I love the holidays for so many reasons, but mostly because there are so many excuses to get all glammed up.
What other time of year can you get away with wearing an emerald green sequin dress, a full-length fur coat, sparkly gold eye shadow, glitter winged eyeliner, and of course, a red lip?
The sparkly over-the-top colorful look is my go-to for the holiday season. But it's the only time of year I go all out, so every year I spend so much money on these beauty products only to use them once or twice. It's such a waste, and I hate it!
This holiday season, I said I would only buy one MAC or ABH eyeshadow that was really sparkly and in a color that would go with all my outfits, but when I entered Sephora, I realized this was not going to be possible.
With my hands and arms covered in glittery metallic swatches, I couldn't decide on one. I wanted everything!
As my friend patiently waited for me, she told me that I needed IPSY. What's IPSY? I asked. She didn't really know but said her sister, who always has the most flawless makeup, gets loads of new beauty products delivered to her from IPSY every month.
That night I couldn't stop thinking about IPSY, so I gave it a look. Wow, this was the best idea ever!
You sign up for as little as $12, and they send you 5 deluxe beauty samples each month along with discounts on all their full-sized products. How have I never heard of this before?
They have all the best brands, like my favorites Tarte and Morphe, along with the luxurious high-end brands like Huda Beauty and Estée Lauder.
But since I don't get to choose my products, how do they know what to send me? They start with a quiz - I was expecting it to be a few vague questions, but I was totally wrong.
They asked me about everything -my skin, hair, and eye color, the brands and beauty shops I frequently shop at, how often I would like to receive each type of product and in what shade along with a description of my skin and hair concerns - and that's just the quiz questions I can remember.
I loved that they asked how comfortable I was with makeup such an important question. I clicked "somewhat comfortable," as I'm not a pro, but I've used so much makeup in the last few years that I've learned a few things.
When my IPSY package arrived, I couldn't wait to see what I got. I opened it up to find a sparkly eyeshadow, an EYEKO black liquid eyeliner, a perfect red Huda Beauty liquid matte lip, the new BadGal Benefit mascara that I meant to try out, and a Clinique moisturizer.
And they all came in a perfect sample size for me to try them out in all my holiday looks. The best part is you get a gorgeous free silver makeup bag to put them all in. It is so cute; there's a different free makeup bag each month.
They were all really great products that looked fabulous on me if I do say so myself. The best part was that the IPSY products were perfect for my holiday makeup looks for wayyyy less than the price of one full-size product!
I created the most perfect glittery golden eye look with the eyeshadows and eyeliner for my work Christmas party that all my coworkers thought I had got my make up done professionally.
I was so impressed I went back and ordered myself the Glam Bag Plus from IPSY. In this bag, they give you 5 full-sized products for only $25. What a steal! Now I can't wait to see what I get in that, but it's IPSY, so I know all of it will be amazing.
My friend was so right- I really did need IPSY. It's the best gift I could have gotten myself this Christmas. It literally is the gift that keeps on giving...the best beauty products every month.