August 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag


August's Ipsy Glam bag theme was Bare Yourself, which was supposed to feature picks to celebrate and highlight all of the things you love (or are learning to love) about you. I'm not really sure how that fit in - if at all - with the products and the bag, but it's a nice thought. The bag itself is a deep hunter green with a textured print. The inside is hot pink satin. The picture doesn't really do the rich green justice, it really is a pretty bag. Here are the products I received this month along with whether I think they fit my profile and reviews given.

The first item in my bag was the Wander Beauty Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask. I've actually received the full sized version of this product and passed it along to my mom. I don't do peel off masks at all. Even though you can technically wash them off, I still much prefer to stick with sheet masks or a good wash off mask. The Wander Beauty mask contains antioxidant rich acai, goji berry and green tea extracts to help heal, purify and brighten dull skin. While this is packed with good ingredients, I'll still be passing this one along.

Profile: This doesn't fit my profile at all, since I don't actually like to receive skincare in my bag. Alternatively, I really find I'm getting a ton of Wander Beauty products in with my subscriptions, so I'm starting to receive repeats as well.

Second I received the Space Case Eyeshadow in Intense Stargasm. Space Case really makes some interesting shades and products. I was a little disappointed that I received a bright silver shade. Not something I'd wear at all, with the exception of Halloween or for cosplay at Fan Expo. This actually may come in handy for my Killer Frost costume, but outside of that, it's just not going to get any use from me.

Profile: Not really a win for me. It's a pretty eyeshadow, but just not something I would wear as it clashes with my colouring and skin tone.

The third item in my bag was an Estate Cosmetics Dew Me Baked Highlighter in Lit. This highlighter is in a pretty gold, pearl finish shade. It has the dry feeling of a baked highlighter but it swatches smoothly and looks like a lovely shade that might actually work with my skin tone and paleness. The packaging on this is super cute and I like that Estate products are paraben and phthalate free as well as cruelty free. I have a feeling this shade might work well on the eyes as well and if not, it would definitely be a great brow bone highlight.

Profile: This is kind of an indie brand, so it's not necessarily on my profile, but I do like receiving new brands to test out. That's kind of the fun of getting a subscription in the first place. I do have highlighters on my profile and this type of shade matches as well, so it's a win for this one.

My fourth item was a nail polish from Color Club in the shade Ghosted. Ghosted is a dusty rose shade that claims to be opaque and long lasting. The brand itself is female founded and is based out of New York. I won't be trying this out at all because...you guessed it....it's pink. Blech...

Profile: This is a huge miss for me. I hate receiving nail polish in my bag (even more than skincare). It just added insult to injury that the shade they sent is pink as well. I've heard you can email them and have a particular item removed from what they send you, so I think I may just do that for nail polish.

The last item I received was the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. I actually chose this as an item for my bag, but I have to say...it's a pretty small sample. The packaging is super cute though. The cream itself has two types of hyaluronic acid, which is a favourite ingredient of mine for adding moisture to the skin. It also contains tamarind extract to help hydrate and plump the skin in addition to papaya enzyme extract to exfoliate, brighten dark spots and minimize hyperpigmentation. That's a lot of claims for such a teeny jar. I'm hoping there's enough in there to see if my skin actually likes the product or not and if it shows any results. I've heard great things about Sunday Riley, but as with all skincare, all that matters is how it performs on your individual skin.

Profile: I like this brand and although I'm not generally a fan of receiving skincare, I did request this item for my bag because I've been wanting to try it out.

Ipsy Add-Ons - this month had a couple of interesting add-ons. The one I was most excited about was the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50. I thought this might be a great summer foundation for me especially since it has SPF. I'm actually wondering if this was offered because it's discontinued. I don't see it on the It Cosmetics website anymore. I received a full sized tube of this which retails for around $53. I snagged it for $15. I also chose a deluxe sample size of the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara. I've been hearing quite a bit about Thrive products and am excited to try this one out. Thrive donates to women's charities for every product purchased. I also picked out a glittery SLMissGlam brush in a bright turquoise colour. I love using these in photos and just to have in my collection because they're so colourful and gorgeous!

Overall, my bag was disappointing this month. I won't use most of the products in it. Once again the add-ons kind of saved it, but I'm trying to rate the bag based mostly on the regular contents. It seems that since they revamped the profiles, I went back to getting things I don't like to receive, which kind of sucks considering it had just started to get better. I think they're leaning on the add-ons to bump up everyone's bags, which isn't really fair since they're over and above what we're paying for the monthly subscription. I know there are some changes coming, so we'll see what those bring.

Overall Score: 2/5

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