Hi guys! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are as excited for the new year as I am. Welcome to my final Glam Bag review (at least for a while). I will get into why this is the last one a bit later.
(If you want an overview of how Ipsy works and how I got into it, read my first review.)
These are the profile settings I used for this month. There have been no changes from last month to this one.
|Comfort level with Makeup||Very|
|Brands (that you love or are willing to try)||BareMinerals, Benefit, Charlotte Tillbury, CiatÃ©, Clinique, Colour Pop, Dose of Colors, E.L.F., EstÃ©e Lauder, Glam Glow, Glossier., IT Cosmetics, Lime Crime, L’Oreal, Luxie, Makeup Geek, Makeup Forever, Marc Anthony, Maybelline, Milani, Nars, Nyx, Ofra, Origins, Ouai, Ahu Uemura, Smashbox, Tarte, the Balm, Tom Ford, Tony Moly, Too Faced, Trust Fund, Urban Decay, YSL|
|Types of Makeup Products||mascara , eye shadow, eye liner, brows, lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, primer, concealer, foundation, powder, blush, highlighter, bronzer & contour, brushes & tools|
|Tpyes of skincare, haircare, nailcare that you love||cleanser, cleansing oil, moisturizer, sheet masks, serum, face oil, toner & mist, eye treatment, hand cream, lip balm, fragrance|
|Shade preference||Eyeshadows: neutrals, smokey, blues, greens, plums, adventurous|
|Eyeliner: black, brown, plum, gold/bronze, adventurous|
|Lips: Berries, neutrals|
|Nail polish: (None)|
|Blush: pinks, peaches|
|Fragrance notes||fresh, floral, gourmand, spicy|
|Where do you usually shop for beauty products||Sephora, Ulta, Walmart, Target|
|Skin Concerns||redness, fine lines & wrinkles, oiliness & large pores, acne & blemishes, dryness & dehydration, hyperpigmentation|
|Describe your hair||(None)|
December’s Ipsy bag was a gorgeous icy blue, very appropriate for the season. With the cool silvery blue and silver detail across the top, it reminded me of snow, icicles and beautiful Christmas ornaments. I am happy that they did not go full-out Christmas green and red.
This month’s products were a well-rounded group. There were two K-Beauty items that I was very happy about, and based on the brow product they sent me, I could tell that they were trying to make up for last month’s brow fail.
SON & PARK, Beauty Water
I am really happy with this product. As with a lot of skincare, it is hard to be able to form an accurate opinion without trying the product for an extended amount of time. So, I don’t want to pre-judge it. However, as this is a product that I was considering purchasing from Sephora, I am very happy to be able to try it from Ipsy first.
SMASHBOX, Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary
I am always happy to try new red lipsticks. This color was right in time for the holidays. As we mentioned in out Red Lip Rundown, a red lip is PERFECT for all the holiday and end-of-year parties. This is a very flattering shade. I’m happy with this one.
NYX, Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Blackberry
I LOVE this! This may be my favorite item from this month’s bag. The dark purple liner is the perfect not-black color for when you want to use a dark liner, but do not want the harshness of black, and brown is just not enough. Also, purple is a very flattering color on both brown eyes and deeper skin. I’ve already added this to the top of my vanity as a product to use often.
PURLISSE BEAUTY, Sheet Masks
I am really excited to try the Green Tea + Ginger Mask. The Coconut + Rice one, not so much because I already have combo-oily, acne-prone skin and moisturizing sheet masks tend to not be the greatest for me. My husband, on the other hand, will enjoy it. I like that the sheet masks were included in the bag because I really enjoy facial masks, especially sheet masks (see two of my sheet mask haul reviews here and here).
TRÈSTIQUE, Mini Brow Pencil in Espresso
They tried. They really did. I can appreciate that after I was sent a brow product totally inappropriate for my skin and hair color, that Ipsy took the time to send me another brow product that was better suited for me. However, I do not like this product. I like brow pencils with much smaller tips to get more precise, hair-like strokes. Furthermore, the pigment of this product is terrible, perhaps it is too waxy, but I could work on one brow for five minutes and barely see any difference. Unfortunately, this is my least favorite product from this month’s bag.
Overall, I think Ipsy did a good job this month. There was a really good mix of items to try, and I like that it was a minx of both makeup and skincare.
So, why I am I stopping my Ipsy subscription? Honestly, I am just more enticed by BoxyCharm. While the value of the Ipsy bags may be more than $10, I just don’t feel like paying $10 for a bag of samples. Ipsy says that they send full-sized or “deluxe sample”-sized products, but I can get free samples with my Sephora and Ulta orders every month. The only full-sized items you receive are ones that CANNOT be smaller, like sheet masks or individual eye shadows. I would rather pay $11/month more to get a box of all full-sized items. So, beginning in January, that is what I will do. I am honestly, quite excited to see what BoxyCharm will send me. So, stay tuned to see how I make out, and if maybe you’d be interested in giving THAT subscription service a try.
I hope you guys enjoyed my Glam Bag review series while it lasted. Who knows? It may come back one day. For the foreseeable future, I hope you look forward to and enjoy my new BoxyCharm reviews. New year. New series. Lots of new products to try and hopefully enjoy.
Thanks for reading guys & happy holidays! 💜
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