25 July 2014

ipsy | july 2014 first impressions

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the bag
It's super cute! It's hot pink with scalloped edges and just screams summer, made with a faux-leathery material. I wouldn't personally use it in my handbag because it's not my style, but I hope I can find something else for it. It's way too cute to throw away.

pixi beauty mini tinted brilliance balm, pop beauty sunkissed bronzer

pixi beauty | mini tinted brilliance balm in unique pink
It's a lip balm I guess...? It's very light in the tube and I was confused at first (this tinted balm IS NOT TINTED??). After reading a review on Reddit I found out that it changes color when you use it, though you do have to wait a few minutes for it  to show up. It's a nice pink tint, not too opaque or sheer like some lip tints out there. It has a slight minty/tingly feeling which I don't prefer in my lip products, but I don't mind it either. Also, good job to me for TOTALLY COVERING THE LIP BALM.

pop beauty | sunkissed bronzer
I dunno. I'm really happy with my bronzing/contouring "routine" for now (Dolce & Gabbana blush in Tan and Benefit Hoola bronzer just under the cheekbones) so I'm not interested in trying something new for the meantime.

pur~lisse pur~protect essential daily moisturizer, derma e bb creme with spf 25

pur~lisse | pur~protect essential daily moisturizer spf 20
I'm a frequent lurker at r/skincareaddiction on Reddit and I've spent a while reading up on sunscreen and using it properly. Having sunscreen in your moisturizer isn't enough - something about having to apply a certain amount of sunscreen for it to be effective that I can't remember off the top of my head. But of course, you should do your own research and use your own judgement on skincare since it's a very personal thing. Who knows in the future, but this isn't something I can't see myself using.

derma e | bb creme with spf 25
Same with the above, no real opinion on this. I forsee a sunscreen post in the near future!

bareminerals ready eyeshadow 2.0 packaging
bareminerals ready eyeshadow 2.0 in muse and passion

bareminerals | ready eyeshadow 2.0 in muse and passion
The only thing I'm really into for this month's bag - it's so tiny and CUTE! They are colors that I can see myself wearing (did I mention that purple is my favorite color?), and I've been wanting to try BareMinerals for a long time. Very excited to try this one out!

I'm not super impressed with this month's contents. I feel like I operate on a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" kind of mentality when it comes to beauty products. I'm currently using a sunscreen, BB cream, and bronzers that I already love so I don't feel like it's necessary to try new ones unless they are super super appealing (which all of these aren't, sorry!). I am very happy about the bareMinerals shadows though! I would definitely prefer this over the other option, which was a liquid shadow.

Until next post,


  1. Your bag was so much better than mine haha!!! I got all crap items LOL

  2. the bareminerals eyeshadow looks so good! I've heard lots of positive reviews on how pigmented it is :)



  3. Boooo! Let's hope for better ones next month!! Maybe I can mail you the sunscreen, BB cream, bronzer, and lip balm (if you don't mind that I used a little to try it out, I can sanitize!) if you'd like? I honestly don't see myself using any of them for a long time and I'll probably forget about them.

  4. Oddly enough I haven't heard a lot about bareminerals, though I always see the brand on Ulta. I haven't tried it out yet, but I hope I'll like it a lot!

  5. Aw you don't have to do that! That's so sweet of you though! I actually got the sunscreen and don't use bb creams much! I also have far too many Bronzers haha!

  6. This looks like a great selection of products. I like POP Beauty & PIXI too. The Bare Minerals eyeshadows are pretty


  7. If you say so! I'll probably plan on swapping/selling them then, I'm trying to not hoard everything haha~

  8. I'm debating on keeping the bronzer - it's pretty (it has little golden shimmers now that I look at it!) but I don't think it's something I'd use for now. Can't wait to try the shadows!

  9. I try not to hoard too lol! I've got a couple eyeshadow palettes I've only used like 2 or 3 times that I don't use or want anymore if you'd like to do a palette trade or some kind of trade with me!

  10. I really like how Ipsy gives you such pretty bags every month!


  11. Wahhh the Ipsy pink scalloped bag is cute indeed c:
    I'd love to try out that tinted lipbalm since it changes
    color after apply! X

  12. I'm unsure of how swaps/trades "work," but I'd be up for it!

  13. Sometimes they're pretty, sometimes they're not - though I guess everyone has different taste. I'm happy that I like the bag for this month!

  14. Yeah! At first the color doesn't show up, but it does after a little while!

  15. I've never done one before LOL so I'm not sure. If you want to do one you can email me and we can figure it out!! ashleysue22@gmail.com