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Ipsy August Glam Bag Review & Why I Cancelled My Subscription

Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2014

This is my last Ipsy Glam bag review (more about why I cancelled my subscription below). My August bag arrived late this month, just like my July bag. The August bag’s theme was fittingly “Beauty Schooled”, just in time for back-to-school. This month may be the cutest bag yet, a plastic cylinder shaped bag with orange polka-dots.

In the August bag was:

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (0.1 oz mini):  $26.00 for full 0.4 oz size
  • Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil (0.02 oz mini): Could not find a price
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush Sample Duo in “Fresh” & “Elegant” (0.09 oz sample):  $8.70 each for full 0.28 oz sizes
  • Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner: $6.00
  • Paula’s Choice Skincare Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+ (0.5 0z sample size): $29.59 for full 2 oz size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the August bag (excluding the Kohl Eye Pencil I couldn’t find a price for) if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $78.99 CAD.

I was excited to try the  Urban Decay Perversion Mascara but I have to say I was less than impressed with it. Sephora is currently selling it with the Subversion Primer. I don’t know if you’d get a more dramatic, volumizing effect if you used the primer, but it didn’t wow me. I still love my Guerlain Maxi Lash.

The Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil was a bit of a fail as it was really smudgy and not the type that stays put very well. I’d have to be doing a REALLY smokey eye! Lord & Berry is not a brand that’s available in Canada.

I haven’t tried any Coastal Scents makeup so the blush sample was neat, especially the fact that it was a duo so you get to try two shades. My favourite was the Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner! Love this lip balm!!! I have no idea where to buy it in Canada, except on Amazon.com.

So, I decided to cancel my Ipsy subscription. Why?
It wasn’t because I was unhappy with the Glam bags or the products I was receiving. I actually had a lot of fun getting them each month and although some of the products were misses, many were hits. Here are some of the reasons I decided to cancel:

  • I have been subscribing for a year now. The “novelty” or the fun factor was starting to wear off a bit.
  • I now have 12 cosmetic bags! I was starting to run out of things to do with them 🙂
  • I was accumulating a lot of samples and was finding I wasn’t able to keep up with trying them all.
  • I was looking for ways to save some money in my budget and wasn’t as interested in the expense of a monthly subscription service.

I hope my reviews of my monthly Ipsy bags have been helpful for those of you curious about getting a subscription! Maybe I’ll subscribe to another type of monthly sample service eventually. Who knows.

Thanks for stopping by ❤


Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Coastal Scents Shadow Brush

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush (BR-C-N02)

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush (BR-C-N02)

I received this eyeshadow brush in my September or October Ipsy Glam Bag. I had never tried any of their products as they’re not sold in stores in Canada (at least not as far as I have been able to find out). Coastal Scents are known for being inexpensive. The Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush retails for about $2.75 CND and according to the Coastal Scents website is made of pony hair.

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush

This is probably the worst brush I have ever used. Not only does it shed hairs, it also does not apply eyeshadow evenly. According to Coastal Scents, it will “uniformly cover the whole eyelid in just a few simple strokes.” I definitely did not find that to be true. I think instead of being a good deal, this brush is more of a case of you get what you pay for. It performs as I would expect a brush that you only paid $3 for to perform: badly.

Coastal Scents is only available in Canada through FTB Beauty, but they only seem to stock the eyeshadows. I would not recommend ordering through the Coastal Scents website as it states “We are not responsible for customs’ duties and taxes that may be charged on international orders. The country of destination may charge duty/tax fees” (which can be as high as 50% of your order price btw). So even though the makeup and brushes seem inexpensive they might not end up being much of a deal.

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