Curly Crafty Mom: Ipsy Review #13 - December

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ipsy Review #13 - December

Well, I am going onto my SECOND year with Ipsy! I am going to review last years products from the current month at the bottom of my regular Ipsy review posts. So, check out the bottom of this post to see if I actually used my products from December of last year! I think it'll be fun to look back each month to see if I am really getting good use out of the products they send me.

This Ipsy bag was a GOLD MINE! Seriously, I love, love, LOVE what they sent me! When I first opened it and saw what was in there, I was ho hum about everything I saw. But, once I tried these products I was really excited and impressed by their quality!! YAY for December IPSY!!! YAY, YAY! (Sorry, it really is a good stash!!!)

What is Ipsy?!
If you've never heard about Ipsy before, it is a mail subscription that sends you a new makeup pouch each month along with 5 products to sample. And, the kicker? It is ONLY $10 a month! It is also fun to see what others get, because not everyone gets the same products... you fill out a questionnaire and they base your products off of your answers. If you're interested, you can sign up under me, by clicking HERE and I'll earn some points to buy myself extra products. Thanks!

Now, let's review my Ipsy bag!

December Ipsy

*This month I received ONE extra product, because I had earned enough points by reviewing products and referring friends to join Ipsy. I'll talk more about this product near the bottom of the post.

Briogeo - Curl Charisma Leave-In Creme
I have bratty curls that don't like to cooperate with most serums and creams, but my curls really loved this cream! I would definitely buy this! I was excited to see that this is a product that Sephora carries and I am considering trying the Shampoo and Conditioner, too! It left my curls really soft, bouncy and manageable! I love it when I find a curl product that works, it does not happen often! It also smells good!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Klorane - Floral Water Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower
This worked really well with taking off my eye makeup and it felt gentle on my skin.
I would rate it 4/5 stars.

Tarte Cosmetics - Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Can I give this 10 out of 5 stars? That is how much I love it! Ipsy sent me a finishing powder by Pixi a few months ago and I really enjoy using it, but... honestly... most days I forget to use it. But,  when I tried Tarte's finishing powder I was WOW'ed. I really think I may need to use this every day, because it is that awesome. I apply it after my loose powder and bronzer and it just gives my skin a flawless look. It also helps soak up any oily T-zone areas throughout the day and my skin looks radiant! I LOVE THIS STUFF! And, the sample size is a good amount! YAY! I need to do my happy Friends dance!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Pacifica - Power of Love Natural Lipstick
So many 5 stars this month. This lipstick looks pretty natural when I put it on, but adds a little extra color to my lips. I think this would be great to wear when I want to finish my overall makeup look, but I don't want my lips to pop with too much color. This will be a great day time lip color for me in place of just wearing a boring clear lip gloss! I usually reserve brighter and more bolder colors for the evening or when I go out, so this color will be perfect for me!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Elizabeth Mott - Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
This glides on like butter, dries matte and keeps your eye shadow on ALL day without any creasing! Ipsy sent me a primer a few months ago that I've been using, but I plan to use this now instead! Love it!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

I received this product for FREE by earning points with Ipsy!
I have been hearing a lot about charcoal beauty products lately and when I saw I had enough points for a free product with Ipsy, I decided to try out this charcoal mask. I was really pleased with it, but I don't like it as well as my favorite Lush face masks. It doesn't smell good, but it does dry evenly on your face after 5 minutes and my face felt clean and refreshed after I rinsed it off.

Products from my December 2014 Box I've Kept or Tossed:
Last month I mentioned that I was going to add a section to my review post where I'll review the products from my Ipsy bag from one year ago (which is December 2014). I want to share with you which products I actually used or which ones I need to toss!

I did use up the Bb. All Style Blow Dry by Bumble and Bumble, but it didn't do much for my naturally curly hair. It also had a glittery sheen to it, which I just didn't care for at all.

The Nourish Organic Eye Cream I will use up, but I am still working on it. It sat in my medicine cabinet forever, until Ipsy sent me the Argon Oil face serum from Nourish Organic and I have been using the two together and love them! I hope that Ipsy sends me more products from Nourish Organic!

The tarte Lights, Camera, Action mascara has been used up! You really can't go wrong with tarte.

I still use the shadow/crease brush, but it is sort of an extra brush for me and not as high quality as the one I use daily.

The NYX butter has sat in my lipstick drawer forever. It really is more of a spring or summer shade. I pulled it out and I am determined to use it up, since it is a lip balm and it'll brighten my complex this dark winter! 

All in all, I would say my first Ipsy bag from December of last year was a good one and I've put most of these products to good use.

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What did you get in your Ipsy Glam bag this month?
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