Hey all! It’s always one of the bright points of my day when I see the hot pink bubble mailer in my mailbox! 😀 This was the first month that my bag simply “appeared” in my mailbox. Tracking stopped updating on June 8th when it had left Hebron, KY, so I was surprised to see it when I got it on the 11th.
I checked the tracking number after the fact and go figure it updated the tracking then. Oh well. 😛 I decided to keep my 2nd bag for one more month, and like last month, I’ll have a list and comments about each of those items in my 2nd bag below my review for my main bag.
Here’s a brief overview of the company.
About Ipsy (formally MyGlam): Each bag feature 4-5 beauty items. All of the items are either deluxe samples or full size.
- There are never any of those foil packets, which is nice because I’d like to have more than 1 use of a product before I decide if I like it or not.
Cost: $10 w/free shipping (USA) | $10 + $4.95 shipping (Canada)
- It’s $110 to subscribe yearly (USA | + $54.45 shipping for Canadian subscribers), which makes each individual bag a little cheaper than with the monthly. If you choose to pay monthly or yearly, you can’t change to the other. You have to cancel your current subscription before you can switch, which if you have they yearly one, I don’t think you can cancel ’til it’s up.
Is there a “skip” option?: No, you can only cancel.
On The Wild Side – Rawr! It’s time to get your look from regular to roaring!
I. LOVE. THIS. BAG!! I LOVE animal print, so I was super excited when I saw it before the final sneak peek was posted on their Facebook page on Sam Schuerman’s vlog on Youtube. Don’t think she intended on having the bag in the vlog, just coincidence that her daughter was playing with it. In either case when it was confirmed on Facebook with the release of the final sneak peek, I was SUPER, SUPER excited!! 😀
The bag has to have some value on it, but not sure of an exact amount. I’d say $2-3 at most, so I’ll split the difference and value the bag at $2.50. Here’s what I got in this month’s Glam Bag:
Adding a healthy glow to cheeks is effortless with the variety of blush styles and shades available from NYX Cosmetics!
The NYX Mosaic Blush contains five matte and shimmery shades in one compact blend to create a flush of color and dazzling glow!
|Sample received: $7.00||Full price: $7.00 [LINK]|
Comments: Originally, when I saw the sneak peek, I didn’t want the mosaic one since it look like a bronzer. However, I got lucky and ended up with one of the pink ones, which looks really pretty. I have nothing like it in my collection.
Starlooks’ long-lasting, full-coverage Lip Pencil enhances the shape of your lips and gives them perfect definition. This creamy, moisturizing formula glides on softly to smooth lips and ensure lipstick stays in place, while extending its wear. Can also be used as an all-over, highly-pigmented lip color. Comes in several shades and various finishes to pair with any Starlooks Lipstick, Lip Gloss, or Tendergloss!
Starlooks Makeup Line is entirely Lead Free, and Cruelty Free.
|Sample received: $12.00||Full price: $12.00 [LINK]|
Comments: I wasn’t too thrilled about getting a lip liner since because I don’t wanna worry about matching liners to the lipstick or lip gloss I’m wearing and instantly thought of trading it. I use a clear lip liner by Make Up For Ever, which works great for that purpose, so I don’t go out to buy colored lip liners as a result. Also, from the swatches I’ve seen, it’s more of a mauve brown than what I’d expect from a color called “Bare.” I plan on trading this, so I’m giving it my neutral score of “3” as a result.
Everyone loves a little sparkle! Add a healthy dosage of sparkle in your life with the cream palette that comes in a variety of complementing colors. The creamy texture allows the sparkle to be applied easily with an applicator onto your face.
|Sample received: $4.49||Full price: $4.49 [LINK]|
Comments: I actually don’t like glittery makeup all that much, so I didn’t think it’d work for me since I never do any dramatic eye looks (like for photoshoots or for costumes). I hoped that I could use it as a glitter eyeliner, which is what I use my Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Zodiac (yes, I did end up trading Moonspoon for it) for and it’s really pretty. 🙂 However, when I saw it in person, the glitter looked rather chunky, unlike the finer glitter in the Urban Decay eyeshadow I got last month.
