Ipsy is a subscription based makeup service delivered to your door. Sign up today & fill out the beauty quiz for your own personalized Glam Bag. Inside the Glam Bag is 5 deluxe sample/travel sized & sometimes full size beauty items for only $10 a month.
First product we have is a very silky, finely milled highlighter. The website boasts being layerable because of how finely milled it is. I didn’t find it to be too layerable, maybe by fault of my own or brushes used. It produced more of a subtle glow than a blinding highlight, not a bad thing just depends what you prefer. I swatched this one pretty heavily to showcase (please forgive my crocodile skin.) Starting off with a cruelty free product, this month I didn’t have to hunt down whether the brands were cruelty free or not because Ipsy included it in their little blurb. Way to go, Ipsy!
This amazingly adorable brush is an Ipsy pre-launch treat for Glamour Dolls’ x Lisa Frank brush series. The handle is plastic & coupled with the way it’s got sort of sharp sawed-off end makes it feel cheap. Despite that slight complaint it totally makes up for with it’s sturdy-seeming ferrule, & incredibly soft bristles(that are tipped pink!) The softness of the bristles is probably because they’re synthetic, which leads them to not only being cruelty free but also vegan. Regardless of how you feel about Lisa Frank herself & her company I think you’ll find it hard to disagree that these are too cute. I know I for sure had a slight obsession with Lisa Frank stationary growing up in the 90s so I can’t wait to add a few more of these brushes to my collection. (Not to mention they’re like $5 a piece & the accompanying eyeshadow palettes are going to be in the shape of TRAPPER KEEPERS.
Oh, man, okay, I shamelessly love ColourPop. I don’t buy from them(or anyone else, really) enough but I encourage everyone to check them out. Not only are their prices amazing but you’ll be surprised by their quality in a good way. Bonus points for small indie startup, cruelty free, & 100% transparency on ingredients & what goodies specifically aren’t vegan.
This individual product, while I don’t love it, it’s still is a good showcase of what they have to offer. Certainly stays put & could probably be argued as waterproof like the website boasts. Although it’s not as creamy as advertised, even with a silicone based primer applied first. Definitely doesn’t love going over powdery non-colourpop shadows but it’s not impossible, could possible be used as a base for a smokey look as well. To be fair I’d rather a liner stay out than be the creamiest formula ever. The best part of this liner is it’s retractable & already has a fairly small diameter so you don’t have to ever worry about sharpening.
Back to new to me companies, which sometimes is half the fun of Ipsy. This brand is apparently all natural & seems to dabble most in nail polish. Maybe this is another early Ipsy release? They also claim to be vegan & cruelty free so they’re alright in my book so far. The lip balm is supposed to smell like ginger & mint but I think it smells more like cinnamon if you took the spicyness away (not complaining.) The featured ingredient in this lip balm is cupuaçu butter which is known to be chock full of stearic & oleic fatty acids, just like every other “butter” on the market. This one is supposed to be the richest & best for water absorption, specifically in thinner skin (like the lips!) I personally haven’t noticed a difference in my lips since using it, but I look forward to putting it on because of its scent, lightest pink tint, & light, velvety feel. Doesnt last very long but that’s because it’s pretty slippy, I like to pretend my skin is just absorbing it (which it very well may be!) Ipsy suggests it could be used as a primer before lipstick but I haven’t tried as I don’t usually find even liquid lipsticks particularly drying.
Alright, our last item brings us to this elusive company. I googled a bit & couldn’t find much other than they show up at TJ Max & Marshalls often. Perhaps they’re department store specific, or flagship(Like Aerie?) If you happen to know, be a doll & leave a comment. Because of their mysteriousness I have no clue if they are cruelty free, but the hand cream did come with a neat safety seal (all about dat safety life) So I included a very explicit picture of it. Anyway as for the hand cream itself, it’s nice. It’s not like amazing, the scent doesn’t blow me away (bergamot, amber, vanilla, lime, coconut, & a few others) but it certainly gets the job done. The scent reminds me of my mom, which is funny because she’s a total lotion bully & is probably why I’m so anal about skin care emulsions these days.
Oh, & sometimes I wonder if Ipsy keeps more tabs on me than just the quiz & reviews. They seem to have Spidey Senses any time I run out of hand cream since signing up. It’s kind of cool but gives me a weird feeling Big Brother is watching me at the same time.