My February Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous day! Any time the end of the month comes around, I begin to write my ipsy blog posts! I typically receive my glam bags in the mail early in the month, but I like to have some time to test out the products I receive. This way, I can truly review the items and give my honest opinion on them!

For almost a year now, I really haven’t been out and about too much, so I haven’t been wearing much makeup (unless it’s for a blog and sometimes for photos). It’s actually been very nice to give my skin time to breathe, and wearing makeup every day is probably not the best thing you could do for your skin. However, once in a while, it is very fun for me to apply! It gives me confidence, and I always enjoy creating new makeup looks!

For the month of February, Ipsy wanted their members to show themselves some love and indulge in some new beauty products! Also, Ipsy celebrated Black History Month by highlighting some black owned beauty brands! This month, glam bag members could have received one of two bags! I was hoping to receive a specific one and luckily I got the one I wanted! I think this bag is just so adorable! It is a gorgeous shade of red; perfect for the month of love! On one side, it has a design that looks as if the bag itself is a letter in the mail, and on the other side, it is “sealed with a kiss”! I rated the overall bag 4/5 stars! It wasn’t my absolute favorite bag ever, but for the most part, I really liked what I received.

Inside the bag:

  • Balance Me – Wonder Eye Cream

This eye cream is meant to brighten and hydrate the under-eye area, while relieving puffiness. It is made with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, chamomile, and cucumber. These are all great ingredients, and I was hopeful that it could help me. I’ve had dark under-eye circles for the longest time (partially because I don’t think I get enough sleep, but I also feel that my big eyes play role in making them look dark). When using this eye cream, I immediately knew that I did not care for the smell. I am not sure why or what it is exactly, but I typically prefer skincare that is unscented or very mild. While it does say that this product is lightweight, it was very watery. This made it very easy to apply and blend in, but I am not sure I like the consistency for an eye cream. This is the kind of product that I need to be using for a while to see a difference, so I really can’t say too much about it! I will continue to use it, and maybe it will work for me. I will hold off on rating it for now.

  • F.A.R.A.H – Eye Contour Brush 635E

When asked if I like receiving makeup brushes on my beauty quiz, I have always said “rarely”, so I am never too pleased to see a makeup brush in my bag. I already have quite a few, and I did not need another. I did use it a couple times to create different makeup looks, and it is a very nice brush. I own another by this brand, and I enjoy that one as well. Although I did not need this brush, I think it could be a very nice option for those of you looking for an eye contour brush! I rated it 3/5 stars.

  • Love You First – Stunning Eyeshadow Duo – Lilac & Blackberry

I was excited when I saw that this was in my glam bag this month, because I thought it was perfect for Valentine’s Day! However, I would have preferred the duo with neutral colors. I do not typically wear colorful shadows because I enjoy more natural makeup looks most of the time. I do find that purple looks great on brown eyes, so I was not super unhappy. The colors are very beautiful, and in this duo, there is a shimmer shade and a matte shade. The shadows are very pigmented, and I was impressed (especially with the shimmer shade, because these tend to be less pigmented). I felt that they were pretty easy to blend as well. There is a greater chance that I will use these colors within a neutral makeup look, rather than creating an entire purple look, so I will not be reaching for this compact all that often. I do really like the product as a whole, but I would have preferred different colors such as browns, golds, taupes, champagnes etc. I rated this duo 4/5 stars.

  • Maëlle Beauty – Sunkissed Blush Single in Sun Down

When I first got into makeup, I would wear blush all the time. Well, I do have acne-prone skin, so for this reason, there were quite a few years when I did not care to wear blush. When my skin is clear, I absolutely love how blush can add color to my face and make me look like I’m glowing. I love this rose color, and I think it is perfect for the spring and summer time! It is a matte shade, which is nice, but I really enjoy a little bit of sparkle. I would say that this blush is mostly easy to blend out, and it is very flattering on my skin tone. I would rate this 4/5 stars.

