My Beauty Subscriptions – Ipsy Glam Bag September 2018

It’s show and tell time! Let’s see what came in my September 2018 ipsy Glam Bag.

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Because a bunch of crappy stuff has happened in the last couple of months, I skipped my August Glam Bag. It seemed like the thing to do. I went ahead and continued my ipsy subscription this month. It’s a small thing that brings me a bit of happiness. I think I can afford $10 for a little bag of happiness. A bunch of crappy stuff also happened in September, so I’m a little late posting this.

What is ipsy?

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends you a bag of 5 goodies for $10/month. It usually ends up being two full-sized products and three deluxe sample sizes. You can read more about ipsy in this post.

So, what did you get this month?

This month’s bag is pretty cute. Black cotton bag with gold trim and white eyelashes printed on the front. The inside has a hot pink statiny lining and a small tag that reads, “Rules were made to be broken.” I can see myself using this bag for other things.

September 2018 ipsy Glam Bag inside
It seems that ipsy’s theme for September 2018 was Woman Power. I like it!

And now for the products…

Apto Healing Turmeric Mask for All Skin Types (15ml/0.5 oz; Full size – 30ml/1 oz, $16.00). On the Apto website it says this gentle mask has turmeric, neem, azelaic acid, and colloidal sulfur. It’s supposed to help treat blemishes while calming skin and taking care of excessive oiliness. This face mask is also vegan and cruelty free.

Apto Healing Turmeric Mask
This mask looks scary, but it’s actually really nice. Don’t let that bright yellow color fool you.

This mask comes out of the tube thick and bright yellow. It spreads very easily over the skin and has a fresh scent that is very light and clean and doesn’t linger. I left it on for 20 minutes as the directions say, and the mask never got tight as it dried. It came off easily with a wet cotton pad, and my skin felt pretty nice after use.

Apto Healing turmeric Face Mask before and after
On the left, that yellow haze on my face is the Apto Turmeric mask. On the left, my clean glowing face afterwards.

I did enjoy using this mask. I will need to use it a few more times before I decide if I would purchase the full size.

The Créme Shop Double Cleanse 2-in-1 Facial Foam Brightening (30ml/1 oz; Full size 150ml/5.7 oz, $10.00). I have tried a couple of things from The Creme Shop. One item was the Rose Water Micellar Facial Cleansing Cloths, which I liked. The other was the Rose Water Facial Mist, which I didn’t. So this brand is hit or miss for me. I usually do an actual double cleanse with a cleansing oil followed by a foaming cleanser on days I wear makeup. So I’m a little skeptical about a 2-in1 double cleanser.

The Créme Shop 2-in-1 Double Cleansing Foam Brightening
In case you forgot what this product looked like, here’s a shot of the Créme Shop Double Cleanse 2-in-1 Facial Foam.

This cleanser comes out of the tube as a pearly cream. It foams fairly well with just hands and water. It has a very slight coconut scent.

The Créme Shop Double Cleanse 2-in-1 Facial Foam
That pearly cream makes some pretty dense bubbles, but I find it leaves a film on my face and doesn’t wash away my mascara.

On the day I tried this, I only had on brow marker, mascara, and what was left of my lipstick. The cleanser took off my brow marker pretty well, but struggled with the mascara, which wasn’t even waterproof. I did do a double cleanse with this cleanser mostly to try to remove all my mascara, and it was a little rough. It stung my eyes.

The cleanser rinsed away pretty well, but it felt like it left a residue on my skin. My skin also felt a bit tight after the double cleanse.

I am not a fan of this cleanser from The Créme Shop. I will not be purchasing the full size.

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Face Primer (5g/0.15 oz.; Full size – 30g/1 oz., $30.00. Or get the full size for $15 here). I’ve heard about face primer from a few of the YouTube beauty gurus I like to watch, so I’m happy to be giving this a try.

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Face Primer
This tube is TINY! There is enough in there to use it a few times and decide if I like it.

I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup lately, so I’ve only worn it once so far. It’s similar in texture to the L’Oreal Infallable Matte-Lock Primer, but creamier. A little seems to go a long way.

Honestly, I didn’t feel like this primer was all that great for me. I have oily/normal combination skin with large pores on my nose. This primer did not fill my pores. It also had trouble keeping the oiliness of my nose at bay. I didn’t notice my foundation going on any smoother or lasting any longer with this primer compared to other primers I like.

I will continue to using this primer a few more times, possibly in conjunction with a pore filling primer, before I pass judgement.

mPrincess Loose Eyeshadow in the shade Pretty Petal (Full size – 1.2g, $15.00). According to the mPrincess website, this is a mineral loose powder eyeshadow with a creamy, blendable finish.

MPrincess Loose Eyeshadow Pretty Petal
Ooooooooooh… so sparkly! This really is pretty. Yes, it has a sifter, but the sealing sticker is a pain in the butt to remove, so I just take the sifter out.

I’ve used this a few times. It’s super easy to use, and blends out beautifully with a brush. I like using this for a single shadow eye look. The shade Pretty Petal is a sort of dusty, rosy pink with a gold sheen to it. It’s very nice for a fairly simple, yet put together, day-to-day look. Of course, it stays on the eye lid better if you use an eye primer.

mPrincess loose eyeshadow Pretty Petal
mPrincess loose eyeshadow on the eyelids in a one-shadow look. Definitely pretty and very easy to use.

Would I buy this if it hadn’t come in my ipsy bag? Maybe. I would probably choose a different color, though.

Luxie 140 Detail Tapered Blender Wonder Woman brush (Full Size – $20.00). This brush is cruelty-free and is emblazoned with Wonder Woman’s tiara on the ferrule and her logo on the brush handle. The pointed tip and size of this brush makes it unique in my collection. And it’s Wonder Woman… what’s not to love?

Luxie 140 Tapered Detail Blender Brush Wonder Woman
This was a bit difficult to photograph. Can you see the Wonder Woman logo there between my fingers?
Luxie 140 Tapered Detail Blender Brush Wonder Woman
Can you see Wonder Woman’s tiara on the ferrule? The pointed tip of this brush is rather large, but it’s very good for blending out my crease.

The pointed bristles make blending color in to the crease of the eye a breeze. The large size of the brush allows you to move the eyeshadow around a bit more and cover a larger area if you want to blend out the crease a bit more. The synthetic bristles make this brush very easy to clean.

I like this brush a lot. I don’t know if I twenty dollars like it, though.

So, what’s the verdict on this Glam Bag?

The total cost of all the products in this bag add up to about $55.00. I feel like I will get good use most of these items, so $10.00 for about $55.00 worth of items is pretty good. Also, I like that these are all items that I haven’t received or tried before. Part of the reason to subscribe to ipsy is to get new things to try. Good job, ipsy!

Do you have a favorite beauty subscription? What do you like about it? If you are an ipsy subscriber, what did you get in your Glam Bag? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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