Ipsy Reviews

Ipsy Glam Bag Review – November 2017

Hey everyone! As promised in my last post, I am reviewing my November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag. If you are new to Ipsy, you can read the full article here.

So, for some reason this month my Glam Bag was delayed, but never fear, it arrived on Saturday, November 18th!

Here Is My November 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

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Are you ready to see what was inside?


Here We Go

  • treStique Eyebrow Pencil
  • MAC Prep + Prime
  • Lisa Frank Bitten & Bronzed Matte Bronzer
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
  • Tarte Blush in Idol

Ipsy Spoilers

Right off the bat, I noticed two things:

  1. I have shared with you on a number of occasions that I have a favorite eyebrow pencil (discovered it through one my 2016 Ipsy Glam Bags!). I am open to trying new things, which is why I subscribe to Ipsy in the first place, so I will give it a chance and let you know what I think.
  2. I also have a favorite primer by Bare Minerals. You can read about my Bare Minerals review here. I discovered their primer when I started using the products and purchased the Bare Minerals Starter Kit. I also know that MAC products are pretty good, so I will give this a shot and see if there is a difference. This too will be posted for your reading pleasure:)


Ipsy Glam Bag Reviews

I have been a regular subscriber to the Ipsy Glam Bag since May of 2015. I decided to write about some of the products that I receive from Ipsy as they are an important topic for Be Electrifying’s readers.

It is our goal to give you reviews on the best (and the worst) beauty products available on the market.

The number one reason I love Ipsy is because you get a sampling of so many different products for only $10 per month. This allows you an opportunity to try something out before investing in the full product. With that said, the products you receive are more than plenty to last you for months depending on how much you use them.

The first Glam Bag I ever received included a product that I have continued using since 2015. It is an eyebrow pencil and I absolutely love it (Learn more about it in this post).

I probably would have never discovered this product had it not been included in my Glam Bag. Beauty products are expensive, so for someone like me who is constantly trying out new things, buying a product at retail just to try out would get very expensive. My Glam Bag allows me to decide what I like and what I don’t like before I make a purchase.

The way it works is you sign up, and then you take a quiz. This is how Ipsy determines what type of products you like by the color, your skin type and a few other categories. If you are receiving products that are not related to what you are interested in, simply go in and tweak your answers on the quiz. You can do this every month if you want.

You are not committed to anything either. If you don’t like it, and you want to cancel, you simply cancel. I can tell you from experience though that if you have $10/month available to allow you to try out new beauty products, Ipsy is the way to go.  Learn more about it by clicking here.

Stay tuned, as we will be reviewing our Ipsy Glam Bags for moving forward. You won’t want to miss what’s in the bag… You can sign up below to be notified when we post something new!

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation vs. Original

Why I Decided on the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Vs. the Original

I have been using Bare Minerals for a short time (approx. 4 months as of the time of this post), and I quickly became an addict of their products. My first foundation purchase was their original foundation formula. It was summer time, I had a nice tan, and the original looked gorgeous on my skin.

As we neared winter, my tan was gone, I began noticing that I did not feel that the original foundation looked the same on my skin, as now I am pale, and I have always had combination skin.

I decided to give the Bare Minerals matte foundation a try. I was a little worried that it might be too much coverage because of the “matte” description. I could not have been more wrong. If you have never tried their foundations, the first thing to recognize is that they are powder. Bare Minerals does not offer any form of a liquid foundation. UPDATE: Since this post was published, Bare Minerals has launched their liquid foundation. Stay tuned for a review because we have it.

The matte foundation gave complete coverage without looking like I have caked up makeup on my face. My skin looks just as gorgeous now as it did in the summer when I was using the original.


Who Should Use the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation and Why?

I mentioned that I have combination skin, so if are in the same boat, you may want to give the matte a try. When I first looked into it, I learned that their matte foundation is also geared toward women who have oily skin. It absorbs oil keeping your face from having that “shine”.

The matte foundation formula is also proven to minimize the look of large pores. I have larger pores on each side of my inner face (near my nose), and this foundation actually minimized them to almost being invisible. The original foundation comes in 19 shades, and the matte comes in 20, so you should have no problem finding the right one for your skin tone. I use medium beige in the summer, but when I ordered the matte, I ordered it in Fairly Medium, and I am so happy that I did.

