over-easy hit!
Seraphine Botanicals blush –Lychee and Gold
I think that this blush is so gorgeous. It reminds me a bit of the Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Illuminating Baked Highlighter in Bellisima I got in my June 2o16 glam bag. While that product is technically an illuminator, it wears perfectly as a glowy, shimmery blush. This blush differs from that product in the fact that it is glowy, shimmery, and SUPPOSED to be a blush. 🙂 It is infused with lychee and chamomile extracts, which are apparently responsible for the glow. I’ve never seen or tried this brand before, but I’m liking what I’m seeing so far. While it has no bearing on the product itself, can we just take a moment to admire the packaging? It’s totally gorge!
BellaPierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder
I first tried this brand in the form of a mineral blush from my September 2016 glam bag, and wasn’t impressed. Then once more I tried it as a mascara from my February 2017 glam bag and was not particularly stunned. I don’t think BellaPierre Cosmetics are a bad brand, but they aren’t my favorite. However, this product came along and changed all of that. This powder has been with ipsy for a while. It’s my first time receiving it in my subscription, but my sister got it in her ipsy bag quite a while ago and gave it to me (not because she didn’t like it, but because she is just super generous). My daily setting powder is the Stay Matte 011 Creamy Natural pressed powder by Rimmel Londno, and my specialty setting powder is the HD Finishing Powder 01 Translucent by Nyx. But despite the effectiveness of those products, having a good banana setting powder on hand is always nice. And I really, REALLY like this one. It’s banana-y enough to complement my olive skin tone, and it actually smells really good! (I have a thing against pungent powders). Probably the reason I was most excited to receive this was because my baby dumped my last one out on her bouncy tray and smeared it around. Such an epic way to see a makeup product die.
OFRA Cosmetics eyeshadow – Gold Rush
Another long-standing partner with ipsy is OFRA Cosmetics, as I received a nice OFRA highlighter back in my December 2016 glam bag. Something that confuses me about this particular eyeshadow is that it claims to pull double-duty as both a matte and shimmer eyeshadow. Umm… I’m pretty sure it’s just shimmer. Which I d0n’t mind! It also works wet and dry, which I think most eyeshadows do. I love the shade and I REALLY love the improved packaging. The little foam black disc holds the product in perfectly and makes all the difference. Urban Decay–you have some work to do!
Ciate London Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner – Black
My favorite of all Ciate London products is the Geology topcoat (for mani-pedis) I got in my January 2017 glam bag. Even more than the felt-tipped eyeliner pen I received in my October 2016 glam bag. That is, until I tried the Gel-Kohl hybrid liner. I have to say, it is still the kind that requires sharpening, which you know I HATE. But it is ridiculously pigmented, detail-oriented, smooth, and high quality. And so I kind of can’t help but love it. Ipsy considers it to be one of their most versatile liners, and even created a video showing 11 ways to wear it. I don’t think I would wear it many of the ways that the video featured. To be honest I think some of the looks would be very difficult to pull of with just this pencil. But the fact that it is so detailed and yet has the potential to be so smudgy is not to be taken for granted! And as if the formula (and star-studded packaging!!) weren’t enough, one end of this liner is a beautiful little angled brush. It’s perfect for smudging and blending, but can even be used as an eyebrow brush. They literally thought of everything!
Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Lip Conditioner – Mandarin Green Orange and Ginger
I received a Mongongo Lip Conditioner back in my August 2016 glam bag, and it was their Vanilla Coconut Cream version. I really liked it, and still use it from time to time. While I often reach for my more liquid-y type lip balms, this brand of lip conditioner holds a special place in my makeup drawer because of its buttery texture and gentle moisturizing. It never gives the lips a super goopy feel, the way many balms do. And while I have noticed the coconut bead a little bit, it’s not enough to keep me from using this lip conditioner. An unglamorous, but mighty little product!
And that’s my little glam bag brand reunion! Thanks for reading my July 2017 glam bag unboxing. If you are an ipsy subscriber, please leave a comment below letting me know what you got! And if you aren’t a subscriber but would like to be, you can sign up here. (Doing so will not give me any monetary compensation but will give me bonus points to use on fun products!) Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come back soon!
The “back” of the ipsy glam bag…and apparently Gudemata the mascot. I just had to include this! Haha. You’re welcome.
