I have a thing about stars that goes way way way back to my childhood when my aunt would send me letters signed "Shine On" with a shooting star. I even have a star tattoo that represents one of my favorite bands (INXS). So when I saw the postcard from Ipsy, I was a little excited. Then when I saw the inside of this month's bag, all sprinkled was stars, I was a little more excited. Let's take a look at what was in the bag to see if the excitement continues.
Here's what the bag looks like on the inside, so this month I'm keeping it.
Ipsy sent us Nailtini polish in our November bag so I was a bit surprised to receive it again this month. I ended up really liking that bar glitter polish so despite the "blah-ness" of this color, Frappe, I kept an open mind. Nope, it was blah. In fact, I kind of hated it. After two coats, it was still very sheer and almost void of color. In the picture, I've got two coats over butterLondon's base coat. I might as well have bare nails. If I'm going to take the time to put on polish, I want color and fun and interest! I have no use for you, Frappe. I don't even need it as a base color for my glitters because there is no color. I'm not saying there's no purpose in the world for this polish because I'm sure someone out there loves it. But there's no purpose for it in my world.
If you want to have soft skin that smells like Hawaiian Punch then this is the product for you. Tuscan blood orange body butter from Pacifica is a thick, but not greasy moisturizer with a strong, strong scent. The smell does fade quickly after application but it lingers. The body butter doesn't absorb quickly, but most don't. Eventually it does sink into the skin leaving it pretty well moisturized. This is not my favorite and yet it's not the worst lotion I've ever tried. I don't mind the fragrance, it's not bad, but I just don't want to smell like fruit all day. My coworkers will think I'm trying to mask the smell of vodka again. :-) Pacifica is cruelty free.
Ipsy sent out a variety of brushes from a brand called SOHO Beauty. From their Get a Grip collection, I received the eyeliner brush. The collection gets its name from the pinched handle that is good for gripping, though I find the grip to be a bit low on the brush considering how long the handle is. But it works. Now, I use a much smaller tipped eyeliner brush from the Ulta collection nearly everyday. I dab it in whatever color eyeshadow and apply it with my eye pencil to make the lines more vibrant but a bit softer. I find this also helps the color last all day. The brush from SOHO, while the handle is ergonomic, has a much thicker tip making application less precise. I'll use it from time to time, for more dramatic looks, but will stick to my Ulta brush for day-to-day makeup. SOHO brushes are not entirely synthetic and therefore not cruelty free.
Even though I wasn't blown away by anything I received from Ipsy, I was happy to try it all. The value definitely exceeded $10 and there is no question I'm going to continue my subscription.
And hey, if you have any creative ideas for how I can use the Argan oil, please comment below!