Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag - Review and Unboxing!

Okay - so this is what I have been waiting for!! Ipsy is the reason i started looking in to monthly subscription boxes! My new work partner told me about it and I signed about a month ago and have been waiting (im)patiently for my first bag to arrive!!! 

Ipsy was created by Michelle Phan, a notable makeup youtuber who created this business. Every month you receive 4-5 make-up/beauty sample products (if you are lucky some come full size too!). I was really excited to try it but was slightly disappointed that they put me on a "wait-list" - as soon as a friend of mine signed up I was instantly off this wait-list. I'm not a huge fan of this but i was excited about the idea and would have waited!! 
Ipsy is $10 per month (or $110 a year) + shipping to Canada (with the exchange rate right now i paid $16.85 Canadian)

So here it is - the May 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag arrived yesterday!!
My first look! How cute is the hot pink envelope you get it in?!?! Ipsy reveals what they send to you prior to sending it; however, i really want it to be a surprise so I don't check the website so it will be a big surprise when i open it in the mail!
May 2014 Glam Bag
So Ipsy comes each month in a little makeup bag (from the reviews I have read some people don't like all of the bags) but this little bag is super cute!! The May 2014 Glam Bag is all about "Fresh Picks". First look at my bag and I got a sunscreen, face mask, moisturizer, eyeshadow and a makeup brush.

I wanted to try as much as I could prior to this review to give you honest feedback!
first 3 products
Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask - $35 US for full size 50ml - sample size $7 for 10ml
Made for all skin types. I was actually kind of excited to see a peel off mask - it took me back to being young and doing masks with my sister!! So on the website the directions say to put light moisturizer on your face and then put a thin layer of mask on. Leave on until dry 15-20 minutes, peel to remove and reapply a light moisturizer. So i don't like that the mask is clear, it makes it a little hard to make sure you have an even amount and the removal (with any peel off mask) was a little tricky to make sure every bit was off! So as I might not buy the full size of this i will finish using the sample size as it did make my skin feel super smooth after!!

Hang Ten Sport SPF 50 - $12.99 US for full size 6 oz - sample size $2.16 for 1 oz
This is a natural sunscreen - so i am really excited to try it! Great size for a hiking day or a long day out when you need a little purse or pocket size sunscreen! I will let you know when i try it!

Pur-lisse pur-moist hydra-balance moisturizer - $55 US for full size 1.7 oz - sample size $16.17 0.5 oz
This is for normal-dry skin and is anti-aging. I tried this and seems great, not too thick or greasy and feels great on. I will not commit to buy full size as I'm not really ready for an anti-aging moisturizer! But i will enjoy this sample!
next two products
Crown Chisel Shader Brush - $7.73 US full size 
This brush is fantastic!!! Nice and short and is so perfect for the eye crease and creating that beautiful smoky eye - this is my favorite product in the bag and will get a ton of use!

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo #2 in Moonbeam and Unicorn - $14 US for 4 full size shadows   0.25 oz - $3.92 for sample size 2 shadows 0.07 oz 
This company describes itself as 100% vegan and cruelty free so I was really excited to try this shadow.
Moonbeam is a pearlescent greyish moody violet and Unicorn is a white with sparkle shimmer
These eyeshadows did not live up to my standards at all - they were very chalky and hard to apply! The colors did not look nice at all. Allow me to demonstrate:
showing eyeshadow - don't mind the shiny face i was trying the mask too!
So unicorn is right under the brow - its not terrible but not very pigmented and very shimmery! Moonbeam is in the crease and corner of my eye - this took 3 different brushes to even get the pigment on my eyelid and blah - looks like i got punched in the eye! I don't think i will be using this product again. With that being said i have heard the skin care products from Pacifica that have come in previous bags are fantastic so i still look forward to trying other products from the brand out!

So for $16.85 I got $36.98 of products in my first Glam Bag - i think this is a great value! The only thing i will not use is the eyeshadow, everything else was great!
I am told that Ipsy normally has much more make-up than face products so I look forward to what I get next month!!!

If you want to sign up through Ipsy now is a good time as it sounds like for a limited time there is no wait list! Here is a link through me to sign up if you would like to: http://www.ipsy.com/r/b8nk

Let me know what you think and if you got an Ipsy bag I would love to know what you thought - it looks like they had a ton of different products this month!  

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