Friday, July 22, 2016

IPSY Glam Bag UNBAGGING: July 'Hot Summer Nights' 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 July 2016 Glam Bag, then read this article. 

It's that time of the month again for another unbagging of the IPSY Glam Bag. I'm probably a little late on this cause it's late July and these posts usually go up in mid-month, but I got it late last week so I already had a lineup of posts that already went up. I honestly don't really like this month's bag because this is the first bag I've gotten with no makeup in it. I'm a big makeup user and it's the primary reason I'm subscribed to IPSY.

If you're not familiar with IPSY then you can read about it in my first unbagging post at this link, but I also need to add that they have a section called Brand Offers where it lists codes that you can use to save money and even get free shipping for almost every single brand that has worked with IPSY. They don't really get that many high-profile brand codes, so I never really bothered to look until now. An IPSY account should not be necessary for these to work, so if the brands featured in my July bag have a code, I will list it at the bottom of the page. These codes are valid until the end of next month when the next IPSY Glam Bag comes out with new codes, so codes for items featured in June still have about a week left before they expire at this point. Every IPSY user has access to these codes, so if you see something you like or there's a brand you like in their bag, ask if there's a code.

Anyways, the first thing we're going to look at is the bag itself. This month's theme is Hot Summer Nights, so the bag is made of a holographic material with an umbrella print. Okay, the umbrella print I hate, but I do like the bag because of the holo effect. I pretty much like anything that is holographic or metallic, so I'm going to keep this bag.

The first item in the Glam Bag is The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion by Skyn Iceland that contains Icelandic Kelp. The purpose of this lotion is to soothe stressed skin by emitting a cooling sensation that kind of smells like menthol. I really like it because it reminds me of Vicks VapoRub, which I like to slather on every now and then even when I'm not sick or congested. 

I'm actually pretty picky about face lotions and moisturizers; I prefer oil-free, gel-based moisturizers because other types just feel nasty on my skin and break me out. The other night, I did put this on after I did my nightly skincare routine. Initially, it felt cooling and didn't leave my skin with that lotion feel, but not long after, my face did start to feel greasy. After that, I tried a different method and ended up following one of IPSY's tips on this product where you're using this as a mask that you leave on for 5 to 10 minutes then wash off, which left me with cool, refreshed skin without the icky lotion feel.

Next item is the Eyeshadow 2 Brush by VASANTI. I'm always happy to see a makeup brush in my bag, so I already like it. I thought it was a concealer brush at first because of the general look of it. It's a flat brush with long, soft bristles that are cut into a dome shape. I don't use nor own another brush like this one, but the way I would use this brush is to apply a primer or a cream eyeshadow. For me, it feels too clumsy to use for anything else.

This is from Too Faced and it's a sample size of the Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. I know a lot of people have been looking forward to getting it, but I personally don't care for it. It's more of a preference thing - I like mattifying primers because I get so oily. 

I have been wanting to do a more updated review of the Born This Way Foundation (which you can see the original one at this link), which was oxidizing on me so badly. Since I made that review, I've changed my skincare routine and tweaked the way I do my makeup and because the primer and foundation come from the same brand, I want to see if pairing them up might help.

The next is a full-size nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty in shade No Filter. This product is non-toxic, cruelty-free, and vegan. In the picture, I did a swatch of the nail polish on the box it came in. The shade is like a muted purple with what seems to be a tinge of pink, but it's much darker in person than what's pictured right here. I personally don't wear muted or pastel colors, but I'll wear any other color. You are getting a lot of product at 17 milliliters per bottle considering brands like OPI sell 15 milliliters per bottle.

And the last item is the Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask, which contains glycolic acid, kaolin clay, and hyaluronic acid. The purpose of this is to brighten and soften, but I think this also meant to be anti-aging as well. This did warn that there might be some tingling when worn and some redness when the mask comes off, but I didn't experience any of that. I did notice how soft my skin was after one use, so I really like it.

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