Yeah, that’s about how I felt about December. It sucked for the collection of cute sweaters and pretty scarves I got back in September, but at least January is looking a little better for cold weather. Here were some of my favorites from last month.
Influenster in all their fabulousness sent me some lovely treats from St. Ives to try out just after Christmas. Full disclosure, I did get this for free in exchange for an honest review of the products. You can read all about my review process here. (Basically, while I do accept products sent to me for review, I will not accept money or any other form of compensation in exchange for a favorable review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
Like Birchbox, Ipsy is a $10/month service that sends you samples every month. You take a quiz, and they tailor the samples they send based on your answers. In addition to samples, Ipsy will also send you a pretty new cosmetics bag every month. Last month was houndstooth, and being an Alabama fan, I was in love despite the cheap plastic feel of the bag itself. This month is a pretty gold bag, and the texture is significantly better. Plus the gold is nice for autumn. If you’d like to give Ipsy a try, here’s my referral link.
This was really nice and moisturizing and light on my skin, which means (for me) it’d make a good daytime moisturizer. It also has a light, citrusy scent. One thing I like about my sample sizes this month is that there’s enough for me to try out the product over several days, and I haven’t noticed any problems with breakouts or irritation, and it keeps my skin really well hydrated all day. You will, of course, need a separate sunscreen.
The price, however, is a deal breaker for me. I’m glad to have the sample, and I’ll use it, but I can get a good moisturizer that works for me for less than $20, so I don’t feel the need to spend around twice that much since I didn’t magically turn into a 23-year-old or anything.
Usually, I love brow products, but I absolutely hated this. My favorite brow products to date have been an Anastasia eye pencil that a friend gave to me and my e.l.f. brow kit. (Honestly, how many products does one need for eyebrows?) They both go on effortlessly and fill in everything like a dream. This… Well, I was going to do swatches, but I had to scrub my brush over the powder just to get some on it, and then I couldn’t even see the swatches. I’m a very fair-skinned girl, so it amazed me that even the medium color seemed to disappear against my skin.
This is a really pretty metallic waterproof pencil, though I did just recently get a very similar one from Julep. That said, it’s not like I won’t eventually get around to the bottom of my Julep pencil, so I’ll set this aside for that. The color is gorgeous, and due to my horrible photography skills, the swatch will of course not do it any justice, but here you go.
It’s also not insanely expensive at $4 per pencil (versus $12-16 for the Julep pencil I liked). I’ve never used anything from J. Cat Beauty before now, but I did find a few products on their site I want to try now, so I might be using my discount with them this month.
This trio was put together by NYX exclusively for Ipsy, and it’s probably going to be one of my go-tos for fall. I’m kind of swimming in eyeshadows at the moment, and you won’t hear me complain. The first two shades here are very shimmery with a black matte shade as the third. I currently have (I think) six matte blacks in various palettes, but I use matte black a lot, so it won’t be left out. The far left shade here is almost sheer on me except for the shimmer, and the middle is a shimmery bronze. These are alternating on my lid at the moment while I use the black to create a cut crease or line my lashes. Very pretty. Here are the swatches. Again, please excuse my lighting fails.
NYX is one of those brands I adore because it’s in my drugstore and has great products for not a lot of money. It’s kind of second on my list, right below e.l.f.
So there you have it. I feel a little bit like I got away with something this month. There was only one product here that I hated, and I’ll definitely get several uses out of everything else, even if I wasn’t crazy about it.