The drawing on the right is by Elizabeth Peyton, an American contemporary painter whose work consists of stylized portraits of friends and celebrities. She explores the possibility of an entire cultural generation to be contained in a figure and reflected in one’s persona and humanity.
In sync with the arrival of school, Ipsy’s August glam bag was appropriately called Beauty Schooled. Ipsy included some good staple pieces for school, such as a Dr. Brandt primer, a Mongongo chapstick, a deluxe sample of the Klorane dry shampoo, a wearable golden shimmery nude eyeshadow, and a small sample of the new Perversion mascara from Urban Decay. This Ipsy bag was curated nicely, and I must say that I’ve enjoyed all the goodies (except the mascara, which I need to play with more). Although this glam bag was a good compilation of items, I do want to mention that I have been slightly disappointed with Ipsy due to the recent size of the samples and the uniqueness of the products (hence my not reviewing previous months). I remember the glory days when Ipsy would send us several full sized items from Butter London, Zoya, Bare Minerals and more, and lets just hope those days are not over. For $10 a month, Ipsy remains a good subscription service, and I do recommend it for those of you looking to try new products and to enlarge your makeup collection.
Klorane Dry Shampoo is a pricy shampoo, and it does perform well, but I’m not sure if I would repurchase the full size. The white residue is a bit much, so just be careful to brush it away or blend it in once you spray it. The scent is pleasant and not overwhelming, but I think Pssst Dry Shampoo is a cheaper, nicer alternative.
Dr. Brandt Pores No Pore pore refiner primer is a great primer, but it retails for $45 for the full size (ouch!). Dr. Brandt Pores No More maintains my makeup for longer and does blur away pores, leaving behind a matte finish to the skin. Pores No More is formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates (good ingredients list but the product still manages to result in oily skin by the end of the day).
Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo lip balm is an antiaging, 100% organic and natural lip balm perfect for lip conditioning and moisturizing (full size costs $6). This balm applies very light, is non-waxy, and has a yummy mandarin orange scent.
JCat Beauty Flying Solo eyeshadow in Half Naked (full size $3) is a nicely pigmented silvery peach shimmer eyeshadow (it’s perfect for giving your eyes a brighter look). The packaging is a bit bulky and the shadow tends to fall out, but overall, Flying Solo applied easily and stayed put throughout the day.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (full size $22) was an exciting product to receive since it was just recently released on the market. I need more time to write a full review, but my initial thoughts are that the Perversion mascara has a strong black pigmentation, doesn’t clump, and the wand is a classic bristle brush. I’m all about big dramatic lashes, and I’m not yet sure if this mascara will get me there. I’ll continue to test the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and will provide an update!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve received any of these products in your own Ipsy Glam Bag (it’s always so much fun to compare). Have you been satisfied with your Ipsy subscription service so far? Because it’s been more than a year that I have been subscribing to Ipsy, I’d love recommendations on what other boxes I should try!
Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.