Ipsy Gems of April 2018 - And Is Being A Social Butterfly Really That Important?

by - April 20, 2018

Good morning, pookies! I'm happy to be back after a small break as I've been trying to figure out my blogging schedule, figuring out what you guys need and what I need to focus on and such. I've decided to just blog on Fridays, at most, just to make sure I'm not overdoing it for you as well as for me! Have to say, blogging on a Monday when I've just come back from the weekend is pretty rough.

Okay, doing anything on a Monday after coming back from the weekend is pretty rough.

But without further adieu, I want to show you what came in my super adorable Ipsy bag this month! Ipsy's theme was Social Butterfly and it's beautifully portrayed on the rose gold bag they gave me. I just want to put a little handle on the zipper and use this gorgeous bag as a small purse. It'd be super adorable that way.




Anyway, it's festival season so the contents were quirky, cute and interestingly enough (for my bag anyway), not so much makeup focused as on body and haircare. I guess when it's festival season, you really have to invest in all day things like making sure your skin and hair are properly moisturized so you can handle the beautiful warm springy days while rocking to your favorite bands with a bunch of other weirdos like yourself.

So what did I get?

1. Briogeo Rosarco Milk Conditioning Spray

First of all, this stuff smells actually edible. It smells like the birthday cake of your dreams. When I first put it in my hair, I felt like the fairy of rosehip oil, argan and coconut oil. Which is a nice feeling. It's supposed to be used on damp hair, but I find that it works fantastically as a refreshing spray, when I've been outside and the wind has been working it's wonders on my curls, it's nice to just give my hair a little bit of hydration to bring back my definition. Also note, there are no parabens, no sulfates and no demethicones so curly girls can feel pretty safe using this.

2. Delectable by Cake Beauty Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Coconut & Cream

You know how a lot of body lotions smell and feel overpowering? Like whatever magic they had at the lab that smelled like unicorn morning breath, they ended up accidentally ("accidentally") dumping the entire contents into the formula? I'm so glad to say that that is not the case with this body lotion. It's got a very lightweight consistency and has shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera in it. It's nice to put it on right after I get out of the shower for that smooth and fresh feeling.

3. Nomad Cosmetics Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun

The last time Ipsy sent me a highlighter, it was like cotton candy pink. The texture was amazing but the color and shade just didn't match my autumn skin tone. So I wrote on Ipsy's review page that though I liked the highlighter, the color wasn't for me and now I actually have the highlighter of my dreams. I don't know if that was a coincidence (if you got this highlighter, put in the comments what you think of it!) but this is really the perfect highlighter for me. The sample is super small but this girl knows how to make it work.

4. Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

This mascara is kind of interesting. I'm not sure if it's any different from any other mascara you can get at the drugstore and in fact, the ones at the drugstore might be better. There's just nothing phenomenal about it, though I do like the brush. There's a lot of bristles on it so it separates each lash really nicely. There's just nothing shocking or blowing me away with it, as opposed to the PUR Mini Fully Charged Mascara I got a few months ago.

5. Ciate London Starstruck Double-Ended Stamp Liquid Liner

When I found out what was in my Ipsy bag, I was super excited that I was getting this liner. And when I tried it out, I was thrilled. First of all, the liner end is a very nice, thick brush that is deeply pigmented. It's a nice matte liner that glides on smoothly and evenly. And then on the other side of the pen, is a little star stamp that is super adorable. I know a lot of girls put it just on the outside of the lid, but I like to follow Ipsy's suggestion and put it on my wrist. It's just one of those quirky, thoughtful things to add to daily makeup.

I really, really liked this edition of Ipsy's Glam Bag but the only thing I was actually kind of disappointed in was their thinking behind the idea of "social butterfly". The little introduction card they put in the bag stated that we should all be really social this month and "say yes" to all the things people invite us to, all the opportunities and experiences that are always around us, just say yes, yes, yes. I would quote it directly, but I threw it away because I felt that they could have come up with something more thoughtful, something more important than just filling up our calendars with things to do and places to be and people to see.

When you say "yes, yes, yes" every single time someone or something presents you with an idea, an opportunity or just a party to go to, you're going to wind up being burnt out, exhausted and in need of self-care. I've said "yes" so many times to so many things and though there's a lot of things I'm glad I've said "yes" to, there's a whole lot of other times when I wish that I had said "no".

If you feel like you need to say "no", please don't feel bad about it. If you feel like you need to say "no", say it. I will too.

It's festival season. It's time to be with people who genuinely love us, it's time to listen to music that has touched our hearts and lives, it's time to take in sunshine and fresh air and be ourselves.

It's a really great time of the year. Let's spend our precious time in pursuit of loving others and loving ourselves.

What did you think of the Ipsy bag this month? Put it down there in the comments! I'd love to hear from you and what your plans are for glowing up! If you haven't, make sure you're subscribed to email updates, you follow on Bloglovin', Twitter and Instagram.

Have a great day, beautiful.

--Emily

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