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Ipsy May 2016

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Ipsy May 2016

Ipsy May 2016

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  Yay!  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for May’s bag is Destination Chic: “Got a case of wanderlust? Grab your girl gang and hit the road with these must-haves to to keep you flawless on the fly.”  let’s take a look.

Épicé International Hydrating Mask

Épicé International Hydrating Mask

Épicé International Hydrating Mask: “Épicé Hydrating Facial Mask is a truly invigorating, yet gentle, way to exfoliate, detoxify and remove environmental impurities from the skin. Your skin will be left looking brighter and more radiant. Rich in antioxidants, ceramides and aloe, this Kaolin Clay mask helps to remove dead skin cells and oil while infusing the skin with vital nutrients. Hyaluronic acid is added to help plump, firm and rehydrate the skin. The added benefit of the unique Malus Domestica Swiss Apple Stem Cell extract regenerates cells to provide a long lasting effect.” This 1 oz travel size sample is available for $12.50 at epiceinternational.com

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio: “This shimmering trio of ipsy-curated shades includes Crush (beige), Skinny Dip (copper) and Lovely (brown). These richly pigmented, velvety-smooth eye shadows complement each other for a subtle yet glitzy everyday eye look.”  Because this trio was made for Ipsy, it is not available at pacificabeauty.com, but there is something sort of similar available at Target for $9.99.  Based on that pricing, this sample is worth about $7.00

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude: “MoistureSmooth Color Sticks instantly moisturize lips, while continuously conditioning them so they are softer and smoother in just 3 days with nothing on them. Made with fruit extracts along with mango and shea butter, the balm-like formula glides on easily, providing a sheer wash of moisturizing color that lasts for hours. In addition, the twist up package allows for perfect application each time – with no sharpener needed.”  Full size is $8.49 for .11 oz at neutrogena.com.  Sample size is .08 oz, worth $6.17.

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm: “A rich nourishing balm infused with Shea Butter, Pomegranate, Rose Hip and Vitamin E to protect and restore lips. Use on its own or on top of lipstick to keep lips super soft.”  This is a full sized sample, worth $21.50 at theorganicpharmacy.com.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara: “Smashbox is back at it again! This triple threat brush isolates and magnifies each lash, while applying its fiber-loaded formula. The result? Sky-high and defined lashes in just one swipe. Bonus: the formula is clump, flake and smudge-proof!”  Full size is $22 for .3 oz at smashbox.com.  Sample size is .1 oz, worth $7.33.

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Ipsy

The grand total worth of my May 2016 bag is $54.50.  I am actually really happy with my bag, and I didn’t expect to be.  When I first saw my items, I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wasn’t thrilled.  But after getting a chance to play with some of the prodcuts, I am a lot more impressed.  The Pacifica trio looks rather ho-hum, but when I swatched the shadows, I loved them.  The The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm is really nice.  I would never pay full price for it, but I am very happy to have it.  I am using a sample of Smashbox Full Exposure mascara right now, so I’m happy to try the new X-rated mascara.  I think the Hydrating mask will be fun to play with.  I wish the Neutrogena Color Stick was in a different shade because it is pretty much exactly my natural lip color, but I do like the formula.  Overall, good job, Ipsy.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your May 2016 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy April 2016

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Ipsy April 2016

Ipsy April 2016

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  It’s a couple days earlier than expected this month, so that’s nice.  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for April’s bag is Dream On: “This month, create looks that celebrate every side of your unique beauty- from natural and understated to high fashion and ultra-glam. We can’t wait to see what you dream up.”

tarte cosmetics LipSurgence lip crème in wonder

tarte cosmetics LipSurgence lip crème

Tarte cosmetics LipSurgence lip crème in Wonder: “The super creamy formula is infused with their famous maracuja oil to leave lips feeling oh-so soft. And we’re beyond obsessed with the soft poppy pink shade. Perfect your pout! Swipe once for a sheer wash of color, or build for more intensity. P.S. It also doubles as a cheek color! Apply to the apples of cheeks and blend for a radiant flush of color.” Full size is $24 for .1 oz at tartecosmetics.com. Sample size is .05 oz, worth $12.

