Isn't it funny how your impression of products can change over time?! That's exactly why I like doing these reviews of items I get in my monthly Ipsy bags in two parts - first impressions and a wrap-up post of what worked and didn't (i.e. hits and misses). What is Ipsy? Each month you get a small makeup bag filled with a mix of 3-5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products for $10. Here are the Hits & Misses from my January 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag!
Hit: Mica Beauty Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in #06 FiestaI personally liked this lip product, but I think I am one of very few that did! This is called a 'tinted lip balm' which leads most consumers to believe that this is would be sheer (tinted), comfortable, and moisturizing ('balm'-y). The Mica Beauty Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm is none of the things you think of when you think 'tinted lip balm'. I find it to be an opaque, matte, slightly drying lip color. It leaves a light stain once the greasy, "balmy" texture wears away. Despite the fact that it is slightly drying, I love the color - so it ends up as a "hit" for me from this January Ipsy bag!
PS. There is a weird texture in this photo of my balm because I have used it with a small stippling brush as a blush, too, because I'm all about that.
Meh: These two 'mehs' are both really generally nice products, I just don't think I would purchase the normal retail version of them. I just don't need them, you know?
Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion
Smells great and lives up to its name of being 'lightweight'!! I would consider purchasing this for hotter months since it would be perfect and refreshing in the middle of the summer. Not quite so much in January >.<
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning MaskI have mixed feelings on this deep conditioning hair mask. It DOES make my damaged ends very shiny and nice looking, but it doesn't really make them super soft/supple - mostly shiny. As far as 'deep conditioning' it does moisturize, but this isn't the most deep conditioning mask I have ever tried. I feel like there are more affordable, better options readily available.
Also it sort of weirds me out that this mask lathers once I put it in my hair? Like, why is a conditioner lathering without my handsy scrubbing action? That just seems weird...
Miss: Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil in Pearl
Not only did this product perform really poorly compared to how super freaking beautiful it is when it swatches, I seem to be allergic to it, too! Extra disappoint. This pencil is sooooper smooth when you draw on your hands with it (i.e. swatching, you know) but doesn't seem to want to stick on my eyelids. It doesn't do much as an eyeshadow base, and it doesn't adhere to the inner corners or waterline well (despite being waterproof and budge-proof on my hand).
This is the first eye product that has given me severe irritation when used on the waterline; I had some swollen bottom lids for two days after testing this pencil out :( [PS. The above photo was taken the first day I tested the pencil] It didn't cause my upper eyelid any trouble when I wore it as a shadow base tho, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dishonorable Mention: Proactiv+ Mark Fading PadsAs I mentioned in my first impressions post about this bag, I didn't feel like risking it with these pads for two reasons - 1.) them messing up my skin and drying them out because of the high alcohol content and 2.) trying them and loving them and then having to pay $20-40 for the whole Proactiv+ system. I did not try them.
So basically with this bag I paid $10 (including shipping, and let's be real shipping is usually $5-6) for a lip product I like (yay!) and two deluxe samples of products that I enjoyed trying, but won't repurchase (again, generally yay!). That seems like a pretty decent since I calculated the values of those three samples as being $30.16. Not bad, not bad!
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