I was worried that this product would be like the NYX Glitter Cream Palettes I found, which the reviews were pretty bad overall. The glitter’s one thing, but that product was essentially Vaseline mixed with glitter. O.o; Unfortunately, thanks to swatches I found, that confirmed my fears of this product.
It’s EXACTLY like the NYX Glitter Cream Palette, which sucks since the glitter looked pretty in the pan, minus the fact it’s on the chunkier side and not finely milled, so it’s a bit of a hazard to put near the eyes. Turns out it’s not even supposed to be for eyes, but rather for body art/glitter, which is really deceiving since it’s packaged like an eyeshadow palette and also includes sponge applicators.
I have no use for it and personally think it’s the absolute WORST product I’ve gotten from ipsy, and I HATED the LA Fresh makeup remover wipes too (least I can use them to clean off swatches). I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to include it in this bag, especially since it doesn’t seem like anyone thought it through. Definitely GlitterGate 2013 has happened this month. 😛 I’m gonna attempt to trade this, but if no one wants it, I think I’m going to scrape out the glitter and make a DIY palette.
Like in May’s bag, there are multiple items in a sneak peek. This time, there are 5 items and everyone would get 2 out of the 5.
Below are the two items that I got in my main bag.
Chella’s Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil is a fresh and pretty neutral pencil that will brighten and visibly lift your eyes when lightly applied on the brow bone, dark circles, blemishes and red spots. Draw a line under the brow with this creamy pencil and then pat gently into place using your ring finger. May be used above the brow for additional highlighting, as well as anywhere you would use a concealer.
|Sample received: $18.00||Full price: $18.00 [LINK]|
Comments: This isn’t one of those shimmery highlighters, but rather a matte one. At least for me, it nearly matches my skin tone, so it doesn’t really highlight all that much. It’s creamy though, so I can definitely use it for an eyeshadow base or even concealer. I forgot who suggested it on the MUT forums, but someone mentioned that they used it to line their waterline. While I already have a nude eyeliner for the waterline, it’s a good idea to make even better use of this item.
Create some drama with these voluminous faux eyelashes! Available in 30 different styles that you won’t be able to resist. Each includes an individual eyelash adhesive to last you all day long!
|Sample received: $3.99||Full price: $3.99 [LINK]|
Comments: I’ve never worn fake eyelashes before, so I have no idea how to wear them. Luckily, they’re not one of the crazier styles so I will definitely try these out at some point. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy lashes, mainly since it’s not something I honestly NEED in my makeup collection.
This month, I got a referral bonus, which was between an Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow and BaubleBar O-Ring Stud Wrap. I ended up getting the BaubleBar O-Ring Stud Wrap, which, at first, I honestly wasn’t thrilled about since it looked tacky and cheap to me. I was really hoping to get another Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow, but oh well.
But, I’ve noticed that it seems like everyone (thus far anyway) this month has gotten the bracelet for their referrals, whereas last month it seemed like everyone got the eyeshadow. When I got the bracelet in person, I’ll admit that it looks a LOT better than the pictures I’ve seen. However, when I tried it, it’s just not my style or color. I got the coral/orange and gold one, and I’m more of a silver gal. I’m trading this as well, but at least it’ll get a nice home since I’d never use it.
- Box Score: 3.1/5 (does not include bracelet and since at least 1 item wasn’t tested because it’s going to the trade list, my score’s not entirely accurate)
- Total Value: $47.98 (not including bracelet) || $65.98 (with bracelet)
Final Thoughts: After last month’s bag, I felt like this month was a let down. I wasn’t as excited with most of the items as I was last month. Even though I’m gonna trade the stuff I don’t want, there’s nothing else I want to trade for… least from this bag anyway. I wanted to try the dry shampoo and eyeliner, which I got in my 2nd bag.
