April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag: Beauty Rocks Review

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Wow, my April Ipsy Glam Bag came super early for me. I got it on 4/11/14 and that is usually right around the time of the month that I get my shipping notification. Color me pleased that I got it before the middle to end of the month. I hope this keeps up… ::prays to the goddesses at Ipsy: Aside from my raving about the quick shipping this month y’all are really here to see what I got right?

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Demeter Jasmine Roll On Perfume Oil: I will say right off the bat that I adore Demeter fragrances I did not adore Jasmine. It was overly sweet and way too floral for me.  Florals tend to be my LEAST fave note in fragrances especially when they are used solo. Which is the case for the Demeter Roll On in Jasmine.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Liner in Black Velvet: YES!!! WooHoo! I L-O-V-E Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eyeliners and I am so BEYOND excited that we got their newest shade/formula in Black Velvet ALONG with a “Get the Look” card. This is just yes all around. Black Velvet is described as softer and more powdery version of their standard 24/7 liners. I want to call this Urban Decay’s version of MAC’s Smolder. However it performed for me more like Urban Decay’s traditional 24/7 liners, which while not being easy to blend, it still wore forever. What girl doesn’t need a high quality, black eyeliner?

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion: No too excited about this BUT I love getting scrubs, lotions, etc in deluxe sample sizes because they are great for travel  OR gift baskets. (Easter anyone!). It is sealed and I do plan on travelling over the summer so I will be keeping it sealed. I really don’t have any thought on it now.

Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Berry Me: On first glance I thought: I REALLY wish Ipsy would stop sending me red and hot pink lip products. In their defense the Mary Kay at Play Lip Jelly is very sheer. I am just not a bold lip color girl at all. But because f the sheerness of the product, it totally worked on my lips. It is tacky when swatched but on the lips it is smooth and no tacky, providing a nice moisture boost without slipping all over the lips. Color me pleased with the Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Berry Me.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne: I never heard of this brand before but the concept is intriguing. I love the shade I was sent: Champagne. This is a full sized product with a retail value of $12.99. Packaging is small and compact and it looks like it would be easy to depot and add to a larger customizable palette. On it’s own it was a pretty, sheer pop of neutral goodness. Over an eye shadow primer Champagne really shines.

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Top to Bottom: Black Velvet, Black Velvet blended out, Champagne and Berry Me

All in all my April 2014 Ipsy Glam really did “ROCK” in terms of the content. I was very pleased with the overall value of the bags, contents, I loved the design of the bag and that it arrived fairly early. I always say that Ipsy (along with other surprise subscription boxes) are a makeup version of a casino. You never know what you’re going to “win” but for a relatively small start up ($10) you can walk away feeling like a million bucks or the biggest loser. This month I feel like a million bucks! Do you get Ipsy’s Glam Bag? If so what was in your bag!

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Ashley

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Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Loose Glitter Pyrotechnics

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Pyrotechnics is one of Urban Decay’s six new loose glitters called Heavy Metal Loose Glitters. These glitters are part of their Summer 2014 collection and as far as I can tell are part of Urban Decay’s permanent line. Each jar of glitter contains .10 OZ of product and retails for $12.00. Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Loose Glitters are available online now and are also available at Urban Decay retailers nationwide.

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For the purpose of this review I chose what I felt would be the most universal shade to review: Pyrotechnics is a white glitter with an iridescent shift. Most girls love glitter and I am no exception to that rule. However, this glitter is obnoxiously large and chunky making it difficult to apply evenly. I was also afraid to get it into my eye for fear of scratching and irritation. The Heavy Metal Glitters come packaged in a jar with a sifter and a lid. The glitter is so large it was impossible for me to use the sifter to get an ample amount of product out of the jar. I had to take the sifter off to get product out, at that point what good is the sifter?

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Sorry but glitter is extremely hard to photograph nicely. This was my least blurry shot.

When paired with Urban Decay’s Bondage (review coming soon!), Pyrotechnics wore for well over 8 hours with minimal fall out. I also found it super easy to clean up. But these positives don’t outweigh the fact that there are much better products out there and in some cases for a better price.

