IPSY April 2015

This IPSY review is going to be the last for quite some time as I have cancelled my IPSY subscription. There was nothing wrong with the subscription, in fact I loved it! However, I found with school and everything else going on the samples just started piling up. I want to get a chance to actually try products and re-purchase the ones I love, rather than feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of products I haven’t tried yet. So here is my review of the IPSY April 2015 bag. Enjoy!

April IPSY 2015

The theme for the bag this month was bohemian beautiful. The bag is a really cool woven texture with rainbow colours woven into the pattern. The inside is beautifully lined so nothing inside the bag will pull or tear at the woven design on the outside. I always love how high quality the bags from IPSY are.

JulieG nail polish (Damsel): This nail polish was an interesting one for me. I have heard of a lot of nail polish brands over the years, but never have I heard of JulieG before. The colour damsel looks like a bubble gum pink in the container, but it dries to more of a raspberry colour on the nails. Though this is one of the smellier perfumes I’ve tried, the colour is very opaque and I could easily get away with just one coat on my nails. I haven’t tested the longevity of the polish yet, but I’m hoping it lasts because it is a gorgeous colour.

Hey Honey Good Morning Serum: To start, this serum looks really weird out of the tube. It’s a bright yellow colour and has a sweet smell to it. I was not expecting much from this serum because a lot of serums tend to dry my face out. However, this serum is super moisturizing. It’s almost like a lotion to the point where I don’t really feel a need to put on a moisturizer at all. However, I might be a little sensitive to some of the ingredients in it because it has started to tingle a little when I put it on (it didn’t do that when I first tried it).

Aromachology Sophisticated and Sensual eau de parfum: This perfume smells awesome. It’s a very bright floral-citrusy scent, and doesn’t have that musky scent that I tend to associate with sophisticated perfumes. I think the floral is lily or maybe magnolia (just checked, it’s both), but it makes me think of warm summer days with the flowers blooming on the trees. I absolutely love this perfume and it comes in a rollerball which is super handy for travel.

Starlooks lipgloss (Cuddle): I wasn’t so sure about this lipgloss when I saw the package. The colour looked to have a brownish tint to it so I wasn’t sure how it would look on my lips. It’s a very sheer, shimmery wash of colour that doesn’t look odd at all when on. It also smells a lot like vanilla cake batter (yay for finally getting a lipgloss that doesn’t smell like paint). The formula is a little sticky, but other than that I have no complaints about it.

theBalm eyeshadow (Fit): I have previously heard of the brand theBalm before, but I had never tried any of their products before. The eyeshadow in the colour fit is a shimmery bronze/copper mix. The formulation is really smooth with little fallout. It’s not only a lovely colour, it’s also very pigmented. I’m very impressed with this eyeshadow because the colour is slightly different from anything I currently own, and the brand overall seems to be a great quality.

If you want to get your own subscription to IPSY you can click here. I honestly enjoyed this  subscription service, and will probably re-subscribe once I get through my mountain of samples.

Book Nook: The E-Book Debate

It’s end of April and you know what that means? No more finals (and more blog posts)! Sorry for the slight abandonment. Something just had to give this semester, and unfortunately it was the blog. However, I have been writing posts during the past month. I just didn’t want to put up posts that weren’t up-to-snuff quality wise. So look forward to multiple blog posts coming at you for the next three weeks! Anyhow, on to e-books!

There has always been a debate about e-books vs. physical copies. Everyone I talk to has their own preference, and I personally am a physical book lover. I like being able to turn the pages and just enjoy the experience of having a physical copy. I was always skeptical of e-readers. I never liked reading books on my iPad because the backlight gives me migraines after a while. However, my stance may have changed a little on e-readers.

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My issue with reading books is I am a very fast reader. It doesn’t take me very long to finish a novel. Though I love being able to read through a series quickly, it becomes an issue when travelling. Since I read through books fairly quickly, I end up having to pack at least 2-3 books for a week trip. And let me tell you, physical books weigh a lot. I try to buy paperbacks in order to reduce the amount of weight, but it still gets rediculous sometimes. I’ve been looking at “proper” e-readers like the kindle and kobo, and I was happy to find they don’t have a backlight like the iPad. Checking them out in person, they are very different compared to reading from a tablet. I never thought I would say this, but I might switch to e-books for traveling. I’m not saying I’m giving up physical copies of books all together, but I would love to be able to bring books on vacation without feeling like a pack mule. What are your opinions on e-books vs. physical copies?