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Unboxing + Review: ipsy August 2017 Good Vibes Only

ipsy august 2017

I can’t believe it’s already September! The mornings are starting to feel cooler but I refuse to admit that summer is almost over. Even though Pumpkin Spice Lattes have made a comeback… and I love PSL’s! Anyways, let’s stick to summer…. and ipsy’s August glam bag screams summer! 

 

 

August’s bag comes in three variations – one that says Peace, Love, Lipstick, another says Wild & Free and a third one says Good Vibes Only . Looking at it is totally helping me keep that summer vibe. The oranges, reds, pinks and purples were inspired by sunsets. They’re all so pretty! I knew I was going to be happy with any of the three bags I would receive. In the end, I received the bag that says Good Vibes Only and I love it!

 

ipsy august 2017

ipsy august 2017

 

The contents of my bag weren’t too shabby either. 

 

ipsy august 2017 winky lux concealer

 

The first product was the Winky Lux Peeper Perfect Concealer in Medium ($??.??, 3 g). This concealer is so nice! I’ve used it for a few days now and I’m quite impressed. The consistency is silky smooth and light. It’s easy to apply – I just used my ring finger – and blends in quite nicely. The shade Medium was the perfect shade match for me. It’s said to be hydrating with buildable coverage and I completely agree with that. The only thing I don’t like is the fact that the sample is so small! Good thing you don’t need to use too much of it each time. This is definitely one I would repurchase in the future! Heck, I am considering using the ipsy discount to get this – it is that good! 

 

ipsy august 2017 pacifica blush

 

When I first saw that I was getting the Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming and Tenderheart ($??.??, 14 g), I had mixed feelings. Why? Because I wasn’t too impressed with their makeup products that I received in past ipsy bags. They always were lacking pigment and I was always disappointed. But when I tried it, I was surprised at how great these blushes are! They are so pigmented and totally buildable. A soft touch for a light shade or build it up for more colour. The colours are really nice, too! Beaming is a muted terracotta and Tenderheart is a soft mauve. Gotta say, I do favour Tenderheart but they’re both pretty great. And what’s even greater? These are pretty much full sized. I was impressed with the size of it and the mirror on the bottom of the packaging was neat, too. I’m sure I will get it dirty, though. Fingerprints!

 

ipsy august 2017 air repair eye cream

 

This next one was a surprise to me. I was not expecting to like it as much as I do! The Air Repair Skincare Super-Hydrating Eye Cream ($7.67 USD, 5 ml) is such a nice light eye cream! It feels like a cloud going on my skin – it’s that gentle! It also has a nice soft scent to it. I’ve only used it for a couple of days but I really like it so far! Shame this is also such a small sample. It’s a good thing that you don’t need to apply very much each time. 

 

ipsy august 2017 the balm balmvoyage eyeshadow

 

This next one is a love-hate relationship. I received yet another theBalm product. This time it was theBalm Voyage Volume 2 Eyeshadow in the shade Wilkommen ($??.??, 0.57 g). Again it’s such a small sample! Cute, though, but still! I have tried this shade and it’s a nice deep caramel shimmer. I will use it since I love using neutral shades on work days. I guess it’s just the size that bugs me! But that’s nothing new, I guess.

 

ipsy august 2017 slmissglam brush

 

Last but not least was the SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush ($13.00 USD). This was an okay brush. It’s not as soft and is a little bit scratchy when I’m applying eye shadow but it’s still super cute! I love the teal colour and the small gems on it! And honestly – I just can’t say no to new brushes! 🙂

So that’s it for August! I couldn’t quite figure out the value of this bag seeing as I couldn’t figure out the price of three out of the five products. At the end of the day, I’m using it all so it’s worth it to me. Heck, I have been using the Winky Lux concealer and Air Repair eye cream on the daily this past week! So good.

How was your August glam bag? Did you have any favourite products?

