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Ipsy - January 2014

Yeah, yeah, another review. I have a longer post coming, about skincare and prep, but good god apparently blogging is a lot harder than I thought. Knocked this one out quickly the other day, so that I can at least get in the habit of putting SOMETHING up. Originally published here, please if you love me visit my blog and give me validation when I obsessively refresh my site stats! :)

Here is the full post, for those who either don't love me (saaaad panda) or can't get Wordpress for some reason. Silly firewalls.

Hello, my delicious little cabbages!

I have a present for you.

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A review!!

I received my Ipsy bag last week, and have been keeping it all nice and together so that I can share it with all of you lovelies. Ipsy seems to be stepping up their game recently in terms of the variety of products you could receive, which I think is really great. While the quality of the products may not compare to something like Birchbox, it is a much better choice if you just want to hoard different bits of makeup like a magpie hoards shiny things. Typically Ipsy sends out 4-5 deluxe or full sized makeup/skincare/haircare items, and is comparable in price at $10 a month. Pretty sweet! Let's get cracking with the goodies they sent me this month, shall we?

1) Malin + Goetz - Mojito Lip Balm ($12/.35oz): I've used shampoos and conditioners from this brand before, but never any of their other products, so this was a nice addition! The brand is consistently awesome, and pretty high quality, and this balm doesn't disappoint. The scent isn't overpowering (though I'll probably save it for summer - who wants to constantly smell delicious mojitos when it isn't mojito season??), it's a nice creamy - not greasy - texture, and seems to stay on a decent amount of time. They purport to formulate all their products for sensitive skin, use all-natural ingredients, and are near religious about local sourcing and production. Bonus: this was full size! All in all, I have nothing to complain about. My lips are constantly trying to peel themselves off my face, so adding another fantastic lip product to my arsenal is never a bad idea.

2) Skiin - Soothing & Smoothing Eye Cream (Unknown): Ok guys, I'll be honest with you. I didn't even think about using eye creams until this summer. You see, I was getting my makeup done with my mom to go to a wedding, and the artist suggested I start using them. After all, she started at 22, so my waiting till 25 was... I dunno, the worst thing ever, I think? It was not made clear. Regardless, I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of this product. I'll try it a couple times, but from preliminary tests it seems kinda heavy, and does NOT smell very good. I dislike changing up my skincare routine too much, as my skin thinks it is the Specialist Snowflake, so I'm not sure how long this will last.

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3) Elizabeth Mott - Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil ($14.99/.o5oz): I have so freaking many eye pencils and shadow sticks and yadda yadda now thanks to subs! Goodness! This one is a nice creamy copper color, that will be nice to use when I don't want to fully line my eyes but also don't want just mascara. Supposedly it has a super-long wear time... We shall see if that actually holds true! The sample size is .02 oz, which makes this teensy pencil worth something like $7. Not sure I'd be willing to spend that much on a line I'm not 100% sure about, but I'm absolutely willing to give it a try!

4) Healthy Sexy Hair - Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner ($17.95/8.5oz): Formulated with soy and cocoa, this spray stuff smells delicious. I've never actually used a leave-in conditioner before, so I'll be interested to see how this treats me. Yeah, I have all of the hair-privilege. I've been trying to be nicer to it lately, so this might just get lots of use. It's a pretty hefty sample, at 1.7oz, and isn't ridiculously expensive for the full size product, so should it work the way it is supposed to? Then I definitely see myself purchasing it. I wish there were more of a focus on natural ingredients, but I suppose for a drugstore brand you take what you can get.

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5) Proactive+ - Mark Fading Pads ($20/5 packets): Oh dear. Proactiv. You know, I always thought I should have tried them as a teenager, to deal with my Crazy Insane Skin, but I was so turned off my stories of their awful customer service and creepy billing practices. Now I guess I can try a product of theirs without getting caught up in that? Not sure this will be the best for me, as I am lucky enough to have healed pretty well from my more serious battles with acne, and so have not so many 'marks' that need 'fading.' Can't hurt to try though, can it? I guess I get to find out!

There you have it! This month's Ipsy was very… utilitarian, and I have a feeling I'll get a lot of use out of it! The bag itself is also pretty cute, and bigger than normal (I hate the teensy ones. I have too much crap to be putting everything in teensy bags! Really what I should do is organize my lip products into these… Another day, another day! If you want to sign up for Ipsy, please use this link.

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(What you see behind the products is my little brother's Christmas present to me. It is a poster for the Quidditch World Cup that I just finished framing. It hasn't yet gone on the wall, but don't you worry, it will. Yes, I have the best little brother in the world, that's a fact.)

Ciao, mes petites! Je t'adore, BISOUX!

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