Ipsy Bag Review – May 2017

Hi everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve blogged that everything looks completely different and I don’t know what I’m doing! ūüėČ

After a very long hiatus from subscribing to Ipsy, I decided to renew my subscription. Having extremely sensitive eyes can be a bummer when it comes to makeup bag subscriptions since they generally include at least one product for eyes. I’m not sure if Ipsy has upped their game or if I was just lucky this month, but I didn’t get one eye product and I was extremely happy with the contents of my bag!

Let’s dive in!

Ipsy May 2017 Contents

First of all, the bag is adorable. The theme this month is Summer Friday and the picks are supposed to “help make all your warm weather dreams come true”. I love the ice cream and popsicle print. Now let’s get into the contents!

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin¬†– I am all about highlighters lately, and I think I will end up getting the full size of this product once I’m done with the sample. It’s lightweight and I love the champagne color. It’s really sparkly and glowy without being over the top.

Adesse New York¬†Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl – I haven’t painted my nails with this yet, but right off the bat I like that it is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. I normally wear pretty dark nail polish in the fall and winter months, but this pastel blue shade is a nice contrast for the summer months.

Ipsy May 2017 Nail Polish

tr√®StiQue¬†Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine – This is the only product I was hesitant about from this month’s bag because I remember getting the same product in a different shade awhile back when I was subscribed and I did not like it at all. I don’t know if I just got a dud last time, but I really like this lip crayon. It feels moisturizing and smooth, but is matte. The wine shade seems a bit more fall/winter for me, but definitely something I will be using a lot because I love a good wine-colored lip.

Hey Honey¬†B√©same Mucho – I think this might be my new favorite lip product. I don’t get super chapped lips, but they definitely get dry and I’ve been having a hard time finding the perfect solution. This lip balm is light, creamy, and super hydrating. It doesn’t feel sticky or gloppy, which I really appreciate.

Ipsy May 2017 Lip Balm

Luxie Beauty¬†Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 – Is it bad that most of the brushes I own I’ve gotten from makeup subscription bags? Probably, but I think it’s a nice way to build up a collection. I started out applying my foundation with a brush and have since moved to a beauty blender, but I’m happy to have this on hand to give a try. It seems like it is a nice quality and feels really soft.

Ipsy May 2017 Brush

That’s it for my glam bag this month! Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What was your favorite product this month?


Ipsy Bag Review – October 2015

My Ipsy bag came super early this month! I didn’t even get my tracking¬†email, but¬†it showed up in my mailbox in its pretty pink envelope as a nice surprise the other day. This month’s theme is “Alter Ego”. I don’t think the products particularly fit the theme this month, but it’s fun nonetheless.

October Ipsy Bag

Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant – Ipsy seems to have this brand frequently, but I have yet to use any of the products. I don’t like to change up my skincare routine too much, so this is probably a no-go for me.

Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance-Free Hand and Body Lotion – I don’t particularly seek out vegan products, but I am always happy to use them. Maybe I should make the switch someday. Anyway, lotion is always needed and appreciated, so I will definitely make use of this.

October Ipsy

The bag design was fun, as usual! I have so many of these bags saved up because they’re too cute to part with, but I don’t know how to utilize them better.

October Ipsy collage

Skone Cosmetics Pretty Eyes Eyeliner in Plum – It’s a pretty color, but it swatched a bit streaky/clumpy, so not totally sold on this.

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed – The scent threw me off at first (vanilla-mint) but it’s grown on me. I thought this was a lip gloss when I first got it, but (as the name states) it’s a liquid lipstick. The pigmentation is great and I like the matte finish.

DOSE Color Pill Nail Polish in Stormy – I love the color, especially for fall. It’s a gorgeous gray-violet. It’s 5-free, which is always a plus in my book when buying nail polishes. The only negative I have to say that although the¬†bottle is cute (supposed to look like a pill to give a “dose of saturated color”) it doesn’t stand up, which makes it awkward to store and apply.

What was your favorite Ipsy item this month?

Ipsy Bag Review – September 2015

It’s time for another Ipsy bag review!

September Ipsy Bag

This month’s theme was Face Fashion, and it¬†came in¬†a very luxe looking gold bag with a fun texture.

September Ipsy Skincare

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – This has a light pleasant scent and the directions say to “apply as needed from head to toe throughout the day”. With the weather getting colder, my hands have been very dry lately, so this is perfect.

Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser – I’ve gotten this in either a Birchbox or Ipsy bag before. I don’t like changing up my skincare routine too much since my skin is pretty sensitive, but I always keep these on hand just in case.

September Ipsy NYX

NYX Cosmetics Eyeshadow Trio – If you’ve read my blog before, you know how much I love NYX.

September Ipsy NYX Palette

The sandy color and the brown are shimmery, the black color is matte. The packaging is adorable, as always.

September Ipsy NYX Swatches

I think the colors are pretty, though the black one was a bit streaky and didn’t go on as smoothly as the other two.

September Ipsy Nails

Formula X Nail Color in Ignite – The shade is a deep burgundy and I think it’s perfect for fall. I applied it last night and despite doing a ton of housework and typing, it hasn’t chipped.

September Ipsy Lips

Tre’stique Mini Matte Lip Crayon – Maybe I just got a bad one, but this product did not impress me. It had a very strange taste and scent and it felt really drying.¬†The color, as you can see, is not flattering on me at all.

September Ipsy Lip Swatch

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What was your favorite item this month?

August 2015 Ipsy Bag Review

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the month… time to review the Ipsy bag! ūüėČ Apparently if you sign up soon, there’s no waitlist, so it’s a perfect time to try it out if you’re interested.

