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October 2017 Ipsy Bag

Do you remember last month when I was excited to have broken free of the black eyeliner hell?

Yeah, that was short-lived.

What’s in my bag

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This theme! Look at the the little bat zipper! I want everything to have a little bat zipper! I was hoping the bag contents would also be on theme but asking anything at all of ipsy is asking too much, if you haven’t noticed.

Onto the contents!
Swatched top to bottom:
Meech and Mia loose eyeshadow in purple
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Perversion, skinny line and chunky line
MDMflow liquid to matte lipstick in Retro

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
I’d throw this away out of spite alone except it has such a goth name, guys. I love the name. The actual eyeliner is just okay. The packaging insists that you can get precise enough lines to draw wings.. That’s a lie. The pencil is too smooth to keep a sharp point for a useful amount of time. 24 hour wear is also a lie without good eye primer. It goes on evenly and is a solid black, though. I’m keeping it specifically to draw the shortest line on my lower lashes and am using my Steve Laurant eyeliner from August for the tops.
Purchase or pass: I’m going to get bored of this in two weeks and throw it away. Pass. I have more black eyeliner from ipsy than I will ever use in my life.

Nail Medic Charcoal Infused Nail Polish in Lava or Volcanic Ash
Ipsy sent me different gray nail polish last month. How many shades of gray nail polish are on this planet? I’m sure we’re going to find out.
I’m also here to tell you that charcoal in your nail polish isn’t going to do anything at all to protect your nails.
Purchase or pass: Passing for ~the benefits of charcoal~ alone. I haven’t even tried this one yet. I’m still wearing last month’s trash gray nail polish.

MDMflow Liquid Matte Lipstick in Retro
Ipsy heard my cries for lipstick! And gave me pink. That’s…. okay. I can work with pink. This isn’t gross pastel pink and matches my natural lip color nicely enough that when it starts to wear off I don’t look like a hot mess.

It’s not so terrible, right? At least, not when you first put it on. I had tried it out before I wore it all day and it seemed pretty drying despite ipsy’s blurb saying that it was hydrating. So I did a day of prep before I used it. I wore my good chapstick. I did my nice sugar scrub and gooped on my hardcore lip treatment. I drank water.
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NOTHING WE DO MATTERS IN IPSY LAND. My lips were flakey the whole next day. I’m never flakey.
Purchase or pass: Pass. I needed a prep day before using this product AND needed a recovery day. I’m not doing this for a lipstick. It’s going directly to the trash.

MEECH AND MIA Loose Eyeshadow in Purple or Beige
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HEY APRIL, DON’T YOU FEEL DUMB FOR GIVING AWAY YOUR EYESHADOW BRUSH LAST MONTH? No, because I still have three and that’s two too many.
Funny story, I’m a little purple/brown color blind. I have genuine trouble telling them apart within a certain range of purples. Guess what color this eyeshadow is? My exact bad purple! It took me a very long time to figure out if this was the purple or beige. I guess that means that this is a nice grown up purple. I’ve been wearing it. I haven’t had any issues with the sparkles scratching my cornea (always a fear) or even migrating and making my whole life shiny. Not bad.
Purchase or pass: I might purchase a different color that has a more intense color payoff. I checked the website and this is shown as a true, vibrant purple. Passing on the whole brand.

BioRepublic SkinCare Sheet Mask Duo
I don’t think I’ll hate these? They don’t sound gimmicky or like they contain face acid. I’m confused. Will report back in this month’s What’s Weird on my Face.

Purchase or pass: These masks cost $5 each. I really enjoy sheet masks but I doubt they’re going to live up to the price.

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Is Ipsy Worth the Money? July – September 2017

I spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not I wanted to subscribe to ipsy. They definitely give me more than the $10 a month I paid in, but am I actually using $110 of product?

If you’re not one of those people that find numbers and lists soothing, a conclusion write up is at the bottom.


Items I used up are bolded and  go towards the total, items crossed out were trashed or given away.

From July:

Trestique Mini Porcelain Concealer – $10.83
EYEKO Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Travel Size in Black – $13.20
Winky Lux Double Matte Whip in Angel Food – $5.85
Hanalei Lip Treatment in Rose – $6.67
tarte cosmetics Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer – $11.23

From August:

AURORA Pro Cover Up Concealer in Pale Ecru – $8.00
Crown Brush SS035 – Medium Face Contour Brush – $6.99
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara – $6.33
Juara Rice Facial Cleanser – $5.45
Steve Laurant Precision Tip Liner in Black – $24.00

From September:

Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207 – $12.00
Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey – $7.00*
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer – $9.75
Manefit Beauty Planner Mask – Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care and Beauty Planner Mask – Lily, Whitening + Brightening – $6.00 **
Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception – $18.00

*I estimated this price because you can’t buy this blush without a brush anywhere.
** Okay, yes, I technically used these. They were single use and hurt me, so I trashed them EMOTIONALLY.

