Ipsy Glam Bag November 2023 Review: The Glammest Show on Earth

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The Ipsy Glam Bag theme for November 2023 was The Glammest Show on Earth! I received a bag and five beauty products including an eye cream, mascara, and more. Read on to see all of my beauty items!

Note: Ipsy sends many variations, so the bag I’m reviewing may not match everyone else’s.

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Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of November is made of a soft, quilted plush fabric with a gold lamé zipper pull. The inside is lined with pink polyester that can be wiped clean. My bag is a vibrant shade of pink but some subscribers received the bag in lavender.

Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant ($17.33) I’m currently recovering from what I think was the flu and I have no sense of smell (and my Covid test was negative). All that is to say that I cannot tell if this has any scent or not! I can tell you what it feels like: it has fine pieces of bamboo that gently exfoliate the skin, it felt a little like baking soda on skin texture-wise. It also has a lot of plant extracts that sound like they should smell lovely, plus aloe, glycerin, and grape seed oil. It wasn’t too rough on my skin and I followed with a facial oil and had soft skin all day long. Please note that it looks similar to the eye cream shown below, ask me how I know (ha ha).

Mary & May Tranexamic Acid + Glutathione Eye Cream ($5.47) At first glance I thought this said Mary Kay but it’s a Korean skincare brand. It’s supposed to lighten the area around the eyes without irritating sensitive skin. It has tranexamic acid and glutathione which provide antioxidant properties and block the production of melanin (but that makes me think it is just keeping the skin from getting tan, as opposed to actually fighting existing discoloration) and vitamin C to help promote collagen production. Again, I can’t smell anything but it felt rich and comforting in that area.

Tarte Tartelette Tubing Mascara ($7.50) I decided to try this mascara on one eye, and another brand on the other eye, and I must say, I saw no difference in sides and this is a common occurrence with me and mascara. Mascara makes my lashes look noticeable but it doesn’t really do much to extend the length or fullness, even this tubing type, and I made sure to follow with a second coat right away.

V Kosmetik Spotlight Strobing Powder & Illuminator in Autumn (Deluxe mini, not sure of the value) is a highlighter that can applied to the cheeks, nose, cupid’s bow, or even on the eyes. It’s very shimmery and I made sure to go over it with a big fluffy brush to diffuse it out but make sure to use a light hand at first until you get a feel for it, a little goes a long way. Swatched below.

Estate Cosmetics Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Midnight Blue ($12) I wanted to dislike this based on the color but after applying I felt like it was kinder to my eyes and overall look than the usual harsh black that I tend to wear daily. It dried to a dark shade of blue but there was still some brightness to it that helped my eyes pop. Sadly, I’m not a fan of liquid liner at all, and this one was hard to apply, immediately transferred to my crease when I blinked, and when I tried to blur it with a brush it ended up flaking off all over my cheeks, it was a mess. Still, I might look for a similar pencil liner because I really liked the color.

Swatched on top is the V Kosmetik highlighter and underneath is the Estate eye liner in a striking shade of blue.

This was a good collection for me, although some of the products are similar to what I received last month. I’m ok with getting mascara frequently since it’s supposed to be tossed after just a few months of use. I also liked the color of the eyeliner, although I wish it was a pencil instead of liquid, just a personal choice. The eye cream is useful and highlighter is something I use often. Even the scrub was good, not too rough for my skin, and I’m sure next time I reach for it I will detect its scent. The value for my products was around $42.30, not including the highlighter and bag.

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