Friday, November 1, 2013

October Ipsy Glam Bag 2013

This months theme is The Art of Beauty.  The bag is white with deep pink zipper detail and writing.  "Love of beauty is taste.  The creation of beauty is art." is scrawled on the bag.  The quotes a little cryptic and pre teen-ish, but I'll go with it for the art theme. :)

My products this month are be Delectable Hand Cream, La Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes, Zoya Nail Polish, Buxom Full On Lip Polish and Sexy Hair Blow Dry Gel.

Zoya Giovanna: $8.00 (.5 fl oz) full size

Ipsy's bff status with Zoya is one of my favorite things in the world.  This is the third FULL SIZE Zoya I have received in an Ipsy bag.

I am always enamored with Zoya.  It's one of those brands I don't have a lot of and I don't know why.  Zoya is consistently fantastic, I think I just have a hard time finding a place to buy it near me.  Anyone else have this issue?

Zoya Giovanna is a stunning emerald green metallic.  This shade is brand spanking new, originally designed as a shade for the Zang Toi autumn winter 2013 runway show.  Oh Ipsy, you give me such nice things.

Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Dolly: $10.00 (.07 fl oz) mini size

I am a big Buxom fan.  Their Buxom Lash Mascara gives me spider leg lashes....but in a good way!  It defines and lengthens each lash without getting clumpy.  I was thrilled to try their lip polish.

I've decided that I'm not too big on lipstick.  I have weirdly shaped, lopsided lips and deep thick colors enhance the lopsidedness.  Glossed or anything sheer works great for me though.

Buxom Full On is called full on for a reason.  This stuff Tingles...with a capital T....for hours.  It plumps nicely which is a necessity with my thin Irish lips.  Seriously, I think for my birthday this month I'm asking for lip injections.

The consistency is sticky but not overly sappy.  I definitely saw a plump effect from this gloss.  Dolly is a beautiful color that has a slight sparkle and tint.  It's instalove.  I've been shopping online for which shades I am going to pick up on my next Sephora trip.

Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel: $5.00 (1.7 fl oz) travel size

Sexy Hair is another brand I've received a lot of in Ipsy bags.  The Sexy Hair Blow Gel is an alcohol-free gel that thickens hair while adding volume. It also helps retain moisture so your hair never feels dry.  Use it on damp hair, blow dry and feel the plump.

I felt that I had some nice height when I used this.  This gel does make your hair feel crusty but of course you're not going to get hold without a glue effect.  The 'crustyness' isn't obvious by looking, really it's only touch so unless you're going out where you're sure that your date will be running his fingers through your hair, you're good!

My only problem with this product is that you need a lot to go through your hair from the roots.  If you've got long hair like me a bottle this size will last you about two uses.

La Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes: $5.99 (10 wipes)

I am not familiar with the La Fresh brand but I am always excited to try new things.....and I can always use makeup remover/cleansers.  These wipes cleanse the skin and detoxify.  Added bonus, the wipes themselves are biodegradable and compostable.

I felt these removed my makeup pretty well.  Other than that, I didn't find that these really stood out from other cleansing wipes.  They're good to have on the go or on a long night when I don't have the time to wash my face.

be Delectable Hand Cream in Strawberry & Cream: $2.50 (2 fl oz) travel size

I've been getting more into lotions.  Previously I never really used the stuff but hey, it gives you that awesome feminine smell that guys love so much and gives your skin something to drink.  With the winter cold and dryness almost here I'm making sure to be on top of my lotion game.

be Delectable Hand Cream in Strawberry & Cream smells like Strawberry Shortcake and Yoplait had a baby.  It is a dead ringer for what strawberry yogurt smells like.  My boyfriend actually asked me if I had put yogurt on my hands when I asked him to take a whif.  Yes darling, I moisturize in foodstuffs.  I soak in it in the tub making me the Elizabeth Bathory of yogurt. No, it's this lotion!  

Really though, you probably shouldn't eat this stuff.  It's full of shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera to keep your skinn smooth and nourished.  Added bonus is it's great for cuticles!

Overall I was very pleased with this months Ipsy bag.  There wasn't anything included that I didn't like!   The Buxom Full On Lip Polish and Zoya Nail Polish were probably my two favorites. I got just over a $30 value which is great considering it's only $10 a month!  You can sign up for this fantastic subscription service by going here and taking Ipsy's beauty quiz which will match you with five great products each month (sometimes more!).  It's not much cost to you and you get to try new and exciting items that you probably wouldn't have gotten your hands on otherwise.  Diehard Ipsy for life!

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