Saturday, May 14, 2016

IPSY Glam Bag UNBAGGING: May 2016

IPSY is a beauty subscription service that sends you an assortment of four to five beauty items in a cute, decorative bag for $10.00 USD. To see what came in the May 2016 Glam Bag, then read this article. 

Today, we'll be looking at this month's Glam Bag from Ipsy for the month of May. For those that don't know what Ipsy is, it's a subscription service where for 10 dollars a month Ipsy sends you an assortment of four to five beauty items in a cute, decorative bag. I've had this subscription for a while now, I think it's been about a year.

When you sign up, they have you fill out a profile (eye color, skin type, makeup preferences, etc.) to better cater to your needs. They do contests for prizes each month. You can also review the items you get to earn points to redeem for products that they'll send in addition to your Glam Bag, I just redeemed some of my points for a cucumber mask that I'll receive next month.

This month's bag (just the bag, not what's in it), I actually really like... for once. I like how it's covered in landmarks and things you would see around the world. I just find that a lot of the bags are too girly for me, which I'm not complaining, it's to be expected from a beauty company. The bag does feel like a shower curtain and the plastic smell was giving me a headache, but I really think this bag is cute.

 Looking at the content, I got a good mix of products.

The first item is a brush from Vera Mona. It doesn't have a number or a label indicating what kind of brush, but it's definitely an eyeshadow brush with a dome shape and short, stiff bristles. There's information all over the internet about what brushes are used for what, but honestly, I just use what works best for me. This type of brush is usually intended for smudging or eyeshadow application on the lid, but I use this for applying and blending eyeshadow on the lower lid because I get more precision. I even use it to deposit shadow in my crease and go back in with another brush to blend it out.

The next item is the BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator by Vasanti, an exfoliating cleanser. I love getting skincare, specifically exfoliants, in my Ipsy bag because I love how they make my skin feel. I go through exfoliants really fast because I use it to cut through the dirt on my face in order for my makeup application to look smooth and to minimize whatever texture I have on my face, which is pretty much most of my T-zone. I had tried it out and it has exfoliating particles that are very fine. I usually like my exfoliants to have larger particles and for the product to be more coarse, but this product did a pretty decent job.

Shades Swatched in Order: Crush, Skinny Dip, and Lovely
Next item is the Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio that includes the shades Skinny Dip, Crush, and Lovely by Pacifica. I actually really like Pacifica, they're a good quality brand that's vegan and cruelty-free, but I'm not really into natural makeup and these colors are pretty light for my taste (I will admit, Lovely is calling to me). They're pretty, but you're mostly going to get shimmer and shine with these. They look pretty pigmented in the picture (especially since it's under direct sunlight), but when you apply them, they're pretty light so they're great for highlighting.

Now, next item is another makeup product and it's the Gel Lip Liner in shade Nude by Bella Pierre. I've never heard of a gel lip liner nor does it make any difference to me. There are certain products that I don't care where they come from nor the price or brand, they're just as good as any other alike, and for me, that includes lip liners. Sometimes, I do have to run a lip liner over my hand a couple times to warm it up for better application, but this product goes on quite smooth right out of the package.

The last item is actually a high-end item and it's the X-Rated Mascara Volumateur by Smashbox. I had high expectations for this because I love the Full Exposure mascara, which I had also gotten from Ipsy. An issue I have with a lot of mascaras (keep in mind, I've only ever used high-end mascara) is that it starts to smudge on the outer corners of my eyes because it's very humid where I live and I tend to scrunch up my eyes when I smile or make faces in general, my lashes are pushed down making contact with my face. However, I didn't have any smudges at all by the end of the day with this.

And that was everything in this month's Ipsy bag, if you're interested in getting Ipsy, you can go to 

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