December 27, 2012

December 2012 Ipsy/ MyGlam bag

"From Ipsy With Love; Happy Haute Holidays" is the theme of December's Glambag.

*FYI ladies: On their Facebook Ipsy Page, they would post a clue on what's going to be in next month's bag. So if you want to be surprised when your bag comes DO NOT check their FB! But if you're like me who can't wait to see what kind of beauty products we will be getting go take a peek and join the guessing game!
Since I have joined in October, Ipsy hasn't disappointed me. Though my dresser is overflowing with lip, eye and face products and sample sized make-up stuff, I am not going to complain. For $10, I am still pretty lucky to get an eyeliner, lip gloss, an eyeshadow and a primer that will last me more than a month!

And here is a picture of Ipsy December Glam Bag:

This month it came in this awesome dark metallic silver boxy pouch with the signature "Ipsy pink" lining zip up case. This has replaced my old, worn out everyday make-up pouch. I love it!

Obviously, these products is to help you prepare for the holiday parties coming up, but I want to see if I can use this in a day-to-day basis such as a day-to-night look!

Oh for this month's bag, I also got an extra sample product. Ipsy included a note saying as being an active member on their Ipsy site (All I did was participate in their monthly challenges, comment, like other's Looks and sharing my own Looks), they have asked me to try the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm! This is not available in stores until January!

Just like any other BB creams out there this claims to do a lot of stuff besides priming. It supposedly  perfects, protects, treats and hydrate skin *click HERE to read on what they mean by all those!
I have only used it a few times and I am a fan! I used this as a primer since it goes on clear with no coverage at all. It did helped keep my make-up on all day and gave me that glow and hydration my skin needs during this cold season. It didn't make my skin greasy or greas-ier or irritated my sensitive skin. No breakouts which is great news! I can't say anything about the other stuff they claim such as firmer skin, even out skin tone and lesser fine lines since I have not used it that long. I actually might purchase it when it comes out since my make-up did goes on smoother, lasted all day and great to use in the winter weather.

If you didn't get the BB cream, there's another primer in the bag, Mirabella Primer for Face & Eyes. I used this as an eye primer since I don't want to try out too many different products on my face, and this worked great! No creasing and the eye shadow looked more saturated.

The NYX Loose Pearl Shadow in Walnut, stayed on great. For the DAY look, I just patted this on lightly all over my eyelids giving me that light bronzey smokey look but not too heavy for a day out. I've never used a loose eye shadow before but I learned by using a flat brush with synthetic bristles it goes on well. This does not have a lot of fall out either which means it's not gonna end up all over your cheeks or blouse! *Just tap out the excess from the brush before patting it on! I kept the rest of my eye shadow matte since this one was shimmery enough. I used a matte taupe on my crease and matte white eye shadows on my brow bone and tear duct area for highlight.
for NIGHT: I used the same flat brush but sprayed a bit of water to it before getting more of the loose eye shadow and this helped to make the color more pigmented on my lids.You will see the little gold pigments in the eye shadow more, so it gives you more shimmer when you wet your brush. I patted more in the middle, used a dark brown eye shadow in my corners and just blended this a bit on my crease, and this gave me a nice brown smokey look for a night out!

With the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero:
For DAY: I tight lined my upper lids with this awesome eyeliner, and smudge a brown eye shadow on my lower lid.
For NIGHT: I used it on my water line, lined my upper lids and smudged it a little. And with an angled brush I took some of this color to wing out the corners. Go as dramatic as you want with the eye liner but because I was just going to a dinner that night I just made a subtle wing.
This is like the best eye liner I have used! It goes on so smoothly and this stayed on all day and night with no smudging! You really need to use a make up remover to get this eyeliner off!

To finish the look, after contouring I used the Mai Couture Highlighter Paper on top of my cheekbones for a DAY look. For the NIGHT look, I added some blush and swiped on some more of the highlighter paper on my cheeks, on the bridge of my nose and chin to give me that "JLo Glow". For pictures, it made my face look oily (I think) but in person I love how it gave me a great glow *harsh flashes don't do justice!

Oh and of course I used the Be a Bombshell in Hot Mess Lip Gloss at NIGHT, lining my lips with a red lip liner first but just a nude lip during the DAY time. This lip gloss does not feel like a gloss at all! It doesn't have that tacky feel to it. I actually forget I have this on because it feels like I just put on a lip balm. It's so hydrating and that red- OMG! is so perfect for the holidays! Or for day time just wear it by itself and keep everything neutral and it will look awesome! It's pretty opaque that you don't need to line your lips before putting this on but for long lasting color, a liner would help. This comes off easily once you drink or eat so you do need to touch up a few times.

And here's a pic of my day-to-night look that I came up with. Nothing too dramatic since I still like to keep it simple. I am no expert with make up. I am learning the same time I have been receiving my Ipsy bags every month, so judge as much as you can; suggest anything and I will make notes. Love to hear any feedback you have =)

This is another great bag from Ipsy! These brands are pretty much well known brands already in the beauty world but they are definitely products that I would not have purchased on my own. So thanks Ipsy, I get to try something that I wouldn't think these brands would make such great quality primer, eyeliner, beauty balm, loose pearl eyeshadow or lip gloss besides for what they are known for. 
Again, just to remind you guys, if you click on the product names above, it should take you to the link to the discount codes on those products from Ipsy. I was in debate on getting more of those NYX Pearl Shadows but during the holidays a lot of the colors I want were out of stock so I'm out of luck, boohoo!
I can't wait to get next month's already!

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