Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ipsy March, April, and May Glam Bag Review

So I took some time off of blogging and was trying to decide if it was a project I still wanted to continue since it can be difficult to keep up my blog when school comes back around. The other day I suddenly really missed posting on my blog so I decided to definitely keep posting! I have some exciting ideas for this blog that extend throughout the rest of the year so let's hope I stay on top of everything because I really love blogging when I have the time (and even sometimes when I don't and should be doing work).

Today I bring you a review of Ipsy. If you do not know, Ipsy is a monthly subscription service where you get about 5 sample or full-sized products that include hair products, makeup, fragrances, skincare, and beauty tools. This also includes a makeup bag EVERY month, which I especially love! The best part is it only costs 10 bucks a month, which is a steal if you ask me. Michelle Phan is the creator behind this business and I love her! She's a major Youtube success story where she went from living in a tiny apartment with her mother and brother barely getting by to becoming a CEO of multiple companies. If you are interested in learning more about Michelle, I recommend looking at her Youtube channel or picking up her recently published book! Now lets get into the review.

March Bag: Floral Fantasy
I had mixed feelings about my first bag. I received a full sized NYX Butter Lipstick, which I was not excited about because of the color. There were very bright florally colored lipsticks on the Ipsy website but I got a brown/nude shade. However, I am really pleased with this color because it is actually a great darker nude shade for me! I started to see the appeal for the beauty subscription service because I would have never bought that lipstick shade but I am so happy I have it now. I also got the Mesmerizing Mineral Duo from Pixi by Petra. I'm not a big fan of the bronze shade because it's a bit too warm toned for my complexion but the highlight shade it gorgeous! The Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter isn't a product I gravitate towards because I wanted to use it on my water line to brighten up my eyes, but the color looks a bit fake on me. The Crown Oval Concealer Brush didn't impress me for it's designated purpose, but this type of brush is good for packing on eyeshadow. Lastly, I liked my sample of the Coolway Glow Oil Treatment because I had been looking to try out some hair oils so this came at the perfect time! I've used in on wet and dry hair and it has worked pretty well at taming the frizz. Also, I really love the actual makeup bag. The floral pattern is so cute and it's smaller than my typical makeup bags, which makes it perfect for sticking in my handbag or school bag rather than my larger traveling makeup bags. However, these bags are great for traveling too!

April Bag: Beautifully Bohemian
Each bag comes with a card that shows the monthly theme and how to win a one year subscription. I wish there was a description of each product on the card, but you have to go online to read about the products. However, I really like their online website. You can see all the products you received along with all of the products that were distributed that month, plus you can browse all the past Glam Bags. You can also earn points by reviewing products, sharing your thoughts on social media, and referring friends.

The makeup bag was very cute for this month! I love the woven style with the bright colors mixed in. I really did not think the makeup bags would be great quality when I subscribed, but I have been pleasantly surprised each month!

This was my favorite month so far. The Hikari blush can be a little hard to blend, but the color is so gorgeous for spring and summer. It brighten up my cheeks and is a great statement product. I absolutely love the Jor'el Parker fragrance in Femina. At first when I saw I was getting this product I was scared it was going to be too floral, but this is the perfect blend of floral and fresh with a hint of citrus. Plus it's a great sized sample for a rollerball fragrance! I also love the Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Face Serum. I use this product under my makeup and it made my skin feel amazingly smooth and provided a great base for my makeup. This is the serum/primer of my dreams! I looked up the full sized product and it's over 40 dollars *cries*. I'm going to try to find a dupe for it or maybe even treat myself one day ;) The Starlooks lipgloss is ok, I am just not a huge fan of lipgloss to begin with and this one has too much shimmer for me. I was extremely excited to get a sample from The Balm's Nude Dude palette! I have their Nude Tude palette and the quality of the shadows are amazing. This bronze shimmery color is one that is close to other shadows I have (Like shades from my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette) but I will definitely still use this sample. Plus it's great for on the go!

May Bag: Jetsetter
This makeup bag is my favorite! I love the textured material, the little quote with the illustration, and the inside is lime green! It's just so chic. I am very impressed with the BellaPierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil. It has the consistency of the typical gel eyeliner that comes in a pot, but it's in a stick form. It glides on super easily and stays put all day. I have struggled with finding eyeliners that don't fade and aren't too tricky to put on, and this one is perfect! I also really enjoy using the Pixi by Petra bronzer. I was nervous trying this one out because it's shimmery, which can look way too overdone and sparkly. However, this bronzer is perfect with my complexion because it's more cool toned and the shimmer is very fine. I like to use this on my cheeks for a summer glow. I definitely wouldn't recommend using this for serious contouring because of the shimmer, but as a basic glowy bronzer it's great! I've only used the Alterna Haircare CC Cream once but it seemed to add some moisture to my hair. I have not yet used the Peter Lamas Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser because I am saving it for when I'm on vacation in NYC! Yay for sample sizes!

In this bag I also received a sample pack from Urban Decay. I am a huge Urban Decay fan so I was very excited for these samples. In this included the 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil and two samples of the Revolution High-Color Lipgloss. The lip pencil is clear but it works well to prime my lips for lipstick. It makes a smooth base for any lip product to go over it. I know the lipgloss samples were a bonus, but they were so hard to use! They came in a little foil packet and I only used them once because there's no great way to store them after you've opened them. These glosses are very pigmented and super glossy. I am not a lipgloss kind of a girl, but if you are I would definitely recommend checking them out.

Overall, I really love my Ipsy subscription! It is so fun to have it delivered each month with new products to try out. I think the price is very reasonable considering the amount of products you receive and the makeup bag. I also love that I am able to try out premium brand products without having to shell out a lot of money (poor student life). I will definitely continue my subscription! If you love trying out new products and do not have a lot of money to spend on high-end products, give Ipsy a try! Sign up here!