August 2017 ipsy Glambag Review

After a very long hiatus, I’m back!

I needed to figure out how I wanted to do this blog. However, it’s still not much of an excuse to be gone for months if this is something I want to commit to. I will try to do better.

But now I want to talk about makeup. I LOVED the theme this month on ipsy. I love the free-spirited, hippie vibes, and I love my bag design. It’s the perfect theme to close out summer with. And as for the products, it was unfortunately very hit or miss. August has been that way for me historically with ipsy. Last August was the first time I didn’t like or love most of the products I received. August 2015 was better, but probably one of my least favorite glambags of that year.

But I want to start off on a good note. ipsy has introduced a lot of good brands to me that have quickly become favorites. SLMissGlam brushes are not only high quality, but they’re gorgeous! They’re so feminine and charming, and I love the different colors. The little green crystals against the pink ferule add a glam touch. I also love that they use synthetic and cruelty-free hairs. This brush is their T35 Precise Blending Brush. I love using this to blend shadow at the out corners of my eyes, or if I don’t want to blow out the shadow on my crease too much. I haven’t tried washing it yet but so far, I’ve had no problems with shedding. I do have another blending brush of theirs that I’ve had no issues with shedding, and I’ve washed it many times. I can’t find this brush for sale individually, but it is part of the Teal Brush Book Set.

Category: Tools

Where to buy: slmissglambeauty.com

Value: Unknown but maybe around $10 (Teal Brush Set $325)

Cruelty Free: Yes

Rating: 5 stars

I usually love theBalm. When I first started ipsy I was so thrilled to get these little shadow books in my glambag. Now, I think I’m over them. Unless I’m already thinking about buying the fullsize or the palette it comes in, I don’t really care for individual shadows cluttering what little storage space I have for makeup already. This particular shadow is very pretty however. It’s from theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 palette in the shadw Kuwakaribisha (say that five times fast!) Again, I wasn’t interested in the palette to begin with, so I didn’t really play around with this shadow very much.

It did swatch beautifully however. It’s a pretty white gold shade with little flecks of shimmer. It has the same quality that I expect of the balm. It’s pigmented, not chunky at all. It glided on my skin very smoothly. I think it would make a great highlighter as well. If this was a palette that you were thinking about getting, this shadow convinced me that it’s worth getting.

Category: Makeup

Where to buy: theBalm’s Website

Value: ~$2.63 (theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Face Palette $39.50)

Cruelty Free: Yes

Rating: 3 stars

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Finally I got a mascara. I’m one of those weird people that love getting mascaras in subscription boxes. I throw out mascara every 3-4 months, so I never use up a full-sized tube anyway. If I can never have to buy one again, I’m okay with that. This one is by Make Up For Ever and it’s their Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara. Upon looking at the brush, I didn’t think it would be that volumizing. But oh God, I was so wrong. It builds up very nicely, and doesn’t clump at all like a lot of volumizing mascaras do. It makes my lashes look thick and feathery. I’m so heartbroken that the brand is not cruelty-free, so I won’t be purchasing the fullsize from them. But if Make Up For Ever does become CF one day, this will be one of the first products I’m purchasing from them.

Category: Makeup

Where to buy: makeupforever.com and Sephora

Value: $7.35 (fullsize $25)

Cruelty Free: No

Rating: 4 stars

While I was looking at my sneak peak, I had never heard of the brand Vitamasques before. I was getting the Vitamasques Yogurt Mask Duo, one Kiwi, the other Stawberry. Yogurt mask? Sounds like just what the doctor ordered for my temperamental skin. They looked and smelled like real fruit yogurt. But when I applied the strawberry yogurt mask, it felt like I had just applied a tub of Vaseline to my face. It was greasy, felt like it was just sitting on top of my skin and not soaking in, and it even stung a little. Not the soothing, nourished feeling that I expected at all. It turns out one of the top ingredients is mineral oil, and further down the list is dimethicone. These are not ingredients I want in my skincare, especially since my skin is very prone to clogged pores. Plus I want the ingredients of my masks to sink into my skin, no sit in top of a barrier of silicone and petroleum. They’re very affordable, but I’d suggest you’re better off slathering actual yogurt on your face and save the couple bucks (and your pores.)

