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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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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.

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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.

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Putting Weird Stuff on my Face: Toullgo Peeling Black Mask

I was a little wary of trying a new weird thing this month after last month’s caused a break out. Just a little. Clearly I was not wary enough to just not purchase a random thing from Amazon and smear it all over my face.

I got a black suction mask instead of easing myself back into things. Videos of people pulling suction masks off of their faces and crying have been making the Facebook rounds. Unfortunately (?) for you, this mask was normal and this post contains no crying.

Except from maybe the sebaceous filaments or blackheads in your face. LOOK AT IT BEING REMOVED.

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I’ve seen the phrase “horny skin” show up a few times in translated skin care. I’m still afraid to google it to figure out the intended meaning. Whatever it is, we’re about to fix it.

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This is by far the thickest peelie mask I’ve used. It’s great, because it forces you to apply a thick layer that’s easier to peel. It’s also a little unsettling, because what if it is secretly paint and wont come off? A 30 minute dry really gives you the time to think about these things.

After 30 minutes, I peeled it off. Easy. No crying, no sweating, and essentially no more baby hairs in my face.

This is the part of the post where I confess a terrible thing, though. I have no gross and satisfying image of what I pulled out of my face for you. It’s my fault. I think I’ve finally upped my skin care game enough that my pores are too small for this to work. I tried it again a few days later after a long, hot shower. Nothing. Not even the baby hairs and dry skin that this one pulled off the first time. I’m reassured that my hair doesn’t grow back that quickly, at least.

Verdict:

Experience: 7/10. Goes on thick and needs minimal face washing to remove the extra. Drying takes foreverrrrr though.
Post-mask skinfeel: 9/10. My skin felt really smooth! Probably because all of the hair got ripped out of my face. I’m fine with it.

Overall: 8/10. One of the better peeling masks I’ve tried. Bummer about my skin care routine working.
You can get your own on Amazon here: Peeling Black Mask.

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August 2017 Ipsy Bag

This is my second month of Ipsy. I’m already wondering what I’m going to do with all of these bags.
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I don’t have the personality for this one. Grumpy or get out.

What’s in my bag

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Here’s all of it on my face. At 6 am.

AURORA Pro Cover Up Concealer in Pale Ecru
Swatching this for you because the swatches on the website are waaaay off. I think they’re trying to show that it isn’t orange, but it is also not that terrible greige color.

Pros: Creamy! Decent coverage. Blends easily.
Cons: I rubbed that swatch after it dried and the whole thing peeled off my wrist. Not full coverage, even if you layer it on.

Purchase or pass: I’m on the fence. I also currently have enough concealer to outlast our inevitable nuclear winter.

Crown Brush SS035 – Medium Face Contour Brush
It has little contours so your fingers fit nicely in the handle! I don’t know why you’re contouring so long that you need an ergonomic brush, but it’s a nice touch. The bristles are soft and seem like they wont fall out.

Purchase or pass: I’d buy another brush from them if e.l.f didn’t have what I wanted.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
This stuff is infuriating.
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Yes, there is probably the advertised 2 mL in this container. I wont argue that. What I will argue is that 2mL is a useless amount of mascara, particularly when the package design requires you to mash the tube and coat the sides of it to get any on the wand. The amount of mascara I can get on the wand is usually the amount that comes out of my regular mascara when it’s time to trash it. I managed to get a little on my eyelashes. If this is water resistant, I’d hate to see their mascara that isn’t.

Purchase or pass: I’m so mad.

Juara Rice Facial Cleanser
It does a great job at removing my eye makeup. Unfortunately, it also smells so vividly of the sunscreen I used to wear in elementary school that I have trouble using it.

Purchase or pass: Pass. I’ll take the little bit of raccoon eye I get from CeraVe.

Steve Laurant Precision Tip Liner in Black
This goes on even smoother than last month’s EYEKO eyeliner. It’s also thinner, so I have the option to be a more casual goth princess when I wear it. I was pretty happy to get a full sized product, but I never want to receive a black felt tip liner again. When will I be free? I’ve started listening to Evanescence again. Please send help.

Purchase or pass: This is just black eyeliner. I have to wear a primer with it. I would never ever pay $24 for this.

 

I’ve, uh, got a referral code if this didn’t deter you.

What did you get this month? Am I just subconsciously rebelling against my bag’s wish for good vibes only, or were you also disappointed?