May is here and already half way over (how?), but that means another ipsy Glam Bag to share! I actually really like the products I received this month in regards to the variety—shock horror—I didn’t get any eyeliner or blush this month. I am also a huge fan of the bag, as it is by Breakups to Makeup. Sephora is currently selling makeup bags with the Breakups to Makeup designs (you can see them here), and I really wanted one, but didn’t want to spend $30. So, I was stoked to find out this month’s bag was designed by the same company. Like last month’s bag, this bag is also a bit bigger than the usual Glam Bags and I’ll get a ton of use out of it.
If you missed my April 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 and products 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 ‘Jetsetter’, which is very appropriate since I just got back from an amazing trip to New York City (blog post coming soon).
What I received this month:
This is the only brand out of the five that I am unfamiliar with. CoTZ is a brand that exclusively makes ‘healthy’ sunscreens which are free of chemical sunscreens, oils, fragrance and parabens. This is great because since last summer I have been trying to switch over to more natural sunscreens, but there’s not too many available in stores and it’s hard to find a sunscreen for your face with a high SPF. I love the formula of this, as it has a mousse-like texture that makes it very lightweight and I feel like I am applying a primer when I use this. It’s a great base as it leaves your skin silky smooth and evens out the skin tone. The full size of this is $19.99 and CoTZ states that their products are not tested on animals.
I thought this was a new brand for me until I realized this is the brand that does the Chinese Herbs Hair Care line which I have eyed numerous times at Shoppers Drug Mart. This invigorating cleanser is great for all skin types and is 100% vegan. It moisturizes the skin thanks to a blend of chamomile, coconut and alba bark, smoothes and strengthens with wheat protein, as well as detoxifies thanks to vitamin C and beta carotene. This cleanser is very gentle and lathers up really well, and I have been enjoying using it in the mornings as the citrus is very refreshing and helps perk up my skin. The full size retails for $24.00 and Peter Lamas is a cruelty-free brand.
I have not tried anything from Urban Decay’s 24/7 line, but these lip pencils promise to hold your lip colour in place all day long without drying your lips out. These waterproof lip pencils act as a primer and fill in any fine lines and prevent feathering. They are infused with vitamin E, jojoba oil and cottonseed to help nourish your lips and keep them soft. The shade ‘Ozone’ is clear making it universal and a great base for any lip product. I haven’t had a chance to properly test this out yet, but I did apply it just to get an idea of how it felt on. It has a sort of waxy texture and like most lip liners, it does feel slightly drying on the lips. However, this did conceal all the fine lines in my lips leaving them looking super smooth, so I’m excited to try this under a matte lipstick. The 24/7 lip pencils retail for $24.00 and Urban Decay is a vegan and cruelty-free brand (though they are owned by L’Oréal).
I also received two samples of their Revolution High-Color Lip Gloss in Failbait (light neutral pink) and Bittersweet (bright purple and kind of terrifies me). These are super pigmented and are $26.00 each.
Ipsy actually introduced me to this brand in March when I received their Ivory Lace Highlighter, which is amazing. I am so happy to get the opportunity to try another product by Chella and this is also the first eyebrow product I have received from ipsy. This is a retractable eybrow pencil—so no sharpening required—and the pencil is teeny tiny making it perfect for precision and to help mimic brow hair. I found it very easy to apply, as the product is firm, but at the same time gentle, so it does not tug on the skin, but still easily dispenses the colour. You can use a brush to soften it afterwards if you like and with some brow gel my brows stayed in place all day long. The shade is a pretty good match, but I would say it is on the darker side of taupe. This product retails for $18.00 and I am unsure if this is the full size I received as Chella does not list the size of their products on their website, which is slightly annoying.
I absolutely love the Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush I received in my February Glam Bag and knew I wanted to try more of their brushes. So, of course I was thrilled when I found out I would be receiving another one of their brushes to try. These synthetic brushes are 100% vegan and cruelty-free and the bristles are anti-bacterial coated meaning that they stay clean longer (making them really good for acne-prone skin). Like the face brush, this one is also so incredibly soft. This brush is designed for blending eye shadow in the crease, but I actually like it for highlighting my brow bone. These brushes also have no fallout which is a must for me when it comes to makeup brushes. If you are on the hunt for affordable, but high quality, synthetic makeup brushes, you need to give these brushes a try. This brush retails for $12.00.
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