  • NARS Cosmetics – Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman (my pick)

When I saw that this was one of the products that I could pick for this month’s glam bag, I was thrilled! I had never tried any NARS items before, and this matte lip pigment just looked stunning! I also thought that it was very fitting for Valentine’s Day! Apparently, this is an award-winning liquid lipstick, so I was eager to test it out for myself! A classic red lip always looks beautiful, and it is something that anyone can pull off! The packaging is super cute as well! It has blue undertones rather than orange, making it a deeper shade of red. It is a very pigmented full-coverage liquid lipstick. The formula is made to be moisturizing, and it is said to be weightless, long-lasting, and smudge-proof. It does take a few minutes for it to fully dry (and in that time, it may bleed a bit), but once it dried down, it looked beautiful! I found that it was actually a bit easy to smudge, at least soon after putting it on. I would have to do an all day test to see how long-lasting it really is! I would rate this product 4/5 stars!

That is all for my February Ipsy glam bag! I hope you enjoyed today’s beauty post! If you are an Ipsy member, leave me a comment and tell me what you received in your glam bag! Thank you so much for reading! Be sure to check out my Instagram, @sacchere14 to see a video I created using each of these products!

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My January Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! I normally start out my ipsy posts by saying “I can’t believe how fast the month flew by” but honestly, January always seems to go by so slowly! It’s safe to say that I am ready for February, but first, I have to share this month’s ipsy glam bag with you all! If you are familiar with my ipsy posts, you already know what’s ahead, but if not, today I will be sharing and reviewing the products I received!

This month, Ipsy encouraged its members to dream, and to dream big! I like that this was the theme to start off the new year because it is a positive and uplifting message! Although I liked the theme, I did not really care for the design on the bag. It is see-through and it has the word “dream” all over it. When rating my overall bag, I gave it 3/5 stars. I only cared for a couple of the products I received, but for the most part, it wasn’t my favorite bag.

Inside the bag:

  • Foxybae – 12-in-1 Magic Daily Leave In Hair Mask (my pick)

I love using different hair masks, and I have actually tried one by this brand before and loved it! The mask smells so good, and I used it after washing my hair a few times. This product is meant to strengthen hair, prevent breakage, fight frizz, and make your hair shine. I wouldn’t say I noticed any major differences, but I do think that it made my hair a bit softer. I also felt that my hair was not as frizzy as it normally is. I am going to continue using this hair mask, but for now I will rate it 3/5 stars.

  • Glow on 5th – HYDRATE + RENEW Replenishing Night Cream

I am always a bit hesitant to try new skincare products because of my acne prone skin. I used this product a few nights in a row to see how I liked it. The cream is actually pretty thick on the skin. I did not like this because when I apply skincare, I like it to feel light and almost weightless. This product didn’t have much of a scent, which was good, but overall this night cream didn’t impress me. I would say that my skin did feel hydrated, but because of the consistency of the cream, I didn’t think it would work for me. Maybe I can try it out a few more times, but I don’t think I will be reaching for it very often. I would rate this 2/5 stars.

  • Sugar Cosmetics – Matte As Hell Lip Crayon in Stephanie Plum

I own another lip crayon by Sugar Cosmetics and I love it! I was pleased to see that this was in my bag, however the color is not something I would go for very often. It is the perfect shade for fall and winter, and while it is very bold and beautiful, I enjoy wearing pinks and nudes more. The product is very creamy and so easy to apply! I would say that although it is matte, it doesn’t dry out my lips, however it is quite easy to smudge. I would rate this 4/5 stars.

  • Uoma – Drama Bomb Extreme Volume Mascara in Black

I absolutely love trying out new mascaras, and I had never heard of this brand before, so I was hopeful. The shape of the wand is not exactly my favorite, but I went along and applied a couple coats of this mascara. The product is meant to make your lashes full and fluttery. It did not do the best job of separating or lengthening my lashes. It was just so-so. It is a decent mascara for very casual makeup looks, but I love the look of long and voluminous lashes. I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • YC Collection – Let Me First Primer – Mini

I didn’t really need another primer, but I tried it out anyway. This product felt light and hydrating, and it seemed like a very nice base for my foundation. I like having a few different primers so that there is something for my foundation to stick to, and so that my makeup is long-lasting. I only used this product a couple times this month, but I would rate it 4/5 stars.