I prefer a much more finely milled, smaller glitter for cosmetic purposes. Unfortunately Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter in Pyrotechnics reminds me of craft glitter that I can buy at any craft store for $1.00. If you’re looking for a great higher end glitter to use around the eye area try the MAC Reflects line.

Ashley

Urban Decay’s Electric Palette

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The Urban Decay Electric Palette is the newest palette to join the Urban Decay family. This ten shade pressed pigment palette is part of their Summer 2014 lineup and it is permanent to the line. The Electric Palette retails for $49.00 and contains .40 OZ of pressed pigments.

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Urban Decay really went back to their pre-Naked days with their Electric Palette. This will not be an everyday palette for everyone. The ten pressed pigments included in the Electric Palette are bright and intensely pigmented. The shades included in the Electric palette are all new (in my opinion)with two shades existing in an eye shadow form: Revolt and Chaos. These pigments can be incorporated into an everyday neutral look by using the brightly colored pigments as liner to bring out the color in your eyes OR you can add some color to your everyday shadow look to kick it up some.

I’ve touched on this already but most of the pressed pigments in the Electric Palette are intensely pigmented. The one exception would be Revolt, which suffers in the pigment department and to me is more of a glittery overlay.  Again with the exception of Revolt, I got an insane amount of wear time minus primer for the rest of the shades in the palette. I was able to get about six hours of wear time crease free with some major fading around the eighth hour.  Nine out of the ten (Revolt!) were easy to apply and blend out. The Electric Palette contains a nice mix of finishes with mattes, frosts and glitters.

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Swatches from LtR: Revolt, Gonzo and Slowburn

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LtR: Savage, Fringe and Chaos

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LtoR: Jilted, Urban and Freak

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Urban Decay also included a double sided brush in the Electric Palette, which is actually useable but I find Urban Decay always does their in palette brushes well. I really love the colorful packaging. The palette is constructed of a lightweight plastic which is a welcome change. This palette is light and compact enough to travel with making this a companion to your neutral shadow palettes.

The pressed pigments in Urban Decay’s Electric Palette can be worn in various ways: on the lips, as blush, to temporarily color your hair, to create your own color cosmetics. The possibilities for this product are endless and can offer the adventurous makeup fan hours of creative, fun makeup playtime.

As much as I enjoy Urban Decay’s Electric Palette there are some major drawbacks to it. The first big one for me is the staining. This is NOT an eye shadow palette, the Electric Palette is composed of pressed pigments. There is indeed a difference. If you are not careful with these they can stain your skin, hair and porous surfaces (sinks, countertops, etc.). When wearing the pressed pigments on your eyes I highly suggest a good primer/base to act as a barrier between your skin and the pigment. When using the pigments to color your hair, to create your own color cosmetics, etc. I suggest using an old, dirty towel as a barrier.

I have Electric and Naked Basics on my eyes. I also used Slowburn and Savage mixed with clear gloss on my lips and mixed with powder for blush on my cheeks.

I have Electric and Naked Basics on my eyes. I also used Slowburn and Savage mixed with clear gloss on my lips and mixed with powder for blush on my cheeks.

The shades: Savage, Slowburn, Jilted and Urban are not suggested for use around the eye area. In the US the FDA has not approved the use of neon pigments for the immediate eye area. If you have a sensitivity to red/pink pigments then Electric is not the palette for you. These shades can be worn on the eyes at your own discretion. I tested all ten shades on my eyes with no issues.  Still, the fact that four out of the ten shades included in the palette cannot be “officially” sanctioned for use around the eye is disturbing for a general market beauty product. As a makeup artist I have access to many different types of products that the general market consumer cannot easily get a hold of, and Urban Decay’s Electric Palette has that feel about it to me. It is pretty to look at but is the Electric Palette practical? In my opinion, no.

The decision to purchase Urban Decay’s Electric Palette will be a personal one. If you’re a collector or comfortable wearing bright colors, then this is your palette! If you’re looking for something ultra-wearable and work appropriate, then pass on Electric and grab some Nakeds.

Ashley