April Glam Bag – Side Show

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I think this month’s glambag is cute for the summer especially if you’re hitting up festivals or summer fairs. However, compared to other glambags I don’t think this one would hold as much as some of their other designs due to the shape and fabric. I felt okay when I got to see what was in this glambag. I was excited about the Luxie brush as always, the ColourPop eyeliner and I was actually excited about getting a nail polish this time around because of the cute spring/summer colour.

 

Defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in Paradise Island

I really like this nail polish. Not only does it not include ingredients such as formaldehyde it is also made in the USA. I love the mint – light blue color and so far it has been chip free. The brush was the perfect size. I was able to coat my whole nail with just one swipe and only took 2 coats to get an opaque color. I did feel like it took longer than normal for the color to dry. If I find these polishes in store I would definitely consider picking more colours up.    

[Update: This is probably one of the best nail polishes I have ever used. I’ve been wearing this colour for a week now and there are no to minimal signs of wear on the tips of my nails. I am extremely surprised because I find my nails take a fair beating and always chip on me within a few days. I did only two coats of polish and didn’t apply a top coat until 2 days after because I wanted to change up the textures by using both a matte and regular top coat and both textures are holding up phenomenally. I would highly recommend this polish to anyone who has problems with colours chipping on them easily or want long wearing nail colours!]

Full size 14.7 ml (0.5oz). I’m not sure how much it is as the link on Ipsy’s website sends me to the Target website that further says available only in store.

 

The White Company Seychelles Hand and Nail Cream

This is a London based luxury brand that I have not heard of until now. The hand cream is a nice fresh summer scent and I find the vanilla and bergamot notes are most noticeable. I’m not sure if the hand cream is thicker than most like the Ipsy website says but it did absorb quickly and didn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. Although, I believe that I have hand creams that work better than this one but it will live in my purse either way.

Sample size is 30ml (1oz). I wasn’t able to find this hand cream on their website but from looking at the other products it’s most likely expensive which means it’s not worth purchasing in my opinion when there’s other less expensive better products.  

 

Hikari – Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in Honey Dew

I’ve gotten Hikari products before and to me they’ve all been okay or not that great. This shadow seemed promising when swatched with my finger and nothing too special about the colour it’s just a bright shimmery shade. I don’t really think it’s a metallic coral pink hue like the Ipsy website says I’d say it’s more muted than that. I tried to apply this color to my eyelid with my Luxie short shader brush and it was not working for me. I don’t think the colour was being picked up by the brush and so I found I got better results when I applied it with my finger. After wearing it out for the day it creased on me really badly which is not what it’s supposed to do apparently according to the description. I did wear it without my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer so maybe I’ll get better results with a primer [UPDATE: I tried the shadow again with my Urban Decay shadow primer in Sin and it still creased just as badly. However, layering a powder eyeshadow on top prevented it from creasing as much]. The shadow came in a pan inside a plastic sample packaging and will most likely live in my travel makeup bag.

UPDATE: Turns out I’ve actually gotten their Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in a previous glambag in the colour Mink (chestnut shimmery brown) which actually came full size. This color swatched and applied better than the Honey Dew colour I received this time around.

This product is half of the amount of the regular pigments at 2g (0.035oz). It retails for $13.00 on the Hikari website. Code: IPSY30 for 30% off any purchase.

 

ColourPop Cosmetics Creme Gel Eyeliner in Best O

This is my first time trying the Creme Gel Eyeliner from ColourPop so I was very excited. The colour Best O is described as a deepened burgundy color and I would agree with that. The pencil applied very smoothly to my lid however the tip broke off when I was using it. Kind of disappointing in that remark but not too big of a deal. The colour stayed very well on my eyelid even after I accidentally rubbed my eye (I forget I’m wearing makeup sometimes). I love coloured eyeliners and would consider picking up more of these (sigh exchange rate and international shipping).

Full size product. Retails for $5 on the ColourPop website

 

Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660

I love my Luxie brushes so I’m always excited to get them. Like all of my Luxie brushes this one is super soft. I most likely won’t use this brush for foundation (I rarely use foundation as it is and I also use a different brush for application) but probably for cream blush, bronzer, or highlighter. To me the brushes are expensive (especially with the exchange rate) but comparable in price to brushes of similar quality and I’m lucky to get them in my glambags. If you buy higher end brushes I’d definitely consider looking into this brand.

This brush retails for $30.89 CAD on their website.  Code: IPSY660 for 30% off Luxie Brushes

You can join Ipsy here: https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=ppzx

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