Thank you all so much for reading today’s beauty blog post! I would love to know what you received in your January glam bag in a comment below! Check out my Instagram @sacchere14, to see a video I created using each product I received!

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My December Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! This will be my final beauty post for the year, and I’m sharing and reviewing my December Ipsy glam bag with you all! 

This month, Ipsy wanted their members to get all of the warm and fuzzy feels with the teddy inspired glam bag! While I like the cozy feel of the bag, it isn’t my favorite. I wish it was a bit more festive! I rated my overall bag 3/5 stars because I felt that I received a couple products I didn’t really need/like.

Inside the bag:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – Precisely, My Brow Warm Light Brown 3 Eyebrow Pencil

 I’ve tried a few products by Benefit Cosmetics and I love the brand! I have heard some great things about their brow products, but I never tried any until now. My eyebrows have always been pretty full, so I never cared to do anything to them (other than brushing through them). When using this product, I felt that the lines were not too harsh, and it seemed easy to blend. The color is a bit light for me though. I’ve always heard that you should go one shade darker when it comes to brow products, so if I were to purchase this, that is what I would do. I don’t see myself using this often, however that’s not to say it is a bad product, it just isn’t for me! It could be helpful to fill in some sparse areas! I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • Hey Honey – 24Seven Honey Day & Night Cream

I am currently trying out something new to help with my acne, and it is drying out my skin a bit. Plus, the cold weather isn’t helping, so I was in need of a new moisturizer! This one is nice because it does not have a strong scent, and it feels smooth on the skin. I wouldn’t say it is a favorite of mine, but I do plan on using it frequently. It is a nice everyday moisturizer. I rated this 4/5 stars.

  • Maëlle Beauty – Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Collection Single in Sunkissed 

When I first saw this shade, I was somewhat disappointed. It is a nice matte brown shade, however I felt that it was a bit boring for me. I really like golds, champagnes, and taupes. I also enjoy wearing shimmer shades. When trying out this shadow, I was pleasantly surprised! This is a great base shade for most eye looks, and I actually liked that the color is matte. I don’t think that this is a shadow that I would reach for too often, but I have been going for natural makeup looks lately, so maybe it will become my go-to! It is very pigmented, and perfect for an everyday look! I would rate this 3/5 stars.

  • Purlisse Beauty – BLUE LOTUS 4-IN-1 Eye Adore Serum

I am always excited to try eye serums and creams because I have dark under eye circles. I try to be very careful about the skin around my eyes because I know that it is sensitive and I would like to avoid premature wrinkles and bags. I’m not sure why, but applying this product feels luxurious. The consistency feels a bit thicker than I would have expected for a serum, but I actually really like it! I haven’t used it long enough to see results though, so I don’t think I can give it a fair rating right now! 

  • Sunday Riley – A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum (my pick)

I only started using retinol serums in my skincare routine this year, but I’ve really noticed a difference in my skin when I do! This is the product I chose for this month, and I am not quite sure how I feel about it just yet. As soon as I opened the product, it began leaking all over the cap. This was upsetting because it is already a small sample.  I really dislike the scent of this serum as well. Other than that, I can’t tell if it has been helping my skin. Retinol is known to help reduce wrinkles, lines, and acne, so I’m going to continue using it. I’m hoping for the best! For now, I’ll rate this 2/5 stars, but this may change as I continue to use it.

Thank you all so much for reading today’s blog post! Let me know what you received in your December glam bag in a comment below! I also created a video using each of these products, and you can check it out on my Instagram, @sacchere14. I have one last post I would like to share with you before the year comes to a close! It is personal and honest, and I hope that you will take the time to read it at the end of the month!

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My November Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! I am so happy to be back with a new blog post today! It’s the end of the month, which means that it is time to share and review what I received in my November Ipsy glam bag! I’ve always loved experimenting with new beauty products, and I was looking forward to this month’s bag!

