Saturday, October 8, 2016

IPSY Glam Bag UNBAGGING: September 'Glamazon' 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 September 2016 Glam Bag, then read this article. 

It’s that time again for another unbagging of this month’s Glam Bag from IPSY, which I really like the skincare that I got in this. I got some stuff that I’ve never gotten (or used) before, so it was quite interesting. If you’re not familiar with IPSY, then you can quickly read up on it from my unbagging from May.

This month’s theme was ’Glamazon’, which is all about glamour and being all done up.  Every theme has a corresponding bag design that goes along with it.

At first, I saw a bit of tribal with how the design is drawn, but the bag is a glittery texture with a metallic gold design, which does coincide with the theme as being glam. I do really like this bag and IPSY has had a really strong bag game these past few months, but the bag from August’s ’Sugar Highness’ theme is still my all-time favorite though.

The first item I got is a sample size of  Pixi by Petra 'Rose Naturelle' Mattelustre Lipstick. This is a British brand, but you can get it in Target if you live in the United States, so I’m sure a lot of people are familiar with it.

I’ve gotten FULL-SIZED Pixi products in previous bags, so getting this itty-bitty sample lipstick (that feels like it’s going to break when I try to open it) is kind of annoying. I’ve gotten at least ONE full-sized product in each bag for over a year without fail, but I got all sample sizes this month.

Lip swatch of Pixi by Petra 'Rose Naturelle' Mattelustre Lipstick.

Anyways, it says that this lipstick contains vitamins C and E, peptides, and hyaluronic acid with some lip plumping properties from what I’ve read on the IPSY site. This product is referred to as a ’matte-luster’. I’m not too up on the lipstick lingo, so I ended up referring to Pixi’s main site and it did specify that this lipstick is supposed to be a demi-matte finish. In the lip swatch, you can see that it has more of a glisten (probably because I was wearing lip balm when I applied it), but over time, it does become more matte looking without drying out the lips.

Comparison between Too Faced 'Chihuahua' (left) versus Pixi by Petra 'Rose Naturelle' (right).

For some reason, Rose Naturelle swatches as a lighter shade in the lip swatch picture than it does in person, so I grabbed another lipstick for a comparison shot. Also if you look farther down this post, there's a picture of me wearing this shade as well.

Because I’m very particular about the shades I wear, I didn’t think I had anything even remotely similar to ’Rose Naturelle’. It turns out I did have one that’s almost a complete dupe for it, the Too Faced 'Chihuahua' Melted Liquid Lipstick. Their both nude shades, but Rose Naturelle is rosier in color compared to Chihuahua. The Mattelustre Lipstick doesn’t swatch too well on my hand as it comes across as being a bit sheerer compared to the Too Faced Liquid Lipstick, but it does apply with full color on the lips.

I do find this to be a good everyday lipstick for a lot of people because it does have a conditioning formula that makes it very comfortable for long-wear. My lips were chapped before I applied this, but this lipstick did help remedy and conceal it with ease.

The next item in the bag is the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara, a high-end brand I've seen in Ulta. I own A LOT of mascara samples from high-end brands, but this is definitely my top favorite mascara. The product results they show on the packaging is truly what you’re getting; I could not get over how good it looked. It’s very lengthening and gives tons of volume, but you’re still getting the look of separated lashes. My main problem with a lot of high-end, volumizing mascara formulas is that they tend to be heavy. They weigh the lashes down and can’t hold a curl, but this one holds a curl pretty well. You don't need to curl with this mascara.

Below, I've included a before and after shot of how this mascara looks when applied. I only did one coat without curling because I have very hooded lids. If my lashes were any longer, they would touch the hood of my eye.

Before applying Superhero Mascara by IT Cosmetics.

After applying one coat of IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara without curling.

I also like the wand because its design is similar to the long, dense bristle wands that I normally prefer, but the bristles are much shorter. It allows you to grab lashes closer to the base for thicker-looking lashes and the bristle length makes it easier to use on the lower lashes.