From now on, I will keep both the original foundation in medium beige, and the matte foundation in fairly medium so I can get the same look even when I have no hint of a tan (like right now, come on summer!)

If you have normal or dry skin, you should be fine with the original foundation unless you are trying to shoot for more coverage.

I should also note the importance of using the right foundation brush. I was reluctant to spend the money on the Bare Minerals finishing brush, but I finally understand why using the right brush is important. I chose the Beautiful Finish Brush, and it really does make all the difference.

If you are new to their products, check out our review on the Bare Minerals starter kit here.  We also provide a price comparison to get you the best deal.


How to Use the Bare Minerals Starter Kit

Applying Bare Minerals Is a Science… Ok, Not Really

Bare Minerals Starter KitChances are, you have the Bare Minerals Starter Kit. If not, read this post to find out where to buy it at the most reasonable price, and what you get in your starter kit.

So, assuming you have it, you are probably in the position I was… what the heck do I do with this stuff?

Read On for Instructions on How to Use the Bare Minerals Starter Kit

I will take you step-by-step in how and when to apply the different products.

  1. Recommended to be applied on a clean face.
  2. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
  3. Allow your moisturizer to dry completely, then apply the Bare Minerals PrimeTime Primer.
  4. Let the primer dry completely. I usually dry my hair or get dressed while waiting.
  5. Take your favorite application brush, our number #1 pick is the Bare Minerals Beautiful Finish Brush. You can use any brush you have, but ultimately, when you have the extra cash, get this brush. There is something about it that makes your foundation look seamless.
  6. Next, apply the warmth all over face color. I also like the bronzer if you are a sun-tanner like I am. It works great, even in the winter.
  7. I usually apply my eyeliner, eye shadow if you wear it, brow liner, and mascara last. I know this is about Bare Minerals, but our favorite brow liner is made by IT Cosmetics. Just trust us.
  8. Last, take your application brush, and apply the mineral veil powder. I use it on my cheekbones and above my eyebrows. Try to avoid your nose unless you really want it to stand out. Do not apply this powder to your entire face. Keep in mind that where you apply it is what is going to “glow”. I know that I do not want my nose or chin glowing. The choice is yours.

Once you have followed the steps above, you will naturally want to apply your Bare Minerals products in the same fashion.



Bare Minerals Makeup Kit

My Bare Minerals Starter Kit Review

A Full Review, and a Price Comparison of Bare Minerals Starter Kit on Amazon

I just started wearing Bare Minerals in the summer of 2016. It was a product line I had been wanting to try, but I was so attached to the “compact foundation” I had been using for nearly 20 years, that I was comfortable, so I kept putting it off.

In my early 20’s, I began using Clinique’s matte powder, and I absolutely loved it. I had a bit of trouble with my skin in my earlier days when I suffered from mild acne breakouts (you can read my review of X-Out vs. Proactive here if you too have a mild acne condition), and this foundation did a wonderful job at smoothing out my skin.

No that I am a bit older, I was looking for something that was less obvious that I was wearing makeup, and I wanted my face to look more natural, yet have a slight “glow”.

I had seen the commercials time and time again, so while shopping at the mall, I decided to go in to their boutique. I purchased the Bare Minerals starter kit, which at that time included:

  • foundation powder
  • one foundation brush
  • eyeshadow brush
  • Prime Time foundation primer
  • bronzer
  • BareSkin serum concealer
  • lip color
  • mineral veil powder
  • and of course the Bare Minerals makeup bag.

Let’s Look at How to Apply The Items In Your Bare Minerals Kit

You can also read our post with detailed instructions on how to use your new Bare Minerals kit.

How I Use Each Product:

The Matte Foundation – Medium Beige Review

I applied the matte foundation after applying the primer, but it certainly did not look “flawless”. It was hot, and I was going to my daughter’s soccer game. I looked in the mirror in the car, and it looked like I had liquid foundation on. Needless to say, I was disappointed, but I knew that I had done something wrong.

