Ipsy Glam Bag | November 2014

IMG_4394My second ipsy bag has arrived! And after a long week of school, I can’t lie as to how excited I got coming home to see that pink package waiting to greet me.

If you missed my October Glam Bag post you can check it out here. Just a quick rundown of how it works: ipsy is a monthly subscription where they send you five items which can be anything from makeup and skincare to bath and body. The products change each month to reflect that month’s theme. The Glam bag costs $10 a month (plus $4.95 to ship to Canada) and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

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. You can also earn ipsyPoints to redeem for extra products. The theme this month is ‘Girl Meets Glitter’, which as someone who prefers natural makeup (which is what my beauty quiz reflects), I did not know what to expect. Luckily, only one product contains glitter and based on the other four, I feel like ipsy, once again, did a good job of selecting products that reflect my beauty quiz.

IMG_4395My package was pretty mangled and flattened when it arrived, however other than the card being stuck to the seal, my products were safe and sound tucked inside. The glittery silver bag definitely suits this months theme, but I know I will never use it as it is just not my style at all. I wish I knew someone with a young daughter I could give this to…oh well.

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So, what did I receive this month you ask?

SeaRX Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion

This product claims to smooth, strengthen and give a healthy glow to the skin, whilst providing long lasting moisture. I cannot really agree nor disagree with any of these claims as I have only been using the product as a face cream for the last few days. I can say though, that it is non-greasy, absorbs easily and generally feels really nice on my skin. It also smells like grapefruit a bit which is refreshing in the morning. Birch sap offers many health benefits and I wish SeaRX offered information on the benefits of birch sap in regards to skincare. I did find this article which states that birch sap protects skin cells from free radicals and the combination of vitamins it contains helps with skin elasticity. This moisturizing lotion, along with the rest of SeaRX products, is paraben free, free of harsh chemicals and does not test on animals. The full 4 oz. size is $32.00.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in ‘Neutral Medium’

I have seen IT Cosmetics floating around in the beauty world, so I was excited to finally try something by them. This concealer contains hydro-collagen and vitamins C & K and says it is waterproof, anti-aging and offers full coverage. First impression I thought the sample size was quite laughable and that it would be too dark for for my skin, especially for under the eye. However, once I tested it out, my opinion completely changed. A little goes a long way for this product and the colour is actually quite light for a medium shade. It is quite tacky so you just warm it up on the back of your hand with your finger like it says in the directions. The smallest amount easily concealed my dark under eye circles and any pesky blemishes. It didn’t crease or crack and it lasted all day for me. So yeah, so far so good with this product. The full size costs $24.00 and IT Cosmetics is also a cruelty-free brand.

J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in ‘Mad Splatter’

New to me, J. Cat is a very inexpensive and cruelty-free brand. Of course the first thing I thought when I saw this product was a potential dupe for the lip tars by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I have not tried the lip tars by OCC because quite simply they terrify me and this much more affordable option ($4.99) is no exception. The lip paint seems to have mixed reviews and I definitely don’t know how I feel about it. People recommend applying the product with a lip brush which the OCC lip tars come with. However, I do not own a lip brush (but probably should), so I just applied a teeny tiny bit with my ring finger which did an okay job. It is definitely super pigmented and I like how once it’s applied it does not even feel like you have anything on your lips. I’ll definitely keep playing around with this product, since I keep telling myself I want to experiment with bolder makeup.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray

Holy mother of a long name. This is actually the product I have been using for awhile and I constantly repurchase the travel size to keep in my bag for traveling and on the go touchups. This hairspray smells absolutely amazing unlike other overpowering, artificial smelling hairsprays; it is subtly sweet thanks to the argan oil. Along with argan oil, this hairspray also contains keratin and grape seed oil to help condition the hair and give it a boost of shine. It also does not make my hair feel crispy and gross and is sulfate, paraben and DEA free. I am actually almost out of the travel size, so this came in just the nick of time. Unfortunately, Marc Anthony is not a cruelty-free brand (and there is nearly not enough good, cruelty-free hairsprays on the market). The travel size retails for around $4.99 and you can get the full size for about $9.99 in Canada.

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in ‘Ultra Olive’

Starlooks is a new brand ipsy introduced me to in my last glam bag, so I was thrilled to receive a new product by them to try. These gem eye pencils are new to their line and are $17.00. This eyeliner is very creamy and glides on super easily and smooth. I would say this shade is more of a pale gold with a hint of olive to it. Not something I would normally go for, but it is definitely perfect for the upcoming holidays and I will be wearing this to my work social in a couple weeks. The one thing I do wish is that this product was a mini oppose to full size, as I will just never finish this product. Seriously, I will be 60 and still wearing it once a year to holiday parties.

Do you have a review of your November Glam Bag? Leave a link below!

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