December Ipsy Bag

This month’s Ipsy bag wasn’t a huge disappointment.  I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least.  If you’ve been reading a while, you know Ipsy has been rather underwhelming lately.  I have decided to keep it for now and see if it improves in 2016.  If y’all know of any other beauty subscriptions, post’em below, will ya?  I’m in the market for something new {or so I think…}.



I was happy to see a Pacifica product in this month’s bag.  I hear lots about it on YouTube, however it’s not exactly easy to find here in Canada {ETA: it’s a Target exclusive} .  This particular lippie is the Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in thIMG_3829e colour Tender Heart.  It is described as a super power natural lipstick in wearable satin finish shades with incredible lasting colour.
It retails for for $10 USD {so like what, $25 in CAD???} and it’s 100% vegan, which is nice.  I wouldn’t call it long lasting, but the pigmentation is decent as you can see from the pic.  It isn’t overly long lasting, though I’ll consider wearing it under a longer-wearing gloss.

**check out this site for more about these lippies.  It’s a great cause and Id have bought one for full price if Ipsy didn’t do it for me**

Next up we have a little mini tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder.  This retails in full-size for about $40 at Sephora here in Canada and I believe that a small travel size like this one would be likely around the $15 mark.  I’ve used this baby before in the small size.  In fact, it has a permanens1261114-main-hero-300t residence in my travel makeup bag that I take on overnight trips for my finishing/setting powder for under eyes and concealer.  I love this stuff.  The website lists it as a translucent, silky finishing powder with Amazonian clay that sets makeup and diffuses imperfections. According to the Sephora site, this also mattifies skin by removing excess surface oil and the powder can even be used alone as a treatment to reap all the benefits of Amazonian clay.  I’m not sure about the last 2 statements since I’m not overly oily, nor do I really need any direct skin benefit from Amazonian clay {ok, I guess we could all use some, no?!}.  This little sample will make its way into my rotation once I’m done with the one I’m currently working on. 100% rave review from this girl.


This month’s bag also included a full-sized, limited edition Julie G polish.  IMG_3831I have to say that this isn’t my personal choice of colour; I don’t often use colours with any sort of shimmer and am not a fan of this particular shade of pink.  I have used the brand before, though, and can vouch for its lasting power and a drugstore price point.  I will certainly be passing this one onto someone who could use it.  If not for the colour, though, it’d be in my current collection.   These are hard to find, if not impossible to find, here in Canada, but I believe they retail for approximately $4 in US drugstores.


The inclusion of the Skinn Sugar Lips Polishing Scrub for Lips & Laugh Lines was something new.  Can’t say I’ve had one of these in a bag before!   According to the Skinn website, this can be used daily to exfoliate lips.  It is made with real sugar and a special butter blend, to make flaky, chapped lips and fine lines soon become kissably soft and smooth. It’s been really warm here in Toronto {luckily!} and so I’ve not needed a little TLC on my lips as I have in previous years.  I may keep this around, though, incase that changes upon my return from my sunny winter vacay.  The full size of this product retails for $20 US and can be found on the Skinn website as well as Amazon.


FullSizeRenderI’m getting a little tired of all the skin product samples.  Perhaps I need to re-evaluate my questionnaire on the Ipsy site.  The last little sample in this month’s package was from Lather and it’s the Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract.  This product gets mixed reviews on Makeup Alley, but I may give it a shot following some recent breakout “activity” on my face {read: stress and eating like shit for the holidays}.



As I said above, this month’s bag wasn’t incredibly crap.  Quite honestly, I’d come to expect a bag full of sub-par samples instead of full sized, unique products from Ipsy {is it wrong of me to say that I miss Glossybox?}.  I think I may actually get my $20 worth on this month’s bag, a welcome change.   Keep you updated if anything peaks my interest further.







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