Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 2013 Ipsy / MyGlam Bag Reveal

When my August Ipsy bag came this month, I opened it and looked at it, then put it down and fell asleep. I've been beat the past few weeks so this post is a few days late but I hope you enjoy it anyways.

I'm a fan of the bag this time around, super cute. It also informs me that I am, in fact, part of the Glamour Academy. Which I didn't even know existed, so this is huge news.

This bag consisted of 5 items, one of which I've decided is the flub of all flubs, a disappointment AND a head scratcher. Stay tuned. First up is the pixi Last Booster Mascara.

I didn't wear it yet but the brush seems stiff, which I'm not sure if that's good or bad.  It's black, super black. I'm sure I'll get some use out of it in the future; I love getting products in shades that are universal like this.

Next is Noya Natural Lip Balm in Cherry. Ok, so this is just some standard looking lip balm, but holy cow it smells SO GOOD. I didn't even know I was a fan of cherry scented things, but it turns out I am. It reminds me of black cherry soda.  It feels nice as well, but I don't think I've encountered a poorly textured lip balm yet so I'm not sure if that's saying much.

Last of the items that I liked from this bag is the Mica Beauty Cosmetics powder in Bronze.  It's so pigmented/strong/I'm not sure of the proper term.   It's a color I'd wear too, so this is a major plus!

So here is where the questionable products come in. The first one I can't really blame as it's my own quirk.  It's the Michael Todd Pumpkin Facial Mask.  I have discovered as of lately that I have an intense aversion to putting food scented/organically grown/natural recipe stuff on my face. Can't do it. I tried, multiple times. I bought this Yes to Tomatoes face wash stuff and I was trying to use it in the shower, and it just didn't go over well. I felt if whether it was ranch dressing or the tomato face wash, they were equally gross and I was having a hard time doing it.

So when I opened this pumpkin mask and sniffed it, it was a flashback to the tomato massacre that occurred in my shower.  It smells like pumpkin, and I was hoping for pumpkin pie, some nutmeg scent or something. Cinnamon, even. Nah, it's pumpkin.

There it is.
So this last item which is the flub I was previously referring to, is City Color Cheek Stain in Pink.  I didn't realize it was City Color at first because every time I've seen a City Color product it looks like the labeling/packaging was an afterthought on a Friday, five minutes before punch out.  But the packaging here is cute.  I'm surprised to see this brand in this bag because I just associate it with.. lack of quality? And the items I've received thus far are usually pretty good.

So where is my issue here? Aside from my preconceived opinion about the brand, there was a black dot of something, could be anything really, right in the surface of the item.

You see that? What is that? I know, I know - it's miniscule. But what if it fell out of a factory employee's nose or something. OK, overkill, but still. I think more importantly than the mystery of what it is, is the fact it's there - the quality thing I was talking about before. It doesn't equate to the previous and current brands of items in the bag. I also don't tend to put stuff on my cheeks, so this isn't a huge loss for me or anything by any means.

It's also really really REALLY pink. This was one quick swipe on my forearm. Pretty pigmented, which is good. But it came off just as easily as it went on. I wasn't too busted up about that, but definitely worth mentioning.

Thanks for reading! :)