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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.

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy July Glam Bag Review

July Glam Bag: mini bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30, Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment, Models Own Nail polish, and Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm

July Glam Bag: mini bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30, Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment, Models Own nail polish, and Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm

My July bag arrived really late this month. The July bag’s theme was “Sensationally Sunkissed” and the bag was bright pink (my favourite colour!). Unfortunately it was another one of those plastic bags with a strong chemical off-gassing smell. Ick.

In the July bag was:

  • bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 mini with the shades “Muse” and “Passion” a pink and a purple shade:  $25.00 for full size
  • pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30 (15ml sample size): $65.00 for full 50 ml size
  • Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment (2 ml sample size):  $38.00 for full 7.5 ml size
  • Models Own nail polish in “Red Sea”: $9.50
  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm mini in “Pretty Pink” (1.8 g sample size): $22.00 for full size

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

The total retail value of the July bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $159.50 CAD. This month’s bag was pretty high-end.

I absolutely love the mini bareMinerals eyeshadow and mini Pixi tinted lip Balm – they are beyond cute. Pur-lisse and Clear Clinic Laboratories are two expensive brands and I’m excited to try them out. Overall, a really good bag this month!

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

The June Glam Bag’s theme was “Pretty in Paradise” and included a beautiful Rebecca Minkoff floral patterned cosmetic bag.

I received:

  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (45 ml sample size):  $11.99 for full 125 ml size
  • Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: $16.20
  • NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”:  $5.50
  • Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in “Green”: $5.30
  • Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser (58 ml sample size): $24.00 for full 118 ml size

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

The total retail value of the June bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $62.99 CAD.

I was thrilled to get another NYX Butter Gloss! You can feel my love for them in a previous post. This one was in a shade I didn’t have, Apple Struedel, a pretty peachy coral.

Swatch: NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Struedel

NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”

I’m enjoying the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, which smells amazing, like a pina colada. The Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser I am a bit unsure about, as it is very scented (it smells like an orange creamsicle) and does contain oils. I have only used it once; I’m a bit nervous how my skin might react. I also really (unexpectedly) like the green Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner. I don’t often use liquid liners, but I think over a dark smokey eye this could be cool. It sets really well and doesn’t budge once applied, and seems to be fairly water-proof.

The one big “miss” from this month’s Ipsy bag is the Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara. It smells horrific, almost like gasoline! I wouldn’t even try it on. Has anyone else tried this mascara? Is there something wrong with mine? Leave me a comment to let me know.

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy May Glam Bag Review

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

The May Glam Bag’s “Fresh Picks” theme was all about natural beauty. I nicknamed mine the “hippy glam bag” because all my products seemed to be of the all-natural, sustainable, ethical, organic, cruelty-free variety. Even the cosmetic bag was unbleached cotton with a green leaf design. My bag also contained more skincare products then any of my previous bags. Only one item out of the five was a makeup item. I received:

  • Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil (travel size): $14.00 CAD
  • Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn” (unable to find a price)
  • Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (10ml sample size): $38.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer (15ml sample size): $60.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 natural sunscreen (sample size): $14.00 CAD for full size

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

The total retail value of the May bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $126.00 CAD. That is without the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo which had no price available.

The Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil is silicone-free and uses essential oils like Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Tamanu and certified organic ingredients. Its cruelty-free and has recyclable packaging. I have super frizzy hair and generally like hair oils. I found the scent of this one a bit off-putting – a very sinus-clearing eucalyptus. I could not find where this brand might be sold in Canada. We can’t order online, but their website says you can call or email to place an international order, but beware they ship using UPS.

The Pacifica eyeshadow duo is not on their website, so I suspect it was an item specially created for Ipsy. The brand’s products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain “FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin” and they are really environmentally and ethically conscious.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in "Moonbeam" and "Unicorn"

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn”

Their mineral eyeshadow duo, infused with coconut water, was literally a hit and a miss. The darker, purpley-taupey shade was quite nice and wearable, with a very smooth texture and satin finish. The other half of the duo, a glittery cream shade, was awful! That shade was everything I dislike in an eyeshadow: scratchy, uneven texture; chunky; patchy to apply; and over-the-top sparkly. Pacifica is available through well.ca and may be at some Target stores in Canada (not mine).

