In this Ipsy review for January 2019, I’ll share what I liked and didn’t like about each product included as well as the additional items I added on.
Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription that continues to be one of my favorites. I’ve written other reviews in the past and you can read about them here and here. By the way, I pay for this subscription with my own money; it’s not sponsored.
January 2019 ipsy Unboxing
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Ipsy Review: What’s included in the subscription?
Ipsy includes a card with every subscription with more details about that month’s theme. Also included is a a cute, on-theme makeup bag as you can see in the image and video above.
Illamasqua Colouring Pencil Lip Crayon in Lust
Full size price: £16
High pigment lip pencil that can be used to define lips. This is a very pretty lip pencil and great to have in my makeup bag.
- PETA recognized, not tested on animals and vegan
Pure Brazilian Leave-In Conditioner
Full size price: $26
Full size amount: 6.78 oz
Keratin infused leave-in conditioner for dry or damaged hair. I love using a leave-in conditioner in my hair after I wash it. This one is great and a good size to travel with.
- Sodium Chloride free
Seraphine Botanicals Crystal + Chrome – Pigmented Crystalline Particles in Smokey Quartz
Full size price: $18
Full size amount: 2.3 g / 0.08 oz (sold by weight, not volume)
Eyeshadow with ultra-fine pigmented crystalline particles. This color is right up my alley. It reminds me of my favorite BareMinerals color I bought over 10 years ago and is no longer available.
Loose pigments like this should be used with a primer or glitter adhesive first, but I found that I really don’t have to if I want a pretty sweep of color.
- Not tested on animals, cruelty free, and vegan
- No gluten, parabens, harsh chemicals, dyes, non-food grade fragrances, phthalates, triclosan, petroleum, bismuth oxychloride, nanoparticles, or GMOs
- Sustainably sourced, plant-based ingredients
Luxie Beauty 1010 Small Contour Brush
Full size price: This particular brush is not available on the site, but other Luxie brushes in the same Pro line range in price from $34 to $42.
Small brush for contour or highlight featuring a comfortable handle that is also gorgeous. Brushes are one of my favorite things to get in a subscription. I’ve never heard of Luxie Beauty until I started receiving their brushes in my ipsy Glam Bags.
I love the groove in the handle and the softness of the bristles, I just wish it had a flat on the side and tapered on the top. I’ll still use this brush though.
- Cruelty-free and vegan
Kasca Nail Polish in Velvet Black Matte
Full size price: $8.53
Black matte nail polish with a wide brush for easy application.
To maintain the matte appearance, you don’t need to use a top coat, but if you’d like to add some shine, then go ahead and add it.
I haven’t used this yet since I use gel polish for my fingers. I don’t get pedicures often enough, but will once October comes around.
- 15 free formula: Free from toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, camphor, formaldehyde resin, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs, petrochemicals, SLS, triclosan, triphernyl phosphate, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene
- Not tested on animals
Ipsy Add-On Products
On the second of each month, Ipsy gives you the opportunity to purchase 3 additional items to add to your Glam Bag. Deluxe-size samples are $3 each and full-size products are $12 each.
Here are the add-ons I chose this month:
Ouai Leave-In Conditioner
Full size price: $26
Full size amount: 4.7 fl oz / 140 ml
Leave-in conditioner to help detangle, hydrate and protect hair. I love a good leave-in conditioner. This one smells great and leaves my hair feeling soft. I recommend it.
- No parabens, phthalates, or sufates
- Developed and produced in the United States
- Cruelty-free and does not retail in countries that require animal testing, such as China
LUE by Jean Seo Clear Spot Control
Full size price: $15
Full size amount: 0.25 fl oz / 7.5 ml
Gentle, but powerful, spot treatment for breakouts. Made from a blend of 12 herbs and organic biodynamic alcohol and is supposed to go on clear. However, there is definitely a color to this, but it blends out clear. This has a very strong herbal scent so if you are sensitive to that sorta thing, be cautious.
This is supposed to be step 3 of LUE’s Skin Solution Set but can also be used separately within any skincare routine, which is the way I use it. The bottle I received has a doe foot applicator and will last a long time. I added this to my breakouts in addition to 10% benzoyl peroxide and the blemishes noticeably diminish by the morning.
Hempz Ultra Moisturizing Herbal Lip Balm
Full size price: $8.99
Full size amount: 0.44 oz
Moisturizing lip balm enriched with 100% pure organic help seed oil.
I am a lip balm addict. I’ve worn lip balm every day for over 25 years. This feels so luxurious and would be gorgeous over a matte lipstick because it has a ton of shine. I love using this and would buy it again.
- No THC (the active chemical in marijuana responsible for the “high”)
- Vegan (no beeswax)
Is the ipsy subscription worth the price?
OMG yes. I think this month’s bag was great and is one of the reasons why I’ve been a subscriber for so long.
If you are on the fence about getting an ipsy subscription (refer-a-friend link), I’m sure you will love it just as much as I do. I think what makes this subscription worth it, is the ability to create your own beauty profile so they can send you products tailored to your specifications.
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