MSA Insiders Review the May IPSY Glam Bag Plus!
We’re super excited to share this post with you! It’s the second part of our new series where we invite you, the MSA community to review subscriptions with us. (If you missed the first part, check it out here!) And you can still sign up for MSA Insiders here, and you’ll be considered for any future review assignments.
We partnered with IPSY to send some MSA Insiders the May IPSY Glam Bag Plus. We asked them to try all the products and let us know what their favorite item was. Here’s what everyone received:
And here are their favorite products:
KATE SOMERVILLE® Kx Active Concentrates Ceramides + Omegas Serum
My favorite product in the IPSY Glam Bag this month was the Kate Somerville Soothe and Restore. I love Kate Somerville products and very excited to see this in my box. This is a pricey product and it was a surprise to see it in Ipsy. I love this product because you can layer it with other Kate Somerville Serums to meet your skin’s needs. The product doesn’t have a smell so it’s great for sensitive noses like mine. When you put it on your skin, it doesn’t feel greasy and leaves your skin feeling great. I love this product and will repurchase when I run out!
My favorite product that I sampled from the Ipsy May 2020 Glam Bag was the Kate Somerville Kx Active Concentrates Ceramides + Omegas Serum. As described on the box, it works to “soothe, hydrate, and shield skin against environmental stressors,” and it certainly did just that for my skin! Lately, I’ve been experiencing lots of dry, rough, uneven, and irritable patches on my face, particularly around my nose, lips, and chin area. I applied 2-3 drops directly on my face and gently rubbed it in, making sure to also use my fingertips to press the serum into my skin. It absorbed quickly, and didn’t leave a film or sticky feeling on my face. Almost instantly, I noticed results as my skin felt so much smoother and soft. After a few days of using this serum, the dry patches have vanished, my skin is glowing (even my boyfriend complimented me on it!), and it feels so hydrated and healthy. I follow up each use with my usual moisturizer and the two blend very well together. This Kate Somerville serum will definitely become a staple in daily skin care routine, and I would absolutely repurchase this product and recommend it to my friends.
I absolutely loved using Kate Somerville Ceramides & Omegas serum. I love the sleek minimalist look of the packaging and the lightweight dropper. It’s a light/mild consistency which I appreciate as I do have control of application once the drops land on my skin. I’ve been using it for a few days & I am extremely happy with the way my skin has been feeling. I noticed a reduction of redness and an increase of hydration. So far, no irritation as I do have sensitive skin. Overall, I am pleased with the product and I’m sure to explore more products from the line.
The KATE SOMERVILLE® Kx Active Concentrates Ceramides + Omegas Serum for sure. My skin has been stressed due to everything going on (I break out in hives when I’m super stressed. Yay me!). I also made the mistake in laying in some grass that had some sort of chemical sprayed on it (didn’t realize it or course). This got my skin back on track after it spazzed out. It’s seriously a miracle serum and something I would never think to buy so I’m so grateful I got to try this! If you have sensitive skin or need some good moisture rebalancing, this serum is great. I think it would be great for after sun skin care as well.
SUPERGOOP Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30 in Golden Hour
I have had my eye (pun intended) on the Supergoop! Shimmershade product for a while. I am a big fan of the Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Sunscreen (I love that it doesn’t smell like your typical sunscreen) so, I was very excited when I saw it in the May Ipsy bag! The shade they sent is Golden Hour, a very shimmery gold color that’s perfect for summer. I’m not sure how much protection this product provides and I would love to see the product under a UV camera. But, it is a fun product to add a little extra glam to your next trip to the beach or pool!
My favorite product was Supergoop’s Shimmershade eyeshadow in the color golden hour. The eyeshadow was creamy and easy to apply while providing SPF 30 protection. I found that the eyeshadow was pretty sheer meaning that you could wear it on its own or as part of an eye look. The SPF coverage is also super convenient since I typically do not apply sunscreen to the eye region as I’m afraid the chemicals will irritate my eyes. This eyeshadow on the other hand is incredibly gentle and light while providing protection.
I am thrilled with the Supergoop Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30 in Golden Hour. I wear prescription glasses for distance vision and often do not have sunglasses on when outside and have actually burned on my eyelids frequently but applying a sunscreen gets in my eyes and hurts. This product goes on and stays put!! All while giving a shimmering glow. I will get other shades!!! It’s beautiful and functional!
My favorite product was the Super goop Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30. I love the concept of spf in your make up and this is such a beautiful eyeshadow. It’s creamy and easy to wear on the daily. The color is a beautiful champagne color that would be so pretty with all summer looks.
NOMAD COSMETICS NOMAD x Sydney Bathers Kiss Of Sun Palette
My favorite product sampled is the Normad cosmetics Kiss of Sun Palette. I loved the highlighters. All three were very subtle highlighter and beautiful colours. I used all four shades as eyeshadows and it was very pretty on the eyes, for an everyday eye look. The bronzer worked well as a transition shade. The bronzer shade was a little light but it gave me a subtle contour and bronze. The pictures show me using all four shades on my eyes and the Balmoral beach highlighter on my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. I used the bronzer to contour and bronze my face.
Out of the products I sampled in the May Ispy Glam Bag Plus, I was surprised that I loved the Nomad x Sydney Bathers Kiss of Sun Palette the most! All of the colors blended well with my fair/light skintone which is not something I find often with these types of palettes. Even the darker Bondi Beach looked well and gave me that sun-kissed glow (especially with a tinted moisturizer) without being obvious that I was wearing makeup. Balmoral Beach is great for a nighttime highlighter while Tamarama Beach is subtle enough for the day. I am not big into contouring, but Manly Beach (actually all of them) worked well as an eyeshadow for me! This palette is something I will use a lot and I am so happy that I got a chance to discover it!
My favorite product this month is the Nomad bronzers. This is a versatile product which makes getting ready a breeze. I used balmoral beach (the lightest shade) on my eyes and tamarama beach as a cheek highlight. Manly beach makes a great brozer since it is matte. I then swirled all the shimmer shades together and swiped down the center of my legs to add a healthy glow.
MURAD Renewing Eye Cream
I absolutely loved the Murad Renewing Eye Cream. As I get older I realize how important it is to pamper delicate skin such as the eye area in order to prevent wrinkles. Unfortunately I don’t always want to invest the time and money into finding a good eye cream, so I was pretty excited to receive this product. Initially I noticed that it has a pleasant, subtle scent. The ingredients don’t list any added perfume, so it must be from the plant extracts. The cream itself is very rich and moisturizing without being sticky or goopy. The cream isn’t heavy or greasy, it just feels nourishing. After applying this product the first time my eyes instantly looked younger and more refreshed. Within a few days of use I noticed a decrease in dark circles, and the skin around my eyes appeared much more hydrated and plump. I also apply the cream to my neck and have noticed the skin there feels much more moisturized as well. I’m very happy with the Renewing Eye Cream from Murad and will continue to use it in addition to my regular moisturizer from now on.