Not So Bookish Monday // My Ipsy #AprilGlamBag


Welcome to my first A Not So Bookish Monday! I’ve been wanting to incorporate non-bookish things on my blog for a while now and thought well, today is as good a day as any!

For today’s post, I wanted to share my April Glam Bag from Ipsy – before the May bag comes in! New to Ipsy? Here’s a little bit about it:

Ipsy is a subscription “bag” with makeup. You pay $10.00 a month and each month you get a new bag with goodies! Some are samples while others are full-sized products. When you sign up, you complete a quick survey about your preferences, age, skin tone, etc. so you don’t get a whole bunch of crap you’ll never use.

*Disclaimer, I am not a beauty expert 


Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil in Jet

Price $16.00


Description from Ipsy

Dramatically emphasize your eyes with Starlooks’ intensely-pigmented, mechanical kohl eye pencil! These ultra-soft liners glide across delicate lids and water-line without pulling or scratching. Try a smokey effect by blending outwards with a fluffy brush!

Maximum Color Saturation
Ultra Creamy Formula


Eyeliner is one of those rare makeup items for me. Sure, I do wear it but not for work or sitting around at home. Not to mention, I don’t wear black eyeliner. That is weird to some, I know.

That being said, I did play around with it and I do like how smooth is goes on. It didn’t irritate my eyes at all and the application didn’t fade like some tend to.

Would I buy it? I would if I wore the color! 😉


tarte cosmeticstarte cosmetics
LipSurgence™ lip crème in wonder (poppy)

Price: $24.00


Description from Website

The lip crème de la crème – an ultra-moisturizing, full coverage lip crème providing a rich, creamy color veil with a luxurious texture.


Lip gloss/lipstick is THE MOST worn beauty product by yours truly. I’m not obsessive like some of my fellow book worms, looking at you Carrie, but I love a good lipstick and/or gloss.

I’m rather picky with colors and it took me a long time to get over the fact that yes, I can wear red/pink and rock it. (Don’t ask, I always thought it made me look like a doll.) But I digress, this color is lovely! It’s a little bit on the bright side for me, but dabbing it fixes that. I only have to reapply once a day, or after eating, which is nice!

Would I Buy it? YES! And it comes in a few other colors, which I want!



SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy SerumSKIN&CO Roma
Truffle Therapy Serum

(received 5ml (0.17 oz) trial size. Full size is 16oz)

Price: $70.00


Description from Website

Formulated around the undiscovered properties of the truffle, Truffle Therapy Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing ingredients. Carefully handcrafted in Umbria, Italy, it restores skin with undetected radiance. Fine lines start to fade, roughness is surrendered and silky smoothness is immediately revealed and skin looks firmer and brighter, creating a healthy, youthful complexion with improved smoothness and tone.


Of all the products, this one is hardest to review. It the sample was small, and maybe lasted about 10 days? I don’t feel like this was long enough to see a HUGE improvement. I love how my face felt after using it so it’s worth trying out if you want to pay for it.

Would I buy it? Maybe?


Blush + Contour PaletteJelly Pong Pong Cosmetics
Blush + Contour Palette

Price: $17.95


Description from Website

Add additional warmth to your skin with a touch of Blush+Contour that comes in a soft blusher shade & a shadow enhancer. The apricot and blossom-pink colours are just one notch up from natural. For a flattering high cheek bone, softly dust the brown-toned enhancer shade just below your cheekbones


Again, not a beauty expert…

I actually asked my friend about contouring, because it was a new to me technique and one I am not good at, at all! I could never get it to blend well. My face just looked dirty. Which again could very well be me and my lackluster beauty skills lol I also have a lot of freckles on my cheekbones, creating this weird blemish that looks like a bruise. So unless I cake on layers, the contouring is probably just not an option for me. I do like the blush, though. It’s light and subtle.

Would I buy it? Nah. I like the blush but nope, I would not buy the duo.


Crown BrushCrown Brush
C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush

Price: $9.49


Description from Ipsy

Get glowing in just 2 steps!

  • Using one side of the brush, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  • Flip the brush and use the other side to dust highlighter above your blush on cheekbones.


One can never have too many brushes! Weird that I don’t wear much makeup but have SO many brushes?

I really like this brush! It’s so soft! I haven’t cleaned it yet, which is how I determine whether or not a brush will hold up.

Would I buy it? Oh yes!

So that’s my bag! Not bad for $10, huh!?

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  • What makeup item is a MUST have for you?

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9 thoughts on “Not So Bookish Monday // My Ipsy #AprilGlamBag

    1. tonyalee

      Yeah, I honestly had never heard of the technique until I got that! lol I watched a few videos and holy moly, some of these people wear a lot of make up!

      And yes, the Tarte sampler is amazing.

  1. Nereyda Gonzalez

    I used to have Ipsy a while back but the samples kept getting smaller and smaller and wouldn’t even last a month so I cancelled it. It was nice to try out new products though. I love lip products and Tarte Cosmetics is one of my favorite brands. What color eyeliner do you use? That contour shade looks way too dark for you, that’s probably why it was hard to blend and why your face looked dirty 🙂

    1. tonyalee

      i’m okay will small samples, but I see what you mean.

      If I use eyeliner, I use brown. Yes, that was WAY TOO DARK! Which shocked me because I specifically said I had fair skin, ya know?

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