February 6, 2017

Beautylish - Lucky Bag 2017

Every month I tell myself that I need to be on a no buy. Then something comes along and I suddenly need it. That's how I felt about this years Beautylish Lucky Bag for 2017. I purchased one last year, and told myself that I didn't need another for 2017 because I was so let down by what I received last year. You can see what I got in my 2016 Lucky Bag here. Looking back, I guess my bag last year wasn't so bad compared to what I got this year. But you take a gamble with these surprise boxes. Of course I stalked the #LuckyBag2017 hashtag on Instagram since the beginning of January as well, so I began hoping for products that never made it into my bag either. They were giving away Modern Renaissance palettes, Becca primers, full size, and 5 pan Natasha Denona palettes as well. Amazing things this year.

The pattern of the wrapping changed a little bit this year. I like this one better compared to last years!

The tag inside: "Lucky Bags are a Japanese New Year tradition that inspired us to create our own. The owl on this year's Lucky Bag is said to bring luck and good fortune in Japanese culture. We hope the surprises inside fill your new year with luck, happiness - and beauty! #luckybag2017 #beautylish"

 Everything came wrapped inside black tissue paper - no sneak peeks here!

In my excited-ness, I forgot an item in the group shot. So that will be included at the end of the post. Oops! I received 6 full size items.

Z Palette - Small Palette - $14 USD
Perfect for on-the-go travel when you need just a few items for a touch up. Small size makes it ideal to create customized eye shadow palettes, lipstick palettes, brow palettes, concealer palettes, and more. Fold the top portion under the bottom to save space. The clear window lets you see instantly what's inside.

I purchased a large Z Palette a few years ago, and to be honest, I never reach for it. I'm usually playing with newer palettes. The only single shadows I really have now are my Colourpop shadows, but I don't think those can even be depotted. I haven't decided if I will keep this and eventually use it. Or try and trade it with someone for another item.

Wayne Goss - Brush 05 - $20 USD
First introduced with The Anniversary Set, Brush 05 was created with detail work in mind. The fine-point tip and supple bristles give you ultimate control, allowing for easy, precise color placement in areas that other brushes can't touch.

I actually received this exact same brush in my Lucky Bag 2016. So that was a little bit of a let down. I did see many others complaining they received duplicates as well. Either Beautylish should have not included duplicates from last year, or they should have tried to not send them to the people who got them last year. Maybe a little difficult, but these boxes are expensive. Anyway, I'm passing this on to a friend because I don't feel like I need two of these brushes.

Jeffree Star - Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini - $18 USD
Gemini's are extremely independent. They will not be pinned down by anyone or any rules. They need to experience the world on their own. Inspired by Jeffree's best friend who is a Gemini, this terra-cotta warm-toned nude is the perfect finish to any makeup look!
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick goes on opaque, dries completely matte and stays on for hours! This product is 100% vegan & cruelty-free!

I've always wanted to try the velour liquid lipstick, but I've never given them the chance. They are kind of pricey when its converted to Canadian. I'm used to spending like, $6 USD on a liquid lipstick from Colourpop.. or when spending the extra money, just visiting Sephora's website. I'm not sure how this performs because I believe Gemini is too dark for my skin tone, and shades like this generally lean brown on my lips. It looks beautiful online, but I'm 99% sure I won't like it on me. I'm trading this with someone from a trade group I'm in, for the colour Rose Matter. I'll do a review on it once I receive it!

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson - Filmstar Bronze and Glow - Sun Tan and Sun Light (Cream) - $68 USD
This cream texture, contouring palette duo is inspired by the natural fall of sunlight and shade on the face and is designed to slim, sculpt and highlight your features, creating a naturally glowing complexion. Parkinson’s ability to capture light hugely influences how I think about makeup and Filmstar Bronze & Glow (Sun Tan & Sun Light) captures the youthful, soft-focus lens of his camera, giving you perfect holiday skin – a golden glow that enhances your facial framework. The cream textures have a fresh, dewy finish that is perfect for summer.

While this duo is beautiful, and the packaging is sturdy, with an awesome mirror on the inside... these definitely won't work for my skin tone! Someone in a forum told me they are very sheet, but I don't want to stick my fingers in them if I have the chance to sell it/trade with someone else. What a let down! Anyway, I couldn't find this on US websites anymore, only UK and its 55 pounds there. Blogs show me that this went for $80 USD, but the powder version is only $68 USD. I went with the powder price, and if it's worth more, that's great, but I won't get use out of it.

Viseart Professional Makeup Palette - 02 Mink - $45 USD
Three full range warm neutral matte tones create a mid-tone neutral eye for daytime to evening including one universal crease and brow shade for medium to dark tones. Three shades for a deeper shimmer and an alluring satin glow look. Unique compact palette with removeable pans, that also folds into a working easel. 

Look how beautiful those shimmers are! I can't wait to put these on my eyes. From a quick swatch, these have great pigment, and pick up colour really well.

I feel like they may be a little too warm for my skin tone, but that's okay! This looks and feels like it will be a great palette, and Viseart was one of those brands everybody wanted in their box. I guess I got lucky with this item.

Clean Apothecary - Brush Shampoo - Rose - $15 USD
Makeup, oil, dirt, and stubborn pigments are no match for this all-natural solid brush shampoo, which boasts three times the cleansing power of normal brush soaps. It gently dissolves residue while conditioning bristles, leaving even your most delicate brushes in like-new condition. Perfect for natural and synthetic brushes and makeup sponges.

I just got a Sephora brush cleaner not too long ago, so I won't be using this yet. I can say that the rose scent is not too strong, so I don't think it will bother me too much. This was the item that I forgot to add in with the group photo - nothing amazing here. It will be a good item for my collection. 

Overall - I'm not entirely happy with this Lucky Bag for 2017. I don't like that I have to trade/sell items that I won't use because where's the fun in that? The value for my bag works out to be $180 USD. But... I will only definitely use the Viseart palette, and brush cleaner. If I actually get the Rose Matter JS Liquid Lipstick, then I can add that on. But the Charlotte Tilbury is a miss for me, as is the Wayne Goss brush, and possibly the Z Palette as well. While I enjoy the surprise, I get too much bag envy when I look at others and what they get. I don't think I will be purchasing this again next year, because it's too much of a hit or miss. Plus, it's expensive. This Lucky Bag was $75 USD, plus $15 USD to ship it to Canada. My items were much smaller than other peoples, so why am I paying so much in shipping? It ended up being $99.75 USD all said and done, and then with the conversion, cost $138.64 Canadian. I could have purchased many things I liked better from Beautylish directly, or through Sephora. I wish they sent an extra item, or a best selling item, or something, for those that are International, because in the end, it just wasn't worth it.


  1. I had questioned with the exchange if it was worth it or not - I decided that after making my VIB Rouge I should be good! But, I was tempted! That Viseart palette looks GORGEOUS!

    1. I think I will stick to just ordering off Sephora. That $138 could have gone to other items I know I would have used and liked! And if I didn't, I could have exchanged them! Passing next year because this year and last year were just meh! At least I didn't end up with a Jeffree Star palette lol


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