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August 2015 ipsy Glam Bag: A Tale of Two Glam Bags

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Hi Friends!

Today I ne2015-08-26 20.28.26ed to tell you about how much ipsycare rocks!  ipsycare is the customer service email for ipsy that you use to report any problems with your subscription or bag.

This month, I had redeemed my ipsy points for a Real TECHniques concealer brush so I knew my bag would be a little later than usual.  I love the brush whic2015-08-26 20.35.37h is valued at $8.  I patiently waited to receive my bag however, when it arrived, it was quite obvious that  I did not receive the items shown in my glam room sneak peek.  I was a bit bummed that because of this I would not get any ipsy points this month because you only get points for the items you receive.  I emailed customer care in hopes of getting the points I would have earned and they did me one better.  They sent me the bag I was supposed to received at no charge!  That is how I ended up with 2 August Glambags.  How cute is the design of the bag this month? It is plastic on the outside and I love the pink interior.

First off, I will show you bag #1 – the “wrong” bag that I LOVE!

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2015-08-26 20.34.12Nail polish in “MISTER POOKIES”

I love this shade.  It is a shade of what I would call midnight purple.  It looks almost black at first but lightens as it dries.  It does require two coats for full coverage.

FULL SIZE Value $17

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Starlooks Pro 

Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen in Black

I am always iffy on liquid eyeliner pens but this one is terrific.  The tip is versatile enough to create thin or thicker lines.

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Marc Anthony Argan Oil

This is a really nice oil that is easy to apply, just a couple drops onto towel dried hair.  It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth without feeling oily.

Value $2

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I received the day cream in a previous ipsy bag and loved it so I was really happy to receive the night cream.  It has a light non-greasy formula that really moisturizes and there is no scent to it.

Value $12

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HIKARI lip gloss in Merlot

This was my favourite item in the bag! I love the shade of this gloss, it is dark and well pigmented but not too dark for this ginger! The formula is thick and stays on without being too sticky.

FULL SIZE Value $13

Total Bag Value for Bag 1 with 3 FULL SIZE items: $63 + $8 for the brush 

Here is what was in Bag #2 – the one I was supposed to receive:

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2015-09-04 18.07.29Luxe Doubler Eye & Lip Crayon in Wine

The colour of this liner is gorgeous. It is actually a perfect compliment to the Hiakri gloss I received in the other bag.  It will also be a fun eye liner for me since I have green eyes and like to experiment with colours.

FULL SIZE value $12

2015-09-05 12.49.25Noyah lipstick in Desert Rose

This has to be the cutest mini lipstick I have received.  I love the soft pink shade, desert rose is the perfect name for it.  The formula is nice and soft and it stays on well.

Value $4.50

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I was excited to see I was getting this in my sneak peek as I love a face mask so when I saw I got the wrong bag, I ordered it with my ipsy points so I will now have it twice! I am looking forward to trying it out.

Value $4.20

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Briogeo Blossom & Bloom 

Volumizing Blow Dry Spray

I  love the smell of this.  It really does add volume when heat styling.  I love this because often I find my hair feeling a little flat when heat styling.

Value $3.60

TRUST FUND BEAUTY polish in Elegantly Wasted2015-09-05 12.49.54

I love the shade of this polish and I was most disappointed when I thought I was not going to receive this.  Unfortunately, the formula is not a creme as I thought and requires a minimum 3 coats for full coverage but oh that shade!

FULL SIZE Value $15

Total Value of Bag 2 with 2 FULL SIZE samples: $39.30

I am so impressed with ipsy.  They really do care about their customers.  I received a quick response and had my bag within days.  They consistently provide me with samples that are relevant to me and are brands I would buy.

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Spread Love,

M


July 2015 ipsy glambag

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2015-07-26 12.04.24Summer Lovin’…had me a blast.

Summer Lovin…happened so fast.

I just love the theme this month, Summer Lovin.  It is so fun and, of course, it makes me think of my favourite movie Grease!

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First of all, how cute is this bag?

