ipsy Glam Bag Review April 2019

Hey, y’all!

Spring is in full bloom, and the ipsy theme this month was “fresh spring beauty picks.”

Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm

from Purlisse

Photo of sample size Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm from Purlisse
$45 for 1.7 fl. oz.; Purlisse

Oh man, the second I squeezed this onto my finger, it took me back to the 90s. It looks and smells like the filling from Fruit Gushers, but it’s not sticky. Anyway, it’s a nice light, hydrating moisturizer that you can use morning and evening, and it’s great for all skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Watermelon (source of Vitamins A, B6, & C)
  • Aloe Vera
  • White Tea
  • Cucumber

I don’t know if I’d spring for the full size, but I’d consider it.

My Rating: 5/5

“Berry Wild” Nail Polish

from Pretty Woman NYC

Photo of "Berry Wild" Nail Polish from Pretty Woman NYC
$7.99; Pretty Woman NYC

This color is perfect for spring. This polish doesn’t say anything about being quick-dry, but it does seem to dry really quickly. I remember the last time I got a nail polish from this brand, I wasn’t impressed with its staying power. We’ll see how this one holds up.

My Rating: 3/5

Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in “Mulberry”

from Hikari Cosmetics

Photo of Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in "Mulberry" from Hikari Cosmetics
$15; Hikari Cosmetics

They call this a cream pigment, but it didn’t have a very creamy consistency, which I’m totally fine with. I don’t tend to like cream eyeshadows very much. The color is gorgeous, and the shimmer isn’t too over-the-top. I didn’t notice any fallout, and it blends really nicely. I seem to have been getting a lot of plum and purple eyeshadows in my beauty subscriptions lately. Since I have hazel eyes, it works out well, but it gets a little repetitive.

My Rating: 5/5

Double Duty Beauty™ Base Tape Hydrating Primer

from Tarte Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Base Tape Hydrating Primer from Tarte Cosmetics
$30 for full-size; Tarte Cosmetics

We’ve all tried Tarte’s infamous Shape Tape Concealer, but I’d never tried their primer before. Its consistency surprised me–it’s a lot thinner than I expected. It seems to do a good job of adding some moisture while keeping your makeup in place.

Key Ingredients:

  • Coconut
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grape Seed Extract

My Rating: 4/5

Nourishing Mask with Blue Spirulina

from Apto Skincare

Photo of sample size Nourishing Mask with Blue Spirulina from Apto Skincare
$16 for 1 fl. oz.; Apto Skincare

This mask isn’t like your typical wash-off mask in the sense that it goes on fairly thin. You leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse it off, and then let your skin breathe for a few minutes. You actually don’t want it to dry all the way. I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference in my skin afterwards, but it might be because I have combination skin, and this is mostly recommended for dry skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Blue Spirulina (Algae)
  • Squalane

ipsy started a new thing this month where you get to choose the 5th item for your bag. This is the one I chose, so I guess I didn’t choose well for my skin. I honestly don’t think it’s a bad product; it just wasn’t intended for my skin type. I did notice on the Apto website that all of their products are between $5 and $25, so I’d be curious to check out some of their other products.

My Rating: 2/5

This month’s bag had an average rating of 3.8. I can’t wait to see what May has in store!


Sarah xoxo

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Spoil Me Sunday: Dry Brush + Peel Mask + Sheet Mask

Hello, loves!

If you’ve read my previous posts, you might have noticed a trend: I’m kind of obsessed with exfoliating. This Spoil Me Sunday stayed true to form. Let’s jump right in!

Dry Body Brush

from Ecotools

Photo of Dry Body Brush from Ecotools
$5.99 from Ecotools

My hands are torn up from Lyra class yesterday, so I couldn’t do my usual body scrub from Dermadoctor that I talked about here. Before hopping in the shower post-workout, I used my dry body brush to exfoliate, instead. I first experienced dry brushing during a spa treatment a few years ago, and I loved it. It’s a great way to slough off dead skin with little effort, and as a bonus, it also stimulates circulation. Always use on dry skin (duh) with upward strokes, starting with your legs, then midsection, then arms. Rinse the brush afterwards, and then hang it to dry. The bristles are synthetic and aren’t too harsh; the amount of pressure you use will determine the intensity level of exfoliation. You can find this brush on the Ecotools website or at Ulta.

