ipsy Glam Bag Review: August 2018

Hey, y’all!

The bag might have been a little boring this month, but the products inside weren’t. Check out what I got!

Fresh Face Blush in “Beach Rose”

from Pixi by Petra


Photo of Fresh Face Blush in "Beach Rose" from Pixi by Petra
$12.78 for .16 oz.; Amazon

The color of this blush is really nice and compliments my skin tone nicely with its light diffusing properties. It’s got Vitamin E and mica, which help it to blend easily. I also like the fact that it’s completely matte, so it looks really natural and subtle–perfect for everyday wear.

My Rating: 5/5

Gel Effect Nail Polish in “Parasol”

from Adesse New York

Photo of Gel Effect Nail Polish in "Parasol" from Adesse New York
$18 for 11 ml.; Adesse New York

This is a new brand for me. It claims to be like a gel polish by filling ridges and lasting a long time without needing a lamp and that it removes easily with regular nail polish. I tried it out on my toes. After 5 days of ballet flats and aerial classes, it’s still holding up pretty well. Just some minor chipping that’s hardly noticeable. It’s free of 12 different chemicals (ex. Formaldehyde) found in many nail polishes, and it’s infused with Bamboo Extract, Shea, and Argan Oil. It’s a little pricey, but I’d consider looking into other shades. I’m not crazy about this shade–it’s kind of a dull brick red, which wouldn’t be high on my list.

My Rating: 4/5

Foiled Again Eyeshadow in “Locked Up”

from theBalm Cosmetics

Photo of "Locked Up" eyeshadow from the Foiled Again Collection from The Balm Cosmetics
$34 for 12-shade palette; The Balm Cosmetics

You can’t by this eyeshadow individually; it’s part of the 12-shade Foiled Again palette. I thought this color would be a nice greige with some shimmer. It turned out much brighter and silvery than I expected. When I tried building the pigment, it only made the shine brighter, so I had to tone it down with a matte shade. I could see using this as a highlighting shade in the corners of my eyes, but I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this on a regular basis for day-to-day use.

My Rating: 3/5

“Take Away the Drama” Youth Boosting Honey  & Copper Peel-Off Mask

from Hey Honey

Photo of sample size "Take Away the Drama" Youth Boosting Honey & Copper Peel Off Mask from Hey Honey
$49 for 2 fl. oz.; Hey Honey

I used this for Spoil Me Sunday recently–you can read my full review here. It’s a neat idea, but boy, is it pricey.

My Rating: 4/5

Glow-To Highlighter in “Moondust”

from Ciaté London

Photo of Glow-To Highlighter in "Moondust" from Ciate London
$29 for .17 oz.; Ciate London

I absolutely love this highlighter! The pearlescent oyster shade makes it subtle, with just enough shimmer to make my cheekbones pop. It blends so nicely and lasts all day long. Love, love, love!

My Rating: 5/5

This month’s bag had an average rating of 4.2. How many of these products have you tried?

Any new favs in your August beauty subscription(s)? Tell me all about them in the comments!


Sarah xoxo

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