Whoo! Finally back on track with my subscription box reviews! 🙂 Now that everything’s back to normal, like I said in my Goodies Co. February 2013 box, as I’m only subscribed to ipsy, these kinds of reviews will only be once a month. Now, onto the review! 😀
I ended up breaking down and getting a second bag since I loved the sneak peeks so much. With that said, I don’t plan on keeping it and only using that account if I like the sneak peeks enough to get second one. I don’t plan on doing a whole separate review on it, but I’ll have a list and brief comments about what I got in that 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.
Spring Fling – Get ready for your most memorable fling this spring with this month’s Glam Bag.
I was very excited for this bag when I saw the sneak peeks, so much so I ended up getting a second bag to get more variety of items. Even though I love the bag’s design, I was expecting a floral bag because all of the flowers they were posting along with the sneak peeks.
Oh well, it’s still a fun pattern, great for the summer time. The material seems similar to March’s bag, but is sturdier. It’s interior is a bright teal, which is a change from the patterned interiors in the last two bag. 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:
Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments puts beauty, fashion and style into every bottle with innovative custom color creations and fashion trend adaptation resulting in a truly luxury cosmetic experience. Created with the finest quality pigments and finishes, each bottle of Zoya is as special and unique as the woman who created it and whose name graces every bottle – Zoya herself! The award-winning, ultra long-wearing Zoya formula is also vegan friendly and Big5Free*.
*Formulation contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor.
|Sample received: $8 [LINK]||Full price: $8 [LINK]|
|$48 for the whole collection [LINK]|
Comments: Whoo! Zoya! 🙂 First nail polish brand that ipsy’s featured that I actually have heard of and own some other polishes from them. All of the colors were from their Spring 2013: Lovely collection, which is pictured below.
There are 6 colors in the collection and everyone got one of the six. Three of them are metallics, while the other three are creams. Other than Blu, all of the other colors were originally custom colors for fashion designers Zang Zoi and Peter Som for the NY Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2013 show.
I got GeiGei, which is a light pink metallic. Below is the description for the color from Zoya’s site:
A full-coverage, blushing cherry blossom pink metallic. A shimmery light shade for an always-appropriate natural pink nail look. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi. Has a metallic finish.
I wasn’t too happy that I got this since besides the fact I don’t really like pink, it’s a pastel pink. It looks like a nice color for the spring and I don’t have anything like it in my collection. I ended up getting two of these, so I traded one. I got Julie in a trade on MUT (thanks tinapickles!!). I ended up keeping the 2nd one since I didn’t like any of the other colors in the Lovely collection worth trading for at the moment.
I’ll do a full review on this in the next few weeks, but here are my first impressions. Like all my Zoya polishes I’ve tried thus far, the formula’s great and had no issues with pigmentation. Though I don’t like pink, I have nothing like it in my collection, so it’d be a great color for nail art.
This exclusive, pre-launch of the Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss will give your lips brilliant shine while keeping them healthy and nourished. A combination of antioxidant-rich acai and goji berries, natural minerals and sweet agave nectar that will give your lips radiant color! Made with certified organic ingredients.
|Sample received: $7.50 for 0.14 oz tube||Full price: $15 for 0.28oz tube [LINK]|
Comments: It’s been a while since a lip product has been featured in the bag, not since December’s bag. There were two possible choices – a lip stick or a lip gloss. Personally, I wanted the lipstick since I haven’t gotten one from ipsy and I wanted to branch my color selection since my lipstick collection is tiny! 😛
So, go figure that I get lip gloss instead of a lipstick. For the lip gloss, people would have gotten one of the three shades – Champagne, Pink, and Fig. And of those three, I get the most boring shade — Champagne.
I hope I can trade this for either one of the other shades or something else. From what I’ve found about this shade, it’s apparently shows up clear on the skin with some shimmer, which is good since when you look at the bottle, it’s orange.
