Beauty Talk: ipsy Glam Bag { January 2014 }

This year, I thought I’d post a review of the ipsy Glam Bag every month because reviews were incredibly helpful when I was looking at the different subscription services that are out there. Once I received January’s bag I thought about skipping the review this month because I didn’t think much of the products that were included, however if I continue to keep my Glam Bag subscription throughout the year I thought it would be fun to look back and see what I got throughout the year, what I continue to use at the end and how I felt about each of the bags.

If you haven’t heard of ipsy, it’s a beauty subscription service. You pay $10 a month and receive a make-up bag filled with five beauty products and you usually get a mix of full and sample sizes. Your bag is curated each month based off a quiz that you take when you sign up (and can retake, if needed).

I think one of the reasons I wasn’t too impressed with the products in this month’s bag is that the focus is on skincare. I do a lot of research on the skincare products that I use before I try something new because I have sensitive, blemish-prone skin with redness on my cheeks. The products that I use are sensitive and they really help with the issues that I have with my skin. I actually switched it up for a couple of months at the end of 2013 because I was on the search for slightly cheaper/easier to find skincare products, however I wasn’t happy with the effectiveness of anything that I tried and the products were a little too harsh. I was using a lot of foundation and concealer, so this month I went back to using my old skincare products and after just a little over a week my skin is responding well.

Elizabeth Mott, Smooth Shadow Stick in Pearl. This can be used as an eyeliner and highlighter. I wouldn’t use this as a highlight for the brow bone… or the cheeks… because it looks incredibly glittery, however I thought that glitter was toned down when used in the inner corner of my eye and I really liked it there. I doubt I’ll purchase this once I run out, but I’ll probably use it up.

Épicé Purifying Exfoliant. I didn’t care for this. I thought it was a bit on the harsh side, but plenty of people on ipsy enjoyed it.

Tinted Lip Balm by MicaBeauty in Natural. I love lip products and I don’t think I’m incredibly picky with them, but this one didn’t do anything for me. I could not get a clean application. The formula isn’t that great either. It wasn’t incredibly drying, however it didn’t feel like most balms, which I usually think are comfortable to wear. The color was also terrible for me; it made me look washed out and tired.

Mark Fading Pads by Proactiv+. I probably won’t use these, so I can”t review them.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner. I can always use more samples of this for traveling. I always use a leave-in conditioner after washing my hair and this is one of my favorites.

Are there any products listed here that you have or would like to try?

If you’d like to receive the ipsy Glam Bag, you can sign up and take the quiz.

Note: this review was not sponsored by ipsy (they don’t know that I’m writing it), however if you use the link provided to sign up I will receive points for the referral. I didn’t write the review for referral points, I actually stumbled upon the link when I accidentally clicked on something while getting the information about the products.

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