Ipsy September Subscription



This month all my packages decided to go on little detours so I have only just received most of my September subscriptions and orders.  Hopefully they enjoyed their sightseeing but now it’s time to share them all with you all!  This month in my Street Style themed bag I received Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream, Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser, Crown Infinity Shadow/Crease Brush, Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love Affair and Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in Gun Metal.


Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream


First up is the hand cream!  We’re heading into winter and my city is starting to get very dry so lotion is a must.  This lotion is thick and creamy, and it absorbs pretty fast leaving only a little bit of tackiness.  The downside to this cream is that it kind of stinks (this was a theme for this months bag).  It smells very strongly of pine, something floral, and a bit of something incense-y.  It smells a bit like they tried to do too much with the scent and none of the scents balance each other, instead clashing and smelling yucky. If it didn’t smell so off to me, I would probably use it lots but this is something I will give to someone who likes the scent a bit more.  This gets an 8/10 for the lotion disregarding the scent and a 5/10 if you take in account the scent.P1010398 Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser


This facial cleanser is from a cruelty free, organic, natural company and is unscented.  This was another product that I could not get past the scent.  I can appreciate an unscented product due to my sensitivities but this is a product that needs scent because otherwise it’s just ugh; it’s really not a scent I want on my face.  It smells plastic-ish and bitter.


This cleanser is pretty runny but a little goes a long way.  It lathers up pretty well and once washed off my face felt soft.  It didn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry and I didn’t break out from it but I didn’t notice any difference in my skin; soap and water works just as well for me.  This gets a 6/10 from me as it was pretty runny and smelled gross but as a facial soap it does it’s job.  I didn’t react to this or experience any negative results (no breakouts) so I’d recommend it for people who have sensitive skin.

Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in Gun Metal


Another waterproof product! We all know my love for these and this one actually held up its end of the bargain!



Indirect Sunlight, Smudged on Bottom


Direct Sunlight, Smudged on Bottom

This eyeliner is soft and creamy, applies beautifully and the colour is very useable. For the initial swatch, after I tried to wash it off with soap and water the solid line still clung to my skin and remained there for 4 more hours! Having passed the first test with flying colours I wore it to work for the next test.  2 hours in a pool, actively being splashing in the face and putting my head under the water.  This eyeliner even survived being hit in the face a couple of times (back crawl is surprisingly dangerous to teach), which normally causes smudging or obliteration of eye makeup due to my rubbing afterwards.  It was faded when I was finished but it was still there! This gets a 9/10 from me

Crown Infinity Shadow/Crease Brush


I have heard lots about the Crown brand brushes but international shipping has always been a bit too much for me.  When I saw the brush in my glam bag this month I was super excited! Plus it’s a dual ended brush so I get to try 2 different brushes in 1!P1010413

This brush is super soft, like super soft! The eyeshadow brush is nice and fluffy, perfect for picking up shadow!  I didn’t lose any bristles when I used it and after washing it, and it feels pretty well made.  It picked up pigment and was a nice size for my lid.


Lid Brush

The crease brush is equally as soft although it is firmer so that you have a bit more control when applying shadow to the crease. This one also held onto all its bristles through the first couple uses and the first wash.  It was lovely to use and may quickly join the ranks of my favourite brushes (joining my Merle Normal shadow brushes from 2004 and my MAC 217).  This brush gets a 10/10 for me and hopefully it continues to preform well!


Crease Brush

Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love AffairP1010414Another gloss for my collection! My lip collection is starting to take over my battle station and I may need to start looking for some better storage options.  This lipgloss is nice; it has a nice light and non-sticky formula.  I found that you could either apply it very lightly for a nice natural look or more heavily for a little more colour.

P1010415Applied lightly it is a nice medium pink colour and it goes really well with a more natural look. It could also work well with some more dramatic eyes if you want just a touch of colour.


Indirect Sunlight, Light Application

Applied with a heavier hand the colour is deeper with just a hint of purple; this looks like you’ve got stained lips after eating deep red raspberries.


Indirect Sunlight, Heavier Application

This lip gloss does stain a little bit and I got 2 hours of wear (not doing much with my mouth) out of it.  This gloss gets an 8/10.


This months subscription was definitely better than last months! I will use 3 of these products on a regular basis and I am sure I can find homes for the other 2 products.  I am still enjoying this subscription and hope I continue to receive a variety of different products!

