So far it's been a very busy new year, in case you haven't been able to tell from my lack of posts. I've actually had this Ipsy Glam Bag for over a week now and still haven't gotten around to trying out everything, thanks to a million get togethers and work. *sigh* work: new year = new issues requiring my immediate attention. Truth be told, I probably won't even finish this post in one sitting. Someone please add more hours to the day!
What: Ipsy Glam Bags contain 5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Fun Extras: You can review your products each month to earn ipsyPoints, which can be redeemed for monthly bonus items.
This month's Glam Bag theme is Fresh Start. Ha. I wish. You know how they say to start the year off right so that the rest of the year will follow suit? I think I should've gotten rid of the stack of unfinished work projects on my desk. Because now there's twice as much paper there, and we're only three weeks into the new year. I know. Woe is me woe is me!
Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (10ml sample value: $7) - If you read my posts regularly then you know that I have a somewhat creepy attraction to peels. A peel fetish? I love seeing dead skin peel off my face/feet/whatever. As much as I'd like to say it's because I know I'm exposing the new radiant skin underneath, the real reason is just because I like to peel things. Morbid, right? This is an AHA peel with a gel consistency. Smear it all over your face, wait 15 minutes, then go to town peeling it all off! Most peels I've tried have a weird chemical/glue-ish scent that's kind of a turn off, but not this one. It smells sooo refreshing. Not like honey like I expected, but more like crisp linen with a splash of citrus. My bf walked in on me just as I was peeling this stuff off my face and it was making that sickening skin peeling sound. I wish I had my camera on me at that moment. He made the ugliest face ever, like he thought I was Hannibal Lecter playing in other peoples' skin or something. The only downside: a full 1.7oz tube costs $35, and I cannot bring myself to pay that much for something that will only last me about 10 uses.
LA Fresh Eco-Beauty Good Day Day Moisturizer (0.5oz sample value: $12) - Wasabi. That's what I kept thinking the entire time I was massaging this into my face. I kept imagining rubbing hot mustard into my skin and was half expecting my eyes to start burning. This moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid, peptides, and a plethora of natural botanicals to give you fresh and happy skin. Unfortunately, I found it was too hydrating for me. Two hours later my face was still tacky. And I couldn't get past the smell. I love wasabi, just not in my cosmetics. And at the end of it all I was craving sushi.
Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow - Ethereal (0.08oz full size value: $5?) - I wish I used eye shadows more because this sounds so interesting. This shadow is infused with coconut water for a velvety, creamy finish. Plus it's vegan and cruelty-free. It's a nude color that I would totally use if I didn't already have a similar color in loose powder already open.
|Pacifica coconut eye shadow in Ethereal|
|Felt tip applicator for Coastal Scents liquid eyeliner|
Overall, not bad! Over $35 worth of skincare and makeup plus a nice little bag. However, nothing in here elicited that ZOMG! I NEED THAT NOW OR ELSE MY HEAD WILL EXPLODE reaction from me, but aside from the weird-smelling items it was a pretty good haul. I just wish that peel was a little more within my price range. *sniff sniff* I would've loved to see the Malin+Goetz mojito lip balm in here because MOJITO (you can read all about the balm in Subaholic's blog...she's got some informative reviews and photos). Who doesn't love a little bit of sugar, mint and rum in their lives? But then again, not getting it might be a good thing because I already have enough lip balms to last me three lifetimes.
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