ipsy Glam Bag Review, June 2016

ipsy, $10 per month US, add $4.95 for Canadian orders

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All this little 11-day-old bun wanted to do was take a nap, not do a photo shoot!  This picture was taken maybe an hour or so after its eyes opened!  My favorite day in a baby bunny's life is when they open their eyes.  I always wonder what they can see and what they think about sight.  I like it when I get to be the first thing they see.  

Ipsy is one of the most popular beauty subscriptions.  It's heavier on the makeup than Birchbox and its demographic skews a little younger.  It has a mix of high end and drugstore brands and I find the sample sizes tend to be a little bigger than those of Birchbox.  Ipsy designs a new makeup bag each month and all subscribers get one, so the makeup bags can really start piling up if you are a long-term subscriber.  The bag designs are usually pretty cute and I often give them away to friends.  Subscribers fill out profiles and ipsy chooses the products you get each month based off that profile, so you probably won't get the exact same items as me. 

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Here's what was in my June ipsy Glam Bag:

My June ipsy Glam Bag was worth $44.19.  In my experience, ipsy bag values are generally $40 to $60, so this is a little on the low end, but it's still worth more than most Birchboxes.  Each month, ipsy has a theme and June's was Rebel Rebel.  The products you get never seem to have anything to do with the theme.  It's more about the bag design, which, as you can see, looks like graffiti.  It's not my favorite ipsy bag design, but Emily really likes it.

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I was looking forward to trying Japonesque's Solid Brush Cleanser.  I'm very lazy about cleaning my makeup brushes, so I thought this might be a useful product for me.  It's kind of fun to use, so maybe I'll actually clean my brushes more often.  To use it, you wet the bristles of your brush, then you rub the brush on the surface of the cleanser.  You can see the color come off and sit on top of this solid cleanser, so it almost looks like you're painting.  When I got a lot of color on it, I would wipe it off the top of the cleanser with a tissue, then continue using it until color stopped coming off the brush.  After that, you let your brush dry and you're good to go.  It got my brushes cleaner than I was expecting.  I could see the white at the ends of the bristles again!  This is goat milk-based, so, if you're a vegan, this isn't for you, unfortunately.  

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I've gotten 12 Benefits Healthy Hair Treatment in beauty boxes a number of times.  I like it, so I'm okay with getting another one.  This is a spray that moisturizes your hair, gets it shiny, smooth, and healthy, and prevents damage from chlorine and heat styling.  My hair often has flyaways and this spray helps keep them in check.  It's a good product to use in the summer if you do a lot of swimming.

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Swatch of Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball

Swatch of Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball

I have a lot of Urban Decay shadow, but I'm always happy to get more.  Moondust is my favorite (speaking of which, have you seen they're going to make a whole Moondust palette in the fall?!!!), but I like their regular eyeshadow, too.  All ipsy subscribers got eyeshadow this month, either from the Balm or Urban Decay.  I prefer UD to the Balm.  For those who got the Urban Decay eyeshadow, you could get it in either Fireball or Lounge.  With a name like Fireball, I was expecting a bright reddish-orange color, not a shimmery pink (see swatch above).  Urban Decay's website describes the color as peach with a pink shift.  The color's pretty enough, but the name just doesn't fit it.  Eyeshadow from UD is typically extremely pigmented and can be prone to fall out.  I didn't have an issue with fall out with this color, but the pigment wasn't what I'm used to seeing from UD.  I had to build it up quite a bit to get the color you see in the swatch.  

As you might have noticed, this eyeshadow came in a pan, so you'll need to put it in a z-palette.  Beauty box companies are increasingly sending panned shadows and blushes, so getting a cheap z-palette isn't a bad idea.  

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Swatch of Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush

Swatch of Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush

Seraphine Botanical's Happy Hibiscus Blush looks like a medium-dark brown in the pan, so I wasn't sure this would be the color for me.  Surprisingly, it didn't come out nearly as intense as I had expected.  It was a flattering color on me.  In the swatch above, I built it up some just so you could see the color better in the photo, but it ended up being a soft dusty rose color on my cheeks.  The description of this blush on Seraphine Botanical's site says that it has a multi-chromatic finish so that the color will look different depending on skin tone and that it is flattering on everyone.  While there are some colors out there that are more universal than others, there is no one color that will truly look great on everyone.  I'd love to hear how this blush looked on people with different complexions.  If you've tried it, let me know how it worked for you!  

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I've tried a number of Doucce products before and have thought that they were okay, but nothing amazing, so I wasn't looking forward to getting their Boombastic Lash Volumizer Mascara.  Also, my lashes are very thick, but kind of short, so I prefer lengthening mascaras to volumizing ones.  Oftentimes, volumizing mascaras make my lashes clump.  I was really impressed with this mascara.  This gives me a lot of volume, but it doesn't clump at all, so I ended up liking the look it gave me.  Every little lash was separated!  I wish it had given me more length, so this probably won't be something I'll go out and buy, but, if volume is what you need, I would recommend this.

This wasn't my favorite month ever from ipsy, but it was a solid month.  The Japonesque brush cleanser was my favorite product.  I liked the other four products, too, but I didn't really need more blush, the eyeshadow wasn't quite what I was looking for, I already have a couple of bottles of 12 Benefits, and the Doucce mascara was nice, but I needed a little more length than it gave me.  My June ipsy wasn't as good as my May ipsy, but I'm still pretty happy with it.  I was thinking about canceling ipsy a number of times last year, but they have been getting better and better this year.  In the past, I would discourage people from subscribing to ipsy, but not anymore.

What did you get in your June ipsy?  Did you like your products?  If you got the eyeshadow in Lounge, I'd love to hear how that color looked -- did it have much pigment?