The last Ipsy bag for 2013 has arrived and I have it to show to you today. The theme for December is Celebration, and Ipsy says that there is always a reason to get gorgeous, feel glamorous, and celebrate! I have mixed feelings about this months bag. On one hand, it’s satisfactory and I’m really excited about one of the products. On the other hand, I feel like the last bag of the year, the Holiday bag, should have been better. I feel like December and January bags should be amazing and knock my socks off, which this bag did not do. The bag isn’t bad, but it didn’t blow me away. More likely than not, my lack of enthusiasm is probably due to shade selection. The products themselves aren’t a problem, but these aren’t the shades that I would have chosen for myself. At any rate, I’m going to stop babbling and get into the bag.
Speaking of the bag, let me just say that I love the actual bag that the products came in this month. It’s this totally awesome textured black bag that can absolutely be used as a clutch. It would look fantastic with a holiday dress. This is my favorite bag of all the bags I’ve received from Ipsy, and I’ve been a subscriber for over a year. I would totally buy this for myself if I saw it in a store.
Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Flustered: “An all-in-one multiple stick with a smooth texture. Apply to eyelids, cheeks or lips for the perfect pop of color anywhere!” This is a full size sample worth $16 at beabombshell.com.
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Goddess: “A classic lipstick for all occasions that has a mineral-based emollient formula, beautiful velvet texture, saturated color, and resists wear and smudging.” This is a full size sample worth $4 at nyxcosmetics.com.
Andrea Strip Lash: “Be your most beautiful everyday. Andrea lashes are the perfect compliment to your natural beauty. Strip Lashes are lightweight, easy to apply, and comfortable to wear.” Ulta is the distributor that Ipsy is using for these lashes, and they are $3.99 at ulta.com.
POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Smokin’ Hot: “This palette of hues adds definition & intensity to lids, creating a broad range of looks that complements all eye colours. From brightening bare to sultry smoke, these hues blend smoothly onto the lid, adding a veil of silky luster that will outlive the day or night!” This trio is a sampling from the larger 10-pan Smokin’ Hot palette that retails for $24 at popbeauty.co.uk. Sample is worth $7.20.
Starrily Nail Polish in Bzzz Bzzz: “This nail polish is seriously all the buzz. Features a combo of yellow and black glitters in a clear base. Big 5 Free and not tested on animals. For best results, use as a topcoat.” Mini bottle is listed for $5.00 at starrily.com.
My overall grand total for the December Ipsy bag is $36.19, well over my $10 subscription fee. Not my favorite bag, but still pretty decent. Like I said earlier, there isn’t anything wrong with these products, but the shades just aren’t my style. I don’t see me using the nail polish at all. I’m also not likely to use the smoky shades in the POP Beauty trio. I’ll probably end up including them in the products I’m collecting for my next giveaway. I am trying to experiment with false lashes, so I’ll get some use out of these ones. I really like NYX Round Lipsticks so it is a good addition to the bag, but when I saw the shade I immediately thought of my mom, so I may just throw it in her stocking. I am truly excited about the Be a Bombshell The One Stick. I can’t wait to try it and compare it to the NARS Multiple that I have. That product and the awesome bag make my December Ipsy an overall success for me. I am looking forward to seeing what Ipsy has to offer next month for the first bag of 2014. To get your own Ipsy bag, you can use the referral link listed on the sidebar, or click on this link.