I just love the bright colours and the waves inspired pattern.  It is a perfect summer bag…my 11 year old has already stolen it from me!  Easy come, easy go.

Let’s see what was inside:

2015-07-26 12.04.51CITY COLOR HD Powder. 

I have heard this is some incredible stuff and I am really looking forward to trying this as a primer.

This was a deluxe (1/2 size) sample valued at $3.50

 

2015-07-26 12.05.28pur-lisse Brightening Serum

I am looking forward to trying this high quality serum and see how it reacts to my skin.  This is a very expensive product.

This was a deluxe sample (1.3 size) valued at $25

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Crown tweezers

These little tweezers are so cute.  They are perfect for my purse for tweezing on the go.  They are good quality and squeeze together without slipping.

These are full size and valued at $6.99

2015-07-26 12.06.42NudeStix Eyeshadow crayon in Gilt

This colour is gorgeous and the crayon glides on beautifully.  I love that it came with it’s own sharpener!  I will get a lot of use out of this product and it may be my favourite in the bag.

This is full size and valued at $24!

2015-07-26 12.07.41JOREL PARKER perfume in Classico

I love this roller bottle.  It is a great size and fits well in my purse for on the go.  I really do like the fruity/floral scent.  It reminds me of a scent I wore when I was younger but I just cannot place it.

This is a full size and valued at $26

This month’s bag was amazing!  I absolutely love it!  The total value was $85.50.

If you would like to give ipsy a try, please use my referral link

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Spread Love,

M

 

 

 

 

June Ipsy GlamBag

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2015-06-14 10.53.41Hi Friends!

Once again, ipsy has provided me with a bag that makes me happy!

The theme for June was “Swim into Beauty” and featured a soft black bag with a cute orange zipper for a pop of colour!

Let’s see what was inside:

2015-06-14 10.54.31LaVanilla Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanila

I absolutely love the smell of this body butter.  I keep it on my nightstand.  I have to say, I had a pretty painful sunburn and using this soothed my skin and kept it soft and moisturized.

Deluxe Sample valued at $2.50

2015-06-14 10.54.40jCat Lip Stain in “Hikilicious” 

This is a very fun colour.  It isn’t pink or red, more of a coral with heavy pink tones.

The lipstain goes on well but since it is a stain, be careful when applying as it will turn your skin red.

FULL SIZE valued at $5.99

2015-06-14 10.55.08treStique Eyeshadow Crayon in Kona Coffee

This is a really nice product.  The eyeshadow glides on smoothly with great colour pigmentation.  It feels creamy on your eyelids and really lasts without creasing.  The shade was perfect for me.

Deluxe Sample valued at $10.75

2015-06-14 10.55.27Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer

This might be my favourite item this month.  This primer is fantastic,  It goes on light and provides a smooth start to applying your makeup.  I LOVE it!

Deluxe Sample valued at $9

2015-06-14 10.55.54IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

I have blonde eyebrows that are barely noticeable.  Because I am fair, I do not usually use brow products.  I did give this a try and it is so neat how it works.  The amount of pressure you use when applying controls how dark it gets.  I can subtly enhance even my light brows with this product without looking fake.

Deluxe Sample valued at $12.00

The total bag value this month was ~$34.25 which is less than previous months but the products were great and it is a fantastic value so I am thrilled.
If you would like to subscribe to ipsy, you can use my referral link
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Spread Love,

M

 

 

 

May 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

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IMG_20150511_170947Hi Friends!

I had a great surprise when I came home from work.  In my mailbox, there was something PINK!  Awesome things come in pink packages!  My May ipsy Glam Bag has arrived…on the same day I got the shipping notification.  What a treat!

The theme this month was Jet Setter and I was pretty excited about the products being featured.

I also think the bag is adorable: Contents: My Life Breakups to Makeup.

It is a square canvas bag which was a neat change.  It will be my new manicure bag since the old one (another ipsy bag, of course) is now my make up bag for my purse!

Once again, ipsy has not disappointed me!

