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

While my July glam bag may have been v ho hum, ipsy more than rectified the situation by putting together an August bag for me that can only be described in one way: the. bomb. dot. com. For reals though! Aside from a full-size bottle of Ciaté Paint Pots in Dangerous Affair {a $15 value!}, I scored goodies from Winky Lux, tarte, Jersey Shore Sun, and Olive Face! And, of course, that bag! Can we all agree that ipsy founder, Michelle Phan, has artistic talent that extends waaaaay beyond the makeup world? Loves it!

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!

August's theme was Sugar Highness {a theme v reminiscent of one of my favorite things: Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette!}. Inside my bag was a full-size Ciaté Paint Pot in DANGEROUS AFFAIR, mini WINKY LUX Diamond Complexion Powder in LIGHT, sample size tarte TARTEIST Lash Paint Mascara in BLACK, full-size Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner in VANILLA COCONUT CREAM, and sample size Olive Natural Beauty Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer.

When I pulled WINKY LUX's Diamond Complexion Powder out of my bag I could not contain my excitement, as this is the first time that I have ever received a highlighter in my bag {I know, right?!}. While my excitement over the product inclusion itself was massive, my enthusiasm dwindled once I tried the product out. I love a, for lack of better words, punch in the face highlight - something so glowy that you can see it in the dark {and, if lucky, from outer space}; this just didn't deliver it. While I lovelovelove how soft this product is on the skin, and how buildable it is, I just find the end result incredibly lackluster and unimpressive. Womp womp.

I will never {ever ever ever} tire of receiving mascara samples, especially when they come wrapped in pretty packaging, so you know I went a little gaga when I pulled tarte's TARTEIST Lash Paint Mascara out of my bag {that gold and black just gets me!}. tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara was the first non-drugstore mascara I ever purchased; and while I no longer use it, I still have a soft spot for the brand {makeup memories and all that}, so I was v excited to try this beauty. For good reason too because it. is awesome. The brush here is plastic and very reminiscent of that found on Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara {one of my faves!}. Like Benefit's Roller Lash, Tarteist's brush coats every single lash with a rich black pigmentation that lasts all day. Though it applies semi-thick, it doesn't feel clumpy on the lashes, and doesn't harden them the way some mascaras do. I may have to buy the full-size!

I'm basically a lip balm hoarder due to the fact that I use it so much {underneath my lipgloss or lipstick, before bed...} so I was thrilled to try Jersey Shore Sun's Mongongo Lip Conditioner in VANILLA COCONUT CREAM. The flavor/scent is fantastic {anything vanilla quickly becomes a fave of mine!}, and the overall feel on the lips is heavenly! You guys, this stuff is so incredibly moisturizing and nourishing. After just a few uses your lips feel baby soft; and for that I'm stocking up on more ASAP! Did I mention that I think of Snooki and The Situation whenever I use it? #sorrynotsorry

Truth: I already own Ciaté Paint Pot in DANGEROUS AFFAIR; but since it's one of my all-time favorite shades, and I only own the mini version, I couldn't be mad about receiving the full-size. OMG ladies I l-o-v-e this shade. There's something about burgundy colors that just get me, ja feel? For a dark hue, Dangerous Affair has a smooth, easy to apply formula that requires minimal muss and fuss; unfortunately, it does need three coats to achieve full opacity, as it is a bit patchy during application. Given how gorgeous the end result is, however, it's def. not a deal breaker. Highly recommend this lovely!

I won't even bother going into my I'm so over receiving moisturizers spiel {been there, done that}. and just move onto my thoughts regarding Olive Natural Beauty Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer. Being an avid Rachael Ray fan, I loved the concept of an olive oil-based moisturizer; however, as I don't have dry skin, this just made me feel greasy. For someone with dry skin, I could see this being an amazing product, as it is v hydrating and moisturizing; but for someone with normal skin it's a no go.

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ellie said...

Awesome review! Love that nail polish!

ivy said...

So much awesomeness! Pretty pictures too!

The Fashion Folks said...

The nail color looks so so lovely indeed, definitely hear ya! Xx


little luxury list said...

Ooh it looks like it was a great bag! How awesome to have gotten a full-sized nail polish!

Couture Carrie said...

Woo hoo! I just joined, per your reco!


Janet Taylor said...

Love that nail polish!

Janet Taylor said...

Love that nail polish!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Love the polish, and a full size? That's awesome!


Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a great score this month! The lip balm sounds wonderful :)

Smile, Snap, Sparkle said...

I'm so glad you're happy with the things you got this month, everything sounds awesome! And yay for the full-size Ciate nail polish in this beautiful shade, it really looks so pretty! xx

Jenna @ LaFemmeLaFanciful.com said...

Now THAT is a GREAT bag! I subscribe to Birchbox and even though it can be hit or miss depending on the month, I also agree that $10/month is an awesome deal and definitely worth it! Even on the "meh" box months! :)

Absolutely loving that nail polish color (and bottle!) and the bag.

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