This month’s theme was “prep school” and the bag is super cute again. I love the houndstooth pattern.

Ipsy August 2015

Marsk Pro Line Eyeshadow Brush – Seems to do its job just fine. Nothing super spectacular about it, but it’s a decent quality brush.

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen – Goes on well with its felt tip and doesn’t budge easily.

Lord & Berry Ultimate Lip Liner in Nude – It’s soft and applies nicely. I do prefer my clear lip liner, but this is a great backup.

Hikari Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Salsa¬†– This is probably my favorite item in this month’s bag. I’m not a huge gloss wearer, but this one is not sticky and it stays on a long time. I love the color.

Ipsy August Contents

Here are swatches of the products:

Ipsy August Swatches

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer ¬†This is a blow dry spray, and I literally never blow dry my hair so I haven’t tried it.¬†Curly hair and blow dryers do not mix, unless I want to spend the next five hours straightening it too.¬†It smells nice, however. ūüėČ

Ipsy August Spray

What was your favorite product in this month’s Ipsy bag?

July 2015 Ipsy Bag Review

I’m back and recharged after a bit of an unplanned hiatus! What better way to jump into posting again than with a review of this month’s Ipsy bag? The theme for this month is Summer Lovin’.

July Ipsy Bag

I must say that this is the only month so far that I haven’t been super excited about my bag, but one less than awesome bag in all the months I’ve been subscribed really isn’t that big of a deal.

July Ipsy Contents

Aurora Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in 4 Alarm Fire – I’m not a super huge fan of the color, but it applies nice and even and I do like the shiny, sturdy gel effect it has.

PŇęr~lisse¬†Pur-bright Ultra Skin Brightening Serum – I’ve received many PŇęr~lisse items in my Ipsy bags and I’ve always been happy with the quality of the products, and this one is no exception. It claims to “strengthen skin¬†against future damage, while safely decreasing melanin production for fewer age spots.”

Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo – I was very impressed by this product. I always appreciate a good dry shampoo since¬†my curly hair does not like to be over-washed and stripped of its natural oils. This is a perfect product for between washes. It smells amazing and doesn’t leave any white residue.

July Ipsy Collage

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner – It glides on smoothly, but I don’t love the color and probably won’t end up using it much.

Crown Brush Professional Tweezers – I wasn’t really in need of new tweezers, but the color is adorable so I can’t complain too much. ūüėČ

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What was your favorite item this month?

June 2015 Ipsy Bag Review

My Ipsy bag arrived a couple of days ago, so it’s time for another review! This month’s theme was “swim into beauty”, which I think was captured nicely with the bag and contents. The fabric of the bag reminds me of a wetsuit or swimsuit material – super fun and clever.

June Ipsy Bag

Let’s get into the contents!

Ipsy June 2015

There were a couple of skincare items in my bag this month, along with a foundation primer.

Nuxe Gentle Exfoliating Gel – This product smells really nice, as it’s infused with rose petals. It’s a gentle scrub and claims to be good for sensitive skin, too.

BeFine Cucumber Facial Mask – I used this the other day and it was really refreshing. It’s very summery with its cucumber scent, and left my skin feeling smooth and bright.

Smashbox Cosmetics Foundation Primer – I think most beauty bloggers know and are a fan of this product. It’s silky and lightweight and a very useful primer.

Ipsy June samples

I also got an eyeshadow crayon and a lip stain.

trèStiQue Mini Shadow Crayon РThis is really creamy and I love the color, however it does end up creasing, so a primer is necessary.

J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain – The shade I received is¬†Hikilicious. I was pretty impressed by this product, for the most part. It doesn’t last 24 hours like it claims to, but it definitely lasted most of my day through eating and drinking. It claims to be hydrating, and I feel like it was for the first half of the day, but then my lips did get pretty dry afterwards. All in all, I really like it and am looking forward to trying out more of their lip products, because I love a bright, bold lip.

Ipsy June Swatches

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What was your favorite product this month?

May 2015 Ipsy Bag Review

My Ipsy bag arrived nice and early yesterday. Can we first talk about how cute the bag itself is? There were apparently a few different designs going around this time, which was fun, and I think the one I received is so cute. Now let’s dive into the contents of the bag!

May 2015 Ipsy

The one item I was really excited to receive was the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil. I’ve wanted a clear lip liner for ages, so now I don’t have to go searching for one to try. The lip liner also came with two samples of Revolution High-Color Lipgloss, which are super bold and fun colors (Bittersweet and Failbait). I also received a Bell√°Pierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil. It applies nice and smooth and seems to live up to its name, because when I swatched it on my hand, soap and water didn’t make it budge very easily when I washed my hands later.

Urban decay collage

Another product I was excited to receive was the Beauty Bronzer from Pixi by Petra. I’ve received another Pixi item from Ipsy in the past (Tinted Brilliance Balm) and liked it, so I’m always happy to try other products from the brand. The bronzer is pretty standard, but has a nice shimmer and I’m sure I’ll get good use out of it.

Pixi bronzer collage

I also received two products I haven’t heard much about before. One of them is the Bare Republic Naturals SPF 30 Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion. It seems pretty standard too, but I’m all about protecting my skin, so this will come in handy. The last item I received was the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner. I don’t really have any breakouts at the moment, nor have I used the product long enough to see how my skin reacts to it, but it felt nice when I spritzed it on, so we shall see!

Face goods

Did you receive an Ipsy bag this month? Which item was your favorite?