Beautifully Bohemian

Ipsy. I love ipsy. I love the themes. Love the monthly custom bags. Love the samples. Love the pink shiny mailer. If you are from the US, you love the $10 USD price and free shipping. If you are from Canada, the love ends at the pink mailer (with the current dollar, ipsy is about $20 CAD a month – $10 USD for the Glam Bag + $5 USD Shipping). Even for $20 CAD, I still find immense value in my bags. Ipsy will send 5 personalized beauty products each month with a mix of full size products and luxury samples. In addition to the items sent, ipsters can participate in the points system to earn more free products!! I have redeemed my points for 6 or so items already since I joined in July 2014. Ipsy also has giveaways monthly (US and Canada) and ipsyMe; deals to buy featured products (US only).

It’s no news that I was feeling Boohoo over my Boho Glam Bag from ipsy this April (Out of the loop? Click Here to catch up!). Pair that with the loads of ipsters who received their bag with multiple problems (I was supposed to receive 4 of the 5 troubled products), and it’s safe to say I was NOT excited for April. What happened to all of that ipsyLove?

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I was very happy to see that all of my products were in mint condition! My blush was in perfect condition, not a crumbly, hot pink mess. My face lotion was still completely sealed, not exploded (read below). My primer was mold-free (read below) and my lip tint was perfectly earthy (read below). My love for ipsy had quickly returned. I received some great products, and I can forgive for being excluded from the EA elite.

What I Got:

• Hikari Cosmetics Blush in Tango – This shade is just as gorgeous as I thought it would be. It is a beautiful, bright, true pink. The blush applies evenly and is super buildable. It is so easy to customize the depth of the color. Plus, it is FULL size! The color lasts all day, especially with a good base/primer (I used Smashbox Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation Primer). This was the item that I was most excited for! With so many broken and crumbly blushes, I was elated to have mine in pristine condition. I might have only tried their blush and lipstick, I’m really loving Hikari Cosmetics.

• LATHER Ultra Light Face Lotion – This lotion is definitely light. I prefer a thicker creamier lotion, but if you like a light, quick absorbing feel, you will love this lotion. The scent was also light, not at all overwhelming. I will keep this for a spare lotion for travel or the gym. It is not my favorite facial moisturizer but it will definitely do in a pinch. I am very happy that my lotion arrived safe and sealed!! At least ipsy had a backup plan by putting the lotion in a separate bag. If you did receive an exploded lotion, at least it wouldn’t have leaked EVERYWHERE!
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• theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty – Initially, I was hoping to receive the copper shade (Fit) over the purple gold shade (Flirty). I’m actually very happy that I received Flirty. It is unlike any shade I currently own. It is gorgeous worn on it’s own, or used as a smokey eye with a pop. The shade is a beautiful hue for spring. It has the slightest hint of purple which accents other gold shadows perfectly. Kudos to ipsy for knowing what I would like better than I do!! The shadow didn’t crease on me and stayed beautiful all night. I had no problems with fall out and it blended like a dream, no chalky or powdery shadow here!! I love TheBalm products and this eyeshadow is no exception.

• MicaBeauty Eye Primer – Poor MicaBeauty was having a hell of a time with their Eye Primer this month. Tons of ipsters reported having mold in their product!! Yikes!!! Ipsy responded with this: “Mica Beauty has reported that the ipsy sample production was officially micro-tested and passed all inspections. No mold was found. The brand believes any blemishes appearing on the product are due to air bubbles rising to the surface, and is confident there is no health or safety risk in using their product”. I was worried. And once I received my product, I noticed that it had the dreaded green hued “spots” like so many others!! But I trust ipsy so I decided to do a little of my own investigating. I lightly poked one of the spots. It INSTANTLY “popped” leaving nothing green or moldy behind. You can see in my close up picture, exactly where the spot had been. My product had no off smell and no discoloration (after being popped). I truly believe that the “spots” are nothing more than air bubbles from when the product settled. If you received this primer, I urge you to try the “pop test” for yourself. As for the product itself, I haven’t tried it yet. But I will update as soon as I try it!!
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• Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek – This item is new to me (both product and brand), I also found it to be the most “Beautifully Bohemian” to me. Unfortunately, this was another product that people were complaining about. They said it also appeared to have mold and had a terrible “earthy” smell. Once again, ipsy responded: “We’re sorry about this! Since the Mullein & Sparrow Lip & Cheek Tint is an all-natural, product that contains alkanet root, which can create some grittiness and gives the product a natural, earthy scent. We can assure you that this is safe to use, and we apologize if you’re not a fan!”. My tint arrived with slight discoloration (most visible in the picture of all my Glam Bag items based on the way the flash reflected in the picture) but no mold to be seen. Although the tint did have an “earthy” scent, it was not overwhelming or off putting. It’s amazing the way things smell when they aren’t jam packed full of chemicals or artificial fragrances. The tint itself is very light and sheer. Adding more of a dewy fresh look vs. a high pigment statement look. I love that this product is all natural, the less crap, the better!!

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Last, but not least, the bag. The Glam Bag itself. What a glorious bag it was this month. It is woven straw (or at least feels and looks that way) and sooo colorful. This bag screams Boho Chic!! I loved this bag in the preview, but fell so much deeper in love once I held it for myself. And it’s lined!! Yay!! This will be a summer staple in my beach bag!

