Paint your game face on
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Get your game face on, kid: You’ve got a year to crush.
As I mentioned in my Birchbox Unboxing this month, I’m all about making a major impact on crushing the new year. Ipsy has teamed up with Candice Huffine of DAY/WON, which is an activewear line, to bring us this adorable athleisure GlamBag filled with goodies to help us step with the right foot forward.
Blind the competition with a cult-favorite highlight, cross off your resolutions list with a flick of a wrist and scrub away all those bad thoughts from 2017 with a micro-exfoliating shampoo.
Here’s what’s inside my Ipsy GlamBag this month:
The second I saw a loose pigment in my GlamBag, I cringed: I absolutely despise loose pigments. I have never had good luck with loose pigments and adding insult to injury, this shade is purple, which we know I’m not a massive fan of. I’m someone who gets intimidated by purples, so I avoid them as much as I can.
Applying the pigment dry, it looked more grey rather than purple, which gave me a little bit of hope. However, adding a little water, it took it to a different level, which is an insanely gorgeous metallic purple, but it’s just not for someone like me.
Sometimes, products can really turn you off based solely on their components. This pigment comes in an awkward square shape that’s difficult to open and even harder to close, which is a gamble we should never take when dealing with loose pigments!
It’s also to add that the cover to the pigment wasn’t very giving when trying to shake the product out. However, I do love how the brand is all about being cruelty-free and super environmentally friendly, using recyclable materials in its packaging.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Wings so sharp, you can cut a man. 🗡
There are fewer things that get me excited than a liner that offers such precision. This felt-tip liner from Ciate London has me singing with how it tapers off at just the right thickness to make application so much easier. You can use the very tip to get the narrowest line or use its thick base for more of a dramatic look.
It glided right on and it didn’t budge once it dried down. It’s an inky black, which gives your eyes the perfect amount of definition and it made filling in the lash line so much easier because it doesn’t fade out like some felt-tip liners mid-application.
My only gripe is that the cap is difficult to put on and off, but that can be overlooked with how great of a liner it is.
Rating: 5 out of 5
If I had a dollar for every time a beauty subscription sent me a mauve liquid lipstick, I could buy something other than a mauve liquid lipstick…
Now, don’t get me wrong, mauves are definitely my go-to, but sometimes, enough is enough. I’d like to step outside my realm of “safe” colors and test out something new.
Off the bat, I love the aesthetics of this lipstick with its little elephants on the top of the wand. It made me wonder if the company’s ethics had something to do with elephant preservation, but instead I found out that Kokie (pronounced Co-Key) is actually the Korean word for elephant, which represents power, wisdom, strength, and loyalty. I always love when brands take the time to research and put thought into what they’re promoting.
This lippie was very comfortable wearing and didn’t dry my lips at all, making it among one of the better liquid lipsticks (er- glosses) that I’ve used in recent history. The wand allowed for precise application, which is always appreciated and the color didn’t budge once it was in place. The color itself seemed much more pink tone than mauve, but it was complimentary to my skin-tone and I really liked its matte finish.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
It’s always appreciated when beauty subscriptions can read your mind and hook you up with products you’ve been meaning to try.
I’m already a huge fan of theBalm Cosmetics, so when I saw this inside my GlamBag, I geeked out. This highlight is already a cult-favorite and I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it to see why and if it would make it into my own arsenal of favorite highlights.
It’s really easy to see why people fall in love with its honey color, which is such a gorgeous neutral in anyone’s collection. It picks up some pinkish reflectant, which compliments my skin tone.
It does take a bit to build it up for that blinding highlight, but it’s great for a subtle, everyday glow.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate! That’s right, exfoliate your scalp!
I’m the first person to admit that I suffer from some pretty serious dandruff. With all that dry shampoo build up, my hair has been lashing out, causing me to itch and flake like that friend of ours who bails on plans last minute.
This has been the answer to my prayers, especially because I’ve had a terrible case of dandruff in the front of my hair. I was so excited to see this in my GlamBag because, like aforementioned, it’s always great when beauty subscriptions just know you need help.
I was actually surprised that this “shampoo” doesn’t act like a shampoo at all. It doesn’t lather up, but in fact is kind of gritty, which really helps slosh away that dead skin on our scalp. It has tea tree oil, which gives it a minty/clean scent and I definitely noticed a cooling sensation while rising it out.
Honestly, my hair just felt cleaner after using this, compared to a sea salt scrub I’ve tested before that claimed to do the same thing. This could be something I definitely see myself implement into my weekly routine.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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