April Ipsy glam bag: Beautifully Bohemian

It's been a while since I've done a write-up of my Ipsy bag. I always post a photo on my Instagram, but I haven't done an actual in-depth post in a while, so let's do one now. I actually really liked the combination of products I got, and was super excited to try them.

So let's start with the gorgeous bag, which is made of a basketweave fabric in gorgeous spring/summer colors. (I actually thought this would look more appropriate for June, like a beach theme.) You'll see it in the background of my product photos.

So, first up is this Oval Concealer Brush from Crown Brush. Flat, dense head with synthetic bristles. Sturdy in my hand. I haven't used it - I don't usually apply concealer with a brush anyway - but it appears to be a good brush. (Ipsy usually sends really good brushes.)

Retail cost is apparently about $7, though you can order one from Crown's website for $3.

I also got a full-sized Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door Red. It does in fact feel quite moisturizing to wear. It's lightweight and comfortable, reminding me a bit of NYX's Butter Lipsticks. It's a bit on the glossy side, so it has a little more slide than a matte lipstick, but nothing a good lip pencil couldn't fix.

Red Door Red is a bright pinky red. I'm not so sure this is "Bohemian." Is it? This is nearly pinup red to me.

This lipstick retails for a whopping $25, which is more than I've ever spent on a lipstick, so this was kind of a big score this month, since I only paid $10 for the whole bag, you know?

I also received a JulieG Nails Matte Finish Top Coat. (JulieG Nails is a part of the brand Jesse's Girl.) I'm not really into doing nails, but I like the idea of a matte top coat.

I tested it out on one thumb:

Color: Sephora by OPI in Metro Chic
You can see the difference between the polish alone on the left and the top coat applied on the right. It looks really cool. One of these days when I have hours to sit around all day waiting for my nails to dry, I might actually do this. You know, on all my fingernails.

This product retails for about $4.

The last two products I tried to combine into a makeup look:

The Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint was a disappointment. Look at that gorgeous shade! I love berry colors! Unfortunately, it pretty much went on clear, on my lips and on my face. Not a trace of color. It's pretty much like a lip balm, but it didn't feel very moisturizing either, so I don't think it'd be very useful in that capacity.

The full-size version of this product (1oz) retails for $22.

Lastly, I got a nude dude:

Man, theBalm never disappoints! I guess they have a new palette out called Nude Dude Volume 2. (Whyyyyyy the name...) I've seen their Nude Dude palette before, and I think that this single shadow I got is approximately the same amount that I would get from the palette (for a single color, I mean).

I got Flirty, which is a GORGEOUS plummy gold. Oh my GOSH, do I love this color they sent. And just like with any of theBalm's shadows I've tried before, it's wonderfully pigmented and the texture is soft and buttery.

The palette itself is $36 for twelve colors. Judging from theBalm's website, it looks like a neutrals palette along the same vein as Naked 3 - lots of pink-based shades.

What I'm wearing:
- Primer: UD Primer Potion
- Eyeshadow: theBalm's Flirty all over my lid and along lower lashline
- Eyeliner: UD pencil in Whiskey
- Mascara: Maybelline The Rocket
- Cheeks: Mullein & Sparrow Lip and Cheek Tint (See anything? Me neither.)
- Lips: MAC lip pencil in Whirl and lipglass in Lovechild
- Face: MAC Face & Body

All in all, a great bag all around. Only one dud in the bunch, but the fact that I got a full-sized luxury-brand lipstick really helps make up for it.

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