Ipsy Glam Bag Review (May 2017)

Hello, friends! Today, I’m going to be reviewing the items I received in this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. I will also put together a makeup look using the items in the bag. Let’s get started!

Let’s talk about the bag first. I love it as a makeup bag; it’s so useful to be able to see what’s inside without having to rummage around. I am guilty of over stuffing my makeup bags, and it can be quite frustrating trying to find a product.

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Here are the contents! There is a good range of products this month; a mascara, an eyeliner, a brow kit, a highlighter, and a hair mask. I love how varied the Ipsy bags are.

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All right, first we have the Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara by IT Cosmetics (travel size retail: $12). Whew, that’s a mouthful! This is a decent product. I’m not the biggest fan of the wand, but with a little work it will lengthen my lashes and give them a decent amount of volume. It does create some pretty gnarly clumps though; even though clumped lashes have been trendy lately, I’ve never been a fan.

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Next, we have the Fearless Hair Rescue Masque by Beauty & Pin-Ups (Sample Size Retail: $10). Why they passed up the opportunity to call it a “Resque Masque”, I’ll never know. Anyways, this is a pretty good product. The smell is mild, and it does make my hair a bit softer. This is supposed to be a rinse-out product, and I prefer hair care products that are leave-in. Although, that’s mainly because I’m forgetful and will just leave a hair mask in all day. 😉 I used some on my ends, and it did make them softer. Not as good as my holy grail repair serum though!

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Okay, now onto the Bold Brow Kit in Medium by City Color Cosmetics (Retail $3.99). Now, I will be the first to admit that I am awful at brows. This is mostly because I’m a wimp and refuse to get them plucked or waxed, so I just have these big, bushy caterpillars on my forehead. But also because I don’t have the time or patience to outline, fill, conceal, fill some more, and add brow gel. Anyways, this actually helps make my brows look nice, which is always a plus! It came with an awful brush, so I just used a spoolie that I had on hand. It blends really easily, so I didn’t have really awful harsh lines. It also did a good job covering a couple bald patches that I have right in the middle of my eyebrows (I have a bad habit of pulling on my brows when I’m concentrating). DSC_0646-1DSC_0649

Here is the Endless Silky Eye Pen in BlackNoir by Pixi (Retail: $6.00). I am not a fan of eyeliner pencils, and this was no exception. This definitely lived up to it’s name of being silky, but it was too soft and silky for me. I swatched with normal pressure, and then I swatched with light as a feather pressure… I just couldn’t use this to make a thin line. Plus, with just the slightest touch, pieces were literally crumbling off. I just like being able to have more control over my eyeliner. On the plus side, the wear of this is amazing. I cried my eyes out watching Anne With an E on Netflix, and it stayed put!

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I was so freaking excited to see that I had an Urban Decay product in my bag, and that it was a highlighter! It’s like combing two of my favorite things. 😛 This is the Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Highlighter, in the shade Sin (full size retails for $26, this is worth about $7). I LOVE THIS. Easily my favorite thing in the bag. This is a beautiful golden highlight, perfect for transitioning into summer looks. What I like is that it starts subtle, but you can definitely build it if you want in-your-face highlighter. I have been using this on my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, my browbone, my inner corner, and my cupid’s bow. Love, Love, Love!DSC_0652DSC_0653

And, here are the looks I put together using all of the products in my Ipsy bag! I also combined this look with the e.l.f liquid molten eyeshadow in Rose Gold; if you want to read my review on the e.l.f shadows, head here. DSC_0680DSC_0681

All together, the retail value of this bag was $39. Not as good of a value as some other ipsy bags, but still worth much more than the $10 I paid. I will give this bag a rating of 4/5. I can’t get over that eyeliner, but everything else was pretty darn great! I hope you enjoyed this review. 🙂

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