The theme for the June 2017 ipsy glam bag had a punk-centric vibe focused on speaking your mind through your looks. The glam bag’s official catchphrase was “Volume Up” but alas, I didn’t get a volumizing mascara. If you’ve read any of my ipsy glam bag reviews, you might guess that this theme isn’t really to my taste. 🙂 However, I love that ipsy tailors the bag to each individual subscriber’s preferences, no matter the theme, which always guarantees at least a few gems in the glam bag. Sometimes that means the results aren’t super theme-y, but I don’t mind. I’d rather get what I want than get a perfectly-themed glam bag! Onto the unboxing:
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Eye Pencil– Matte Black M-10
I didn’t get a mascara, but I did get an eyeliner, which is almost as good. (If not better, since we all know how attached I am to my go-to mascara). The eye pencil is “my kind of formula” in the fact that it’s a creamy-based pencil. However, the whole “sharpening requirement” is not my cup of tea. Despite the fact that I can’t get mine into a point now that I’ve used it, this is honestly one of the best pencil liners I have ever used. EVER. I like how this is waterproof (for the waterline), and smudges easily (for under the eye). Versatile is always good, and so I count this as a glam bag score!
Luna by Luna Cosmetics Eye Shadow – Jace
This is an interesting shade. I actually really like it, though I have nothing like it. The red undertones are too strong to consider this a pink, but the peach undertones are too strong to consider it an orange. Like I said, interesting. I am thrilled to have a matte in a “fun” color because I feel like all my mattes are so….basic. The texture is soft and not at all crumbly or dry. It has good pigmentation and doesn’t come on as sheer. Overall, I really like this product…though I don’t feel like it necessarily looks good on my skin. haha And I also don’t feel like I have the necessary eye shadows to put together a well-rounded look with this shadow. Time to go to Sephora? hehe!
NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle – Plush
I hope I don’t shock anyone when I say that I don’t really love liquid/cream blushes. If you read my Maskcara Beauty review, then that will most definitely come as a shock. (Because theirs is amazing). I’m also not a lipstick person, as I have established post after post. So I have to be completely honest when I say this product didn’t do a lot for me. The color itself, a nude pink, was nice. But I’m not really a “dual-product” kind of person, and definitely a lip and cheek isn’t my favorite combination. But, to each their own!
Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish – Gone Rio
I was first introduced to Kokie Cosmetics in my October 2016 glam bag. I really like this polish brand, as it isn’t thin, sheer, or overly “chippy.” It’s perfect for painting my toddler’s toenails because it’s a quick swipe on each little nail–no need for second or third coats. Two of my favorite nail polish colors are pink and red. So I feel really, really silly for saying I didn’t love this color. I feel like its a little too pink to be red and way to red to be pink. Ugh, I sound ridiculous! Am I the only one who likes two colors but doesn’t like them combined?? Oh well, at least I know this nail polish is high quality–that in itself makes it a keeper!
Pure Brazilian Shine Ultra Light Nourishing Oil
So I thought it was a little ironic that the bag is themed “Volume Up” and yet I got a smoothing hair product. haha Volumizers aren’t as useful to me as smoothers, so it’s not a problem, really. The fact that this is a nourishing oil makes it all the more valuable to me. I love oiling my hair, though I don’t do it as often as I would like. This oil has an amazing smell, and is a perfect concoction of exotic oils. I like the fact that it is light, as most oils aren’t! And while heat protectant isn’t on the top of my list for oil qualities, the shine factor and split end prevention is key. This one was another win.
I know I am totally being picky, but the bag design (and theme) just weren’t my favorite of the year. However, all that aside, I felt like this month was a really good haul. I know I say this pretty often, but I can’t believe how inexpensive ipsy subscriptions are, for the amount of product you get each month. If you are an ipsy subscriber, please comment below and tell me what you got! And if you aren’t a subscriber, but would like to be, you can follow this link. Doing so will not compensate me in any monetary way, but it will credit me with some bonus points to use on products in the future!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Come back soon!
Slight editorial note: I published this late, again. Sorry guys! But I back-dated it to fit into the June calendar because I’m OCD and it would bug me to have a June review published in July. Silly me, I know. 🙂
I can’t believe this day finally came! I’ve been talking about getting Maskcara Beauty foundation for over a year. I feel silly that it took me so long, especially considering how innovative, beautiful, and reasonably priced it is. Two years ago, I tried one of their products and loved it, but never got around to purchasing the full foundation palette. This year’s birthday, I finally took the plunge and couldn’t be happier with the results!
How Maskcara Beauty Came into my Life
I began following the beauty blog Maskcara in 2015. I was really drawn to how kind, honest, and down-to-earth the blogger, Cara, was and still is today. At the time, she had a very small line of beauty products going. They were a couple cream foundations and a tube or two of liquid highlight. I was drawn to the concept of “enhancing” your natural beauty, which is Maskcara’s ultimate goal. Her blog, and makeup line, is a total reflection of that creed.
