Carpe PM | Ipsy Glambag December 2016 Unbagging

This month's Ipsy Glambag is a gorgeous pink faux fur looking clutch that you could actually bring with you for formal events if you wanted to. Which I think is absolutely adorable. Now Ipsy is only $10 per month and you get five products chosen based off your beauty profile.

Unbagging Video

marc anthony strictly curls

"Formulated with natural Soya Bean, and Avocado Oil, the innovative Perfect Curl Cream helps highlight curls while keeping it all under control. It's lightweight, non-sticky formula controls and defines your curls as it eliminates frizz. This product is perfect for coarse curls that need a guiding hand. It adds moisture leaving curls soft and natural with a frizz-free finish that shines all day" - Ulta. 

You can find this product at Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Ulta Beauty. Marc Anthony products are cruelty free. And you can get the full size of this which is 6.0 oz for $7.99.

Hikari Liquid Eyeliner in Iris

hikari eyeliner

This product I will have to give you an update on later as the one that I received actually has zero product in it. As you can see from my unbagging video. This is supposed to be a purple eyeliner that retails at $15. Ipsy is sending me a replacement and were very quick to respond to my request, which made the entire experience worth it for me with this bag. As this was going to be a sour note, until I got email stating a new one was on the way not even an hour after I reached out to them about it. So thank you Ipsy Customer Care, I REALLY appreciate that!

From what I have found online is that Hikari does not test on animals, but their products are manufactured in China though nothing is sold there so they are not required to test on animals. Their ingredients also come from Europe where animal testing is banned. So are they cruelty free? From the looks of it they are, but it's a bit of a gray area. This is according to a cruelty free blog that was in correspondence with them as well as their FAQ. So I'll let you be the judge of it should be considered cruelty free or not.

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer


Smashbox is NOT cruelty free so I'm not going to review this product. This is owned by Estee Lauder, but somehow they still are certified by PETA even though they do test on animals where required by law. And I have seen very mixed opinions on this brand on whether they are cruelty free or not. I've just decided to be on the safe side, I'm not going to consider they as being one. Especially since Smashbox FAQ states they still test when required to by law. So no, they are not cruelty free regardless of PETA's certification. Let me know what you think in the comments of where you think Smashbox sits on the whole cruelty free thing.

I will provide a non-affiliate link to it in case you are curious. As I don't want to profit in any way off a non-cruelty free product, I do not feel right using any affiliate link so this is just a regular ol' link to Ulta. (All the links are non-affiliate for this post but I wanted to make that extra clear for this product in particular). It does retail at $24 according to Ulta. And though I have not tried this personally, I have heard that Tarte Clean State Poreless 12-hr perfecting primer is a dupe for this product. And that is cruelty free. Let me know if you try that. I might give it a go myself. You can also just use translucent powder over your lipstick to get a similar effect.

REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

REN Renewal Mask

REN is cruelty free, but their parent company Unilever is not. According to their FAQ and they are on PETA's cruelty free list:

We do not test any of our products on animals. Our products are not tested on animals on our behalf by any third party.

It is unfortunately the case that every ingredient used in all skincare products would have been tested on animals at some point in the past by the ingredient supplier prior to the ingredient being licensed for use in cosmetic products. However, we are delighted to report that the European Commission has implemented a marketing ban on any cosmetic products that have been tested on animals or contain ingredients that were tested on animals after 11th March 2013. This means that any products that are tested on animals after this date or contain ingredients that were tested on animals after this date are now banned from sale in the EU.

About this product according to Sephora:

What it is formulated to do:

A cocktail of four acids including glycolic acid from pinneapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon, and tartaric acid from grape create multiaction exfoliation. It lifts dead skin and resurfaces to dramatically improve skintone, texture, firmness, and radiance, while minimizing the appearance of pores and reducing sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and old acne scars.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens
- Sulfates

What else you need to know:

This mask is particularly recommended for congested and mature skin; it works well on post-acne scarring, blemishes, blackheads, and sun-damaged skin. It is not suitable for sensitive skin types. This skin care essential product does not contain T.E.A., D.E.A., glycols, silicones, or PEGs. 

Research results:

In a study conducted on 22 women after just 1 use:
- 100% of women reported a radiance and firming effect
- 96% of women considered their skin smoother and firmer
- 95% of women reported a visible pore minimizing effect
- 91% of women considered their skin more radiant
- 77% of women reported less visible lines and wrinkles

NYX Prismatic Shadow in Bedroom Eyes

Bedroom Eyes retails at $6 and is a gorgeous deep brown metallic that glides on the eyes like butter. It is so soft that my finger feels like it's touching super expensive makeup, but it's not. Which is something I love about NYX. The only thing making it not high end is the packaging but I'm completely ok with that. Also add on that NYX is cruelty free and I'm in heaven!