I wonder how they factor in the “style quiz,” since one of the things I put down that I liked was eyeliner, and I didn’t get it in this bag. Not sure how I ended up with lashes either, but now that I have them, I’ll give them a chance.
Since I got a second bag, here’s a pic of what I got and brief comments about what I thought of each item. I don’t plan on keeping this one long term, but I was really interested in a bunch of the items, so I was hoping for a variety. In fact, this is my last month for the 2nd bag for a while.
|Name of Product:||Sample Received:||Full Price:||Comments:|
|Rouge Cream Blush in Boho Chic by NYX Cosmetics||$6.00||$6.00 [LINK]||While I do like the color of this blush, it looks similar to other blushes I own. On top of that, because I don’t wear makeup on an everyday basis, I thought it’d be better to have powder products since they have a longer shelf life.|
|Lip Liner in Tipsy by Starlooks||$12.00||$12.00 [LINK]||Oddly enough, I actually would have kept this, despite the fact it’s SOOOO bright, but realistically, I wouldn’t use it enough to justify keeping it.|
|Sparking Cream Palette in Suzie by J.Cat Beauty||$4.49||$4.49
|Of the two palettes offered this month, this one is the lesser of two evils. I still have completely no use for it, so I’m hoping to trade it. If I can’t get anyone to trade with, I’ll just scoop out the product and make a DIY palette out of it.|
|Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner with Brush Built-In in Iron by Cailyn Cosmetics||$21.00
||$21.00 [LINK]||I was really hoping for the purple one, but luckily jac a from MUT wanted to trade for it. Besides that, the color itself doesn’t look bad and I would have kept it… that is if the swatches I saw didn’t look similar to my Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner in Uzi.|
|Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo by Freeman Beauty||$2.99
|So THAT’S what the infamous white blob was! 😄 Definitely not as interesting as some of the things the ladies over at MUT came up with. Anywho, I’ve never tried a dried shampoo before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was rather surprised by how well it worked and I didn’t have any residue in my black hair. Only thing I don’t like about it is the amount of fragrance in it.|
Finally, with each bag, there are coupon codes, which I’ve listed below:
NYX Cosmetics (Blush)
- IPSY15 – Recieve 15% off entire site. Promo is valid for a total of 2000 uses. Redeemable only on http://www.nyxcosmetics.com. Discounts/offers cannot be combined with any other offers.
- IPSYCHEEKS – 40% off Tango with Bronzing Powder. Offer valid thru 7/10/13. Redeemable only on http://www.nyxcosmetics.com. Discounts/offers cannot be combined with any other offers.
Starlooks (Lip Liner)
- IPSY – Recieve 35% off any order. Offer valid thru 7/15/13. Valid for unlimited purchases. Valid Worldwide.
J.Cat Beauty (Sparkling Cream Palette)
- LOVEIPSY – 25% off your purchase. Offer valid till 7/15/13. Coupon code cannot be combined with other promotions. To attain discount properly, enter the code in all caps during checkout. U.S. Only.
Chella (Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil)
- GLAMBAG – Receive 20% off any order. Offer valid thru 6/30/13. One time use only. Offer available to US and Canada. Canada does not qualify for free shipping on orders over $50 and must check a box releasing Chella of any responsibility for customs and taxes on the Canadian side.
Cailyn Cosmetics (Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner with Brush Built-In)
- ipsy30 – Receive 30% off any order. Offer valid thru 7/10/13. Cannot be combined with any other offers.
Freeman Beauty (Psssst!® The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo)
- IPSY33 – Recieve the Super Hero Hair Duo set with bonus for $13.98. Bonus set includes: 1 full-size Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo, 1 new Psssst! Volumizing Boost and 1 FREE Psssst! Clarify & Shine Scalp Treatment ($6.99 value!). Available to U.S. residents only. Offer valid through 8/31/13. All Super Hero Hair Duos ship free with offer. Only authorized orders will be processed and shipped. Offers cannot be combined, only one offer allowed per order. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel any promotion due to system error or unforeseen problems. Code valid only at freemanbeauty.com.