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Ipsy September Unboxing: Glamazon

Ipsy September Unboxing: Glamazon
Kirstin Carnage


It’s officially autumn now, and with the season comes some of my favorite things about fashion and makeup. I can wear darker colors without boiling in the Arizona sun, and my tendency to wear witchy makeup is perfect for this time of year. This is why this month’s Ipsy bag let me down. The bag itself, which spells out “IPSY” is nothing special, and the contents even less so.



First, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I got a mask again. This one is called Moisturizing Mask Crème Fraîche de Beauté by Nuxe. I love facial products, and I love masks, but I’m kind of getting bored of seeing them in every bag. One of my initial reasons for signing up with Ipsy was that I’d get to change it up every month, and try out not only new products, but new types of products. On the plus, if I had to receive one of these products repeatedly, a mask would be the best one to keep getting.


If you haven’t tried dry shampoo, it’s OK but I only recommend it in a pinch. It’s supposed to be kind of powdery and absorb oil so your unwashed hair doesn’t look greasy, but I don’t like to use it very often because it still makes my hair feel dirty. That being said, I’ve only ever seen dry shampoo, but this dry conditioner (Forget-me-knot by Eva NYC) intrigued me. It smells nice and feels lightweight, but its claim to detangle couldn’t compete with my super thick Sicilian hair.


A few years ago, it seemed like there was a trend of “plumping” lip products, which had things like cayenne in them to make your lips swell. I thought this trend was over, but receiving this product made me realize they just started putting it in nicer containers, like
this one from Too Faced. Its overwhelming scent makes me think it should change its name from “Lip Injection Extreme” to  “drunk toddler” because it smells like a combination between my first lipgloss when I was five and alcohol. It burns, which is to be expected, and my lips didn’t feel or look any bigger, just tingly. It did turn them a slight reddish color, but that was about it. Definitely not a product I’d recommend.


I’ve mentioned before how I don’t do my nails often, but that when I do I prefer muted or dark colors. The only exception to this is super bright neon colors when I’m channeling my ’80s aesthetic. I don’t ever wear red nail polish because I don’t like the way it looks on me, so receiving “Holy Fuschia” by Be a Bombshell Cosmetics was kind of a disappointment. The formula is fine, and the color seems to last, but I will probably give it away because it’s just not my style.


Finally, I received this highlighter by tre’StiQue in Maldives Luminescent. It seems like every time I get contour/highlighting stuff, it’s never an appropriate color for me. But this is a very sheer, iridescent color that I feel is flattering for my complexion. It’s pretty subtle, which is also good because I’m kind of a highlighter noob. Of all the products I received this month, this was definitely the one I’ll use the most.


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