My Ipsy glam bag plus arrived and I have to say, this was a good month. I also need to say that this is not a paid advertisement in anyway as I bought the box myself and am not affiliated or sponsored in anyway with any of the below products. My opinions are my own.
The details: Ipsy glam bag plus is a $25 a month subscription offered by Ipsy. You get 4-5 full sized products delivered to you each month. Previously you had to be on a waiting list, but I think now you just have to be a member getting the regular glam bag. The regular glam bag is a $10 a month subscription and has 5 deluxe samples in a cute little makeup bag. When you move to the glam bag plus you can decide whether to keep the $10 glam bag or just have the $25 so the end result would be just the $25 a month or $35 a month if you keep both. You can find out by clicking the link.
And now onto the review.
The first thing I pulled out of my bag was the GENERATION CLAYUrban Defence Purifying Pink Clay Mask ($39). And no that is not a typo, at least not on my part. Even though my fingers itch to turn defence into defense, on the package it is written with a c so either it is an Australian spelling or the company chose this spelling for reasons that escape me. Neither of which has any relevance on the product. I have tried the purple clay mask from them an absolutely loved it. It came in a deluxe sample tube from the regular ipsy bag a while back and I really wished it was larger. Now I have a full sized jar to use. So I guess someone was listening. (I wonder if now is the right time to tell the universe I want a pony…)
While I do in general like masks as I like the 10-20 minute time out they more or less force you to take while they do their thing, since I’ve been working out, I really like the clay based masks. On Friday afternoon once I’ve completed my last workout of the day, cooled down and taken a quick shower, I like to use a mask to completely clean out the pores and treat myself to a mini reward for making it through the week and not ditching the workouts.
Although I ought to confess I tried this mask on as soon as the box was opened, because I couldn’t resist. The pink was just as good as the purple and I look forward to using the entire jar. Well done, GENERATION CLAY, spelling issue forgotten.
The second item in my box was a set of F.A.R.A.H brushes ($50). A 5-piece eye perfecting set to be exact. The brushes were in good condition and had a decent variety for everyday use. No bristles were loose and they looked sturdy. I put them to use very quickly as the box also contained an eyeshadow palette and they did really well. I suspect I will get a lot of use out of them.
TETRIS™ X IPSY Game On Eyeshadow Palette ($24) was in this box and I have to say I was on the fence about this product at first. I saw the spoilers on the ipsy site so I knew it was coming my way and looked for details. Typically with eye shadow palettes I like to look for the ways other people use the shadow. While I like eye shadow, even though I am drawn to the bold and glitter, my daily look tends towards the neutral. Watching others use the palette helps guide me away from clown or super villain territory, especially if there is a blue involved. If left alone with blue eye shadow (especially the darker shades) I tend to look like I belong to the cast of villains featured on the Adam West Era of Batman. The Ipsy site does have videos showing products in use so I was hopeful. My hopes were dashed as the video more or less featured tall looking women who seemed to be constantly spinning around for some reason. I was left with the impression that they were wearing the eyeshadow and that attending this party would make me very dizzy. However palette in hand I bravely took up my new brushes and began to play. While not the most saturated of colors, they were very buildable and despite the one bright blue which I will use sparingly (lest Gotham worry) the others I can see myself reaching for a lot. There was very little fall out and the pigments went on smoothly. I look forward to playing with this palette throughout the month, possibly even the blue.
Item number four in my box was the TRÈSTIQUEMatte Color + Shiny Balm Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux & Grenache Balm ($25). The color is fabulous and works well for me. And you know how I love lipstick. The balm at the end of the tube is great with just a hint of color and I foresee much use from both of them. Also I really like the magnetic cap for the lip crayon. Two thumbs up for this product.
And now finally we come to the last item in the box and the one I was most excited about. In the box was a full sized SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream ($65). I have never tried anything by Sunday Riley. I have friends who swear by the brand and other friends who can’t stand it. I am glad to have a full sized product to try as I can never really tell with the sample sized skin care products if they are actually doing anything. So while I did my initial try out of the product I will be using it as recommended and will post a more detailed review in about two weeks. I have to say, my initial impressions were good. When opening the product it was full to the brim with product and smelled like a creamsicle. I am a very scent oriented person so this made me rather happy to try out the product. I used the cream before bed last night and it absorbed well into the skin.As it is tagged for both Am and PM use, I used it again this morning. With my daily workouts, summertime heat and the nearly overwhelming humidity, this product will be well tested by the time I am done with it.
Review to follow in a few weeks.
That was everything in the box and I have to say I was impressed. It is a selection I like and will in fact use. I get to try out a skin care product that interested me, play with a new set of eyeshadows, got a new set of brushes, a fabulous new face mask, and added to my lipstick collection. Not a bad haul. For those doing the math My $25 box came with a listed value of $203 worth of products. Not a bad return on investment. Way to go Ipsy. More months like this and I will be a very happy camper.
(The values listed are based on the prices in the pamphlet that came with the box and were double checked on the various product sites.)
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