This subscription still gets my vote and hopefully these reviews have been helpful!

(All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated. I have not accepted payment for any of my reviews)


Performance Colors Haul


Before we jump into my wonderful Performance Colors haul I have an exciting side note! September 11 (this upcoming Thursday) I will be doing a guest post for Toxid Lotis at http://toxid-lotus.net/!!  I’m super excited but now onto the review!


Extensive…if only she knew the collection these lipsticks have joined.

I uh, bought a lot of lipsticks.  So much so that I was thanked for my ‘extensive’ lipstick purchase. I had heard quite a lot about this company regarding their lipsticks and now that I appear to have a small addiction to all things lips, I jumped right in.  Every thread I saw asking for a lipstick suggestion had Performance Colours pop up and with 3 for $10 I got 15.  With my order I also received 2 eyeliners as a thank you gift! She gives extras with every order $20 and over (shipping not included) and samples with every order over $10 (not including shipping.

I bought the lipsticks with the 3 for $10 pack and shipping was $9.70 to Canada. It came in a box instead of a bubble mailer but was well packed and everything came safe and sound.  The order was made August 18th and I received it on the 28th.  10 days for an international order isn’t too shabby!


The formulas I purchased were the Restorative Lipstick formula and the Matte Lipstick formula.  The Restorative lipsticks are made with shea butter, jojoba oil, and beeswax.  These are advertised as being “nourishing, lightweight, and nongreasy – the perfect balance of color, shimmer, and healing protection”. They are also apparently sweetened with stevia although I did not really notice any sweetness but I don’t make a habit of eating my lip balms (it might explain why someone on Facebook mentioned their dog ate all their lipsticks though).  I found the formula to be very creamy and moisturizing.  As promised these were light weight and non greasy, and my lips felt so soft afterward! It was like I had been using lip balm! Wear time for the Restorative lipsticks was about 4-5 hours (drinking and even eating non-greasy foods) which is pretty awesome, especially since I am a smoosher (I like to smooth my lips together lots).

The Matte formula is suppose to be lightweight and non-sticky. They don’t have any mica so they won’t be reflective or sparkly and like the other lipstick there is a slight fragrance of vanilla, and they’re lightly sweetened with stevia.  The formula is nice, lightweight and non-drying.  I liked this much more than any other matte lipstick I have tried as I find they can be a bit drying although it did settle into my creases and lines a bit.  These lipsticks also lasted pretty long, going about 3 hours before fading and needing a touch up.

There are also Semi-Matte formula’s which are just like the matte formula but with a dewy finish.  These lasted about 4 hours and felt nice on my lips, moisturizing and light.  They too are slightly scented with vanilla and lightly sweetened with stevia but I couldn’t really tell.



Coral Kiss

Coral Kiss is up to bat first.  This lipstick was the only one of the bunch that did not have the smooth dimpled top.  This one resembled Hello Waffles balms.  I found that the lipstick looked more orange in the tube than it applies on the lips.  It is described as a ‘highly pigmented, medium peachy pink coral with gold sparks, opaque’ but it is more pink than peachy pink in my opinion.  The swatch on the website shows this being a lot more orange than mine showed up as.


Indirect natural light

The gold sparkles did not play well with my camera although you can see them a tiny bit in the direct light photo (on the top lip).  They are more noticeable in real life although they do not over power the lipstick.  I am always weary about glitter in lipstick as I feel it can easily be too much and look like you got attacked by fairies. It’s not usually my thing but the glitter in this lipstick was subtle (as subtle as glitter can be anyways) and I actually liked it.


Direct sunlight Come out to play sparkles!




This colour’s description is “dark violet brown colour, gives that dewy full coverage velvety look” and there was no available swatch online.  It is a beautiful plum colour that can be applied lightly for a lighter more natural look, or applied a bit heavier to show off the purple.


Indirect natural light, applied lightly.


Indirect natural light, applied more heavily




Samba’s description is simply that it is a “highly wearable light natural pink colour” and it is listed as a “Neutral Flesh Pink”.  I would describe it as a brown leaning natural pink tone.  This is very brown in the tube but applies more pink and is a lovely neutral colour; it’s great for everyday wear! The swatch online is pretty darn accurate although it appears a bit more pink (my yellow undertones may tone that down a bit).  If you’re a pale gal like me, this is a good neutral colour to try.


