April’s Ipsy Bag!

IMG_20140413_091131_264Happy Tuesday, y’all!

It’s been a busy coupla days!  Between wedding season ramping up, and my crazy idea of starting kickboxing classes, there’s a lot going on – and yesterday I got to take an afternoon to hit a bridal makeup class at the Make Up For Ever studio – more on that (and the goodies I loaded up on!) in another blog.

For now, let’s talk April’s Ipsy!  It’s a good one – which is fortunate, because last month left me feeling a little ho-hum.

I love getting hair products in my bag – it’s the best way to give something a whirl and figure out what works best for me, or will eventually find its way into my kit for work.  I received Root Pump, from Big Sexy Hair, which is actually a product I used years ago.  It’s described as a spray mousse, and really does give fine, limp hair some much needed lift.  I’m excited to get reacquainted with this bad boy.

Next up was a Black Velvet 24/7 eye pencil from Urban Decay.  Now, I have a long-standing love affair with these liners, but this is the third black pencil liner UD has come out with, and I’m not 100% sure why that’s necessary.  That being said, they are bad-ass, waterproof, and smooth and creamy, so as long as they keep making ’em, I’ll keep buying ’em.  For the record, I’m pretty sure I have  both Perversion and Zero (the two other black pencils) rolling around under this roof as we speak.

Then there was a Dr. Brandt exfoliator.  Yeah, it does just that.  I’m just not sure how I feel about our friend Dr. Brandt.  He has an XM Radio show I sometimes listen to, so I want to like him – but I haven’t been that excited by any of the products I’ve tried yet.  But it’s a good little scrub, and that’s that.

I also received a Pop! Goes the Shadow from Elizabeth Mott in champagne.  I’ve never heard of this brand before, but it’s a pretty great quality shadow – good color, pretty long wearing (swatched on a bare hand), and definitely a great-sized sample.  It would totally be worth exploring this brand further!

Champagne shadow swatch and Urban Decay Black Velvet pencil

Champagne shadow swatch and Urban Decay Black Velvet pencil

IMG_20140414_095025_647Lastly, I received a Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm.  Now, this is interesting, because I can’t decide if the packaging is brilliant, or kinda wasteful.  It’s got a separate lip brush in the handle, which I kinda love.  The color is pretty and feels good on the lips.

Then there’s the cute turntable bag – one of my favorite styles in my entire time as an Ipsy subscriber!  Love it!

The only thing that could’ve made it better is the inclusion of Benefit Lollitint – I guess I’m gonna have to suck it up and buy my own. 🙂  I live for those lip and cheek stains!

What’d you get?  Did you loooooove it?

And here’s a teaser from beautiful bride Laura’s wedding in February!

I didn’t do the hair for this group, but I love the homage to Bridesmaids!

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Makeup by Catherine

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