I love getting facial masks in my Ipsy bag. The Hey Honey brand uses honey as the main ingredient in all their products, so I am excited to try out the Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask. The Hey Honey site ships to Canada using USPS for very reasonable shipping ($8.99 USD) and with USPS there aren’t additional import or customs fees.

Pur-lisse is quite a high-end brand. One of the great things about getting samples in my Ipsy bag is that I can try out expensive products to see how my skin reacts before dropping a lot of money on the full sized product and then discovering it irritates my sensitive skin. The Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer does contain natural fragrance oils so we will see how it goes.

I was excited to get a sunscreen in my Ipsy bag. Being a very pale girl, I practically never leave the house in summer without at least an SPF 30 on (and prefer an SPF 50 or even 75). The Hang Ten Classic Sport contains some organic ingredients, is Oxybenzone, Paraben, and Retinyl Palmitate free, and has a “a signature beach themed all-natural non-synthetic scent”. It smells delicious! Again, I am glad I get to test this out first to see how my skin reacts. Although I couldn’t find where to purchase this brand in Canada.

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Ipsy April Glam Bag Review

April Ipsy Glam Bag: UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil, Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain glitter nail lacquer, dr. brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant, Jasmine perfume oil, and Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss

April Ipsy Glam Bag: UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil, Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain glitter nail lacquer, dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, Demeter Jasmine perfume oil, and Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss

The April Glam Bag’s theme was “Beauty Rocks” and contained products with a rock-n-roll sort of theme. The cosmetic bag was really cute, and also said “Beauty Rocks” with an image of an old vinyl record.  The bag contained 5 products, 4 of which were sample sizes:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil in “Black Velvet” (0.03 oz size): $24.00 CAD for full 0.04 oz size
  • Rainbow Honey glitter nail lacquer in “Midnight Fountain” (sample size): $11.50 CAD for full size
  • dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant (0.25 oz sample size): $90.00 CAD for 2 oz size
  • Demeter Jasmine perfume oil (o.29 sample size): $20.00 CAD for full 1 oz size. This is the first time I’ve received perfume in my Glam Bag.
  • Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss in “Berry Me”: $11.00 CAD

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

The total retail value of the April bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $156.50 CAD.

I am happy with this month’s products with the exception of the Mary Kay. I am not a fan of Mary Kay because I am allergic to their products, so I won’t be using the lip gloss. The dr. brandt is quite a high-end product. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

In Canada, Rainbow Honey nail lacquer and Demeter perfume is available through nailpolishcanada.com. Urban Decay and dr. brandt are available at Sephora. Mary Kay can be purchased through their “independent beauty consultants”.

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Ipsy March Glam Bag Review

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

I’m a bit late reviewing my Ipsy Glam bag this month. The March cosmetic bag was my favourite  so far – a super cute, original design by artist Klari Reis. The bag contained:

  • NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in “Segredos De Giselle”: $6.75 CAD
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick in “Get Ready” (1.5g sample size): $23.00 CAD for full 3.4g size
  • Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (12ml sample size): $25.00 CAD for full size
  • Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen: $26.90 CAD

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

There were only four products in this month’s bag, which is slightly fewer than normal, but three of them were higher end brands that would be over $20 each to purchase on their own.

I love NYX eyeshadows, and I’m happy with the trio I received in “Segredos De Giselle” – a peachy pink, a beige, and a bronzey-brown, all shades that I would wear. The same with the bareMinerals lipstick shade; it’s a super wearable pinky-rose. The shade “Get Ready” seems to be exclusive to Ipsy, as it isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site. I am also loving the Pixi primer, a water-based, fragrance-free primer that works well with my MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

I haven’t used the Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen yet, which is a water-resistant liquid liner. I’m not really a blue eyeliner person.

The total retail value of the March bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $81.65 CND.

The Chella website ships to Canada, but states “Canadian customers are responsible for all duties and GST”, and doesn’t say what shipping method they use. The Hudsons Bay Company logo is on their site under “About Us” so they may carry Chella products? For where to buy NYX, bareMinerals, and Pixi in Canada, checkout my Canadian Makeup Shopping Guide.

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Ipsy February Glam Bag Review

February Ipsy Glam Bag: Dr. Lin Acne Spot Corrector, Zoya Nail Polish in Odette, City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon, POP Beauty Plump Pout in Peony Petal, and Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One in Ambrosia.

February Ipsy Glam Bag: Dr. Lin Acne Spot Corrector, Zoya Nail Polish in Odette, City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon, POP Beauty Plump Pout in Peony Petal, and Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One in Ambrosia.

