I’ve been reviewing glam bags for a year now! For a little throw-back, check out my first-ever unboxing from last May. In case you missed my last unboxing, I explained there that I thought I was done with ipsy. And I was sad about it! But my subscription was up for renewal and I thought that meant my year was over. Turns out, ipsy runs on auto-renew. 🙂 So I’m gladly taking another year of ipsy as a reward for my mistake. haha
This month’s theme was Summer Friday fun. Not super original, but I like it when the glam bags match up with the season. It’s nice when the theme is creative, but sometimes the creative themes come at a bad time (ex: my November 2016 glam bag–which I hoped would be holiday and autumnal–but which ended up being rockstarlet-themed). The ipsy bag was seasonably cute as well: a clear, waterproof, plastic pouch decorated with ice cones and popsicles. And unlike last unboxing, I thought all the products this month fit well with the theme. Taking a look at them now…
Urban Decay Afterglow – Sin
Nothing says summer like a beautiful, shimmery highlight. This powder highlight claims to last 8-hours, and I have to say, it does! It is lightweight, and doesn’t take a grey hue on the skin, like many of the highlights I have tried. As I personally put Urban Decay makeup in the high-end category of my collection, I was thrilled to get a full-sized pan (the size of an eyeshadow tin) for a small subscription cost of $10. It’s a beautiful highlight, and has become a go-to in my highlight arsenal.
Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo – Electric
The colors here, rose gold and bronze gold, couldn’t be more “in” for this summer. I tried a Jelly Pong Pong bronzer/blush duo (in my first-ever glam bag unboxing) and found it fairly pigmented. I don’t feel like these eyeshadows fall in those pigmented footsteps of their predecessors. The “velvet texture” (meant to eliminate creasing) could be to blame. However, it could be my method of application as well. I tried using an eyeshadow brush, and that didn’t pick up a lot of color. But I think if I used my finger, the way I apply eyeshadow pot pigments (like the amazing L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow), that might help a lot. I have found many of my shimmery, high maintenance shadows and glitters look better when applied with a finger rather than a brush. So there is hope for this duo yet! And I’m excited about that, because the colors in the pan truly are gorgeous.
Starlooks Artist Edition Luxe Longwear Star Stamp and Liner Pen
When I first used this, I thought it was a typical pen-style liquid eyeliner. Nothing special. The tip was great, but of course the pen ran dry towards the end of one eye. I shook it and tried to give it a bit of time to soak up more ink. Then I realized–this was NO ordinary pen. IT HAS A STAR STAMP ON THE OTHER END. I died. It is a stamp of amazing quality, great pigmentation, and long-lasting stay. It doesn’t run or smudge, and is a perfectly detailed design. I couldn’t be happier with the star end! The normal end leaves a little bit to be desired–but who buys it as a regular liner anyways?? I feel like it’s quite common for a boho/fantasyeque product to look amazing on the model but terrible in real life. This is NOT the case with the star stamp. It elevates every look into a moody, whimsical boho-chic style.5 stars. <- pun intended. Sorry!
Besame Mucho Lip Balm – Hey Honey
A lip balm that doubles as a lip mask–and it’s a very summery balm at that! The balm is pumped with shea butter and a honey-type product called propolis (a kind of extract from beehives). The point of the propolis is to hydrate (of course!) and to provide antibacterial qualities to the lip balm. I think this is my first “antibacterial lip balm.” haha It is quite effective and is my favorite design for dispensing the product. I love a slanted plastic wand that evenly distributes the lip balm–so much better than a twist-style peg or a lip balm pot–in my opinion! Bonus: this product smells and tastes extremely of honey.
Royal and Langnickel MODA Precision Angled
This is one of the nicest quality brushes I have ever gotten from ipsy, even though the size/shape isn’t my go-to style. It has the shape of a nice eyeliner brush, but is a little too big for creasing or detailed colors. It has the size requirements for a blush brush, but is too dense to deliver the product lightly. I know I’m not making a great case for the brush, but really, it’s high quality! I can’t get over how dense it is. The bristles are perfectly packed to make blending a breeze. It also works great as an eraser brush, evening out over-pigmented areas and distributing the product onto sparser ones. I really, really like using this as a clean-up brush. And as I always say, a brush is my favorite product to get in an ipsy bag! And while this is not at all what I expected or would normally look for in a brush, it has definitely earned its place in my collection!
That’s a wrap for my May 2017 glam bag unboxing. Are you an ipsy subscriber? If so, leave a comment letting me know what you got (and if you tried any of the products that I did!) And if you aren’t a subscriber, but would like to be, you can sign up for ipsy here. The glam bags cost $10 a month, for 12 consecutive months, and contains 1 pouch and 5 products tailored to your preferences. I highly reccomend it if you are always on the hunt for new products, or if you have been wanting to dip your toes in the “beauty subscription world” but don’t want to spend a fortune. An important note: Using my link will not in any way give me monetary compensation, just some glam points to use towards a fun beauty product.
Thanks for stopping by! I’ve really enjoyed getting back into the writing groove after my long absence. So thanks for sticking around for this post, and hopefully you’ll join me for my next ones! Take care.