Ipsy Glam Bag | June 2015


IMG_6651Summer is here and I am thoroughly looking forward to the next couple of months. I just purchased my tickets for the WayHome Music & Arts Festival, so July just got a whole lot sweeter. With June almost at an end, I figured I better get this month’s ipsy post up before we are in July. First off, can I just say that ipsy is absolutely killing it with the makeup bags these last few months. They just keep getting better and better and each month I am now equally as excited for the makeup bag as I am for the products inside of it. This month’s has a neoprene like texture, plenty of room to stash all my products in and I love the basic black with ‘ipsy’ embossed all over it and the bright neon coral zipper.

If you missed my May 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 ‘Swim into Beauty’ aka getting us ready for sand, sun and salt (if you’re lucky and live near the ocean).


Let’s ‘dive’ into this month’s products:

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I love Smashbox and though I was really hoping to get to try the Too Faced Melted Lipstick, I absolutely love this primer. This primer is oil-free making it perfect for the Summer and it applies like silk to the skin. A blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea means it nourishes the skin along with smoothing over fine lines and pores. The formula of this stuff also diffuses light to even out the skin and blur out imperfections. I wore this to my sister’s graduation on a sweltering day and was expecting my makeup to be an absolute mess, but this stuff kept my makeup in place despite the hot sun and sweat—really impressed! This primer retails for $44.00 for 1 oz and Smashbox is a cruelty-free brand.

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in ‘Pure Vanilla’

I have wanted to try this body butter for ages, so I was thrilled to see I was getting this adorable travel sized bottle of it. I have tried The Healthy Deodorant in the same scent and though it is hella expensive ($17) they are the best natural deodorant I have tried to date. If you’re not aware Lavanila is a cruelty-free brand whose products are free of parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, silicones, propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, sulfates, chemical sunscreens and aluminum. I love the smell of ‘pure vanilla’ as it is so soft and delicate, nothing overpowering. This stuff absorbs easily and leaves my skin soft and hydrated thanks to ingredients like shea and cocoa butter and anti-oxidant rich goji berry and kakadu plum. The full 6.7 oz size of this lotion is $23.00 and I think I might have to purchase this at some point.

Sephora Formula X Nail Color in ‘Power Source’

I was so excited to be getting this nail polish as I have yet to try anything by the Formula X range. These polishes are enriched with ShineXcel which promises to enhance the colour and overall shine of the polishes whilst being long-lasting. The Sephora Collection continues to impress me with their products, so I had high hopes for this polish, but to be honest—I’m less than impressed. The colour is a gorgeous hot coral shade and is perfect for this time of year, but I find this polish applied really streaky and took 3 coats to get it completely opaque. Once it was built up the colour was vibrant like it promised, but it chipped on me within a day. The full size of these polishes are $13.00 each and for that amount I would say go for OPI instead or, better yet, pay half the price and buy a Sally Hansen polish.

OFRA Cosmetics Turquoise Eyeliner

This is a new brand for me and I’m sorry to say I am not won over by them. I’m not a huge fan of coloured eyeliner to begin with, but I decided to brush that under the carpet since this eyeliner is a gorgeous shimmery turquoise that reminded me of mermaid scales—it’s stunning. It says this liner is water resistant, suitable for sensitive eyes and offers a smooth, soft, lost lasting application. However, this pencil tugged way too much on my eyes for my liking and I had to go over it quite a bit to get the colour intensity that I wanted. I do appreciate that this brand is cruelty-free and I will still play around with this eyeliner, however I prefer my eyeliners to have a more creamy formula over a waxy formula. These eyeliners retail for $13.00.

trèStiQue Shadow Crayon in ‘Kona Coffee’

Okay, so after two products that didn’t quite impress me, let’s end things on a good note, shall we? I absolutely loved this shadow crayon by newer brand trèStiQue. The formula of it is so creamy and glides like a dream on the eyelid and blends easily. The shade I received is a gorgeous chocolate brown and I have particularly liked using it on my lower lash line and then smudging it out. I love that this shadow is buildable in the sense I can smudge it out to soften it or layer it to get a really intense colour. The full size retails for $26.00 and I would love to try other colours in the line (they are all beautiful shades). They are also a cruelty-free brand and all their products are free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, talc and petrochemicals. I’m sold!

Do you have a review of your June Glam Bag? Leave a link below so I can read it!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. goldandheartsblog says:

    The formula X nail polish looks a lot like OPI’s Cajun Shrimp!


    1. ellerow says:

      Okay now I definitely need that polish! Haha xo


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