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About Ipsy Glam Bag
The Subscription Box: Ipsy
The Cost: $12.00 per month + free U.S. shipping. Save with an annual subscription.
The Products: Full-sizes and samples of makeup and beauty products. (Plus a makeup bag!)
Ships to: The U.S. for free and Canada for $2.95
Delivered via: DHL or FedEx + USPS
My Ipsy Glam Bag May 2021 Review
Included is a product card that usually lists the products in your Glam Bag and their retail value.
Each month, Ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their items. This month's theme is "Flower Power," and the bag is a light pink with a simple flower pattern.
KINSHIP SELF REFLECT Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 32, 7.5 g - Estimated Value $3.75 (Buy a full-size 50 g for $25.00)
I learned about the vital importance of wearing sunscreen all year round much later than I care to admit. This has left me with an irrational fear of my skin looking like a worn leather couch in a hoarder's basement in my old age. So, naturally, I was super excited to receive Kinship's Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 32. This product is a triple threat; it primes, moisturizes and protects skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Super lightweight and sheer, this sunscreen absorbed quickly into my skin, without leaving behind a greasy film. Formulated with SPF, antioxidant-rich turmeric and a probiotic complex, this sunscreen nourishes your skin without clogging pores, and it doesn't contain any harmful parabens, dyes, or synthetic fragrances.
FORMULA 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub, 30 ml - Estimated Value $2.10 (Buy a full-size 100 ml for $6.99)
I'm a sucker for a good face scrub, and this Formula 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub has won my heart. This has to be honestly one of the best scrubs I've ever tried. The exfoliant is ultra-fine and all-natural, comprised of oat and pumice. It gently removed dead skin and impurities, leaving my face feeling wonderfully smooth and glowy. The scent is sweet and fruity, but not overpowering, and makes for a delightful cleansing experience.
BASIC BEAUTY Smooth + Blur Translucent Primer, 10 ml - Full Size! Retail Value $16.00
The Basic Beauty Smooth + Blur Translucent Primer is a clear gel that can be used on all skin tones. The primer literally blurs out rough texture, large pores, and imperfections, leaving you looking like the 'real-life Photoshop' and locking in your look for all-day wear. This cruelty-free formula is created by a Black-owned indie brand and has high-quality paraben-free ingredients. I really loved the lightweight gel texture. It didn't clog my pores or leave my face feeling greasy. In my opinion, it's the perfect summer primer for avoiding breakouts.
I'm always looking to get rid of dark circles and thwart crows' feet, so eye cream is naturally an obsession of mine. Hanalei Company's Kona Peptide Eye Cream is a creamy balm-like formula that absorbs quickly. It helps firm, reduce the appearance of puffiness and fine lines, and moisturize the delicate skin beneath my eyes. The product felt light on my skin, it applied smoothly and had a pleasant scent. It's formulated with caffeine, hyaluronic acid, oat extract, and a unique Hawaiian super-botanicals complex.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Mini DIPBROW Gel in Medium Brown, 1.1 g - Estimated Value $5.00 (Buy a full-size 4.4 g for $20.00)
Everyone's all about the brow right now, which makes sense because they shape and frame your face. A bold brow can set the tone for a dramatic look. But on days when you just want to do something natural, light, and quick, colored brow gels are perfect. This Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Dipbrow Gel in Medium Brown is perfect for running errands. One quick swipe and this waterproof gel held all of my unruly little hairs in place while tinting them so I could skip penciling them in. The gel comes with a super precise cone-shaped spoolie that makes application a breeze. This cruelty-free and paraben-free waterproof formula adds volume, definition, shape, and a natural-looking tint to your brows.
Verdict: This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag gave me true summertime vibes. The bag was an adorable ode to "After April showers come May flowers." The Kinship Moisturizing Sunscreen and the Basic Beauty Translucent Gel Primer are the perfect pair for launching my summertime skincare routine. I also received the Formula 10.0.6 Face Scrub, which I absolutely love because of its super-fine, gentle exfoliant, and delicious fruity scent. I can't wait to use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Dipbrow Gel on my next quick natural makeup look. Lastly, I received the Hanalei Hawaiian Eye Cream, a new brand, and product to me that I'm excited to try. With a retail value of $39.65, I definitely got well above my $12 subscription and a great group of new summer-friendly products to try out.
To Wrap Up:
Good to Know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different bag than me.
Value Breakdown: At $12 for this box, I calculated a value of $39.65. Here's how that breaks down per item:
- Sunscreen: $1.13
- Face Scrub: $0.65
- Primer: $4.84
- Eye Cream: $3.87
- Brow Gel: $1.51
Alternatively, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $2.40.
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What do you think of my May Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?