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There are so many subscription boxes available these days, it’s difficult to choose just one. I’ve been an Ipsy subscriber for about a year and a half now, and the bags have been hit and miss. Sometimes I absolutely adore my glam bag, and other times I just don’t have an interest in any of the products. More often than not, I enjoy 2-3 products and pass the rest onto my mom to try. Though I have to admit, Ipsy is a great deal for the price. Even if I only enjoy one product from the glam bag, that one product is generally worth at least the $15ish ($10USD + shipping) that I paid for the bag.

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May’s glam bag arrived this week and it’s one of the best selections of products I’ve seen in awhile. Now that I’m building up my kit for freelance work, I’m finding uses for products that I may not have used before. Also, how cute is that bag?!

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One product in particular that will be making its way into my makeup kit is the Bellapierre Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Ebony. This waterproof pencil glides on effortlessly and provides intense pigment, while staying on all day without smudging. The creamy gel formula in pencil form allows for a quick and easy application, which will save a lot of time when working on clients.

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For those of us with oily skin, finding a moisturizer that hydrates while mattifying skin can be quite difficult. This Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser from Amie provides a smooth base for my makeup without adding excess oil.

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Urban Decay is my go-to brand for eyeshadow and liner, but I’ve never used any of their lip products. I am so excited to try the new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Failbait and Bittersweet. These colours are so vibrant and fun, and I’m a sucker for purple lips. These samples also came with the Ozone 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil, a clear liner that works under any lipstick or gloss to prevent bleeding and fill fine lines.

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Blending brushes have been extremely valuable in my first few makeup classes, so I was thrilled to find one in my glam bag this month. I’ve received Luxie brushes from Ipsy before and I love them. The bristles are unbelievably soft and there hasn’t been any fallout at all. This tapered blending brush is the perfect addition to my brush kit.

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Many years of colouring my hair has left it a little dry, especially at the ends. I can hear my locks calling for this leave-in conditioning spray from Briogeo. I’ve seen this brand at Sephora, but haven’t tried it yet, so I’m looking forward to testing Rosarco Milk on these desperate strands. I will definitely be doing a full review of this conditioner in a later post, so keep an eye out for it.

Overall, I’d say this month’s Ipsy glam bag was a huge success. Sorry, Mom, I won’t be sharing any products this time around.