ipsy Glam Bag Review April 2019

Hey, y’all!

Spring is in full bloom, and the ipsy theme this month was “fresh spring beauty picks.”

Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm

from Purlisse

Photo of sample size Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm from Purlisse
$45 for 1.7 fl. oz.; Purlisse

Oh man, the second I squeezed this onto my finger, it took me back to the 90s. It looks and smells like the filling from Fruit Gushers, but it’s not sticky. Anyway, it’s a nice light, hydrating moisturizer that you can use morning and evening, and it’s great for all skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Watermelon (source of Vitamins A, B6, & C)
  • Aloe Vera
  • White Tea
  • Cucumber

I don’t know if I’d spring for the full size, but I’d consider it.

My Rating: 5/5

“Berry Wild” Nail Polish

from Pretty Woman NYC

Photo of "Berry Wild" Nail Polish from Pretty Woman NYC
$7.99; Pretty Woman NYC

This color is perfect for spring. This polish doesn’t say anything about being quick-dry, but it does seem to dry really quickly. I remember the last time I got a nail polish from this brand, I wasn’t impressed with its staying power. We’ll see how this one holds up.

My Rating: 3/5

Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in “Mulberry”

from Hikari Cosmetics

Photo of Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in "Mulberry" from Hikari Cosmetics
$15; Hikari Cosmetics

They call this a cream pigment, but it didn’t have a very creamy consistency, which I’m totally fine with. I don’t tend to like cream eyeshadows very much. The color is gorgeous, and the shimmer isn’t too over-the-top. I didn’t notice any fallout, and it blends really nicely. I seem to have been getting a lot of plum and purple eyeshadows in my beauty subscriptions lately. Since I have hazel eyes, it works out well, but it gets a little repetitive.

My Rating: 5/5

Double Duty Beauty™ Base Tape Hydrating Primer

from Tarte Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Base Tape Hydrating Primer from Tarte Cosmetics
$30 for full-size; Tarte Cosmetics

We’ve all tried Tarte’s infamous Shape Tape Concealer, but I’d never tried their primer before. Its consistency surprised me–it’s a lot thinner than I expected. It seems to do a good job of adding some moisture while keeping your makeup in place.

Key Ingredients:

  • Coconut
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grape Seed Extract

My Rating: 4/5

Nourishing Mask with Blue Spirulina

from Apto Skincare

Photo of sample size Nourishing Mask with Blue Spirulina from Apto Skincare
$16 for 1 fl. oz.; Apto Skincare

This mask isn’t like your typical wash-off mask in the sense that it goes on fairly thin. You leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse it off, and then let your skin breathe for a few minutes. You actually don’t want it to dry all the way. I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference in my skin afterwards, but it might be because I have combination skin, and this is mostly recommended for dry skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Blue Spirulina (Algae)
  • Squalane

ipsy started a new thing this month where you get to choose the 5th item for your bag. This is the one I chose, so I guess I didn’t choose well for my skin. I honestly don’t think it’s a bad product; it just wasn’t intended for my skin type. I did notice on the Apto website that all of their products are between $5 and $25, so I’d be curious to check out some of their other products.

My Rating: 2/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 3.8. I can’t wait to see what May has in store!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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True Blue

Hey, y’all!

I got a sample of this mask as part of a free gift with purchase, and I was excited to try it out.

Multi-Action Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask

from StriVectin

Photo of deluxe sample Multi-Action Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask from StriVectin
$48 for 3.2 oz.; StriVectin

This mask is massage-activated, so I used my fingers instead of my mask spatula. It starts out white, and as you massage it on, the capsules of Blue Algae Extract and pigments burst, turning it a lovely light blue. The scent reminds me of your quintessential “Ocean Mist” or “Sea Breeze,” which I find soothing. You only leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off. My skin felt so soft afterwards, and the mask rinsed off fairly easily with a washcloth.

Key Ingredients:

  • Blue Algae
  • Probiotic Ferment
  • Seaweed (Red)
  • Shea Butter
  • White Clay

It truly is a multi-action mask: it’s soothing, nourishing, moisturizing, reducing signs of aging, and clarifying skin! I tend to love StriVectin products, and this mask certainly didn’t disappoint. I’d consider purchasing the full-size in the future.


What’s one of your favorite calming masks? Let me know in the comments.

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Key Ingredients Glossary

Hey, y’all!

This is something I’ve been meaning to create for awhile, and I’ll continue to add to it as time goes on. Whenever I include a list of key ingredients in a post, I’ll link it back to this page to include the benefits of individual ingredients. It’s in alphabetical order for easy reference.

Aloe Vera:

  • Anti-inflammatory and cooling properties make it an excellent remedy for sunburn
  • Moisturizes without any greasy residue
  • Speeds up skin cell production, which accelerates wound healing
  • Rich source of Vitamins C & E, which gives it anti-aging properties
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Reduces acne
  • Lightens blemishes
  • Promotes healthy hair growth when used on your scalp
  • Prevents dandruff
  • Nourishes and conditions hair and scalp

Blue Algae:

  • Soothes & nourishes skin
  • Reduces visibility of fine lines

Coconut:

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Repairs damaged skin
  • Detoxifies skin and builds up skin’s natural immune defenses
  • Heals dry, cracked hands
  • Prevents skin cancer by blocking 20% of UV rays
  • Anti-aging
  • Promotes circulation
  • Removes excess oil from skin
  • Natural alternative for eye makeup remover
  • Prevents scalp infections
  • Promotes healthy hair

Cucumber:

  • Hydrates skin (cucumbers are 96% water)
  • Cools skin
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Full of Vitamins A, B1, B7, & C, as well as potassium

Grape Seed Extract:

