Friday, April 24, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag - March 2015 - Full Review

Hi friends,

I am back with a full review on all the products I received in my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of March 2015. As always, this blog post is the companion to the original open bag video for the same month, which you can watch here:

Not familiar with Ipsy Glam Bag? It is a cosmetics and skin Care samples subscription box for which you pay $10/month . Each month, you will receive 5 items (there is always one full size) that are always a mix of skin care and makeup. The greatest thing about Ipsy Glam Bag is that you earn referral points when your friends subscribe through your link, as well as additional points for your reviews. In turns, your earned points may be used for the purchase of more samples on the website itself. You also get competitive coupon codes for full size products. Need I say more? I love Ipsy! Click here to get your own subscription!

Here is what I received for the March 2015 bag:

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2015

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Cleanse the day away in one simple step with this sulfate-free blend of Soy Milk, Whole Oat and White Tea. This gentle cleanser leaves your face silky soft, without a trace of impurity. The 4-in-1 sulfate free & non-drying formula gently washes away dirt and makeup (even mascara!), while soothing and toning skin. (quoted from Ipsy Website).

I thought this was a good face cleanser, It comes as a creamy formula which worked very well with my Clarisonic Mia II. It did not dry my skin and took ll my makeup off. What else can you ask from a cleanser?  It's a bit expensive ($36) when considering that most of it will go down the drain! B+

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“An apple a day keeps the lines away.” This oil-free, lightweight lotion is formulated with apple stem cells to help delay the natural signs of aging by maintaining the longevity and activity of stem cells in the skin. Simultaneously, retinol stimulates new cell turnover and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Brandt’s multi-tasking formula provides the best of both worlds, delivering anti-aging and pore minimizing/mattifying benefits.(Quoted from Ipsy Website)

Here is another example of something that is way to expensive for what you actually get from it! There are a lot of mattifying lotions on the market, this one is $55 and they pretty much all do the same thing and contain the same ingredients in order to "mattify" your T-Zones. This one does have a nice fresh, citrucy scent and feels a bit like a spa, however, it's nothing more than a very fluid lotion that will keep your skin matte. Beware, that means that your fine wrinkles will become more visible as it is not a flexible lotion upon being absorbed into your skin. In fact, I am not sure if it was a reaction to the mile long list of ingredients or simply the fact that it is mattifying, but this formula, I felt on my skin - in manner of a mask - all day! Too expensive, little result, not for me. I would rather stick with my blotting tissues and setting powder. C+.

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Have a Boo-Boo? Skip the bandage and the shiny ointment. Look your best even while you heal with Boo-Boo Cover-Up for face and body. Our innovative formula offers great coverage for skin imperfections while containing ingredients known in nature to promote healing. (Quoted from Ipsy Website).

Let me get straight to the point here: I hate this product! It is the equivalent of opening a tube of acrylic paint and putting it on your face. For $20 per tube, while the coverage is complete, it is very difficult to blend. Powder looks awful on it and it ended up cracking along the edges by end of day, making it even more noticeable. It did not help that the shade medium is way too yellow for my fair skin tone. This is not a product for me. But if you are prone to blemishes or need to cover something completely such as a birth mark, you may want to try this alternative to DermaBlend. D.

4. Jessica Liebeskind - Vintage Illuminating Face  Highlighter:

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Add a beautiful wash of color and subtle, sexy shimmer with the ILLUMINATING FACE HIGHLIGHTER. Created to be worn on top of fresh, dewy skin or as a delicate highlight over pretty blush – the reflective pearls add radiance on contact delivering a diamond-like finish to the skin. (Quoted from Ipsy Website).

This product is out of stock already and I know why! It is AMAZING! I do not like nor do I use highlighters, but this one, I fell in love with the minute I sampled it and have been using it ever since! It is the perfect peachy - pearlescent hue that is subtle and in essence does not look like a highlighter, in fact, I have received nothing but compliments since using it in that my face now "glows". You better check their site and get your own (when it is in stock again). Well worth the $20. A+.

5. NYX Cosmetics - Butter Lipstick in Hunk:

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Pamper your lips with a hydrating kiss of smooth Butter Lipstick in 22 luxurious shades. The delicate texture of satin fused with the high color saturation creates an even finish on lips that’s long-wearing and beautiful. (quoted from Ipsy Website).

I am already a big fan of NYX Cosmetics, I love their lipsticks, their eye shadows and blushes. When considering this is a mass retailer brand, the results are at times as good if not surpassing high end brands.  I already own a couple of the Butter Lipsticks and was pleased to get another one, unfortunately this was the wrong shade of wine and purple for me as it is much too dark. I do use it for a dramatic effect on my inner lip or as a dab, otherwise, full strength is just too dark. Cheap, under $7, I would definitely recommend that you check other colors within this range of NYX Butter Lipstick since the formula is perfect! B+.

And this will conclude the full review from the Ipsy Glam Bag for March 2015. It was a great bag to receive, not so much when it came to sampling. I really did not care for the Dr Brandt Mattifying lotion nor the Boo Coverup. Otherwise, still a great bag!

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