Ipsy Reveal : October 2017

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Ashley –

Let me first say that I’m really pleased with my bag this time around. I’ve literally been using the items I received every single day since I opened the package. For about a week straight now. For me, that’s worth my ten dollars – more than worth ten dollars actually. 🙂

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion : This eyeliner is great. The pigmentation is on point, and I am pleased with the staying power. The liner lasts about four solid hours on my water line which is better than most eyeliners I’ve tried. It glides on easily and stands out with just one swipe. It is also really easy to blend out for a more smokey eye look. I’m fairly confident that I’ll be picking this one up in brown soon.

Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara :  This is a great everyday mascara. I like it. I’m not IN LOVE with it but I was not disappointed in the coverage and lasting wear – I just usually like a mascara that offers a move voluminous look.

Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser : This cleanser claims to be an ultra gentle exfoliator and I 100% agree with that claim. You just pour a dime sized amount of powder into your palm, mix with a few drops of water, and then massage it all over your face. The powder particles exfoliate your skin, but they eventually all dissolve away which is a major plus for me. I hate cleansers with exfoliating beads that are hard to remove completely from your face during rinsing.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed : To be honest, I was not excited about receiving this shadow. I didn’t need another bronze eye shadow shade – I have a billion. BUT when I swatched and wore this shadow it read more army green. I don’t know if that’s because of my skin tone or if it was actually mislabeled? Either way – I adore it. I’ve worn it several times and can’t get enough. It blends like a dream and is uber pigmented.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush : What can I say? Another brush from Ipsy = another love story. This brush is soft and the bristles are just the right length. I like that the bristles are a little bit of an oval shape rather than a circle, because it allows for more control when doing precise deep crease blending.

Rhonda –

I love love love the design of this bag!  It has a subtle lace brocade and a pretty little bat zipper pull.  It really had good contents, but I won’t be actually trying all of them.  I have decided that November will be my last ipsy bag.  It’s not because I don’t love ipsy, because I totally DO.  However, I work for a skincare and cosmetics brand and am in the process of switching to all their products.  Instead, I’ll take the $10 I spend on the subscription to buy a new brush every month, since that’s my favorite thing anyway!

tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara – I have previously tried this mascara and as much as I am a fan of all things tarte, this one really misses the mark for me.  I didn’t feel like it did much of anything for my lashes.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed – I didn’t open this because I want to be able to sell it since I won’t be using it.  I was tempted though because I love this deep bronze hue!  However, Ashley gave more info on this product in her reveal.

JM Solution Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser – I’m already on a skincare regimen and not introducing new products, but the description of it makes it sound lovely and refreshing.  I love products with hyaluronic acid!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – I would have flipped out over receiving this foundation, because I’ve heard such good things.  However, I once again am just needing to transition to all one brand.  I did swatch it though because I am going to keep it and try it until I order foundation from my company.  When I swatched, I was impressed with the coverage for what is supposed to be a more sheer and natural look.  It doesn’t feel gross and heavy either.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush – Another month, another brush.  And I am not complaining!  I can’t get enough brushes in my life.  The bristles on this one are so soft and have a perfect shape for really defining the crease.


Have you enjoyed your October ipsy?  Have you tried any of the products we received?

April Ipsy Reveal

Hey y’all hey…we got our April Ipsy bags…and you know what that means! It’s time to reveal the goods…

Ashley –

Soooo, this is my bag. 🙂 This is definitely my most favorite Ipsy bag yet. There was only one disappointing product which let’s just start with that one….get the bad out of the way. 😉

Naked Cosmetics Heavy Metal #04 – This is a pigment and is the second one that I’ve received from Ipsy. I did try to use the first one that I got, but it’s just too messy. I tried using it as an eyeshadow. Ipsy says that you can use these pigments as an eyeshadow, liner, lipstick, or even a nail polish. To be real here – I’m just not on that level yet. No thanks. So yeah. This is the only product I was not psyched to receive.

