ipsy Glam Bag Review: June 2018

Hey, y’all!

In honor of Pride Month, the glam bag theme this month was “Flying Colors”. ipsy highlighted 7 creators that are part of the LGBTQ+ community to talk about self-expression and the beauty in our differences. The bag is super cute and bright, but I would have loved it even more if it had been a rainbow design. Enough about that, though. Check out the goodies that were inside!

Rose Gold Small Shader Eye Brush 245

from Luxie Beauty

Photo of Rose Gold Small Shader Eye Brush 245 from Luxie Beauty
$12; Luxie Beauty

I really like Luxie brushes. The size of this one makes it great for precision application, like the inner corners of my eyes, or highlighting the bridge of my nose and my cupid’s bow. It can be used with loose, pigments, powders, cream shadows, or even concealer. Who doesn’t love versatility? It’s also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Hooray!

My Rating: 5/5

Luscious Lip Stain in “Holiday Getaway”

from Doucce Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Luscious Lip Stain in "Holiday Getaway" from Doucce Cosmetics
$28 for full-size: Doucce Cosmetics

I was really apprehensive about this color when I saw it. It’s got more of an orange/coral undertone that I tend to choose for my complexion, but I was so glad to be proven wrong. It doesn’t look great if I use the applicator but with a lip brush, it’s perfect. It brightened up my look and is perfect for summer. I probably would have liked the other color (“Passion Peach”) just as much. This product is fantastic! I love the matte finish, the color lasted all day with no touch-ups, and it didn’t feel like I was wearing anything at all. No cracking, flaking, or drying. It’s cruelty-free to boot, so I’m definitely interested in picking up some other colors!

My Rating: 5/5

#Unicornglow Perfect Radiance Tencel Facial Mask

from Biobelle Cosmetics

Photo of #Unicornglow Perfect Radiance Sheet Mask from Biobelle Cosmetics
$4.99; Biobelle Cosmetics

I used this mask for Spoil Me Sunday recently–you can read my first impression here.

TL;DR: It smells like chocolate and it’s cruelty-free and biodegradable, but it wasn’t “wow” enough to want to end my break with sheet masks.

My Rating: 3/5

Felt Tip Eyeliner Pencil

from Jontéblu

Photo of Felt Tip Eyeliner Pencil from Jonteblue Cosmetics
$9 for .04 oz.; Jonteblu Cosmetics

I looooove liquid liner, and while I prefer a brush applicator, a felt tip gets the job done, too. This one is waterproof and dries pretty quickly, but it didn’t go on as smoothly as they website claims. I had trouble getting a smooth line without it ending up wider than I wanted. I appreciate the reasonable price point, but I can’t find anything on the website about whether or not Jontéblu is cruelty-free. I’ll stick with my brush tip applicator liquid liner.

My Rating: 3/5

Glow Tonic

from Pixi by Petra

Photo of Skintreats Glow Tonic from Pixi by Petra
$4 for .5 fl. oz.; Pixi Beauty

This toner is alcohol-free, cruelty-free, and is 5% Glycolic Acid to help brighten and smooth skin. It also has aloe vera to soothe skin, and the floral scent is very subtle, so I didn’t mind it terribly. I haven’t been using this toner long enough to know if it has a real noticeable effect on my skin, but we’ll see. My one complaint is that it dries pretty quickly on the cotton ball while I’m using it, so I have to reapply and end up using more product than I do with my regular toner. It’s a pretty affordable product, so I might decide to pick up a full-size bottle later. We’ll see.

My Rating: 4/5

Bonus Item: Sangria Eye Shadow

from Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics

Photo of Sangria Eye Shadow from Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics
$12 for 1.5g; Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics

I had some points that were about to expire, so I redeemed them for this eyeshadow. It’s another new (cruelty-free) brand for me, so that’s always exciting. It’s a gorgeous wine color (duh), and the pigmentation is so vibrant! It’s absolutely gorgeous, applies and blends like a dream, and there’s no fallout. I definitely recommend it!


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4–the highest one of 2018 so far! How many of these products have you tried?

Any new favs in your beauty subscription(s) this month? I’d love to hear about them!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Yes, Oh Yas! June 2018

Hey, y’all!

