IPSY: OCTOBER 2014
The phrase "beauty candy" immediately makes me think of high school and youth. A lot of products that I used when I first started experimenting with makeup had sweet-sounding names - I remember sparkly lipglosses with names like "Chiffon Cake" and "Pineapple Crush", lollipop nail polishes in bright, bold colors. So that's what I expect this bag to be filled with - colorful cosmetics. Maybe a juicy red lipstick, a shiny pink nail polish, and eye shadows in pastel colors. Maybe a lotion with a vanilla fragrance, just to round things out.
I really like the bag for this month. It's teal with a nice quilted pattern on it. The inner bag is lined, making it a great choice for tossing in my backpack. It has a bit of a nail polish smell to it - at first, I thought something in the bag spilled but now I think that scent is coming from the bag itself. Hopefully, if I air it out for a couple of days the odor will fade.
There are five items in this bag: a hand cream, an eyeliner, a nail polish, a lipstick, and a facial exfoliant. I am surprised by the exfoliator - what makes it a 'candy' item? I'll have to examine everything a little closer.
NOYAH Lipstick in 'Deeply in Mauve': Wow, this is really dark. I mean, it's practically purple. I don't know if I can pull it off! I'll definitely try, though. Lipsticks in the berry family do tend to suit my skin tone. Deluxe sample, 1.4 g. $5.00
EPICE Purifying Exfoliant: At first I thought this was a face scrub, but now I think it's a sort of hybrid scrub and mask, because the instructions say to leave it on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing off. Anti-bacterial cleansers like rosemary, pine, and lemon essential oil should help reduce the build up of blackheads and other pore cloggers. Deluxe sample size, 1 oz. $10.67
CIRQUE COLORS Nail Lacquer in 'XX': This is interesting. Not only is this a very sparkly nail polish (the website claims that the bottle contains over 20 types of holographic glitters) it has lavender and clary sage essential oil in it so that your nails will have a slight herbal fragrance after the polish dries. Does it work? I can't tell! The polish is clear, so this will be a great polish for layering over a solid color, especially dark green and black. Deluxe sample size, 6 ml. Full sized bottle sells for $13.00, so I'm guessing this would be around $6.00-$7.00
FIGS & ROUGE HAND CREAM in 'Mango Mandarin': Is Mango Mandarin a Bath & Body Works fragrance, or am I having a crazy moment? I swear that I remember stocking it back when I worked at that store. This definitely smells like orange candy, maybe a Starburst. It feels nice and moisturizing. Unlike most skincare, this actually has an expiration date printed on the back: best used before 12/17. I sense that this will not be a problem. Travel size, 20 ml. $6.56
SKONE Tatooed Waterproof Eyeliner in 'Black': Oh dear, another liquid liner. I love the looks that other people achieve with these eyeliners, but on me the lines always look crooked. This is partly user error - if I'm not wearing contacts I'm awful at applying liquid liners - and partly because there's an obnoxious little dry patch on my eyelid that makes anything applied to it look clumpy. That's unfortunately. Full-sized product. $15.00
This is a pretty cool bag! I don't know that I understand the candy connection for all of them. I'm really not sure how a black eyeliner is 'beauty candy', nor does a facial exfoliant seem to suit the theme. All the products are all ones that I would try, so the Ipsy algorithm is definitely working in my favor this time.
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