Finally! I’m all caught up with this month’s subscription boxes! Without further ado, let’s get into January’s ipsy bag.
First, this month’s bag is super cute. It’s an ice-blue polyurethane with a cutout pattern. It’s nylon-lined inside, so there’s no need to worry about spills; they can be wiped right off.
Sally’s Box Loverecipe Masks in Aloe and Acai Berry
This was my first time using paper sheet masks, and I was pleasantly surprised. The paper will tear, though it’s fairly thick, but it definitely withstands a bit more handling than the gel sheet masks. I’m not sure what kind of paper these masks are made of, but they don’t dry out during wear. Of the two, the aloe is my favorite. It had a great cooling effect that I needed, because I went kind of ham with my scrub, and the mask soothed my skin instantly. I experienced no irritation with either mask, and I like how soft my skin felt after using them. These sheet masks aren’t my favorite, but they’re high on the list because they condition my skin in less time than my usual ones, which generally require an hour or more of wear. The effects don’t last as long as I’d like, though.
SLMissGlam Blend Beauty Brush L34
I love this soft and fluffy brush. Blending is not at all my strong suit, but this brush helps a lot. It didn’t require any trimming before use, as there weren’t any wonky bristles. They’re well-attached and hold their shape perfectly. I have yet to lose a single bristle. I don’t even have to pinch the brush into shape after cleaning; I just shake out the excess water and put it in the rack. Once dry, it’s ready to go to work.
ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini
As a blush, this just isn’t my thing. The color is gorgeous, but it contains too much shimmer, and can my skin look ashy if I’m not careful. It’s shot through with gold shimmer, and while it’s pretty finely milled, it cakes up and settles in my pores. As a highlighter, though, it’s much more wearable. In the photos, though, I used it as blush. It’s a shame, because I really like the color and had no idea I could wear a peach blush.
Rimmel London Lip Conditioning Balm by Kate Moss
I’ve used a few Rimmel products in the past, and, while a couple were okay, I’ve never been a fan, and have never repurchased a product from them. I’m surprised and happy to have fallen for this balm, though, and bought a second when I went shopping last week. It’s light, but super-moisturizing, and it’s long-lasting, as well. It has a very light and delicate peach scent that I really like. It keeps my lips soft for hours, even in frigid temperatures. It’s perfect under my matte lipsticks, and doesn’t make them extra dry or patchy. I use it alone, too, and keep one with my makeup stash and the other in my purse.
Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow
The color is gorgeous in the pan, but doesn’t show up well on me. I prefer to use it as a highlighter, where it’s still very subtle, but I prefer a subtle highlight…mostly because I don’t know what I’m doing with it, haha. I used it in the two looks below, but it doesn’t have the dramatic effect I expected when I saw it. The formula’s good, though; it’s creamy and doesn’t have much fallout. Perhaps I’ll try foiling it. I’ve never tried foiling, but it’s worth a try. For the photos, I used it as a brow highlighter and lid color. In the second look, I used it as a highlighter, and combined it with the blush.
So, overall, I liked this bag, but wasn’t overly impressed. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by my good fortune with past bags, or maybe I’m just expecting more exciting products for the first month of the year. Whatever the reason, I’ll soon be reevaluating my subs. Getting great products at a fantastic price just isn’t worth it if I don’t use them. If you’d like to check out ipsy, you can find out more about it here.
Have you ever tried any of these brands or products? Do you have any alternative product suggestions?
Thanks for reading!