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Yay for another Ipsy bag! And yay for finally getting another blog post up! I know I don’t have a large reader base right now, but I do apologize for my absence to those who do follow this blog. This semester has been amping up my stress level exponentially over the last few weeks. And I know, it’s college and to be expected. But I’m still getting used to the whole blogging thing, and I’m trying to stay more disciplined in writing and posting at least weekly. I definitely have not held to that very well, but I am working on it!
On that note, let’s jump right into what I thought of this past month’s Ipsy bag. Spoiler alert: I LOVED it.
Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask
Let’s start with what I wasn’t in love with. I’ve actually received this product in an ipsy bag before, and I wasn’t thrilled to get it again. It claims to double as a mask and a moisturizer. In my opinion, trying to do both just made the formula too heavy to be a nice moisturizer, but not dense enough to hold to the skin as a mask. Overall, not a fan. But, if you’re in the market for a very creamy, ultra-moisturizing dry skin fix, maybe give this one a try?
Youth to the People Age Prevention Cleanser
I’m not usually a fan of cleansers in Ipsy bags, but I’ve been fairly impressed by this one. I love the idea that all the ingredients are healthy and natural and things you could literally eat. It also foams pretty well, and the formula is light but goes a long way. It is a simple, refreshing product that is great for anyone looking to try a new natural facial cleanser for a healthy, revitalizing wash!
Crown Brush C141 Small Chisel Brush
I am, on the other hand, always a fan of brushes in Ipsy bags. This one did not disappoint. It is the perfect size and shape for contour and bronzing. Neither of which I usually do very often, but this brush has definitely brought me around to it! I still don’t contour heavily, but the brush has a perfect texture for a subtle application of bronzer to add dimension. It seems sturdy and like it will last me forever too, which is great!
MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
One thing I love about Ipsy is the opportunity to try products I never would have purchased for myself. I am not usually a high-end makeup shopper, but this product may just be a re-purchase! This primer doubles as a highlighter, adding a light shimmer and glow underneath your foundation. The formula is light and goes on feeling like a moisturizer. I’m kinda in love. Definitely recommend, especially if you’re into the glow-y highlighted look without all the blinding shimmer.
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Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty
Another new favorite, instantly. This blush, true to Tarte’s standard, is a perfect go-to shade. The color fits my skin tone, although it requires a little building on my darker undertone in order to really show up, But I like that it is not overpowering and can be worn very subtly. The shade feisty is perfect and wearable with almost any look! All in all, this is definitely another highly recommend.
(Click the picture to shop- Feisty is not currently stocked, but other AMAZING shades are!)
Nice work this month, Ipsy!
Honestly, there’s no happier moment than checking your mailbox at school and finding out you have a package. Better yet when you go to pick it up and you can see it on the mail shelf because it’s a bright shiny pink package. Thanks to my sporadic Ipsy subscription, I just got my October package a few days ago!
I’ve been an on-and-off subscriber to Ipsy. It’s affordable at only $10/month, but sometimes when I’m at school and don’t have steady income that’s just not feasible. A girl’s gotta eat.
But this last month I re-subscribed because I was craving some new products to try out. I have been pretty impressed with what I’ve gotten! Let’s take a look.
Nail Medic Charcoal Infused Nail Polish (Shade: Lava)
Lava is a gorgeous matte lavender-grey described on the Ipsy website as “a not too prissy way to wear pastel.” The formula was a good consistency and went on smoothly. I have trouble keeping nail polish on my fingers in general. But I’ve had this one on for almost three days now with no chipping or cracking! Definitely recommend, especially in this shade.
The claim of this product is that it is infused with actual charcoal bits that protect your nails from toxins and pollutants. I haven’t really had the time to observe the protecting effects since receiving my bag. But my nails do feel a bit tougher with the polish on, not sure if that’s the charcoal doing its job or just the fact that I have nail polish on.
Context Skin Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream
I’m not a huge eye cream person, but I’m always up for trying new things. This eye cream is as lightweight as they come I think, and I did appreciate that. Some eye creams I’ve tried are basically another lotion that I have to put on top of my face moisturizer. This cream blended right into the skin and had a cooling effect.
The brightening effect I’m a little skeptical of. Although as I write this I’m checking out my under-eye circles after just having put some of this on and they do look a little less terrifying.
