I get in these slumps where I get so busy – yet still have SO much to blog about – and I just can’t seem to get any of my posts done. So I always revert back to these subscription boxes to review first because so many people blog about them, and they become boring after you’ve seen the same post on dozens of blogs already. I actually skipped a few boxes from last month (May) because I waited too long to get the post up. I have so much to write about and review so I’m definitely ready for a more serious blogging schedule.
So, anyway, I hope this Ipsy Glam Bag review isn’t too late (and/or boring already). I received my Glam Bag about a week ago and I was pretty happy with it. I always love my Glam Bags because they’re only $10 yet they always feature great full- and deluxe-sized products. Ipsy includes a bunch of different products every month (skincare, makeup, and hair care), from a bunch of different brands, both high-end and lower-end.
Every month Ipsy sends out about five different products (this month there were five) according to a theme of the month, plus a mini makeup case (the “Glam Bag”) to hold all of your new goodies. This month’s bag was pretty cute (above), and it went along with the “Pretty in Paradise” summer theme for June.
The first product was this beachy waves spray from Marc Anthony haircare. I honestly can’t find a wave spray that works (or one that I like) because I always find these products come out way too sticky and just dry out my already dry hair. I haven’t really used this one yet so I can’t say whether or not it works well for me, but Ipsters really seem to like it as it has received many positive reviews on the Ipsy website.
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (~$7 for 4.2 oz.; walgreens.com) is a wave spray that “adds body and texture to straight, fine strands” and it also “pumps up the curl” in hair that’s already wavy. It contains Hydrolyzed Silk and Provitamin B5 to “protect your tresses while adding moisture and shine.” It also contains powerful UV protectors to absorb ultraviolet light to protect hair from harmful sun exposure, dehydration, and color-fade, leaving you with “manageable, touchable waves.”
I’m not really a huge fan of NYX cosmetics — there are really only a few items that I have tried that actually worked well for me. I’m kind of on the fence about this lipgloss. I think I was expecting it to be a lot more “buttery” and less glossy, but it’s still really not bad. It’s definitely not sticky and I absolutely love this color, so, either way, I’ll definitely be wearing it this summer. I just kinda thought it would be a litttttle more moisturizing/nourishing (then again, my lips are seriously chapped from biting them way too much so I’m still trying to get over that).
NYX Butter Gloss ($5 for 0.27 oz.; nyxcosmetics.com) is described as a “buttery gloss with a sweet scent that provides sheer to medium coverage” without leaving your lips with that sticky feeling. This gloss provides nourishment and a simple flush of color and it can be worn alone or layered with your favorite lipstick.
I wish I got a better photo of this liner but I was kind of in a rush. I actually haven’t tried this one out yet, but it got great reviews on Ipsy.com and, now that I’ve read the reviews, I can’t wait to try it out.
Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($6.99 for .017 oz.; jessesgirlcosmetics.com) is a liquid eyeliner pen with a “unique Japanese calligraphy-style brush” that allows for precise, super-fine application, letting you create lines as small as one millimeter thickness. This quick-drying formula allows for a “waterproof, smudge-proof application,” and it “glides on smoothly without tugging or pulling.”
Even though this next product was just a sample, I was still pretty excited to use it since this BB cream sounded extremely promising, especially the fact that it’s supposed to hydrate skin and even out your complexion. I found that I really wasn’t that impressed by this BB cream and I’d rather stick with my (non-traditional) Too Faced and Dior BB creams. I still have yet to try a real Korean or Japanese “blemish balm”, and I know all these new “BB cream” products really aren’t the same thing, but I’m happy with the extra coverage, sun protection and hydration factors that the BB creams I do use contain.
Laneige BB Cushion ($34 for 0.5 oz.; target.com) is described as a “revolutionary 5-in-1 BB in a convenient compact.” This product contains a broad-spectrum SPF 50 to block the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays, and “skin perfecting Optimal Mineral Water” to cool and hydrate skin upon application. This cream prevents shine and brightens skin by “visibly reducing dark spots” and comes with a patented air cushion that distributes just the right amount of product.
The last product in my Ipsy Glam Bag for June was also super promising — a makeup removing deep cleanser that also doubles as a mask (and I love multi-tasking products). I’ve only used this cleanser a couple of times so far, so I haven’t really been able to see if it works well or not. It’s definitely the type of product that you have to use a few times in a row in order to see how it works.
Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser ($24 for 4 oz.; store.skinn.com) is described as “a natural based and gentle cleansing balm” that dissolves dirt, removes makeup, removes dead skin cells, softens, smoothes, and moisturizes skin. It is rich in Polyphenols and skin resurfacing enzymes, and contains rich olive butter to soften and smooth skin, as well as orange oil which works to purify. You can also use this cleanser as a mask for “the ultimate super smoothing, resurfacing, deep pore-cleansing treatment.”
This wasn’t my favorite month for an Ipsy Glam Bag, but it definitely wasn’t the worst month, either. After trying it out again, I really really liked the NYX lipgloss (and I’m never really too happy with the NYX products I try out); the cleanser seems really good so I’m looking forward to using it more; the liquid liner pen (which I have yet to use) got great reviews so I’m excited to try that one out; and the beach waves spray also got good reviews so I’m going to try that one out tomorrow. The only thing I really didn’t care for was the BB cream cushion sample. My skin has been a little whacky and the products I’ve been using are finally balancing everything out, so I think that trying out a new BB cream at the moment isn’t the best idea.
Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends out 4-6 deluxe- and full-sized beauty products for $10 per month. Each month Ipsy also features a brand-new mini makeup case that’s the perfect size for throwing in your purse to carry along makeup on-the-go. To subscribe, click here, or visit Ipsy.com for more information.