{what's in my} ipsy july 2016 glam bag!

Sorry that this bag reveal is coming so late this time around, but the Nordstrom #NSale basically consumed this blog for a few weeks there. Sadly, it has ended, so back to regularly scheduled programming - like a review of my July 2016 ipsy Glam Bag! Generally speaking, this was the most ho-hum bag I have received in almost a year, but sometimes that's just the way things go.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ipsy, it is a beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month {awesome deal IMO}, and consists of a collectible makeup bag {can also double as a clutch} along with 5 beauty samples that are customized to your personal beauty profile {which you can change/update at anytime}. I love getting subscription boxes, but don't have a ton of extra cash to spare, so I find ipsy to be the best value as each month's bags are adorable, the products are of fantastic quality, and their stylists are top-notch {and some of my fave beauty bloggers}. That being said, let's get to the bag!

July's theme was HOT SUMMER NIGHTS {bonfires, bbqs, and pool parties ftw!}. Inside my bag was a LUXIE BEAUTY Luxie Rose Gold Small Angle Eye Brush 215, mini theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Matte Eyeshadow in MATT MOSKOWITZ, OFRA Lip Liner in SILK, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, and Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner in LAUREN.

Due to the fact that theBalm Cosmetics products aren't as easily attainable as brands such as Urban Decay or NARS {i.e. they're not available at Sephora or Ulta}, I rarely seek them out; but the few I have tried via ipsy have always been winners for me - MATT MOSKOWITZ included. This particular shade is a matte plum that looks intimidating, but really works as a transitional crease shade or all over the lid {plus it brings on all of the fall feels}. While this won't get a lot of mileage for me during the summer, I'm super excited to whip this bad boy out for fall eye looks. Pigmentation is brill - to the left is a swatch using no primer; to the right is just one swipe using primer {clearly primer is the way to go - isn't it always?}. While I wouldn't repurchase this shade {this one will keep me going for awhile}, I would def scoop up a few other colors - or the entire Meet Matt{e} Trimony Palette in the future!

In my estimation, a girl can never have too many makeup brushes - so when I unbagged this LUXIE BEAUTY Luxie Rose Gold Small Angle Eye Brush 215 I had to indulge in a little happy dance. This is my third or fourth brush from LUXIE {all via ipsy}, and I absolutely adore not just the quality, but how pretty they look sitting on your counter. This particular brush is a new fave of mine because it is so versatile. The bristles, which manage to be both dense and soft, and keep their shape beautifully, allow for use on eyebrows, eyeliner, or simply applying shadows to the lower lashline; while the size is compact enough to get into hard to hard to reach areas for extra detailing. In love!

So many of the beauty vloggers I follow rave about OFRA Cosmetics, so I was v excited to find OFRA in my July Bag; unfortunately, the format {a lip liner} was kind of a womp womp moment because I rarely use lip liner. That said, the color I received {a ballet slipper pink} was enough for me to take note, and give it a whirl. I love the way this applies - it's smooth, doesn't drag during application, and lasts all day. Since lip liners aren't my thang, I've found that I can apply this all over the lips, then top it with gloss for a really gorgeous {and natural!} nudey/pink pout.

If you read my review of my June 2016 ipsy Glam Bag, you know that I'm so over receiving moisturizers and face creams, so finding Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré in my bag was not thrilling. As someone with normal-to-dry sensitive skin, I don't like trying new face products, as I've already found what works for me; but I will admit that this one was nice, feeling lightweight and hydrating. While toted as a moisturizer though, I think that this works better as a primer as it helps to really lock-in foundation and make it look flawless. Admittedly, I'm still not thrilled with this inclusion in the bag, but whatevs.

This eyeliner doe! I'm not a huge fan of eyeliner pencils {I'm pretty true to my liquid eyeliner}, but this one from Thrive Causemetics is bomb! Aside from being vegan, all natural, and paraben, sulfate, latex, and cruelty-free, this has all of the things going for it. The shade I received, Lauren, is literally the richest matte black I have ever used; the waterproof claims are 100% true {I was splashed and dunked underwater and this stuff did. not. move.}; and the fact that it's so user-friendly {i.e. no tugging during application} completely clinches the deal. I'm also quite fond of their Beauty with a Purpose™ endeavor: For every eyeliner you purchase, they donate one to a woman in need. More Thrive Causemetics puh-lease!

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ellie said...

Beautiful review! Love the blush!

ivy said...

Awesome review! Definitely some wonderful products in that makeup bag!

Couture Carrie said...

I need that eyeliner!


Unknown said...

This eyeliner pencil looks amazing, I love how rich the shade is! xx

The Fashion Folks said...

So the matte plum shade look so lovely, definitely feeling the fall vibe too! Just so chic and good! Xx


FashionJazz said...

This eyeliner sounds amazing babe, gonna have to try it!! :) xx


Lyosha Varezhkina said...

great review! thanks for sharing!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm glad you found some products worthwhile, even if you didn't LOVE the bag overall. Still a great monthly deal!

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