I didn’t expect to be as thrilled with my Ipsy Haul this month as I was last month, but they didn’t do too badly in May. Sadly, no nail polish or yummy perfume this time, but it wasn’t a disappointment.
Remember last month when I was so happy that the bag didn’t smell to high heaven? Yeah – not this month. As soon as I opened the pink foil envelope I got a huge whiff of what smelled like wet paint, as though they packaged the thing while painting the walls in a small, enclosed room. Again, letting the bag air out for an hour or two has gotten rid of that smell, thank goodness. The bag itself, while it seems to be well made, just isn’t my style at all. On the Ipsy site the description says you can use this as a “statement bag”. I can’t even begin to think of what kind of statement I’d be trying to make if I carried this bag around in the open.
The facial cleanser is: Peter Lamas Naturals: Detoxifying Citruc C Facial Cleanser. Fresh scent that’s not over-powering. Foams up really well, and not as drying as a lot of cleansers I’ve tried. I like this, though I’d definitely follow it up with a moisturizer.
The lip gloss is: Urban Decay Revolution. This came as a little package in itself: the Ozone 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil was the “main” sample, and looks to be full-sized. It’s paired with Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in “Failbait” (a rose color) and “Bittersweet” (a deep purple). I already have a pencil I use to prevent my lip color from feathering, so this is really just an extra I can use when traveling. I like the pencil and the gloss “Failbait”, but the gloss “Bittersweet” is way too dark for my complexion.
The eyebrow pencil is: Chella: Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color. Good product. The color isn’t too dark so it blends very nicely with my medium blonde brows. the tip is very small, and doesn’t leave a huge streak across my face. I just really never use eyebrow pencil.
The sunscreen is: CoTZ Face. They apparently sent me a natural skin tone with a sheer matte finish, lightly tinted. I just wasn’t that into this sample. I already use Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, which has an SPF of 20, in lieu of thicker foundation when I do wear full makeup. Otherwise, I use regular moisturizers with sun screen in them, and I’m usually sporting a hat of some kind. This sample is nothing I need, even with SPF 40, though I’ll keep it to try out when the pool opens later this month. It’s water resistant!
The cosmetic brush is: Luxie Rose Gold Tapered Blending Eye Brush 205. I love this brush. For months I’ve been hoping they would send me a brush or two to add to my rather small collection, and finally they have – and I love it! The bristles seem to be in the brush securely, are very soft and natural-feeling, and blended my eyeshadow well. The handle length is perfect, too – I don’t care for the tiny handles of compact brushes, so this is another plus. And it’s a nice shade of rose, which means I can find it easily in all my wood-handled brushes. Oh, and if you notice, the retail price for this brush is $12.00. Not bad at all, considering the monthly Ipsy cost is $10.00!
Here’s hoping for a good June, too! And if you’d like to try these monthly gifties, too, here’s the link to get you started: Get Started With Ipsy!