Back to school is upon us and though I’m not quite ready to accept that summer is coming to an end, I am actually quite excited to go back to school and get back on a routine. I was very excited (more than usual) to receive this month’s glam bag, as since I am doing ‘No Spending August’ (you find out more about it in this post), I was ecstatic to have some new products to try.
If you missed my July 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.
With September around the corner, this month’s theme is ‘Prep School’ and though I love a good houndstooth print, I am really not a fan of the bag. It feels like plastic and incredibly cheap and I really dislike black and hot pink together. Ipsy, you guys were doing so well for awhile with the amazing bags, what happened?
L to R – Jesse’s Girl (not blended in), Lord & Berry, Starlooks and Hikari
What I received for the month of August:
At first, I thought this was a really pale nude lip gloss. I have never tried anything by Jesse’s Girl, but have seen it quite a bit in the beauty world, so I was excited to finally try something by this cruelty-free brand. I love primers and this one has a creamy consistency and provides a silky, crease-free base which allows for a smoother application and long-lasting colour. For $5.99, I feel like it’s a good eye shadow primer, as my eye shadow wore well over top of it and it did help it last. However, it’s not the best I have tried and with 5 different parabens in it, I probably won’t purchase the full size.
I love the Starlooks brand, which I was introduced to through ipsy, so I’m always happy to try a new product by them. Though I definitely don’t need another liquid liner, I love the wet formula of this. It’s super black and the nib on it makes it easy to apply with control. My one problem with liquid liners is ones that don’t have a secure cap and/or dry out quickly. Time will tell, but I am hoping that’s not the case for this one. Once it sets, it does not budge and this stuff is seriously smudge proof and lasts all day long. This is one of their newer products and I received the full size which is $19.00. Starlooks is definitely a brand worth checking out, as I have now tried 3 different products by them and they all perform exceptionally well.
I am very intrigued by this natural, cruelty-free product. I have yet to try it, as it’s a blow dry spray and I seldomly blow dry my hair. It’s supposed to help fine, limp hair become fuller and thicker with maltodextrin (natural sugar starch) and collagen. It also contains lemon and witch hazel which absorbs excess oil (a little wary this might make my hair drier), as well as ginger to stimulate the scalp and biotin to help with hair growth. This product is vegan and free of parabens, phthalates, silicone, synthetic fragrance and dye. It smells similar to The Body Shop’s Satsuma scent, which is a huge plus in my opinion. The full 5.1 oz size is $18.00 and I’ll try to put this to the test soon.
Yet another brand ipsy has introduced me to. I received a full-sized blush of theirs—which I love—and I was surprised to receive another full-sized product of theirs. This high-shine gloss is super pigmented and easy to apply. It isn’t sticky and has more of a creamy formula. It says these are matte glosses, but I definitely feel like that was not the case with this one, as it never set to a matte finish on my lips and stayed glossy. Unfortunately, I am not a red lip kind of girl, so I may pass this over to my sister. It looks like it has some pink undertones to it under certain light, but it’s otherwise a classic red shade. I would have much preferred one of the coral shades to try, but what can you do. These lip glosses retail for $13.00 each and come in 8 different shades.
I have wanted to try something by Lord & Berry for ages and a nude lipliner is right up my alley. This is definitely a nude liner more suitable for darker skin tones, as it applies quite dark on me. The shade reminds me of MAC’s Velvet Teddy, so I will definitely play around with this lipliner and try it with other lipsticks and glosses. I have no complaints about the formula of this, as it was really easy to line my lips without it tugging. The formula is blendable, claims to be waterproof and contains macadamia oil and waterlily extract. Their lipliners retail for $18.00 each and I am unsure if Lord & Berry is cruelty-free—if someone knows, please let me know!
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