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Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

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Here are the goodies I received in my Ispy June bag, along with quick reviews of them.  I will give you a fast impression, and tell you that I was quite underwhelmed this month.  I have been subscribed to Ipsy for more than a year now, and I am honestly considering canceling because I have too many (yes, I admit it) tiny makeup samples floating about my already tiny New York apartment.  Ipsy is a lovely monthly surprise with (mostly) great bags with an amazing value - but I just cannot keep up with finishing the samples I’m receiving.  I would love to do a giveaway with them, but for review purposes, I do swatch most products, so I can’t pass the samples along afterwards.  So I’m in a makeup subscription bag rut!  
Let me know in the comments what you’re experience has been with subscription bags and how you’re keeping up with your samples.  I think Ipsy is a great option for people wanting to grow their makeup collection, who want to try new products along the way, so I do highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a monthly makeup subscription service.  Now on to the reviews!
NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair is a full size (5$), pinky nude gloss that is beautiful and extremely versatile, on its own or on top of pretty much any color lipstick.  I am very happy that Ipsy included this in the bag, but I was a little bummed because I already own this color.
Nicka K Shimmer Eyeliner in Green (5$, full size) is a beautifully pigmented, shimmery (duh) liquid eyeliner in a green teal color that would be perfect for a pop of color on the eyes.  The applicator is a very fine sponge tip applicator.  My only gripe about this product is that it stained my hand after swatching for about a day; I’m not feeling too adventurous with my eye area, so I probably won’t try this on my eyelids on its own, if ever.  If you want to try it I recommend layering it over a black liquid liner, as that will ensure easier removal and it will enhance the green color even more. 
Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara in Black (15$, full size) came to be in faulty packaging, and smelling a bit burnt rubbery.  The wand is a traditional bristle brush, and it separate my lashes fine enough.  The formula is not super black, and it gave my lashes medium length and volume.  What did really impress me about the Lash Out Mascara is that it did not flake one bit on me, even after 13 hours of wear.  
Dermadoctor DD Cream (deluxe sample) is a mineral based beauty balm with 30 SPF, formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates, intended as an all stop shop for your skin.  While that sounds good, this comes only in one shade, and that shade was too orangey pink for my skin tone.  Dermadoctor DD Cream felt slightly heavy on the skin and gave me a very ‘dewy’ appearance.  I wouldn’t recommend this, especially at the $38 price tag (and for summer, and for most skin tones). 
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (8$, full size) is meant to be sprayed onto the hair to give you tousled, wavy hair that mimics the look you get when you’re at the beach.  Sounds good, but this did not work for me.  I have very long, straight hair and this did not give me any waves, and instead made my hair feel crunchy and look frizzy.  This spray would work better for ladies that already have a natural wave or curl in their hair.  Oh, and it has a strong smell of coconut; some of you might enjoy it, and some might really not, but thought I’d mention it.
I hope that was helpful! Let me know what you thought of your bag this month in the comments, I’m curious to know.  
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Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M. 

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    I’ve heard some people have been on the Ipsy waiting list for a few months (which sucks I think) I hope you enjoy your Birchbox! :) Getting makeup goodies monthly is pretty cool. Check out our post on Birchbox, we share some of our tips and thoughts on it http://www.prettysquared.com/2014/01/subscription-boxes-review-birchbox-is.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    Weird about the mascara! It always surprises me when the makeup manufactures make big gaffes like that sigh I’d love to see how you wear it! I might have to try it if you’ve had success with it :) xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    Thank you Coco :) You should try it, it’s a pretty fun thing. My sister’s looking into glossybox, and I might try a jewelry subscription soon xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    I agree, it’s my favorite from the entire year! it made it to purse status super fast lol xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    I got the same exact bag as yours except I got a face wash instead of the bb cream. My mascara actually came to me empty so my replacement is in the mail at the moment. I’m glad that even if it smelt funny it lasted well on you even if it wasn’t that black. I know you weren’t a fan of the eyeliner but I’m in love and I love doing a colored winged liner so that was right up my alley!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    The same thing happened with me with the NYX butter gloss. I lovs them, but kind of disappointed that it was a shade I already owned. That glitter liner looks great! I got the Jesse’s Girl liquid eyeliner and it leaked everywhere! I guess it was the month for bad liner applicators. :/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    I’d be happy to take the bag off your hands :) I unsubscribed and then saw this month’s bag…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    I loved my bag this month, as well as the previous month’s bag, but was not crazy about April or March. It seems to be either hit or miss for me but overall I really enjoy this service and will definitely continue it (plus I have a bit of a girl crush on Michelle Phan cough cough). I am also subscribed to wantable right now which I think I am more on the fence about then ipsy for the price. If I don’t like that one after the next couple of times I may switch to Birchbox or something else…

    http://www.myfairdaily.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    The bag is so pretty and so are your nails! I’ve never been subscribed to a sub box

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    I love the print of that bag, so pretty!

    boho vanity ♡

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

    I wanted to sign up with Ipsy, but they were sold out so I opted towards Birchbox.