Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Lovin' and Beach Hair

I tried to blog about my July ipsy Glam Bag sooner.  I really did.  Unfortunately I spent the end of last week frantically trying to get my living room ready to have friends over.  I fell into bed every night after 11, after work followed by hours of patching, sanding, and painting.  Now that room is done, and I'm taking a little break.

Rather than photograph each stage of my product trial, I'll just share the final results and my opinions of each product.

Here's what's inside my July ipsy Glam Bag:
  • Pretty chevron makeup bag: I really like this bag.  I'll use it.  I'll enjoy it.  The colorful, festive print just begs to contain something fun.  
  • pūr~delicate gentle soymilk cleanser & makeup remover: I don't have much to say about this cleanser.  It removed my makeup, and my skin was left clean.  It did its job, but it wasn't any better than the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser** I usually use.  It's gentle.  It works.  It's nothing special.  I'm also less likely to use it to remove my makeup because, as I've said before, I'm too lazy to wash my face with water at the end of the day.
  • Crown Brush Professional Tweezers: These tweezers are very high quality.  I have sensitive skin with coarse hair, but the slanted edge and strong grip of these tweezers allow for plucking with minimal irritation.  
  • Nicka K New York HQ Quad Eyeshadow: I am very pleased with this eyeshadow.  It goes on smoothly with no creasing, and it is highly pigmented, even in the more subtle colors.  
  • Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick: I don't like the lipstick.  I don't like the thick but not creamy texture.  I don't like the wrong-for-me color.  I don't like the matte finish.  I don't like the inadequate coverage.  In spite of all of that, I'm not disappointed.  I am glad to have the opportunity to try new products, even the ones I don't fall in love with.  
Here's the final result of the first four products.  I didn't use the Coolway Beachy Salt Spray.  Instead I planned ahead to use it the next day.  I braided my wet hair and tucked the braid into my head wrap. My hair is naturally frustratingly straight.  Braiding it wet is one of the few ways to easily develop some texture.

  • Coolway Beachy Salt Spray: The next morning I skipped washing my hair and, after my shower, finger-combed the braid out and sprayed my hair with the Coolway Beachy Salt Spray.  I was prepared to be unimpressed, but I actually really liked the messy, tousled waves that developed.  The texture stayed in my hair, which is impressive because my hair doesn't hold texture well.  My hair really looked like I had spent the day on a beach vacation, and it smelled nice, too.  I love a beach vacation.  I was surprised and pleased with this spray.

I'm pleased with four of the six components of my July ipsy Glam Bag, and I'm not disappointed in the other two.  I have some ideas of what to do with the products that aren't right for me, and I'll be sharing those ideas too.

See part 1 of my July ipsy review here.

Check out last month's ipsy reviews here and here.

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