Review: October Ipsy Glam Bag

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October’s Glam Bag includes a nice mix of products, including one of my all time favorites!

In my review, I’ve included the product, the benefits (as claimed by the product), the size I received and the value compared to the normal retail size and price. Often, a discount is available if you decide to purchase the retail product – I’ve included that info as well (offers are for a limited time). Keep in mind that Ipsy Glam Bags vary by person. What you receive is based on the profile you established. Here’s my review of the products I received in my October Ispy Glam Bag.

DrBrandtDr. Brandt Skincare – microdermabrasion
Benefits: helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne marks and skin discolorations; helps skincare product absorption into the skin; refreshes dull skin
Ipsy Size: 0.26 oz (full retail size: 2oz @$78)
Ipsy Value:  approx. $20.00
Ipsy Deal: 25% off site-wide at drbrandtskincare.com
My thoughts: I love this product! I’ve tried a sample of it before, but have never purchased it because it is a little pricey. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to see it in this month’s Glam Bag. This scrub is different than most. With scrubs, you expect to easily see and feel the beads or seeds (whatever the “scrub” ingredient is). This product has a light lotion look and feel – which would make one think that it might not scrub very well. However, once you start to work it into your skin, you can feel the scrub ingredient (aluminum oxide). I love how gentle it is and how soft if makes my skin feel. It’s probably one of my all time favorite skin care products. 

aurora_n136_1024x1024Aurora – Gel Effect Nail Polish in Inky Dinky
Benefits: dries fast and without a UV lamp, durable and shiny finish, easy to remove
Ipsy Size: .4oz (full size product)
Ipsy Value: $8.99 (although this may be a sale price)
Ipsy Deal: 20% off any purchase at auroracosmeticsny.com
My thoughts: I’m always looking for a good nail polish. I used to get my nails done (acrylic pink & whites) but my busy schedule made it really hard for me to maintain them (but I do miss them!). So, I try my best to keep them polished, but it’s hard to find a polish that doesn’t chip a day after I apply it. I’m looking forward to trying this polish and will let you know what I think. Stay tuned…

meetmattehughes_committedtheBalm Cosmetics – Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed
Benefits: long-lasting; pinky nude color; matte finish; vanilla mint flavor
Ipsy Size: 1.2 ml (full size: 6.5 ml @ $17.00)
Ipsy Value: approx. $3.15
Ipsy Deal: 20% off any purchase at thebalm.com
My thoughts: At first, I thought this was just another lip gloss – which I’m not a fan of. However, it’s called a liquid lipstick and not as sheer and glossy as I thought it would be. As noted in the benefits, it has a vanilla mint flavor. I’m also not a big fan of scented lip products, but this one is kind of refreshing – especially as the winter holidays approach. I don’t think I can wear this as a stand-alone product, but will try it over one of my regular lipsticks.

lotionBeauty Without Cruelty – Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion
Benefits: cruelty-free; moisturizes, softens, and protects skin; contains shea butter, jojoba, kukui nut oil, and aloe vera
Ipsy Size: 2.0 fl oz (full size:16 fl oz @ $11.95)
Ipsy Value: approx. $1.50
Ipsy Deal: 15% off any purchase at beautywithoutcruelty.com
My thoughts: I love the Beauty Without Cruelty Leave-In Conditioner (click here to read my review of that product), so I was happy to see another product by them. I prefer a lotion with a little fragrance to it. However, if you like a lotion that has no fragrance, this might be a good one for you. 

plumSkone Cosmetics – Pretty Eyes Eyeliner in Plum
Benefits: long-lasting; automatically sharpens; easy twist tip; smooth application; rich color
Ipsy Size: 5.28g (full size product)
Ipsy Value: $15.00
Ipsy Deal: 20% off any purchase at skonecosmetics.com
My thoughts: I’m always looking for a good eyeliner – one that doesn’t smear or smudge. The one I received is a plum color so I have to be careful that it does not make me look tired (some plum eye shadows/eyeliners can do that to me). I may have to get a little creative on how I apply it, but I will definitely give it a try. 

Estimated Ipsy Glam Bag Value: $48.00+

I hope you found this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag review helpful. Remember, these are just my thoughts and opinions about the products I received. Your experience may be different. I always encourage folks to give different beauty products a try. You never know when you might come across the most amazing product you’ve ever tried!

Until next time, stay beautiful! ~ Devon

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