December 2013 – Ipsy/My Glam

Theme: CELEBRATION

Number of Samples: FIVE

$10/month ($15/month for Canadians)

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Can I just say, GORGEOUS. THIS is a bag I would love to carry with me on a night out! Only, this time I kind of wished there was a wristlet portion to it! Nonetheless, I absolutely love love this bag. It has a red interior as well. My favourite combination of colours, black and red (yes, I am aware that black isn’t technically a colour!)!!

1) Be a Bombshell: The One Stick in Flustered (7.3g/0.26 oz)

Full Size:  $16 (7.3g/0.26 oz)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 40% off

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2) pop beauty: Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Naturally Bare (3 colours, 4.35g/0.15oz)

Full Size: £15.50 or $25.28USD (10 colours, ~14.5g/0.5 oz)

Sample Size: $7.58 (3 colours)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 25% Off

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3) NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in HERMES/LSS544 (4g/0.14 oz)

Full Size: $4 (4g/0.14 oz)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 35% off slim lip pencil

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4) NICKA K New York in Classic Taupe (15ml/0.5 fl. oz)

Full Size: $4.99 (15ml/0.5 fl. oz)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% off

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5) MIRABEllA Eye Blender (1 brush)

Full Size: $27 (1 brush)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% off

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This Month’s Total Value of Full Sized Items: $77.27

Estimated Value of this Month’s Bag: $59.57

Thoughts for this month’s ipsy bag

This month, ipsy has outdone themselves! It was truly a spectacular Christmas gift! As we all know, I’m not a fan of sparkles, but I will make an exception for the Be a Bombshell: The One Stick in FlusteredThis item is truly multi-purpose! I love how you can use it as a blush and control the pinkness of it! Looks great on lips as well! Only downside is that it contains parabens. Instead of giving away the pop beauty: Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Naturally Bare, I think this time round I am going to try this one on! I generally steer clear of sparkly eye shadows, but these natural colours make me want to try them on at the very least! The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in HERMES/LSS544 is a definitely love for this month’s ipsy bag! NYX has amazing prices for great quality lipstick. It applies so smoothly and creamy! I could probably use a different colour for my skin tone though! I have received once a gain, a nail polish sample! I’m beginning to think I can open my own nail salon at this rate! Joking! The NICKA K New York Nail Polish in Classic Taupe is a very down-to-earth kind of colour. It doesn’t stand out too much, perfect colour to match the winter weather! It glides on ever so smoothly! Only requires one coat as well! Fantastic product! Last, but not least, the MIRABEllA Eye Blender! This brush makes me feel like an artist! I love the weighted handle and the silver finish! The brush bristles are super soft and it definitely does what it was meant for! Blending! As you can see, I absolutely love this month’s ipsy bag! The brush itself was worth getting the ipsy bag! I’m trying to hide how happy I am with this month’s bag! =D

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November 2013 – Ipsy/My Glam

Theme: GLAM IT UP

Number of Samples: SIX

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For $10/month ($15/month for Canadians), I was truly disappointed in this month’s ipsy’s glam bag. If you’ve read my other posts, I am not a fan of sparkly makeup or things in general! This month’s “cute little bag” may be cute to some of you, but for me it was a complete disaster! It felt like golden tin foil! I don’t think I can use it as a mini “personal item” carrier for those monthly inconveniences without catching the attention of every living creature in  a room. I would probably get less attention if I just straight-up carried a pad or tampon in the open compared to shoving it inside this bag! I considered it as a possible clutch, but the feel (TIN FOIL) and quality (CHEAP) didn’t work out for me either. Maybe if they had added a wristlet portion to the previous bags it may have worked out or just made this bag of higher quality! I don’t know what I would do with this bag at all! A complete no-no for me this month. =(

1) STARLOOKS: Amethyst Gem Eye Pencil

Full Size: $14 (one pencil)

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2) CAILYN: Built-In sponge Tip Mineral Eyeshadow in Champagne (2.5g)

Full Size: $15 (2.5g)

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3) em michelle phan: pillow plush cushiony lip balm in vanilla (5g/0.176 oz)

Full Size: $15 (5g/0.176 oz)

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4) nailtini: Nail Lacquer in Champagne (15ml/0.5 fl. oz)

Full Size: $13 (15ml/ 0.5 fl. oz)

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5) PIXI: Beauty Bronzer in Summertime (3.2g/0.11 oz)