However, what’s the point of it being clear, when I can get that with any lip balm, minus the shimmer and gloss? It’s not the worse thing I could have gotten, but I like my lip gloss to have some color to it. I got lucky enough that someone wanted to trade for this, so I’m happy I can get rid of this and get the Mirabella Color Sheer Lipstick in Posy. As such, I won’t be testing it and thus is getting a “3” as a result.
Note: I ended up getting the lip gloss in Pink though a trade on MUT (thanks JamieO!!). I can say that it smells like oranges or a creamcicle and unlike every other lip gloss I’ve tried thus far, it’s not sticky. Apparently, from other reviews on Champagne and Fig I’ve read about, they said the same thing regard scent and stickiness.
I love the lip gloss and I would definitely consider buying more in the future. The fact that it’s organic is a bonus. 🙂 The color is sheer, which is great for layering with lipsticks. The only thing I don’t like about it, is that it doesn’t seem to have longevity on the lips. Then again, most lip glosses don’t. While I don’t plan on updating the score for Champagne (as I never tested mine before trading it), I’ll give Pink a solid 4/5.
yaby concealers have a creamy texture and are extremely easy to apply. They are highly pigmented to correct any imperfection on the face and body, are creamy and gentle for around the eyes and are tear proof! Vegan friendly and contains no animal byproducts.
The heavy duty metal reusable pans are designed to be sturdy and not easily warped – sanitize empty pans with alcohol and keep some for other special beauty mixing needs!
|Sample received: $4.85||Full price: $4.85 for a 3.5oz pan [LINK]|
Comments: This concealer came in 4 different shades and everyone got one of the four shades. Like the yaby eyeshadows from March’s bag, these are also magnetic and can fit into the GlamRX Palette or into any other magnetic palette. I wasn’t too happy with the shadows in the March bag, so I wasn’t sure what to think about these, especially since I wondered how they’d match everyone.
I somehow got the lightest shade, Vanilla, when I had “Medium” as my skin tone. I wished I had gotten the next shade, Buff, but I think I can make it work as an eyeshadow base. Since so many people have gotten mismatched, I may get that shade in my second bag.
If I get Vanilla again, I’ll see if I can trade it. (Ended up getting Buff in my 2nd bag) Its saving grace from me giving it a lower score is that it’s actually a decent product. It’s creamy and gives good coverage.
For the next two items, there were eight different items available, and the two items that each subscriber would get would be based on their style quiz. This was the first month that Ipsy has had so many item variations in a single bag, not just different colors. Below is a picture of the 4th sneak peek Ipsy posted on their Facebook page and on their site:
Besides the items below, there were also some other items that were given out, there were several other possible items given out that weren’t in the sneak peeks: lip liner, lip gloss, or perfecting powder – all of which were by Mirabella.
Below are the two that I got in my bag. 🙂
Summer and Shimmer Are Truly Endless With Beautiful Body Products from Pacifica.
Tahitian Gardenia: This heady, vintage-inspired blend showcases the sacred Gardenia bloom, a symbol of love, unity, grace and strength. It’s sweet, smooth and slightly citrusy aroma is reminiscent of Jasmine, Sweet Orange and Tea Leaves.
|Sample received: $12||Full price: $12 for 0.33 fl oz bottle [LINK]|
Comments: If people got the roll-on perfume, they could have gotten one of two scents — Island Vanilla or Tahitian Gardenia, which is the one I got. While I do like floral scents, I’m on the fence for this one. It’s definitely a sweet floral, though I don’t really seem to smell the Gardenia as much as the latter three scents. I don’t hate it or love it. I ended up getting a second one, which I ended up trading for the Island Vanilla (thanks tinapickles!!) one since I didn’t like scent of this one enough to keep an additional one.
Macadamia Hair’s light weight Healing Oil Treatment instantly absorbs into the hair to provides intense nourishment. It contains Omega 7 fatty acids, which is an essential component of skin and hair health. The Healing Oil penetrates the hair and scalp to improve strength, eliminates frizz, reduces blow drying time, and extends the life of color treatments. Instant absorption, light-weight and has a non-greasy feel. Natural UV protection.
