ipsy unbagging: march ’18

Create your world 🖌

⏲ Read time: 7-10 minutes

Turn the world around you into a work of art.

Ipsy has teamed up with artist Priscilla Witte (check out her insta, @pcwitte) and they’re pumping out the creative juices with this adorable DIY bag. Major shoutout to Ipsy for sending mini-markers to color this bag and to truly make it your own. Talk about getting in-tune with your creative side!

The products inside this month’s Bag will help you create some gorgeous makeup looks to overhaul your timeline. It’s time to test out a brand-new mascara from a cult-favorite, a slinky eyeliner for the purrrrfect finishing touches on the waterline and some PM masks to rejuvenate your skin while you dream about your muse.

Here’s what’s inside my Ipsy GlamBag this month:

Benefit Cosmetics | BADGal Bang Mascara in Pitch Black

When I saw this in my GlamBag, I was beyond stoked. This mascara has been on my radar of things to buy, but I just hadn’t gotten to it. Already bonus points because it came for ~only~ $10.

Already an avid lover of the Roller Lash, I had really high expectations for this. This was a product my mother tested out before I even got my hands on it, courtesy of a girl hooking her up at Sephora. She’s someone who needs volume with her lashes and she really liked the results she saw with it, so I was really excited to see what results I would get with it.

What really makes this mascara stand out is its wand. Its tapered end allows for you to get into the corners and lift those stubborn baby lashes to the stars. It’s also made with aero-particles (a material used in space technology, seriously how cool is that?! #spacenerd), that are super lightweight and won’t weigh your lashes down.

I was truly amazed when I tested this out for the first time for how much volume you actually get with just one coat. It didn’t clump my lashes together, it gave them the perfect amount of length without looking like spider-legs and it was very feathery feeling. My only gripe is that it does take a while to dry down, but I promise it’s absolutely worth the wait because it doesn’t budge once it’s dry.

Rating: 5 out of 5

MEG Cosmetics | Good Night PM Mask

Two-for-one deals speak to my soul.

I’ll consider it a late birthday present, but Ipsy hooked us up with TWO sheet masks this month. My skin has been a little stressed lately, and these couldn’t have came at a better time.

This rejuvenating mask helps lull your skin into nourishment and help it repair itself overnight, leaving you with a bright face to take on the world. It has avocado fruit extract and camellia sinesis leaf water to help nourish and moisturize the skin.

I really have a love/hate relationship with sheet masks because I think sheet masks can sometimes be frivolous. A majority of the time, I think the essence of sheet masks just sits on top of my skin, rather than fully absorb. While doing some research for this post, I learned on the Ipsy website to flip the sheet over midway through to absorb more product. Who knew?!

After trying this new tip, I did notice that there wasn’t as much serum on my face when my timer went off. However, my skin felt super tacky for a long while after I was done. When I woke up, my face was still sticky-feeling but after washing my face, it did feel smoother and looked more dewy.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Tarte Cosmetics | Sex Kitten Eyeliner

Whenever I’m in doubt for how I want to wear my makeup, I pull out a good ol’ fashion cat eye and call it a day. It’s a timeless look that will never go out of style.

To create the perfect wing, precision is key. The point on this self-sharpening cream liner is so sharp that it makes tight-lining the waterline a dream. It glides on so easily and once it’s on, it doesn’t budge. Don’t be fooled, it might feel like it will snap in half, but she’s definitely mighty.

Normally, I stray far away from pencil/cream liners because they smudge almost instantly and I’m left looking like a raccoon midday. I originally thought that this would be reserved for a waterline liner, which is something I haven’t really done since my senior year of high school (Fun Fact: I was definitely a ‘not-so-emo’ emo kid, who would wear Hollister and American Eagle, but always had My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy blaring on her iPod Touch).

I figured I’d be daring and try it for the top lid because #yolo. This stayed put the second I lined my eyes and pairing with the aforementioned mascara? This might become a deadly duo in my everyday makeup look.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

SKONE Cosmetics | Large Shadow Brush

I will never turn away a brush from Ipsy, especially an eyeshadow brush because #poorgirlprobz.

Sometimes, the handle of a brush can make or break my thoughts on it. I don’t like brushes that feel like a toothpick that will snap, but it also can’t be uncomfortable in my hand when it comes down to some heavy-duty blending.

This one has some serious girth on it, but it isn’t too bulky or obnoxious. It’s heavy, but it doesn’t weigh your hand down while packing powder onto the lid. The bristles are synthetic and cruelty-free, giving you some peace of mind.

It’s not my favorite brush I’ve ever used, but it’s a decent eyeshadow brush to build your arsenal around, and coming in at ~only~ $10, I don’t hate it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Winky Lux | Powder Lights in Charm

Don’t let this highlighter deceive you: In natural light, it would almost appear to be a nude toned pressed powder. Put this bad boy under a ring light (or a flash light) and fall in love with its pink holographic finish.

This formula is micro-milled which leaves you with a more natural looking finish. The holographic look will help soften focus, which will leave you with a more shimmer, rather than a glitter.

When I finger-swatched this, I loved how much pink pigment it picked up. With someone with a natural pink tone to their skin, this was going to be very complementary for an everyday look for me. If you’re someone who doesn’t love a heavy-handed highlight, BE CAREFUL and BE SURE to FULLY BUFF OUT using a brush! This leaves an insane amount of product on the skin, which is perfect for me because I like to be seen in other galaxies with my highlight☄.

🚨 DUPE ALERT: This is absolutely a dupe for Pink Heart in the Moonchild palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This earns bonus points because Pink Heart was my favorite highlight shade in that palette, and of all time, and now I have a single that can go everywhere with me.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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About sarah

28. writer. obsessed with makeup, traveling, nyr and sparkle.
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