Ipsy Review – August 2018

Ipsy Review – August 2018

Ipsy is one of my all time favourite subscription services. I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy long before I even had an idea of how to use a majority of the products that I received. It’s an inexpensive way to try out a bunch of different beauty products on a regular basis. Each month, subscribers receive a Glam Bag with 5 deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. The service costs $10 USD, shipping is free within the US and an additional $4.95 USD to ship to Canada.

This month I was a little underwhelmed by the products that I received. I think they were all great brands but they were pretty boring products. I figured they would probably work well for me but they weren’t anything I was really excited to try out.

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The bag was pretty cute but I feel like we recently had a bag that looked similar. The May bag was a similar colour palette and that’s a little disappointing! It’s a decent size but we’ve received bags in the past that I thought were a little better designed.

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Pixi By Petra –  Fresh Face Blush in Beach Rose

I always find that the Pixi blushes are hit or miss for me. I always have mixed feelings when it comes to them. Usually, I either dislike them or give it away or I’m obsessed. I loved the colour that was included and I honestly feel like it’s the perfect colour for the end of summer/beginning of fall. The first time I dipped into this I realized that it was super powdery. Like I had a powder explosion the moment I dipped my brush into the pan. But after I realized that and went a little easy on the blush pan it all ended up working out. I found that the colour was perfect for my skin tone and the look that I usually go for and it lasted fairly well on my face throughout the day.

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PURLISSE BEAUTY –  Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm

I love a subtle scent when it comes to makeup and skincare but I’m always a little weary about how harsh it can be on my skin. This was one of those products where the scent was INTENSE. Like I open up the tube and the smell of watermelon takes over the room. It’s definitely a scent that can energize you mostly because it’s just very intense.

After using it for a couple weeks I found that my skin just started breaking out a bit but it did look hydrated. I’m not 100% sure if the break outs were hormonal or because of the product but they all seemed to be on my cheeks and that’s not where I usually get my acne. I might still try using it for the next few weeks, it’s such a small sample size that I could probably easily use it up in no time.

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M·A·C – False Lashes Mascara in Extreme Black

I’ve always had good luck with Mac Mascara. This was no different. I found it’s a little more volumizing than my all time favourite Mac mascara – gigablack lash. I found this was a great formula and really didn’t flake or smudge on me. And I wore it on a day that I was spending quite a lot of time outside and in the hot sun. It gave me the perfect amount of length and volume while coating my lashes and brushing them apart. I don’t know if I would purchase this myself in the future since I have a lot of other mascaras that I love a little bit more. But I do think this is an awesome mascara for everyday use!

HALF CAKED – Lip Fondant in Girl Crush

Lately I’ve been wanting to wear more bold and fun lip colours. I feel like I’ve always played it safe when it came to my lipstick choices lately and I’ve been wanting to switch it up. So getting sent this lipstick felt like perfect timing. I found the colour of it is similar to the colourpop ultra satin lipstick in rever which I reviewed previously.

The formula though was completely different. I found it was fine for the first couple hours but then it felt very dry and sucked the life out of my lips. Since it was so drying I figured it would hold up through a lot but it ended up on my coffee mug and barely made it through dinner the few times I tested it out. So overall I would rather just go with the colourpop lipstick that’s at least comfortable if it isn’t going to be long lasting.

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HEY HONEY – Take Away The Drama Youth Boosting Honey and Copper Peel-Off Mask

I didn’t particularly like or dislike this mask. I find peel off masks to be fun but I never really find that they do anything for me that couldn’t be done safer by an exfoliante. The copper and metallic colour to the mask did make it really fun to wear. But I honestly really didn’t find a huge difference in my skin after the couple times that I tried this out!

Overall I don’t think this was a horrible bag. I’ve definitely had worse ones in the past. But I feel like I only had two products that I’ll get actually get any use out of. It’s better than nothing though. I’ll still probably use the mask but only if I really force myself to use it since I don’t always see the benefit.

Have you tried any of these products before? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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