ipsy: Street Style

We are in the Autumn season, guys and gals; not a moment too soon! And the September ipsy glam bag was a lovely complement to kick off one of my favorite times of the year. This month’s theme was “Street Style”, which is quite the trend; so naturally all the gifties this bag contained were quite on point, including the silver studded glam bag itself. Let’s take a looksie:

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Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction
I’m no stranger to Alterna products, especially with being in the industry, and, of course, the fact that Katie Holmes has ownership with the brand and serves as a brand ambassador additionally. I haven’t tried this CC cream, and although I’m normally picky about hair product samples, I do dig this one.
So, what is this? It’s a leave in product that promotes 10 benefits for your hair. What are the 10 benefits? They are: Moisture, Shine, Smoothness, Softness, UV Protection, Manageability, Strength, Anti-Breakage, Heat Protection and Light Hold. It’s to be used primarily on clean, towel-dried hair before styling, but it can also be used in moderation on dry hair for extra taming and polish.
If you’re interested in trying this one out, particularly if you have coarse or damaged hair, visit http://www.alternahaircare.com. Entering code IPSY20 at checkout gets you 20% off your purchase and free shipping.

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Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
As a makeup artist I was particularly stoked to receive this brush in my bag. Now normally I’m not a huge fan of dual ended brushes, but for Crown I will make an exception as this brush is amazing. One end gives you the shadow brush for packing on shadow and contouring the eye, while the other end is used for adding definition. The bristles are a synthetic fiber, but the feel of them is so incredibly soft, I love it. Visit http://www.crownbrush.us to add a few of these incredible brushes to your arsenal.

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Hikari Lipstick
This brand, Hikari, was a relatively new one for me, but it also ended up being my favorite product in the bag. I’m a fan now, tested and proven. I received the shade “Cabernet”, a deep, rich red wine color; perfect for the upcoming months! Not only is the pigment of the lipstick rich and big on impact, the product itself glides on smooth and lasts quite a while (I didn’t time exactly). You are left with a matte finish after application, but a quick coat of gloss easily amps up shine if that’s your thing. Check out all of Hikari’s products at http://www.hikaricosmetics.com, you won’t be disappointed.

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NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow
We all know NYX, and we all love NYX, or at least I do. Their products are almost a steal for the great quality you get at a drugstore price point (although NYX is not a drugstore brand). Their formulas are actually quite pigmented, buildable and blendable. There are actually 88 shades to choose from, so there is something for every look you could dream up. I received a lovely neutral khaki brown color, perfect to wear alone or amp up and smoke out blending in some darker hues. If there’s two things I love for Fall it’s a neutral eye and a deep pigmented lip…good job ipsy!! I usually purchase my NYX products at Ulta or Target, but you can always shop from home at http://www.nyxcosmetics.com.

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Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil
Pacifica pops up time and again in these bags, but I’ve personally never gone out and purchased additional products from the brand. This time I received this eye pencil in the shade “gun metal”, a metallic blue-gray color. The color was quite pretty, but I think what’s turning me off here is the fact that it’s a pencil-pencil, when I’m prone to using a softer glide-on formula, think, Urban Decay 24-7 glide on. So I guess going into my first impressions of this product I was already holding it up to some high standards, brand and quality wise. Although I may not use this for an everyday look, I’m sure I can incorporate it into some holiday looks, especially since it is in the metallic family. Another thing I greatly appreciated about this brand is that they do not test on animals, which is always a gold star in my book. You can learn more about the products and brand at http://www.pacificabeauty.com

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Awesome glam bag you guys! If you have been debating whether or not to invest in a subscription then do it, do it now! With the approaching holiday months the bags will surely be on par with this month’s.
XOXO

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