Ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag Review

So I finally went and done it y’all.  I hopped on the beauty subscription bag bandwagon.

To be completely honest, I needed to refresh my makeup collection.  I’ve got a train case full of old cosmetics, but I desperately needed to refresh my collection.  What’s worse is I feel like makeup has changed so much in the past five years.  I mean, what the heck is “baking” and why do I need six different shades of pink, green and yellow to “contour” my face? I am so out of the “beauty” loop. I felt a subscription like Ipsy would be a valuable service to introduce new products and brands to this once beauty-savy, stay-at-home-mama(SAHM).

Since becoming a full time SAHM, my use of cosmetics has dwindled down to the bare minimum. Most days I just apply under eye concealer, blush, and mascara  It’s crazy to think, at one time, I used to wear a full face of makeup: foundation, concealer, bronzer, highlighters, eyeshadow trios, liner, mascara, and lip wear. The whole nine yards (at least I thought so).  But with the transition into my role as a mother, schedule and my budget, I realized I was wasting time and money on the big name, luxury products of my early thirties when I could achieve the same look with some reasonably priced, drug store finds.  I just need to sample a little bit here and there to find what works for my skin and my every day needs.

Enter the Ipsy Glam Bag

What is Ipsy?

Ipsy is a subscription makeup service.  For $10 a month, you receive 4-5 beauty products customized to fit your needs and style in a cute little collectible bag. When you first join the service, you’re asked to complete a beauty profile for products you’d like to receive and the artists match each bag’s contents based on that information. After each month, you’re also asked to review each product you receive in your glam bag for redeemable points towards a selection of beauty items.

Needless to say, I rekindled my love of cosmetics and beauty and my days of leaving the house looking ragged are no more.

I’ve been subscribing to Ipsy for three months now, and I’m happy to report there have been many happy new product discoveries.  This month’s glam bag is no exception.



This months glam bag was designed by Michelle Phan to inspire the beautiful dreamer in all of us.  I just love all the colors in the illustration.  They really pop!



The first item in my glam bag was this Velvet Touch blush in shade 02 from Japonesque.  This pinkish-peachy shade has a hint of shimmer and is ultra lightweight, so it’s perfect for the hot and humid Florida weather.    I also really liked how buildable this formula was.  I had never heard of the brand before trying it in my Ipsy bag, so I was curious to learn more about them.  The Japonesque brand was developed by artists with 25 years of experience within the professional industry of the Kabuki theatre.  It’s artistry inspired cosmetics reveal the insider secrets of world renowned make-up artists.  And they are mostly known for their brushes and found at Ulta beauty stores.


Olive Natural Beauty Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer boasts all the best vitamins and delivers all the good stuff straight to your skin.  I liked it because it was soft and supple without making my face greasy.  It’s  essential fatty acids keep your complexion radiant and the evening primrose oil improves texture.  The founder Jess Lauren knew Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) had powerful skincare benefits and created this to boost the antioxidants your way to help prevent aging.


Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in Black Magic  This super pigmented gel liner goes on so smooth and is very easy to blend.  It’s bendable for up to 10 seconds after you apply and the twistable pencil guarantees no sharpener is needed.  Products are available online only (from what I’ve learned).


NYX Born to Glow  This golden pearly shade adds a soft glow and shimmer.  It blends easily into the skin for a natural look.  It’s perfect for Summertime and I liked that it offered minimal coverage. This brand is available at Target and Nordstrom Rack.


Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Exfoliant  An ultra-light formula with glycolic acid to create radiant, even toned skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  I used a few times so far and haven’t noticed much of a difference, but I believe these products require a little more than a few tries before results are noticeable.  I definitely liked the feel of this product and felt it working without an uncomfortable burning sensation.  I’d definitely purchase and continue this treatment further.  It’s available at Nordstrom and online.



Overall, I really enjoyed the products in last months Ipsy glam bag.  I rated each of them pretty high and hope to receive more like them.

If you are interested in an Ipsy subscription, make sure to use my referral link here.  I won’t make money from it, but I do get points towards purchases.  And that would make me happy.

Do you consider yourself beauty savvy?  Would you ever join a beauty subscription service like Ipsy?

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my little space on the web. I'm Haley. I’m a digital marketer & social media strategist, a running coach, compulsive movie quoter, wannabe photographer, Capricorn, and a slightly sarcastic, ultra chatty extrovert living in Tampa with my awesome family. I love spending my time helping folks find their best self through fitness, health and wellness. I strive to help you live your best life, and enjoy the journey. Sometimes I write. It’s rarely worth reading, but I like to put it out there anyways.

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