September 17, 2013

Ipsy Quick Look: September 'Classic Beauty' Glam Bag

My bag contents this month:

  • Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in 'Obsidian' - 2.4g
  • butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in 'La Moss' - 6.0ml/0.2 fl oz
  • NYX Single Eye Shadow in 'Cryptonite' - 0.088oz/2.5g
  • Elizabeth Mott 'It's So Big' Volumizing Mascara - 0.14 fl oz/4ml
  • Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in 'Big Apple' - 0.14oz/3g

Absolutely looooving the color of the cosmetic bag this month! As for the pattern printed on it.. I'm not entirely sure (...and while I'm on the topic, it doesn't really seem to fit the theme of 'Classic Beauty'? Is it just me?). I really wasn't "wowed" by the items sent out this month, to be completely honest, but I did receive the couple of items I was really hoping for over all. So, there's that!
The butter LONDON nail lacquer is a mini (which is super cute, by the way!) in the color 'La Moss'. They describe this particular shade as a "vampy deep, dark red nail lacquer full of red wine, just like its inspiration." and I'd have to agree that their description is spot on! I feel like this color is pretty unique and I don't currently have anything like it (I know, I know.. hard to believe, huh?). I'm also pretty thrilled with the Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm. I was kind of worried that the color leaned a bit more orange-red, but I actually found it to be more of a red-pink. It isn't nearly as moisturizing as a typical lip balm would be - but the color payoff is incredible and I'm in love with the fact that it's matte (and has some serious staying power).
I could go either way with the Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil. It's not incredibly exciting based on the fact that it is just a basic black eyeliner. I will likely find a use for this but it definitely won't be replacing my beloved Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils! Just from swatching the pencil on the back of my hand, I didn't find the formula to be very creamy/buttery smooth.. but, I won't be writing it off just yet, either. The 'It's So Big' mascara sample is intriguing and I'm really looking forward to trying it (it might be a while, however, because I've recently acquired a mass amount of mascara samples!). As for the NYX Single Eye Shadow.. I won't even bother to open/swatch this product. I love eye shadow - honestly and quite literally, it is my number one most 'hoarded' (a.k.a. gotta catch 'em all) cosmetic product. ha ha  But I just don't really use black eye shadows, and this shade doesn't strike me as being particularly unique in any way. Bummer!

Here are my quick swatches this month:

Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in 'Obsidian' on the left,
& Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in 'Big Apple' on the right

Are you an Ipsy subscriber? Which items did you fall in love with this month and which products could you have done without? Let me know in the comments! :)

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  1. If for nothing else--you could use the black shadow to smoke out black liner or to set black liner. There's always that!

    1. I agree! I do this often with my blacks! You never know fall is right around the corner, maybe a Smokey eye look?

    2. This is all very true! ;) I guess my biggest issue is that I already own so many similar colors (but still avoid wearing them) haha
      I will probably end up giving the black eye shadow away or trading it so that it can go to a better home! :)