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It’s that time of the month again! No, not shark week — something much nicer: ipsy time! Since I’m coming up short on time (i.e., it’s the 31st!), let’s get straight into this month’s bag.
March’s ipsy bag is an… interesting design. According to the tag, it is a design by San Francisco artist Klari Reis. If I’m completely honest, I think it’s one of the ugliest bags I’ve gotten so far… But diff’rent strokes and all, you may love it! This month’s theme is “Destination Beauty,” which is probably meant to refer to Spring Break.
Speaking of, I need to figure out what to do with my abundance of bags! I have a few stashed in my various purses, and some are doing double-duty as a soft pouch for my 3DS, but I still have a lot just stuffed into a drawer, being sad and lonely! Monica of Pear Shaped Gal gave me the idea to donate them to a women’s shelter, so I think I may do that. I can stuff them with personal care items before donating them. What do you do with all your ipsy bags?
By the way, these are some of the first pictures I took with my new Canon Rebel EOS T3i, and you can see how much better my pictures look! I overdid it with the exposure on several of these (all of them?) but I’m really happy with how easy it is to get a nice shot compared to my old camera, which I had to fight every step of the way and then edit the crap out of just to get a passable image. Not to mention, the color is much truer — with my old camera, I had to do a LOT of color correcting.
After a lot of research, I picked the T3i because reviews all were pretty much in agreement that it’s a great beginner DSLR and I definitely agree. Even for a total noob like me, who didn’t even know what aperture and depth of field meant until a few days ago, it’s really easy, with a little bit of know-how, to get great pictures. Hopefully, this will motivate me a bit more to get more reviews up. Part of my bad habit of slacking is due to the fact that I was always so discouraged when taking pictures with my old camera. Even if I got a good, focused composition, I knew I would just have hours ahead of sitting on the computer of tweaking and editing until it came out like a semblance of reality.
Luckily, I get access to lynda.com through my work and I’ve been blowing through their camera and photography courses. So, hopefully I can only get better!
Anyway, let’s see what I got in my March ipsy bag!
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar body butter (RRP: $7)
Be a Bombshell eyeshadow quad in Bora Bora (RRP: $16)
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready (DS; RRP of $18 for 0.12 oz)
Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream in #31 Golden Beige (DS; RRP of $22 for 55ml)
ipsy bags usually contain at least 5 items, but this month only had 4. However, my bag this month had more “prestige” brands (e.g., bareMinerals and Missha), which I much prefer. Unfortunately, the only full-size item was the Be a Bombshell quad, with everything else being a deluxe sample or, in the case of the Pacifica body butter, an official “mini” size. (Though it’s actually not mini at all!)
Pacifica is a brand that I’m already quite fond of, although I’m not as fond of coconut. The Indian Coconut Nectar is not so bad, however, as it’s blended with vanilla, so it’s more toasted marshmallows and sweet coconut than tanning oil. It is not as dense feeling as the body butters that I’m used to, and not as heavily moisturizing. But, it sinks in quickly and the scent is noticeable but not overpowering. If this had come in their Tuscan Blood Orange or Hawaiian Ruby Guava scent, I would be over the moon.
This Be a Bombshell quad screams summer! It’s named Bora Bora, and just looking at it evokes images of lounging on the beach~
There is a chocolate brown, orange-y copper, antiqued gold, and blue lagoon teal, all bursting with shimmer. They have decent pigmentation — they’re not all up in your face in one swipe, but they can be built up if that’s what you’re after. These swatches are on bare skin.
The brown was a little powdery, and needed more swipes to achieve the same level of bold, but overall, the shades are all very workable. The brown, incidentally, was also the least shimmery.
Despite it being something of a household name in mineral makeup, I’m not a huge fan of bareMinerals. The original foundations always made my skin feel itchy, like there were bugs crawling underneath it, and when they first came out, I couldn’t find a shade match (though now I probably could). In addition, there were (and are!) a multitude of indie and not-so-indie companies that made just as good mineral makeup with shades that did match me. I wore Everyday Minerals for years, before moving on to other pastures. Anyway, point being, I’ve not tried much from them, and certainly not lipstick.
The Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready is a neutral toned medium pink — a rather boring color at first blush, but likely a sleeper hit and one that will work across a lot of skintones. It smells of sweetened vanilla, but not like a MAC lipstick. The scent is a little more creamy, almost like ice cream. It has excellent pigmentation, and feels plush on the lips. It looks glossy in the swatch, but is more of a “modern matte” on the lips (i.e., not a true matte, but not glossy or satin either). It’s hard to impress me with lipsticks, but I like this a lot!
I was very surprised to see a Korean product in this month’s bag, but BB creams are only just becoming a “thing” in America, and Missha has had US e-presence for a while, so I suppose it was only a matter of time.
I received a deluxe sample size of #31 Golden Beige — I suspect they included this odd shade because they guessed that paler women could use it as a bronzer (remember, the theme of this bag is summery/spring break). Luckily for me, I will use it as both a bronzer and a mix-in for when my summer skintone becomes too dark for my regular shade. I use the M Perfect Cover BB cream in #27 Honey Beige, and it’s actually just a hair too light for me right now — however, after a few minutes of oxidization, it warms up pretty well to my skintone. During summer time, when I’m more tan, it is too light for me. I’ve included swatches of both for reference. (The shade jump is rather severe — there is no shade in between #27 and #31, hence why I settled on #27.)
Word of warning: Missha products in general tend to be very heavily scented. This one has a sort of heavy generic powdery floral scent. It reminds me of Asian cosmetics in general, and it does not linger too longer after application, but it’s worth mentioning.
Y’all already know I’m a huge fan of ipsy, and this bag has helped to cement my fandom. This is probably the first ipsy bag I’ve received yet where I will and HAVE used all of the products and been happy with them. Considering how picky I am, that’s saying something!
The bag was ugly (imo) but I hardly use them anyway, and they’re really just an extra bonus on top of the makeup included, so I rate this month’s ipsy bag a success!
What do you think?
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