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.

What’s the Point of Double Cleansing?

I think at this point, everyone knows they should take their makeup off at the end of the day. And for the most part, everyone does. (If you don’t, I’ll come after you. Kidding. But really.)

However, some people probably think swiping a makeup wipe over their face does the trick. Others might wash their face with an actual cleanser, but call it a day after that thinking that their face is now squeaky clean.

Little did they know, it’s actually not clean. At all. This is where double cleansing comes in.

Double cleansing is actually a glorious and game-changing step that probably 85% of people aren’t doing. So what is double cleansing? Let’s dive in.

Double cleansing is – you guessed it – cleansing your face twice. But why do you need to?

If you could look at your skin close up, like really close up, after you wash your makeup off, you would still see dirty skin. You would see stubborn makeup still hiding in your pores, dirt that’s gotten trapped under said makeup, and if you’re like me, enough oil to bake a cake with. Gross.

How are you supposed to put amazing products over top of still-dirty skin? They won’t be able to sink into your skin and do their job if they can’t get past today’s layer of leftover makeup.

This is exactly why you need to be double cleansing.

See, the first cleanse removes the makeup, dirt and oil from the surface of your skin. It gets everything out of the way. The second cleanse is what actually cleans your skin. Let me break it down for you.

The Pre-Cleanse

Basic chemistry tells us that oil and water repel each other, while oils mix well with other oils. Basic biology tells us that our skin has a layer of oil on it to keep it moist. So keeping those two facts in mind, your pre-cleanse must be a dry cleanse with an oil-based product.

You see, using an oil-based product on dry skin will help pull the makeup and oil off of your skin. Wetting your skin with water will actually prevent this transfer because as stated above, oil and water repel each other. Cleansing oils are by far my favorite pre-cleanser, while a makeup wipe or micellar water are also good options.

The Second Cleanse

After removing your makeup, you can then go in with a water-based cleanser of choice, or according to your skin type. Gel cleansers are best for oily, acne-prone skin, while cleansing milks or lotions are great for normal/dry skin (more on this in a coming blog post).

The second cleanse goes in and removes leftover makeup (and trust me, no matter how good your cleanser claims to be, there is always makeup left). This cleanser can get down deep into your pores and sweep away the dirt and oil trapped under everything. This crucial step ensures your skin is completely clean and ready to absorb all the incredible ingredients of the subsequent products.

Double cleansing helps prevent breakouts, premature aging, and lets your skincare products do their job.

If you’re interested in exact products to use, my personal favorite cleansers are both by Juice Beauty, an amazing organic-based skincare brand. Their stem cellular cleansing oil is phenomenal at removing makeup, followed by their green apple brightening gel cleanser to help brighten and even out your skin tone.