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This month’s IPSY Glam Bag was exemplary of a perfect purchase

This is the Glam Bag from this month’s order, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

As I’ve written before, I love my IPSY subscription with my whole heart.

Here’s a recap for those who don’t know: every month, I get a package with five mini-sized products for $14—along with however many extra products for $3.50 each—in a cute bag. All of the products are chosen based on my own personal preferences and skin type; one of the five is chosen by me before the rest are revealed. 

Every Glam Bag I’ve received has been nothing short of impeccable, and there’s not a single thing I’ve gotten that I haven’t fallen in love with. 

But, this month’s bag in particular has been even better than past months, and I feel the need to share the products I’ve been given. 

TATCHA The Dewy Skin Cream

The first thing I noticed about this moisturizer—as well as every single product in this month’s bag—is how good it smells. It’s by a Japanese skincare-inspired company, and this one is made with double-fermented Akita rice, Uji green tea, and Okinawa algae. This combination softens the skin, provides antioxidant protection against overall stress, and allows a healthy, dewy complexion.

Phase Zero Makeup Powder Highlighter in Rose Gold

I always have been and always will be absolutely in love with highlighter. I have more highlighters in my makeup collection than I’d like to admit, but I will always jump at the chance to try a new one. The Phase Zero Makeup Rose Gold highlight I received is beautiful; there is nothing I dislike about the formula, and it holds to the skin amazingly. There is no fallout and very little transfer, if any.

Koyal Beauty Gentle Gel Face Wash

Initially, the formula of this cleanser threw me off, and I was somewhat worried about the way my skin would react. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that my skin felt so light and smooth while using the wash, and that translated well afterward. I tend to have really sensitive skin, but this cleanser and the other cleansers I’ve received from IPSY have caused no problems whatsoever, and my skin feels overall much healthier. It’s very easy to emulsify, but it doesn’t bubble so much that you lose all real substance. 

People’s Beauty Frontliner Mask + Scrub

When I say that I audibly gasped when I saw a Glow Recipe toner for $3.50, I’m not kidding.

I’m usually quite hesitant when trying out new exfoliators, but this scrub made me ignore that facet of my skincare routine. The formula is so unique and unlike any other I’ve tried; being both a mask and a scrub, it has almost a whipped consistency, and it’s very lightweight. After applying a thin layer of the scrub to the face and letting it sit for 10 minutes, I then rubbed it into my skin and rinsed off. I notice that most exfoliating cleansers or masks that I use leave my skin feeling somewhat dense; this one, though, felt incredibly clean and so light on my skin, and I would definitely buy it again.

Shades By Shan Life of the Party Vol 1 Eyeshadow Palette

I would say that my eyeshadow use is very varied. Sometimes, I will use bright colors and fun combinations, but I almost always stick to muted greens, browns, and golds. This palette had four beautiful shades that fit into my more frequently used color repertoire; each one has a quite versatile range of use in that they could be used subtly or intensely. One color has a really nice sparkle that doesn’t shed, and that is something that I can see myself taking advantage of when I want to add a little extra to my makeup look.

Byroe Apple Matcha Tea Clearing Toner

I love green. When looking through my add-on options, I saw a cute green bottle and wanted it immediately. Upon getting the package in the mail, I was taken aback by the look of the formula. If I’m being honest, it looked really unpleasant at first; it had separated into layers with one white pulpier layer on the bottom and the light green liquid above. After looking into it, though, I realized that the pulp mixes in amazingly once shaken, and it’s a mattifying agent that helps to remove oil from clogging pores. Overall, it’s a really nice product, and it smells amazing.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner

When I say that I audibly gasped when I saw a Glow Recipe toner for $3.50, I’m not kidding. I genuinely squealed upon opening the package, and the bottle was larger than I’d expected. I cannot express enough how much I love this toner—the formula is incredible, and it smells like heaven. A little bit goes a long way, and there is so much to be said for a product worth as much as this Glow Recipe product is, and for that I am beyond excited.

TYS Beauty Cheek Treat Liquid Blush in Drip

Blush also holds a prominent place in my heart. I have always leaned more toward powder blushes, but I’ve recently become more partial to cream blushes, like the ones from e.l.f and Jones Road, but liquid blushes are quite intimidating to me. I did decide, however, to make a new choice and try this one. It is excessively pigmented, first and foremost. With that being said, it blends so easily, and the formula is perfect. The blush, while extremely pigmented and transfer-proof, is easy to remove and does not stain, which is something that surprised me.

The products I’ve received from IPSY over the past few months have been phenomenal, but this month’s bag made me more elated than it probably should have. My skin smells fantastic, it feels light, and I have no regrets whatsoever regarding my purchase.

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Eva LaBeau
Eva LaBeau, Publicity Managing Editor
Eva LaBeau is a senior entering her second year on The Central Trend. She takes on everything she does with great passion, specifically when relating to her hobbies and academics. Whenever she can, she writes or draws whatever is on her mind. Raised by an artist and an avid music fanatic, Eva listens to music and loves to create art of all forms every chance she gets. Realistically, anybody could likely say that her 340-hour (and still growing) primary playlist is one of the most convoluted out there. Aside from her art, Eva spends as much time as she can with her family and friends, and she never hesitates to let them know just how much she appreciates them. Being a part of the community housed in Room 139 will forever be an unmatched feeling to her, and she'll forever love the beautiful people she has met and continues to meet along her journey thus far. Hopefully, her senior year at FHC will be the best one yet, and she wouldn't want to take it on with any other people. Favorite color: sage green or warm tan Favorite mascara combo: L'Oreal Telescopic Lift in Blackest Black and Morphe Make It Big in Bold Black Car: 2012 Ford Escape named Harvey (Very) irrational fears: velvet, people taller than 6'7", 2-door cars, and bodybuilders, among others.

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