Ipsy Glam Bag – July 2016


Ok, let’s be honest…I’m a makeup addict!  I look at makeup as an art.   How can I transform my face differently?  How can I bring out my favourite features?  How can I add a pop of colour uniquely?  I’m not obsessed with makeup because I have low self esteem and it makes me feel better – it’s just fun playing around and putting on make up!

That being said, loving makeup and wanting to try new and improved products can get expensive.  So, last year, I decided to sign up for Ipsy.  Ipsy is a $10 US / month (+shipping) subscription service that sends you a glam bag (small makeup bag) with 5 deluxe samples or full sized products every month, selected especially for you based on preferences you select in their survey.  It’s the perfect way to try new products without the breaking the bank.   Plus, you get the excitement and anticipation of receiving the shiny pink package in your mailbox.

Click here to learn more about Ipsy and subscribe now!

Here’s what I got this month:

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar

Product Description:   Triple milled just sounds attractive, doesn’t it? It means this shadow is super fine, making it smooth and easy to blend. Ultra-matte cranberry color.

My Review:   I’ve never owned a colour in this shade before but I absolutely love it (and not just because it has the cutest packaging).  The shadow is easy to apply, blends beautifully, and super buttery.  My only teeny tiny issue was that when I swipe my brush in the shadow a bit of shadow dust falls out…but that’s no big deal.  I definitely recommend this product!

Click here to learn more and check out the full Meet Matt(e) Trimony eyeshadow palette.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag

Product Description:  A silky, moisturizing, full­-coverage mauve matte lipcolor in liquid form.  Its smooth, precise application and sweet scent of cake batter had us at first swipe. Built-­in primer smoothes fine lines and imperfections. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy ­looking pout.

My Review:  Another adorably packaged product!  The colour I received is a pretty light dusty pink (1 shade pinker + 2 shades lighter then my natural lips) and smells deliciously sweet.  It has a straight, flat, and bendable doe foot applicator (I wasn’t expecting it to be so bendy…but that’s not a bad thing).  The lipstick has a light mousy texture that makes you feel like you aren’t wearing anything (no dryness!).   Unfortunately, the colour was one shade too light for my tanned olive skin tone and I did find this product slightly streaky…but I often find that with lighter liquid lipsticks.  So, I liked it but I’m not going to say “loved it” until I try a darker colour as well.

Click here to learn more and check out the complete range of colours.


Eva NYC Get Glossed! Hair Serum

Product Description:  Keravis Protein triples the strength of hair, penetrating and coating the surface to condition, add shine, tame frizz and flyaways.  This hair serum also helps protect from heat damage.

My Review:  To put it simply – I really liked this product!  The serum has a light scent of vanilla and helped tame my frizz and ad shine (as promised in the description).   I put a little on my finger tips and applied it starting from ends (avoiding the roots).  I would definitely consider buying it in the future.

Click here to learn more about the product.


VASANTI COSMETICS Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush

Product Description:  The high-quality nylon bristles on these brushes pick up the color and pack on the pigment. The long thin handles will have you feeling like a pro!  Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush has domed-shape bristles perfect for blending in the crease and corners. Conquer the art of the eye contour and get seriously defined eyes with this pro shadow brush.

My Review: I LOVE THIS BRUSH!  It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.  It’s soft bristles and shape is absolutely perfect for eye contour and create a light outer crease V.  Enough said…

Click here to checkout VASANTI’s complete collection of brushes.


Skyn ICELAND The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion

Product Review: So fresh and so minty clean.  Icelandic kelp hydrates, detoxifies, soothes and calms inflammation.  Cooling sensation reduces redness for a calm, glowing complexion. Cloudberry and cranberry seed (the super fruits of the Arctic) boost hydration.

My Review:  The first thing I noticed about this product was that it had a spa-like light minty candy smell (similar to an AG conditioner I used as a teenager).  It tingled a little after applying which gave a lovely fresh / cooling sensation.  The lotion is a cross between a gel and a lotion, non-greasy, soaks in right away, and worked well under my makeup.  I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin, and generally prefer a slightly thicker cream/lotion, but I’ve only used it 2 times….so the jury is still out.

Click here to learn more about the product.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag?  I’d love to hear about your faves!

This is my second post about a subscription box/bag.  Let me know, in the comments section below, if you would like me to put up more posts like this.  I subscribe to a couple different boxes.  🙂

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(For full disclosure, please note that the ipsy links are referral links. All subscribers get one and we are awarded points toward future product purchases when they are used…so if you click them and subscribe, thank you!!!  Also, all but the Vasanti links are shopstyle affiliate links.  There are many retailers I could have linked for info on the same products, so I figured why not link ones that reward me for selecting them”.  That being said, I want to re-assume my readers that I’m 100% genuine & honest in my reviews…an example of that is I’m disclosing this info. lol!)





7 thoughts on “Ipsy Glam Bag – July 2016

  1. littlebeautyloves July 23, 2016 / 10:15 am

    ooohh!! I love the Bare Minerals lip colour on you!! It’s so pretty and summery!

    • Guide to Owning it! July 26, 2016 / 10:01 am

      I live in Canada, so I have the same problem with alot of boxes. Fingers cross that the best ones expand internationally!

  2. MyStyleInsideOut July 27, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Love your goodies!!

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