L.A.B.² - Live and Breathe Beauty Just Blending In Brush

L.A.B.² – Live and Breathe Beauty Just Blending In Brush

L.A.B.² – Live and Breathe Beauty Just Blending In Brush: “All brushes are cruelty-free and made with their super high tech ‘FiberLuxe Technology’. They pick up the optimal amount of pigment so you can effortlessly blend like a pro. Peace out, patchy pigment! This fluffy brush applies powder and cream shadows like a dream. The tapered shape makes this brush perfect for not only the eyelid and crease, but for highlighter application too.” This is a full sized product, worth $6.99 at lab2beauty.com.

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks Blush in Peach Pink

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks Blush

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks Blush in Peach Pink: “Sometimes when you want pitch-perfect products, you have to create them yourself–which is exactly what Elizabeth Mott founder Alice K. did. And she’ll stop at nothing to develop the best formulas your money can buy. We’re seriously fan-girling at that can’t-stop-won’t-stop commitment to quality. Baffled by blush shades? Us, too! This one truly works on all skin tones. Plus, it’s totally buildable–so you can take your glow from a subtle sheen to a full-on flush.”  Full size is $23 for 5 g at elizabethmott.com.  Sample size is 2.5 g, worth $11.50.

Moroccanoil brand Moroccanoil Treatment

Moroccanoil brand Moroccanoil Treatment

Moroccanoil brand Moroccanoil Treatment: “Shine on! It’s the original – and best – argan oil treatment that’s won countless awards for its insane hair-perfecting power. Just one use transforms lackluster locks into the super shiny strands of your dreams. It’s also a magical multitasker – the all-in-one product works overtime to condition, style and finish your hair.”  Full size is $44 for 100 ml at moroccanoil.com.  Sample size is 10 ml, worth $4.40.

OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bohemian

OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bohemian

OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bohemian: “With more than 30 years in the beauty industry, founder Ofra Gaito KNOWS skin. Her award-winning skincare and makeup is beloved by everyone from A-listers to beauty insiders. This velvety-smooth shadow gives you bold color with a subtle shimmer finish in just 1 swipe!”  Full size is $15 for .14 oz at ofracosmetics.com.  Sample size is .07 oz, worth $7.50.

The grand total worth of my April 2016 bag is $42.39.  Unlike last month when I was thrilled with my bag, I have mixed feelings about the products that I received this month.  I will never use the Moroccanoil Treatment, so that’s going to a friend.  I am not a fan of the Tarte Lipsurgence formula because they are so minty, though it is a pretty shade.  I was really excited to get the blush, which looks gorgeous in the pan, but it swatches really sheer.  I’m going to have to play with it and maybe use it as a layering blush because it does give a lovely sheen on the skin. On the upside, the blending brush feels nice and I am really impressed with the Ofra eyeshadow.  It is beautiful and extremely pigmented.  So, it’s a bit of a mixed bag this month.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your April 2016 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy March 2016

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Ipsy March 2016

Ipsy March 2016

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for March is Hello Spring: “We’re having a spring fling with flawless! Celebrate the season with a spotlight on radiant, selfie-ready skin, flushed cheeks and a fresh kick of color on eyes or lips.”  The bag this month came in three different color schemes.  My bag is mint green with a coral floral pattern on it.  It’s pretty cute.  But let’s get to the goods.

Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner in Jet Black

Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner in Jet Black

Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner in Jet Black: “Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner has a liquid felt tip pen applicator that’s super easy to use to create lines, cat eyes, or wings. It’s waterproof, smudge proof and won’t run or feather. Literally lasts ALL day – even through a workout!” This is a full sized product, worth $15 at skonecosmetics.com.

Global Beauty Care Collagen Spa Treatment Mask

Global Beauty Care Collagen Spa Treatment Mask

Global Beauty Care Collagen Spa Treatment Mask: “This Collagen Sheet Mask is an effective facial skin care therapy, designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. Its moisture-rich formula contains collagen proteins and essential ingredients that help revive skin elasticity and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Just one treatment will leave your face feeling softer and more radiant!” Full size is $9.99 for 5 masks at globalbeautycare.com. Sample size is 2 masks, worth $3.99.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: “DHC Deep Cleansing Oil completely dissolves all traces of dirt, impurities and cosmetics—even waterproof mascara and eyeliner—while nourishing your complexion with antioxidant-rich olive oil. Unique water-soluble formula rinses thoroughly, with no greasy residue.” Full size is $23.50 for 6.7 fl oz at dhccare.com.  Sample size is 1.4 fl oz, worth $4.89.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels: “Doll up your lips with plush and vibrant color! NYX’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on smooth and sets into a striking matte finish. Velvety soft and waterproof, this long-lasting lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe.” This is a full sized product, worth $7 at nyxcosmetics.com.