The Maskcara Beauty foundation (called IIID foundation) is innovative because it is designed to limit the amount of product needed to do a full coverage face with contour and highlight. It was right in the middle of the contouring boom that she created the IIID foundation. At the time (and still now), most makeup lines were advocating the same uniform system. It goes something like this: using concealer to hide imperfections, then creating a “blank” canvas with a single-toned foundation, then setting it with powder, then chiseling out features with a contour product, then accentuating other features with a highlight, and then adding warmth to the face with blush, etc. It’s not a bad system, but it can take forever and requires layers of products (which add up on your skin and your wallet!)
The IIID system, dubbed as HACing, focuses on accentuating features without requiring product layering, setting powders, etc. Cara’s own explanation of the process can be found on this page of her blog. In short though, the contour and highlight are both foundation consistency. That means the part of the face meant to be contoured is covered with the contour cream, and the part of the face that is meant to be bright is covered with highlight cream. There is no “basic foundation tone” in the HAC system. And a few squirts of setting spray takes the place of setting powders and translucent powders.
What intimidated me most about purchasing the IIID foundation was the process of creating my own custom palette. There are a few starter palettes for people who don’t know their skin color needs, but I was DETERMINED that if I was going to spend $48, then the palette had to be perfectly tailored to my skin. I hemmed and hawed over my colors for a year. A YEAR. Really silly, I know.
Then, early this year, Maskcara launched an “artists” program, meaning that her makeup line became an MLM company. I started connecting with artists over Instagram, checking out their own color-matched clients. Eventually, I found Amanda Earnest (@ocbeautymom) and she was fabulous. And I mean fabulous. We talked over the phone and she helped me build my palette based on two pictures of my face in natural light. Before I knew it, my dreams had come true and a custom palette arrived on my doorstep (among other things!)
And now for the final reveal…
My Long-Awaited Maskcara Beauty Haul!
I knew I wanted a full-set of foundation, which is at least one contour, one highlight, one dual lip-cheek color, and one illuminator. Each palette holds 4 of these color pans, and comes in two colors: sea glass and marble. I went with marble, because, duh. The last item I put in my cart was the “30-second HAC brush” which is a dual-ended brush specially designed to speed up the HACing process. The IIID system recommends a blending sponge and a setting spray, but I have both of those already (though in different brands).
The IIID Foundation Singles
My singles, in order from top left to bottom right:
Pearl- the fairest of the IIID illuminators. Its used in all the normal illumination places: tip of nose, bridge, etc.
Moonlight- the palest highlight of the IIID system. Meant for the fairest complexions (I use under my eyes)
White Peach- my main IIID highlight shade (aka foundation). Intended for light skin without a lot of redness.
Nude- this is the least “colorful” IIID blush because I don’t love blush but HACing kinda requires a healthy color.
Ash- my contour cream. I got this darker than what my skin “calls for” because I like a defined contour.
Shadow- I already had this. Its very ashy/grey for realistic shadowing–perfect for brows and severe nose HAC. It’s not pictured because it doesn’t have pretty packaging haha. It’s old.
The consistency varies a bit depending on the product’s purpose. For instance, while both the highlight and contour are “foundation” quality, the highlight is a bit denser for better concealment. <–simply because the highlight is put under the eyes and on the forehead which are two serious points of concealment for many skin types. The contour is ever so slightly less dense, though it still provides plenty of coverage. The blush/lip color is even lighter in its consistency, which makes it blend better atop of the other products. It also makes it comfortable as a lip product (nobody likes goopy lipstick). The illuminator is the sheerest of all, and works perfectly when dabbed at the “highlight” points we all love in the world of slaying.
The 30-Second HAC Brush
Allow me to introduce you to the only facial brush I need now. What I love about this brush is how intensely dense it is. The tapered end behaves just like my Eco Tools foundation brush (but thicker), while the shorter end reminds me of my Real Techniques contour brush. Whenever I see a “specialty” brush sold with products, I’m always slightly concerned that the brush isn’t really that necessary. It feels like those are often being sold as a “necessity” for more profit. I will say, however, that the 30-second HAC brush is legitimately necessary (at least for me) in evenly, quickly, and properly distributing the cream products on my face.
Once all the products are distributed, then they are to be blended with a beauty sponge of any kind. I’m not picturing mine because it’s not part of my Maskcara Beauty Haul, but it is part of my IIID routine now! Once the final look has been achieved, simply spritz with a finishing primer spray (I have found my MAC+ works best) and the makeup is set. I have been told that really oily girls can dab powder where needed, but it’s nice that layers of powder is not required for this makeup!