Let’s get to the details:

20150511_171321Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil

I was excited to receive this as I want to see if it does what I want a lip primer to do.  Help my gloss stay put and don’t let it bleed out.  To put it to the test, there are two blister samples of gloss.  The colours are Failbait (pink) and Bittersweet (purple).

At 3/4 size, this is a deluxe sample valued at $13.40

20150511_171345Alterna Hair Care Caviar CC Cream

I love a new hair treatment.  This one is a 10 in 1 hair perfector.  You can apply to towel dry hair and style as usual or you can use it as a finishing product on dry hair.  I am looking forward to experimenting!

At 1/3 size, this is a deluxe sample valued at $8.50

20150511_171400BellaPierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Ebony

Gel eyeliner is one of my staple beauty products so I was thrilled to receive this FULL size eyeliner.  It says it’s waterproof though I did manage to smudge it when I swatched it so I will be watching to see how it stands up to daily wear.  The colour is rich and will be fun for a smoky eye.

FULL SIZE valued at $14.99

20150511_171409Pixi by Petra Beauty Bronzer in Summertime

I love the eyeshadow duo I got in my March bag so I was excited to get another pixi by petra product, especially a bronzer.  It looks a bit dark however when I swatched it, it blended beautifully into my skin and has a lovely shimmer that is not over the top.

This is a deluxe sample at 1/3 the size valued at $12

20150511_171417Peter Lamas Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser

This smells awesome!  I always enjoy trying new cleansers.  This one is vegan and can double as a body wash it says.

This is a deluxe sample at 1/4 the size valued at $6

So there you have it, friends!  My May Glambag was a hit once again.  I am looking forward to trying every single product and at a total value of ~ $55, I definitely feel I got my money’s worth and then some!

If you would like to give ipsy a try – it’s like Christmas every month in your mailbox- here is my referral link: https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=2jmvb

Spread Love,
M

 

April 2015 ipsy Glambag

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IMG_20150419_195051April’s ipsy Glambag is Beautifully Bohemian.

I admit, I was very excited to receive the bag itself as I think it is adorable.  It is the perfect design for the Bohemian theme.

Let’s see what was inside!

 

 

First, let me 20150419_195407start with the item we all knew we were getting: theBalm’s Nude Dude eyeshadow.  I do love the packaging theBalm uses, it’s always so cute.

I was really happy to get flirty which has some purple undertones.

Value $3, the full size is a 12 Colour Palette for $36

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This is a lovely perfume that has a fruity scent to it.  Specifically, it has a grapefruit scent which is popular right now and perfect for Spring.

This is a roller ball sample and a good size at 5 mL

Value $20  5 mL with a full size being $40 for 10 mL

LATHER20150419_195532 ultra light face lotion is the next sample.  This is a good size at 1 oz.

The product did feel light and absorbed well into my skin.  Because I only use a pin size dab of moisturizer, this sample will go a long way.

Value $10.50 at 1 oz with full size being 2 oz for $21

20150419_195503The lip gloss I received is Starlooks Satin Finish Lip Gloss in Cuddle.

This is a nice gloss that has a pretty shimmer to it.  It would be perfect for a summer night or beach date.

Value $4 at 0.3 oz Full size is $13 at 1 oz

 

20150419_195545Finally, I received Julie G Nail Color in Damsel.

This is a gorgeous pink creme that I will get a lot of use out of.  It covers well and says it doesn’t chip which I will put to the test.

Value $3.99 FULL SIZE

 

Here are the swatches of the cover up, lip gloss and eye shadow.  They are all not bad for my skin tone and I am looking forward to using them.

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This month, I had earned enough ipsy points from reviewing my items that I got to choose a bonus.  I chose Boo Boo Cover Up for 250 points.  It is worth $8 at 4 mL as 10 mL costs $20.  This is a great little cover up and it really does cover up tattoos if you need it too.