This is my sixth Glam Bag. The February bag arrived really late in the month, but we have had terrible weather here, many snow days and blizzards, so it likely delayed the mail (the joys of Canadian winters!). I don’t think it was Ipsy’s fault. This month’s bag contained:

  • Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector (0.5 oz travel size): about $7.00 for the full 1 oz size
  • Zoya Nail Polish in “Odette”: $9.75
  • City Color Be Matte Blush in “Fresh Melon”: $3.30
  • POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini in Peony Petal: $19.40 for full size
  • Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One in Ambrosia: $19.95

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

I was really happy with this month’s bag. I loved that the cosmetic bag was pink (my fav colour, and perfect for February). It had a good variety of products – from makeup to nail polish to skincare. I was pleased with the shade selection that I received too. Three of the five were also full-sized products.

My two favourites were the pretty purple Zoya polish and the POP Beauty Plump Pout in Peony Petal, a really lovely rosey pink. Although the scent of the lip gloss is a little odd (I think they were going for creme brule?) it isn’t overpowering and doesn’t have a strong flavour.

The total retail value of the February bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $59.40 CND.

Where to buy in Canada:
Zoya: NailPolishCanada.com. POP Beauty: Canada Beauty Supply. Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One: ‘Tini website. I couldn’t find Canadian sites without customs/import duties for the Dr. Lin Skincare or City Color products.

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Ipsy January Glam Bag Review

January Ipsy Glam Bag: Healthy Sexy Hair Tri-wheat Leave-in Conditioner; Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil; (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm; Apothederm Bright Skin Serum.

January Ipsy Bag: Healthy Sexy Hair Tri-wheat Leave-in Conditioner; Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil; (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm; Apothederm Bright Skin Serum.

This is my fifth Glam Bag. This month’s bag contained:

  • Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-wheat Leave-in Conditioner (50ml sample size): $14.95 for the 250 ml size
  • Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil in “Pearl” (0.7g sample size): $16.43 for regular size
  • A full sized (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm: $13.15
  • Apothederm Skin Bright Serum (4ml sample size): $73.99 for regular 30ml size
  • Willa Naturals On the Go Lavender Face Towelettes travel size 10 count [not pictured]: $11.00 for

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

This month’s bag had more hair/skincare products than makeup, with only one actual makeup product. I’ve never tried Healthy Sexy Hair although its easy to find in Canada in most drugstores. Love leave-in conditioners and use them daily, so I am excited to test this one out. It’s a great size for traveling. I’m going on two trips in the next two weeks, and this will be in my bag.

I received an Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara in the September Glam Bag and really didn’t like it, so I didn’t have high hopes for the eye pencil. The mascara just didn’t do anything at all for my lashes and the weird, hour-glass shaped brush made it tricky to apply. I’m likewise not a big fan of the Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil. Described as the “ultimate gel pencil” that contains “just enough shimmer”, I found the Pearl shade too sheer and sparkly. Not sure what I would use it for. Maybe a base under eyeshadow? Elizabeth Mott doesn’t seem to be available in Canada. Their website ships to Canada, but uses UPS and extra customs duties and taxes apply – see my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for why this is not a good thing.

Love, love, love the (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm! I am super picky about lip balm and was nervous that it might be overly scented or flavoured, but it’s not. I love the thick, rich texture – it’s like a clear gel – and it’s very hydrating. (MALIN+GOETZ) was founded by two dudes, and one founder suffers from fragrance allergies, so the entire line is geared toward sensitive skin – hooray! (MALIN+GOETZ) doesn’t seem to be sold in Canada, which is one of the reasons I love getting Glam bags: getting to try things I would never normally have a chance to. (MALIN+GOETZ) does ship to Canada. Shipping is $25 but the company they use for international shipping, International Checkout, states extra duties and taxes apply. I’d be afraid of the kind of extra charges I faced when I ordered my Besame 😦

The Apothederm Skin Bright Serum is a high-end item that “refines, brightens and hydrates for a more even complexion” with some pretty fancy ingredients. It’s paraben and phthalate free and doesn’t contain pore-clogging or formaldehyde releasing ingredients, and the serum is fragrance free. Really excited about this one!

Not pictured is the Willa Naturals On the Go Lavender Face Towelettes. I gave these to a friend because there’s no way I could use scented towelettes on my sensitive skin.

