This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was pretty awesome. I usually like my Ipsy subscriptions a lot because they always send out such great product sizes and, at only $10 per month, the bag is way more than worth it as far as the value goes. I also usually really like the products themselves, and this month I was pretty impressed with both the sizes and quality of the items.
This month I also thought that the actual “Glam Bag” (the mini makeup case that comes with every Ipsy subscription) was the highest quality bag yet. Usually the bags are a bit flimsy, kind of cheap-y looking, and even though I still use all of the bags anyway (they are the perfect size for all of my purses), I think that this month’s bag was just better looking and way more durable than all of the other Ipsy Glam Bags I have received since first subscribing over a year ago.
This month’s Glam Bag theme was “Fresh Picks”, so I’m pretty sure the bag is made out of an eco-friendly material, and the products featured all contain natural ingredients (not sure if they’re “all-natural”, though).
Ipsy is a personalized service, so they send out items based on your hair/skin color, as well as some other personal preferences. There are different products/brands featured each month that make up a few different Glam Bag combinations. Ipsy doesn’t feature as many items as Birchbox does every month, and there really aren’t that many different bag combinations, so a lot of people end up with the same bag (I don’t mind this at all). But anyway … I was pretty impressed by my Glam Bag this month the minute I opened it.
I haven’t used this cover-up yet but it’s an awesomely-sized tube (0.34 oz.), so that’s a plus … no complaints so far. The color matches my skin (I received the medium shade), and it seemed to blend well when I swatched it on my hand. I don’t have any boo-boos to cover up right now, but I think this stuff will work just as well for dark circles under the eyes, and the healing ingredients definitely can’t hurt, either.
Boo-Boo Cover-Up ($19.99 for 0.34 oz.; booboocoverup.com) is described as an “innovative formula” that is designed to provide coverage for skin imperfections while actually healing your boo-boos, thanks to “ingredients known in nature to promote healing.” This cover-up contains aloe, chamomile, green tea, tea tree oil and vitamin E.
This pure thermal spring water mist spray is awesome and I loveeee products like this. This is the kind of product that I normally wouldn’t buy for myself so it’s definitely unique to me, it’s good for a bunch of different uses, and it’s also perfect for the upcoming summer months.
Avène Thermal Spring Water ($18 for 10.58 oz.; drugstore.com) is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment “to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits.” This thermal spring water is known for its “long history in treating atopic dermatitis” and has a unique composition that is “proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity, and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin.”
This product is apparently recommended by dermatologists worldwide and it is a bestseller on Drugstore.com. To use, you spray a fine mist onto the skin, leave on for 2-3 minutes and then pat dry. “Ideal” uses include: after cleansing, shaving, exercise, sun, to soothe diaper rash, and even to set makeup to help keep it fresher looking longer (I can’t wait to try it out for this last one).
The next product was a basic sunscreen that I’ll be trying out on one of my upcoming beach trips for the summer. I have been receiving a bunch of different SPF lotions in subscription boxes all year long, and, since I don’t usually wear a heavy SPF every day, I’m going to be putting all of these lotions to use within the next few months. Hang Ten is a COOLA brand, and I have a bunch of regular COOLA lotions I’m going to finally be using this summer, too.
Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50 ($12.99 for full size; hangtensunscreen.com) is described as a “clear, lightweight, naturally-scented sunscreen,” that “provides maximum water resistance” and “full body coverage against harmful UVA/UVB rays.” It is paraben-free, non-greasy, and synthetic fragrance-free.
Okay I couldn’t really get the best photo of this eyeshadow duo (above), so I took two pictures to give a better idea of how it really looks. I’m a fan of Pacifica products; I haven’t really used that many, but what I have used I have definitely liked. I’m also always a fan of getting a full-sized eyeshadow and this smoky gray-purple (“Moonbeam”) is a shade I don’t already own — I might have a similar shade in one of my palettes, but if I do I never really use it.
The shimmery white (appropriately called “Unicorn”) has a little hint of cream/white gold in it, and it blends well, so it’s a great color to use with pretty much any other shade. Ipsy sent out two different Pacifica shadow duos, the other duo (Duo #1), contains two more neutral shades (“Celestial” and “Opal”), a cream color and a light bronze-y tan shade.
Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duos ($14 to $32 for Pacifica’s regular shadow sets and palettes; pacificaperfume.com) were exclusively made for Ipsy subscribers, but these shades are available in Pacifica’s other eyeshadow sets/palettes. Pacifica’s mineral eyeshadows are infused with coconut and have a smooth application with “gorgeous color pay-off.” I’m obsessed with Pacifica’s packaging and the whole mystical theme they’ve got going on, so I think I’m going to order some items to review because, like I said before, I like the brand, but never really tried out enough products to make a real judgment on how well they work. All Pacifica items are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Alright I would say I saved the best for last, but all of the products this month were pretty awesome. This last product is a frizz-fighting, all-natural hair oil with the deliciously fresh scent of Lemongrass. I know some people don’t really like this scent (one person on Ipsy said it smelled too much like “Thai food”), but I am absolutely obsessed with this scent. I actually have a review coming up of three different Lemongrass-scented products that I bought from a local beauty company in Brooklyn called Lime Green. Seriously awesome stuff. But anyway, back to this hair oil …
I found that this oil seriously cut down on my frizz and, even though I’ve only used it once so far, I noticed instant results. My hair gets extremely dry (it’s also in need of a cut right now), so any hair product that actually works is amazing for me. I also love how Ipsy sent out such an awesomely-sized bottle (0.5 oz.) and the full-sized bottle (1 oz.) is relatively cheap for an all-natural oil at just $25 a pop.
Balanced Guru No Frizz Organic Sesame and Lemongrass Balancing Oil ($25 for 1 oz.; balancedguru.com) is a hair oil that balances frizzy hair “without the need to weigh it down with silicones.” It controls flyaways with a blend of Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Tamanu Oils and provides control even in super humid and tropical weather. This oil also provides “incredible shine and manageability” and is certified USDA Organic and cruelty-free.
Going over all of these products again for this post made me realize even more how awesome this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was. The bag itself is definitely the best one I have received since subscribing, and I really like all of the products this month. It seems as though all of them are made with all-natural ingredients (not 100% sure about this), and it’s just such an amazing mix of products — makeup, skincare, and hair care.
The only thing that wasn’t so exciting for me was the SPF50 sunscreen, especially since I am so stocked up on sunscreens already (and beach weather hasn’t even really hit yet), but I’m sure I will put it to use. Kudos to Ipsy for an amazing Glam Bag (that only cost 10 bucks).
Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month and sends out 4-6 different full- and deluxe-sized beauty products each month, all packed up inside of a mini makeup bag. To subscribe, click here, or visit Ipsy.com for more information!