This month, Ipsy reminded their members that it’s ok to indulge this holiday season, and to treat themselves with some new beauty! I really liked the #BePresent theme, and I absolutely loved the bag! I love the three different shades as well as the pop of color on the zipper! I felt that it was the perfect bag for November! I rated my overall bag 4/5 stars because I was very happy with the products I received.

Inside the bag:

  • 111SKIN – Y Theorem Day Cream NAC Y2 (my pick)

This is the product I chose to receive this month, and I am sad to say that it was not my favorite. When I tried this day cream, I first noticed how strong the scent was. I think it is probably best to avoid overpowering scents in facial products because it can irritate sensitive skin. I also have acne prone skin, so I try to be careful with this. The cream felt a little bit thick on the skin. The product includes anti-aging ingredients, vitamins, and antioxidants. I may need to try it again, but for now, I am not sure what I would rate this product.

  • Avette – Fresh Clean Coconut Mild Foam Cleanser

I was in need of a new cleanser, so I was happy to see that this was in my bag! I’ve used it a few times, and I have to say, I really enjoy foam cleansers! This one felt light, and I felt like it truly was cleansing my skin. It did have a somewhat strong scent, but this one smelled more fresh than the day cream. I plan to continue using this product, especially after wearing makeup or after long days. I rated this cleanser 4/5 stars.

  • Bobbi Brown Cosmetics – Vitamin Enriched Face Base

I haven’t had too much of a chance to try this out, but I was able to use it a couple times. I was really excited because I had never tried any Bobbi Brown products before! This primer made my skin soft, and it made applying foundation a smooth and easy process. I was able to blend out my foundation beautifully! This product doubles as a moisturizer, and my skin did feel hydrated after applying it. The ingredients are very beneficial for the skin as well (it includes: shea butter and vitamins B, C, and E). I rated this product 4/5 stars.

  • CONTEXT SKIN – Matte Lipstick in Sweet Emotion

I was thrilled to see that I would be able to try out a new lipstick! What can I say? I am a lover of lipsticks! The shade is something I normally would not go for, but it is absolutely perfect for fall! It is more of a rusty nude color, and it can be worn with a variety of makeup looks. It is creamy and applies easily as well, but I wouldn’t say that this is a matte shade! For me personally, I would recommend keeping the eyes very simple and natural and adding some color with this lipstick! I rated this 5/5 stars.

  • Eyeko – Rock Out and Lash Out Mascara in Carbon Black

I did not have high hopes for this mascara, but I was pleasantly surprised when trying it out! The wand is a unique shape, and it did make the product just a little bit difficult to apply. I really loved the way that this mascara made my lashes looked fanned out and it lengthened them pretty well. I had to apply a couple coats, and there was a moment when I thought it was beginning to clump my lashes, but it actually separated them well! I think this is the perfect everyday mascara! I rated this 4/5 stars.

Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post! Let me know what you received in your November glam bag in a comment below! I would love it if you would check out my Instagram, @sacchere14 to see a video I put together where I create a makeup look using these products!

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My October Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing what was in my October Ipsy glam bag! As usual, I am going to be discussing each of the products I received and reviewing them for you.

This month, Ipsy wanted their members to find their magic and cast a spell using some new beauty! The theme for this month is very fitting for Halloween, and I absolutely love the bag! The black and gold is such a cool combination and I really like the design, as well as the detail on the zipper. I rated my overall bag 4/5 stars because I was mostly happy with the products I received.

Inside the bag:

  • Briogeo Hair Care – Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner (my pick)

This is the product I chose to receive this month. I sometimes struggle with frizzy hair, especially in the warmer months. I have naturally wavy/curly hair, so I was hopeful that this leave-in conditioner would work for me. I sprayed this on my damp hair and ran a comb through to evenly distribute the product (though it’s important to focus on the mid-length to ends of your hair). You can also spray it into your hand to flatten any flyaways you may have! This product is clean, vegan, and cruelty free. It has a great scent that is not overpowering, and I even feel that it enhanced my natural curls a bit! I rated this 4/5 stars.