This month’s theme was “Glam Treasures,” and I got 4 full-size products. They feel so fancy, especially with that sparkly palette. Let’s jump in!

*Note: prices listed as photo captions are what I found on the respective product websites. Retail values listed below my descriptions are what was listed by Yes, Oh Yas!

Treasure Chest Eyeshadow Palette

from Mellow Cosmetics

Photo of Treasure Chest Eyeshadow Palette from Mellow Cosmetics
$28; Mellow Cosmetics

Whenever I’m trying a new brand for the first time, I like to check out their “About” page to learn about their history and get a feel for their vibe and company culture. I loved that  Mellow’s page says outright that their products are cruelty-free and vegan (I don’t feel as strongly about the vegan aspect). That makes me a lot more likely to look into other products, knowing that this holds true for everything they make. It can be frustrating when companies aren’t very forthcoming with their stance on animal testing.

Now, about this palette…it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s mostly shimmer shades with a few mattes mixed in. The pigmentation isn’t very intense, but it’s buildable, so if you want a more subtle look for daywear, it’s easily achievable. Totally smooth application with zero fallout, and it’s so easy to blend. The glittery gold packaging is beautiful, too. I’m definitely interested in checking out some of their other products.

Retail Value: $27.99

Punk Volumizer Mascara

from Doucce Cosmetics

Photo of Punk Volumizer Mascara from Doucce Cosmetics
$24; Doucce Cosmetics

Full disclosure: I didn’t test this product out. I hardly ever wear mascara, and I didn’t want another tube to go to waste, so I gave it to my officemate. It’s the least I could do since she gave me a Doucce eyeshadow palette and a bunch of other cosmetics to try out. 🙂 Here’s the mascara’s description from the website:

“The jumbo brush fiber bristles are cut smaller and larger, in succession, to coat every lash, while distributing the formula evenly throughout. The lightweight and creamy formula pulls every lash upwards to create a long lasting curl without any clumping, flaking, or smudging.”

The packaging is very modern and sleek, and Doucce states on their FAQ page that they don’t do any animal testing. If I liked mascara, I’d probably be all about this one.

Retail Value: $26.99*

*A bit of a difference from the website, but not egregious.

Eyebrow Highlighter Pencil in “Ivory Lace”

from Chella Skin Care

Photo of Chella Eyebrow Highlighter Pencil in "Ivory Lace" from Chella Skin Care
$20; Chella Skin Care

Another cruelty-free brand that I’ve never tried before! This pencil seems very versatile. I’ve only used it as a brow highlighter; it seems you can also use it as a concealer, depending on your skin tone (and the pencil color). It comes in 4 shades, and the darker shades could be used as a bronzer, if you wanted. I don’t use it on my dark under eye circles because I prefer a liquid that’s easier to blend, but a brow bone application blended out with a smudger brush looks great! I love the fact that it’s totally matte with no shimmer at all. If the “Ivory Lace” is any indication, the color samples shown on the website are darker than real life, so keep that in mind.

Retail Value: $19.99

Pro Blush Brush

from Crown Brush

Photo of Pro Blush Brush from Crown Brush
$12; Crown Brush

There’s literally zero description about this product on the Crown website, so I can’t tell you for sure what it’s made of, but the bristles feel synthetic to me. I like the ergonomic grooves in the handle that make it easier to hold. Other than that, there’s nothing really noteworthy about this brush. It’s denser than some of my other blush brushes. Might keep it, might give it away, haven’t decided.

Retail Value: $22.99*

*This is quite a difference from the $12 value listed on the website. There’s no indication that it’s currently on sale or anything, so I don’t really know what to make of that.

Total Package Value: $97.96*

*If you go off of the website prices, it’s $84, but for $14.99, I’ll take it!


I think one of my favorite things about Yes, Oh Yas! so far is that they send so many products from brands that aren’t super mainstream. I love discovering new brands, and I’m super excited that all of them this month are cruelty-free! (Totally assuming about the Crown brush, here.)

What fun things did you get in your beauty subscription(s) this month? Any new favs? Sharing is caring! 🙂

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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