May 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

I know this post is a little late and I apologize. These last few weeks have been incredibly hectic; I graduated from college! Now that that’s all said and done I hope to have some more free time to dedicate to our website and our store. First thing’s first, this month’s glam bag!

 

First off, look at how cute this bag is:

Ipsy Glam Bag May

Isn’t is adorable? It is my favorite so far. Before we get into the contents of the bag itself I want to take some time to share what I have been doing with my bags. So far we have had three ( I apologize for not posting a review for the April glam bag) and I have been able to find a use for all three. The first two bags we received zip shut, I use one for pens and pencils to keep in my bag; one of my jobs is working as a Habilitation Specialist and I have a lot of writing to do so I like to carry pens and pencils with me. The second bag I received holds my dry erase markers; I may have a thing for dry erase boards. Finally, the third bag (and my favorite thus far) I have been using to carry makeup. It’s the perfect size for me to put my touch up items in my purse or to put everything I’ll need for a trip. I also love how it’s like an envelope! Comment below what you do with your Ipsy bags!

 

Finally, we have reached the portion of this post where we discuss what was in our Ipsy bag!

My favorite item from this month’s bag is the Vasanti Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser.

          It’s recommended that you use this product 3-5 times a week so I use it every other day. This product is described to have professional microdermabrasion results, when I initially saw that I was skeptical. However, this month I scheduled my very first visit ever with a dermatologist. I have always been blessed with good skin but within the last two months my skin has taken a turn for crazy and I have developed dark spots, weird bumps, and eczema on my face. I received my bag before the appointment and began using this product right away. I have to say that this product in and of itself made a huge difference! It helps to reduce fine lines (like laugh lines), wrinkles, and scars; it also helped to reduce my dark spots! If you’re looking for something for your face that will have a big impact on improving your skin, I seriously recommend giving this a shot!

If you’re interested in trying this product- which I seriously recommend! It comes in two sizes which I’ve linked below:
Travel Size: $12.67
Full Size: $33.89

Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer ($17.95) was the next item I tried from our bag. Now, I’m a huge fan of bronzers and I’m very picky about them so I was a little concerned when I opened this one only because it seemed a little dark for my fair winter skin. However, this product doesn’t go on as dark as it appears in the palette and I ran a brush over the whole palette to apply it. I also discovered that it doesn’t just have to be used as a bronzer, I can also use it as an eye shadow; I put pink on my eye lids and then use the gold in the creases of my eyes.

I’m a big fan of chapstick and I’m always buying new kinds but I’m also not a huge fan of lavender (lavender is Lisa’s favorite scent so we have lavender everything) and therefore I was a little skeptical. I passed this one off to Lisa to try out. Being someone who loves lavender as much as she does I was a little surprised to hear that she felt lavender wasn’t a good scent to have on your lips. However if you’re someone that REALLY likes the scent of lavender then you should know that this stuff doesn’t try out your lips, it isn’t greasy, and it lasts a really long time. So again, if you’re someone that doesn’t mind smelling lavender for an extended period of time, this stuff is great for you! Unfortunately I couldn’t find this exact product on the company’s website but they have a lot of other great products such as a pumpkin crisp chapstick or a apple harvest chapstick! Everything they make is vegan and non-toxic- go check them out! Jersey Shore Cosmetics

My second favorite item in our glam bag this month was this Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara ($8.99). I want to start by saying that I have never personally tried this brand before but I have always heard great things so needless to say that when I opened my glam bag and saw this inside I was ecstatic. Now, moving on, I’m really picky about mascaras because I have weird eye lashes. My eyelashes are pretty long and are black BUT the tips of them are blonde. I’ve never understood why they are as odd as they are but I have noticed that mascara rarely stays on the part tips of them. I used to buy different expensive brands that boasted their lengthening or volumizing abilities but eventually got tired of it and decided that I would buy the cheaper stuff that does the exact same thing for me as the brands. But, this may be the brand for me. It doesn’t rub off at any point in the day and my lashes always look full and long which I love!! If you’re on the market for a new mascara I recommend giving this one a shot. Another thing I love about it is that it doesn’t clump!!

Last but not least this was probably my least favorite item in the bag but to be fair it’s a good product. So what didn’t I like about it? The color. We received our Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Electro ($13.00). I haven’t reached a point in my life where I’m SUPER adventurous with lipstick colors; not to mention the fact that some colors just don’t look right on certain people. For me, this color just didn’t look right. In my defense I did give it a try a couple of times to see if I could get the color to work but I wasn’t successful. Now, again, that was just the color. As for the other factors that many of us look for in a lipstick I would give it an A+. It goes on very smoothly and doesn’t seem super likely to smudge. It also stays on for a long period of time but doesn’t stain your lips. This lipstick is advertised as being a matte lipstick and that’s exactly what it is; it doesn’t try out the lips but it doesn’t look glossy like some other lipsticks.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this glam bag and the products that came with it. Comment below and let me know what you thought of yours!

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