  • IBY Beauty – Radiant Glow Highlighter in 24k Magic

I own a couple highlighters by this brand, so I knew I would not be disappointed in this product. I love a nice champagne colored highlighter, and this one is perfect! It is very pigmented and gives me that glow that I am always after. This product would also look stunning on the eyes, and it is the perfect shade for any makeup look! Although I really did not need another highlighter, I rated this 5/5 stars.

  • Illuminati Cosmetics – Quad Palette in Enlightened

When I first saw this palette, I honestly was not too excited. The shades are more orange and pink, and I do not typically go for these colors. They are a bit more bold, and most of the time I like to go for neutrals. The colors may not have thrilled me at first, however, after trying them, I fell in love. The shimmer shades are not incredibly pigmented, but they add a nice sparkle. The matte shades are very pigmented and blendable. I think that these colors would look gorgeous if you have dark eyes like me, but of course, anyone can rock them if they choose to! I rated this palette 4/5 stars.

  • TheBalm Cosmetics – Will Powder Blush in Stamina

Once again, I judged the color of this product before trying it out. I thought it was a bit too dark for me, because I often prefer light pink and sometimes hot pink on my cheeks. This is more of a mauve color, and it looked a bit intimidating. When I used this product, I realized that a little goes a long way. I didn’t think it was too easy to blend, so make sure to start off using a tiny bit and then add if necessary. This blush would be perfect with more of a neutral eye look. I ended up really liking this product, and I would recommend trying it out! I rated this 4/5 stars.

  • Tarte – Maracuja Tinted Hydrator in Medium Neutral

I do not receive foundations, tinted moisturizers, or concealers from Ipsy very often, so I was excited to see that this was in my bag. I also love the brand Tarte, so I was hopeful! Sadly, the color is a bit too dark for me right now. It may work for me in the summertime, however I am losing my tan at the moment. This was partially my fault because I hadn’t updated my beauty quiz. I think tinted moisturizers are perfect for the warmer months anyway, so maybe next year I can try it again. I definitely prefer foundations (or bb/cc creams if I want something lighter). It did have more of a dewy finish which I do not really love the look of, so even if it was in the right shade, I don’t think I would love it. I rated this 3/5 stars.

Thank you so much for checking out today’s blog post! Leave me a comment and tell me what you received in your October glam bag, and be sure to check out my Instagram @sacchere14 to see a little video I put together using these products!

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My September Ipsy Glam Bag

For a year now, I have been sharing what I receive in my Ipsy glam bags! I still enjoy sharing the products and reviewing them for you, so this is what I will be doing today!

For this month, Ipsy focused on the changing of the seasons. The bag is absolutely perfect for fall, and it goes along with this month’s “cozy” theme! It a mustard color on one side, and a burgundy on the other. While I wouldn’t say it is the cutest bag I have received, it is a fun seasonal bag! I rated my overall bag 5/5 stars because I was very happy with the types of products that I had!

Inside the bag:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional: Hydrate Primer

I love Benefit Cosmetics and I love a good primer, so I was happy to see that this was in my bag! I have tried another POREfessional primer by the brand, and fell in love with it, so I knew I would love this one too! I just love the way that this primer glides onto my skin, and it feels so weightless! I rated this primer 4/5 stars.

  • Doucee – Freematic Blush Mono in Daydream

I have become a big fan of using blush this year, so I was excited to try a new one! I enjoy wearing pink on my cheeks, but this shade is a bit more neutral. It is perfect when you are going for a dramatic or colorful eye look, however, I tend to go more neutral on the eyes and I like to add color to my cheeks and lips. I ended up liking this blush much more than I thought I would! I definitely plan on using this product, but it won’t be my go-to. I rated this blush 4/5 stars.

  • Maelle Beauty – Clearly Brilliant Tinted Lips in Berry

I have a slight obsession with lip colors! The shade of this crayon is beautiful for this time of year, and it is so easy to apply. The color payoff is amazing as well! I have never heard of this brand before, but I will definitely check out more of their products! I rated this 5/5 stars.

