There are very few things in my life that are only mine. Showering is done with several emergency interruptions such as requesting an apple or asking how to draw a capital Q. Cooking a meal is done with a three year old at my feet yelling, ” I HEWLP! MOM, I HEWLP!” Even my favorite snacks have to be shared with little humans. But my one monthly thing, my one monthly gift to myself, is my ipsy Glam Bag. Filled with all of my favorite things like lipstick, nail polish, lotions, and more, I get to indulge in beauty samples (usually full sized!) and try out products I would never purchase for myself. Each month, I come to my little Internet couch to share with you, my friends, thoughts on each item in hopes to inspire you to treat yourself as well, whether it be with a Glam Bag, or something else, find something that’s yours and yours alone. Or…hide in the pantry with your favorite snack instead. Both satisfy.
Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Pouty
When I opened the bag and saw this color (Pouty), I didn’t think I’d like it. I gravitate more towards pastels when it comes to my nails and was certain this bright color would do little for me. But I was wrong! I swatched it on my thumb and fell in love! It’s a perfect summer color and compliments my lighter skin tone really well. I’ve only been wearing the color for a few days, so I can’t really judge how well it resists chipping, but I’m hopeful.
tarte cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Crème in Wonder
Lipsticks have been one of my favorite things to play with lately and I love the color (Wonder). It’s red without being red, if that makes any sense at all, ha! It’s perfect for my skin tone and could easily be an everyday lip color. It’s got a mint smell to it as well and feels like mint does when it’s on your lips, kind of like a lip balm. I love the pointed tip applicator because it allows me to use it as both a lip liner and lipstick. It does not pass my palm kiss test, though, which is a huge bummer because I love everything else about it.
L.A.B.2 Just Blending in Brush
Soft, luxurious feeling, and picks up loads of pigment.The fibers are little long for my liking, but they’re stiff enough to get the job done. The handle is rubbery but soft? Whatever the material is, I love it and wish all my brushes had the same handle.
SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Serum
I’m always annoyed when I get a serum or lotion or cream in my Glam Bag because I’m not sure how I can tell if it works or if I’ll like it with just one or two uses? This serum is anti-aging, but I couldn’t tell you if it really works because the sample is only enough for three uses. In fact, my sample bottle wasn’t even half full on this one, which was a huge bummer. I did sample it and can say that it was silky soft on my skin and smelled positively lovely. It did leave my skin noticeably softer where I applied it and a pea sized dab covered the entire back of my hand.
OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bohemian
Love the color (Bohemian) on this OFRA Eyeshadow. Browns are my everyday go-to and I love to blend and layer them. This sample was actually not a sample and was, in fact, a full sized eyeshadow that snaps into palettes or eyeshadow kits. The color is bold and deeply pigmented with a slight shimmer, which I adore. It’s smooth and glides on effortlessly. I love this shadow and have zero negative things to say about it.
The Dreamers bag
Watercolors are really on trend right now and I’m all for it. I love the bright bold summer colors. It’s a heavy canvas type bag and large enough to hold all of my necessities.
If you’re interested in trying out the monthly ipsy Glam Bag subscription, use my referral link for a discount on your first month. Hopefully you’ll get to enjoy things you wouldn’t normally try and pamper yourself with the fun products included. It’s kind of a big deal for me to get one of these surprises in my mailbox each month. I know it’s a little lame, but it’s a gift that’s just for me filled with things I enjoy and it’s just a fun change of pace from bills and ads filling up my mailbox.