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December 2013 Ipsy Unboxing, Review and Swatches

Ipsy December 2013 Bag

I received my December Ipsy box over the weekend however, in my Christmas induced craze I tossed it aside. It didn’t contain a gift to be wrapped, thus it had no importance to me. I finally took the time to go through it yesterday and am again pleased with my Ipsy subscription. I received five full sized samples from, Nicka K New York Nail Color, J.Cat Beauty, Pop Beauty, Be a Bombshell and Ardell.

Nicka K New York Nail Color Classic TaupeNicka K New York Nail Color: Classic Taupe

Nicka polish is DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free. The Classic Taupe color I received is a very nice neutral tan and compliments my skin color well. The formula is creamy and applies smoothly. The applicator is slightly thicker than standard applicators, I’d say a little bit smaller than the Sally Hansen Salon Complete polish brushes. This polish retails at $4.99 and if it was available to purchase in stores near me I’d definitely be tempted to grab a few.

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J.Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil – Red Rose

J.Cats  Beauty Red Rose

I received another chunky lip pencil to add to my ever growing collection with this one. This pencil has a very creamy texture and stays on for quite a while. I like the fact that the pencil is a bit smaller than other chunky pencils. The smaller pencil allows for more precise application. My only complaint with this item is the color. I just don’t look good in bright red, it’s a hard color for me to pull off. I will most likely mix this color with a lighter color to get a shade a wearable shade. These pencils retail at $3.99 and I am considering purchasing another color simply because I like the way they feel and apply.

My Rating: 

Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Trio – Naturally Bare

Pop Beauty Eyeshadow TrioWhile the colors in this palette are definitely something that I would use, I don’t think I like the color payoff they produce. They aren’t as pigmented as some of the other shadows that I own with similar colors. My Maybelline trios produce better color than this. I feel like a lot of layering will be needed when/if I choose to wear them. I will probably use the lightest color the most, for subtle highlighting and what not. I am also not a fan of how impossibly hard it is for me to open this palette. I nearly ripped off a nail getting it open. I realize that I probably received a defective palette, but I thought I’d make my complaint known.

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Be a Bombshell: The One Stick – Sunset

Be a Bombshell The One Stick Sunset

My second Be a Bombshell item from Ipsy, I like this one just as much as the previous. The One Stick is advertised as an all-over stick to be used as blush, lip color and eyeshadow. I certainly will not be using this as eyeshadow, but I like the dewy finish it gives when used as a blush and this is definitely a color I can wear on my lips. I look best with coral toned pinks and reds. This item retails at $16. I haven’t used it enough to say whether or not I’d be willing to purchase another, but I am happy to add it to my collection.

My Rating: 

Ardell Natural Lashes 120 DemiArdell Natural Lashes – 120 Demi

I was most excited to see this in my Ipsy bag. I had been meaning to get my butt down to the drugstore to purchase some lashes for the holidays and now I don’t have to! It’s a Festivus miracle! Thank you Ipsy. I’ve used Ardell before and like their lashes. These particular lashes are very natural looking and blend in well with my natural lashes. I think this was a perfect addition to their holiday bags this year. Ardell Retails at $3.99 and is very affordable. This is great for me, as I’m a falsie noob and tend to destroy my lashes rather easily.

My Rating: 

Ipsy Bag December 2013

Last but not least, the bag! I love this month’s bag. It’s classy very classy looking and will be accompanying me to my work desk. Overall, I am very satisfied with this bag. Some may complain, but I like the fact that Ipsy included a few lower priced items in this bag. It’s not often that I purchase high end makeup, so getting to try things that are more in my everyday price range is very helpful to me. This bag was well worth the 10 dollars I spent on it.

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*For those of you curious as to what the heck Festivus is, I have a post coming explaining the little-known holiday and my affinity for it.

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  • http://hmlovur.blogspot.nl/ HMLovur-

    Great outfit! Great that you added stars


  • Sanne dm

    Looks good. I really like the palette because of the colors you can use everyday. x

  • Jackie Harrison

    You got cool items and the clutch its adorable. Welcome to join my giveaway. Have a great weekend doll.

  • Lizzy

    I love the colours of the eyeshadow trio and the lip pencil, and the bag is really pretty too


  • Cornelia Kennedy

    Thank you for sharing, I love reading about beauty boxes!
    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  • Lia Crystal

    Lovely stuff and review. Like the eyeshades. :)
    I´d be glad if you enter on my giveaway- http://fashionhappenss.blogspot.sk/2013/12/1-giveaway-firmoo-okuliare-1-giveaway.html

  • Rusin D

    Beautiful items!! Love the nail polish. Definitely my color. I like the eye shadow palette too. Great tones.


  • http://www.atelierzozo.com/ zozo

    I like the bag and that polish color is pretty. Those demi style Ardell lashes have really good reviews. Ipsy is doing a great job with their items and value!
    x atelier zozo

  • http://thatszoe.blogspot.com/ Zoe Cayetano

    Love the packaging! I like the lip pencil, it’s so pigmented, and the packaging matches the color too (rare occurrence!) Great post.


  • http://www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com/ Keisha

    The bag is gorgeous! it would make a great evening bag. A shame about the pigmentation of the Pop Beauty palette…the shades look as if they would be really pretty.

  • http://tickleyourvanity.com/ fashionbirdnyc

    That’s a great way to test cool products! Love the bag! :)


  • Kierstyn Salinas

    I really love your star rating for the products!

  • Karen Liesens

    Love the lashes!

    x Karen

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