  • P/Y/T Beauty – Day-To-Night Eyeshadow / Cool Mini Quad (my pick)

This is the product I chose to receive this month, and I am so glad that I did! The colors in this mini quad are absolutely stunning and perfect for fall! You can create a variety of looks using this quad whether it is simple or full glam! The colors are pigmented and somewhat easy to blend. I rated this product 4/5 stars.

  • Tarte – Big Ego Mascara in Black

I am a big fan of the brand Tarte, so I was thrilled to receive a mascara by them! I have never tried this one before, so I was curious as to how well it would work for me. As usual, this is a sample size, and because of this, it was a little bit difficult to apply the product. Besides this, I did really like the mascara. It didn’t give me an incredibly dramatic look, but it did separate and lengthen my lashes nicely. I would say that this is the perfect everyday mascara. I rated this product 4/5 stars.

Thank you so much for reading! Leave me a comment and tell me what you received in your September glam bag, and be sure to check out my Instagram: @sacchere14 to see a quick little video I put together using these products!

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What’s in my June + July Ipsy Glam Bags

Hey everyone! Last month, I didn’t have a chance to post about my June glam bag, so for today, I will be sharing what I received in both my June and July Ipsy glam bags!

For the month of June, Ipsy wanted its members to make waves with some new summer beauty! I absolutely love this month’s bag; it is perfect for summer! I am a fan of the pale yellow, and the cute characters make it so fun! I rated my overall bag 4/5 stars!

Inside the glam bag:

  • Doucce Cosmetics – Freematic Highlighter Mono in Glisten

I love nothing more than a good highlighter, however this particular one was not that amazing in my opinion. While I absolutely love the shade, I simply don’t feel that it is anything to rave about. It took a bit of effort to build it up. I rated this 2/5 stars.

  • Kensie – Body Lotion Kensie Eau de Parfum

I never care to receive body lotions or butters because I already have quite a few! I was surprised to find that I actually liked this one a lot! I love the scent! I’ll typically apply this to my legs and use the rest for my hands. I rated this 4/5 stars.

  • Pureheals – Ginseng Berry 80 Overnight Mask

Ever since I received this product, I have been using it every night. I have to say, I haven’t really noticed this product helping or hurting my skin. I just use it as a moisturizer before bed. This mask is meant to refresh and re-energize your skin overnight so that you are glowing in the morning. While it does feel refreshing to apply, and I love the berry scent, I haven’t seen incredible results. I rated this product 3/5 stars.

  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Buildable Blush in Bali Babe

Lately, I have been obsessed with wearing blush! Rosy cheeks have become a go-to look for me, so I was excited to receive this product! This blush is very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. It can be a bit difficult to blend though, so I wouldn’t recommend applying too much anyway! I love the bright pink color because it is perfect for the summer time! I rated this 4/5 stars.

  • Sugar Cosmetics – Matte As Hell Lip Crayon in Scarlett O’Hara (my pick)

I love having a variety of lip colors to choose from. For the longest time I avoided red lipsticks but I have been the biggest fan for about a year now! I love how bright and bold this color is, and once again, it is perfect for summer (or really any time of year). I love that it is a lip crayon because it makes it easier to apply. I rated this crayon 4/5 stars.

  • Coloured Raine Cosmetics – Eyeshadow in Glamour

This month, I had enough points to pick an extra product, so I chose this gorgeous eyeshadow. This champagne shade is absolutely stunning, and I love the metallic finish. It is very pigmented, and this color can be used to create a variety of looks. Whether you use it on its own, or you incorporate it into a dramatic look, the end result is sure to be beautiful. I rated this 5/5 stars.

For the month of July, Ipsy wanted its members to enjoy a “staycation” with fresh new beauty products! The design of this bag is not my favorite. While I love the pink color as well as the airplane zipper, the “escape” logo is not the cutest in my opinion. When rating my overall bag, I gave it 3/5 stars.