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So this month, ipsy was worth ~ $41.50 if you don’t include my bonus item.  I am very pleased as this is more than 2 x what I pay even with the Canadian exchange (~$19).  All value prices are in US dollars.

If you would like to try ipsy, here is my referral code: https://www.ipsy.com/r/2jmvb

Spread Love,

M


March 2015 ipsy Glam Bag

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It is a good day!  Why, you ask? Because I got my ipsy Glam Bag!!

This month’s picks are really great and I still get a chuckle when I see my husband carrying the pink mailer in with the rest of the post!  I am very excited to try everything in my bag.  So far, ipsy and I are 3 for 3!

IMG_0439The Bag!

How cute is this floral and blue make up bag?  I absolutely love the “In Bloom” theme!

 

 

 

IMG_0440Cool Way Glow Oil Treatment

For Shiny, Hydrated Hair

This is a cruelty free product which I love.  The oil feels nice on my skin and I can’t wait to try it out!

To learn more, you can visit the website

10mL Deluxe Sample value $3

Full size is 100mL for $29.95

 

IMG_0442NYX butter lipstick in Hunk

This is a gorgeous deep purple colour that looks more pink on my lips.  It is a very rich colour that goes on smoothly with great coverage.  I am really happy with this addition to my lip collection!

To shop for your own, visit here

FULL SIZE value $6.00

 

IMG_0443Crown Brush

Deluxe Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet

I love this brush!  It is very soft and the crease tip has a great point.  I am looking forward to experimenting on new eye looks with it!

If you would like you own, visit their site

FULL SIZE value $17.50 (you can buy it at Crown for $6.99)

 

 

IMG_0446pixi by petra in Apricot Glow Mineral Eyeshadow Duo

This eyeshadow is beautiful.  It has a lovely shimmer and it stays put when applied.  I am very happy with this sample.

To learn more, visit their website

Deluxe Sample value $4

Sold in a Palette of 6 colours for $12

 

 

IMG_0447skyn ICELAND hydro cool firming eye gels

I am really looking forward to trying these out!  I got two pairs and I will use them on my self care Sundays.  They seem really simple to use and I am curious about what results they will bring.

If you would like to learn more, go here

2 pairs value $7.50

So ipsy has once again exceeded my expectations!  I cannot wait to use all my new goodies.

If you would like to receive an ipsy bag, the process is simple, you can follow my referral link: https://www.ipsy.com/r/2jmvb

Spread Love,

M

February 2015 Glam Bag #ipsylove

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It’s February, the mIMG_0308onth of Love, and Ipsy is ready to tickle you pink!

Hi Friends!

How are you today?  I am under the weather but today I received a tell tale pink mailer to brighten my day!

I already knew what products were on their way and I was very excited to receive my goodies!

Ipsy had a surprise contest for ipsters with a chance to win a year’s free subscription just for posting our glam bags and tagging friends we love.  If you are thinking about trying Ipsy, you can use my referral link to join the fun.  It is only $14.95 US  per month (10 + 4.95 s&h) and you receive 5 beauty products in sample or full size picked just for you based on your beauty profile inside an adorable make up bag.  This month’s was extra cute and my 9 year old has already snatched it up!

Here is what was inside the bag this month:

City Color Lip Stain in Flirtini – FULL SIZE

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This was the item I was probably most excited to try.  It is an incredible creamy lip stain that is thick like a lipstick but creamy like a gloss.  The pink is very fun, especially for Valentine’s Day.  It went on smooth and the colour is vibrant.

If you would like to learn more, click here

 

hey honey, take it off Exfoliating Peel Off Mask

10 mL Deluxe Sample Value $7
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This mask smells incredible.  It has a light honey scent.  The mask is clear and the texture is a thick gel.  I love a peel off mask, especially a clear one.

To learn more click here

 

 

 

NYX Eye/Brow Liner in Gold FULL SIZE

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I love this gold liner. It is very bright and I will probably use this to add drama to a dark cat eye.  I cannot see myself using gold in my brows, despite being blonde.  I wouldn’t have bought this for myself but it will be fun to play with.

