This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag theme was “Beauty Blast,” a “universe of brilliant beauties.” I have to say that even though the makeup bag might be a wee bit tacky, I am loving it anyway. I love the stars and galaxy stuff so I did a little dance as soon as I opened up my Ipsy package to see this bag 😀
Ipsy is a “personalized” monthly beauty subscription that sends out items based on your style profile (which you fill out upon first subscribing) and your reviews of the products that you receive each month. I think the review process is great and I always notice products that I like more and more after reviewing the previous month’s Glam Bag.
With that being said, I have been seriously slacking this summer and I haven’t reviewed any Glam Bags in months. SO … I was pleasantly surprised to open up such an awesome Glam Bag for September! I really like all of the products I received and I will definitely be putting them to good use.
Every month the Ipsy subscription is sent out along with a brand-new makeup bag to hold all of your new goodies. This month’s bag was a gold case that was a little longer than most of the other bags sent out in recent months, so it can easily hold lots of makeup items like eyeliner pencils, brushes and even small eyeshadow palettes. It also easily fits into my handbag, so that’s always a plus!
I really liked this matte lip crayon and I was especially happy that I received it in this very perfect nude color. I have soooo many different lip products, but I absolutely love trying new ones so I really never get bored of them.
tre’StiQue Lip Crayon ($28; trestique.com): The full-sized version of this product is actually two products in one — each crayon comes with one matte shade, plus a shiny “BB Lip Balm” shade that you can layer together. What I also like about this lip crayon is that it can act as your lip liner as well — this product makes it super easy to draw a line around your lips and then fill it in with either the matte or shiny shade (or both). This lip crayon is also Infused with Vitamin E and Monoi Tahiti Butter which provide moisturization and antioxidant benefits.
I now have a gigantic nail polish collection thanks to my monthly Julep subscription, so I’m really never that excited when I get new nail colors in other beauty boxes. I was, however, happy to see Sephora’s own Formula X nail brand in my September Glam Bag. This color is very perfect for the fall and it comes in a rather adorable little bottle (so it won’t take up too much room in my collection!).
Formula X Nail Color ($10.50 for 0.4 oz.; sephora.com): A three-free nail polish formula infused with “ShineXcel™” for “enhanced color and overall brilliance,” plus a custom brush design that’s engineered to “complement the polish’s highly pigmented formula with precise lacquer application.” I received the color “Ignite,” which is a wonderful autumn red-brown. It looks like this particular color is only available in an exclusive set of four Formula X shades that you can buy at Sephora for $16.
I was super excited to see this NYX eyeshadow palette in my September Glam Bag. I love NYX eyeshadows and this palette has two perfect shimmery browns plus an awesome dark brown/light black matte color to contour or line the lashes. I took a few photos yesterday of an eyeshadow look with this palette and I’m going to take a few more tomorrow and then post them to my Instagram. The colors also stayed on all night long — even through serious headbanging at the rock festival this weekend.
NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eye Shadow Trio (nyxcosmetics.com): This eyeshadow trio was designed exclusively for Ipsy by NYX. They contain three complimenting eye colors that can be worn together or separately, each with a “silky texture for seamless application.”
ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub ($9.99 for 4 oz.; acureorganics.com): I haven’t really tried out this facial scrub yet, but I really like the fact that Ipsy sent out such a great deluxe-sized sample of this stuff, so I will definitely be getting a good amount of uses out of it. This scrub contains natural exfoliators plus organic chlorella growth factor and argan stem cells to stimulate new cell growth and repair. It is also formulated with madonna lily stem cells to help brighten skin. It is vegan, gluten- and cruelty-free.
Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush ($2.98 for one brush; crownbrush.us): I am usually all set when it comes to brushes — I try to invest in really good ones for each type of makeup and makeup application. A concealer brush is actually the one brush that I don’t have a set favorite, so I’m going to try out this one and see how I like it. This concealer brush is made of 100% Flexible Japanese Torray Taklon Bristles (which are synthetic) and it can be used for application and blending of any type of concealer formula or for applying cream eyeshadows.
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I was very happy with my Ipsy Glam Bag this month. I love the NYX eyeshadow trio, the nude matte lip pencil and even the Formula X nail color, which, again, is absolutely perfect for the fall. I think the face scrub and concealer brush round out the Glam Bag very nicely and this was definitely one of the better Glam Bags I have received in recent months.
