July 16, 2015

July Glam Bag

If you are a fellow ipster, you know that glam bag day is one of the highlights of each month! Only $10 (which includes shipping) for a fresh themed make-up bag and 5 new products- its practically a steal! I love trying new products, but I'd rather not dish out the $$ for full-sizes that I may or may not end up liking! Cue Ipsy! They claim to send you samples, but honestly I receive more full sizes that I do trials! And the trials are usually more like travel sizes that trial sizes. Anywaayyyy....This month was a good one! Not only did I get my 5 normal products, but I received two really great extras with points that I've been hoarding!

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Buxom Bar Single Eyeshadow in Metallic Gold

This beautiful eyeshadow is infused with primer, highly pigmented, and has hardly any fallout- which I find most shimmery shadows do.  Pretty cool! Honestly I don't put eyeshadow on without Urban Decay primer potion anymore so I'm not really sure how to value the "infused with primer" claim...I guess I should try it out! BUT I really love this product! The pigment is highly buildable, so you can have as sheer or as bold of a summery gold shimmer as you want! Each shadow single is values at $12 and you can buy a refillable (empty) 6 shadow compact for $13 at Sephora.

This sea salt spray is infused with algae extract and encourages your natural curl pattern along with creating texture and volume! So far I have only used this product while air drying my hair, but according to the instructions it should add quite a bit of extra "oomph" with a diffuser. I. Love. This. Product. I'm no stranger to sea salt sprays, and I've in the past settled on "Not Your Mother's" Sea Salt Spray which is readily available at Walmart, Target, and Ulta for under $6. The thing about Octavio La Playa is that is doesn't smell like you have the sea still in your hair at all (even though you technically do...) like other brands that I've tried. While the smell in itself is a big plus, I've also found that Octavio La Playa leaves my hair more consistently curly and less frizzy! And less frizz is always a good thing. I received a perfectly good travel size in my Ipsy bag that I'm going to use right up! The full size is valued around $15.

At first I was totally bummed at receiving yet another eyeliner from Ipsy, but I really like this product! Its cruelty free (which means they don't test on animals) and has a natural beeswax base. This thick liner has a beautiful deep color and can double as an eyeshadow if you do enough blending. The durability is great (although I always use a primer), and the color stays brilliant without creasing all day long! Priced at $16, I doubt I will purchase the Jelly Pong Pong liner again, but if you're into dishing out the $$ on makeup, I'd say go for it!

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

I'll just quote the Ulta website for you on this one, because the description is on fleek AND it's absolutely all true! So about this amazing IT brown pencil: it is a "universal, transforming long-wear eyebrow pencil infused with cutting-edge brow enhancing ingredients and technology. The oval shaped tip is perfect for both thin and thick brows. The spooly end brush gives a natural polished look. Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil matches all hair colors and covers gray perfectly. Full brow lift guide included with each pencil." This pretty stinkin awesome product was created by plastic surgeons specifically to look like real hair! Valued at $26 (the travel size I received is worth $12), this stuff is the real deal, so I'd say its up to your wallet whether you run out to purchase or not ;)

I wasn't too thrilled to receive tweezers in my ipsy bag, because who wants tweezers with you can get bright red lipstick or something shiny, AmIRight? But really, on a definitive scale of how tweezers can be, these aren't the best. Sorry Crown! But, if you want to give them a try, these $17.50 tweezers are currently on sale for $6.99!

We were so lucky this month to get to sample Tarte's best selling bronzer! Ironically, I already own this product (the one I would normally be the most pumped about!) so I was actually a little bummed. BUT I'm going to be doing a cutie little instagram giveaway here in the near future, so one of you lucky ducks will be getting this pretty baby for free! Tarte's special amazonian clay formula is waterproof for up to 12 hours and works to improve your complexion! Win win! I'm already a huge fan of this brand. Their blush is my #1 go to! So, go get it ladies! Full size is valued at $30 and available on Tarte's website, at Ulta, and Sephora. We received a really great sized sample worth around $10.

These face cleansing, make-up removing towelettes claim the benefits of Vitamin C, micro algae, CoQ10 (uhhhh whatever that is), and green tea- brightening, lightening, tightening, boosted collagen production (hey- all us pour souls over 25 could use some help with that!), skin repair, anti-oxidant, and even prevents collagen breakdown! Wow, now that sounds like quite the miracle product, yeah?! It smells like black currant...a little too much if you ask me, but it's nice and the scent doesn't linger on your skin too much. My complain is that my skin felt like sandpaper after using these! Sad. Day. Now, I will definitely continue to use the rest of my $10 10 towelettes to see if I can reap any of those age defying benefits, but since I had to slather on the moisturizer to feel human again, I definitely won't repurchase. 

Overall, with help from my extra points, I'd say that this month was a roaring success! This specific bag can be valued around $70! And I paid a whopping $10!!! So basically you need an Ipsy subscription, and you should use my referral link to join so I can get even more points and more free things ;)

Y'all are the best! Thanks for reading. This is my very first product review. so I'm very open to any and all constructive criticism!

<3 Paige

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