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May 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag: Beauty’s Fresh Picks

Time for another Ipsy Glam bag post! How can that be?!? I know, I know, I always say this, but jeeze time goes by fast! If you don’t know what Ipsy is, then you have been living under a tree! No, just kidding! It is a $10 beauty subscription service that sends 4-6 makeup, skincare, or any type of beauty product in a cosmetic bag.

May’s Theme

Beauty’s Fresh Picks

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The Bag

I actually really liked this month’s bag. It seems like nice quality and more earth friendly. This bag is actually one of my favorite bags from Ipsy.

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The Items

A few skincare items and a couple makeup items. 🙂

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1) Therapy Session Hair Mask by Eva NYC

According to Ipsy’s website, “The Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan Oil nourishes and revitalizes, while Keravis Protein drastically increases hair’s strength and elasticity. The results are hydrated, soft and manageable hair.”

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I was excited to receive this item because I always like trying out hair masks. I do highlight my hair, doing that causes some dryness and damage. This item seemed like a pretty good size for a subscription box. The texture of my hair is pretty fine. I have not used this item yet and I probably will post this post before I use it, but I will update you on if I like it or not with a review.

2) Classic Sport SPF50 by Hang Ten

According to Ipsy’s website, “Protect and nourish your skin with our clear, lightweight, naturally scented sunscreen. Provides maximum water resistance and full body coverage against harmful UVA/UVB rays. “

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This is how I feel about receiving this item….. :/ Not excited at all! Although, it will probably be pretty useful. I am pretty fair skinned and definitely need to use sunscreen. Skin Cancer…bad! Therefore, thank you Ipsy for trying to take care of my skin.  I suppose it does fit with the theme. But, really I can buy sunscreen anywhere. But, it is nice to be able to try out this one. I hate those sun screens where I can feel like it is on and when it is greasy. This sunscreen promises to be non-greasy. I did put a little bit on my arm and it seemed like it wasn’t greasy at all. Yay! It also has a light scent that actually smells nice, unlike the usual sunscreen scent ( it is synthetic fragrance free). This sunscreen is SPF 50 which is nice. Also, this sunscreen has natural ingredients in it which is a big pro. It is cruelty free! 

3) Mineral Eyeshadow Duo by Pacifica 

What Ipsy says, “The Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo are coconut infused mineral eye shadows that are a perfect addition to any makeup collection. Packaged in a beautiful travel ready recyclable container, these exclusive duos are customized just for ipsy! These shades can be found in the Pacifica Mystical and Charmed Palette. Smooth application with gorgeous color pay-off.”

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I was really excited to try out some Pacifica eye-shadows, because I love their lip tints. Their lip tints are actually a holy grail of mine. Pacifica is known for being more of a natural company so I really like them for that. I do wish that I would have gotten the duo with the purple and white shade instead. But, oh well! It was still nice to be able to try their shadows. This duo was nothing special. The shadows aren’t crazy pigmented, but they aren’t horrible either. I would say right in the middle. The formula is powdery. I feel like these shadows would have done better over a white or colored base to help the colors pop more because as you can see in my look above, the shades are hard to see.

4) Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer 

What Ipsy says, “Bronzing has never been so delicious. The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is a shimmer-free, matte bronzer perfect for contouring and creating an all-over deep tan using real antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. It’s all the tan without the twinkle. Infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and signature bronzing pigments to create a unique matte bronzer that neutralizes red and evens skin tone. “

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I actually have this bronzer in a Too Faced palette of mine, I have yet to really use it. I tend to shy away from bronzers. I have nothing against them, but usually I am in a hurry when doing makeup so I just end up skipping this step. I also don’t really know the best way to apply it either. But, maybe I should start because practice makes perfect. Since I already have this bronzer, Jacquelyn from The Little Scottish Corner will be receiving this in our upcoming box swaps. I do love the scent of this bronzer; chocolate! 🙂

 5) Avene Thermal Water

What Ipsy says, “Known for its long history in treating atopic dermatitis, the Avène Thermal Spring Water is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits. Its unique composition is proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin. Avène Thermal Spring Water is recommended by dermatologists worldwide. “

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I feel like I am the perfect person to test this product out. I may not have that much redness on my face, but I sure do on my hands. That photo was taken after work. Also, in real life it was more red than in the photo. Working as a nurse means a lot of gloves and a lot of hand washing. My hands are sensitive and end up getting red and rashy as the shift goes on. I have been battling this through winter and I am hoping that it will come to an end soon. It really makes me sad when they say, “they can determine the age of a woman, by her hands.” 😦  This product promises to reduce inflammation, itching, redness, and a few others as stated above in the description. The second photo of my hands is a picture of the product sprayed onto my hands. I wouldn’t say that it kept all of its promises, but it did help a little with each category for the most part. It was soothing to my itchy hands and it took the redness down with time (hands looked better in the morning). I did feel like it dried my hands out a bit, but with lotion it was better. I wouldn’t repurchase this item, but I am going to continue using it to see if I get further results and my opinion changes.

Overall, I really liked this bag! It was more based on skincare than makeup, but it is always nice that Ipsy changes it up a bit each and every month. I love getting my Ipsy bag and will continue to subscribe to Ipsy! Comment and let me know if you get Ipsy and what you thought of this bag this month.

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