ipsy's June 2013 "On the Wild Side" Glam Bag featuring J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette, NYX Mosaic Powder, Starlooks Lip Pencil, Cailyn Eye-Fix Gel Eyeliner, and psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo.

ipsy Glam Bag: June 2013

Welcome to summer, gals! Officially, too. Hopefully your weather has taken a turn for the better. If not, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you! As we all know, summer is a time for relaxation, fireworks, yard parties, BBQ, and – most importantly – wild nights. To set us on the right path, this month’s ipsy Glam Bag was themed On the Wild Side. It featured five (5) great products by J.Cat Beauty, NYX, Starlooks, Cailyn, and psssst! Keep reading for photos, swatches, and, of course, the review!

ipsy's June 2013 "On the Wild Side" Glam Bag featuring J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette, NYX Mosaic Powder, Starlooks Lip Pencil, Cailyn Eye-Fix Gel Eyeliner, and psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo.

ipsy June 2013 Glam Bag (“On the Wild Side”) featuring J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette, NYX Mosaic Powder, Starlooks Lip Pencil, Cailyn Eye-Fix Gel Eyeliner, and psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo.

Hello beautiful bag of goodies. From the spoilers earlier in the month, I was already excited for this bag, but opening it was even better. First off, I love the leopard print cosmetics bag. Love it. Plus, wow, those aren’t samples – those are regular and travel size items! Excuse me while I cry with joy.

This bag has a great array of products; everything you’d need for a mad night out. Body glitter (“sparkling creams”, my ass), lip pencil, blush/luminizer, eyeliner, and my favourite on-the-go hair fix, dry shampoo. How can you go wrong?

J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette in Suzie

J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette in Suzie

J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette in Suzie: On first glance, I thought this was an eyeshadow palette, so if you did too, know you’re not alone. Luckily ipsy was smart enough to tell us – in italics nonetheless – to avoid using these creams near your eyes. Repeat: Do not apply to eye area!

So if it’s not an eyeshadow, what is it? “Sparkling Cream Palette” must be the 21st century way of saying “body glitter”, but that doesn’t change what it is. I just hope I’m not the only one here old enough to snicker at this because I lived through the 90s and used this shit all the time. Because I thought it was cool. Because I was young and foolish. Luckily, this 21st century body glitter is more neutral toned. In the 90s? Neon blue, baby.

Swatches of J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette in Suzie

Swatches of J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette in Suzie

For these swatches, I applied it thick just so you can see how it looks on my light-ass-skin. Please don’t wear it this way. Blending is your friend. Your best friend even. Also, once again, avoid those eyes.

Although applicator sticks are provided, I found it easier to blend these creams into my skin with my fingers. To each their own however. The creams have a tendency to clump, so just remember to keep blending. They’re long lasting, which is nice, but they’re also devilish to get off even with makeup remover. My suggestion is get a shower and scrub.

Personally, I’m not a fan of body glitter because it isn’t practical for my lifestyle anymore. I’ve distanced myself from the downtown/clubbing scene as of late, and body glitter isn’t exactly coffee shop friendly or office chic. But if you still have a social life (I’m mourning mine), these can be fun to play with, especially for themed events/nights.

The array of pigments in this palette is lovely. They’re all similar and on par, so you can build a look easily. If you’re looking for diversity, however, best try one of their other eleven (11) options. Also, great price.

Regular: $4.49 USD for 3 g (0.1 oz.)

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NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare

NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare

NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare: I’ve never had a bad experience with NYX, so I always enjoy receiving and trying their products. Their Mosaic Powers are a mix of five (5) luminizers and are available in twelve (12) shades. Apply to your face with a brush. It’s also helpful to Google luminizer/highlighter charts to see the best places to apply it for optimum effect. You don’t want to have an unnatural glow.

NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare

NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare

Dare is one of their darker shades with enough pink to give your skin a lovely blush. Great for your cheeks and cheekbones.

The powder applies easily with a brush, blends well, doesn’t cake, and keeps skin hydrated. It also comes off easily with a facecloth and water – no makeup remover needed.

The Canadian/American price difference is surprisingly substantial. Lately I’ve found a lot of cosmetics are falling on par, noting the value of currency, but NYX clearly isn’t. Disappointing, but the overall price isn’t too expensive (in the US). I’d probably hesitate to spend $10.99 CAD, however.

Regular: $7.00 USD ($10.99 CAD) for 5.7 g (0.2 oz.)

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Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy

Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy

Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy: Who doesn’t love a lip pencil? They’re great for tracing your lips for that extra umph and I find they can also be a lot longer lasting than lipstick if you choose to shade your lips in.

Starlooks currently has a special on for ipsy subscribers, which is nice to see, especially on a main page. As an ipsy subscriber, we always get x% off codes every month, but it’s even better when the product itself advertises that.

Closer view of Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy

Closer view of Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy

Tipsy is a very bright pink – quite blinding on the lips. It’s cool though if you like to make an impact. It’s not exactly my style, but I will use it to trace my lips before applying lipstick. If you’re into bold lips though, use this pencil and shade those puppies in. Instant diva.

The pencil is creamy and long lasting. It shades really well and doesn’t smudge easily. Overall, a very nice pencil.

Regular: $12.00 USD per pencil (2.7 g)

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Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Purple: I am absolute rubbish at eyeliner that isn’t liquid. So rubbish in fact that I’m now scared of gel and pencil eyeliner. (Pathetic, I know.) I, personally, love a very prominent, sleek eye and liquid liner is the best way to get that look.

What this gel liner taught me, however, is that the right brush and formula can actually make gel liner your friend, too.

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Purple

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Purple

The Cailyn liner is quite quaint in that everything is included in one tube. Take the pieces apart and voila! Great for storing in your purse or cosmetic bag.

The brush is soft yet sleek, allowing for a surprisingly high level of precision. The gel liner is also fluid and non-clumpy and works well with the provided brush.

Swatch of Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Purple

Swatch of Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Purple

I love purple liner – especially with my green-gold eyes. It’s very complimentary! As the above swatch shows, the brush allows thick to thin as well as heavy to light application.

Overall, I really like this liner. It’s even convinced me to give gel liner a try again. While a little pricey, it is more or less on par with other higher-end brand-name liners.

Regular: $21.00 USD for 0.14 oz.

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psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo

psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo

psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo: Which is apparently the true original dry shampoo. The more you know. I haven’t had an opportunity to try this product yet (I frequent the gym a lot and thus frequent the showers just as much) thus am unable to provide a (truthful) review.

From the ipsy side of things though, it’s nice to have an “air travel friendly” aerosol  Aerosols are a big no-no for flyers, and most dry shampoos are aerosols. Props to psssst! for tackling this issue.

Travel Size: $2.99 USD for 50 g (1.76 oz.)
Regular: $5.99 USD for 150 g (5.3 oz.)

 

Overall, this was an amazing bag from ipsy. Great product diversity, amazing sample sizes (hell, they weren’t even samples), great brands, super cute cosmetic bag. This bag’s value was $47.48 USD before taxes.

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Hopefully I’ll get this month’s Topbox review up shortly! I’m a slacker though so I won’t make any promises I know I’ll break. Thanks for reading!


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