My Favorite Qualities About Maskcara Beauty
I think this entire IIID system has a lot going for it. While I wasn’t particularly desperate to find “that ONE foundation for the rest of my life,” I have really enjoyed adding Maskcara cosmetics to my collection. And I definitely plan to repurchase, so maybe I really have found “it” or at least a strong contender for the “it” category. I could make an entire post about why I like Maskcara Beauty (and I think I will) but for now here is my basic list of favorite qualities:
the packaging is gorgeous–not a solid reason to spend $48, but it makes it stand out from a lot of my products
the HACing system gives me a contoured face in about 3 minutes–which is SUCH a difference from the norm
the makeup is genuinely enjoyable to put on, and to wear–lightweight and comfortable on my skin
it’s build able–you can go from light/natural coverage to severe glam in a matter of minutes (and layers)
the colors are complimentary with each other and my skin–I’ve mixed highlight shades (like others have) and had a lot of success with that. I don’t feel like the makeup line has any weird colors or shade issues. All their options are beautiful and natural looking.
A Few Minor Drawbacks to the IIID Foundation
I call these “minor” drawbacks because they aren’t enough to make me stop using the products. And with the huge industry that makeup is, I find it easy to just dispose of a product when I find one or two flaws in it. There are always other options. However, because IIID is so revolutionary, I can’t just go grab a Maskcara dupe at Target. And I don’t mind that, because having a custom-built palette is just what I was looking for. Anyway, since I’m trying to make this review as well-rounded as possible, I thought I’d mention the few flaws I have found in the products so far:
cream-based foundations and contours take time to get used to–at least for me. I’m in that process now.
the coverage is good for any color correction, but it doesn’t hide bumps on the skin (I’m pretty sure most foundations can’t). Like, it won’t make your skin look plastic-smooth if you have some raised skin.
these first two weeks of wearing it, the makeup lasts for 4-6 hours. When I first put it on, it only lasted for 2. I attributed that to my lack of “piling it on” but it didn’t change the fact I was disappointed. I talked to my Maskcara artist though and she said that it takes about two weeks for many clients’ skin to adjust to the new product. The skin kind of goes through a “drinking” phase where it absorbs the makeup before the day is over. I noticed it gradually stayed on longer and longer, as each day passed, so I think she was definitely onto something about my skin! She also said some clients have ditched primer and found that helped a lot. I don’t know if I can do that because I LOVE the spf 30 in my primer, but I might use my MAC+ spray before and after makeup application.
Would I Recommend Maskcara Beauty to Others
In one word: YES. I think this makeup is beautiful. I think the IIID system is brilliant. And, I think Maskcara Beauty is a wonderful company. Did I mention they have eyeshadows, a brush collection, and innovative 2-STORY PALETTES?? I would highly recommend going through an artist to purchase, because getting color-matched is key to the IIID foundation working properly. (However, if you’re adverse to working with an artist, just get online and order it on your own the way you would order any other makeup online). Follow (or stalk) their Instagram page and see if their work is something you are planning to achieve. You might find a more seasoned makeup artist, or someone who really perfects the IIID look you are hoping for.
Also, I would recommend knowing what you’re looking for in the makeup– do you want an extremely natural look, or a chiseled, “glam” look? Telling the artist your preferences will help decide if you should go with a contour and highlight that are close in shading, or a contour and highlight that a remarkably different. Personally, I wanted a dramatic difference between my two shades, but many, many clients don’t. Your artist will be able to tell you which highlights and contours will work on your skin tone, and often there is more than one shade that you can go with.
But to recap, I would absolutely buy it. Having a palette custom-colored to meet your complexion’s exact needs is a huge step in making sure your makeup is “naturally” flawless. And being able to accomplish a contoured/highlighted face in under 5 minutes is a really big achievement to me–especially as a busy mama. So, if you’re on the fence about trying this, I say take the plunge! I’m really glad that I did.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking around! I hope that my Maskcara Beauty Haul helped you decide whether or not you should try some IIID yourself! Or, if you’ve never heard of Maskcara Beauty before, hopefully now you’ll be interested to try it. I think this company has a lot more in store for its clients, so I’m looking forward to their next product launch! I know yesterday they produced a new silver-mauve eyeshadow called the “Bend and Snap” which everyone is raving about on Instagram. Let me know if you check it out, or if you’ve tried Maskcara Beauty before! I love reading beauty reviews in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by!