Apply to clean, damp hair or dry hair. Let air dry or blow-dry. Add 1 pump of Healing Oil Treatment to 1.5 oz of any permanent color line to enhance vibrancy,dimension and lock in color. Avoid applying to root area for extra volume.
|Sample received: $13.50 for 1 fl oz bottle [LINK]||Full price: $39.95 for 4.2 fl oz bottle [LINK]|
|$6.50 for 0.35 fl oz bottle [LINK]|
|$75.00 for 10 fl oz bottle [LINK]|
Comments: I was surprised that I got this since I didn’t have hair products as something I loved to use/try. If I didn’t get a hair treatment last month, I probably would test this one thoroughly, as this seems more useful to me than the NuMe Finishing Serum.
However, since I did and I wanna phase out my hair products that have sulfates and silicones so I can use more natural hair products, this one’s going on the trading block. It’s a shame though since I’ve heard great things about this brand. I may try out their hair treatment mask, but I’ll have to do more research. It’s the only reason it’s getting a “3,” otherwise, I’m pretty sure I’d give it a higher score.
This month, ipsy had bonus items which some subscribers got one of those items. The last time they did that was in December 2012, with a sample of the Urban Decay BB Cream. As they now have a referral link system, if two people signed up using your code, you could have gotten a full size Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow or Baublebar O-Ring Stud Wrap while supplies last.
If they signed up by May 1st, you’d get the item in this bag, otherwise, you wouldn’t get it ’til June. There were two other ways people could have gotten the eyeshadow was by being 1 of the 200 winners of the giveaway ipsy had on their Facebook page or by being an active member.
I didn’t get the bonus last time, but I got lucky this time and I was able to get the UD eyeshadow for being a “great content creator and active member of the ipsy community”. I was super excited and surprised when I found out since I honestly didn’t think I’d get one. For the eyeshadows, people could have gotten 1 of the 7 shadows from the line, which can be shown below.
I got the shade Moonspoon, which Urban Decay describes as a “medium gray w/bright silver sparkle.” While it’s a pretty color, I decided to trade it for Zodiac (thanks Julie!!), as it was the color I wanted the most of the whole line. The other color I wanted if I couldn’t get Zodiac was Intergalactic.
I did get a chance to go to Sephora and swatch the whole collection. I found the whole collection to be very glittery, this one to be no exception. With this one in particular, didn’t seem to be as bold as it was in the pan. To get the best color payoff, apply it wet, which applies to the whole collection. I also found that as I was removing the shadows from my arm, it left a glittery residue behind, which like the MicaBeauty loose eyeshadow I got last month, reminded me of the sparkly vampires in Twilight.
- Box Score: 3.5/5 (scoring this time around is a little skewed since more than 1 items I didn’t test since I was planning to trade them and as such, I wanted to keep the items unopened; also does not include the UD eyeshadow since it was a bonus item that only some subscribers got)
- Total Value: $48.35 (not including UD eyeshadow) || $68.35 (w/UD eyeshadow)
Final Thoughts: Even though I didn’t love my whole bag, it was still decent. I also have a note of why my score this time isn’t truly accurate. The lip gloss was the only item I REALLY HATED getting, mainly because of the color. Everything else was alright, but decided to trade some things this time since there were some other things that I didn’t get, that I wanted to try. There were so many different items given out this month, which in turn had numerous combinations.
I’m curious if in future months if they’ll continue with having more varying items. This was also the first month where they used the updated style quiz, so that’ll be interesting in how that comes to play in the future. I personally am all for the variations, especially if they actually pay attention to our style quiz results. This time around was disappointing, but hopefully, the matches will be better next month.
