REVIEW: March Ipsy Glambag

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If you haven’t already climbed aboard the Ipsy Glambag train… what. are. you. doing.? When I tell you getting my Ipsy bag is my favorite part of the month, I promise I’m not being dramatic.

Okay, maybe a little dramatic, but still.

Basically, you pay $10 a month and get five hand-picked samples of beauty products sent to you in an adorable travel bag.

Only now, they made it even better. You can pay $25 per month and get five full-size products. That’s right, full size. It’s the Glam Bag Plus, and it is everything.

So here’s my review of the products I received this month in my Glam Bag Plus. Spolier: they’re all amazing.

Benefit Sun Beam Bronze Highlighter (Value $26)

Advertised as liquid sunshine in a bottle, it’s hard to argue.

This liquid highlighter is the perfect shade of bronze for that sun-kissed glow. What I love about it is that it’s not glittery or overly shimmery like some highlighters can be. Its just the perfect amount of glow that looks very natural when applied correctly.

The bottle says that you can apply it to cheek and brow bones alone or over makeup. While it looks beautiful on the face, my personal favorite way to wear this is on my shoulders and collarbones to give me that tanned and radiant look in the sunshine.

Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette in Smokey (Value $27)

Let’s start with the packaging. The palette has some weight to it which makes it feel super sturdy. It also contains a quality mirror, not some cheapo mirror that they just threw in there. It closes with a magnet which feels super satisfying to open and close the palette. Overall, great packaging.

The shadows themselves are very smooth, almost buttery. Even the silver glitter shadow doesn’t feel rough, though it does look chunky in the pan. The shadows also blend very easily, which is great for creating a smoked-out eye look. I do wish the shadows were more pigmented though, as you really have to layer it on to see a true color.

RealHer I Am Adaptable Liquid Lipstick (Value $14)

What I hate about matte liquid lipsticks how drying they tend to be. I feel like I need to layer lip balm on prior to application just to be able to move my lips later on.

This liquid lipstick is amazing simply for the reason that it’s matte but manages to not steal all the moisture off your lips.

Did I mention that is SUPER pigmented? Seriously, one swipe of this stuff and your lips are bright red. No need for multiple coats, just be sure to apply some lip liner first and you’re good to go.

Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer (Value $45)

My skin tends to be on the oilier side of things, so finding a moisturizer that isn’t too thick or comedogenic (pore-clogging) is tough for me.

What I love about this moisturizer is that it goes on like a gel, so it glides on super easily but doesn’t feel sticky like a lot of gels can. Instead, it quickly sinks into your skin, making it feel moisturized from the inside out.

This moisturizer is advertised as being for normal/dry/sensitive skin. As mentioned above, I do have oily skin so I like to use this at night for a little extra hydration, as it is a little to heavy for my skin for daytime use. However, if you have dry or sensitive skin, this would be perfect for you.

F.A.R.A.H Brushes 5-Piece Eye Perfection Set (Value $50)

There’s not much that can be bad about a metallic brush set, am I right? This is a beautiful set of brushes that’s definitely meant to be on display, but performs just as beautifully.

This set contains a large and small blending brush, a large and small shading brush, and a flat brush meant for packing on shadow.

The super soft bristles are amazing at applying shadow perfectly. Love this set so much!

(I couldn’t find a link to this set on the F.A.R.A.H website, so my guess is that this set is exclusively designed for Ipsy. Correct me if I’m wrong!)

To Sum it Up

Overall, Ipsy slayed this Glambag. I loved everything they sent me, and for those keeping track, I received $126 worth of goodies for just $25. I’d call that a steal.

Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid in Your Life

I love playing with my two-month old daughter and kissing those soft, chubby cheeks until just shy of them falling off. Seriously, how are her cheeks so darn kissable?? And why is her skin so soft all over? Besides her just being a perfect human specimen, she has hyaluronic acid to thank.

Babies are born with the highest amount of hyaluronic acid they will ever have. The amount of HA present in the body will make a slow and steady decline from there, with the most dramatic drop happening around age 40. Perfect skin is wasted on babies, am I right??

Don’t shy away from the word ‘acid’: hyaluronic acid is a super-moisturizer, making it anything but harsh or stripping. It is a naturally-occurring glycosaminoglycan (GAG), which is a fancy name for a sugar that is able to hold crazy amounts of water. HA is able to hold up to 1000x its weight in water, and is responsible for keeping your skin plump, your eyes moist, and your joints flexible. It is also a humectant, which means that it is able to draw moisture out of the air and hold onto it, making it a tall drink of water for your skin.

HA is not new to the beauty industry. Its benefits are well known and well-researched. Today it is used in countless hydrating serums and moisturizers, as well as in some injectable fillers as a means of plumping up skin from the inside.

The great part about this skin-super-food is that it’s universal – anyone can reap its benefits. As someone with oily, acne-prone skin, I know how scary the word “hydrating” can be. However, hyaluronic acid holds moisture to your skin, and when your skin senses that there’s enough moisture on the surface, it slows oil production. Thus, more HA = less oil = happier skin. Moisturize, ladies!!

It’s also great for dry, aging skin as well. HA gets into your skin and helps to plump up fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage and certain genetic factors. It may also fight free radical damage, potentially resulting in less UV damage (not an excuse to skip spf!). And as mentioned above, if you really want to kick wrinkles to the curb, visiting a dermatologist for hyaluronic acid fillers will almost instantly take years off.

If you’re looking for hyaluronic acid in a product, turn to the ingredients list. Some products may list it as plain hyaluronic acid. However, you may also find it listed as sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronan. It is present in many hydrating serums and in a wide variety of moisturizers. Some of my favorites are Nip + Fab Dragons’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum and Eminence Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer. Both are amazing hydrators and the Eminence moisturizer seriously smells SO GOOD.

Long story short, if you’re not using this ingredient on your skin daily, you should start. Your skin will thank you!