Indirect natural light




I asked the Mr. if this lip colour temped him, he just rolled his eyes.  So if you are looking for a siren song of a lipstick that will have men begging for a kiss, this is not it but it is still a pretty damn nice colour.  This is a “natural neutral pink honey colour” and like Samba, it is a great colour for everyday wear.  The online swatch is a slight bit more pink but still very close to true colour.


Indirect natural light

Pink Chocolate


Pink Choco

I apologize for the bad photo of Pink Chocolate in the tube.  Apparently the original photo was having a difficult time and ran away so I had to take a new photo after it had been used.  This colour had been suggested as a My Lips But Better Colour so I added to my list of colours I must have! It is described as a “opaque neutral brown pink” and that pretty much nails the nail on the head. The online swatch is a bit more pink but I love it just the same.  This colour has quickly been one I find I reach for everyday and I will be buying another one to keep in my purse. It’s a great MLBB colour that’s a bit deeper than temptress and a bit pinker than Samba.


Indirect natural light




This is a great colour to be paired with a bright eye look, understated and natural.  It is described as “a light pinkish neutral flesh tone with a touch of cocoa, perfect for pale and light skinned beauties”.  I’m about a NC15 for these swatches and it works great with my skin tone but it is a pretty light colour that may be too light for many people.  It is a true matte with no shine/gloss that gives a very natural look.  I will be using this when I want to go a little crazy on my eyes or when I want a natural understated look.


Indirect natural light


Direct light to demonstrate how matte it is




Does any one else think of the Spice Girls when they hear Posh? That’s where my mind goes and I actually think this is a colour that you’d see on that character.  This is described as an “opaque toned down neutral coral adobe colour”.  This is a wearable orange coral in a semi-matte formula. It leans a bit more pink in indirect sunlight and orange in direct sunlight.


Indirect natural light


Direct natural light




I have discovered with Performance Colors lipsticks that you can’t rely on the appearance in the tube for an accurate colour.  Many of these lipsticks look very different on the lips from their appearance in the tubes.  Showdown is a bit more burnt orangey red in the tube than on the lips.  It is described as a “warm bright deep corally burnt lighter warm red”.  Uh, yeah, that’s pretty close.  It is like a pink leaning burnt coral colour…but only slightly burnt, like a toasted marshmallow, not burnt like when the marshmallow catches on fire.


Indirect natural light




The description for this online is “a warm neutral and reads pinkish taupe but has rose reflections and coco/plum low color in it”.  The swatch on the website shows the plum colour but I didn’t really get any of that in my swatch, just the pink taupe with a bit of rose.  This is a nice neutral colour with a little bit of a girlish edge from the pink tones.  It is much pinker on the lips than it appears in the tube.


Indirect natural light




If you want a statement colour, this is one you should try! This is described as a “neon deep peach coral lipstick”.  The description and online swatch are pretty accurate as this is a bright peach coral lipstick.  This is the deep orange/red colour you find on the mango’s skin, popping out between the red and green colouring.  It is definitely a BAM POW! colour and although I didn’t think it would get a lot of use, I find myself reaching for it a lot.


Indirect natural light




In the tube, this is a deep brick red but once on it transforms into a red pink colour.  This is described as a “super-saturated, semi-transparent saucy deep pink red” although I did not find it very transparent.  It applied evenly and opaque so if you are looking for a tinted balm like colour, that is not what this is.  


Indirect natural light


Direct natural light




The description for this lipstick, “deep neutral rose flesh tone”, is very accurate although I find the online swatch is not.  The only way I could see the swatch online being achievable is to layer a lot of this lipstick on as the swatch is quite red and the lipstick in real life is a nice rose.  This is another MLBB colour and it is at the front of my Performance Colors lipstick stash as it is one of my personal favourites.  I will also be grabbing a second Rumor for my purse so I can re-apply while singing to Adele.


Indirect natural light


Direct natural light




This is described as a neon colour but it doesn’t jump out as a neon like Mango does.  The description, “shiny and reflective in neon lilac pink colour”, is a bit off as I don’t really consider this a neon colour, it isn’t quite bright enough, and it isn’t exactly shiny.  It is however a beautiful lilac pink with little flecks of sparkle and shimmer.


Indirect natural light

Black Cherry


Black Cherry

If you want a just bitten look, this is a colour for you!  This is described as a “deep dark berry black red with red sparks”.  This is a beautiful black cherry colour, a very wearable purple/red. The online swatch is pretty accurate although the colour is more purple in the shade/artificial light.