Pricing & Availability:
Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month, plus a small tax to a few states (here in New York my monthly Glam Bag comes to $11 and change). To subscribe click here, or head over to Ipsy.com for more information.
I love the middle of the month — when pretty much all of my subscription boxes arrive right around the same time. I’m also loving the pink/red/love/hearts/girly Valentine’s-themed boxes I’ve been seeing, so this month I’m a little more excited than usual for my subscription boxes to show up at my doorstep.
I wasn’t too crazy about my Ipsy Glam Bag this month — or last month either, to be honest — but it’s kind of my own fault because I’ve been slacking on reviewing the items in my Glam Bag on Ipsy.com. I really find that when I review each item for the month and check off the brands I like and the brands I don’t like I usually get much better Glam Bags.
I think Ipsy does a great job at really personalizing their subscription service. They also let you review bags from past months so I tried to catch up on the ones I missed and I’m sure that I’ll love my Glam Bag again next month!
Instead of starting the dozens of other posts I have sitting in my brain waiting to be written, I wanted to first finish all of these subscription box reviews before they become “old news.” I received so many boxes over the last few days and I do have to say that all of the different July boxes have been awesome. The last one I received this week was the July Ipsy Glam Bag and it was just as great – if not better – than the other boxes I received over the last week. Each Ipsy Glam Bag subscription comes with a mini makeup case that holds all of the items for the month. These bags have been getting better and better and this month Ipsy sent out this super cute hot hot pink makeup case. This is definitely my favorite Glam Bag ever, I love it! The photo doesn’t really do the color justice because the actual color is a super hot pink — almost like a neon color.
Ipsy included a new eyeshadow formula from bareMinerals in the July Glam Bag and I’m really liking the color and the consistency of this stuff. I haven’t tried it out yet on my lids but I swatched it on my hand (below) and I was really impressed at how smooth and pigmented it looked. I’m really excited to use it tomorrow!
bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow ($18 for 0.10 oz.; ulta.com) is described as a “creamy, long-wearing” shadow with “exceptional skincare benefits” and broad spectrum SPF protection. This 5-in-1 “luxurious” formula provides 12-hour long-wearing color; acts as a primer that won’t budge, smudge or crease; brightens eyelids; smoothes fine lines; and protects with SPF 15 mineral sunscreen.
Lavilin Jojoba Gel Cream ($21 for 3.4 oz.; lavilin.com) calms and softens skin, and it’s perfect for use after over-exposure to sun. It is formulated with Jojoba, which is “known to restore the skin’s natural luster and suppleness, and soften and hydrate dry skin.” Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08 ($11.99 for 6 oz.; hangtensunscreen.com) is described as an “organically indulgent” dark tanning oil that is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and exotic plant extracts. I really liked the Hang Ten sunscreen I received in a past subscription box so I’m excited to try this product out, especially since I love using tanning oils during the summer. Ipsy sent a cute 1-oz. bottle that I’m pretty sure I will be able to use over multiple beach trips.
Mascara is usually one of those products that I’m not that excited to see in a subscription box since I already have so many of them, but this mascara looks awesome and the packaging is beautiful so I can’t wait to try it out! Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara ($20 for 0.17 oz.; purminerals.com) is a waterproof mascara made with Argan Oil, which is loaded with “lash-loving” omega fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants. It comes with a clump-resistant wand that is supposed to ensure a “smooth, no-mess application,” even in the inner corners of the lashes.
The last product this month was this super cute mini tinted lip balm from Pixi Beauty. It goes on smoothly and the color comes out perfectly — not too bright, but definitely noticeable. Pixi Beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm ($14 for full-sized balm; pixibeauty.com) is described as a “glossy gel balm” packed with “lip-loving ingredients” that protects and hydrated lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a “flattering, personalized hue just for you” with a color intensity that depends upon the unique pH level of your lips!
SUBSCRIPTION BOX BREAKDOWN:
This was one of the best Glam Bags I have received all year. I’m pretty much loving every single product and the makeup case is so so cute and awesome — I’m going to be using it every day!
Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription box that costs $10 per month plus a small tax (my monthly charge is $11 and change with shipping to NY). To subscribe, click here, or visit Ipsy.com for more information.
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.
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!