Ipsy Bag: April 2014

Oh My Goodness! This month's Ipsy bag is awesome, probably my favorite yet. This month's theme is Beauty Rocks.

This month's bag is dark blue with a silver record on the front. The record also says Beauty Rocks and Ipsy. The bag is thin and probably can't hold much. This is not my favorite bag from Ipsy but it is cuter than last months'.

In my bag I had. . .

Dr. Brandt- Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant .25oz (Retail: 2oz- $78.00): This is one of those products that I'm never thrilled about but I don't hate. I'm usually disappointed to see anything from Dr. Brandt because I would never be able to afford it if I wanted to repurchase. I do however like to try new exfoliants, that puts this in the "so, so" pile. I'm sure if I like this it will show up in a favorites.

Coastal Scents- Medium Shadow Brush (Retail: $2.49): My first impression is that this will be a good brush. It is made from natural fibers (this is a point of internal conflict for me). The head is the perfect size for applying a base color or defining the crease. The fibers are soft and well shaped but they are packed firmly. I look forward to using this and seeing how it holds up. 

Urban Decay- Travel Sized 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet (Retail: $19 for 3 piece travel set or $20 for one full-size): First let me say that I was hoping this would be in my bag after I saw the Ipsy sneak peek. I have swatched the Urban Decay eyeliners many times but could not justify the cost. This is easy and smooth to apply, it is super pigmented and does not smudge (an impressive quality for a pencil). I love this!!

Starlooks- Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Naked (Retail: $14.00): What a pretty nude shade, this almost perfectly matches my natural lip color. I am not a huge lip pencil person but have used them a little in the past few months. This is exactly the type of color as I would want for everyday. This feels moist on the lips and adds a lovely tint.

Elizabeth Mott- Pop! Goes the shadow in Champagne (Retail: $12.99): This is a really cute single shadow. This would be great to add a little shimmer to a natural look or as a base for a neutral look. The shadow has decent pigmentation and is smooth. When applied with a brash there is little to no fall out. All together this product is a win!
Overall I really liked the products in this month's bag, even if I didn't love the bag. What a steal for $10!? I probably would have paid that for the Urban Decay Eyeliner alone!
If you are interested in Ipsy go here.
My March Bag.
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Favorites: March 2014

I'm sorry this is so late, like I said in my Chatty post, law school has taken over my life until I'm done finals.

Check out all these products in my Luvocracy Collection!

The M.A.C. paint pot in Let's Skate! has been a holy grail product for me this month. I love using it as a base or as an easy single color to use when I'm running late. This was a kind gift from my friend Dahye, she gave it to me because she thinks rose colors look bad on her, I disagree but she insisted on giving this to me. So she gets a great big THANK YOU, because I love this!

The Rimmel Kate Moss Long Lasting Lipsticks are a favorite among bloggers and youtubers and I can completely see why. I have the shade #10 which is a warm red that boarders on dark pink. This is a bold color great for a night out or a really old day look. This lasts all day or night even while drinking and eating. I will definitely be collecting more shades.

The Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Extreme Wear in Mint Sorbet has been on my nails for over half the month. Mint is my favorite color this year and I had been looking for a perfect mint from a cheaper nail polish. This was $2.99 at CVS and is perfect. I expect to wear this throughout the spring and into summer. I also really love the formula for this nail polish it resisted chips longer than most and I did not have a top coat on. I had about 1 1/2 weeks of decent wear. This is another product that I want in more shades.

If you read my E.L.F. Haul Post you will see that I bought several things including the Acne Fighting Foundation. I mentioned that I loved the coverage and the wear. I can now say that this definitely helped my acne which is awesome. The only down side is that it doesn't always set perfectly, sometimes it smears on my pullover. I think I'm going to buy the HD setting powder from E.L.F. and set if it helps.

Additionally I have picked the RealTechniques Expert Face Brush as a favorite because it is perfect for applying liquid foundations. I still like my E.L.F. powder brush that I was using before but the ferrel is separating from the handle and I needed a new brush. This helps applying the product evenly and the smaller head helps to do the areas around the nose.

The E.L.F. Daily Brush Cleanser is a must if you use liquid or cream products. Liquids and Creams can gunk-up and stain brushes. A few spritz of this and a wipe on a cloth keeps your brushes from gunning-up between full cleanings and during a full cleaning can help get rid of staining.

The CVS Cleansing and Makeup Remover wipes are a must in my bathroom. I don't use them everyday but sometimes I come home and just want to clean my face as fast as possible, these are perfect for that. These don't break me out, but if these are your cup of tea, CVS has several formulas.

I hope you enjoyed this favorites post, I will probably have one or two more posts between now and May 1st. After May 1st I will resume doing one or two posts a week. I was considering doing a makeup brush cleaning post, a hair-tie making tutorial and some makeup looks. Let me know what you think and want to see!?

Also what were your favorite products in March?

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