March 2017 ipsy Glam Bag

Finally! My March ipsy glam bag has arrived and I am absolutely LOVING what’s inside. Let’s backtrack for a second. I’ve written about ipsy glam bags before – when I first subscribed to them. Well, I’m quite the skeptic so the fact that I’ve continued my subscription this long is amazing!

When I learned that the March theme seemed to be more along the neutral side, I was excited. While I love to play with crazy colors, my day-to-day look is pretty neutral and muted. Let’s dive right in to what I received today.

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First off, the card that came with this ipsy glam bag is super cute. The front says “you are beautiful” while the back of the card says “Pretty is as pretty does. Share this card with someone who could use a little love.” Oh how I love ipsy.

Starting from left to right, I received the City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Correct, a mini tartiest lip paint in the color ‘delish’ (a deep brown rust color, swatched below), dls (dirty little secret) blush in the color kitty pink (a very muted baby pink), Milk-to-Foam Coconut Milk pure mild cleanser, and last but not least, an Elizabeth Mott blending brush.

Here is the blush and lip paint swatched:

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As you can see, the blush is a really muted baby pink. I might be a little too dark for it to show up properly, but it’s worth giving a try.

The reason why I’ve been an avid ipsy subscriber for almost a year is because it allows me the luxury of testing products before purchasing the full size. Upon signing up, you’ll fill out a personal makeup style survey and tell ipsy which brands you’d like to try. Then for $11 per month, you get a cute little makeup bag (that you get to keep!) and customized samples based on your survey.

I cannot say enough great things about ipsy! Click here to give them a try.

Do you already receive ipsy glam bags? I’d love to know what you received in yours this month!

xoxo,

Leigh

 

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Review: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner

When it comes to eye makeup that eyeliner on your eyelid makes the rest of your look pop; apply a little mascara and you’re set. For me, applying eyeliner on my lid is a hassle. I used to use the same pencil on my waterline on my lid and it looked faded and grey (I was using a black pencil). Then I switched to liquid eyeliner, and while I used MAC’s Liquidlast Liner, it was still difficult for me to apply, even with the tiny brush at the end.

Then Veronica recommended I try Smashbox’s Limitless Liquid Eyeliner pen and that worked better than the liquidlast liner. However, I was still having trouble. One eye would have thicker eyeliner than the other or I’d mess up one eye and have to start over again.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 12.47.09 PM copySince I want to practice my cat eyeliner technique, I wanted to use a product that was really forgiving. After watching countless reviews on YouTube, the common denominator amongst most of them was the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. So I headed to Sephora.com and placed my order for the gel eyeliner and the appropriate brush to apply it with.

I have to say, I am really digging how this eyeliner looks. It is highly pigmented (a little goes a long way) and with the brush, I feel like I have way more control over the application than I did with the Smashbox liner. I haven’t tried the cat eye yet, but I will be this weekend, for sure. The wonderful thing about gel eyeliner is that if you mess up, a damp q-tip goes fixes the mistake. I haven’t had to remove my eye makeup and redo everything to get that perfect shape. Tip: if you’re new to gel eyeliner, create a line of dots close to your lash line and connect them for that flawless look. If you mess up, that’s okay. Just “erase” with a q-tip. 

Here’s a photo my look today. If you like my video, be sure to follow me on Snapchat (leighleigh915) to see the video of this look and more makeup (and every day life) stuff.

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My look today:

Foundation: Too Faced Born this Way in warm nude.

Concealer:  it Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye

Eyes: 

Urban Decay 24/7 black eyeliner pencil (on waterline)

• Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in black ink on lid

• No eyeshadow

Benefit They’re Real mascara

Lips:

Too Faced Perfect Lips Liner in pink/neutral pink

Too Faced La Matte lipstick in Sorry, Not Sorry

Do you have a favorite gel eyeliner? I’d love to know which brand you use. Comment below.

xoxo,

Leigh