SeaRx Skincare Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion (sample size, $2.40) ★★
A nice face lotion: not greasy, not oily, very little scent. The sample is so tiny so I’ve been only using it around my eyes in the evening. I only wish the sample was a little bigger (it’s only .3 oz!)
J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint (full size, $4.99) ★
Dislike! I received the bright fuschia color and it is like the most pigmented oily paint ever. I do not know how one would wear this and not end up smearing it all over one’s face. Plus, the color is truly horrible on me. In happier news, I have gotten addicted to the brown-red lipstick from a few months ago!
Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray (travel size, $1.38) ★
I don’t use hairspray, so… On the plus side, the scent is almost nonexistent?
On to some better news…
Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Olive (full size, $17.00) ★★★
I’m not sure how well this would work as an actual liner: it’s not the softest, so I would not want to smear it on my waterline. However, it makes a really like substitute for eyeshadow: I draw a rather thick link on my eyelid above where I’ll add black liner. To be sure, I have a really deep crease, so only a little then peaks through (this method probably won’t work if you have a really shallow crease…) It’s a pretty olive-gold color, not too shimmery, but not a true green-olive.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Neutral Medium (sample size, $9.43) ★★★★
LOVE THIS! No wonder my concealer has never worked; it’s always been more like a tinted moisturizer formula. This is almost like putty! But I will tell you, it covers undereye circles and other blemishes. I need almost none to cover both eyes, so the sample will last for a really long time. I don’t love putting this much make-up on everyday, but for work days with presentations or special events it is pretty great! This is something that I would purchase again!
Ispy Total Cost: about $35.20 + the bag (It’s pretty! And sparkly, but really smooth; the glitter is part of the plastic rather than glued on!)
Ipsy Total Value (things I actually use and like!): $26.43. I thought this whole bag was so blah, especially after the monthly theme of glitter. After writing the above reviews, however, it really wasn’t so bad: I am using a few products pretty regularly and they are the more expensive samples. So… not my favorite month, but I still love getting it in the mail.
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