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Unwrapping…Ipsy February 2014

I started subscribing to ipsy in college.  It was kind of my gateway subscription, I think.  And then after about five or six months, I cancelled.


Because how many motherfucking hooker-red lip glosses does a person actually need?  I don’t even like lip gloss.  Its sticky and gross.  I haven’t been in the habit of wearing it since about the seventh grade.  Unhelpful product overload is overload.

On a lark I resubscribed this year.  And so far…four for you, ipsy, you go ipsy.  Not a hooker-red lip gloss in sight.  Keep up this color variety, folks, and I might keep giving you my monies.

And now after that rant..the February roundup!

POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini

Ipsy Feb 14 - POP gloss

See also: my February Birchbox review for how jazzed I am to be getting samples of things that I’ve actually been wanting to try.  Quite a few of the beauty blogs I follow have been raving about this stuff, from how it’s crazy long lasting for a gloss to the fact that the tube is this weird little almost-flat shape that would probably fit into the pockets of those jeans I have with super tiny pockets (as pointed out by the Gentleman, who noted that he can fit two fingers in each, and that’s all.  I’m not sure how this information will ever be relevant, but that’s neither here nor there).

I’ve yet to do the pocket test, since those jeans aren’t exactly work-approved, but I can definitely say that this stuff lasts longer than any other lip gloss I’ve ever come across.

Bonus: its not particularly sticky, and the color I got (“Peony Petal”) is decidedly not hooker-red.

Zoya Nail Polish

Ipsy Feb 14 - Zoya polish

I like this color a lot better on my fingers than I do in the bottle– when I started painting I was expecting a lot paler pigmentation.  But with a second coat it dried to a nice soft pale pink.

Sort of like a baby pig, actually.  Which is a horrible color comparison but whatever, that’s what it looks like.  Its cute, I promise.

The polish itself is a liiittle bit streaky, and I only just did them this morning so I can’t say how long lasting it’ll be.  But I’m optimistic.

City Color Be Matte Blush

Ipsy Feb 14 - Be Matte

Normally I’m not much of a blush person (I’ve spent 22 years loving my pale skin, and I’m pretty content to rock it rouge-less from here on out) but this one, I’m actually pretty okay with.  It blends well, which I think helps a lot, and the pink is again a very soft color once it hits your skin (though it does look a bit bright in the picture).  Approve.

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow & Base In One

Ipsy Feb 14 - Eyetini

Yeah, that’s eyeshadow.  Promise.

These Tini people are a little silly, and I’m mostly okay with it.  Ipsy likes to pop Nailtini stuff in from time to time– I have a killer gold glitter from them from my first round with Ipsy, and a red that could just maybe rival my current go-to (but it won’t, because Head Mistress is the best color ever for a rich red polish and Essie, your naming team deserves an award).  I’ve always been pretty satisfied with the Tini stuff I get, so I was pretty game to give this weird shadow a try.

The applicator is..pretty much a lip gloss applicator, which is really weird and I’m pretty sure the lady on the other side of the mirror at the gym was giving me “what the hell is she doing” looks.  But the shadow itself is pretty solid– there’s primer in the formula, apparently, so the pigment comes through pretty strong and it seems to hold up well.  Plus I’m pretty into the shade.

IPKN NY Moist & Firm BB

Ipsy Feb 14 - BB be fair, I only hated this sample because the shade was COMPLETELY awful.  It went on almost yellow.  What?  Not cool, guys.  I couldn’t even get it to blend in to something decent.  First time I’ve ever just said “fuck it” and thrown a sample out.

Overall: pretty pleased with this month’s bag, above BB cream aside.  Definitely an improvement on previous bags I could mention.


Unwrapping…Birchbox February 2014

Confession: sometimes I cheat and look at what will be in my subscription boxes ahead of time.


We’ll pretend its so that I can write review posts quicker, but let’s be honest.  I really just get overexcited and want to know what I’m getting before it shows up in my mailbox.

(Spoiler alert: I have the excitement levels of a particularly active Jack Russell Terrier, and I am also terrible at Christmas anticipation.)

Birchbox Feb14

I was really excited when I saw what was coming in my February Birchbox, so the anticipation was preeeeetty high.  Here’s the roundup:

Juicy Couture – Juicy Couture 

Birchbox Feb 14 - Juicy

I am actually afraid to open this, because I’m terrified I’m going to love it but the full size is $94 and my life can’t take that right now.

I have no idea what it smells like.  Half of me hopes its delicious, and the other half is hoping for something like when my cat doesn’t make it to the litter box.

TMI?  Sorry.

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water 

Birchbox Feb14

I love when my boxes actually get me things that I’ve been hearing about and wondering if they’re any good!  I read an article about this stuff about two weeks ago and I’ve been curious ever since– so thanks, Birchbox.

I haven’t actually gotten a chance to try it, so, this is an anticlimactic review.  But I’m excited?


Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner [retail: ]

Birchbox Feb14

This is another case of the above!  I suppose it only follows that if the world is going to be so obsessed with dry shampoo (..not that I’m not equally guilty) than sooner or later someone would capitalize with dry conditioner.  Again, read about it earlier last week and was frankly alarmed by the price tag, so chalked it up as another pipe dream trial.

Dusted my hair this morning because second day hair + the gym – time to do hair properly = me looking every inch the gym rat I am when I walk into work.  I was generally pleased– hair looks like it has a little more life without risking any of the greasiness of using some kind of serum or goo or god knows what else.

32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals 

Birchbox Feb14

THIS STUFF FEELS REALLY WEIRD IN YOUR MOUTH.  Its like Pop Rocks and toothpaste had a baby.  I’m still not sure how I feel about the resulting combo.  I’m going to go with “perturbed”.

Ruby Wing Color-Changing Polish 

Birchbox Feb14 Cowgirl

I was really jazzed when I pulled this out of the box– I’d crept on the polish before it arrived (obvs) and Ride ‘Em, Cowgirl was my color preference.  Getting it was a pretty happy moment for me.

(I’m also pretty okay with the fact that my boxes keep frontloading me on nail polish lately, but I honestly have not been painting my nails enough to give them all love.)

(..I’ve also been buying new Essie polishes because excuse me, have you seen their “encrusted” collection?  I’m pretty in love with On a Silver Platter)

ANYWAY so I put it on and it’s this incredibly, freakishly gilded sparkly gold.  A little bright for me usually but whatever, I was excited by the promise of color changing.  Shortly after, I went out to get the mail–

–and came back in the house to find my nails were a bright, sparkly, no-place-like-home red.  Needless to say, I have a new favorite thing.

Overall: generally pleased with box contents.  Mouth still feeling weird about those crystals.