Ipsy Glam Bag | January 2015

IMG_50762015 has arrived and somehow we are already over half way through January. Seriously, where does the time go? I am excited to see where this year takes me and for a new year full of ipsy!

If you missed my December 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 ‘Fresh Start’ and states: ‘A kickoff so clean the possibilities are endless. Get ready for a fantastic and flawless 2015.’ I absolutely adore the ‘clean’ look of the bag for this month and will definitely be reusing it a ton. The one side is blue and the opposite is white, with a peachy pink lining and zipper.

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My first bag of 2015 contained the following products:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

This was the product I wanted to try the most for this month, so I was ecstatic to find out I would be receiving it in my glam bag. I was also surprised how generous of a size this sample was (0.5 oz). I have no complaints about this water-based primer; it is lightweight and blends seamlessly into the skin, kept my skin shine-free and my makeup didn’t seem to budge whatsoever. The full-size retails for $40.00 (1.75 oz) making it a pretty pricey primer. However, Laura Mercier sells this primer in the radiance and oil-free formula in a 1 oz size for $24.00.

Coastal Scents Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Jet’

This was a new brand for me and I was a little skeptical how well a liquid liner could perform when it only costs $2.95. However, I was extremely impressed by this product. The felt tip applicator made it easy to apply and the colour was a jet black like the name suggests. Once it set it did not budge whatsoever—like I’m talking rubbing your eyes and not smudging at all. It was a little hard to remove as even my trusty Bioderma couldn’t fully remove it, so you definitely need an oil-based eye makeup remover for this one. Coastal Scents not only sells ready made products, but also mica powder, filler, oxide and glitter to make your own makeup which is really cool. They also state that they are a cruelty-free brand and that they only purchase from cruelty-free suppliers as well.

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow in ‘Ethereal’

Pacifica is a brand that prides themselves in being 100% vegan and cruelty-free. This eye shadow is infused with coconut water to allow a smooth, velvety finish and is paraben and petroleum free. This shade is very light and to be honest I was a little underwhelmed. No fallout which is good, but I’m going to have to play around with it some more. I think it may apply better with an eye primer, but for now it seems to fair best when applied over another eyeshadow. People that got the shade ‘Treasure’ seem to be really happy with it, so maybe ‘Ethereal’ is just a dud. Kind of disappointing, but I do still want to try more by Pacifica.

MALIN + GOETZ Mojito Lip Balm

This was another new brand for me and this lip balm was a definite win. The gel formula applies smoothly on the lips and doesn’t feel sticky and gross once applied (that being said it is sticky in the sense that your hair will get stuck to it on a windy day). I love the mojito scent as it is very faint and not overpowering. My lips get super chapped in the winter and I have only being using this lip balm for a few days and they already feel 10x better. MALIN + GOETZ is an apothecary and lab which focuses on sensitive skin. They also do not test on animals (and they love dogs—check out their product hound page, so cute). The lip balm costs $12.00 for 10 g (the one I received is 7 g) and I would definitely recommend trying this product if you’re on the hunt for a great everyday lip balm.

Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask

Another new brand for me. This mask claims to brighten and smooth skin with alpha hydroxy acids whilst moisturizing with honey extract. This mask is supposed to leave your skin feeling refreshed and radiant and promote a smooth and clear complexion. I followed the directions and applied a moisturizer before following up with a thin layer of this mask and letting it sit on my skin for about 15 minutes. I’m not a big fan of peels as they kinda weird me out and are usually messy to remove. The product is a thicker gel and because it is clear I had a bit of a hard time both figuring out if I applied it evenly and removing it. Though this product didn’t convert me, it did leave my skin feeling quite soft. The full size is 50 ml and retails for $35.00. This product is paraben and SLS free.

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

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