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Poor ipsy. Between my bitterness over missing out on one of my favorite lipsticks, and the slew of troubled products this month, I feel like April was a bumpy month. Luckily for me, my bag was mint and I ended up loving everything in it. How did your April Glam Bag pan out?? And tell me, did any of you get the Red Door Red??? Click Here to see what I got last month. Click Here to get your own Glam Bag!!

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Boho Boohoo

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Ipsy Glam Bags are LIVE!!! Just sign into your account to see what you are getting. Glam Bags will soon be arriving on our doorstep, all pink and shiny! I sneaked an early peek (as usual) and was decently happy with my items. The theme this month is Beautifully Bohemian and it is perfectly timed for April. I must say though, I am devastated that I wasn’t one of the lucky few to receive a FULL SIZE Elizabeth Arden Lipstick in Red Door Red. I love love love the EA lipsticks, Pink Punch is my absolute favorite shade. It brings me to tears to think I won’t be adding Red Door Red to my collection. It’s hard to not let my disappointment overshadow the great items that I will be receiving!

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My Products:

Hikari Cosmetics Blush in Tango – I am excited to receive this item, the shade looks gorgeous, it’s full size, and I love the Hikari Lipstick that I have in Cabernet. Hopefully this item will be just as well received!

LATHER Ultra Light Face Lotion – Another fave lotion, another day. I love little skin care samples for travel or the gym bag. I’m excited to try this moisturizer but am also not expecting too much. I have a deep seeded love for Biotherm, it would take alot to make me stray.

theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single – Yes! We all get one, but what a great product. I love theBalm products, although my love is recent. I’m hoping to receive the copper shade (Fit) over the purple gold shade (Flirty), but realistically I would wear both!

MicaBeauty Eye Primer I really enjoy MicaBeauty products!! I’m excited to add this one to the mix! My only downfall with this product, is that last month they sent me the Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Concealer in the completely wrong shade, so I decided to use it as an eye shadow base. Kind of a disappointment to get two very similar items two months in a row (at least it isn’t another highlight! My highlight collection is massive!)

Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek – I have never heard of this brand and am very excited to try this product! This item is the most “Beautifully Bohemian” to me. A multipurpose stain for a no fuss flush, is so totally Boho Chic.

I don’t think I’ll ever get over missing out on the EA lipstick, but these products might help! What are you getting this month? Are you one of the chosen ones? Click Here to see all of this month’s available products. Click Here to get a Glam Bag of your very own!

Boho Chic

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April’s ipsy sneak peeks are here!! The theme this month is Beautifully Bohemian. How very perfectly timed with the upcoming music festival season, especially Coachella!!

EMAIL SNEAK PEEK
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Products:
• theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty (shimmering golden violet) or Fit (shimmering copper).

SNEAK PEEK VIDEO
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Ipsy has recently been starting off their sneak peeks with a behind the scenes video. Here is a little grid I have put together of the products mentioned in the video. You can watch it here!!

Products:
• Theorie Argan Oil Ultimate Reform Hair Serum
• Hikari Cosmetics Blush
• Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess Mascara
• Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
• Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner
• Pandora’s Makeup Box Pink Carnation Blush
• Starlooks Satin Finish Lipgloss
• theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single

OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #1
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Live by the sun. Love by the moon. Or just play by your own rules with one of these. Are you a sun worshipper or moonlight romantic?

Products:
• Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
• Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick
• Hikari Cosmetics Blush
• Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess Mascara
• JulieG Nail Color

OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #2
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Harness your hippie-ness and happiness. Which one of these lip, nail or cheek colors makes you happy in an instant?

Products:
• Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner
• Bonita Cosmetics Bonita Salon Nail Polish
• JulieG Nail Color
• Pandora’s Makeup Box Pink Carnation Blush
• Starlooks Satin Finish Lipgloss
• MicaBeauty Eye Primer
• KCO Colors by Beauty Brands Cream Lipstick
• Gallany Cosmetics Lipstick

OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #3
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Hair down, flower crown and fresh skin. And why not with one of these? Skincare or haircare, which do you like more?

Products:
• Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint
• Redken Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray
• Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
• Klorane Dry shampoo with Oat Milk
• LATHER Ultra Light Face Lotion
• Theorie Argan Oil Ultimate Reform Hair Serum
• Ziaja Goat Milk Day Cream
• Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum
• Olive Natural Beauty The Olive Lip Balm

OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #4
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Work pants? How about no? Run wild and free with one of these Nude Dudes in your ‪ipsy April Glam Bag.

Products:
• theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty (shimmering golden violet) or Fit (shimmering copper).

OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #5
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Wild thing, let your heart sing for one of these amazing picks in your ‪ipsy‬ ‪April Glam Bag‬. Scent or beauty staple? Which essential are you hoping for?

Products:
• Aromachology Sophisticated & Sensual Floral Eau de Parfum
• Jo’rel Parker Femina
• Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush
• Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Concealer
• MicaBeauty Eye Primer
• Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint

OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #6
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Free spirit. Fabulous bag. Where are you planning to wander with your ‪‎ipsy‬ ‪#April Glam Bag‬?

This bag is so adorable! I hope it really is woven or some sort of woven texture. I love all the colors and think that this bag will be PERFECT for toting around to patios and music festivals!!

What are your thoughts on ipsy’s April theme? Are you feeling Beautifully Bohemian?? Glam Bags are now live!! What are you getting? Click Here to see what I’m getting. Click Here to get your own Glam Bag!!