Inside the glam bag:

  • Ciaté London – Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer

I have tried a few products by this brand before and I have loved them all! This primer was no exception! This product does exactly what it says it’ll do. It hydrates my skin, and it truly does smell like watermelon candy. The scent is somewhat strong, so if you’re not a fan of fruity scents, this may not be for you. I love that my skin feels so refreshed after applying this primer! I rated this 5/5 stars.

  • Jules Smith Beauty – Power Duo Palette in Wise Guy and Gold Mine

I always tend to go for golds, browns, and taupes when it comes to eyeshadows, so this duo is perfect for me! The colors are very pigmented, and they are very easily blendable. I applied the lighter color on my lids, and the darker color in my crease and it created the most beautiful look! I rated this duo 5/5 stars.

  • Murad – Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30

I honestly only used this a couple times, but it is probably not something I would have bought on my own. I like that this product didn’t leave a white cast on my skin, and I enjoyed the orange scent. I would have to use this product a bit more to fully be able to rate it.

  • Thrive Causemetics – Lip Filler Long Wearing + Plumping Lip Liner in Devin

My all-time favorite mascara is by Thrive Causemetics, so I was excited to see that another Thrive product came my way. Sadly, I am not into lip liners, so I am probably not going to use this liner too often. I did use it to line and fill in my lips completely, and I really do like the color, however it is better suited for fall rather than summer. I found that it was creamy and easy to apply. I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • Verb – Curl Cream (my pick)

This is the product I chose to receive this month! I don’t always receive hair products from Ipsy, but when I saw this, I had to try it out! I have naturally curly/wavy hair, so I was hopeful that this would enhance my natural curls. After washing my hair and letting it dry for a bit, I applied this product. I didn’t love the scent, but it is not incredibly overpowering. When I woke up the next day, my hair was a bit softer, but my curls didn’t seem to be too noticeably different. It did enhance them a little, but it wasn’t anything amazing. I rated this 3/5 stars.

Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post! If you are an Ipsy member, leave me a comment and tell me what you have received in your July glam bag! Until next time!

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What’s in my May Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! I’m excited to share my May glam bag with you all today! I feel like lately my glam bags haven’t been that great but I did enjoy this one a bit more, so let’s get into it!

This month, Ipsy wanted its members to glow for magic hour, and I think that this is the perfect theme to start off the summer! I really love the bag this month. It is a beautiful ombré of pink, yellow, and orange, reminding me of a summer sunset. I rated the overall bag 4/5 stars. If there was a half star system I would have given it 3 ½ stars!

Inside the glam bag:

  • Thebalm Cosmetics – AUTOBALM ® Day 2 NITE in Wall St

I always love receiving eyeshadows in my glam bags and this one did not disappoint! I tend to go for browns, golds, and taupes when it comes to eyeshadows, so this one is perfect for me. I love doing very natural, glowy makeup looks. This shadow is a gorgeous champagne/gold color and it is very pigmented. This is the perfect everyday color. I rated this shadow 5/5 stars (though I would like to receive more browns in the future).

  • SLMISSGLAM – SS57 Brush

I never really care to receive makeup brushes because I already have quite a few. Though this was not needed, it is a cute makeup brush. I like that the handle is sparkly and pink with 2 small diamonds at the top. I’ve been using this brush to add shadows in my crease and it blends the colors beautifully. I rated this 2/5 stars (simply because I didn’t want the product but if you’re looking for a new crease/blending brush this one is great).

  • Pure Brazilian – Daily Anti-Frizz Serum

I was happy to see that this was in my glam bag because I always struggle with frizzy hair, but especially in the hotter months! I have a leave-in conditioner by Pure Brazilian and I love how smooth and shiny it makes my hair, so I was hopeful when trying this. The directions say to apply a quarter size amount onto towel dried hair from root to tip. I think I applied it while my hair was still too wet because it made my hair even more frizzy when I woke up the next morning! I tried using it again, but this time I waited until my hair was a bit more dry, and it still made my hair pretty frizzy. The only good thing about this serum is that it makes my hair softer.  I’m not sure if it didn’t work for me because of my hair type (wavy/curly) but I was disappointed in this product overall. I rated this 2/5 stars.

