Beauty Review: My October ipsy Bag

October Ipsy Bag Review | Writing Between Pauses

I had a surprisingly positive response to my ipsy review last month--including an email saying they would never subscribe to ipsy themselves, but they loved reading reviews. Who knew this was a subset of blogging?! 

I decided to keep this as a regular feature--at least as long as I continue with ipsy! 

This month's bag is the Spellbound bag: it's maroon-red with a lace print detail that is very pretty and a little bat as the zipper pull. Appropriately spooky for the month without being little kid-like or over-the-top. I had kind of hoped the products would also be spooky or October-related, or at least Autumnal, but my hopes were dashed. However, I still enjoyed this month's bag; I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars, easily. 

October Ipsy Bag | Writing Between Pauses

Just like last month, I'll review everything piece-by-piece. 

1. Luna lip crayon in Elara

This was probably the biggest dud of the bag; I love lip crayons, so I was very excited, but... this color is more Pepto Bismol pink than anything else. It would be pretty on other skintones, but on me, it looks a little too 1980s baby pink. Yikes. I love the formula itself, however; just not something I would personally wear. However, if you're curious, it retails from $18 and is available here

2. Context Skin Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream

Listen, I love me some skincare. I was very excited about this eye cream. I've written before about how I have hyperpigmentation under my right eye. This eye cream is genuinely perfect for me; it's light wearing, so it doesn't gunk up under my make up, and it doesn't smell weird (a trait of vitamin C creams). I haven't  used it long enough to see about results, but I'll update as necessary! It retails for $35 and is available from Bloomingdale's

3. Hey Honey Trick & Treat Concealer

I really wanted to like this concealer, because the formula is really nice (lightweight, but with great coverage) and doesn't seem too drying (like many concealers). However... it only comes in one shade. ONE SHADE. That shade is too dark for me and definitely too light for over 50% of the population. It's so wild to me to see brands produce something like this, that can be worn by maybe 10-15% of the population. Also, they call the single shade "natural" as if the color it is is the only "natural" skin color. It's a no. If you're interested, it retails for $36 and is available at Ulta.

4. BLAQ Mask

The first time I did this mask, I didn't know what I was in for. I smeared it on my face and was like, "this looks like one of those super painful peel off masks that people do." GUESS WHAT, Y'ALL? It is. The downside of receiving sample sizes is that... they don't have instructions or a lot of information. However painful this was when I peeled it off (it was... pretty painful), it was worth it: It honestly felt like I had a new face afterwards. 10/10, would do again. This mask retails for $29 and is available here.  

5. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

I use so much powder every day that I'm always excited to get more. However, my powder showed up absolutely destroyed; the minute I opened it, it exploded EVERYWHERE. They've sent me a new one, but I managed to rescue enough to use it. And I really like it. It's a fairly standard finishing powder; I need to use it longer to see if i love it. Since my routine includes mattifying setting powder under my foundation, I like to finish with something a little softer just to keep my skin from getting too dry. It retails for $29 and is available at Sephora

Final Thoughts

As I said, this bag did have some duds: the lip crayon and the concealer are two things I wish I didn't have! However, the powder, the mask, and the eye cream really made up for it. And for $10, I would repurchase all of those things again. If you'd like to sign up for Ipsy, you can use my referral link here. (As a note, I do receive points for every sign up!)