I am so late posting again. Christmastime was a super busy hectic time! Then I napped for like 2 days.
December’s Ipsy’s theme was It’s a Celebration. Most of the items I received would be conducive towards a party look. The bag was a nice faux-patent leather with a side zipper.
|POP Beauty Trio in Smokin' Hot|
POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Smokin’ Hot(full palette is £15.50 @popbeauty.co.uk)
I didn’t mind the colours I received. Smokin' Hot contained a white shadow, a grey silvery shadow and a dark grey. I think it was supposed to be black but it came off as more of a very dark grey. I did find them a bit chalky and took a few layers and some time to blend but they weren’t horrible. I just made sure to prime my eyes. I was able to pull off a nice look with just this trio. I did notice that the shadows applied better if you used the applicator. Would I buy a full sized palatte? No, not for £15.50 ($25USD/$27CDN), I don’t think it is worth it.
After I primed my lids with UDPP and my MAC Paint pot in Painterly, I used the applicator from the palette to apply the grey/silver all over the lid. Using the same applicator, I applied the white shadow to the inner tear duct area and slightly onto the lid. Again using the applicator, I patted the black into my outer V area then traced a slight black trail into my crease. Taking a blending brush, I gently blended the black that I applied in the outer V in towards my nose and then gently blending out the black in the crease. You may need to apply more black to deepen the outer V and maybe even some more silver if you rubbed some off blending the black in. Then I went crazy with the black gel liner. Finally I applied a bit of the black and silver to the bottom lash line.
|Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Flustered|
Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Flustered ($16USD @beabombshellcosmetics.com)I was a little unsure about this stick… what was it for? A cream blush? A lipstick? Apparently it is for use on the cheeks, eyes, and mouth. It is creamy and long lasting. It is pigmented so you have to be careful with initial application. The swatch on my arm lasted all afternoon. Even after I wiped it off with a facial wipe there was a bit of a stain remaining. I actually like this as a blush. I still need to see what it looks like as a lipstick. The colour is a hot pinky tone. It does make you looked ‘flushed’ when blended out on the cheeks. I had no problem blending this in at all. It did have a tiny bit of sheen to it. It was nothing major. I have said it before, most of the products I have tried from Be a Bombshell I have really liked. I really want to get some shadows from them to check out.
|J.Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil in Mocha Caramel|
J.Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil in Mocha Caramel in Caramel Mocha ($3.99USD @jcatbeauty.com)I thought this lip pencil was great. It is a really pretty nude. On me, it leaned to the orange side but with a pink gloss over it, it was perfection. I found it pretty hydrating. The wear time was around 2 hours on me but I drink coffee a lot. So no lipstick is going to last with reapplications on me.
|Demeter Roll On / Nicka K nail polish|
Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil in Snow ($10USD @demeterfragrance.com)I thought this scent was nice but not quite my cup of tea. I did give it a friend as a stocking stuffer. I hope she likes it.
Nicka K New Yourk nail polish in NY112 Classic Taupe ($4.99USD @nicka.com)What an odd shade for a ‘celebration’ bag but I can use it. I like this mauvy taupe.
|Flustered - Mocha Caramel - POP Beauty Trio Smokin' Hot|
Overall a good bag for $15 CDN. If you haven’t signed up yet and really like trying new makeup items out, I recommend getting Ipsy. You can sign up at Ipsy.com
The stand out product for me was the J.Cat Big Lip Pencil. I wanted to really like the Pop Beauty eyeshadows but they needed too much help. When you are used to UD, Makeup Geek and loose shadows anything that requires too much work is not worth it in the end.
I just want to say I hope everyone is having a great holiday season and have a fun and safe New Year!