Full Size: £15.00 or $25.17 CAD (10.21g/0.36 oz)

Sample Size:  £4.70 or $7.89 CAD (3.2g/0.11 oz)

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6) be a bombshell: Lip Crayon in hot damn (1 crayon)

Full Size: $14 (1 crayon)

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This Month’s Total Value of Full Sized Items: $96.17

Estimated Value of this Month’s Bag: $78.89

Thoughts for this month’s ipsy bag

As I’ve mentioned early, sparkly and I don’t go together so this month’s make-up bag was not for me! =( However, I was super excited that I got 5 FULL SIZED items this month! If you just briefly glance above, the value of this month’s bag was super duper duper worth it! (Excuse my childish language LOL) but there were some mixed feelings about the items I received! Just because the items were mostly sparkly items, I wasn’t too keen on jumping right into trying them out as I was writing my review of the bag. The STARLOOKS: Amethyst Gem Eye PencilCAILYN: Built-In sponge Tip Mineral Eyeshadow in Champagne, and nailtini: Nail Lacquer in Champagne will probably be given away and never tried by me. The colours and sparkles just don’t work with me! I have single eye-lids, imagine how difficult it would be for me to wear amethyst and champagne on a regular basis or even occasional basis. I would literally need to be attending a gold-sparkles theme party to be able to look normal! On the other hand, I absolutely LOVEEE em michelle phan: pillow plush cushiony lip balm in vanilla. This lip balm at first feels a bit sticky (kind of like lip gloss) and then when you apply more, it has this nice creamy-smooth texture to it! Makes you constantly smack your lips together cause it’s so smooth and wonderful feeling! Definitely moisturizes! I applied quite a bit of this lip balm on to try and duplicate the colour on her site, but it’s more of a shear colour with a tint of sparkles, not too much! I’m also quite a fan of the PIXI: Beauty Bronzer in Summertime because even though summer is gone, this bronzer will help my pale, pasty skin look a bit healthier over the cold winter that’s about to come! And the best part is that, this bronzer doesn’t look orange like most bronzers! Finally, I know most people aren’t a fan of crayons, but for me, I love the be a bombshell: Lip Crayon in hot damn. I love how crayons work, they come in nice bright colours (if you haven’t guessed, my favourite colour is red!) and this month, ipsy graciously gave me a red-sparkly crayon! I know I said I don’t like sparkly things, but I can FEEL that I will love this crayon! I love bright red lips! I haven’t tried on this crayon because I’m currently spending an unhealthy amount of time smacking my lips together ’cause of the em lip balm! =)

P.S. See! I kept my promise. I wrote this up as soon I as received my package ^__^

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October 2013 – Ipsy/MyGlam

Theme: THE ART OF BEAUTY

Number of Samples: FIVE

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Sorry for the late posts! I received my bag about 2 days ago, but I got lazy! I know I said this about last months bag, but THIS is my all time favourite bag so far! Looks like the bags just keep getting prettier and cuter! I already carry 2 of ipsy’s little bags as my “Everything bags” in my purses!

Let’s have a look at what was inside my  adorable little bag!

1) LA FRESH: Oil-Free Face Cleanser (10 wipes)

Full Size: $9.99 (30 wipes)

Sample Size Value: $3.33 ($9.99/3)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% Off

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2) ZOYA: Professional Lacquer – Giovanna (0.5 fl. oz./15ml)

Full Size: $8 (0.5 fl. oz./15ml)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: Buy 2 Get 1 Free

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3) Buxom: Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly (2ml/0.07 fl. oz.)

Full Size: $23 (0.15 fl. oz)

Sample Size Value: $10.71 ($1.53/fl.oz.)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: NONE

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4) sexyhair: Blow-dry Volumizing Gel (1.7 fl. oz./50ml)

Full Size: $16.95 (8.5 fl. oz /250 ml)

Sample Size Value: $3.39 (1.7 fl. oz.)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: $5 Off

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5) Be Delectable: Hand Cream – Vanilla & Cream (60 ml/2 fl. oz.)

