September has come and gone in the blink of an eye and with that comes my September Glam Bag from ipsy. All five products I received this month are cruelty-free, which makes me very happy. The theme this month is ‘Face Fashion’ with products to help you transition from ‘summertime casual to autumn elegance’, which is fitting since I have been drawn towards a more sophisticated and put together style for the fall. I also adore the textured bronze bag this month.
If you missed my August 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.
I am a huge NYX Cosmetics fan, so I am always happy to try a new product by them. This eyeshadow trio was made exclusively for ipsy and the three shades are perfect together and ones I will definitely wear. There are two shimmers—a beige and a bronze shade—as well as a matte black which I’ll use as eyeliner. All three are super pigmented, build able and wear beautifully. I could do without the dual-sided sponge applicator, but otherwise I love the black packaging and the cute bow closure on it. If you’re interested in these shadows check out their Glam Shadows in ‘Soprano’ and ‘Sentiment’ and their Nude Matte Eyeshadow in ‘Stripped’, which all retail for $4.50 each. As always, NYX is a cruelty-free brand.
This is the only brand of the five I have not heard of, but I love argan oil, so I’m always up to try a new one. Created by LA-based, celebrity hair stylist, Octavio Molina, this French argan oil works to penetrate the hair leaving you with silky, smooth strands. It can be used on both wet and dry hair and this stuff did not weigh my hair down. This product smells good, however, it does not have that usual argan oil smell which is a little disappointing. The full 4 oz size retails for $29.50 and this oil is free of parabens and is also cruelty-free.
This is the product I was most excited to try, as I remember a popular blogger raving about it awhile ago (can’t remember who) and it got me intrigued with the whole brand. This revitalizing overnight gel mask is suitable for all skin types and works to hydrate the skin overnight while you sleep. I love the aromatic, spa scent of this (a blend of orange flower, rose and sandalwood) and contains apricot extract (brightening antioxidant) and chestnut extract (retexturizing). It feels lovely on the skin and my face definitely felt refreshed in the morning. I’m going to keep using this and see how it works in the long run and then I might buy the full size. This product retails for $30.00 for 2.7 oz and is free of parabens and phthalates and is not tested on animals.
I heard of this brand through ipsy, but this is the first product by them I have received. I’m slightly obsessed with brow products, so I was ecstatic to get one in this month’s Glam Bag. Though I wish it was slightly lighter for my brows, this is a fantastic product. This stuff reminds me a lot of the Benefit Gimme Brow in regards to both the formula and the small brush. This was a breeze to use and filled in my nonexistent brows and set them in place perfectly. My brows looked naturally so much more fuller, which I loved. This product retails for $20.00 and this is the full-size I received. Elizabeth Mott is also a cruelty-free brand.
I’m not completely sure how I feel about this product. It’s a gorgeous bronze shade, but I found I really had to press hard on my lash line to use this. Then when I went to swatch it for this post the tip snapped right off with barely any pressure. However, when I sharpened it the eyeliner suddenly seemed to work better; the texture felt much more creamy and applied easier, so I have no idea what’s going on with this product. I haven’t put this to proper test, but it claims to be waterproof. smudge-proof, long-lasting and high-performing—big claims for an eye pencil that only costs $3.99. These pencils come in 12 different shades and J. Cat Beauty is a cruelty-free brand.
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