#MakeupMonday – Ipsy Review June 2017

I’ve been getting Ipsy for a few months now and I love it.

I’ve always been scared to try new makeup because it can be expensive and I’m not very good at makeup, so if I don’t like it or can’t figure out how to use it, I’ve just wasted money if I can’t return it or time if I can because that’s another trip to the store I didn’t need.

Ipsy is $10/month, so it’s a cheap way to discover new products and find out what you do and don’t like. If you’re like me and only know the makeup basics, I definitely recommend signing up for Ipsy. The product page for each item includes tutorials on how to use it in addition to basic product information and reviews from other Ipsy customers.

Here’s what I got this month:

The Bag

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The makeup always comes in an adorable makeup bag. This month is this fun lip bag. I always check spoilers, so I knew what the bag was going to look like before I got it and I wasn’t excited, but I like it a lot better in person than I did when I saw the picture.

Ultra-Clear Daily Skin Hydrator with SPF 50

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If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you know that I spend most of my time outdoors, so I love a moisturizer with SPF 50 protection. This lotion does contain octinoxate, which can be harmful to coral reefs, so be aware that it’s not environmentally friendly, especially if you’re near an ocean. The full price for a 1.7oz bottle is $39.95, so this 0.42fl oz sample is about $9.99 (I think). I think that’s pretty pricey and I’m already against it for being a reef killer, so this one gets a solid no from me.

As far as being a moisturizer, I think it works fine, but it does feel slightly heavy on my skin. I use First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, which is really light and easy to forget about as soon as you have it on because you can’t feel it sitting on top of your skin. It’s $24 for a 1.7fl oz bottle, which is almost half of what the SPF Rx hydrator costs.

NYX Professional Makeup
Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé

This lip and cheek color costs $6 and comes in eight different shades. If you got it in your Ipsy glambag, the color options were Cocoa Bean, Pink Cloud, or Plush. I got it in Plush, which is a nude pink shade.

It smells like cake, which is fun. I love the color, but it does wear off lips really quickly, so it doesn’t really work out as a lip color. It’s a great cheek color, though.

theBalm Cosmetics
Balm Springs Blush

This little sample weighs 0.8g and it looks like a full size blush is 5.61g and $21, so this little guy is worth about $2.99 (I think). The packaging is magnetic to keep the door closed and protect the blush, which I love. It’s so easy to ruin samples when you open them and have no way to close them again.

This shade is darker than the Nyx Whipped Soufflé. I do like the color, but not with the Nyx color on my lips.

Luna By Luna Cosmetics
Eyeshadow in Jace

I adore this color! I don’t like pinks in my clothing, but I can’t get enough of them on my face. This shadow costs $15 and comes in three colors. I definitely think this one is the prettiest and I’m so glad I got it in my glambag.

Beauty For Real
I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner

I’ve gotten an eyeliner in my glambag every single month and I’m okay with that. This one comes in six colors and costs $14. Ipsy sent out two colors, 24 Karat and Chocolate Fix. I got 24 Karat, which is quite the departure from my usual blacks and browns. I have no idea where I would wear gold eyeliner to, but it’s super fun.

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If you want to see my trying to follow Ipsy’s tutorials to put on all this makeup, check out the video here.

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Makeup that impresses the wildlife

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We all know that the fish and the deer care how you look. Whenever I go out on an adventure, my goal is to impress the wildlife.

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To achieve this look, I start with a Maybelline concealer stick. It says it’s waterproof, but I haven’t tested that out yet. I’ll let you know if that’s true the next time I get caught in a rainstorm or head out on a lake or river.

The shade I use is Light Beige, which is probably too light for me, but I’m not really sure how to judge that. I don’t think it looks awful at the end, so it’s probably fine. I got this concealer because I don’t sleep, so I always have dark circles under my eyes. I think it helps.

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I do it in this triangle pattern because I watched a video once, I think it was Christen Dominique, where she said to do it like this so it blends out more naturally and you don’t just go from having super dark undereye circles to super light ones.

Next I do Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation. The shade I use is Ivory. It’s an SPF 18 sunscreen and it does have octinoxate in it, so be aware of that because it’s one of the ingredients in sunscreen that’s harmful to corals, so always be on the lookout for octinoxate, oxybenzone, butylparaben and 4-methylbenzylidine camphor. Not good for ocean life.

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I put it on with this little spongy guy that I got off Amazon. The brand is called Lux Beauty.

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Smudge it all out!

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Then I do Maybelline’s shine free loose powder in Light. It soaks up all the oils on your skin and I think it locks down the makeup so it’s harder to mess up. I just know my skin feels silky after I put it on and not oily, so I like it because of that.

It comes with a little puff thing, but I use this Essential Beauty powder brush to put it on.

Then I put on Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Lip Color. This is my favorite product ever. It comes in so many shades and it really does stay on forever. This shade is called Berry Persistent. I bite my lips a lot, so normal lipsticks always look awful and get all over my teeth after a few hours, but this one doesn’t do that. It takes a minute to dry, so I just put it on and leave it to dry while I’m doing my blush and eyeliner.

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For blush, I just do an e.l.f. blush. This one is Peachy Keen and it looks like they might have discontinued this particular shade because I couldn’t find it on their website.

I use this Bare Escentuals brush to put it on, and I don’t really know where to start with blush, so I put it near the tops of my cheeks.

If it looks too pigmented, I use my fingers to wipe it off until it looks right to me.

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My favorite eyeliner right now is Make Up Forever’s Aqua XL Pencil. I got this sample in Black from a Sephora Play box and I didn’t like it at first because it’s such a strong color. Gunmetal and other more understated colors are more my style. I ended up loving this eyeliner, though, because it lasts all day and it’s waterproof.

I read that if you do liner all the way around on the top and bottom lids, it makes your eyes look smaller, so I only do the top or if I’m using a less dramatic shade, I’ll start at the outer corner and go in, stopping about a quarter way or halfway in.

My mascara is Cover Girl’s Clump Crusher Water Resistant mascara. This is the only mascara I’ve found that I’ve really liked. Everything else I’ve tried has made my eyelashes clump together and look gross. I don’t know if it’s the formula they use for the Clump Crusher mascara, or the wand, but I love this mascara wand so much.

Now that I’ve done all that, my lip color is dry, so all I need is to throw on a balm. I use the Hey Honey Besame Mucho balm that I got in an Ipsy glambag a few months ago.

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And that’s it. Eight products on my face and I’m ready to get outside and impress the wildlife!


You can also watch me struggle through this look on YouTube.