ipsy August 2013 Glam Bag (“Glamour Academy”) featuring Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask, pixi Lash Booster Mascara, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, Mica Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder, and Nailtini nail lacquer.

ipsy Glam Bag: August 2013

You know what sucks? Job hunting. You know what makes it bearable? Getting new makeup in the mail to wear to interviews. (Sometimes you have to force yourself into being an optimist.) Speaking of a need for optimism, August marks our last month of summer. In a few short weeks, the kids are back to school, the teens and twenty-somethings are back to college, and the rest of us… Well, we’ll be doing the same things we’ve been doing all summer, just minus the beaches and BBQs. But August is really the last month to enjoy that extra sunshine, wear those wispy sundresses, flaunt that bikini bod you worked so hard all spring to obtain, and not only wear but rock your bright summer makeup.

September is coming, and along with that comes a change in fashion, couture, and colour. ipsy‘s “Glamour Academy” glam bag offered subscribers the tools to get ready for fall and a little taste of the bright and bold for what remains of summer. Featuring products by Michael Todd, PIXI, Urban Decay, Mica Beauty, and Nailtini, ipsy had this month’s vibe, well, in the bag. Keep reading for more!

ipsy August 2013 Glam Bag (“Glamour Academy”) featuring Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask, pixi Lash Booster Mascara, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, Mica Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder, and Nailtini nail lacquer.

ipsy August 2013 Glam Bag (“Glamour Academy”) featuring Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask, pixi Lash Booster Mascara, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, Mica Beauty Cosmetics Mineral Eye Shadow, and Nailtini nail lacquer.

I do love a bag that gives you the tools for a complete/all-over look. Also, this cosmetic bag is too cute. It’s probably my favourite of 2013 thus far.

On first glance, I was quite pleased with this bag’s contents. What (sane) girl doesn’t like eyeshadow, lipstick, mascara, and nail polish? (Don’t answer that. Rhetorical question. Shh.) The full-size to sample-size ratio was more sample than regular sadly, but at least it’s much better than last month’s bag (which I might have neglected to post…).

Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask: I’m not much of a facial mask user. I personally prefer a twice weekly moisturizing salt, citrus and vodka scrub, but I have been known to use an occasional clay/seaweed mask. But damn, I’m never using this product again.

It’s not only derived from pumpkin, this mask smells, feels, and sloshes like pureed pumpkin. Actually, to say it smells like pumpkin is a bit of a stretch – it smells like pumpkin-tomato puree, the same kind you bathe in after being sprayed by a skunk. My stomach lurched the entire time it was on my face. Even worse, the scent clings to your skin after washing it off, so I spent the entire day making myself nauseous.

A look at Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

A look at Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

See? Tomato-pumpkin puree. Don’t confuse it with the makings of Thanksgiving soup.

As for texture, this facial mask is very fine and thin, and a bit clumpy and stingy in spots. Makes it very hard to apply an even layer to skin (like the directions suggest).

As for effectiveness, I didn’t notice any exfoliation, my pores were as blocked as they were before applying the mask, and it actually left my skin feeling a little greasy. All in all, I was not impressed, and it definitely isn’t worth its price tag.

Sample Value: $10.20 USD for 30 mL (1 fl. oz.)
Regular: $34.00 USD for 100 mL (3.4 fl. oz.)

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pixi Lash Booster Mascara

PIXI Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black

PIXI Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black: I know Kyuu is a huge Pixi fan, but I haven’t had many opportunities to test out their products. This mascara really impressed me though, so I am interested in giving this brand more attention. Tiny sample though, which was unfortunate.

pixi Lash Booster Mascara brush

PIXI Lash Booster Mascara brush

The wand is your standard cone-shaped brush, and although I find rubber tips provide a better separation of lashes, the PIXI formula is pretty clump-resistant thus the brush type didn’t factor into it.

The mascara lasted a good 24-hours and didn’t flake throughout the day. It did leave my lashes very stiff and hardened, however. I got some length and some volume – equal amount of both accounts. Product didn’t irritate my eyes.

Sample Value: $3.40 USD for 0.1 oz (estimated)
Regular: $17.00 USD for 0.25 oz.

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69: On a whole, I’m really fascinated by UD’s new lipstick line. The colours are rich and in-your-face, the texture is creamy, and it applies really well.

Unfortunately, ipsy sent me a colour that doesn’t work with my skintone/eyes/hair/face/something/everything. I can’t wear anything bright on my lips, regardless of the shade. For that reason, I usually wear pale pinks and nudes. As I have decent-sized lips, bright colours make my mouth look clown-like. Not exactly flattering.

This colour is gorgeous though! If you can wear bright colours, definitely check 69 out. And like said, the texture is really rich and creamy. Felt great on my lips.

I only wore it for 15 minutes max, so I can’t comment on how long-lasting it is. It didn’t stick to my teeth, though, and it also comes off clean and easily with makeup cloths/remover. Worth trying out in my opinion. For me though, “Liar” would be a better shade.

Sample Value: $7.33 USD for 0.3 oz
Regular: $22.00 USD for 0.09 oz.

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Mica Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in 17 Bronze

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Mineral Eye Shadow (Day Colors) in 17 Bronze

Mica Beauty Mineral Eye Shadow (Day Colors) in 17 Bronze: I have a few loose eyeshadows and blushes by Mica and I like them all. I’m a big fan of loose formulas in general as they offer a tad more control in regards to quantity application (if you have the right brushes and/or tools).

Side view of Mica Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in 17 Bronze

Side view of Mica Beauty Mineral Eye Shadow in 17 Bronze

This Bronze gives a nice shimmer that can be as drastic or as light as you like. Great for something chic and subtle at work and also something eye-catching when going out at night. Nice formula, too! Price isn’t that bad for a loose shadow, but I’d ensure that you’re really dedicated to a colour before purchasing.

Regular: $14.95 USD for 0.1 oz.

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Swatch of Nailtini nail lacquer in Mai Tai

Swatch of Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Mai Tai

Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Mai Tai: I’ve tried Nailtini glitter polishes before and wasn’t exactly wowed. The Straight Up Color series, however, did impress.

In the photo, only one coat was applied; no top coat present. And the color is rich and powerful! Furthermore, the lacquer applies very evenly and lasted for three days (without top coat) before chipping. I was pleasantly shocked.

Mai Tai is a gorgeous blood orange – perfect for hot summer nights and autumn wear! I love flexible colours like this.

Regular: $13.00 USD for 0.5 fl. oz.

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In full, this was another great ipsy Glam Bag. Fantastic product diversity, two full-sized items and three samples, some great brands, and a gorgeous cosmetic bag. This bag’s value was $48.88 USD before taxes. This subscription service is my favourite, by far, so if you’re debating which to try, I’d recommend ipsy 100x over.

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See you next month, darlings!


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