~~Tiny but important note: I was not in ANY way paid or influenced to endorse, recommend, or review my Maskcara Beauty Haul. Similarly, finding an artist to work with is an extremely optional and personal decision, and I was not marketed or pressured in any way to make a purchase I didn’t already want to make. I really enjoyed my customer experience with Maskcara Beauty and plan to remain a client!~~
I’ve been reviewing glam bags for a year now! For a little throw-back, check out my first-ever unboxing from last May. In case you missed my last unboxing, I explained there that I thought I was done with ipsy. And I was sad about it! But my subscription was up for renewal and I thought that meant my year was over. Turns out, ipsy runs on auto-renew. 🙂 So I’m gladly taking another year of ipsy as a reward for my mistake. haha
This month’s theme was Summer Friday fun. Not super original, but I like it when the glam bags match up with the season. It’s nice when the theme is creative, but sometimes the creative themes come at a bad time (ex: my November 2016 glam bag–which I hoped would be holiday and autumnal–but which ended up being rockstarlet-themed). The ipsy bag was seasonably cute as well: a clear, waterproof, plastic pouch decorated with ice cones and popsicles. And unlike last unboxing, I thought all the products this month fit well with the theme. Taking a look at them now…
Urban Decay Afterglow – Sin
Nothing says summer like a beautiful, shimmery highlight. This powder highlight claims to last 8-hours, and I have to say, it does! It is lightweight, and doesn’t take a grey hue on the skin, like many of the highlights I have tried. As I personally put Urban Decay makeup in the high-end category of my collection, I was thrilled to get a full-sized pan (the size of an eyeshadow tin) for a small subscription cost of $10. It’s a beautiful highlight, and has become a go-to in my highlight arsenal.
Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo – Electric
The colors here, rose gold and bronze gold, couldn’t be more “in” for this summer. I tried a Jelly Pong Pong bronzer/blush duo (in my first-ever glam bag unboxing) and found it fairly pigmented. I don’t feel like these eyeshadows fall in those pigmented footsteps of their predecessors. The “velvet texture” (meant to eliminate creasing) could be to blame. However, it could be my method of application as well. I tried using an eyeshadow brush, and that didn’t pick up a lot of color. But I think if I used my finger, the way I apply eyeshadow pot pigments (like the amazing L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow), that might help a lot. I have found many of my shimmery, high maintenance shadows and glitters look better when applied with a finger rather than a brush. So there is hope for this duo yet! And I’m excited about that, because the colors in the pan truly are gorgeous.
Starlooks Artist Edition Luxe Longwear Star Stamp and Liner Pen
When I first used this, I thought it was a typical pen-style liquid eyeliner. Nothing special. The tip was great, but of course the pen ran dry towards the end of one eye. I shook it and tried to give it a bit of time to soak up more ink. Then I realized–this was NO ordinary pen. IT HAS A STAR STAMP ON THE OTHER END. I died. It is a stamp of amazing quality, great pigmentation, and long-lasting stay. It doesn’t run or smudge, and is a perfectly detailed design. I couldn’t be happier with the star end! The normal end leaves a little bit to be desired–but who buys it as a regular liner anyways?? I feel like it’s quite common for a boho/fantasyeque product to look amazing on the model but terrible in real life. This is NOT the case with the star stamp. It elevates every look into a moody, whimsical boho-chic style.5 stars. <- pun intended. Sorry!
Besame Mucho Lip Balm – Hey Honey
A lip balm that doubles as a lip mask–and it’s a very summery balm at that! The balm is pumped with shea butter and a honey-type product called propolis (a kind of extract from beehives). The point of the propolis is to hydrate (of course!) and to provide antibacterial qualities to the lip balm. I think this is my first “antibacterial lip balm.” haha It is quite effective and is my favorite design for dispensing the product. I love a slanted plastic wand that evenly distributes the lip balm–so much better than a twist-style peg or a lip balm pot–in my opinion! Bonus: this product smells and tastes extremely of honey.
Royal and Langnickel MODA Precision Angled
This is one of the nicest quality brushes I have ever gotten from ipsy, even though the size/shape isn’t my go-to style. It has the shape of a nice eyeliner brush, but is a little too big for creasing or detailed colors. It has the size requirements for a blush brush, but is too dense to deliver the product lightly. I know I’m not making a great case for the brush, but really, it’s high quality! I can’t get over how dense it is. The bristles are perfectly packed to make blending a breeze. It also works great as an eraser brush, evening out over-pigmented areas and distributing the product onto sparser ones. I really, really like using this as a clean-up brush. And as I always say, a brush is my favorite product to get in an ipsy bag! And while this is not at all what I expected or would normally look for in a brush, it has definitely earned its place in my collection!