Indirect natural light

The sparkles in this lipstick are also camera shy but they are there.  They aren’t in your face but the subtle red sparkle they add to the colour balances out the purple.


Direct natural light, blurry for sparkles.

Zombie Bride

First off, this colour is highly transferable.  Second, my boyfriend rocks purple kisses. In the tube this is a very dark purple with ripples of blue shimmer; I tried to capture the blue sparkles that dance on the surface of the lipstick in the tube in the image.


Zombie Bride

This is described as “blue sheen and high reflection in a violet purple colour, looks different colors from different angles”.  This a a lovely violet purple with blue shimmer throughout and appears more pink or more purple depending how you look at it.  It is stunning on!  It can be a bit streaky when applied but using a brush helps even it out.


Indirect natural light


Direct natural light

Arm Swatches!


Coral Kiss and the purples!


Left to right: Coral Kiss, Incognito, Vertigo, Black Cherry, Zombie Bride Indirect natural light


Left to right: Coral Kiss, Incognito, Vertigo, Black Cherry, Zombie Bride Direct natural light


The Mattes and the Oranges


Left to right: Rumor, Hush, Showdown, Gingerheart, Mango Indirect natural light


Left to right: Rumor, Hush, Showdown, Gingerheart, Mango Direct natural light


The Neutrals!



Left to right: Samba, Pink Choco, Temptress, Easystreet, Posh Indirect natural light


Left to right: Samba, Pink Choco, Temptress, Easystreet, Posh Direct natural light

Thank You Gift: Eyeliners


Black Pear and Emerald

As my order thank you, I received 2 eyeliners in Black Pearl (which I can’t find on the site) and Emerald.  These are supposed to be “creamy and soft drying down to smudgeproof, waterproof line”.


The Emerald liner was so soft that the tip came right off and later, the whole exposed liner came off.  I did not have this issue with the Black Pearl.


Maybe a little too soft

The Emerald is a dark green with some green sparkles.  Smudged out it is a beautiful dark sagey green with shimmer and sparkle.


Indirect natural light


Direct natural light

Black Pearl is a deep black with multi coloured sparkles that blends to a nice charcoal grey.  The black was more difficult to smudge than the emerald.


Indirect natural light


Direct natural light

These are supposed to dry after 30-60 seconds to leave time for corrections but I found I had to wait closer to 3 minutes before they were decently smudge proof.  They are pretty water proof and resisted even my makeup remover! The black also stained my ghost white skin.  These were nice eyeliners although I wished the Emerald was a bit less creamy as it doesn’t really work as a pencil liner.

Final Thoughts

I really like the products I got and am not unhappy with any of them.  There are some that the websites swatches or descriptions were not great for and others I will will wear more than some but overall I am very happy with my purchase.  The formulas for the lipsticks are very nice and I didn’t have dried lips while wearing them.  The eyeliners are nice and smudge-able, decently waterproof but take a little longer to dry.  The lipsticks get a 9/10 and the eyeliners a 8/10 from me.

Customer service was great, she responded very quickly to questions (why was there 2 Samba listings? Were they different?) and fixed issues right away.  This shop in general gets a 10/10 from me and I will be buying from her again!

(All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated. I have not accepted payment for any of my reviews.)

Ipsy August Subscription


I’m squeaking this review into the last days of August! Can you believe September is this week!? It’s crazy!  Well, for this months Ipsy bag I wasn’t completely wowed to be honest.  It had a collection of nice things but not much I would have bought on my own.


The Bag

This month my goodies included an Absolute Lip Balm in Grape, Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo in Fresh and Elegant, and Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil in 1001 Silk Black.



The Goods!

The Reviews!

Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More pore refining primer is up first.  I have some decent sized pores and having a product that would hide them would be nice and if it helps my makeup stay longer than all the better!


The formula is light and much like a mousse.  It goes on easily although it is a bit dark in colour so if you’re a ghost like me, you’ll need to make sure you don’t get ring around the face.


Light and Fluffy!


Pores before


Pores after

It goes on easily and doesn’t feel overly heavy on my face.  My BB cream applied well overtop and  there wasn’t any balling or creasing.  My BB cream lasted all day and didn’t become powdery looking or sink into my lines. For a primer it’s about average and it’s pore refining abilities are about the same.  This wasn’t anything I felt the desire to run out and buy but it was still a nice product to use.  I give this a 7/10 as it was a nice product but I did not feel it was anything special.

