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Each month, Ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their items. Get ready to unleash your inner diva, because this month we're all about 'Glam-O-Ween.’ I’m seriously loving the Victorian Gothic vibes of this makeup bag; it’s the eerie elegance subscribers expect from Ipsy. While red isn’t my favorite color, it’s spook-tacularly fitting for this season. And can we have a moment for the bat-shaped zipper? So cute. Plus, a true standing ovation for the upgraded mailing envelope. Such a refreshing change from the classic pink we’ve known for ages. Let the bewitching begin!
Included is a product card that features a list of the products and any beauty tips.
Now, on to the items!
CIATÉ LONDON Fruit Burst Lip Oil in Mango and Lime, 5 ml - Estimated Value $6.00
Dive into a tropical lip oasis with Ciaté London’s Fruit Burst Hydrating Lip Oil. As a skincare enthusiast, I’ve journeyed my way through a fair share of lip products, and this innovative gloss-oil hybrid is one of the mere few that stand out. I’m loving the flavor combo of Mango and Lime. Marrying the luscious hydration of a balm with the glossy brilliance of a top-tier gloss, my lips have never felt (or looked) so pampered. You won’t find stickiness here, but rather, be ready to embrace a symphony of nourishing ingredients like mango seed butter and lime oil. Oh, and that delightfully sweet aroma? It’s the cherry on top. Each application of this lip oil leaves my lips feeling smooth and luxurious with the slightest hint of color. With the added benefits of a star formula featuring jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, and Vitamin E, it’s safe to say my pout’s found its paradise.
REINA REBELDE Powder Blush in Rosa, 2.8 g - Estimated Value $7.67
Blush and I haven’t had the best relationship over the years, often ending in a clown-esque disaster or an oil-induced slide down my cheeks. Enter Reina Rebelde’s Powder Blush in the shade Rosa. This warm mauve shade is the epitome of subtle sophistication, offering a neutral hue that even a blush skeptic like myself can love and appreciate. Its velvety-smooth formula seamlessly melds with my skin, giving that flushed look that’s suitable for everyday wear. Beyond its color perfection, the fact that it’s talc-free, vegan, and void of any nasties like phthalates and parabens is a huge win. Plus, the brand’s cruelty-free stance makes it a beauty statement I’m proud to wear. When it comes to anyone with combination skin (like me), this powder blush could become your new makeup MVP.
Here is the swatch for Reina Rebelde Powder Blush in Rosa.
SATURDAY SKIN Rise and Shine Gentle Cleanser, 15 ml - Estimated Value $3.25
Every morning feels like a mini spa retreat with Saturday Skin’s Rise and Shine Gentle Cleanser. From the delightful, creamy-whipped texture to the refreshing scent of apple and peace, this cleanser has won a steadfast spot in my skincare ritual. As someone who’s always on the lookout for products that keep my skin vibrant without the drama, the blend of coco-glucoside, peach extract, and apple extract couldn’t be better. The formula works wonders, maintaining my skin’s natural moisture while also keeping my oil at bay, leaving my complexion looking dewy and plump. If you’re looking for more buoyant skin or just trying to take the edge off of your battle with dry or dull skin, this is your wake-up call in a bottle. And trust me, after a little squeeze, some circular motions, and a rinse later, you’ll be greeting your day with skin that truly rises and shines.
KENSIE FRAGRANCES Berry Beauty Fragrance, 10 ml - Estimated Value $5.50
Okay, so I’m not the biggest fan of fragrances. In fact, many take me on an unsolicited nostalgia trip to my grandma’s stale perfume collection. But I do have to say, Kensie Fragrances drew me in for a moment with their sweet and sleek packaging. While I might be a bit newer to the world of Kensie, the brand’s fusion of flirty fun and modern vibes has certainly piqued my curiosity more than similar products out there. If you’re into fragrances like this, you may feel like you’ve been whisked away to an enchanting berry-filled garden where juicy notes of mixed berries and peach nectar dance in harmony with soft whispers of jasmine and daisy… I’m not that person, but I know many others out there are indeed that person. That being said, I do appreciate the size selection for this product. It’s perfect for slipping into your purse, giving yourself a fresh spritz whenever needed.
RESERVEAGE BEAUTY Firming Face Cream, 15 ml - Estimated Value $18.00
Let’s talk skincare magic, shall we? I’ve ventured through countless potions and lotions on my quest for that perfect age-defying elixir, and let me tell you, this Firming Face Cream from Reserveage Beauty might be it. First off, its pro-collagen booster is no joke, leaving my face feeling plumper, firmer, and oh-so-radiant. What I love about this product is the science behind it. With its micro-encapsulated copper peptide technology, this truly feels like the future of skincare. Some collagen-based creams I’ve tried in the past had the tendency to sit on top of my skin rather than be absorbed. But this cream? This bad boy dives deep, working its wonders from within, and the result leaves me with skin that feels velvety, soft, and supple. With clean ingredients, this product ticks all my skincare boxes. Time to make some space on that beauty shelf, because this one’s a keeper!
This was an excellent month for Ipsy Glam Bag! Ciaté London’s lip oil serves tropical getaway vibes, perfect for those who crave a pampered pout, and hydrates my lips to perfectly. The cleanser from Saturday Skin is like a morning refresh button, bringing my skin back to life with each and every wash. Reina Rebelde’s velvety-smooth blush in Rosa has redefined my cheek game with its radiant hue. Next is the VIP of my skincare routine: Reserveage Beauty’s face cream, which delivers firmness and radiance like no other. Lastly, Kensie’s berry-inspired fragrance… Although I’m not the biggest fan of fragrances, I do appreciate the travel-sized bottle, which makes it quick and easy to refresh yourself while on the go if the opportunity strikes. Overall, I thought this was an awesome makeup bag. This eclectic mix of beauty gemsis a delight, and the value is there. Here’s to feeling fabulous from lip to cheek to skin.
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Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $13
- Lip Oil: $6.00
- Blush: $7.67
- Cleanser: $3.25
- Fragrance: $5.50
- Firming Cream: $18.00
The total retail value of these five items adds up to about $40.42, which is a good value for a $13 box.
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