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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Yes, Oh Yas! September 2018

Hey, y’all!

This month’s theme was “Believe in Unicorns,” and I got 4 full-size magical products.

*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!

Holographic Highlighter Palette

from Naked Cosmetics

Photo of Holographic Highlighter Palette from Naked Cosmetics
$29.99 (reg. $39.99); Naked Cosmetics

The first thought I had when I opened this palette was that it reminded me A LOT of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Aurora Glow Kit palette that I already own. Even the packaging is similar. Some of the colors are a little different, but it basically makes me think of a less glittery version of Aurora, which is fine by me. I’m not a fan of glittery highlighters. It also blends nicely and is buildable.

Retail Value: $32*

*Maybe that’s the sale price plus tax?

Matte Lipstick in “Wondrous Wine”

from Chella Skin Care

Matte Lipstick in "Wondrous Wine" from Chella Beauty
$18; Chella

Matte lipstick is my jam, so I was excited to try this out. The color is really pretty, but it definitely wasn’t transfer-proof. I didn’t like how it ended up settling into the creases in my lips, either. Even when I reapplied, you could see the dark lines underneath. I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this one much in the future. 😦

Retail Value: $20

Pro Series 3-Piece Eye & Brow Brush Set

from Aesthetica

Photo of Pro Series 3-Piece Eye & Brow Brush Set from Aesthetica
$45; Aesthetica

I had never tried Aesthetica brushes before. These have good quality synthetic bristles and the handles are a comfortable length. The angled brush is a little thicker than the ones I already have, so it’s a nice alternative for doing my brows. The spoolie is the perfect length and is great for my brows or my lashes.

Retail Value: $45

Glo Stix Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Honey Bun”

from Glo by Glory

Photo of Glo Stix Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick from Glo by Glory
$18; Glo by Glory

You know I love my liquid lippies! I really, really wanted to like this one, and the color is gorgeous. This independent beauty brand is based in Austin, TX (any Texas brand gets extra points in my book <3) and is 100% cruelty-free. I hate to say I was disappointed with this lipstick. It stayed sticky from the moment I put it on, even though I blotted it after about 2 minutes. By the time it stopped being sticky, it had gotten patchy over the course of the day. Some lipsticks fade evenly in such a way that it looks like a subtle ombré effect–no such luck with this one. I’m probably going to end up tossing it. 😦

Retail Value: $18

Total Package Value: $119*

*If you go off of the website prices, it’s $110.99 (using the sale price of the palette). For $14.99, that’s an absolute steal!


October will be bringing the IBY “City Limits” palette. Can’t wait to see what else!

What goodies did you get in your beauty subscription(s) this month? Anything you recommend?

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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