Full Size: $10 (118 ml/4 fl. oz)

Sample Size Value: $5 (60 ml/2 fl. oz.)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: NONE

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This Month’s Total Value of Full Sized Items: $67.94

Estimated Value of this Month’s Bag: $30.43

Thoughts for this month’s ipsy bag

For this month’s bag I was a teensy bit disappointed that I didn’t get the H2O sample that I was dyingg to have! (I absolutely love their products!) I guess I felt that this bag was more or less random because if my memory serves, I’m pretty sure I made sure to not include hairstyling products and nail polish in my survey. I know I put down moisturizers because I have been on the look out for a better moisturizer for my face! Other than that little disappointment, I do love how their bags are getting nicer. I’ve tried the Buxom Lip Polish and even though it’s a bit sticky like regular lip gloss, the colour is light enough that it looks like you’re not wearing anything! I guess the word I’m looking for is natural + gloss! The Be Delectable hand cream smells soooo good when you’re just sniffing it from the bottle and when you first put it on. However, once you apply it and wait a few minutes the smell kind of turns into a different smell. When you first put it on, it smells exactly as it says, “Vanilla & Cream” but after a few minutes, it smells kind of like… a cake? But not a fresh-out-of-oven kind of cake. Definitely hard to describe, but it’s not as pleasant as the initial vanilla and cream smell! Hope you enjoyed the mini review! I promise I’ll post about next month’s ipsy bag as soon as I receive it!

September 2013 – Ipsy/My Glam

Theme: CLASSIC BRANDY

Number of Samples: FIVE

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I absolutely loveee this month’s bag! Out of the 3 bags I’ve received, this is definitely the winner!

For $10 ($15 CAD)/month to get these cute bags, totally worth it!

1) CAILYN: Tinted Lip Balm (0.14 oz/3g)

Full Size: $19 (0.16 fl oz/4.5g)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% Off

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2) butter LONDON: Nail Lacquer Vernis, La Moss (6.0ml/0.2 fl oz)

Full Price: $15 (11ml/0.4fl oz)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% Off

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3) NYX: Nutmeg Eyeshadow (0.09oz/2.7g)

Full Price: $4.50 (0.09/2.7g)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% Off

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4) Elizabeth Mott: It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara (0.14fl oz/4ml)

Full Price: $19.99 (10ml)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 50% off

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5) STARLOOKS: Kohl Eye Pencil (1 full pencil)

Full Price: $12 (1 pencil)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 20% Off

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This month’s Total Value of Full Sized Items: $70.49 (Woo!)

Thoughts for this month’s ipsy bag

I’m going to start off with how much I love the bag. It by far is the most normal looking bag I’ve received and I love it for this. I can use this bag to carry items without people staring at me! It’s nice and discreet when I pull it out! Secondly, I immediately tried the Cailyn tinted lip balm and I am in love. The colour is a little bright, but it’s definitely a quick save when you need to transition from a work day to a night event! Lines the lips beautifully! The nail polish is a bit dark for me, but I’m going to say it’ll be perfect for Halloween since it’s almost a deep burgandy-purple-ish colour! Mascara and Eyelines don’t really ever fail, but I have yet to try these so I can’t comment! And again, I’m not a fan of shiny stuff, so the NYX nutmeg eyeshadow doesn’t do it for me =( Hope you enjoyed this review! Until next month!

July 12, 2o13 – First Ipsy/My Glam Bag!

This month’s July 2013 IPSY bag’s feature is “BEACH BEAUTY” and it comes with 5 samples!

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Beach Beauty

Price: $10/bag/month (However, being from Canada, it is $15/bag/month to accommodate for shipping)

1) bhcosmetics: California Collection (3 colours – Hollywood, San Francisco, Malibu)

Full Size: $9.95

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 10% Off

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2) COOLA: Mineral Sunscreen (0.23 fl oz/7 ml)

Full Size: $36 (1.7 oz/50ml)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% Off

 COOLA: Mineral Sunscreen (0.23 fl oz/7 ml)

3) pop beauty: Pouty Pop Crayon (1 crayon)

Full Size: $25 (6 crayons)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 20% off

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4) DEMETER: Salt Air Roll on Perfume Oil (0.29 fl oz/8.8ml)

Full Size: $10 (0.29 fl oz/8.8ml)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 20% off

DEMETER: Salt Air Roll on Perfume Oil (0.29 fl oz/8.8ml)

5) sexyhair: Soy Renewal Beach Spray (1.7 fl oz/50ml)

Full Size: $21.95 (4.2 oz)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: Save $5 off $25 or more

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Total Value of Full Sized Items: $102.90

You get to sample $102.90 worth of beauty products  for only $10/month ($15/month if you’re in Canada)!!! How exciting is that!?

They also have amazing deals and discounts!

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