It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.
Guys, I have some sad news—I cancelled my ipsy subscription. It was no easy decision as I looked forward to coming home to that metallic pink bag every month. However, I have more products than I need and I am still trying to finish products I received from ipsy last year. Despite deciding to cancel (tear), I still think ipsy is a fantastic subscription and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to discover new products and brands.
The theme this month is ‘Alter Ego’, which ties in with Halloween, daring you to be different and express yourself. Though I don’t really think the products I received this month reflect that, I do love the inspiration to be whoever you want to be. I also love the bag for this month which has it’s own ‘alter ego’—a patent black on one side and a metallic gold on the other.
If you missed my September 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.
My last Glam Bag contained the following products:
Okay, this mascara has quite the claim, stating that it increases lash volume by 430%. In my opinion, that’s a bit of an exaggerated claim, but I do think this mascara did make my lashes look both longer and fuller. The brush looks a bit like a torture weapon, but it grabs the lashes perfectly and the ball tip makes getting smaller lashes a breeze. However, all of that aside something in this mascara extremely irritated my sensitive eyes, causing incredible stinging and leaving my eyes really puffy. I have no idea why, as this mascara has great reviews and promising ingredients including acai, jojoba green tea and a ton of vitamins. I have no idea what I am allergic to in this, but I just cannot use this mascara, which is a shame because I really like IT Cosmetics. The full size mascara retails for $24.00, is cruelty-free and free of parabens, fragrance, phthalates and sulfates.
Moving along, something I did get on really well with is this facial scrub. It uses pumpkin enzyme and apple and almond acid to unclog pores and apricot grains and micro-spheres to remove dead skin cells. It is gentle enough that it does not irritate my skin, but still effective for smoothing my skin and leaving me with a brighter complexion. It also contains pumpkin oil, aloe vera and vitamin E to keep your skin hydrated. I love the smell of almond and the almond scent is quite dominant in this, so it smells absolutely delicious. The full size retails for $28.00 for 4 oz and like all Peter Lamas products it is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and free of parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals.
I have become quite a fan of this brand, so I am always happy to try a new product by them. This hair mask promises to deeply condition, repair and strengthen dry, damaged hair with argan oil and kervais protein. Like all Eva NYC products this stuff smells really good—to me it smells like sweeter baby powder (random, but not a bad thing). The mask is really buttery and my hair already feels a lot softer and less frizzy after just one use. The full 16.9 oz size retails for $30.00 and this mask is free of parabens, sulfates and artificial colours.
Not much to say about this product as, well, it’s tweezers. They work like most tweezers do and these ones are made of the highest quality steel and the slanted tip makes easy precision. Though these were a pain to get out of the tube they came in (I actually had to use another pair of tweezers to pull them out), I love that they come with a little nub to cover the tip of the tweezers, which is excellent for traveling. These tweezers cost $25.00 each which I was really surprised by and Emité is a cruelty-free brand.
Though I was really hoping to get the sample of the theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer, this is a pretty fabulous matte lip product. This shade is a pinky nude, which is right up my alley and applies super creamy and pigmented on the lips. Once it sets it gives your lips a gorgeous matte look, but still feels creamy and non-drying on the lips. I wish these wore longer, as after eating and drinking there was very little colour left on my lips, however, the product did not bleed on me. These liquid lipsticks come in 8 shades ranging from nudes to darks, smell like vanilla and retail for $17.00 each.
Last, but not least, since I cancelled my ipsy subscription, I redeemed my ipsyPoints for this full size Smashbox eyeliner. This product promises the precision of a liquid liner and self-sharpens every time you twist the lid off, which is what intrigued me the most and the waterproof formula promises no flaking. Unfortunately, this product has quite a few negative reviews about it breaking, but I figured since it was not costing me anything, I would still give it a go. This cruelty-free eyeliner comes in 7 shades, the shade ‘Raven’ being a classic black and retails for $23.00 each.
The great thing about ipsy too is that you can cancel your subscription at any time and it’s incredibly easy to resign up and follow the steps to get off the waitlist. However, I would love to also try other (affordable) subscription boxes in the future and would love any of your recommendations! Right now I’ve been eyeing Birchbox, as it also looks like a fantastic beauty subscription.
Do you have a review of your October Glam Bag? Leave a link below!