The February 2017 Glam Bag from ipsy got here right on time. My review of it…not so much. In my February monthly round-up, I give a bit of an explanation. Hehe oops. Moving onto the February 2017 Glam Bag!
This month’s theme was fairly casual–a squad-esque “girl love” denim pouch with “everyday” products. For the first time in a while, this wasn’t my favorite glam bag. I partially blame the neon orange piping and zipper. That’s mostly the reason. But also, this bag felt super familiar…not unlike my September 2016 Glam Bag. While that bag, and this one, were pretty good, I think the point of subscription bags is to get a variety of products and these were just a little too similar. In any regard, let’s take a look at the products individually:
Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Banana Powder
Banana powder is totally a product I love. But this shade just didn’t do it for me. Back in the July 2016 Glam Bag, ipsy sent out a banana setting powder by BellaPierre Cosmetics. It was really, REALLY amazing. The powder was velvety, and the color was a bright banana yellow. My difficulty with this Naked Cosmetics Banana Powder is that it is a skin-toned “banana” and a little bit shimmery. I want yellow and matte powder when I’m going for a banana powder–but I can’t officially knock this product ’til I give it a try!
BellaPierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara
I know this is another case of don’t-knock-it-til-you-try-it, but I’m just not on the market for mascara and didn’t get excited to get this. I have nothing against BellaPiere Cosmetics (see above), in fact, I really liked the bronzer I got in my September 2016 Ipsy bag. But again, I have no need for another mascara…especially not a waterproof one. I know there is a big camp of long-lashed girls who swear that a base coat of waterproof mascara keeps their lashes curled. And maybe this one will do the trick. I am definitely willing to give it a try. But I have a hard time believing anything could rival my absolute, hands-down, ride-or-die, go-to mascara. It just can’t be beat.
LAW Beauty Essentials Nail Polish – Smoking Mauve
This muted lavender polish is in the color wheel of polishes I like. It hovers across the lines of “neutral” polishes and “pastel” ones. I think I will like wearing this one, and getting a full-size polish is always great. This particular brand promises for manis to last 5 days, without even chipping. I’ll believe it when I see it. If this really DOES stay on, chip-free, for 5 days, it will absolutely be my very favorite polish. Hands down. Pun intended. The only manicure that has ever lasted me 5 days was my very first professional gel manicure, for my wedding. <3 I would love a polish that could recreate that kind of longevity! And I love that this formula is vegan and toxin-free…a double score!
Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Creme
This protectant smells heavenly…somewhere between fresh, fruity, and perfumey. The consistency is like a very buttery lotion–not really what I was expecting, but not a bad thing. I have used this brand before (September 2016 Glam Bag deep conditioning mask of the same brand) and really liked it. My only problem with it, and this is just a natural part of subscription services, is that the sample bottle provides very few treatments. Part of that is my fault, since I have about 30 inches of hair. But still, a heat protectant creme is something I would apply liberally, and with this size bottle, that won’t take me very far.
Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514
This is the crown-jewel of the February 2017 glam bag! I absolutely love getting brushes in my glam bags. And having gotten a Luxie Beauty brush in my July 2016 glam bag, I knew this brush would be a keeper! I use that little angled brush every single day, and so getting a matching blush brush was a dream come true! Besides, I can’t say ‘no’ to a vegan rose gold brush. And I was totally on the market for a big blush brush. Literally, this brush was exactly what I wanted and needed.
I’m not done about the brush–haha–that brush alone was well worth the $10 subscription, but throwing in a full-size nail polish and three other products made the February 2017 Glam Bag a steal. While this month’s theme was definitely not my favorite, the products turned out to be pretty great. And even though I wasn’t thrilled that this bag closely mirrored last year’s bag, I have to say that both bags had a lot of quality products. I’m looking forward to my March bag, and hope you’ll join me in unboxing it!
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