Get Your Glow On Skin Brightening Peel Mask

from Formula 10.0.6

Photo of Get Your Glow On Peel Mask from Formula 10.0.6
$6.99 from Formula 10.0.6

I love peel masks because of how they make my skin feel (and it’s really gratifying to peel it off), but this one is my favorite so far. The papaya helps to resurface my skin, and the citrus brightens it. I also enjoy the fresh citrus scent because it’s not overpowering. It takes maybe 15 minutes to dry, and it comes off easily, leaving my skin soft and refreshed. Overall it’s a very pleasant experience, and at such an affordable price, I’ll definitely be re-purchasing, either from their website or from Ulta.

Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask

from Purlisse

Photo of Purlisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask
$36 for a box of 6, or $8 each from Purlisse

Ok, I’ve never tried this product before, so this is just my first impression of it. This was given to me by a friend who received it through a subscription service (FabFitFun, I think?) and didn’t really plan on using it. She wanted me to try it out and post about it, so here we go!

Full disclosure: sheet masks aren’t normally my thing. They feel like a lot of work compared to peel and clay masks and they’re comparatively pricey, but those Koreans know a lot more than I do about skincare, so a sheet mask is nice to use every now and then. I’ll usually pick a couple up when they’re on sale, but I know there are some beauty gurus out there that literally use one every day. I’m not that hardcore.

I used this mask after dermaplaning and letting my skin calm down a bit. When I use a sheet mask, I like to start out by pulling the mask from the packaging and wiping some of the excess essence into one hand. This allows me to apply it to the areas that won’t be covered by the mask, like my eyes, the top of my forehead, and my neck. Then I go ahead and apply the mask to my face. I liked that this one didn’t have the backing you need to peel off of both sides like some other brands do; I just unfolded it and applied. I also appreciated that there wasn’t a heavy fragrance; I barely noticed it. Once the mask is on, I’ll set the timer (in this case 20 minutes) and then move on to the other extra step. Once the mask has been removed from the packaging, there’s still essence left in the bag; sometimes it’s a lot, sometimes it’s a little, depending on the brand. I’ll scoop that out with my fingers and apply it to other parts of my body like my décolleté, elbows, and knees. Sometimes there’s so much in there that I can apply it to my entire arms and legs. Then I wait for the timer to go off…

When I took the mask off, my skin felt nice and cool and refreshed. I used the Sonic Infuser Head on my Soniclear Elite to work the remaining essence into my skin. It left my skin feeling a little sticky, but I’ve found that to be the case with most sheet masks (another reason they’re not usually my go-to.) Once I do the rest of my nightly skincare regimen and apply moisturizer, the stickiness won’t be an issue. After using this mask, my skin does feel refreshed, moisturized, soft, and soothed. According to the packaging, this mask works for all skin types, including sensitive skin, which is good to know. Will I use up the rest of the masks in the box? Yes, it did what it said it would do, and I liked the way my skin felt afterwards. Would I purchase this myself? Probably not, unless they were on sale; I can’t justify paying that much for a single mask. To be fair, you can sign up there website for auto delivery, and that lowers the price a bit, but it’s not enough to sway me. It’s a good product, but it wasn’t a game-changer for me. I would like to try other products from Purlisse because I’ve heard good things about the brand; I’ll just steer clear of the sheet masks.

That wraps it up for this week’s Spoil Me Sunday. What do you think of sheet masks? Am I crazy for not absolutely loving them? What do you do to prepare for the week ahead? I know you’ll totally rock this week like nobody’s business. Make it a great one!

–Sarah xoxo