Monday, December 30, 2013

IPSY Glam Bag Swatches and Review: December 2013 - Be a Bombshell, J.Cat, Mirabella, POP Beauty, Nicka K

With all of the holiday craziness, it took me longer than usual to play with all my fun IPSY stuff this month!  I am again impressed with this month's selection.  IPSY has become my favorite monthly subscription!  So let's see what I got!

Nicka K. New York Nail Polish – Ripe Apple $4.99

I always welcome a new polish!  I had never tried Nicka K. polishes before.  I love the packaging!  It is a very pretty bottle.  The polish applied easily.  Ripe Apple is a very beautiful, creamy, classic Red.  Perfect not only for the Holiday season, but all year round.  Everyone needs a deep, classic Red like this one in their collection.  My only negative is that it is only available online and it is always hard to tell what a color is really like from those weird little swatch squares.

POP Beauty – Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio – Naturally Bare (10 pan palette $24)

I was very happy with this little trio.  The colors are neutral and easily wearable and they also have a nice metallic sheen to them.  I like that they have a luster to them without being glittery or sparkly.  They all felt creamy, applied easily and lasted throughout the day.  I don’t see POP Beauty around too much, I think just at Ulta, so I have not tried many of their products, but I am really impressed with these!  I’m going to get a lot of use out of this little trio! 

 J. Cat Beauty – The Big Lip Pencil – Caramel Mocha $3.99 at

I liked this too!  Good job this month IPSY!  The color is a nice neutral that would be flattering on many complexions.  The formula is what I really went crazy for!  It feels just like a lip balm and has a nice lip balm like sheen, but also has really good color payoff and a decent wear time.  And, at only $3.99 each I could get a bunch of shades without breaking the bank.  My only negatives are that you need to sharpen the pencil and you have to order online.  I have never seen this brand in any stores, but someone please correct me if I’m wrong!  I would love to see more of these in person before buying!

Top:Lip Pencil          Bottom:The One Stick

Be a Bombshell – The One Stick – Sunset $16

I always like the idea of these multipurpose products, but find that they rarely work for all of the purposes they claim.  This product is for lips, eyes and cheeks and I think it wins 2 out of 3, so not bad.  Sunset is a deep Coral with a very subtle gold shimmer.  A nice shade for lips and cheeks, but I wouldn’t use this color near my eyes.  I like it most on my lips, but it works very well as a blush, too.  I usually prefer powder blush products and once blended out, the one stick has a powder like finish.  Once blended out, it is not at all tacky or even dewy looking, which I like.

Mirabella Eye Blender Brush - $27 at

I love this brush.  Many times when you get a brush in a kit or a subscription, it is not of the greatest quality.  But, this brush is certainly not a throwaway!  Its handle is made of brushed aluminum and it feels quite weighty in your hand.  The bristles are soft and blend out my eye shadows beautifully.  I would definitely like to see more brushes like this one!

So, that was my December IPSY bag!  
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