Next up is Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara.


My issue with this mascara, as with most of the others I am not a major fan of, is the brush.  It grabs a lot of product that then has a tendency to gob up on my lashes.  I was actually really disappointed that this did not work for me as I love Urban Decay’s products and have really liked using some of their other mascaras.  This particular one left a bit to be desired in my opinion.


Typical mascara wand, nothing really wow or different.


P1000965 Brushed out it works a bit better but still meh.

This gets a 6/10 from me.  I didn’t like the brush but the formula did not flake or smudge during the day. If I could have gotten it to go on evenly and not needed to brush my lashes out every time I used it, it would have scored a much higher grade.  Unfortunately it just didn’t work for me.

Absolute You’re the Balm lip balm.  This lip balm smells very strongly of artificial grape so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to scents or don’t like the sickeningly sweet scent of fake grape.  It looks pretty solid in the tin but it becomes super soft and applies evenly over lips.


If you look close, there are sparkles!

The balm applies clear but leaves a high gloss shine and lots of sparkles.  We’re not talking a little bit of shimmer here, we’re talking glitter sprinkled into the balm.  They add a little extra oomph to the balm if that’s something you like.


Direct Sun


Indirect sunlight, you can really see the sparkles

I almost felt like this balm either needed to not have sparkles at all or to have more.  There weren’t quite enough for them to apply evenly and you were left with little sections that had lots of sparkles and others that had none.  The formula was a bit greasy and it sat on top of my lips but never seemed to sink in.  This balm gets a 5/10 from me.  It works nicely over lipstick for a little extra shine (although cuts wear time down considerably) and the glitter adds a little bit extra to a look.  The formula didn’t dry out my lips but I also found that it didn’t really moisturize them either.  This is probably due to the balm never really sinking in and instead just sitting on top of the lips.  Overall it was okay as a balm but I prefer my Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kissers and EOS balms.

Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil in 1001 Silk Black. You should see my eyeliner collection, it is starting to get a teensy bit out of control.  I swear they’re starting to breed; they must be talking to my eyeshadows and lippies, and getting ideas!


This might’ve been the only real winner in this months glam bag.  I liked this liner quite a bit.  It was easy to use and I as able to get pretty crisp lines for a pencil liner.  The formula is a bit dryer and more pencil like than I am used to (I usually use Urban Decay liners which are very smooth and easy to apply) but I think the colour payoff makes up for that.  The formula also doesn’t transfer onto my lids like some other eyeliners do so that makes up for any dryness.


Using the liner for the day. Nice thin, clean line!


Later in the day, still looking strong!

This liner advertises itself as easily smudge-able to accentuate a smokey look as well as providing a crisp dark line.  I have to agree with these claims as it was very easy to blend out, while still providing a crisp, dark line.


Blended out on bottom.

This gets a 9/10.  It would have been a 10/10 had the formula been a bit creamier.  If I happen to ever run out of black eyeliner then I may pick this one up should it be available.

Finally we have Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo in Fresh and Elegant.  Fresh is on the left of this mini palette and Elegant is on the right. I’ve heard some pretty good things about Coastal Scents but this is the first I have been able to try from them.



Fresh on the Left and Elegant on the Right.

Swatches have patted on blush (top) and blended out (bottom) and are on bare skin.  First is Fresh.  This blush has a hint of shimmer and sparkle that you can see in the second image.  It’s a light fun pink that would be a perfect spring and summer colour.


Indirect Sunlight


Direct Sunlight

Next up are the swatches of Elegant.  This blush is a warm orange that would be nice for a formal occasion, a little less fun and cutsie than Fresh and more grownup.


Indirect sunlight


Direct sunlight

Both these blushes were nice wearable colours.  They had okay pigmentation but don’t really compare if you are used to using highly pigmented blushes (like those from Fyrinnae).  I found that I had to make a couple passes to get the desired payoff but this is fine it you prefer to build up colour slowly and have a more muted look.  The colour blends well and the bit of shimmer in the colours give a nice glow.  I give these blushes a 7/10.

Final Thoughts

This months bag was just okay but that’s the risk you take with a subscription service isn’t it? Overall the products were okay, they mostly just didn’t work for me.  Everyone has their own preferences and unfortunately not many of this months products fit mine.  I’m still loving this subscription and can’t wait to see what I get next month!

(All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated)