ipsy Glam Bag Review: January 2019

Hey, y’all!

2019 is here and already speeding along. The bag itself looked a little to springy or summery for January in my opinion, but here’s what was inside!

Heavy Metal Eyeshadow in “HE-04”

from Naked Cosmetics

Photo of Heavy Metal Eyeshadow HE-04 from Naked Cosmetics
$14.99; Naked Cosmetics

I tend to shy away from loose powder eyeshadows, but I have to admit that this coppery bronze is really pretty. (The color is much brighter than it looks on the Naked Cosmetics website.) There was a little fallout onto my lashes, but I dusted them off without too much trouble. This line of shadows comes in 6 shades, and the bottom of the pot is threaded to screw onto something. I assume you can take the lids off of them and just screw them together in one neat column. That could help with storage, rather than having individual pots lying around.

My Rating: 3/5

Nail Lacquer in “Feverish”

from Color Club

Photo of Nail Lacquer in "Feverish" from Color Club
$8.50; Color Club

I’m enjoying the last of winter before central Florida starts heating up again, so I had no qualms about using this gorgeous vampy red when I got a pedicure this past week. Professionals always do it better, so we’ll see how well this polish holds up. I probably would have only done one coat if I were doing it myself, but the nail tech did two (maybe that’s why professional pedis last longer…) I love that this company was founded by women and creates everything in NYC. Get it, ladies!

My Rating: 5/5

Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask

from Yensa

Photo of sample size Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask from Yensa
$45 for 2.5 fl. oz.; Yensa

I tried this mask for a Spoil Me Sunday recently and fell in love. You can read all out it here.

My Rating: 5/5

1010 Small Contour Brush

from Luxie Beauty

It’s odd that I can’t find this brush anywhere on the Luxie website. Based on the other brushes in the Pro Tools Collection, I’m going to guess this one would run somewhere around $30-$35. It’s cruelty-free and vegan, and the bristles are super soft. I prefer my e.l.f. brush for applying contour, but this smaller brush is great for highlighting.

My Rating: 4/5

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 in “Light Neutral”

from Tarte Cosmetics

Photo of Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation in "Light Neutral" from Tarte Cosmetics
$39 for 1.7 fl. oz.; Tarte Cosmetics

Since my skin has cleared up, I’ve been using pressed powder foundation instead of liquid full-coverage. I tested this one out, though, and it was nice. It wasn’t cakey, it lasted all day, and the color was spot-on. Definitely worth keeping in my makeup cabinet for when I need more coverage.

My Rating: 4/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4.2. I’d say 2019 is off to a good start. Was January good to you as far as your beauty subscriptions were concerned? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: September 2018

Hey, y’all!

Another cute graphic bag with fun new things inside. Check out what I got!

White Sand Translucent Powder

from Luna by Luna Cosmetics

Photo of White Sand Translucent Powder from Luna by Luna Cosmetics
$18; Luna by Luna

This powder and I didn’t get off to a great start. It shattered in transit, and even though the packaging was undamaged and it didn’t open, it managed to coat the inside of my bag with a fine layer of powder. It’s a decent quality translucent powder. If you’re careful not to get too much on your brush, it blends nicely and blurs any imperfections or unevenness that might be showing through. It’s cruelty-free and supposedly has no flashback (haven’t tested that myself.)

My Rating: 3/5

Luxie 110 Flat Blender Harley Quinn

from Luxie Beauty

Photo of Luxie 110 Flat Blender Harley Quinn from Luxie Beauty
$20; Luxie Beauty

I’m totally in love with this blending brush. It works with powders, liquids, creams, you name it. I’ve used it for blending concealer as well as for blending my eyeshadow, and both worked like a dream!

My Rating: 5/5

Nail Polish in “Mermaid Vibes”

from Trust Fund Beauty

Photo of Nail Polish in "Mermaid Vibes" from Trust Fund Beauty

I first learned about Trust Fund Beauty when I got “Game Changer” in one of my bags last summer. It’s probably one of my favorite nail polish brands. I have 2 points of confusion on this one:

  1. I can’t find this color anywhere on their website. I searched “mermaid” and got zero results.
  2. I bought “Mermaid Vibes” a year ago, and it’s a noticeably different color. Did they change the formula, or does nail polish have “dye lot” issues like fabrics do?

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New bottle (left) vs old bottle (right)

My Rating: 5/5

Eyeshadow in “Ursula”

from Winky Lux

Photo of Eyeshadow in "Ursula" from Winky Lux

This shade is from their Mermaid Kitten palette; you can’t buy it as a single shadow. After swatching it, I was afraid it would be too intense and shimmery to be able to wear to work, but when applied with a brush, this deep satin plum shade with a touch of sparkle is nice and buildable. It applied buttery smooth with no kick-up for fallout.

My Rating: 4/5

Satin Dream Leave-in Cream

from Eva NYC

Photo of sample size Satin Dream Leave-in Cream from Eva NYC
$11.99 for 5 oz.; Ulta

This leave-in conditioner feels really rich when I rub it between my palms before applying. I didn’t see any noteworthy effect on my hair, but I might not have used enough. It’s a pretty small sample. The Argain Oil and Avocado Oil in it give your hair some much-needed nutrients, while the Keravis Protein Complex works to strengthen your strands.

My Rating: 3/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4. How many of these products have you tried?

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

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: June 2018

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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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