When I came home from work today to find the iconic metallic pink package sitting in my mailbox, I could not wait to rip it open and find out what products were waiting for me. I love surprises, so I don’t usually stalk the ipsy website to find out what products are being sent ahead of time – I like the suspense of not knowing.
This month’s Glam Bag theme was Hot Summer Nights and the products I received were definitely hot regardless of whether I’ll be wearing them at night or not. (Let’s be real here, people, Kentucky humidity is not a friend to a full face of makeup – even after the sun goes down.)
The bag they came in this month makes me wish I was at the beach and will probably be replacing my current beach tote toiletry bag. (If you want to see what all I take to the beach with me, leave a comment and let me know!) I’ve also included links to all of the full-sized products in case you’d like to see what other people are saying about them. Here are the items I received this month:
tre’StiQue – Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent, $34 (trestique.com)
I’m not a huge fan of cream highlighters, but from what I can tell, this one from tre’StiQue is up there with the ones from brand names. I’ve received one other item from this brand and I think it was an eyeshadow crayon. Obviously it wasn’t very stellar since I can’t remember it. I swatched it twice below and blended the top out:
It swatches nicely and blends out to a nice finish but I don’t think I would necessarily reach for this if I wanted to blind people with my highlight. Part of me feels like it would vanish if it was set with powder but I also don’t think it would do very well on top of a powder either. For that reason I think I’ll be putting it away until fall, when I’ll want a more subtle highlight anyway. Overall I’d give it a 4/10 but I’ll update you when I test it out for real.
Delectable by Cake Beauty – Lemon & Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream, $5.50 (target.com)
Delectable, indeed! I was honestly so impressed with this hand cream. Normally I’m very picky when it comes to products like this because I don’t like it when my hands feel oily and slimy. Especially with hand lotions like those from Bath & Body Works, I sometimes feel like I need to go was my hands after using them.
With this one, however, my hands just feel soft and rejuvenated. It doesn’t feel like there’s a thick layer of product on them and I can touch the screen on my phone without it looking like it was mauled by a child in a vat of oil. The scent is also amazing – it smells like lemon cookies but it’s not so overpowering that it will give you a headache. I’m also looking forward to using this lotion when it gets cooler out because dry autumn air always means the skin on my hands starts cracking. I’m giving it a 10/10!
theBalm Cosmetics – Meet Matt(e) Trimly Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar, $42 for the palette (thebalm.com)
I’m already a pretty big fan of theBalm products in general. I love the Mary Lou-manizer highlighter and I have a palette (called the Lady and the Pug) with a variety of hues and finishes. The matte finish is definitely my favorite, though, because it’s super pigmented and easy to blend.
The top swatch is blended out and you can see how well this would work in a crease. The color, though, is something that gives me a bit of apprehension. Because I have such a pink undertone to my skin, I tend to lean towards cooler tones that will balance out the warmth. That’s not to say that I won’t experiment with it at least once! I’m willing to give anything a try because I’ve found some amazing products when I was least expecting it. For this warm auburn shadow, I’m giving an 8/10.
ModelCo – PowerLash Black Mascara
For some reason, ipsy insists on sending me mascara even though I never once said that I wanted to try new ones in the initial quiz. I also couldn’t find the full size listing of the product, which is a bit worrisome. The brush looks like it might be good applicator and other (notably older) reviews say it’s a super black pigment, but I can’t really see myself actually reaching for this product at all, especially when I have such a reliable go-to like my TooFaced Better Than Sex. In the spirit of trying new things, though, I will use this mascara next time I do my makeup and report back with my verdict. But for now, I’m giving this mascara a 2/10.
Luxie Beauty – 215 Rose Gold Small Angle Eye Brush, $10 (luxiebeauty.com)
I don’t know how I’ve gotten lucky enough to receive so many brushes in my Glam Bags, but I am certainly not complaining. Of all the products ipsy sent me this month, this brush is the one I’m most excited to use. I have their Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush and I’ve been using it for a few weeks already – it makes applying a bronzer to give a natural-looking warm glow easy as pie. The synthetic, cruelty-free bristles are super soft and, come on, who doesn’t love a nice rose gold?
I’m also super excited to use this brush to clean up my lipstick and brows. Although it’s called an eye brush and most people will probably use it to apply eyeliner, I’m a die-hard felt-tip liquid liner girl. (I’m looking at you, Kat von D Tattoo Liner.) Since I have relatively small, hooded lids, I need my liner to be thin and crisp unless I’m really trying to go all-out smokey. So, if this brush keeps my lips and brows fleeky like I think it will, I’ll be giving it a 9/10.
Are you an ipsy subscriber? If so, what did you get in your July Glam Bag? Let me know in the comments below! If you’re not but you’re interested in learning more, head on over to take your beauty quiz and find out what neat products will be sent for you for only $10/month!