I’ve joined the exciting world of ipsy! If you are not familiar, allow me to give you a quick rundown of it:
Co-founded by Michelle Phan in 2011, ipsy is a monthly subscription where they send you 5 items. These items can be makeup, skincare or bath and body and change each month to reflect that month’s theme. The Glam bag costs $10 a month (plus $4.95 to ship to Canada, which kinda sucks, but whatever) and you can cancel your subscription at any time, though you will probably love it and won’t.
When you sign up you take their beauty quiz, which allows them to know your complexion, eye colour, hair, etc and brands you like, so they can tailor each product to you, which is brilliant. You can also earn ipsyPoints to redeem for extra products. For my first ipsy bag I can right away say I was incredibly impressed. The theme this month was ‘Beauty Candy’, though I do not totally understand how the products I received reflect that theme. However, all five products definitely reflect my beauty quiz and I even like the teal coloured bag they all came in!
Let’s get to the goods, shall we?
This was the product I was most excited for, as a cream highlighter has been on my to-buy list for quite awhile. This one is so creamy and easy to apply. The ‘champagne’ shade has a hint of pink in it making it so easy to blend into my skin and like I just naturally have this amazing glow. The full size retails for $30.00 for 10g and the deluxe sample size I received is 4.5g making it a generous sample. I couldn’t find out if this brand is cruelty-free or not, but I’m hoping if Doris Dalton is an animal-lover as her ‘about me’ states, then that means her products are cruelty-free.
I’m not sure how I feel about this product. I love that it is 100% natural, cruelty-free, non-greasy and the perfect size for my handbag. I also love the colourful, quirky packaging. That being said, I am not a fan of the smell. I love shea butter, however I often find when it is mixed with a fruity scent it tends to smell off. It definitely is the fastest absorbing hand cream I have ever tried; it is so weird and hard to explain. It just sort of disappears on your hand like you did not even apply anything and will definitely take some getting used to for me. The 20ml size I received retails for $6.56 on Feelunique and also comes in an 80ml size which is $11.54.
I am so happy to have received this cleanser to try and am keeping it in my travel bag, as I am going away for a couple weekends in November. I find skincare very overwhelming in the sense of trying to find things that work for my sensitive skin. I am also trying to switch over to all natural, organic (preferably), cruelty-free skincare products. Indie’s story behind the company is so inspiring and I love that they have an ingredients to avoid page on their website, which is very helpful and informative. This cleanser contains strawberry fruit extract and hydrolyzed wheat protein (two of the only ten ingredients in this cleanser) and claims to cleanse, hydrate, tighten, firm and help complexion. For $32.00 (4oz) this is not the cheapest cleanser, especially when you are a broke student like myself. However, I am very intrigued by this brand, so if I fair well with this cleanser I will definitely be saving my pennies (RIP Canadian pennies) so I can try more from this brand.
I was surprised to receive a full size liner and will be putting this to proper test for Halloween. I don’t wear liquid liner often, but after trying it once I can say it does not seem to budge. It performs well and for $15.00 it is very affordable. I am not sure if Skone Cosmetics is a new company, as their website is very vague and does not contain a lot of information (no ‘about us’, no ingredient lists, no FAQs page etc).
I was actually hoping to not like this product, as I own way too many lip products and definitely did not need another one, but I have to say, this is a great lipgloss. It is not sticky at all and feels amazing on your lips. The shade is perfect for me (natural and very wearable) and it also smells like a vanilla cookie, which I’m not complaining about. The full size retails for $12.00 and comes in so many different shades. Though I won’t be repurchasing the full size anytime soon because I simply do not need anymore lip products at the moment, I definitely will in the future as I am always looking to try new cruelty-free makeup brands.
Overall, I am incredibly happy with my first ipsy bag! Now if I can just get my laptop to stop autocorrecting ‘ipsy’ to ‘tipsy’…