The crisp of the air. The eerie witching hour. The spook of fall. The best time of year is finally here: Halloween.
I am one who L I V E S for Halloween. The decorations, the festivities, I love every single aspect of it. As I mentioned in my Goal Digger this month, I haven’t been in the spooky spirit lately and that all changed once I saw this month’s Ipsy GlamBag story: Spellbound.
Forever wishing I was someone brave enough to create creepy content, this month’s GlamBag was chock full of goodies that will help finalize those ‘Gram-worthy Halloween photos. A powerful repair cream to hydrate that dried out zombie skin, a creamy eye liner to create the most dramatic cat eye and a pressed powder to give you a sinister glow, this Bag is mystical in its own way.
Here’s what’s inside my GlamBag this month:
For someone who wears eyeliner (almost) everyday, I quickly learned the tools of the trade to create some strong wings to fly away with. Me personally, liquid liners are my go-to, but I’m always looking to negotiate.
Cream eyeliners have never been my jam because my eyelids get oily, even with eyeshadow primer. Creasing/cream eyeliners is a recipe for disaster and I’m not one to tempt fate (often).
This formula is insanely creamy and it doesn’t tug on the lid unlike some other cream eyeliners I’ve used. I was delightfully surprised to see that my wing stayed in place all day and didn’t smudged. No raccoon eyes for me!
I’ve mentioned in the past my feelings for UD and since the Naked Heat palette, I’ve been changing my tune and looking at their line-up with a new vision. As I fall out of love with other major companies, UD is coming in clutch.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Whether it be because of the dip in the temperature or the addition of extra layers being worn constantly, my skin takes a beating during the change of seasons.
(It certainly doesn’t help that I use a tanning bed at least once a week either, but we’re not talking about that.)
This repair cream has some really great ingredients like shea butter, licorice root, and white tea that is suppose to help soothe sensitive skin. I love how there isn’t an overbearing scent and it doesn’t leave my skin greasy.
It’s quick-absorbing, but almost too quick. Either load up or work quickly because this doesn’t leave you a lot of time to work into the skin. Don’t do what I do and let it sit for a second and try to moisturize it in, you’ll just do more tugging than anything!
This will work perfectly come the dead of winter, when my elbows, hands and knees always need an extra boost of hydration.
Save some! Use code “ISPY1017” to receive 15% off purchases on firstaidbeauty.com!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Liquid lipsticks are my preferred formula when it comes to lippies: They’re longer lasting, more pigmented and just seem to work better with my lifestyle since I don’t love being preoccupied with having to constantly touch-up.
I also don’t love when a formula is so plastic-tasting that it’s the most glaring thing I notice about a product.
Off the bat, I loved how heavy this component felt, making it seem like there was a ton of product inside (Hey, 0.21 fl. oz. is a lot!). The applicator wand was a traditional doe-foot, but for whatever reason, it gave me a crisp, clean cut when applying, which made me like it a lot more.
After applying and allowing it to dry down (which seemed to take F O R E V E R), I pressed my lips together to ensure that the color was even and noticed that the lipstick was so incredibly tacky, so much in fact that it separated and left my lips flakey and chapped-looking! I’m not one for dramatics, but the tackiness of this lipstick felt like I took a glue-stick to my lips…
There was a spot on my lips that no matter how many times I re-applied, it would simply fade away or not hold any sort of pigment. While it wore, I noticed an undeniable plastic taste whenever I ate or drank anything and no one likes the taste of plastic.
The shade color wasn’t necessarily up my alley either as we roll into vamp season, but it was undoubtedly a gorgeous pink coral shade that would have been lovely for spring.
Call this a “one and done” as I’m tossing this bad boy out.
Save some! Use code “IPSY25” to save 25% on any purchase at mdmflow.com!
Rating: 1 out of 5
This peptide nail polish helps strengthen your nails while providing it with an array of beautiful shades. Ipsy sent me mine in What A Gem, which has the most insane gold shimmer in it. I love this shade and could see this becoming my go-to neutral shade.
The website said that this could be painted as an overall base color or used as a top coat. This polish has a high gloss finish to it, which I could totally see how you could make this a top coat. Because I’m a creature of habit, I paired it with a base coat and a gel-top coat but I’m sure it could be used on its own. In fact it might be better on its own because of all its properties to it.
Imagine this as a top coat with a black base. Talk about spellbinding! I was super surprised to see how opaque this was. Because it looks sheer, I thought this would take several coats to build up any sort of color, but I used two coats. Talk about pigment payoff!
I wish they sent me the shade Verdure, which was a lush hunter green color that would have been perfect for fall, but that’s only because I don’t love light polishes since they crack and chip easily.
Save some! Use code “IPSY20” to receive 20% off any purchase on dermelect.com!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Once the cooler temperatures roll around, my makeup routine takes a massive overhaul. During the summer, less is better but during the fall and winter, I prefer heavier foundations that give me a seamless look.
Even though I don’t love baking, I find that using powders help combat my excessive oiliness. I’m not someone who brings a pressed powder compact with me everywhere (that’s what blotting papers are for), but I love the peace of mind that I won’t be so shiny when using it.
IT Cosmetics has this pressed powder that insists it makes pore disappear. Well, it ain’t lying. My pores pulled a Houdini and my makeup looked more complete with a swirl of a big fluffy blending brush without feeling too cakey.
Be warned that it does leave a slight white overcast on your skin, but be sure to buff it in! As for flashback, be forewarned, it does leave a white overcast, so use a light hand and really buff it in.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Common Labs | Mild Peeling Finger Pad
When I selected this product from the Ipsy Point collection, I thought it would be similar to the Daily Concept scrubber I got in my Birchbox last month. Boy was I in for a surprise.
This was a one-time use finger pad that had a bunch of ingredients I couldn’t read. To be fair, it was all in Korean.. The instructions labeled on the back in English seemed simple enough, but it was also very misleading because it didn’t specify any else.
It did pull out some stuff, and by stuff, I’m not sure if it was dirt, grime, or just the finger pad deteriorating. I thought it would burn, seeing as the third or fourth ingredient listed was alcohol (which made me cringe because no one ever should apply alcohol directly onto their face!), but it didn’t really do anything to my skin. It didn’t burn, but it also didn’t feel like it exfoliated anything.
I guess in all, this really wasn’t a memorable product.
Rating: 3 out of 5
If you’re interested in joining Ipsy, use my referral code here!