Ipsy Review | January 2019

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ipsy Glam Bag Review, January 2019

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

I love creating these quick unboxing and swatch videos. I post them along with other sneak peeks frequently so be sure to follow me on Instagram.

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

Where to buy

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

Where to buy

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

Where to buy

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

Where to buy

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

Where to buy

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

Where to buy

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.

Where to buy

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”)
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan (no beeswax)

Where to buy

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.

I also subscribe and write reviews for the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, so if you enjoyed this Ipsy review, I recommend that you go check it out. But if you are interested in learning more or signing up, please visit this site.

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