Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 2012 Ipsy / Glam Bag Review - Part 2

See Part 1 here.  

Yay, I finally got to play with my Glam Bag products!  Now I want to talk about them, so you get to get ready with me while we chat.  Not literally.  Just for the purposes of this blog post.    

This is what I look like after I've showered and done my normal rosacea skin care routine.  Awesome, right?

It's time for someone's eyebrow wax
I am not much of a primer person, but I do know that a little goes a long way.  I have never used the Mirabella Face and Eye fact, I don't think I have ever tried out any Mirabella products at all.  If I've received them from a past subscription service, it's still sitting around untouched.  

Primed, I am still red but less shiny.  The Mirabella Prime went on very smooth...I love the way silicone-based primers feel on the skin - so luxurious!  I should probably make a primer part of my daily routine.

Someone over at makeuptalk posted the following video from Goss Makeup Artist (love him) about why you should only combine silicone-based primers with silicone-based foundations, not water-based.  It involves science, and was therefore a total OH, DUH, WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THAT moment for me.  

Armed with my newfound knowledge, I searched for a compatible foundation.

Haha, just kidding!  I was totally dying to try the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm out.  I don't care what it's made of, I slapped it on right over the Mirabella Prime.

I used this much twice, then dabbed a bit extra on the areas I'd use concealer if I were less lazy
The BB Cream had a very nice texture and scent - kind of minty.  Weird for something going on my face, but I liked it.  It wasn't cakey at all, applied smoothly, but just is not enough coverage for my crazy rosacea face.  It would be something I'd put on for a weekend day sitting around the house.

Since I had to go to work and therefore look presentable (aka not bright red), I slapped on a layer of my beloved MAC studio fix powder over top.  It didn't really turn me yellow (I was in a rush and didn't notice how bad that shot was, sorry!), but it did actually make me think I could get away with the BB Cream on the regular.  The primer and beauty balm were a great base for the powder, and my skin looked pretty and smooth and not cakey at all.  I hope it has staying power, this could be a game changer!

I blow dried and straightened my hair, then went off to work to answer some emails before I could sneak off to finish my makeup.  Time management is not my strongest skill.  

I don't own many loose shadows, but my stint with Bare Minerals prepared me for how to not make a total mess when applying them.  I grabbed a little container from a shower set so I could dump some of the NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Mink Pearl into it.  I probably needed a flatter brush to really pack it on, but I wanted a more subtle effect for work so I just used the London Soho New York Smudge Brush Ipsy gave us a few months ago.  It's a really nice brush for getting a nice wash of color all over the lid in addition to the regular smokey eye use.     

Unfortunately, the shadow did not photograph well AT ALL.  This color is really's a golden toned brown (or a brown toned gold?).  I have been obsessing with gold looks for the holidays, but the brown tones down the gold and makes is much more appropriate for daily use.    It is really SO MUCH PRETTIER on in real life than I have shown here.  

I finished the look with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero.  This is already my go-to eyeliner, so I obviously am a fan.  I prefer preversion to zero for a blacker black, but zero is a good daytime back.  The UD eyeliners go on very smoothly and are highly pigmented.  

The Be A Bombshell gloss in Hot Mess (still the best name ever) is not as shockingly red on the lips as it is in the bottle.  It's a very wearable red, which is perfect for someone like me who isn't very adventurous in lip colors.  It has a bid of a weird scent, but it isn't sticky.  It came off all over my diet coke, but has decent staying power if you aren't pressing your sweet sweet caffeine dispenser up to it every 8 seconds.   

Before on the left, after on the right
And now for the part where I make a zillion stupid faces in an attempt to show you the makeup. Unfortunately, the one with the very stupidest face is the only one where you can really see it.  Hello, internet.  Meet my stupid face.  I hope you like its makeup.  

And now for the ratings...

Mirabella Prime: I feel like I don't wear primer enough to be really qualified, but my face makeup is holding up well after a few hours, which I never would have guessed would be possible with an american beauty balm replacing my full coverage foundation.  So I'd repurchase it, and I'll give it an A-.  

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm: It isn't the best choice for my rosacea, so I wouldn't repurchase.  The scent is nice, it applies smoothly, doesn't cake...but I have to give it a B- for the lack of coverage.  It would be in the A range if I was looking for a minimal coverage, "my skin but better" type of balm.  

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Mink Pearl:  So pretty!  I want all 10!  A

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: My holy grail pencil liner, will definitely repurchase.  A+

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess: A for the name, for the gloss.  Just okay, I'll use it up but won't likely repurchase.  

Note that I haven't tried out the Mai Couture papers.  It looked like it might be too orange / weirdly colored for a daytime highlight, so I didn't want to risk it while at work.  

I may update if there are any more important pieces of information after wearing it all day...otherwise, hope you enjoyed this!  How do you like your Ipsy Glam Bag?

End of day update:

Okay, so I just did a quick makeup check (9 hours after application).  My stupid pics won't send, but I can tell you that my eye makeup hasn't budged, and there is SHOCKINGLY little rosacea bleed through for just having a beauty balm and some powder on my face.  There is a little bit of "makeup pooling" and you can tell I'm a red person, but I still look in the realm of normal (unlike my makeup-free face in picture 1 above).  This leads me to believe that primers are not bullshit, as I previously thought.  I am going to experiment more with the Naked Skin, but it might be a nice alternative to foundation - my skin is soft and doesn't feel like it has tons of crap on it.  My lip balm is long gone, but that is to be expected.  Will post the pics tomorrow.  

Don't forget to enter the Julep contest for $432 worth of polish and products here (be sure to mention the Diniwilks!!!!), and to stop on over to my contest afterwards.  Ends 12/31.


Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Wait, people put on makeup just to hang around the house? Color me impressed. I'm lucky if I put on any make-up to leave the house (and I'm no natural beauty, either). =)

Alicia Curley said...

If you ever have a chance, go to Sephora or another high end makeup place that has airbrush foundation. Ask them for a demonstration of how it would work with your skin. Airbrush is seriously the most amazing thing to make your complexion look perfect. I don't know how it works with rosacea, but worth looking into. It's expensive foundation, so for fancy occasions only probably, but it is seriously incredible. I used it for my holiday party this past weekend and my skin looked flawless!

Allison said...

Do you have a review of the Mai Couture? :o)

Not Insane...Promise! said...

Makes me want MyGlam/Ipsy...I have been a little wary since seeing YouTube reviews when it was just MyGlam and got terrible reviews, but full sized Urban Decay??? Sign me up! I personally have been one of the fortunate few (knock on wood) to consistently get great Birchboxes (I've never had one I've been unhappy with, the only thing I've ever gotten that I didn't love was a lifestyle extra Larabar which I promptly gave to Brian to consume), but I definitely would have chosen this box over my Birchbox this month...ah may zing

Not Insane...Promise! said...

AHHHH my fiance got me a year's gift subscription to Ipsy for Christmas since I was talking about wanting it after this! I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Just had to

Anonymous said...

Hi, I found your blog while searching for tips for rosacea. I have these pesky flareups this winter. My dermatologist always says that it's best not to use too much product on rosacea skin, but it's hard to resist, especially if I leave the house. :) I've been using Avene Soothing Serum and Clinique Antiredness Moisturizer: they are quite good in calming my skin. Good luck with rosacea! You're not alone! :)