ipsy. “Confidence Level: Selfie With No Filter”. August 2018

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How does ipsy work?

Type of subscription: beauty
Frequency: monthly
Product size: sample, although most people will receive at least one full sized item
Amount of products received: 5, always
Cost: $10/month or $110/year

Each month you recieve a themed makeup bag stuffed with products. It’s a “try before you buy” type of subscription, and a generally fun way to find new things that you love (or hate). Every person’s bag is a different variation based off of the style quiz they complete upon signing up. That means you probably won’t get the same thing as your friends, which is pretty cool!

Ready to take the plunge? Sign up here! —> ipsy

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The theme for the month of July is: summer! The insert provides details and products that are available via ipsy shopper to protect your skin and scalp from the sun.

Bag #19

The bag this month is made of a thinner material. It’s a bright orange color with yellow lining on the outside and a yellow tassel zipper. The inside is orange as well.


Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush in Beach Rose (full size!) – retail $5

This blush is GORGEOUS! It gives your cheeks a rosey glow that can easily go from subtle and natural to bright and flushed. I found this blush to be very pigmented. A little goes a long way. And it’s full size, which is a huge bonus!

belif Aqua Bomb – full size retail $38

It’s all in the name with this moisturizer. This cream is meant to provide intense hydration and smooth skin while minimizing the appearance of pores. I really like this item because it’s suited for all types of skin. It’s very thin, so it dries super fast and doesn’t leave behind a sticky feeling. I’ve always heard great things about the wonders of Korean skincare products and know I’m a belif-er (har har!).

Bang Beauty Eyeshadow Quad in Smokey (full size!) – retail $18

This is an interesting little mini palette. It includes four shadows, three shimmers and one matte, that are all designed to be an all-in-one smokey eye application. I’m not very practiced at smokey eyes, but I still think this is a great item to receive in my bag. The matte shade was very pigmented and easy to apply, whereas the shimmers gave me a little bit of trouble. All in all, I liked that I was able to complete a cohesive look using one palette. You can see the results below!

Formula 10.0.6 Three Times Sublime – full size retail $7

This scrub smells absolutely delicious. This item can be used in a few different ways, but since I’m not a huge fan of masks I just used it as my daily cleansing scrub. The jojoba beads exfoliate your skin while leaving you feeling fresh and smooth. Ready to take on the day! I highly recommend. This skincare item is one of those rare finds that is not only amazing, but affordable!

HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Bombshell (full size!) – retail $20

I didn’t think that I was going to like this lip color very much, because it’s a nude pink and nudes don’t work too well with my skin tone. Thankfully it pulled more pink than nude on me. It came off as a “my lips but better” kind of color, which makes it ideal for casual every day events. I found that this lipstick was a little on the wet side, and took a second to dry, but was pretty easy to apply and very comfortable to wear. It lasted a very long time as well! I wore it to a wedding and didn’t feel the need to touch up at all during the night.

The verdict: 4/5

This bag was a WIN for me! I loved the majority of the products and was able to use all of the makeup to pull together a cohesive look for my cousin’s wedding. The only product I probably won’t use more of is the eyeshadow quad. They aren’t shades I naturally gravitate towards and the shimmers gave me some issues. The skincare products were awesome and the lipstick and blush are some of my favorites so far.

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