Total Used: $23.27
Total Trashed: $62.61
Total in Limbo: $65.42
Possible Total: $151.30


First Three Months Subscription Conclusion

There’s still a chance that I use $110 of product, so ipsy isn’t a total bust yet! However, I do think that I’d be getting a lot more enjoyment out of $110 of makeup if I were picking it out myself.

I don’t plan on purchasing any of the items that I’ve used. I thought that part of the fun of ipsy was to try new things without paying full price for them right away. I also thought I’d be getting some nice lipstick.

Just send me a bag full of lipstick, ipsy.

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September 2017

This post marks twelve months of blogging! That seems wrong, but my wordpress history doesn’t lie. I started this blog to force myself to write ideas out, even if they were just lists (like this one!) of things that I liked the past month. It’s been a good exercise. I’ve branched my posts out to include pop culture commentary and weird skincare reviews. I’ve also started keeping a personal journal for the first time in close to a decade.

10/10 Do recommend blogging. Let’s see what the next year brings.

Books

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I’m not usually here for love stories between an old, emotionally unavailable man and a young woman BUT apparently I AM if you throw in magic and evil woods.
Take notes if you’re tying to get me to ignore my feminism for a little bit, I guess.

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Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, and Nico Leon
Volume 5 and going strong! I’m also not one for weddings, but there’s a good one in here.

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Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
Before volume two, my usual summary of Bitch Planet is “what you wanted Orange is the New Black to be, but in space”. This comic so much more than that.

Podcasts

Unwritten and Left Behind by Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle is still killing it. Unwritten tackles rules regarding race in prison. Left Behind discusses how people, particularly those who did not commit a violent crime, deal with life sentences.

Coal Hogs Work Safe (Episode 275) by 99% Invisible
I also love stickers. Maybe I’d make a great coal miner? We’ll never know.

Sawbones by Sydnee and Justin McElroy
Weird old-timey medical stories! Perfect for October!
I’m not listing specific episodes because I’ve listened to about twenty this month. They’re all equally good. I wonder how many episodes I’ll have to listen to before they cover something I haven’t hit in my weird, late night googling.

Lorde – Sober by Song Exploder
I need a miniseries that covers all of Melodrama. It’s such a good album and she put so much thought into it. This Song Exploder episode is perfect.

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The College Tips Masterpost

1. Community College is a Thing

I went to community college, got my AS, and then transferred to a four year school. I think if you’re focusing on exploring your options and gaining job skills, this is the way to go. If you’re using college to leave your hometown and spend thousands of dollars to make friends, maybe don’t? I dunno. That’s a lot of money to make friends.

Cons: Transferring after two years is a huge pain. It’s hard (basically impossible) to make friends when you don’t live on campus. There’s a huge, gross stigma against community college students. I constantly had students and professors talk down to me and be judgmental at my four year school. It was hard to get the guidance that I needed once I transferred.

Pros: I ended up with the same degree and the same job as everyone else, but for less than half of the debt. Professors at community college were much more helpful in my job search. Class time and labs were more skills focused at community college, so I felt better prepared for life from my first two years of school. Worth it.

2. Ignore that the School Bookstore Exists

Don’t buy your textbooks there, guys. Check textbook rental sites (Amazon and Half.com were always good to me, the others varied). See if your school library has the books. Buy an edition or two back for $10 and read more closely. Not much changes in the world from year to year.

If your course requires an access code, buy the access code and then rent/buy a cheaper book.

3. If Your Professor Can’t Teach You, Find Someone Who Can

At least one of your professors will have an amazing gift for explaining things that you understand in a completely incomprehensible way. This course will be required for your major. This is a law of the universe. At some point you will need a second source of information. I went to youtube for this. Crash Course and Bozeman Science  were all really good for biology. Khan Academy got me through calculus.

4. Get Your Experience Before You Get Out

Do a program that makes sure you get experience before you graduate. You need an internship, or a co-op, or a really intense capstone project. After college, no one is going to ask you what you learned, they’re going to ask you what you did.

5. Keep Records of Everything

Email forms to have proof of a date of submission. Photocopy what you can’t email in so that you have a copy. Send emails to confirm that things were received. Do this for everything even remotely important.

My financial aid was wrong every semester at my four year school. One year a clerical error cut my scholarships in half. They didn’t catch their mistake, but I got it fixed because I had records. You need records.

6. The Obvious

Learn how you study best. Plan everything. Get enough sleep. Ask for letters of recommendation well in advance. Have more people writing you recommendations than are required for what you’re applying to. Someone will be busy.

And I guess, if school is your thing, have fun.

health care

Nurx Update

Do you remember a month ago when I started getting my birth control online through Nurx? It was awesome, but I had to quit. The future isn’t quite here.

My insurance shut me down.

Nurx delivers a monthly prescription of the birth control of your choice to your door.  My health insurance also has a delivery service (that costs hella money) and prefers that birth control prescriptions be sent out in three month batches. I got a nice and only mildly terrifying letter asking me to have my prescription amended or they would no longer cover it. So, I’m on the same exact patch (haven’t died!) and now look like I’m stocking up birth control for the apocalypse. A month of patch boxes takes up a lot of space.

