August 2014 Ipsy

The Rundown: Ipsy is a $10/month subscription service where you receive a makeup bag filled with 4-6 deluxe or full size samples!  For your reviews of these products you get ipsy points that you can use once you hit 500 or 1000 points for bonus items in your bag!  If you want more info on becoming an ipsy subscriber, click here!

ipsyThe Theme: Beauty Schooled (click here for the unbagging video or scroll to be bottom)

The Items:
New Jersey Sun Mongongo Lip Balm
Free Your Mane Reviving Spray
Lord & Berry Black Silk Kajal Kohl Liner
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Manna K—– Sheer Glo


The Review: Let’s talk the bag first.  I think this is one of the cutest bags I’ve seen from Ipsy, although I wish it wasn’t smashed!  It’s the perfect size for a pencil case and its bright orange polka dots on the white background is fun and light-hearted!  It’s too big for my purse, but if I was actually going to school I’d use it for a pencil case, and if I get a bigger purse I might switch to it!  Of all the products there was only one that I couldn’t use and that’s the reviving spray so I’ll be setting that aside for a giveaway at a later date.  



I know this is going to surprise a lot of people, but I really disliked the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara.  To start let’s talk pros, because there are a few.  The formula isn’t super wet but isn’t super dry either, it’s a nice in-between which my lashes love.  I like the size of the brush.  It isn’t quite as big as say the Smashbox Full Exposure brush, but it isn’t tiny either.  The effect is quite nice too!  With just one coat your lashes are lengthened and separated, adding a second coat just amps up the volume.  At first I loved this mascara, until later on in the day.  Within a couple hours I started getting transfer on my brow bone.  By the end of the day it looked like a bunch of black lines on my brow bone.  I couldn’t even tell you the last mascara that did this to me.  (Although I know one or two have, but never to this extent!)  It didn’t flake or smudge on me, which was good and it didn’t transfer under my eyes.  But I just couldn’t get passed the brow bone smearing.  It made my eyes look dirty and gross!  I was totally disappointed.  I don’t know if I put a waterproof topcoat on it would help, but I’m definitely willing to try.  This retails for $22 for the full size and if they release a travel size I expect it to be around the $10 mark.

ud Perversion

The Mongongo lip balm is nice.  Not my favorite either though.  It’s very slick and doesn’t really feel like it sinks into the lips.  Instead it just seems to sit on top slipping all over the place.  Ok, that’s a little dramatic, but you know what I’m talking about, when you have a lip balm or gloss that is so glossy and slick that when you blot your lips together they slide around?  It’s like that.  And it smells very very and I mean very citrusy!  I though it smelled limey, but I’ve heard other people say lemony, it sure doesn’t smell orangey which is what the scent is! Haha.  Not bad, but I don’t think I’d be willing to pay $5.50 for it.


The Lord & Berry Black Silk Kajal Kohl liner was nice.  Let’s talk sample size.  This was ridiculous!  Seriously, my last liner to get to this point got tossed because it was uncomfortable to use.  I know it a sample, but after a couple sharpenings there will be nothing left, I give it like 4 maybe 5 uses.  I didn’t feel it was the blackest black I’ve ever used so I did need to build it up.  It smudged nicely and did seem to set into place fairly quickly.  Not the best on the waterline though, it seemed to strangely just disappear after about 4-6 hours requiring a touch up or two.  I think it’s a decent liner, but I prefer the Scandal-eyes by Rimmel especially with the price.  L&B retails for $15.00.


Lastly is the Manna Kadar Sheer Glo lotion.  Which I haven’t quite found a use for.  As a luminizer it just doesn’t give enough of a glow.  It sits weird on top of foundation so I don’t recommend that.  Underneath it doesn’t seem to do much although it does make your skin feel silky smooth.  So it might make a good primer, but I haven’t noticed if it adds any staying power.  I haven’t mixed this with my foundation to see the type of glow it gives, but if I do I’ll let you guys know.  I don’t see myself ever buying the full size of this especially since it retails for $29.00!  Man that’s a lot!  I’d get the Becca Skin Perfecter before I went for this one.

sheer glo

So those are my ipsy finds for this month.  Did you get an ipsy bag?  If so what was your favorite item, and if you didn’t are you thinking of getting one?

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