If you’re looking for a lightweight, refreshing eye cream and eye creams are your thing, go for it! I would definitely recommend trying it out.
Furless Black Beauty Blending Crease Brush
I love getting new brushes in my Ipsy bags! I don’t refresh my brushes often enough at all. And when I do buy new ones, they’re usually pretty cheap drugstore ones. Nothing wrong with those, and some of my favorites are inexpensive ones from Elf Cosmetics. But when I get to try one that’s a little higher end, I love it!
This brush is perfect for blending, and I’ve used it a couple times for that already. It is soft and very pliable and picks up product nicely. Nothing bad to say about this one! Definitely would recommend, and I am looking forward to trying more brushes from the brand as well.
JM Solution Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser
I’m currently using my Clean & Clear skincare, but like I said, I always like to try new things. This “jelly cleanser” is definitely different from any cleanser I’ve tried. Out of the tube, it’s pretty much like squirting clear jelly onto your hand. With my Clean & Clear cleanser, a little bit goes a very long way, and you only need a little water to foam it. Compared to that product, the jelly cleanser was a little more finicky with the foaming thing. I had to use a good-sized amount of cleanser and about a palm of water to get a good foam. The foam that forms is fairly insubstantial, so a little bit actually doesn’t go that long a way.
Overall, I’m sure it’s a good cleanser that gets the job done. I just probably wouldn’t purchase it again for myself, and I’m not sure if I would recommend it over other cleansers out there.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
I’m a sucker for a good powder, and this one was not bad at all. The claim of reducing pores I’m not convinced of exactly. But the mattifying effect was great, and it lasts fairly well! As a pressed powder, it’s a great way to quickly touch up or buff on over foundation and concealer to set. I wasn’t blown out of the water by this product, but it was not bad either. I would recommend it as a translucent pressed powder. However, if you are looking for any coverage or a loose setting powder, I would look elsewhere.
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Recommendation letters are an important part of applications. This does not just apply to college applications, but grad schools and jobs as well! Finding the people in your life who can write quality, honest recommendations about you is the first important step. Today I want to share some tips with you on how to write an effective request for a recommendation letter.
It is important that you give the people you are asking time to write a quality recommendation letter. Many times, these people you are asking will be your teachers. Teachers have crazy schedules, and adding another task into that can be crazy. So, give them as much time as possible to put writing a recommendation into their schedule and actually get it done. I recommend asking for recommendation letters before you even start applying for schools. Get it out of the way and put the ball in their court so you can focus on writing killer essays and getting those acceptance letters.
How to ask
Many schools are using the common application now, and this makes requesting recommendations even easier. When I applied to schools via the common app, I believe I just had to put in the email and role of the person I was asking, and the request was sent to them. However, I did send follow-up emails to some of the professors, especially if I knew they were busy or might need a reminder to get it completed since they had so much going on.
If you are applying for a scholarship or school that does not use the common app, a brief email will do the trick. Always begin with a salutation and be straightforward with what you are asking. Keep it simple and respectful as well!
I am writing to ask if you would be willing to write a brief recommendation letter for my application to ___________(school or scholarship). The parameters for the recommendation are ____________. I would need this to be completed by __________(specific date, preferably earlier than when you actually need it so you can get it in on time). I appreciate and respect your opinions and words, and it would mean a lot to me if you could share them in this recommendation!
Close out your email respectfully and concisely. Most people don’t enjoy reading long emails, and teachers get a lot of them. Keep it short, sweet, and to the point.
Yes, the ball is now in the court of the recommender. But teachers are humans too (surprise!) and may forget things or get behind on tasks.
Reminding or following up is totally okay! Many people will be appreciative of the reminder. This is especially true if they have to keep track of lots of requests for recommendations! It is easy for these requests to get lost in their busy schedules. Teachers are often all asked around the same time to write lots of recommendations, and that is another reason why asking early is key. “Beat the crowds” as it were, especially with teachers who are known for writing great recs!
If you can, follow up your email in person. If your recommender is a teacher with hundreds of students, putting a face to the request can make it more memorable. This same principle goes for interviews and job applications as well! (Blog post idea to come?)
Good luck on all applications and getting those recommendations! Remember to choose recommenders who know you as a person and can attest to how amazing you are 🙂