Alright, let’s talk about those products I picked up in this month’s Ipsy and Morphe subscriptions! The following post is going to be very picture heavy, fyi mobile readers.
The first item I picked up was the one thing I hoped I wouldn’t see in my Glam Bag: nail polish. I think I’ve said before that I do not paint my nails. I get them done professionally because I am horrible at painting my own nails. A 3 year old could do a better job than I do. This nail polish from Pretty Woman is a full size polish in the shade I’m Not A Ballerina. It is part of Pretty Woman’s Pantone collection and retails for $7.99. I have nothing against this polish. I’m sure it is great. I just don’t do nail polish. Also, I don’t do much pinks, especially not this pastel baby pink shade. It will get passed on to someone else.
The next item I got was a fragrance sample from NOTE Fragrance. This is in the fragrance Pink Peony. It has a pleasant soap smell. It is very clean and fresh. I am not one that talks about fragrance. I can’t identify top notes and base notes. I can only tell if something smells nice or not and if it is going to destroy my sinuses or not. Eh. It is always hit or miss on fragrances for me. If you’re interested, this fragrance retails for $42.00 for a 30ml spray and $74.00 for a 60ml spray. I have a slight headache after sniffing this so I’m betting it will not play nice with my allergies. 😦
The 3rd item I picked up was a sample size of Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream with SPF 35. The full size retails for $39.00 for 1 ounce of product. I got the shade light-medium. I don’t pick up any smell so far. There seems to be a decent amount of product in here (.25 ounces) so I’m going to give this stuff a shot. The color might be right but I’m a bit put off by that retail price. This will have to be amazing for me to put up that much money. It applies well from the tiny amount I tried for a swatch. We shall see.
The 4th item I got from my Ipsy bag was a tool and I was very happy to get it. Some people were complaining about getting The Vintage Cosmetics Company rose gold tweezers but I am not part of the complainer crowd on this one. They do not seem to be available anymore on the retailer’s website but I’m guessing they retailed around the same cost as their other tools (£8.00 or around $10.00). Their product “Slanted Tweezers: Pluck To Perfection” look the same except in color.
The last item in my bag was a big deal for a lot of subscribers. The Manna Kadar blush in Paradise or Paradise Blush (I’m not sure which is the correct name, sorry). I can’t tell if this is full size or not. It is small but it looks identical in packaging to the one that retails for $19.00 so it might be full size. The product itself looks amazing and I can attest to how pigmented this stuff is. Wait until you see the swatches, coming up in the next post. It doesn’t smell and doesn’t seem to have any fallout. However, I have to make a complaint that I have seen others making on this. The packaging is ridiculously difficult to open. I didn’t break a nail off but it was damn near enough. I had to get Kid 1 to do it since she doesn’t have long nails right now. If she hadn’t been home, I would have had to use a butter knife. What the heck is up with that?!
That’s it for January’s Ipsy subscription.
On to Morphe!
The Morphe subscription, offered through LiveGlam.com sent out MB brushes this month. I got MB1 (deluxe powder brush, $10.99), MB4 (angled brush, $9.99), MB9 (foundation brush, $4.99), MB10 (concealer brush, $2.99), and MB 19 (oval lip brush, $1.99). The total retail value of these 5 brushes without tax is $30.95, living up to LiveGlam’s guarantee of at least $30.00 worth of brushes each month for $19.99.
I wanted to do a special comparison of my favorite powder brush (Elf Cosmetics total face brush $2.00) and this new deluxe powder brush from Morphe. Look at the difference between those brushes. OMG. I absolutely cannot wait to try this new brush out. It is so soft and fluffy. ❤
If you’d like to sign up for Ipsy for $10/month or the Morphe Brush Club for $19.99/month, you can check out their linked websites. If you wanna use my subscriber links, this is for Ipsy and this is for Morphe. If you sign up under my link for Ipsy, I get points. I don’t think I get anything else. (???) But if you sign up for Morphe under my link, we’ll both get a free brush in the next month’s bag. That would be totally cool. 😀