Ipsy November Box 2012 Photos and Review

I am subscribed to IPSY, a monthly beauty sampling service. Here is what I received for November:

These always come shipped in a bright pink mailer but for some reason I couldn’t find mine when I went to photograph it. Most of you have seen them on my previous Ipsy (formerly MyGlam) posts. Everything came tucked into this shiny brown bag.

This is Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel. The gel is clear and goes on smooth. It makes your brows look darker while keeping them in place.I didn’t even realize I wanted this stuff but I have to admit, it makes my brows look nicer.

In my original bag I received this and it appeared to be empty. At the prompting of a Makeup Talk forum member, I removed the stopper in the top to see if that was just brushing it all off. It wasn’t, it was empty. I notified Ipsy and they sent me out a new one right away that is nice and full. +1 for great customer service.

This is theBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow. It is a medium brown that is buildable. Perfect for a brown smokey eye. Adorable packaging too!

This is Nailtini’s Nail Lacquer in Millionaire.  I wasn’t even aware of this brand before I received this. Let me tell you the picture does not do this justice. This is a clear base with rose gold micro glitter along with gold and teal long bars of glitter. It is just gorgeous.

This is Starlet’s Intense Eyeliner in Chocolate. It is pretty straightforward. Medium brown eye liner that lasts quite well. Nice product.

This is bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Dare Devil. It has a sweet scent but I can’t decide if it is fruity or slightly chocolatey. Either way it smells nice. It feels minty on your lips and goes on quite smoothly. I actually stuck this in my purse for on the go use.

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Jouer Lip Gloss swatch & Review

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Jouer Cosmetics. They have good quality products and great customer service. I received some samples from them. Here is what I got.

  • Jouer Lip Gloss in Mirage
  • Jouer Lip Gloss in Glisten
  • Jouer Lip Enhancer conditioning lip treatment

Jouer Glisten is on the left. This is a clear gloss with a bit of shimmer. Perfect to add some shine and shimmer to your lipsticks. Great for layering. Jouer Mirage is on the right. It looks more orange in this picture than it really is. It’s more of a subtle mauve with a smidge of orange undertone. Both were nice and smooth, not too sticky, no taste, no scent and Mirage was well pigmented.

The Jouer Lip Enhancer lip conditioning treatment was nice. It was like a smooth balm in a squeezable lip gloss tube. No scent, no taste, mild shine.

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These samples were sent to me for free. View my disclaimer.

Ulta Haul

Last month I purchased some stuff from Ulta. I even took pictures and everything and then forgot to post it. Silly me. I bought a foundation and eyeliner. I received a gift with purchase which included the bag and it’s contents. Anyway, here is what I got.

Ulta Fabulous Face Foundation in Nude Beige

This is Ulta Fabulous Face Natural Finish Foundation in Nude Beige. I swatched it on my arm so you could see the color better. The formula is ok. It’s not my favorite but it’s not bad. I put it away to use for a backup.

This is Ulta Automatic Eyeliner in Teal Blue. I am such a sucker for this sort of blue with a touch of green. Definitely glad I bought this.

These are the samples I received with my order. The Taylor Swift Wonderstruck was pretty nice. It was very, very fruity. It smelled a lot like a berry pie. I don’t normally wear fruit scents but it was still nice. Laura Geller Spackle: haven’t tried this yet. Benefit Hello Flawless: haven’t tried this yet either.

This is the bag my gift with purchase came in. I got the Mystic Collection. It flips open and unzips. It’s a really cute bag.

Here is what was in the bag:

  • Ulta Instant Nourish Facial Moisturizer: Your average moisturizer, works ok, good size for a purse.
  • Ulta Lipcolor in Goodyear for Wine: This lipstick is really pretty. I am a sucker for reds and dark berries. This is something I will definitely use. (swatch below)
  • Two Ulta Quads: The colors are pretty on these but they are only so so as far as pigmentation goes. I will probably give these to my daughters.
  • Ulta Polish in Femme Fatale: This is a nice burgundy color, perfect for fall. The formula is ok.
  • Ulta Blush in Adore: This is a medium brown with a hint of pink. Once again, a nice color for fall.
  • Ulta Super Shiny Lipgloss in Stellar: This is a nice light color for fall when you want a more subtle look. No flavor, no scent.
  • Ulta Dual Ended Liner in Dark Brown and Black: I haven’t tried this yet because I rarely use pencils anymore.
  • Ulta Legendary Lengths Mascara in black: This is a pretty nice mascara. It wasn’t clumpy at all and didn’t bother my eyes.
  • Three Ulta Brushes: These were only ok. They aren’t as good as the brushes I am used to using. I passed them onto my little girls.

Now for a couple of swatches. The lipgloss is on the left with the lipstick on the right.

So what do you think? I was only so so about this haul. I got most of it free so that’s ok. I really like the lippies and the teal liner a lot. Ciao for now!