The total retail value of the January bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $129.52 CND. This bag had the best value of any so far, mostly due to the Apothederm Skin Bright Serum.

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Ipsy December Glam Bag Review

Ardell Naturel lashes, NYX Lipstick, NICKA K New York nail polish, POP Beauty eyeshadow trio, Be a Bombshell The One Stick

Ardell Naturel lashes, NYX Lipstick, NICKA K New York nail polish, POP Beauty eyeshadow trio, Be a Bombshell The One Stick

This is my fourth Glam Bag, and I am still pretty pleased. I had previously reviewed my November Glam Bag. The December theme was “Celebration!”. This bag contained:

  • Ardell Naturel 120 Demi Black lashes: $6.29
  • NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream”: $5.99
  • NICKA K New York nail polish in “Classic Taupe”: $5.30
  • POP Beauty eyeshadow trio in “Smokin Hot”
  • Be a Bombshell The One Stick in “Girl Crush”: $16.98

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

I love Ardell lashes and it was great to get a new pair just in time for the holidays. I am not typically a big fan of NYX lipsticks, but I’m actually liking the formula of the Extra Creamy Round which doesnt have the typical icky, perfumey NYX lip product scent and taste. Unfortunately the colour doesnt quite suit me but I may check out some of the other shades now.

The NICKA K polish is “DBP, Toluene and added formaldehyde free’ and I loved the colour, but the formula is a bit thin and streaky and required 3-4 coats. I much prefered the Nailtini nail lacquer from last month’s Glam Bag. I also don’t think NICKA K products are available in Canada. I calculated the Canadian price from the American website (which doesnt ship internationally). UPDATE: NICKA K is sold at London Drugs, in-store only.

POP beauty is a UK based brand. I couldn’t find the eyeshadow trio for sale anywhere, which I can only guess means it may have been a special sample prepared for the Glam Bag? I did really like the shadows. The “Smokin Hot” contained great New Year’s Eve (or any party!) shades: white, silvery grey and sparkely black. They were very pigmented and I would try some other POP Beauty eyeshadows if I can find them in Canada.

The only big “fail” from this month’s bag was the Be a Bombshell The One Stick. I had been really impressed with the Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon from last month’s Glam Bag. The One Stick is obviously a take on NARS’ The Multiple. Be a Bombshell says you can use it on “eyelids, cheeks or lips for the perfect pop of color anywhere! Apply as you would regular eyeshadow, blush or lip gloss.” Yeah…not so much. This smooshy, greasy, glittery thing didn’t work on my cheeks, eyelids OR lips. Just awful.

The total retail value of the December bag (minus the POP Beauty eyeshadow which I couldn’t find a price for) was: $34.56. So, for $16 this bag had significantly less value than last month’s $108 Glam Bag.

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Ipsy November Glam Bag Review

If you’re not familiar with “beauty boxes” or “beauty bags”, they are a monthly subscription service where a box, bag, or sometimes even a mailing tube of make-up and skincare samples are delivered to your door. You don’t select the products; Its a surprise and every month is different. After reviewing some of the services available in Canada (like Glossybox, Topbox, Luxe Box) and comparing prices, number of samples, and reviews, I decided to try out Ipsy’s “Glam Bags”.

I liked that you get an actual cosmetic bag every month (vs a box) as I thought they would be more useful, and they seemed to have the best selection of brands. Ipsy is $14.95 USD per month, or roughly $16.00 CND shipping included.

I subscribed in September, and I have been impressed so far that I have actually received my Glam Bag for each month in that same month, i.e I got my September Glam Bag in September, my October Glam Bag in October, etc. So they have the shipping sorted out, even for remote Canadian locations!

Here is what I received in my November Glam Bag:

Ipsy November Glam Bag

Ipsy November Glam Bag

The November theme was “Glam It Up”. It contained:

  • Nailtini nail lacquer in Cavier Cocktail (a shimmery gunmetal gray): $13
  • Pixi bronzer in Subtly Suntouched: $26
  • Glamglow mud mask: $21
  • Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn: $14
  • em Michelle Phan lash gallery lengthening mascara: $20
  • Starlooks Gem Liner in amethyst: $14

So, to buy all of these 6 products separately would be $ 108. Pretty good value for $16! I have been happy with the product selection so far.

I will keep you posted on future Glam Bags.

 

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