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Hi everyone! So, I figured I would start doing monthly Ipsy reviews. For those of you who don't know, Ipsy is a monthly subscription bag for $10 a month. You get five beauty items based upon a small questionnaire you fill out when you sign up. I have been subscribed for a year now and I love it. I recommend it to everyone. You get all kinds of different products for a much smaller price than you would buying it on your own. Granted, they are sample/travel sizes, but still! When I got my first bag, my husband and I looked up the official prices for each item, and it came out to a little over $100. Talk about crazy savings! If you're interested in signing up, use my referral code to get started!
Okay, onto the review! So, first things first, I LOVE this month's theme and bag design. It's called "Game Face" and is based around athletics and sports. It's ironic for me, since I just started going to the gym. I love how on one of the sides of the card, it lets you write in what you want to conquer so you can hang it somewhere for motivation. The bag is sporty yet cute! The colors look good, the fabric design is nice, and quite honestly, I'm going to use it for my gym bag.
1) Purlisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask & Exfoliant
For someone who has sensitive skin, this is one exfoliant that worked well for me. It didn't irritate my skin, leave any kind of residue, or even dry out my face like most products do. It's got healthy and natural products in it like ginger, white tea, and bamboo. It also doesn't have a weird smell to it, which helps since it sits on your face for 10 minutes.
On the official Purlisse website, it's $20 for a 0.5 oz./15 ml bottle.
2) Alternia Haircare Caviar CC Cream
With this one, I felt that it made my hair smoother and softer, but didn't really help control my frizz. I live in a very humid area, so that's an important factor to me. Also, I really don't know how I feel about putting caviar in my hair... maybe that's just me, though.
On the official site it's $26 for a 2.5 oz./74 ml bottle.
3) TheBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter
I don't really use highlighter except for the bridge of my nose, so basing it off of that, it's pretty nice! I didn't really need to use much to get the shimmer I wanted. It's got a nice warm tone to it so you don't look like you took a white marker to your face. You can also use it as an eyeshadow as well.
On the official site it's $24 for an 8.4 g/0.3 oz. package.
4) Ciate London Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner
I'm not too much of a fan of liquid eyeliners, for fear I'll mess up and have to start all over again. But on my test trial, I found I had pretty good opinions. The tip is smooth, and doesn't irritate your eye upon application. It goes on pretty easily, without much of a hassle on the product's end. It dries pretty quickly, too, which helps if you're like me and just want to get the eyeliner part over with. It is a little tough to pop the cap off and put it back on, but that might just be me being weak.
On the official site it's $19 for a 1.7 ml/0.05 oz. pen.
5) Hola Neon Velvet Liquid Lipstick in DF
I love this lipstick. It's so smooth and doesn't leave chunks behind. The color is a nice tone that isn't too dramatic. Also, it's hydrating, so I don't have to keep putting on Chapstick then reapply my lipstick. The bottle it comes in is so pretty, too. I feel fancy just holding the bottle.
On the official site it's $17 for a 22 oz./6.5 ml bottle.
I also got a primer face mask by BioBelle using my points with Ipsy (you can obtain points by reviewing your bag, referring people, or by posting on social media). I found that this face mask did pretty well for me. It was a little out of my way to use it, since you use it before you put on your makeup and you leave it for 5 minutes. But, I found it moisturized my skin well, and helped prevent my dry skin from showing on my face when I put my foundation on. It uses tea tree oil, rosehip extract, and vitamin C.
On the official site its $4.99 for an 0.81 oz./23 g package.
So, at the end of all this, the total of all of these is $106. That's $96 savings for the same size bottles! I don't know about you, but that's a steal to me! I hope you enjoyed this review, and look forward to seeing more! Also, don’t forget to sign up if you're interested! You can cancel at any time you want.
See you next time!