  • Contain proanthocyanidins & resveratrol, which can help prevent sun damage (not a substitute for regular sunscreen, though–think of it as a supplement)
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Softens skin
  • Source of Vitamins C & E

Honey:

  • Antibacterial properties make it great for acne treatment and prevention
  • Antioxidants slow down aging
  • Moisturizes & soothes
  • Opens up pores, making them easier to unclog

Jojoba Oil:

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Treats skin conditions like eczema and rosacea
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Balances oil production
  • Similar to sebum, so it can be used as a substitute for people who don’t produce enough.
  • Inversely, it can also be used to remove excess sebum and build-up from hair.
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Reduces wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Effective in treating acne
  • Excellent cleanser and makeup remover
  • Prevents razor burn
  • Reduces under-eye circles
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Cleans scalp
  • Adds shine to hair
  • Helps protect hair color

Probiotics:

Protect & nurture skin

Pumpkin:

  • Fruit enzymes + alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) increase cell turnover
  • Vitamin A & C soften, soothe, and increase collagen production
  • Zinc (found in the seeds) help with acne by controlling hormone levels and oil production, as well as helping skin to heal
  • Fatty acids and Vitamin E (also found in the seeds) help maintain skin’s natural barrier and regulate sebum

Seaweed:

  • Hydrates skin
  • Amino acids help to plump up skin, reducing fine lines
  • Omega, zinc, & magnesium help heal conditions like acne and rosacea while creating a barrier from harsh environmental conditions
  • Antioxidants include Vitamins B & C and help clear pigmentation issued caused by sun exposure

Shea Butter:

  • Source of fatty acids, antioxidants, and Vitamins A, D, E, & F
  • Moisturizes & soothes skin
  • Treats acne & blemishes
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-free radicals
  • Relieves itchy/peeling skin (including a dry, itchy scalp)
  • Restores elasticity
  • Reduces razor irritation
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Unrefined shea butter is safe for use on babies and toddlers (excellent for use on diaper rash or eczema)
  • Great for lip care
  • Repairs damaged hair
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Treats split ends & breakage
  • Natural conditioner
  • Soothes muscle aches
  • Can alleviate Rheumatism
  • Can alleviate Arthritis
  • Can alleviate nasal inflammation & congestion
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Treats diarrhea
  • Wound & insect bite healing
  • Natural UV protection
  • Cooking alternative to coconut oil, butter, or olive oil

Squalane Oil:

  • Naturally occurs in the human body but can also be found in olives, rice bran, and wheat germ
  • Moisturizes without being heavy or greasy
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Fights free radicals
  • Balances oil production
  • Anti-inflammatory properties help with acne and eczema
  • Anti-aging
  • Promotes circulation, which boosts collagen production

Turmeric:

  • Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties reduce redness from blemishes and calm conditions like eczema and rosacea
  • Combats acne
  • Reduces dark circles
  • Improves fine lines & brown spots caused by sun damage, as well as preventing the loss of elasticity
  • Reduces appearance of stretch marks
  • Soothes dry skin

Vitamin A:

  • Protects against UV damage and slows signs of aging
  • Encourages skin cell production, which helps protect against infection
  • Smoothes wrinkles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Clears up acne

Vitamin B:

  • B1 (Thiamin) has antioxidant and anti-aging properties, increases circulation, and helps protect against free radicals
  • B2 (Riboflavin) helps with healthy cell turnover; helps maintain skin’s mucus secretion to prevent acne and dry skin
  • B3 (Niacin) helps treat skin conditions like rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, aging, and dry skin; softens and smoothes skin to reduce fine lines and redness; helps with production of ceramides and fatty acids to maintain skin’s natural protective barrier
  • B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is a humectant, so it attracts and retains water to improve elasticity and keep your complexion hydrated; reduces inflammation and redness
  • B6 (Pyridoxine) is needed for red blood cell development, cell production, and protein metabolism, which aids in skin cell growth and repair; can help regulate some hormone irregularities that can cause acne
  • B7 (Biotin) is needed for healthy cell growth and repair and the synthesis of fatty acids & amino acids in the body; evens out complexion, fights effects of free radicals, and maintains skin’s fat production to keep your complexion plump and hydrated
  • B9 (Folic Acid) contributes to cell production and tissue growth; helps detox the body, which can reduce breakouts. Too much, however, can result in increased acne and dry, patchy skin.
  • B12 (Cobalamin) regulates pigment production, helping to prevent dark spots; helps with protein metabolism, which contributes to healthy skin cell growth and repair

Vitamin C:

  • Protects skin from free radicals
  • Enhances collagen production, which results in anti-aging benefits
  • Reduces dark spots
  • Vitamin C can be found in multiple forms in skincare products
    • Ascorbic Acid
    • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)
    • Ester-C (trademark form that’s been combined with Calcium Ascorbate)
  • Remember that Vitamin C destabilizes when it comes in contact with air, so keep an eye on expiration dates, and opt for opaque bottles with a pump

Vitamin E:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Supports the immune system, cell function, and skin health
  • Fights effects of free radicals
  • Reduces UV damage to skin
  • May be effective at reducing symptoms of atopic dermatitis & fatty liver disease
  • May slow progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease
  • Used to widen blood vessels to reduce the risk of blood clots
  • Absorption is improved when combined with Vitamin C

Watermelon:

  • Rich in Vitamins A, B6, & C = anti-aging properties
  • Contains lycopene and amino acids
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Helps prevents hair loss
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Hydrates skin
  • Prevents oil production

White Clay:

Draws out impurities without stripping skin

White Tea:

  • Antiseptic properties
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Fights effects of free radicals
  • Reduces redness and inflammation
  • Contains epigallocatechin gallate, which stimulates skin cell growth
  • Contains phenols, which can strengthen collagen and elastin