The third item is a sample size of the My Skin Mentor Dr. G Daily Safe BB Cream. I’ve never used nor have ever seen the appeal of BB creams because I’ve only been a full coverage foundation user since I started in makeup. For the purposes of doing reviews, I have just now recently started trying them out. It’s one of those items that generally you need pretty good-looking skin for it to work and while my skin isn’t amazing, it’s in pretty good shape, so I did take it for a test run.

I did have high expectations for this product because it is a Korean brand that was founded by one of the top dermatologists in Korea, Dr. Gun Y. Ahn. This is formulated for those with sensitive skin, helps fight aging and dullness, and has 30 SPF. Now, my first concern was how good of a shade match is it because the one I have is in shade fair. I’m pretty pale, but not ghostly white, and Korean BB creams can get VERY white because pale skin is a beauty standard. That normally doesn’t bother me, but sometimes I want to somewhat match for light makeup days.

My Skin Mentor Dr. G Daily Safe BB Cream applied to face. 
This shade does seem to be a pretty close match as far as I can tell. It might be a tad too light, but it matches pretty well in pictures. This BB cream applies, covers acne, and handles powder REALLY well. I’m saying this because my face makeup routine is a bit different. I actually prime my face then set with powder, put on my foundation, and then I set it with another layer of powder, which helps prevent my makeup from looking oily over a longer period. My foundation can sometimes cake up when I put down that much powder, but this didn’t cake up at all; my skin looked like porcelain. There is a spot on my cheek where the BB cream was just not sticking, which is more of an issue with my face because NOTHING was sticking to that spot.

But still, did it meet my expectations? YES! I would a hundred percent recommend it because it’s such a great quality BB cream. While I do have some problem areas, they’re not that bad. If your skin is more problematic, then I would see about getting a sample to try out because this is more in the high-end price range.

The next item is a sample size of the Naked Cosmetics Advanced Aloe Cream, which is a more natural ingredient-based brand. And by natural, I mean no talc, oils, waxes or fillers. This product also contains manuka honey and amino acids in addition to other ingredients that soothes and promotes cellular regeneration for softer skin.

I wasn’t exactly sure if it was an actual moisturizer or just a skin cream at first because aloe (which is the base of this product) is good for relieving redness and sunburn. It’s also great for moisturizing when you have oily (and acne-prone) skin, so I just assumed and used it as a daily moisturizer.

I really like this Aloe Cream over the moisturizer I already use from Clinique. It’s a small bottle, but the product feels very thick and you don’t need a lot of product to cover your whole face. I have to be very particular about facial moisturizers because I need something that provides enough moisture without breaking me out. Some that I have used in the past that were for those with oily or acne-prone skin had thin (or even watery) formulas that just didn’t cut it. This definitely does the job of providing enough moisture without causing break-outs. I totally recommend it and definitely will buy the full-size of this cream.

And the last item is the Befine Exfoliating Cleanser, a completely vegan and cruelty-free brand. The exfoliating cleanser is intended for all skin types and supposed to remove impurities while naturally balancing skin moisture. Contains brown sugar, almonds, and oats to remove excess oil and nourish dry, sensitive skin. They had me at 'removes excess oil' because my face is an oil slick.

I really love this exfoliating cleanser. It smells good without it being nauseating and this item is fragrance-free, which is great because I’m very sensitive to smells. My favorite part of this cleanser is definitely the brown sugar because unlike other exfoliants that I have used, the exfoliating agent that is the sugar granules will dissolve when in contact with water. It’s gentle (but still has grit) and less mess to rinse off your face when you’re done.

I’m a once-a-day exfoliating type of person and can feel it clean and exfoliate without a lot of effort because the product is dense with granules. This leaves my skin feeling so soft. I would definitely purchase the full-size product.

And that’s all from the IPSY Glam Bag for September. I’ve listed any brand codes that each brand may have at the bottom of the page and if you’re interested in signing up for IPSY, you can do so at

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