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Let the record show that when I started writing this it was still March, but alas, I suck at this & here we are in April. March was overwhelming for the sake of being overwhelming. April started very tragically for reasons I sort of touched on on Instagram, & out of loving respect for my family I’ll leave it at that. I will say that for whatever reason both bands Future Islands & the Drums have been very healing in this time. Neither are my usual sound, but maybe it’s their dancing, or the fact that they also are people that feel too much. Either way I suggest anyone to check them out regardless of what sounds you usually like invading you ears.
So, I think that’s enough personal crap for this post. Ipsy’s March Glam Bag theme was actually gorgeous, so let’s just jump in to the reviews & pretty blush tones.
Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Blush in Kitty Pink
Starting off with my 1,000th neutral pink blush I’ve received from Ipsy but this month it’s different because it totally completes the whole blush-pink-tones-thing this bag was all about. It’s an all around alright product, retailing for $16 I expect a little more but to each their own. The formula was very powdery, but not unbearably so. The website description boasts long wearing but I didn’t find it particularly long wearing in comparison to other blushes in varying budgets. However the shade is supposed to be flattering on everyone, I found this to be true on myself but not tested on others. I figure it to be true, though. It’s fairly pigmented & will probably give a light flush to any skin tone. Overall I’m not mad at it & the name is adorable.
pardon how awkward this photo is, I struggled finding the best way to display both of these. also I used them before I pictured them ’cause janky(ie:unprofessional) or whatever.
Chella Eyebrow Highlighter Pencil in Ivory Lace
This product didn’t impress me but to be fair I judged it immediately for being way too dark for my skin tone. It’s a creamy highlighter pencil meant to carve out your brows, the website boasts it can cover up stray hairs but I didn’t have any luck. I personally keep my brows pretty wild & only rarely clean them up so this product didn’t fit in my routine to begin with. If you have a darker skin tone & often carve out your brows this may be a great product. When set with powder it stays pretty well, I may use it as a brow base for adding fun colors in the future. The tip is so stubby because I used it for a Kat von D bleached brows contest that has since ended & I deleted my entry cause it pretty silly.
Beau Gâchis Tapered Blending Brush
This brush is just alright. I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s animal hair, their brand website doesn’t seem to clarify for this specific brush. Also can’t find whether or not they are cruelty free which is kind of a bummer. By no means is it a bad brush & seems well made so it can stay, I don’t believe it throwing out things like that. All I can do is further urge Ipsy to choose only cruelty free brands to feature in their future Glam Bags. Because of how Ipsy works I don’t feel by receiving this item that I am creating a demand for animal cruelty sourced products. Soon I’ll write up a whole post on my stance on cruelty free & why I go beyond just the Leaping Bunny logo.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
All items before this one were reviewed back in March, & this one I still can’t write a proper review on. I don’t think my skin & dimethicone get along well, so I wasn’t even going to try this product at first. Curiosity got the best of me & I’ve used it three times now, each time was immediately pleasant. Not greasy, absorbed quickly & felt almost like a primer because of the dimethicone probably. No uncomfortable tightness or irritation, but unfortunately I did end up noticing clogged pores so I discontinued use. First Aid Beauty is a fairly popular & reputable brand, I think if you had sensitive skin that wasn’t quite so acne prone as me they’d be a great brand to add to your arsenal of skincare.
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Rosé
Saved the best for last because oh, my god, I am so in love with this nude lip color. The formula is so smooth, dries down fairly quickly while not totally drying out my lips (it’s still a matte liquid lipstick so some dryness should be expected, just treat those lips well after you remove your makeup.) Pigmentation & staying power are spot on, this color specifically fades gracefully. I love the color the most, total sucker for dusty roses with bonus points to rose related names. This one specifically is flattering on my skin tone, while it’s muted it doesn’t pull corpse-like. Which I don’t mind, but I definitely would wear this out more often.
That’s it for March’s Glam Bag, my next post will probably be April’s Glam Bag because I’m really about variety around here.