Friday, March 10, 2017

IPSY Glam Bag UNBAGGING: February 'Much Love' Glam Bag 2017

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 February 2017 Glam Bag, then read this article. 

It’s that time of the month again for the unbagging of the IPSY Glam Bag for February. This month, I got a more variant selection of skincare, makeup, and even a beauty tool. But like the January Glam Bag unbagging, I’ll include any brand codes at the bottom of the page.

To start off, the theme for February is ’Much Love’ which you would not be able to tell how the bag design fits in based on the name. It’s a blue denim bag with an orange zipper and piping.

Quite frankly, I would have difficulty trying to explain how the look fits the theme in two sentences. But in the story and behind-the-scenes for this bag, everyone is wearing casual attire.

I’ve noticed that IPSY has been putting out very simple-looking bags the past three months. There’s nothing wrong with simple. But they did raise the bar because, for most of the last half of 2016, those past bags had really cute prints and graphics.

The first item is the NYX Cosmetics’ Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard, which I’ve reviewed a few of their products before. Not just ones sent through IPSY either. 

The Butter Lipstick is a satin-finish lipstick with a creamy, moisturizing formula. No chapstick needed.

The shade, Lifeguard, is described as a deep magenta that’s supposed to be bold, but wearable at the same time as it’s not a full-on red. Honestly, it just looks like a deep red on me, especially since I'm fair-skinned. I can see pink tones, but only when I’m looking for it or whenever I do a side-by-side comparison with some of my other red lipsticks. 

'Lifeguard' Butter Lipstick (top) and 'Wonder' LipSurgence Lip Creme (bottom).
For a color comparison, I own very few red, traditional lipsticks that have a similar finish, so I had to bust out my Tarte Cosmetics' LipSurgence in Wonder as it’s the closest shade I have with me. 

Wonder is a mid-to-deep tone berry pink that's ALMOST a dupe for Lifeguard. They may look really similar, but Wonder is actually pinker than it appears in the picture. If it were redder, it would be a dupe for Lifeguard. 

Overall, I like how it looks and feels on the lips. Lipstick formulas like the Butter Lipstick are great for people that have very dry lips or need a moisturizing lipstick. It’s comfortable to wear and pumps the lips full of moisture, and because it’s so moisturizing, it helps conceal any lip flaws you may have. I’m not crazy about the color I got, if it were a brighter shade, I would like it. 

Lip swatch of 'Lifeguard' Butter Lipstick

The Butter Lipstick is similar to the Pixi by Petra Mattelustre Lipstick as they both have very creamy, moisturizing formulas that have demi-matte finishes with a good color payoff. However, the Butter Lipstick is half the price of the Mattelustre Lipstick and has a wider color variety, but Mattelustre has lip-plumping properties with the added benefits of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.

The second item in the bag is the Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold 514 Blush Brush, which the ’Luxie signature’ is that they’re a vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic beauty brand. It has a slight dome-shape with long bristles that are in fact synthetic and cruelty-free, plus very soft to the touch. The 514 brush delivers a light blush (or highlight) application.

I can see the appeal of the 514 Blush Brush to a lot of people as it’s a luxurious feeling brush that gives you a nice flush on the cheek. Personally, I wasn’t crazy about it at first because I’m just not that into face brushes. I do love getting brushes in my bag because I rather spend more money on makeup, but I’m generally not a brush person. As long as it applies makeup, I will continue to use a brush until it breaks. Which is what happened to my previous blush brush, so I use this one now. With the Luxie Blush Brush, it does take longer to apply makeup because I have to build it up to desired intensity. It’s an unusual reason, but I typically wear a lot of blush in two to three shades at a time. However, I do like it and will continue using it.

The third item is The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream, which was founded by a homeopathic doctor. Brand’s skincare is based on homeopathic and herbal medicine that’s hand blended in their factory. This cream is supposed to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and lines when used around the eyes. It’s also supposed to hydrate and plump when used on the lips.

So far, I haven’t noticed any significant changes that I would rave about, but it is hydrating and my eyes do look more refreshed when I wake up. I like how it feels underneath my eyes as well. It’s a thick-feeling cream that has some tack to it when you apply it. Might be one of those products that takes longer for there to be any noticeable results, but it does hydrate those areas much better than just using my daily skin cream. Based on my experience so far, I do like it and will continue to use it to see if I can get better results. However, I don't think I could whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone because of its $48.00 USD price tag. 

Fourth item in the bag is the Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer, which the founder had a previous career in fashion. The idea behind the brand was to make cosmetic application quick and long-lasting for those with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle. Hence the name, the Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer is a powder bronzer with a soft, blendable texture. Can be used for bronzing or as a contour as it’s a neutral brown, matte shade.

Milk Chocolate Soleil (left) and Whattup Beaches Matte Bronzer (right).

Originally, I wanted to do a comparison of it with The Balm’s Bahama Mama that I had gotten in last month’s bag. However, I’m currently home for spring break and forgot to bring it with me. Instead, I did a swatch comparison of it with Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil. It's the warmer shade of the two, but they're almost dupes for each other.

And the last item is the Promise Organic Coconut Milk Daily Facial Scrub. This is a daily scrub for normal to combination skin that’s pH-balanced with an aloe-based formula, in addition to being formulated with organic honey and coconut milk.

The reason it took me longer to get this posted was because I was testing this out. After two weeks of use, I started breaking out a little on my cheek and my skin was getting oilier throughout the day for a reason I was unsure of because the overall formula of this isn't bad. However, this was not made for my specific skin type, which is oily. One thing that is preventing me from recommending this product is that it contains walnut shell powder, which can cause micro-tears that can make skin more prone to inflammation and infection.

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