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy August 2016 Sugar Highness

ipsy august 2016

 

Are you ready for a sugar high? That’s what August’s ipsy glam bag is all about! Indulging in something wonderful. Like beauty products, perhaps?

The theme for August is Sugar Highness. This month’s bag is so adorable! It comes in two colourways – there is one that features a girl with green hair and then there is the one I received with purple hair. Michelle Phan herself drew the illustrations on the bag and they look amazing! I love the colours on it… which isn’t surprising, I guess. My fave colour is purple, after all! 😉

 

ipsy august 2016

ipsy august 2016

 

My ipsy glam bag came with five items. Let’s take a peek.

First up to bat is the 111Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask (£17.00, 1 mask). The packet I received contains one sheet mask that is supposed to brighten your complexion, moisturise and nourish your skin and stimulate collagen production. I haven’t had a chance to try this one yet so I can’t say a whole lot about the product itself but I will say that keeping a mask on hand for those days when you want to do a quick “spa night” is so handy! I will gladly add this to my small collection and I know it will be used sooner or later. I also love that it is paraben and sulfate free. Good stuff!

 

ipsy august 2016

 

Next I received the Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Conditioning Treatment ($2.97 CAN, 50 ml). This, too, is sulfate free which is fab! I have tried Marc Anthony Argan Oil products in the past and really liked them. I love the smell of the products in this line and this mask is no different. It smells great! Not too strong either. I’m working through a few other conditioning masks at the moment but I will give this one a try for sure. I can’t say no to hair mask treatments.

 

ipsy august 2016

 

I also found the Winky Lux Diamond Powder in Medium in my August bag ($26.39 CAN for full size (unknown weight, the Winky Lux site only had a pan diameter size) so I am estimating this to be half. Around $13 CAN). I have never heard of this brand before I received this item and I really didn’t know what this product was all about so I did some research. The Diamond Powder is essentially used as a complexion powder that will brighten your skin and diminish imperfections. Okay, now that I know what it’s about, I gave it a try. It’s a really nice powder that looks and feels velvety on your skin. The colour medium looks light against my skin but once I buff it out, it makes a nice highlighter. Now that I’m reading the box, it says it’s a foundation powder (in my case, it’s too light for my tanned skin!) and there are “genuine crushed diamonds” in it. Interesting. Anyways, it’s cruelty free, paraben free, talc free and gluten free so that’s a plus for many people. I quite like this face powder.

 

ipsy august 2016

ipsy august 2016

 

The next one is from a brand that I already adore. The IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black ($15.53 USD, 0.012 oz) was a nice addition to my glam bag. Although I have numerous black pencil liners in the mix at the moment, I was excited to try this. IT Cosmetics is not that easy to get here in Canada so I’m always willing to try any of their products out. This gel liner was really nice. It glides on and the “no-tug” part in it’s name is right! I did not experience any tug when applying this eyeliner. It’s black, it’s bold and it stays on all day which is perfect for me! I also love that you don’t need to sharpen this – the pencil end twists to give you more product. Very happy with this product!

 

ipsy august 2016

 

Last, but not least, is the Ciate Paint Pot in Spinning Teacups ($15.00 USD, full sized). Did I already mention that I love the colour purple?  Well, Spinning Teacups is a lovely lavender so this is right up my alley! I have very limited experience with Ciate polishes but I did like the one that I have tried before. Another great thing about this product is that it’s full-sized. You can’t argue with full sized products now, can you? I can’t wait to try this out!

 

ipsy august 2016

 

So that’s it folks. My ipsy August glam bag was pretty good. Not only was the bag itself beautiful, the products I received were great, too. I will find use for everything I received and that’s really all I ask for every month! Some months you just get luckier than others. 

The total value of this bag is around $86.00 CAN – based on today’s exchange rate, of course. The British Pound really boosted the value! That is one high-priced mask! 😮

This was a pretty great bag and I have loved what I’ve tried so far! For the items I haven’t tried yet, I look forward to it.

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What was your fave product from August’s ipsy?

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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