Another month, another ipsy bag. Since joining ipsy, it has really been brought to my attention how fast the last few months have gone by. It feels like as soon as I get my bag for the month and put it up on my blog the next day next months bag has arrived. Or maybe that’s an indication that I just need to get my ish together and get my blog on a proper schedule. Yeah, probably something like that…
Anyways, if you missed my November 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 ‘Thinking of You’ which is them thanking their subscribers for a great year and asking who we are thankful for. Each card had a different ‘You are a…’ and I got ‘Fearless Heroine’. I dig it.
The items I received for this month:
I am unfamiliar with this brand, but I am all for a product that will help mend the breakage on the ends of my hair. This cruelty-free product contains a combination of silk protein, amino acids and botanical extracts to help repair your damaged ‘do and leave it smooth, shiny and frizz-free. I concentrated mainly on the bottom of my hair and after one use, the ends of my hair did feel a little less dry and frizzy. However, I am not completely ‘wowed’ by it. I am also not crazy about the smell of this product as it smells kind of off. The full size retails for $29.95 and for that price I will definitely not be purchasing it, nor do I have any desire to try anything else by this brand.
I was SO happy to receive this item. Not only is it a nice change from beauty products, but I also own barely any eye shadow brushes. This dual-ended brush is made from synthetic fibres and picks up the product really well. I have never heard of this brand and I find their website rather confusing, but everything on it seems to be reasonably priced. It says this brush retails for $17.50, but can be purchased on their website for only $6.99. Overall, I have no complaints about this product.
NYX isn’t the easiest product to find in my area and the only two places I know that carry it is Rexall and Target. Bloggers have raved about the butter line—specifically the lip glosses—so they’ve been on my list to try. Both stores just started carrying the butter line, but neither seem to sell the lip balms. Anyways, long story short this is another product I was super excited to try. I don’t really have any complaints about it so far; it is moisturizing, smells like candy and gives the right amount of colour. They describe this shade as ‘mauve’, but to me it is just pink. This tinted balm only costs $4.00 and NYX is also a cruelty-free brand.
Pixi is a brand I have been interested in for awhile, but haven’t tried much from the line as some of their products can be a bit pricey for a brand sold at Target. So, yet another product I was excited to receive. However, this product and I did not get off to a good start. The packaging is weird and because it is a loose shadow, it kind of makes a mess when you open it. That being said, I do really like this product, as it is a gorgeous pearlescent nude colour, making it incredibly easy to wear. You can also wet the pigment to intensify the colour. This illuminating pigment also makes it easy to use as a highlight. This product is full size and retails for $10.00. Pixi also does not test on animals nor conduct any third party testing.
I love tarte, as they are a cruelty-free brand that offers a ton of high quality products without any nasty ingredients like parabens and phthalates. I talked about this mascara a little in this post and it is definitely one of my favourites for everyday wear. It is easy to apply, long lasting, looks natural and doesn’t irritate my eyes and the brush is also excellent for the bottom lashes. It claims to lengthen, curl, volumize and condition the lashes. I can vouch it does do all these things, however so many people rave about how much it volumizes, yet I don’t find it phenomenal in that category. When I want volume, I want it to look like I’m wearing false lashes and I find I personally get that better from plastic applicator mascaras (Benefit They’re Real! and Sephora Dramatic Volume are my go-tos). At $24.00 this isn’t the cheapest mascara, so if it is out of your budget, but you are interested in trying it, I would recommend getting this deluxe size first to try it out.
This has definitely been my best bag value wise, as it totals well over $40. Not too shabby!
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