The theme for the June 2017 ipsy glam bag had a punk-centric vibe focused on speaking your mind through your looks. The glam bag’s official catchphrase was “Volume Up” but alas, I didn’t get a volumizing mascara. If you’ve read any of my ipsy glam bag reviews, you might guess that this theme isn’t really to my taste. 🙂 However, I love that ipsy tailors the bag to each individual subscriber’s preferences, no matter the theme, which always guarantees at least a few gems in the glam bag. Sometimes that means the results aren’t super theme-y, but I don’t mind. I’d rather get what I want than get a perfectly-themed glam bag! Onto the unboxing:
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Eye Pencil – Matte Black M-10
I didn’t get a mascara, but I did get an eyeliner, which is almost as good. (If not better, since we all know how attached I am to my go-to mascara). The eye pencil is “my kind of formula” in the fact that it’s a creamy-based pencil. However, the whole “sharpening requirement” is not my cup of tea. Despite the fact that I can’t get mine into a point now that I’ve used it, this is honestly one of the best pencil liners I have ever used. EVER. I like how this is waterproof (for the waterline), and smudges easily (for under the eye). Versatile is always good, and so I count this as a glam bag score!
Luna by Luna Cosmetics Eye Shadow – Jace
This is an interesting shade. I actually really like it, though I have nothing like it. The red undertones are too strong to consider this a pink, but the peach undertones are too strong to consider it an orange. Like I said, interesting. I am thrilled to have a matte in a “fun” color because I feel like all my mattes are so….basic. The texture is soft and not at all crumbly or dry. It has good pigmentation and doesn’t come on as sheer. Overall, I really like this product…though I don’t feel like it necessarily looks good on my skin. haha And I also don’t feel like I have the necessary eye shadows to put together a well-rounded look with this shadow. Time to go to Sephora? hehe!
NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle – Plush
I hope I don’t shock anyone when I say that I don’t really love liquid/cream blushes. If you read my Maskcara Beauty review, then that will most definitely come as a shock. (Because theirs is amazing). I’m also not a lipstick person, as I have established post after post. So I have to be completely honest when I say this product didn’t do a lot for me. The color itself, a nude pink, was nice. But I’m not really a “dual-product” kind of person, and definitely a lip and cheek isn’t my favorite combination. But, to each their own!
Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish – Gone Rio
I was first introduced to Kokie Cosmetics in my October 2016 glam bag. I really like this polish brand, as it isn’t thin, sheer, or overly “chippy.” It’s perfect for painting my toddler’s toenails because it’s a quick swipe on each little nail–no need for second or third coats. Two of my favorite nail polish colors are pink and red. So I feel really, really silly for saying I didn’t love this color. I feel like its a little too pink to be red and way to red to be pink. Ugh, I sound ridiculous! Am I the only one who likes two colors but doesn’t like them combined?? Oh well, at least I know this nail polish is high quality–that in itself makes it a keeper!
Pure Brazilian Shine Ultra Light Nourishing Oil
So I thought it was a little ironic that the bag is themed “Volume Up” and yet I got a smoothing hair product. haha Volumizers aren’t as useful to me as smoothers, so it’s not a problem, really. The fact that this is a nourishing oil makes it all the more valuable to me. I love oiling my hair, though I don’t do it as often as I would like. This oil has an amazing smell, and is a perfect concoction of exotic oils. I like the fact that it is light, as most oils aren’t! And while heat protectant isn’t on the top of my list for oil qualities, the shine factor and split end prevention is key. This one was another win.
I know I am totally being picky, but the bag design (and theme) just weren’t my favorite of the year. However, all that aside, I felt like this month was a really good haul. I know I say this pretty often, but I can’t believe how inexpensive ipsy subscriptions are, for the amount of product you get each month. If you are an ipsy subscriber, please comment below and tell me what you got! And if you aren’t a subscriber, but would like to be, you can follow this link. Doing so will not compensate me in any monetary way, but it will credit me with some bonus points to use on products in the future!
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Slight editorial note: I published this late, again. Sorry guys! But I back-dated it to fit into the June calendar because I’m OCD and it would bug me to have a June review published in July. Silly me, I know. 🙂