That’s a wrap for my May 2017 glam bag unboxing. Are you an ipsy subscriber? If so, leave a comment letting me know what you got (and if you tried any of the products that I did!) And if you aren’t a subscriber, but would like to be, you can sign up for ipsy here. The glam bags cost $10 a month, for 12 consecutive months, and contains 1 pouch and 5 products tailored to your preferences. I highly reccomend it if you are always on the hunt for new products, or if you have been wanting to dip your toes in the “beauty subscription world” but don’t want to spend a fortune. An important note: Using my link will not in any way give me monetary compensation, just some glam points to use towards a fun beauty product.
Thanks for stopping by! I’ve really enjoyed getting back into the writing groove after my long absence. So thanks for sticking around for this post, and hopefully you’ll join me for my next ones! Take care.
I thought the April 2017 glam bag would be my very last ipsy Glam Bag unboxing, as it was my last bag of the subscription year. I was kind of sad about that. To make matters worse, the bag was sent to my old address and despite the fact that the postal service forwarded my mail–they did NOT forward my ipsy bag. I thought I would never see it again. But just in case their was a sliver of hope, I thought I might as well send ipsy customer service an email. I emailed them, providing them with my new address and explaining that I had yet to receive my bag (or my free bonus product) and that I had moved. Not to sound like Eeyore, but I really didn’t expect any miracles, especially since I didn’t hear back from them.
A few days later, a brand-new ipsy package was waiting in my mailbox. I say brand-new, because it didn’t have a forwarding sticker like all our other mail. The ipsy company had sent me a replacement glam bag! I was stunned by their speedy no-questions-asked service. They even included the bonus product I had mentioned to them in my email. 10 stars!
Anyway, we can move onto the unboxing now, but I wanted to give the backstory about why this bag means more to me than normal. (I’ve been into backstories lately). Oh, the other reason this means more to me is because I thought it was supposed to be my last one, but wasn’t. Turns out that ipsy subscriptions run on auto-renew and so you have to manually cancel them before billing. Oops! I’m really not upset about having another year of glam bags. More products to review!
This glam bag has the cutest design. A movie ticket. I don’t even like movies that much. But this ticket…oh my gosh! Based on the bag design, it wasn’t surprising to me that the theme for this month was show-stopping nights out. But the products completely misled me about the theme. Most of April’s products (those I received and those I didn’t) hovered around skin care, nail care, and muted colors. There were only a handful of products that were colorful enough to be considered “showy” or “night-on-the-town-esque.” I really didn’t mind, because I really love trying new skincare and because muted colors tend to be my makeup favorites. But still–usually the ipsy theme carries pretty well throughout the bag, and this time, I felt like it just stopped at the design. At the super cute design, that is.
And finally, the unboxing:
touch in SOL No Poreblem! Primer
I thought the name was kinda adorable. I feel like primers are somewhat hard to find. They are either theBalm Porefessional (very small tube and pricey) or elf primer (large quantities and cheap). And if you don’t like either then you’re in trouble. It was nice getting a decent-sized tube of this, and I actually really enjoyed this product. It had the slippery texture of theBalm Porefessional, but had a slightly more lotion-y consistency, which I prefer. My current primer is still the Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio Blur + Illuminate 200, and I probably won’t switch from it anytime soon (I love that it has SPF 30 for these southern summers). Still, I’m glad to have this one around and will continue to use it up.
Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel
This was perfectly timed, since I got my first sunburn of the year a few days later. (Not thrilled about the burn, but really do like the product). It felt a bit like glorified grocery store aloe. Instead of being sticky and green, it was smooth and clear. But it is still aloe, at the end of the day. It wasn’t mind-blowing, but I like it better than the aforementioned grocery store stuff. NB: The Hanalei Lip Treatment is their STAR product and I still use it to this day!
Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer – Star Island
Ipsy first introduced me to this brand in January via the geology top coat (the BEST gel topcoat ever). It was nice to see this brand again, especially in the form of a bronzer and the word ‘bamboo’ involved. This bronzer differs from many in the fact that it has a little built-in skincare, in the form of amaranth and sunflower extracts which soothe the skin. It also is oil-controlling, which is always nice for the summer months. My favorite part is the tiny bow that is stamped on the top.
Naked Cosmetics Eye Pigment – Heavy Metal #04
This was definitely by far the most “show-stopping” product in the glam bag, and probably the one that fit best with the theme. The color took me by surprise–it’s DEFINITELY got a red undertone to its copper pigment. I can’t say that it is the most flattering shade, but it is definitely bold and different. It’s pretty fun, but not an everyday wearable shade. It also looks really, really bad with pink, which is 50% of my wardrobe. Oh well, guess I’ll have to pair it with black. Which is the other 50% of my wardrobe. Convenient!