Mellow Cosmetics Powder Blush in Bronze

Mellow Cosmetics Powder Blush in Bronze

Mellow Cosmetics Powder Blush in Bronze: “Get a gorgeous glow with this soft sheer blush powder from Mellow Cosmetics. This high-quality, yet guilt-free blush doubles as a bronzer and blends easily into the skin for a silky finish. Cruelty-free, paraben-free and vegan.” This is a full sized product, worth $10 at mellowcosmetics.com.

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Ipsy

The grand total worth of my March 2016 bag is $40.88.  I am pretty happy with the products that I received this month.  Ipsy gave me three full sized products, which is great.  I have been wanting to try the NYX Liquid Suede lipsticks but hadn’t pulled the trigger, so I am glad to have Kitten Heels to try.  The Mellow blush looks beautiful, so I’m really happy to have it.  I haven’t used a cleansing oil before, so it will be fun to experiment, and I can’t wait to try the collagen masks.  I was not thrilled with February’s bag last month, but I am pleased with my bag for March.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your March 2016 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy February 2016

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February 2016 Ipsy

February 2016 Ipsy

It’s Ipsy time again!  The last couple of bags were pretty slow in coming, but February’s bag arrived sooner than expected, which I really appreciate.  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for February is “Pretty in (Ipsy) Pink- This February we are taking our favorite shade from dainty to daring with rule-breaking looks for all beauty lovers.”   I was worried for a minute because I am not the biggest fan of pink unless it is very bold, but it turns out that the theme wasn’t really an issue.

February 2016 Ipsy bag

February 2016 Ipsy bag

Look at this bag!  I love it.  The front is textured vinyl that is meant to look like a pixelated envelope with a heart in the center.  It is so cute.  The back is screaming pink smooth vinyl.  Seriously, I love everything about this bag.  I would probably pay $10 just for the makeup bag, so there is the subscription fee right there.  But let’s get into the products.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Oil

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Oil

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Oil: “The Power of a Primer. The Luxury of a Face Oil. Fall in love with your skin — before you put on makeup — with the first ever primer specially formulated in a lightweight, lustrous oil. This fast-absorbing hero blend of 15 essential and lipid-rich plant oils penetrates instantly to moisturize your face for seamless foundation application with a dewy, youthful finish. In fact, you might think twice before you reach for your makeup. Softens complexion to make foundation look like skin. Also apply a few drops to split-ends, cuticles, elbows and clavicle for a dewy, youthful sheen.”  Full size is $42 for 1 fl oz at smashbox.com.  Sample is .13 oz, worth $5.46.

Paula Dorf Baby Eyes Enhancer

Paula Dorf Baby Eyes Enhancer

Paula Dorf Baby Eyes Enhancer: “Soft, creamy eye-enhancing pencil with Vitamin E for smooth application that won’t drag. Inspired by the beautiful baby eyes of Paula’s nephew, this baby-toned pencil brightens the lower rim of the eye.”  Full size is $20 for .4 oz at pauladorf.com.  Sample is .02 oz, worth $1.

Luxie Beauty Flat Definer Brush 221

Luxie Beauty Flat Definer Brush 221

Luxie Beauty Flat Definer Brush 221: “The flat definer brush is decorated in signature Luxie fashion – an opulent pink handle and alluring rose gold ferrule. Handcrafted with synthetic bristles, this vegan makeup brush is both cruelty-free and paraben-free. Coated in a revolutionary antibacterial solution, the brush is fresh and clean on the skin. Meanwhile, the tight density of the brush creates a precise makeup application. Extremely soft on the skin, this brush is the answer to extreme definition and control.”  This brush is worth $12 at luxiebeauty.com.