Category: Skincare

Where to buy: Vitamasques Website

Value: $7.76 for duo

Cruelty Free: No

Rating: 1 star

And last but definitely not least, I was excited to see a Hey Honey product in my bag. This brand is one of the first high end skincare brands I’ve tried, and I instantly fell in love with their Hey Honey Good Morning serum. This is their Come Clean: Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub. It comes out of the tube very thick, and it’s a bit tough to dispense at first. But as you work it into your face, the scrub breaks down into almost a lotion like lather that leaves you feeling moisturized and soft. It’s not harsh on the skin at all. Peeps with dry or sensitive skin? You’ll love this. I’m going to save this for winter when my skin is drier, because right now I want something detoxifying and more textured. Nonetheless, propolis is great for acne.

Category: Skincare

Where to buy: heyhoney.com

Value: $5.14 (full size $24)

Cruelty Free: Yes

Rating: 4 stars

August just isn’t a good ipsy month for me, and the tradition continues two years later. However, I love the actual bag design itself, and I’ll probably at least be getting some use out of the products.

Overall Rating: 3 stars

Overall value: $32.88

Favorite Product: SLMissGlam brush

If ipsy seems like something you’d be interested in, check them out here. At $10 per month, it’s a great way to build your makeup collection, discover new brands, and test products before buying (they offer exclusive discounts and specials, too!)

How was your August glambag? Everything you hoped for, or not so much?

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February 2017 Ipsy Glambag Review

It’s gloomy and rainy and dark outside. It would have been a wonderful day to stay home. Alas, I still can’t quit my day job. However, I’m thankful that I didn’t have to try to fight with the lighting in my apartment. I finally got a lighting kit, and it is seriously the next best thing I purchased since the camera. No more trying to race daylight and pray that the weather cooperates to photograph products.

I love how February flies by. I do not like February at all. It’s the worst, most temperamental weather. However, it gives me less time to finish things I need to get done monthly, like this review. Yes, this review might seem late, but I really needed the extra time to try out my products. 

Anyone else not too wild about this month’s glambag design? It was just so…meh. I get what they were trying to do, but the hem made it so tiny. Plus it looks like something right out of the early 2000’s. But again, I don’t care that much about the bag. I care about what’s in it. 

Like this guy. This was the thing I was most excited about. I’ve wanted to try It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Undereye Illumination for a while now. I use the regular formula on many occasions. I got the shade Tan last year in a glambag and I use it on the regular when I’m dark enough. But in the winter and spring when my skin is more pale, I really struggle with hiding my more noticeable dark circles. Even the power of the beloved Bye Bye Undereye allowed some green tints to peak through. And the Medium Neutral shade seemed way too light on me, yet the next shade darker was too dark. It just looked pasty.

But not this. There’s just something about this shade that matches so much better. And it covers my dark circles perfectly without any greens showing through in the middle of the day. It doesn’t crease as bad either. Weird huh?

Another old favorite brand of mine. Luxie, as far as I’m concerned, make the best brushes for a relatively affordable price. They’re synthetic bristles are coated with an anti-bacterial coating, which if you forget to wash your brushes (as I did here), you won’t have to worry about them getting too gross and possibly breaking you out. Go Luxie! 

So here we have a generous (full sized) tube of mascara. I gotta say that Bellapierre has been hit or miss with me. I haven’t tried this mascara because I’m hoarding it for summer, since it’s waterproof. I’m like a makeup squirrel when it comes to hoarding makeup for later in the year.

I’m not sure about the wand though. I don’t usually have much luck with rubber wands because they don’t grab every lash and they just kind of slop on mascara, making my lashes clumpy. But this one seems to have quite a few bristles compared to the other ones I’ve tried. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

This I wasn’t especially excited for, but it turned out to be an unexpected delight. This full sized beauty is a natural looking highlighter by Luna Cosmetics.

It goes on the face to leave a natural glow that’s not too glittery. It doesn’t emphasize texture and pores too much, which I really appreciate since I really struggle with clogged pores. It’s insanely frustrating for someone that’s acne prone or has large pores to find a highlighter that don’t emphasize your skin issues. This could be the answer to your prayers.

And now the flop of the bag…

I love getting skincare in my glambag. I’m a skincare addict, as you could probably see from my winter skincare posts. So it’s always a bummer when I get something that I don’t care for. This mask by True Botanicals runs $90 for the full sized product. For that much money, I expect nothing short of a Holy Grail. This was just okay. I’d save your money and buy something for a fraction of the price that works just as good. Plus it stung my skin a little, and the fragrance was bleh!

So…what did you guys get?? I hope it was a good month! 

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