I recently re-subbed to Ipsy. For those who don’t know, Ipsy is a monthly subscription box that sends you sample and full size beauty products each month, tailored to your preferences (or so they claim). It costs about $20 per month including shipping to Canada and is usually a great deal. This is what I got this month!
This Month’s Bag and Theme
You can see in the featured image that the bag is black studded faux leather. Super cute! The info card that comes with it is basically a small introduction from Charlotte Cho, the founder of Soko Glam, one of the largest k-beauty e-retailers in the US. This bag was made in collaboration between ipsy and Soko Glam.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – Radiance
I freaking hate the Smashbox Photo Finish Primers. I’ve tried the original, and pore-minimizing ones and they don’t do enough to justify the price. Yes, my makeup application is smoother and my pores are kind of blurred out, but they don’t help with my makeup longevity or keeping me matte. The pore minimizing one can also pill horribly on my face (rubs of like eraser shavings) depending on the serum and moisturizer I use. This radiance one though looks different. It’s made with hyaluronic acid and gives a glow to the skin. You can see in the 3rd image that once blended out, it’s subtle but still very radiant (hence the name). Maybe I’ll give it a try during the winter when my face isn’t so oily.
Nomad Cosmetics Multi-Perfection Illuminating Bronzer Duo – Principessa
This is a travel size bronze/highlight duo from a brand I’ve never heard of. Apparently it’s formulated with grapeseed oil (an amazing ingredient to me!) to “keep things dewy.” The highlighter is a pale petal pink, and the bronzer is a shimmery bronze. Both shades have lots of gold glitter so if you don’t like glittery bronzer, I wouldn’t recommend this.
Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Lip gloss – Nude Beach
Another brand I’m not familiar with, but this smells SO GOOD, like a delicious cake dessert! The packaging is cute and slim and the formula feels good on the lips, but the doefoot applicator is a little small for my taste. I find that I need to dip back into the tube at least once with the wand to coat my lips fully. Besides that though, this lip gloss is very hydrating without being sticky. It’s a gorgeous translucent nude pink shade with gold glitter that makes my lips look plumper.
Manefit Beauty Planner Mask: Lily Whitening + Brightening, and Mugwort Astringent + Pore Care
These are Korean sheet masks, offered in each glam bag this month. The masks do and are made of exactly what they say. Excited to try these out!
Ciate London Wonderwand Mascara – Black Magic
This is a sample size and claims to really add volume to your lashes without having to layer on multiple coats. It’s also apparently completely smudge-proof (*skeptical look*) and as you can see, has an hourglass shape similar to the TF Better than Sex mascara. Unfortunately, most Western brand mascaras will weigh my lashes down and this one looks no different. I’ll probably keep this brand new and gift/sell it to someone.
Although this bag had some pretty good stuff in it, I’m pretty disappointed. Only because after looking at all the possibilities for this month’s bag, there were lots of k-beauty items I didn’t get at all! A lot of Soko Glam’s best-selling items were offered in sample sizes, like Cosrx, Neogen and Skinfood products. I wanted to try at least one of them 😦 Maybe they’ll add a k-beauty preference to the quiz which will help further narrow down our preferences!
Can I say that I got the value that I paid for? Absolutely. I’ll continue to subscribe for you folks and post my monthly bag, at least as long as the products are worth it.
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Did you also get a September ipsy glam bag? Do you sub to any beauty boxes that you think are more worth it? I was thinking of boxycharm but that’s a little out of my budget right now. Let me know!