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.
|Name of Product:||Sample Received:||Full Price:||Comments:|
|Zoya Nail Polish in Gei Gei||$8.00||$8.00 [LINK]||Gah! Got a second one! Even though I don’t like pink, I’m think I’ll keep keep this since I have nothing like it in my collection and none of the other colors, besides Julie since I traded for it, in the Lovely collection were interesting enough for me to trade for.|
Yaby Concealer in Buff
|$4.85||$4.85 [LINK]||Since so many people have gotten mismatched with the concealers, a shame since it’s actually decent, I was hoping that I’d get a darker concealer with “Fair” skintone. And, go figure, I was right and I’m happy to have my actual color now, even though I was expecting it to be the other way around — Getting Buff originally and Vanilla in this bag.|
|Mirabella Colour Sheer Lipstick in Daydream||$22.00||$22.00 [LINK]||I honestly wanted to trade this when I first saw it because I don’t go for really light lipstick. But, after seeing swatches, I plan on keeping it. It’s like “your nude lips, but better,” kind of thing, with a hint of pink, and I’m loving it! 😀 Needed a lip stick like that. Apparently 6 shades were shipped out — Posy (sheer bright berry), Daydream (sheer soft rosy pink), Pixie (sheer coral), Charmed (sheer pink), Bellarina (sheer pale pink), Bloom (sheer light pink)|
|Pacifica Roll-On Perfume in Tahitian Gardenia||$12.00
||$12.00 [LINK]||I was on the fence about this scent in my first bag, so getting it again was a little disappointing. I don’t like it enough to keep a second one, so I’m trading it for the Island Vanilla one.|
|Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel||$6.68||$22.00 [LINK]||Even though I’ve heard great things about their brow products (I wanna try the brow powder duo at some point), I don’t use brow gel, so wasn’t too happy to get this. Will be going on the trading block. If I don’t get a trade for it, I try to find a use for it. Any suggestions?|
Finally, with each bag, there are coupon codes, which I’ve listed below:
Zoya (Nail Polishes from the Spring 2013 Lovely collection)
- IPSYZ – Buy 2 polishes & get one free, free 1oz Remove+, and $5 shipping. Available online at http://www.zoya.com only. Continental USA only. Offer valid thru 5/31/13. Offer applies to all Zoya Nail Polish Color, including PixieDust. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or promotions. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or errors associated with declined credit cards . No code necessary, discount applied at checkout. In the event of larger than expected volume of orders, please allow up to 4 weeks for shipping.
Mirabella (Color Sheer Lipstick, Glimmer Gloss, Lip Liner, or Powder)
- IPSY50 – 50% off Color Sheer Lipsticks
- IPSY30 – 30% off all other products
- For both codes: Offer valid thru 5/31/13. Unlimited uses. US only. Only ONE code can be used per purchase. Coupons cannot be combined.
- Glimmer Gloss currently on sale for $16, regular price: $24
Juice Beauty (Reflecting Lipgloss)
- IPSY20 – 20% off your purchase of $30 or more. Offer valid thru 6/15/13. Valid in US and Canada. Enjoy free standard shipping on US orders of $50 or more. Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to past orders.
Pacifica (Roll On Perfume in Island Vanilla or Tahitian Gardenia Perfume, Coconut Crushed Bronzing Body Butter or Coconut Pearl Luminizing Body Butter)
- Beauty20 – 20% off your purchase. Offer valid thru 5/31/13. US Only. One time use, not valid towards shipping. US and Canada only.
Anastasia Beverly Hills (Clear Eyebrow Gel)
- No discount code available.
Macadamia Natural Oil (Healing Oil Treatment)
- IPSY30 – 30% off a 4.2 oz bottle of Healing Oil Treatment. Offer valid thru 7/31/13. US only.
- ipsyluvsyabycc20 – Offer valid thru 6/10/13. One time use. Valid only on yaby products. Free shipping on orders over $60. Please visit site for shipping details.
- Code’s valid on Camera Ready
St. Tropez (One Night Instant – One Night Only Instant Glow)
- Ipsy20 – 20% off your purchase. Offer valid thru 6/30. Valid only in the US. Offer is valid one time per customer.
NuMe (Healing Serum)
- ipsy60 – 60% off any single product. Offer valid thru 10/31/13. Limit one per person, one time use only, one per transaction. Cannot be combined with any other offer, deal, or promotion. Can be applied towards products with special sale prices. Cannot be used towards shipping and taxes, shipping and taxes (for CA and Canadian orders) are not included. Coupon is case sensitive.