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!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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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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