Friday, October 19, 2012

Makeup Junkie

I come from a long line of natural beauties - women who look great with little to no makeup on. Women who embrace the simplicity of a coat of mascara, a swipe of chapstick, and out the door they go.

That is definitely not me! Early on, I fell in love with makeup and beauty products - attracted to all the colors and dazzled by all the promises (look younger, look like a bombshell, achieve that sexy look, blah blah blah).  It's not unusual for me to have at least a dozen eyeshadow quads to choose from (although really I only use one), two dozen or more lip glosses (lip stuff is my weakness), and tons of nail polishes. I collect lotions the way some collect knick-knacks and collectibles.

So when I learned of a "of-the-month" club that gives you beauty samples, it seemed a perfect match. I signed up for Ipsy's Glam Bag. Once a month, they promise to send me a bag full of deluxe sized samples (and some full-size products) of  higher-end products. It's only $10 a month and my rationalization is that I'll quit drinking $4 coffees 2-3 times a week.

I've waited rather impatiently for my first Glam Bag and it finally arrived. In a bright pink, foily shiny package!

Here's what it looked like:

Each bag has the same products but the colors may change. I ended up with:

  • Coastal Scents Eyeshadow Quad - I had hoped for the "browns" but I ended up with yellow (WTH??), teal, dark gold, and golden olive. It's a nice sized sample. If I used it every day I bet it'd last about a month or two. Perfect for a season. 
I tried it this morning, not really sure if yellow and green were my color. And honestly, I found myself feeling happy I didn't have lunch plans with my good friend Stacy. Nothing against Stacy but I think the only times I've attempted a color other than brown (like say blue), I've gone to lunch with her and she's asked me incredulously whether or not I'm actually wearing blue eyeshadow. ha!! So here it is:

I have no idea why it looks like my eyes don't match...we'll call it lighting. And I discovered that while I love makeup, I don't want to look like I'm wearing a TON of it so not sure you can even tell I have it on. I'll have to try it again and go for a more "makeupy look." That said, my review of this shadow is that it went on really really nicely and the colors were true (except I barely put any one). I'd consider buying this product in a different color). 
  • Be A Bombshell Eyeliner in Onyx - this liquid eyeliner is a pretty big sample. My review? The tip looked like one of my son's Crayola markers but I loved it. I'm definitely going to use it for a date night or something when I want more dramatic look. I was very happy that it went on thinner for my daytime look. It went on smoothly. I think I'd buy it. 
  • theBalm "Body Builder" mascara -My review? I wasn't impressed. I'll stick with my drugstore brand. I didn't like the brush and I think it made my eyelashes look weird. 
The bag also included:
  • Mirenesse Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Stain - Oh be still my heart. Lip stuff! I ended up with a "brighter-than-I'd-normally-wear-pink-color." This was a full size product. My review? I'm not sure yet. It's not a lipstick or a gloss, it's more like a stain. The color is true and it goes on nicely. It's hard because I really don't think I care for the color and that's my hangup. I don't think I'd spend $28 for this.

  • Pequi Oil Treatment - this product says it'll make my hair 6x stronger. My review? It smells WONDERFUL and made my hair super soft. It's an oil but doesn't make my hair feel oily at all. I'd probably buy this. This was a good size sample. I think it'd last a few weeks if you use it every time you fix your hair. 
My review of my first bag overall - a really fun treat to myself for $10. I think I'll stay subscribed a bit longer and see how it goes. It might be a great way to try out some things I wouldn't normally try for little cost. 

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