My April Ipsy Bag Goodies... Better Late Than Never! Review and Photographs

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Hello gentle readers.

Buckle up, grab a cuppa. This is a long one and there is a load of photos, too!

My April Ipsy Glam Bag arrived in good time. It just took me forever to get my shit together and get this post up. I'm tellin' ya... I am the sorriest, slacker beauty blogger. lately. *sigh*

Anywhoozle, April's Ipsy bag was a mixed bag as far as my satisfaction level was concerned. Still a good one but not the delight my first Ipsy Bag was. I know that not every bag is going to be a full on home run. That is half the fun of the whole thing... Surprises and delights and yes... Disappointments, too. For the price, I am happy to take the chance! The Ipsy Glam Bag subscription is only ten dollars a month and, in my opinion is well worth it.

Let's take a gander at what arrived in my April Ipsy bag, shall we? The theme is Beauty Rocks.

The bag... Okay kids. Now I know where the stinky complaints come from. I pulled this baby out of my little pink bubble mailer and gave it a sniff and. WOW! Holy odoriferous off gassing, Batman! It is  a dark blue vinyl zip top bag with grey graphics. Meh.

Also included in my April Glam Bag were:

  • Kiss Lashes. These are their Looks So Natural Feather Light lashes. One full sized pair.
  • Benefit lolli tint. Sample sized in Candy-Orchid.
  • City Color White Gold Shadow and Highlight Mousse. Full size.
  • Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Acid Pink. This is full size.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. Travel size. 

Let us have a closer look at the products included:

Kiss Lashes. Available in Walgreen's and other retailers where Kiss Brand is sold. Price varies by store. These look so pretty and natural, for false lashes. I haven't used these yet. I keep forgetting to pick up lash glue (my old tube dried out), I don't trust the glue in the package. I have sensitive eyes and I don't want to risk irritation. I prefer to use lash glue that I know works for my peepers.

Based on how pretty they are in the package, I would buy more of these lashes. I like the tapered tips and the lightweight, more natural look. Drama but not an opera. Just the way I like my false lashes.

Benefit lolli tint lip and cheek stain in Candy-Orchid. I received a sample. The full size is .42 ounces and retails for $30.00. You can find it at Ulta, Sephora, their online sites and wherever Benefit cosmetics are sold.

I am not overly impressed with this product. The colour is beautiful but the texture, which starts out lovely and smooth dries and gets sticky. It stains like a mofo. I don't mind staining on my lips but on my skin? I don't like. This stuff isn't impressively pigmented, either. The swipe swatch is a pile of the product. As you can see, the place where I laid down a dot, just before blending it out for the blended swatch stained in the couple of seconds it sat there. The blended swatch is two coats! It's nearly invisible. *grumble* I wouldn't purchase the full size. Nope. No way.

Next is City Color White Gold Eye Shadow and Highlight Mousse. Full size is $3.99. I received a full size. The website calls this an eye shadow and face highlight mousse. It has a soft, whipped texture that blends down smoothly.

This mousse shadow/highlighter is supposed to be used on the eyes and the face. It has a strong glittery golden to white gold gleam shift and as much as I love shimmer, even a hint of glitter, this one is a bit much for me for day to day use. It might be fun for a party, tho. I'll keep it around a while and see if I make use of it.

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Acid Pink. $19.00. I received a full size. This product will be available for sale on their website in June, 2014. This lip product is billed as a tinted lip balm. It claims to moisturize lips while delivering intense colour. Please click the link to read all of their claims of benefits. This lippie is intensely pigmented and is more of a stain than a balm, in my experience and opinion. It is beautiful but I didn't find it to be moisturizing, in the least.

The packaging contains a little brush that is housed in the cap. I strongly suggest that you use the brush! This stuff will stain anything it touches, including skin outside the lip line, fingers... I applied by drawing a precise line around my lips then filling in very carefully. I applied two light coats for this swatch. I love the colour. I am not so sure how I feel about it not being so comfortable. I need to try it with a clear gloss or balm over, see if I like it better.

This balm makes a great base for Radiant Orchid lips! After I swatched the Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm on my lips, I grabbed a NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue, slicked it on over and, ermagherd! Radiant Orchid lips!

Finally, we have Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. I received a travel size. The full size is $20.00. You can find it at Sephora, Ulta, the Urban Decay website... This is a matte, deep black liner pencil.

This is a gorgeous liner. It is smooth, easy to apply, once it sets, it stays in place all day, for me and the deep black, matte finish is perfect with a smokey eye. Delicious.

Stand outs in this bag for me were the Kiss Lashes and the Urban Decay liner pencil. I give the Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm an It's Okay. I need to work with it a bit more to see if I am going to love it. I was not as excited about the Benefit lolli tint and the City Color Shadow and Highlight Mousse. Some subscribers received a Rainbow Honey nail polish. Hello! Ipsy! I have indicated I love the nail polish. That would have been a better choice for me than say, the uber glittery shadow/highlight mousse. *sigh*

Even tho this bag wasn't a full on home run for me, personally, it is still completely worth the price, in my opinion. I am definitely continuing with my subscription and I recommend that if you are in the mood to try a beauty subscription, that you try Ipsy! It is affordable and a whole lot of fun.

If you would like to sign up, here is my link. If you sign up through my link, I receive points that I can apply toward future goody purchases. After you sign up, you can share your link so that others can help you amass points. If you would like to sign up without using my link, simply go to ipsy dot com. I am perfectly happy, either way.

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Thank you so much for reading my wind bag nattering and perusing my many, many photographs. I hope that this was helpful to you and that you enjoyed it. Have a beautiful day.

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