I might add that it was the first time I had used primer under my foundation, so keep reading because this is important.

When I got home, I did a little research, and I learned that after you apply your moisturizer, you have to let it dry completely before applying the primer, and then the same thing applies with the primer – let it dry! Only then do you put on the foundation.

This foundation will last you approximately 3 months depending on how often you use it. I just replaced mine this week (December 15, 2016).

Here is a screenshot of my receipt, just so you know that I really do use Bare Minerals products.


The Foundation Brush Review

I have to be honest, when the girl (young girl) who was helping me at the Bare Minerals Boutique began talking about all of the different brushes, I thought, now this is crazy. Why can’t you just buy a $10 brush from the drug store? Let me tell you, the foundation brush that I used to apply my foundation gave full coverage, and it was seamless. I don’t think it is something that you can really describe until you try it out for yourself. I’ll never use another foundation brush again.

bare-minerals-beautiful-finish-brushHere is the one I have. It gives complete coverage without “looking” like you have makeup on.

I don’t know how the brush is made, but I do know that whatever they did to it, they perfected it.

Tip: If you are not looking for the “full coverage” effect, place the brush in your foundation and give it a twist. This will ensure that when you apply your foundation, you are getting the coverage desired. If you just want light coverage, don’t twist the brush.


PrimeTime Bare Minerals Primer

I mentioned before that I had never used primer before, but what I will say is that I will never again go without it. It’s like when you go to your first VIP concert, you will never want to go again unless you get VIP seating. Bare Minerals has my attention with PrimeTime primer. Period.

BareSkin Concealer

This is the product I could probably live without. Not because it doesn’t work, it’s simply because I really don’t have anything that requires this type of make-up. If you have dark circles, or any other flaws that you find are still noticeable after you apply your foundation, you may want to give it a try. I gave it to my daughter who has mild acne (like I did), and she uses it every day.

The Deep End Bronzer

I have always loved bronzer, even before Bare Minerals. I love the “suntan” look even in the winter. They offer 3 shades of bronzer, I have the The Deep End, and I love it. I never wear blush, only bronzer, and will continue to use Bare Minerals. Update: Please read this post regarding The Deep End bronzer.

A Review of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Powder

I experimented with the mineral veil, and at first I applied it all over. That was wrong! After you have applied all of your makeup, apply the Mineral Veil powder to the areas of your face that you want a little glow to. I apply it to my cheekbones, and above my eyebrows. I would not recommend applying it to your nose. It does give your face that extra “beautification factor” (if that is even a word).

Tip: If you prefer to apply it all over, use the “leftover” product on the brush to apply to nose, chin and other areas of your face where you may not want the full glow effect.

The Lip Color

While I love a matte lip color (I usually add some gloss on top), I was not happy with the color that I received in my starter kit, as I am a neutral kind of gal. The shade is more of a pink. They offer 20 shades, so I will try another because it has a very smooth look and feel to it, and it stays on!

Let’s Review the Price of Bare Minerals vs. Buying it on Amazon

The prices are accurate as of the time of this post, but always check Amazon to make sure that they have not changed.

Bare Minerals also offers a Beauty Surprise Kit which we have also written about if that is something you may be interested in.

BareMinerals Beauty Surprise Box

This 9 piece Beauty Surprise Box comes with:

  • BareMinerals All Over face Color  ( Secret Radiance )
  • 2 BareMinerals Eye Color ( Spellbound, Surreal )
  • 1  BareMinerals Liner Shadow ( Suspense )
  • 1  BareMinerals Blush ( Intrigue )
  • 1  BareMinerals Double Ended 100% Natural Lip Gloss ( Angel Food Cake, Brilliance )
  • 3  Brush ( Liner Diffuser, Tapered Crease Defining, Soft Sweep Cheek )

BareMinerals Beauty Surprise Box is becoming more and more popular with even the younger generation.  Nothing like flawless skin to begin your day.

UPDATE: The Bare Minerals Beauty Surprise Box is no longer available. You can read our review on the Bare Minerals Starter Kit if you are interested in that option.

You may also want to read our review of Origins Ginzing Eye Cream.


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