Unboxing: First Ever Ipsy Glam Bag

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I received my very first-ever subscription bag a few days back!  I have watched and read so many unboxings, and so to actually be doing my own was a big moment for me.  And now you know how much I have going on in my life right now.  Which is a lot.

It didn’t take me very long to decide what box I wanted to subscribe to.  I wanted a box brand that came monthly, and I wasn’t particular about whether I received full-sized or sample-sized products.  Even though I was excited to try a brand that features high-end products, I was also perfectly fine with getting drugstore ones too.  Trying out any new beauty product sounds good to me!

Onto the unboxing of my May Ipsy Glam Bag:

As with all Ipsy monthlies, my package contained the following: a glam bag (travel-size makeup pouch) and 5 beauty products.  The products were based off the profile quiz that I took when setting up my account.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure how closely they would follow my profile, or how well the glam bag contents would fit with my current makeup collection, but I was very happy with the results!

 

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Gel Effect AuroraOld School Pink

The first product was a gel nail polish.  Let me tell you–this is THE nail polish of the year.  Maybe of my life.  Too dramatic?  Of my life.  First of all, it is a gel nail polish that doesn’t require a light bath.  It doesn’t even require a special gel top coat.  It is purely a gel polish ON IT’S OWN.  And it’s amazing.  It paints on a little thinner than typical polishes, but it hardens like a gel.  It wears like a gel.  It IS a gel.  It’s not completely immune to the possibility of chipping, but I still think its fabulous.  And I won’t stop there.  It is a neon pink.  And while I’m normally not a fan of neon, this is a gorgeous Barbie pink with a flair of neon that just sings ‘summer’ and makes your skin glow.  <–not even an exaggeration.  I didn’t think it was possible, but this color compliments skin tones.  The picture above doesn’t do it justice.  But take my word for it–this polish was worth the entire $10 glam bag.

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It Cosmetics No Tug Waterproof Gel EyelinerBlack

Being an eyeliner addict, I wasn’t the least bit disappointed to get a sample size of an It Cosmetics black eyeliner.   What I love about this product is that it’s one of those soft crayon eyeliner.  You know, the twistable crayon that gently applies like a lip liner…not the evil always-needs-t0-be-sharpened-then-promptly-gouges-your-eye-out kind of pencil liners I hate.  Really.  Sometimes those pencils take the word PENCIL very literally.  But this is the “good” kind of eyeliner and I’m glad it’s waterproof, since I need one for the beach this summer!

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Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Caribbean SunAruba

Maybe a close rival to eyeliners in my obsession with makeup is my affection for bronzers.  I’m not a big fan of blush, but I like to use bronzers (sometimes even as a blush).  This is a bronzer-blush duo, which is both good and bad.  On a positive note, duos usually contain colors that compliment each other and so my non-blush self might actually be okay with the look of both on.  But the bad news– the pan is pretty small and I tend to use large brushes for bronzers and blushes.  Needless to say, the brush picks up both.  And even though these colors compliment each other, I don’t want to wear them mixed into each other.  I was extremely impressed with the pigmentation, which was again a good thing and a bad thing.  It was good, because I barely had to use any product (and had to wipe some of it off my face either) since the powders are so pigmented.  But it was bad because I happened to be contouring my face with a swirly version of blush and bronzer.  Not so stylish.  Overall though, I like this duo for being a fragrance free, 95.5% natural, and cruelty-free product.

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Vera Mona Eyeshadow Brush

I was pleased to receive an eyeshade brush in my glam bag.  I had been needing a new one anyway.  It was like Ipsy had read my mind!  Or maybe my beauty profile quiz results…  Anyway, this brush has medium density and low flexibility.  I find this pretty similar in quality t0 (but a step up from) my Ulta eyeshadow brush of the same shape.  My favorite eyeshadow brush is a thick and fluffy Bamboo brush, but an alternative type can always be helpful.

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Eva Nye Hungry Hair Oil Treatment

And then of course Ipsy had to make my life complete by including a hair product.  Because imho there is no point in good makeup if you haven’t taken care of your hair along the way.  This is a verrrry sample-sized oil leave-in treatment for either wet or dry hair.  It is not just a smoothing serum, but also a hydrator and source of nourishment for your tresses.  In short, it’s a bundle package, which is my favorite kind of hair product.  Since hair gets easily weighted down by products, I like mine to pack a punch so I have less to put on but a multitude of results.  That might be the reason I am obsessed with It’s a 10.

And that’s all for my unboxing!  I feel like I should call it an unbagging, since it was a glam bag.  Which came in an envelope.  An unenveloping?  Unboxing.

All in all, I felt like this glam bag was a success.  And getting a subscription service was a total win!  My preconceived concerns about subscription boxes delivering overpriced samples of products you don’t even like were totally erased with this glam bag.  I’m so glad I signed up for it–or actually, since it was a birthday present subscription–thanks, mom!

If this seems like a subscription box you would like too, feel free to sign up here.  You might want to do it this month, because they’ve been leaking hints about the June bag and it seems like they’ll be sending out a color-changing Urban Decay eyeshadow (think duochrome).  We’ll see if I get it!  Thanks for reading and unboxing with me!

*Signing up with Ipsy using my link does not provide me with money, but it does give me bonus points that are redeemable for beauty products through Ipsy*  🙂

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4 Comments

  1. Cool! I’d been wondering what Ipsy was like. Also, can you expound upon differences between gel and crayon eyeliners?

    1. I would say there are two main differences in gel liners and crayons, generally speaking: application and consistency. Gels are normally applied with a little paintbrush-like applicator while crayons are applied exactly like it sounds–like a crayon. Personally, I’m SUPER sloppy with gel liners…it’s really hard for me to get a good and even application without ending up with extremely thick lining, so I prefer crayons. The consistency of gel liners is usually thicker than crayons, but more moist. Crayons can definitely run on the chalky side of things, which isn’t a good thing either, but I like how they tend to look softer and smudge easier (gel sometimes looks too harsh to me). I think both liners have their uses, but I prefer crayons over gels!

    1. It really is! Like I said, at first I hesitated to try something that would “randomly” choose products for me, but Ipsy does a phenomenal job matching the glam bags to each customer’s preferences. I’m glad I went for it! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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