august ’17 // Ipsy Glam Bag


I know I just posted my July Ipsy bag review but it was because I received it super late and it was my first glam bag ever. I just received the August edition for this year and I’m excited to show you guys the goodies this month.

Vitamin C Derma E  Concentrated Serum w/ Hyaluronic AcidIMG_3491_Fotor.jpg

Interesting product-I’m very happy I got this because I’ve seen this brand at Ultra but never tried any of their products. This one in particular claims to help with fine lines and wrinkles. It also boosts the skin and leaves it feeling supple and plump. I’ve also heard it evens out the texture and tone of your skin throughout time. It’s a clear, very runny serum that you can apply to the face and neck. It absorbed into my skin instantly with no oily or sticky residue. The scent is pleasant, a very natural smell. Right off the bat, I agree with people saying that it instantly hydrates and moisturizes without making you feel oily. I’m actually really excited to continue using this sample size, especially since it contains hyaluronic acid! The full size is only around $15 at Ulta so if I really do see a difference with my skin, will have to purchase it!

SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending BrushIMG_3489_Fotor.jpg

When I saw this, I appreciated how small this blending brush was since I do have very small lids and eyes. I didn’t try applying any shadows to my lid but I did run it across them just to see how soft it is. I can confirm, it’s a very soft brush that fits perfectly into the socket of my eye. We will have to how it works with actual shadows but so far it looks great. I can also see myself using this as a highlighter brush.

Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid LinerIMG_3493_Fotor.jpgIMG_3498_Fotor.jpg

Okay, very pumped for this one! It’s actually full-sized and usually retails for around $22 on the website so good deal. More pluses are that this liner is completely vegan, cruelty-free, and 93% natural with no parabens or phthalates. Impressive. I swatched this on my hand and it is very black and pigmented. It has a felt tip liner that is super easy to use-I have a lot of control over it. It also dries quickly and is indeed waterproof. I tried running some  water over my swatches and they didn’t budge. I did try actually rubbing it with water and it did smudge but I don’t think I let it dry long enough so not sure about that. So far, so good. I can’t wait to test this on my eyes!

A. True Spring Green Tea Watery Calming CreamIMG_3490_Fotor.jpg

This one seems to be a Korean brand and claims to be a light, moisturizing cream that is great for oily skin and can be comfortably worn underneath makeup. Let me tell you, the smell is DIVINE. I’ve always loved the scent of Korean beauty products but this one is so fresh and clean. It definitely sinks into the skin nicely and dries quickly. There is so no residue so I can see this being a great daily moisturizer underneath makeup. I really like this product as well!

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation FluidIMG_3496_Fotor.jpg

I’ve heard some reviews about this foundation so pretty excited to see this in this month’s glam bag. I didn’t put this on my face but I could already tell that it’s simply not for me by swatching and blending it on my hand. It’s a very sheer, oil-based foundation that literally never dries down. If you have oily skin, I really doubt you will like this. If you have dry skin, it seems like a “your skin but better” type of foundation. It reminds me more of a tinted moisturizer rather than a foundation. I had the foundation on my hand for a long time and it will still slick. I could not imagine having this on my face for even a few hours…I will be gifting this to a friend who will hopefully enjoy it!

All in all, I liked 4 out of the 5 products this month so that’s awesome! I hope you enjoyed my post on this month’s Ipsy glam bag. If you are subscribed to Ipsy, do we share any favorites?

 

paige x

 

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july ’17 Ipsy bag


yay I finally subscribed to the Ipsy bag! I got my July bag quite late but I still wanted to post a little somethin’ somethin’ on what I got.

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The star of the show HAS to be the Gudetama bag that all the sample products came in. I’ve always been a fan of Gudetama and absolutely adore this little egg. The bag is sturdy and a great size for makeup or toiletries. Most importantly, it’s just so darn cute! I will definitely be using this when I am travelling next month.

Beau Gachis Illuminator Brush

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The first item from the bag is an “illuminator brush” by the brand, Beau Gachis. I have never heard of it but my first impression of the brush is that it’s just a normal, synthetic, soft brush haha. It’s hard to review brushes right off the bat, I will have to play with this one and see how it applies and blends out my concealer.

TreStiQue Mini Crayon Concealer

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Super cute packaging. I am not a huge fan of this concealer-it’s definitely a light coverage concealer in my opinion. It is buildable but the formula is just not for me. It sat on my skin and didn’t really blend out. The shaded matched me perfectly though! I might give this another try…

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

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I tried applying this over my hands and face a few times actually. Not a big fan, to be honest. It is, indeed, a very light moisturizer which I appreciate but the texture was almost watery. Maybe a little too light for my taste. I can see how some people would enjoy this. It’s simply not for me. I might gift this to a friend!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

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This is the only one I have not tried yet. I was looking up reviews and this product did okay. I do like the fresh scent and the concept of a cleansing gel. I mostly stick to micellar waters, but will give this a go!

Ciate Gel-Kohl Pencil Liner

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I don’t use pencil liners very often anymore but I thought this one was pretty decent. It applies like butter and it does come with a smudging application on the other end. The downside is that it is not waterproof. My eyelids are naturally oily so this would not work for me. But I think it would be great for people who don’t greasy lids haha.

 

All in all, I thought the products were decent. Again, I am just in love with the Gudetama bag-it is obviously my favorite thing from Ipsy this month haha. But I do love trying new products and giving my take on them. Can’t wait for the next one!

 

paige, xx