WHAT’S IN MY SEPTEMBER IPSY BAG?

Andie Figueroa is a self-described "makeup fiend," and OME's resident beauty expert. Each week in The Beauty Beatdown, you'll find pro tips on latest trends and products, makeup application, skin care, and much more. Confidence is beauty, and Andie is here to help!

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It is the last day of September, so naturally I’m going to talk about my September ipsy Bag (I do receive the package at the beginning of the month – I’m just great at procrastinating.). The advantage of posting at the end of the month is it allows me to play a little with the products to get a full idea of how they do and don’t work for me.

I have to admit some of these items I don’t really care for. But, I do think the $10 subscription fee is completely worth it when I find a product I can use every day. Also, when you look at price points, I received over $75 worth of items for a fraction of the price.

Item 1: Be a Bombshell Nail Polish in the shade Va Voom ($14)

Be A Bombshell polish boasts intense color and all day wear
Be a Bombshell polish boasts intense color and all day wear

I think I’m going to go back into my ipsy profile and change the fact that I said I’m interested in nail polishes. I’m not sure why, but I’m just not feeling them right now. Though, the shade I received is a really beautiful deep purple…I will probably gift it to someone.

Item 2: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($9)

This conditioning mask hydrates hair and protects it from future damage
This conditioning mask hydrates hair and protects it from future damage

I haven’t had the opportunity to try out the conditioning mask for hair. I did examine the mask, and the consistency feels very creamy, but I don’t like the scent. My personal preference for hair products is sweet or clean smelling. This kind of smells like a medicated cream to me (Ewwwww).

Item 3: Tarte’s Tarteist Lash Paint (Sample Size) (estimated $11.50)

The Tarte lash paint advertises that it amplifies lash volume by 2700%
The Tarte lash paint advertises that it amplifies lash volume by 2700%

A lot of people rave about Tarte, so my expectations were a little high for this product. I’m sad to say that I am unimpressed. My $3 e.l.f. mascara does so much more for my lashes than this lash paint. You may consider using this mascara if you are going for a natural look or if you already have long lashes. My lashes aren’t short or long, but I need something with a little more body to make my eyes pop.

Item 4: Waxing Kara Sweet Lips Organic Honey Lip Balm ($10)

Sweet Lips Organic Honey Lip Balm is made from every day ingredients including sunflower, olive, hempseed, aloe vera and GMO free Vitamin E
Sweet Lips Organic Honey Lip Balm is made from every day ingredients including sunflower, olive, hempseed, aloe vera, and GMO free Vitamin E

After application my lips felt extremely hydrated. I don’t really use lip balm, but if I did, I would use this one! The product is completely organic, and has about eight ingredients that aren’t hard to spell and could even be found in your pantry. I also like that the balm has no scent. Sometimes a strong odor just under your nose can be overwhelming, and this felt natural. It’s perfect for every day use.

Item 5: Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in the shade Autumn Glow (Sample Size) (estimated $30)

Bellapierre mineral blushes are talc free, paraben free, and suitable for all skin types and conditions
Bellapierre mineral blushes are talc free, paraben free, and suitable for all skin types and conditions

Ladies and gents, this was the winner! I have never used such a vibrant, warm blush. The application was perfect – not patchy at all. Since it is a mineral blush, it is a finely milled powder that sifts out of a container. There are little flecks of glitter in the blush, but after it is applied to the face, it comes off as more of a glow. Then when I researched the price of a full sized tub and found out it is $45 for 9 grams of product, I was even more impressed with ipsy. This tub is 6 grams, and it will probably not finish any time soon since a little goes a long way.

Overall, I am really happy with the ipsy bag. I can’t wait to see what I get next month! If you are interested in subscribing to ipsy, go online here.

 

Thank you for reading! Have a product in mind you would like tested or talked about in this column? Please leave a comment below or email me at thebeautybeatdown@gmail.com.

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