I still think Nurx is a great idea if you’re uninsured, because they have some cheap generic options available. Getting a prescription doesn’t make you miss half a day of work.

I also think they were great for me while I was between doctors, though I did get a very grumpy face from my new one when I told her that I was getting my prescription online.

Check the internet for coupon codes if you decide to use them! It looks like they typically give discounts as they get approved in new states, or when a politician tries to block birth control access. If you can’t find anything, my code for $20 off is still active: IVY-74G2.

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Putting Weird Stuff on my Face: Manefit Beauty Planner Mugwort and Lily Sheet Masks

These masks from my September ipsy bag are somehow my bad!weirdest yet. I do sheet masks regularly. I like them. I think each of these lasted a grand total of five minutes on my face.

I swear I bought ipsy because I thought I would enjoy it and that the products would be good. I was wrong. I was so wrong.

Let’s do this.

Beauty Planner Mask – Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care
I don’t understand how sitting with an astringent on your face is a nice, relaxing skin care thing to do, but I was willing to try it. Guess what’s an astringent? Alcohol.

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Do you know what burns? Putting fucking alcohol on your face. Granted, the mask is thin. I think ideally the alcohol evaporates and leaves you with all of the moisturizers they cut it with. Unfortunately, after I talked myself down from worrying about sitting with fucking alcohol on my face for 20 minutes, I googled mugwort.

I’m not a “chemicals are scary!” person. Let’s ignore how bad mugwort essential oil can be. Most essential oils will eat your skin. Scroll down to the allergen part.

Mugwort pollen (and no, this does not contain the pollen, I know) is the main culprit of hay fever. I managed to convince myself my nose was getting stuffy and had to tap out.

Maybe not the most rational reason to quit, but it also burned. So there was that.

Beauty Planner Mask – Lily, Whitening + Brightening
First off: I would never spend my money on anything that says it’s “whitening”. There is a lot of gross colorism in the skin care world that I want no part of. “Brightening” is acceptable, but still a little uncomfortable because of its association with “whitening”. I give it a pass if it’s in undereye cream, but nothing else.

Secondly: The essence in this mask is milky, of course your skin is going to look whiter after it dries on you.20170915_204115I don’t have a fun pasty picture of myself after this one. Sorry. I had to immediately wash if off because spoiler, it also burned my face! It still hurts twenty minutes later. Look at how much fun we’re having!

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I’m not sure what in this mask irritated my skin. The cleanser that I use twice a day has niacinamide in it, so that’s out. It could be one of the many random essential oils, the fragrance (smells like Dove soap!) or maybe they just trashed the pH? We’ll never know because I’m throwing these masks away and never thinking about them again.

I’m not bothering with the cutesy rating, guys. They’re trash. These masks are trash.

My face still hurts.

ipsy, makeup, reviews, skin care

September 2017 Ipsy Bag

I’ve broken free of the black eyeliner and concealer hell!

I should have, because I complained to a few people and took black eyeliner and concealer off my ipsy quiz.

What’s in my bag
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LUXIE ROSE GOLD MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING EYE BRUSH 207 by Luxie Beauty
It’s inexplicably capslocked on the website, that is not me yelling at you. I also don’t wear eyeshadow. There is not an eyeshadow or primer on this earth that will stay on my eyelids.
Purchase or pass: I’ve had it for an hour and I’ve already given it away.

Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey by Pixi by Petra
I swatched it for you! Both colors. Promise.
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It’s fucking highlighter.
Purchase or pass: I don’t understand how you make a blush that does not show up on my ghost skin.

PHOTO FINISH RADIANCE PRIMER by Smashbox Cosmetics
Also inexplicably capslocked because RADIANCE okay. Not that you can tell, but it is also swatched in that picture of my wrist. Have you ever wanted to use highlighter as primer? Because you can. Or you could pay $30 for the full version of this and pretend you’re wearing primer.
Purchase or pass: I don’t understand.

Beauty Planner Mask – Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care and Beauty Planner Mask – Lily, Whitening + Brightening by Manefit
Two masks! I love masks! I would not have picked these specific masks, but ipsy has beaten me down so much the past three months that I am THRILLED. Stay tuned for this month’s “Weird Stuff on my Face” because I don’t know what mugwort is and a whitening mask might actually erase me.
Purchase or pass: Astringents aren’t typically great for your skin and the colorism of whitening products bothers me, so I’m going to pass. Maybe they’re great, though! Still excited to try them.
EDIT: These were the least relaxing masks I’ve ever used.

Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception by Adesse New York
It’s so watery and nowhere near opaque. What did I do to hurt you, ipsy? I painted one coat on half of my toenails and gave up.
Purchase or pass: *weeps*

Do you know what’s not in my bag? This red matte lipstick. What beasts must I slay to have ipsy enable my red matte lipstick fixation?

I could email and complain and have them send me the lipstick, but I honestly can’t handle the disappointment.

I’ve preemptively removed highlighter from my preferences.

There’s a referral code if you love everything that I hate.