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.
This is going up late, but 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 the bag for September. 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. And just like last month’s unbagging, I will list any discount codes that each brand has at the bottom of the page.
At first, I saw a bit of tribal with how the design is drawn, but the bag is 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.
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 'Rose Naturelle' Mattelustre Lipstick by Pixi.|
Comparison Shot of Too Faced 'Chihuahua' (Left) versus
Pixi by Petra 'Rose Naturelle' (Right).
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 Melted Liquid Lipstick in ’Chihuahua’ by Too Faced. Their both nude shades, but ’Rose Naturelle’ is more rosy in color compared to ’Chihuahua’. The Mattelustre Lipstick doesn’t swatch too well on my hand as it comes across as being a bit more sheer 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.
Superhero Mascara by IT Cosmetics, which is a high-end brand that I see every time I go into Ulta. I own A LOT of mascara samples from high-end brands, but this is definitely my top favorite mascara of the bunch. The results of this product that 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. Honestly, I personally don’t think you need to 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 Superhero Mascara by IT Cosmetics
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.
Daily Safe BB Cream by My Skin Mentor Dr. G. 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 the 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.
A shot of myself wearing the Daily Safe BB
Cream by My Skin Mentor Dr. G.
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.
Advanced Aloe Cream by Naked Cosmetics, which is a more natural ingredient-based brand. And by natural, I mean no talc, oils, waxes or fillers. They also use a hundred percent oxidized mica for deep, rich pigments in their makeup, but the product I have today is a skin cream from their round of skincare.
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 a more oily (and more acne-prone) skin type, so I just assumed and used it as a daily moisturizer. This product also contains manuka honey and amino acids in addition to other ingredients that soothes and promotes cellular regeneration for softer skin.
I don’t really like to review skincare unless I’ve used it over a period of three to six weeks, but 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 moisturizers on my face 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 me to break out. I totally recommend it and definitely will buy the full-size of this cream.
Exfoliating Cleanser by Befine, which is a completely vegan and cruelty-free brand. The exfoliating cleanser is intended for all skin types and is supposed to remove impurities while naturally balancing your skin’s moisture. This contains brown sugar, almonds, and oats to remove excess oil and nourish dry, sensitive skin. Honestly, they had me at ’removes excess oil’ because my face is like an oil slick. I’m very big on exfoliating as a way of creating a smooth surface for my makeup, so I always look forward to getting products like this in my bag.
I really love this exfoliating cleanser. It smells so good (just like the brown sugar that it’s in it) without it being nauseating and this item is fragrance-free, which is great because I’m very sensitive to smells. I don’t know if it’s a fragrance allergy or a chemical sensitivity, but I don’t have much of a tolerance for them. 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 less mess to rinse off your face when you’re done.
I’m a once-a-day exfoliating type of person. In my typical skincare routine, I use a face wash right after I exfoliate because there’s always bits of granules that are still stuck to my face, but I don’t have to do that with this product. I can really feel it clean and exfoliate my skin without a lot of effort because the product is dense with granules that aren’t too coarse and I’m not too fond of the exfoliants the feel like sand. Plus, 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 ipsy.com. I’m sorry that this went up so late. I’ll see you soon.
My Skin Mentor Dr. G: drgxipster for gift with $55.00 USD purchase.
*Valid only in United States and Canada. One-time use only. Expires 10/30/16
Befine: IPSY for 20% off any purchase.
*Valid only in United States. Expires 10/31/16
Naked Cosmetics: IPSY30 for 30% off individual and regular priced items.
Pixi by Petra: no code.
IT Cosmetics: no code.