This month, I received my Beauty Rocks Glam Bag from ipsy right on my birthday. It was like getting another present, especially since I didn’t get very many presents this year. (That’s OK, I got lots of gorgeous flowers instead!).
I made an “unboxing” video in case you want to see what I got that way instead of reading about it. You can see the shades that I swatched in the video.
Part of the fun of ipsy, in addition to getting way more stuff than $10 would usually buy, is not knowing what you’re going to receive. As usual, I tried to avoid the blogposts and Facebook messages that showed what others got. So I don’t know what the other options were, I only know what I received.
I thought the Beauty Rocks bag was a good one: all quality brands and a mix of full-size and samples. The bag itself, featuring an old school record player, is a good addition to my collection because it’s a different shape: much squarer and deeper, so it holds different size things, like compacts or palettes, than the other bags do.
Here’s what I got in my bag, a mix of old favorites and new brands to try:
- Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes the Shadow single shimmer shadow in Champagne
- Mary Kay at Play lip gloss in Berry Me, a bright cherry red shade
- Urban Decay 24/7 Black Velvet eyeliner
- Demeter perfume oil in Jasmine
- Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliator
Last night, I wore the Elizabeth Mott Champagne shimmer shadow for my birthday dinner at Duckworth’s Bistrot. I used it as a highlighter under my eyebrows (maybe shimmer isn’t such a good idea for me there) and on my eyelid blended with Too Faced Matte Shadows Palette “Pebbles”, a blue-grey shade, where it was much more successful. Both brands were easy to blend and wore very well.
This morning, I’m wearing the Mary Kay lip gloss. I admit I have never purchased or worn a Mary Kay product. The lip gloss is wonderful. It is flavorless and fragrance-free. The color is bright and fun. It’s hydrating and not overly sticky, though I haven’t been out in the wind yet. I like it. I will have to check out their website. My problem with Mary Kay and Avon is that I hate to have to buy from a local salesperson. I just want to buy it online like any other brand.
I was happy to get another Urban Decay eyeliner to add to my collection. And I like the smaller travel size. It’s plenty big for me. I use UD pencil eyeliners primarily to tightline my eyes, and the shorter size is easier to handle. I have a UD liner in Zero that I usually use, and now I have Black Velvet, an even deeper black. As a matter of fact, the Urban Decay website has a sale on their Black Market Collection of 6 travel size pencils in a range of great colors for $24 rather than the regular $36 price. I may have to spring for that!
I haven’t purchased any Dr. Brandt skincare products yet. They are good quality and quite expensive. So I’m happy to try out the travel size microdermabrasion exfoliator.
Now, the Demeter perfume oil is posing a dilemma for me: keep it or give it away. The scent that I received is Jasmine, and it is a gorgeous fragrance. Unfortunately, florals just do not work with my body chemistry. So, I think I must find the Demeter Jasmine Perfume a good home with someone who will actually be able to wear it. I would hate for this to hang around unused because it is such a beautiful scent.
So this was my April ipsy bag. Again, well worth the $10. If you’re a subscriber, what did you get in your Beauty Rocks bag?
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On a different note, on Wednesday I posted my Birthday Giveaway of a new em Cosmetics Michelle Phan Shadow Play Palette in Tokyo Plums. The server that hosts my blog was having a serious problem on that day and my site was down for several hours throughout the day. So if you tried to comment and enter the giveaway, please try again. I am not going to widely publicize this giveaway because it’s my giveaway gift and I’d be happy if someone who actually reads my blog wins it. Hopefully that’ll make for better odds than usual!