My Ipsy Glam Bag Plus arrived (it was delayed because I used some points to add a couple of things to the box). For those who don’t know the IPSY Glam Bag Plus is $25/month, there are various add on’s you can choose (up to three). These products are discounted with full sized items costing $12 and sample sizes costing $3. I really like that they are a set price. I actually got a Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette as an add on which I will be reviewing separately once I get a chance to play with it. My weekend away took over most of Friday and Monday so I have been playing catch up all week and haven’t gotten more than a chance to gaze at it longingly and speculate. The Ipsy Glam Bag Plus (like regular Ipsy) charges your account on the 1st and ships between the 6th and the 10th each month.
So on to the products.
First up is the HUDA BEAUTY 3D Highlighter Palette in Pink Sands. I’m not going to lie, I was slightly intimidated by this product. It seems to believe I have way more skills than I actually possess. It looks a bit more professional than I actually get. I like that inside the lid of the package they have the order of the products and a little blurb about what they are used for. I also like the fact that each of the squares of product are good sized. They look to be about the same size as they would be if I ordered them separately which makes me feel like I am getting a good value. While I will use the product, I doubt I will be using them all at the same time. My looks are just not that sophisticated. Three of the products are powder formulas and one is cream. The powders are fantastic and I will be using them routinely. Not so fond of the cream based one, but that is more of a personal preference. Me and cream based face products don’t really get along. I can manage eyeshadows but blushes, bronzers and highlighters just mean I will very shortly look like I escaped a circus. In the end I am very pleased with this product and really glad it is in my selection.
Next up we have the PURLISSE Matcha Green Tea Antioxidant Priming Moisturizer. I like the thought of a priming moisturizer, especially in the summer when products tend to do better with fewer layers. I tested the product and it seemed to work well for one time use. As with this sort of thing, I need to try it consistently for a little while so I will have to report back later my opinions on it. I recently received the Ipsy skin care bag so I am currently trying those products. As they are sample sized, they should run out next week and I will let you know my opinions about them in a later post, then begin my trial of the Purlisse. Since I still have my sheet masks I may to a week or two of just Purlisse skin care to see what happens. But that is another post. I can say that any other Purlisse product I’ve tried has been a winner so I am optimistic.
Next out of the box was Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara™ in Brynn from THRIVE CAUSEMETICS. Their claim:
This curling, lengthening mascara formula does exactly what it says—a single swipe made our skimpy lashes look like extensions.
And I have to say it works really well. My lashes were long and thick when using them and I will use this product until it is gone. I can’t say that I’d buy it as I currently am working my way through a boatload of mascaras and as new ones come in regularly I haven’t actually had to buy mascara in years, despite using it every day. I can’t see that changing anytime soon. But it is a good product. Admittedly the Orchid Stem Cell Complex™ claim on the packaging makes me feel like I am part of a science experiment.
But there are worse things.
Next, we have PIXI BY PETRA Glow Mist. I have to say I am not a huge fan of the dewy look. Especially in the summer time. No matter how light weight, it makes me feel like I am greasy. It does have a nice smell though and I put it in the fridge to keep it cool and spray it on my face and neck when I come in from working in the garden. It smells nice and works great for an instant refreshing cool down. Just make sure you label it as ‘not food’.
I know you wouldn’t think that would be an issue, but the other day I had to explain it was not some sort of spray on vinaigrette and then had to do a side by side comparison between the mister and my reusable homemade salad dressing bottle. (Which incidentally had homemade Caesar dressing in it and has a pour spout instead of a mist spray. It does have a green top though which seems to be where the confusion lay.) End result, the mister now has a strip of masking tape on it with the words ‘not food’ printed on it with a sharpie.
Live and learn, huh?
The final thing in this month’s box was the NAKED COSMETICS 4-Piece Pigment Set. I can honestly say I have never looked at a makeup product before and said ‘this is going to cause issues’ right away.
Usually I wait a bit before making that sort of statement as I like to give products a fair chance first. I have never used loose pigments before and I can so see this making a huge mess. I’ve blocked out some time this weekend to play around with them though, so maybe I’ll get the hang of it. The colors look nice and if I can work with them I will be thrilled. With a finger dip they came out well. I will have to see how well I can play with them before I make a judgement call on these though. I like the mix and match idea and the fact that you can blend the powders together to make your own shade. I can just see me getting into trouble with this. So again, I’ll have to get back to you with an opinion on this product.
All in all, it was a pretty good month. In the Ipsy vs. Boxy I want to say Boxy edged ahead by just a little bit. Mostly that is because while both had good products, the ones that came in the Boxy Charm July box are ones I will reach for more consistently. But it was close. Which, in my opinion, is a very good thing.