{what's in my} ipsy december 2016 glam bag!

The holidays are my favorite time of year, so I always anticipate the arrival of my ipsy December Glam Bag in a fashion akin to a child awaiting Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve, and ladies, I've got to tell you...this one did not disappoint.

Though nail polish wasn't a part of the equation this time around {breaking my streak - womp womp}; the other colorful beauty musts - from eyeshadow and blush to a bomb lip product, lush brush, and luxe oil were enough to set my jingle bells a-ringing!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ipsy, it is a beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month {awesome deal IMO}, and consists of a collectible makeup bag {can also double as a clutch} along with 5 beauty samples that are customized to your personal beauty profile {which you can change/update at anytime}. I love getting subscription boxes, but don't have a ton of extra cash to spare, so I find ipsy to be the best value as each month's bags are adorable, the products are of fantastic quality, and their stylists are top-notch {and some of my fave beauty bloggers}. That being said, let's get to the bag!

December's theme was CARPE P.M. {loves it!}. Inside my bag was a full size NYX COSMETICS Prismatic Eyeshadow in PUNK HEART, a MicaBeauty Angle Eye Shadow Brush {$22.95 value!}, deluxe size Tarte Maracuja Oil {$15.00!}, full size City Color Cosmetics Be Matte Blush Trio Palette, and full size Jersey Shore Cosmetics Peppermint Moisture Rich Hydrating Balm.

I was a liiiiittle bit intimidated when I unbagged NYX COSMETICS Prismatic Eyeshadow in PUNK HEART because purple eyeshadows rarely make it into my #motd {even though they make my green eyes pop}, but I've grown to L-O-V-E this one right here! Punk Heart is an intense shade with red undertones that make it v wearable. I always use it with a primer, and it stays in place literally until I wash it away with facial cleanser. While I haven't been using it for full-on eye looks, I dig it on the lower lashline as it adds the perfect touch of colorful oomph!

I feel like I'm the last person to join the face oil party, but I've always found the thought of purposely putting oil on your face to be a frightening concept {hellllo breakouts!}; so I was v ho hum when I found Tarte's Maracuja Oil in my bag, and was thiiiiiis close to not trying it out, but I am so glad that I did because it is life-changing, I tell ya! Ladies, since the first time I applied this Maracuja Oil to my face, my skin has a new, radiant glow that can't be achieved with makeup. I had a few dry skin patches on my face from winter wind, and this cleared it up instantly, and has prevented it since. I apply it at night, allowing it to soak into my skin while I sleep, and I wake up to fresh, dewy, moisturized skin. I will so be buying the full-size!

My motto when it comes to makeup brushes? The fluffier the better. And this MicaBeauty Angle Eye Shadow Brush? Insanely fluffy, and straight-up brilliant for crease-work. I love the angled aesthetic here, and soft, smooth bristles which blend beautifully. Surprisingly, I've been using this with cream products, and it has worked like a dream. I'm hoping to receive more from MicaBeauty in the future!

Not gonna lie here, I was most def excited for the City Color Cosmetics Be Matte Blush Trio Palette - and for good reason! I absolutely love this palette because the shades are hyper-pigmented, super buildable, and incredibly versatile for everyday wear. I do recommend layering them over a primer, not necessarily for color intensity, but for length of wear. These were swatched on bare skin {no primer}, and while the color payoff is brilliant, they wiped away without even needing water, so primer is a must. The negative? The packaging! Not going to mince words here - the packaging is a nightmare to open. It took me like 3 minutes, and almost resulted in a broken nail, and that is so not cool. I feel as if the difficulty in opening the packaging would deter me from using this palette - even though I dig the colors. Shades {from left to right}: Guava, Blackberry, and Fresh Melon.

I actually received a lip balm from Jersey Shore Cosmetics in one of my past ipsy bags, so when I found Jersey Shore Cosmetics Peppermint Moisture Rich Hydrating Balm in this month's bag, I knew to expect amazingness. My last flavor was Vanilla Coconut Cream {perfect for the summer}, but the Peppermint flavor this time around blew that baby out of the water! I mean, peppermint? For December? How can you not?! This is a super lightweight product, so you can easily layer it under lip gloss or lipstick, and forget it's there, but it keeps on working, working, working to keep your lips hyper hydrated, moisturized, and soft. Total winner right here!

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ellie said...

Such a great review! Looks like some great items in last months bag.

ivy said...

So many cool makeups. Love the moisturizing lip balm too!

Couture Carrie said...

Fab products! Love the blush trio!


Midnight Cowgirl said...

Tarte's Maracuja Oil is amazing!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm so curious about this facial oil now. What a fun collection of items!

Kathryn said...

That face oil sounds really intriguing, I'll have to look into it! I feel the same way about oil on my face, LOL, but it sounds like it turned out to be an awesome product.

Kathryn • simplykk.com

Unknown said...

So many pretty things, that NYX eyeshadow looks divine, I'm in love too! xx

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