Glamour Dolls X Lisa Frank Angled Blush Brush – Okay, to be honest, I tested this brush out as a bronzer/contour brush. It looks like a bronzer/contour brush right?? Anyway, that’s how I tested it out. First of all, this is a LISA FRANK MAKEUP BRUSH. That fact alone. All the freaking heart eyes. Alright – is it practical though? Eh. It seemed to soak up the product more than it applied it. However, I will continue to test it out with other products and update you guys – probably through SnapChat. So follow us: RAtheMOMachine

Eau Thermale Avene Rich Compensating Cream – I used this on my face for my night time moisturizer last night, and I used it to moisturize my hands tonight. It performed well. It’s a light feeling moisturizer. It didn’t blow my socks off or anything, BUT I always appreciate a new moisturizer…because I have lizard skin. For real.

touch in SOL No Poreblem! Primer – I’ve only used this primer once … sooo.. I don’t feel like I can give an absolute and final review on it BUT I enjoyed it. It’s a lightweight primer. It doesn’t leave a tacky feeling on your skin, but it’s not super smoothing like Benefit’s Porefessional (which is my current FAVE primer). I was happy with it, but I’ll continue to test it and update you guys on SC. 🙂

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer – Yes. This is a bronzer. I know. It is super light. I’m super pale though so I appreciate it. I also really love the neutral undertones. I have a ton of red/pink undertones in my skin…so I really appreciate a bronzer that doesn’t accentuate those undertones and just make me look sunburned. Anyway, I really like this bronzer. I feel like it’s very natural looking on my skin, and it reminds me of the Hoola Lite Benefit Bronzer.


This bag design though.  So cute!  It is among my favorites for sure.  The material is really sturdy too!  Overall, I didn’t love this month, especially after seeing some of the things my friends got (*cough*AshleyandherLisaFrank*cough*).

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel – I have not tried this yet, considering I have not been in the sun.  I am going to the beach in two weeks though and this is the perfect size for travel.  I have the lip treatment from this brand and it is amaze, so I have high expectations for this one.

Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey – I don’t paint my fingernails much, because I do press-ons.  I have a huge polish collection and didn’t really need more polish for painting my toes, but this was so damn cute and such great shades, that I couldn’t be mad at it.  The blue-grey shade is everything.  I look forward to seeing how this applies and holds up.

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter – Another day, another highlighter.  Can you really have too much highlight though?  A single swipe didn’t give much shine, but it seems really buildable and I love that it has actual flecks of glitter in it.  I think I will really love it layered over some of my other highlighters.  And bonus – cruelty free!

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in Palm Island – My first thought when I saw I was getting this was excitement because I really like the Ciate brand and I love contours.  However, I was instantly disappointed when I swatched it.  I just don’t really use bronzers this light unless it’s a shimmer bronzer.  I like my mattes a little deeper in color.  It would be a great color for someone fair who doesn’t want everyone to notice the bronzer, if that makes sense.  I will say the formula is lovely.  Lightweight and easy to apply.  I may pass this one to my midwestern BFF, because my face will be far to dark for it this summer.

Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 – I’m so torn, y’all.  I puffy-heart-love Luxie brushes.  The colors, the softness of the bristles, everything.  However, I just don’t love this kind of brush for foundation.  It’s more fluffy than the really flat paintbrush style though.  I think it will make a phenomenal brush for an intense highlight.  I tried it quickly with the Elizabeth Mott highlight from above.  It worked pretty well!  I know I’ll find a use for it.  I am a huge fan of using brushes in different ways, instead of just the intended and labeled purpose.

Overall, this was a good bag for me.  Not blowing me away, but just good.

You definitely should try ipsy if you haven’t already.  $10 to dabble in new products?  Yes please! If you want to sign up for Ipsy click this link – It’s Ashley’s referral link so she will get some points if you sign up! Win win!