For more info, click here

 

MITCHELL AND PEACH face oil 10mL Half size

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I love the smell of this and I have to admit when I put it on my skin, it went on nicely and absorbed well into the skin.

The problem? The packaging.  I see the full size comes with a dropper which I would expect to use with an oil.  I had an impossible time getting a couple of drops out to use.  I wanted to love this more than I do and I think it’s the packaging that turned me off.

To learn more, click here

MODELCo Blush in Peach Bellini Full Size

Value $22IMG_0324

I love the shade of this blush. I have strawberry blonde hair and freckles so it can be hit and miss with blush.  This shade is perfect for me and looks great against my skin.  I have a MODELCo lipstick that I absolutely love so I was excited to try another MODELCo product.

For more information, click here

 

Ipsy really hit it it out of the park for me this month.  I am so happy with my products.  My favourite this month?

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I love when I am excited for a product and it actually meets/exceeds my expectations.

In total, my bag this month was worth approximately $59.20 which is well worth the cost.

Spread Love,

M

My First Ipsy Glam Bag January 2015

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Hi Everyone.  You may have noticed that I have been posting about products lately.

As part of my new year plan, I had made the choice to pamper myself a little more.  I work hard and I need to do some things I enjoy.  This lead me to finally trying beauty box subscribing. I have subscribed to ipsy, Birchbox and then received an invite from Luxe Box.

In doing this, I have learned more about the world of product testing as I received some offers.  You will see more reviews on my blog in addition to my normal posts.  I hope you enjoy the reviews!

Now I love ipsy.  I have wanted to try them for a few months.  It’s like getting presents every month in your mail box.  Check out the adorable pink mailer the package comes in, not to mention the fun little bags you get each month.

The cost for an ipsy subscription in Canada is $14.95 ($10 + $4.95 shipping) and you get 5 beauty products.  Sometimes they are full size, sometimes they are deluxe samples.  You won’t know what you are getting unless you check your glam room each month once your bag has shipped.  Of course, I peeked but I am thrilled with the items I received this month!
Ipsy Glam Bag Stats
1) Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder in Celebration  FULL SIZE Value $14.99

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I received this powder in Celebration.  It matched my skin tone and blended nicely.  It provides the perfect amount of shimmer for a  night out without looking overdone.

Check out bellapierre.com.
2) Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush $9.99

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This is my favourite item in the bag!! The brush is unbelievably soft and it fits the contours of my eyes just perfectly.  I need more of these!

For more information, visit elizabethmott.com.

3) eco-beauty good day moisturizer deluxe Sample Size (0.5 oz) $18.69

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I was very impressed with this moisturizer.  I love the packaging and the fact that it is eco friendly.  Even more, I love that it left my face feeling soft and clean.  It absorbed well into my skin without feeling dry and I wore it all day without needing to reapply, despite the cold dry weather in Canada.

To learn more, go to lafreshgroup.com.

4) Pacifica Eye Shadow in Coconut FULL SIZE $3.50

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This eyeshadow came in Coconut and it was the perfect shade to compliment my fair skin for a fresh natural look.  It also could double as a pretty highlighter.  The shadow gave great coverage that lasted.

Check out pacificabeauty.com
5) probelle Nail Lacquer – Into the Blue FULL SIZE $6.00

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I love the colour of this nail lacquer.  It is called Into the Blue.  My only concerns were that I definitely have to use 2-3 coats for full coverage and it seemed to take longer than average to dry so I ended up smudging and having to reapply the lacquer to a couple of nails.  This is not a deal break though.  I will definitely use this, just not when I am in a hurry!

To see the collection, visit pro-belle.com.
TOTAL GLAM BAG VALUE is $53.17!!!
I would say it is definitely worth the $14.95 I paid for it.

I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship, ipsy!

If you are thinking about signing up, here is my referral link:
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Spread Love (and Beauty),

M

**Please note that I was not compensated by ipsy for this post.  I purchased a subscription to the glam bag.