This month's hot pink furry clutch was packed with little early Christmas gifts for yourself. Below I will give a small review on each product and it's CAN dollar value, plus the grand value based on current exchange rate. Hope everyone has an amazing holiday this year with family and friends, lets jump into 2016's last Ipsy review.
Ciate London Liquid Velvet shade "Pin Up" - the hyaluronic acid has a very moisturizing effect on the lips, never creasing in my cracks. The berry pigment is suitable for day and night wear, flattering on many skintones. I have already recieved this shade in my Chloe Morello beauty haul, if you want some makeup inspiration with this shade check out her Youtube videos. Ciate London did a nice job on this lip formula, the only negative thing I have to say is it's not smudge proof. The dom applicator makes application precise and hasslefree. All 13 shades avaliable are formulated without gluten and it's vegan and cruelty free, you can purchase them on sephora.ca Full retail value $23.00 CAN/ 6ml Size in bag $7.50 CAN for 2ml.
Mint Pear Blending Sponge- this sponge is latex free and made with anti- microbial material. I can tell by the texture of this sponge it's not one of the cheap $5.00 ones you see around. The material and shape show this has had the influence of people in the industry behind it. I own a beauty blender like every other makeup user in the world. This sponge is just as good at blending and the pear shape makes it great for contour blending. The fine tip feature makes working around the eyes and nose stress free. The durablity claims to not dry up and crack ; it will take a few months of use to see if it's true to it's claim. Full retail value $20.00 USD= $26.69 CAN
The Balm Mad Lash Black Mascara- there is not much to say about mascara, it gets the job done. The curved wand does all the work for you lifting the lashes up. The formula is slightly better than the drugstore mascara's placing it in the middle brand market. Mascara is a hard cosmetic to review because it's a pretty basic makeup item. Full retail value $18.00 USD/ 8ml = $24.00 CAN Size in bag $7.50 CAN for 2.5ml
Barefoot Venus Gingersnap Instant Hand Repair - let me just start off by saying this holiday collection smells like freshly baked gingerbread. I'm in love with this creams festive smell. Made with shea butter, mango seed butter, olive oil and soybean oil, it's intensely hydrating. The cream is extremly thick at first, almost like when you get butter on your hands and try to wash them. I hate to say it but I felt like I wanted to wipe my hands on a cloth instantly. After about 6-7 minutes it worked it's self into the skin. All my dryness was rehydrated, which is perfect for Canadian winters. A portion of the proceeds are donated to grass- roots organization that helps individuals and families living with Autism. Barefoot Venus is made in Canada and has super chic packaging in an assortment of bath, hand, foot and body care. Full retail value $4.75 CAN/ 1oz that was the size in bag
Tarte Maracuja Oil - this oil is perfect for balancing a number of skin concerns. Full of fatty acids to reawaken the skins suppleness. The vitamin C will brighten the skin and even out coloured patches. The oil is a great product to add to the night skincare routine. The smell of the oil is kinda odd, but nothing to potenient you can't overlook. Maracuja oil is formulated without gluten, mineral oils, sodium lauryl sulfates, while having the bonus of being vegan and hypoallergenic. Whoever designed the packaging did a beautiful job with the purple glass jar and fake wood and gold top. Attached to the top is a dropper, to get the perfect amount of drops out for each use. I personally use about 3 drops in my palm and pat into my skin. Full retail value $19.00 CAN/ 15ml size in bag $8.82 CAN/ 7ml
This months full retail bag total with these products was $55.26 Canadian. Can not wait to see what the New Year has in store for Ipsy, until then sending you all the best wishes this holiday! See you in the New Year.