Luxie Beauty- Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660
Luxie is another product that ipsy introduced me to, back in July of last year. This past February, they once again acquainted me with this beautiful brush collection via the gorgeous Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514. I use my Luxie Beauty Small Angle 215 brush every single day. So getting this pretty blue brush was such a score. Plus, I love getting brushes in my ipsy bag. A single brush always makes up for the $10 subscription fee, so getting 4 other products for this price is just unbeatable.
In this case, make it 5 other products. I got a freebie after accumulating a certain number of points, earned by reviews, etc. I opted for a lotion, because I thought my ipsy account would be over and this was my last chance to use the points. That’s not to say I regret getting the lotion, in fact, it’s pretty nice. But I probably wouldn’t have had the same sense of urgency to use up all my remaining rewards points if I had known I would continue to accumulate them for another year! Oh well.
erbaviva organic skincare body lotion – awaken
This is a cute 2 oz bottle of natural, organic lotion containing essential oils of melissa, lemongrass, and rose. And more importantly, it DOESN’T contain artificial fragrances, silicones, petrochemicals, or artificial dyes. Another bonus: it’s cruelty free. So while maybe adding another lotion to my collection wasn’t a necessary use of my rewards points, this definitely felt like a reward and is a pretty nice product on it’s own. I still can’t believe ipsy remembered to include it in my glam bag after the mix-up!
And that is finally the end of my April 2017 glam bag unboxing! If you stuck through this whole thing, I really appreciate it! And I am grateful every time you stop by, so hopefully you’ll get a chance to peek at my May 2017 unboxing. It will be coming out soon!
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For a long time, my very first ipsy glam bag was my “most highly anticipated.” Not because I didn’t get excited for the ones that followed, but because it’s just so thrilling to await your first taste of a subscription deal. The March 2017 glam bag, however, broke that most-highly-anticipated-record. Breaking that record is saying a lot, since the mermaid theme of the August 2016 glam bag was legitimately exciting too. But when I found out the March 2017 glam bag was “French” theme, the competition was over. French. I was just dying to get it. The bag reminds me of a ballet satchel-and the faux netting and suede back are just too chic. The theme promised contents to be soft, feminine, and indulgent. I am so pleased it finally came…and that it lived up to its high expectations!
Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics blush – Kitty Pink
I was first introduced to this brand in my June 2016 ipsy glam bag–it was a baked highlighter in Bellissima that I loved using as a blush. It was my go-to blush for a long time, and remains a summer favorite. Anyway, I was really excited to receive an “actual” blush from this brand. The color is a soft pink on the skin, with nice consistency and pigmentation. I felt like blush was the perfect beginning to a French-themed bag, and so this product made me happy. And the packaging was that adorable polka-dot print, just like last time!
ModelCo Eye Define Retractable Crayon Liner – Black
This brand was also introduced to me by ipsy, back in the November 2016 glam bag. I received their Instant Brow Pen in medium/dark, and it was my first real brow product ever (if you can even believe that!). I had quite an aversion to brow products before, but this one convinced me that there are some tasteful ones out there, and even ones that are user-friendly. I’m really excited to try this liner because 1) I like the brand 2) I love eyeliner 3) I love CRAYON eyeliner 4) I love retractable crayon liner more than any other kind of liner (except of course my go-to liquid). And of course any French bag would include eyeliner…of course.
tarte cosmetics tartest quick dry matte lip paint – rose
Lip paints and really most lip pigments also fall into my category of aversion-products. I really love lip treatments, balms, moisturizers, masks, etc. But I’m just not a fan of lipstick and colored lip gloss. However, I tried my first tarte cosmetics product in the ipsy December 2016 glam bag (another thing that’s hard to believe, I know) and my first impression of tarte cosmetics products is highly favorable! Not surprising! The deluxe maracuja oil that ipsy sent me is an amazing, silky, luxury product that I still love having in my facial spa arsenal. (Odd terminology much?) So, with that being said, I am setting aside my anti-lipstick bias and am looking forward to trying this product. Plus, it’s the most classic nude and beautifully conservative color that I’ve ever held in my hands. Again, it completely pleased in the “French” department.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
I love moisturizer. It is one of my most favorite products in the world of beauty. While my favorite skincare line is clinique (you can read about my obsession here) , I am always game to try a new line. It’s a rare thing for me to encounter a moisturizer that I don’t like. This particular moisturizer is meant for sensitive skin (yay!) and specializes in combatting itchiness, “saving” skin, and hydrating with natural oils. This product may not be as exciting as the others, but it’s definitely a welcome addition to my skincare family. (Better terminology)
Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush
I always save the brushes for last, but this one is especially icing on the French-theme cake because it is a real-deal French blending brush. I received the Concealer brush by Beau Gachis in my December 2016 glam bag as well, and really like it. If these brushes weren’t labeled with the same name, I wouldn’t know they were from the same company. The looks and feel are so vastly different–but I suppose that’s what makeup brushes are supposed to be like. This blending brush claims to be versatile enough to handle powder as well as cream formulas, and can be used for anything from dusting to contouring. Upon first look, I’m not sure it can handle cream formulas or contouring, but I am definitely willing to give it a try. It is fabulous with powder products!
Hydrating Derma-E Cream
This is a product I “earned” through the ipsy rewards point system. I review my products for rewards points on their website every month. After a few months, I cash them in for a product. This month, I chose a moisturizer, because I love them (see above). This one is particularly interesting because it is intended for neck and facial use. I had been hoping to secure a good neck cream, so I am very eager to try this out. The consistency is fairly thick for a moisturizer–definitely on the heavy-side of night creams. But all that means is that a little will go a long way, and that’s okay with me!
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The February 2017 Glam Bag from ipsy got here right on time. My review of it…not so much. In my February monthly round-up, I give a bit of an explanation. Hehe oops. Moving onto the February 2017 Glam Bag!
This month’s theme was fairly casual–a squad-esque “girl love” denim pouch with “everyday” products. For the first time in a while, this wasn’t my favorite glam bag. I partially blame the neon orange piping and zipper. That’s mostly the reason. But also, this bag felt super familiar…not unlike my September 2016 Glam Bag. While that bag, and this one, were pretty good, I think the point of subscription bags is to get a variety of products and these were just a little too similar. In any regard, let’s take a look at the products individually:
Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Banana Powder
Banana powder is totally a product I love. But this shade just didn’t do it for me. Back in the July 2016 Glam Bag, ipsy sent out a banana setting powder by BellaPierre Cosmetics. It was really, REALLY amazing. The powder was velvety, and the color was a bright banana yellow. My difficulty with this Naked Cosmetics Banana Powder is that it is a skin-toned “banana” and a little bit shimmery. I want yellow and matte powder when I’m going for a banana powder–but I can’t officially knock this product ’til I give it a try!
I know this is another case of don’t-knock-it-til-you-try-it, but I’m just not on the market for mascara and didn’t get excited to get this. I have nothing against BellaPiere Cosmetics (see above), in fact, I really liked the bronzer I got in my September 2016 Ipsy bag. But again, I have no need for another mascara…especially not a waterproof one. I know there is a big camp of long-lashed girls who swear that a base coat of waterproof mascara keeps their lashes curled. And maybe this one will do the trick. I am definitely willing to give it a try. But I have a hard time believing anything could rival my absolute, hands-down, ride-or-die, go-to mascara. It just can’t be beat.
LAW Beauty Essentials Nail Polish – Smoking Mauve
This muted lavender polish is in the color wheel of polishes I like. It hovers across the lines of “neutral” polishes and “pastel” ones. I think I will like wearing this one, and getting a full-size polish is always great. This particular brand promises for manis to last 5 days, without even chipping. I’ll believe it when I see it. If this really DOES stay on, chip-free, for 5 days, it will absolutely be my very favorite polish. Hands down. Pun intended. The only manicure that has ever lasted me 5 days was my very first professional gel manicure, for my wedding. <3 I would love a polish that could recreate that kind of longevity! And I love that this formula is vegan and toxin-free…a double score!
This protectant smells heavenly…somewhere between fresh, fruity, and perfumey. The consistency is like a very buttery lotion–not really what I was expecting, but not a bad thing. I have used this brand before (September 2016 Glam Bag deep conditioning mask of the same brand) and really liked it. My only problem with it, and this is just a natural part of subscription services, is that the sample bottle provides very few treatments. Part of that is my fault, since I have about 30 inches of hair. But still, a heat protectant creme is something I would apply liberally, and with this size bottle, that won’t take me very far.
Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514
This is the crown-jewel of the February 2017 glam bag! I absolutely love getting brushes in my glam bags. And having gotten a Luxie Beauty brush in my July 2016 glam bag, I knew this brush would be a keeper! I use that little angled brush every single day, and so getting a matching blush brush was a dream come true! Besides, I can’t say ‘no’ to a vegan rose gold brush. And I was totally on the market for a big blush brush. Literally, this brush was exactly what I wanted and needed.
I’m not done about the brush–haha–that brush alone was well worth the $10 subscription, but throwing in a full-size nail polish and three other products made the February 2017 Glam Bag a steal. While this month’s theme was definitely not my favorite, the products turned out to be pretty great. And even though I wasn’t thrilled that this bag closely mirrored last year’s bag, I have to say that both bags had a lot of quality products. I’m looking forward to my March bag, and hope you’ll join me in unboxing it!
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