February 2016 Ipsy Bag - Pretty in Pink

 I came home from running some errands and was surprised to find my February Ipsy Bag sitting on my desk! I hadn't received a shipping notice and lately I've been receiving my bag quite late into the month, so it was an unexpected delight to get it on the eleventh! I'm not quite as pleased with my bag's contents, but we'll talk about that later.

For those unfamiliar with Ipsy, this is a personalised monthly subscription that sends you a bag filled with 4-6 beauty products, ranging from samples to full sized, for just $10/month (shipping is included in the cost).

New Partnerships: Seraphine Botanicals, Naked Cosmetics. Mor, Perfect Formula, Bio-Oil, Ciate, Elizabeth&James, OGX, Bathhouse Soapery, Paula Dorf, Perfectly Posh, My Amazing Hair Secrets, Curl Keeper, It's a Ten, Curology, Skinfix

Repeat Partnerships: Trust Fund Beauty. Smashbox, Margaret Dabbs, ModelCo, Luxie Beauty, Chella, Jersey Shore Cosmetics, theBalm, Theorie, Dr. Brandt, Bella Pierre, It Cosmetics, Jo'Rel Parker, Josie Maran, Not Your Mother's, Tre'StiQue, Promise Organic, Vintage, Cake Beauty, Pure Brazilian

Click through to see the contents of my February Bag.

Notes on New Foundations

 Between two Ulta Hauls and a press package, I've ended up with a lot of new foundations on my hands! I take a long time to review foundations because I like to test them with different application methods, powders, primers, and concealers - basically I want to give you as much information as possible. That being said, I wanted to offer my initial opinion and some quick facts on these new base launches now that I've tried them all once or twice. All four foundations are drastically different - I'm having fun playing with lots of unfamiliar textures and formats. Click through for a quick
L'Oreal Lumi Cushion
My Shade: N2 Classic Ivory
Shade range: 12
Finish: Dewy
Texture: Fluid
Format: Cushion
Coverage level: Light, buildable
Price: $16.99/14.5ml
Thoughts: The most fun of the bunch, I've really been enjoying L'Oreal's new cushion foundation, both for it's light, glowy formula and it's novelty factor! I like this cushion foundation's buildable nature, but I'm struggling to find application methods that don't involve the included sponge - so far it's the only thing that works for me. I though the shade N2 was a good match, but just yesterday I noticed that it oxidizes slightly orange on me, which is disappointing.

Maybelline Dream Velvet
My Shade: 10 Porcelain Ivory
Shade Range: 12
Finish: Natural matte
Texture: Creamy
Format: Mousse
Coverage level: Medium
Price: $10.99/30ml
Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by Dream Velvet's light, creamy mousse texture, which glides and blends very smoothly. The medium coverage is complimented nicely by a skin-like matte finish. I'm kicking myself for my shade selection though - I chose Porcelain Ivory because it's usually Maybelline's lightest shade - but not this time! A lighter shade, Warm Ivory, is available, which I'm sure would match me better than this cool toned shade. I'm probably going to exchange, if possible.

Revlon ColorStay Compact
My Shade: 110 Ivory
Shade Range: 12
Finish: Matte
Texture: Creamy
Format: Cream compact
Coverage level: Light
Price: $15.99/11g
Thoughts: I've never used a cream compact foundation before, which is the only reason I chose to purchase Revlon's ColorStay Compact. This foundation feels fantastically creamy in the pan, but it looks atrocious on my skin! Patchy, dry, and just gross - I definitely need to play with primers. Of the four foundations in this post, Revlon's Ivory is probably the best shade match for me, which sucks because it's my least favorite formula thus far.

Pür Cosmetics HydraFluid*
My Shade: Light
Shade Range: 5
Finish: Dewy
Texture: Fluid
Format: Liquid
Coverage level: Sheer
Price: $39/30ml
Thoughts: This serum like foundation has a lovely texture and beautiful dewy finish, but it offers minimal coverage. The lightest shade, Light, is quite dark, too dark for me to wear in public, so I'm having a hard time wearing it enough to test thoroughly. If a 'fair' shade had been available, I'd be all over the HydraFluid foundation, I like a lot about it, but as always, Pür has disappointed me with it's shade range.

Have you tried any of these foundations? Which one sounds most interesting to you?

Press samples are marked with an asterisk (*). 

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Primer Review

Elizabeth Mott's Thank Me Later Eye Primer has a "lightweight and waterproof formula that locks in your eye makeup and prevents shadow creasing. Unlike your ex, Thank Me Later will never let you down. This silky blend dries transparent and helps prep your lids for a smooth and even application. Watch your favorite eye shadows intensely come to life. More importantly, it protects your eye makeup all day so you can back to the important things in life (cat videos, selfies, and hoarding makeup samples)." This eyeshadow primer contains 10 grams (.35 oz) of product and retails for $20 on Elizabeth Mott's website. I received a very generous deluxe sample of Thank Me Later in my December Ipsy Bag. Elizabeth Mott is cruelty free.

Free Beauty Events February Beauty Basket Giveaway

Hi, Friends! I just wanted to let yinz know about Free Beauty Event's February Beauty Basket Giveaway. This month, they're giving away products from Simple, ELF, Vaseline, Covergirl, and more! Entering is easy, all you have to do is go to Free Beauty Event's website and Facebook page and fill out a simple entry form. You have til February 29th to enter. Winners will be chose on 3/10/2016 and notified by 3/15/2016. This giveaway is open to US residents only. 

Even if you're not a fan of the products Free Beauty Events is giving away this month, the site is still worth checking out. Free Beauty Events offers as a listing of free beauty events throughout the country. Simply type in your zip code and you'll be directed to a listing of demos, samples, events, free makeovers, open houses and more in your general area. On top of that, the site also features a beauty blog for reviews and how-to's.

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