  • Purlisse Beauty – Matcha Green Tea + Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask

I prefer wash-off masks over sheet masks (which I have a lot of), so I was ok with receiving this product. I like that it is a detoxifying charcoal mask because I have found that using products containing charcoal works pretty great for my skin.  As I was applying this face mask, I realized that it included tiny beads meant to exfoliate the skin.  I am always hesitant to try exfoliants because I had a bad experience when I tried exfoliating my skin a while ago. I don’t know if I was being too rough, or if I just wasn’t using the right products, but ever since, I’ve been a bit nervous to exfoliate. I tried to be super careful when applying this onto my face. I let it sit for around 10 minutes, and then I washed it off with warm water. I’d say that I didn’t really care for the smell, and I would like it even more if it were just a face mask and not a combination of a face mask and exfoliant! I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • Tarte – SEA H2O Gloss Lip Gloss in Below Deck (my pick)

I absolutely LOVE the brand Tarte, so when I saw that I could choose this item for myself, I was excited! The color is absolutely stunning, and it is perfect for summer. The gloss is not too sticky, and it doesn’t have an incredibly strong scent. I typically go for lipsticks over glosses but because I love the brand, I wanted to try it out! The one downside to this product is the fact that it is a pretty small sample size! I rated this 4/5 stars.

Let me know what you received in your May glam bags in a comment below! As always, thank you so much for reading!

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What’s In My April Ipsy Glam Bag

I always look forward to receiving my glam bags, however this is especially true lately. Being stuck at home all the time due to the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult some days. Not going to lie, online shopping and beauty subscriptions like Ipsy have been boosting my mood a lot lately!

So, this month, the theme was “full bloom”. Ipsy wanted its members to get glam for the spring time, and I am all about it! I absolutely adore this months bag! The floral design is perfect for spring, and the lilac and pink are gorgeous. I also love the circular wooden zipper. While I do love the design, I did not really love the products I received this month. I rated my overall bag a 2/5 stars. As usual, I did not peek at what I was going to receive until I actually got the bag in the mail (I like to be surprised)!

Inside the glam bag:

So, this is the product I chose to receive this month! I was in need of a new setting powder, so when I saw this I knew I needed to try it. I never feel like I have much to say when it comes to setting powders, but I do like this one a lot! With loose powders, I feel like I am never applying too much, which is good. I rated this 4/5 stars.

I had a VERY bad experience using a face scrub in the past. As someone who has struggled with acne, I have learned that facial scrubs are NOT my friend. I once tried using a facial scrub and brush to exfoliate and well, it made my acne flare up and spread. I was hesitant to use this product, so I applied a tiny bit to my fingers and very gently applied this on my face. I don’t plan on using it often, though it is gentle compared to other exfoliants I’ve tried. I rated this 2/5 stars (mostly because I am not a fan of face scrubs).

I do not really use face masks very often, but when I do, I definitely prefer the kind you can wash off! I love the fact that this one is gold! I haven’t really had a chance to use it, but I don’t think that I will have an issue with it. I will hold off on rating this for now.

I was really excited to try out this mascara because I have heard great things about this brand. I really like the wand of this mascara, however the product itself is not my favorite. I found that it gave my lashes a very natural look. It did lengthen them a bit, but it really did not give me the volume I like. I think this mascara is perfect for a more natural/everyday makeup look. I will continue to use this product, but it is not a favorite of mine. I rated this 3/5 stars.

I used to use liquid eyeliner ALL THE TIME. Now, I rarely ever use it; partly because I still struggle to create the perfect wings, but also because it can be really difficult to take off. I didn’t really want to use this product, but I did swatch it on my hand. It appeared to be very pigmented, though I am not sure how long it would last. I tried a mascara by this brand last month and it was not the best. If I do decide to use liquid eyeliner soon, I will try this one out, however I was not thrilled to receive this. I rated this 3/5 stars.

Sadly, this months bag was not the best for me, however I am excited to see what I get in my May glam bag! Let me know what you received in your April glam bags in a comment below! Thank you for reading!

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