Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My December "Haute Holiday" Bag from Ipsy!

Hey everybody! I hope everyone is having a great week so far! We are SO close to Christmas! I absolutely cannot wait for Christmas parties, family, friends, and of course seeing the look on my loved ones' faces when they open the presents I bought for them; don't wanna brag but I'm good at it.

Speaking of the holidays and awesome gifts, I received my December ipsy bag in the mail!! The theme for this month was "Haute Holidays" and boy did they deliver! I've tried two out of the five products so far, so I'll be including mini reviews of those! Let's see what I got!

First impressions: The bag is super ugly (again) and smaller than the November one, but once I saw what was inside, none of that mattered.

Mirabella Prime for Face and Eyes
I have been looking for a great primer for my face, so I was super excited to see this. They gave me the full size bottle...I was in shock! I love the fact that you can also use it on your eyes! I had never heard of this brand before, so I was eager to try it. OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS. This stuff is amazing!! I wore it on the day of the Connecticut shooting, and after a day of crying, my makeup was still intact. I was amazed. This has definitely become one of my new favorite products. It's clear, goes on clear, and is sort of gel-like, so your foundation glides over it very nicely.
AVAILABLE AT: Mirabella's website for $29

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

I always love me a black eyeliner, so I was happy to see this product in my bag. The full size is .04 oz and the one I received is .03 oz so I'm considering this another full-size product! I had never tried UD's eyeliner before, so I was interested to see if it was worth the money. It's very soft which I like and a true black which I like even more. The staying power was really great and this pencil comes in many other colors, including metallics.  I like this liner, but almost $20 for one pencil is a little hard for me to get behind. I would probably only buy one if there was a color I couldn't find anywhere else.
AVAILABLE AT: Sephora or here for $19 (It looks like Sephora has a gift set of six of them for $38!!)

Be A...Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess

You know this bag is holiday themed when there's a red lip product in there! I fully intend to rock the red lips for some upcoming Christmas parties, so I was ecstatic to see this in my bag. I had never heard of this brand before, and I have yet to try this gloss. It looks very promising! The red is pigmented and looks like it will actually give me some color instead of going on sheer. I love the name "Hot Mess" too...makes me laugh. I'll take pictures of it on my lips once I try it and do a mini review for you guys! This is yet another full-size product!!
AVAILABLE AT: Be A...Bombshell's website for $14

NYX Loose Pearl Shadow in Mink

I'm excited to try out another NYX product!! This is perfect for a holiday makeup look: put this all over your lids, wing out some black liner, add a red lip and you're good to go! This is yet ANOTHER full-size product in my bag! I haven't tried this on my eyes yet, but just on my hand it looks gorgeous. Hopefully you can see it in the picture! It's more of a deeper gold which I love and it doesn't seem like I'll have to pack a lot on to get the full effect.
AVAILABLE AT: Drugstores (check your area) or here for $3. It comes in 30 gorgeous shades!!

Mai Couture Highlighter Papier

 I am SO excited about this product! I have never seen or tried anything like this before. You can rip the sheets out individually and you just press and sweep the paper wherever you want to! You can use this on your cheekbones, collarbone, or your decolletage for a pretty glow. The full size is 50 sheets and in my bag I received 25 sheets...not bad at all! This is such an easy way to highlight and just a cool idea all around!
AVAILABLE AT: Mai Couture's website for $28

They also included a gift certificate for $20 off any product in the ipsy Collection on justfab.com. There is some seriously cute stuff in their collection and everything is only 39.95 so I'll basically be getting something 50% off!

Ipsy has amazed me yet again. FOUR full-size products, the most expensive one being $29 which is almost twice the price of the subscription itself! I highly recommend signing up for ipsy, or gifting it to someone for Christmas. You can do that here.

That's all I've got for today folks! For the justice portion for today I decided to include a Christmas quote to remind us what the holiday is really about (spending time with the people you LOVE) and to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
-Dale Evans

Until tomorrow,

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