Promise Organic Ultra Moisturizing Argan Creme Facial Lotion

Promise Organic Ultra Moisturizing Argan Creme Facial Lotion

Promise Organic Ultra Moisturizing Argan Creme Facial Lotion: “Argan and olive oil deeply moisturizes and replenishes while Promise Organic’s advanced formula instantly improves skin’s texture and smoothness. Great for normal to dry skin. 100% of ingredients are naturally derived. Dermatologist tested and safe for sensitive skin.”  Full size is $14.99 for 1.7 oz at cvs.com.  Sample is .5 oz, worth $4.41.

Chella Lipstick Pencil in Passionate Pink

Chella Lipstick Pencil in Passionate Pink

Chella Lipstick Pencil in Passionate Pink: “The Chella Moisturizing Lipstick keeps your lips soft and will leave you loving your lips! Slip this luxuriously creamy pencil onto your lips. Plus, it’s high in Vitamins C & E and Sunflower Oil. Vitamin C and E natural antioxidant.”  Full size is $18 at chella.com, but I can’t find the weight of the product.  The sample is .04 oz, so I am going to guess that it is around half the size, or maybe just slightly less.  I am going to place the value of this sample at $8.

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Ipsy

The grand total worth of my February 2016 bag is $30.87, plus the adorable bag.  I have to be honest, I am not in love with my bag this month.  I don’t line my inner rims or water line, so I probably won’t use the Paula Dorf liner.  I also think that it is super small and it doesn’t add value to the bag.  The Chella lip pencil is okay, but also on the small side.  I’m ambivalent about the brush.  I don’t need another definer brush, but I do have an extensive collection, so others may be very happy to receive this brush.  I have used Luxie Beauty brushes in the past and have liked them, so the quality is there.  I am happy to try the Promise Organic Facial Lotion and am actually excited about the Smashbox Pimer Oil.  I guess that overall this bag was just ho-hum for me.  That’s okay, I liked my two previous bags a lot, and Ipsy can’t win them all.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your February 2016 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy January 2016

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Ipsy January 2016

It is finally Ipsy time again!  This bag took so long to get here!  If I remember correctly, last month’s bag was late too.  Winter weather must be wreaking havoc on shipping.  Anyway, I finally got that big pink envelope in the mail.  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for January is “All Eyes on You.  Keep your eyes on the prize this month! We’re bringing you all the must-have products to prettify your peepers.”

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Ipsy January 2016

Look at this bag!  I love it.  The back is plain blue, but the front has this adorable pop art print of faces with sunglasses.  I am definitely keeping and using this one.  It is super cute and fits perfectly with this month’s theme.

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MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow in You’re Toast

MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow in You’re Toast: “MARSK Mineral Eyeshadows are 100% natural, mineral based loose powder that are strictly cruelty free (not tested on animals) and available in a range of striking shades that offer endless colour possibilities for a professional makeup effect. Featuring a creamy texture, these highly pigmented powders are easily blendable and offer you the ability to create depth and intensity around the eye.”  This is a full size product, worth $22.50 at marskcosmetics.com.

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Beau Gâchis Paris Smudge Brush

Beau Gâchis Paris Smudge Brush: “This Beau Gâchis Paris Smudge Brush is ideal for creating that soft, smoldering smoky look. The shorter bristles allow this brush to pick up the right amount of shadow, allowing you to control how much you want to apply.”  This brush is $12 at beaugachis.com.

 

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theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) in Jac B. Bronze

theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) in Jac B. Bronze: “We have a Mr. Write (Now) for every day of the week… and then some! Meet this new collection of attractive eyeliners that are truly easy on the eyes. These pencils deliver the long-lasting color you’ve been looking for, and have built-in sharpeners so they are always ready when you are. With high payoff, eight wearable shades, and a satin smooth texture, we understand why your eyes wander- but rest assured, your eyeliner won’t!“This product is full size and worth $17 at thebalm.com.

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pur~lisse BLUE LOTUS 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

pur~lisse BLUE LOTUS 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum: “Blue Lotus eye serum is enhanced with active ingredients like French marine plants, Matrixyl 3000 and Haloxyl that bring 4 times the power against aging. This formula works together to fight against wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, while hydrating and lifting the delicate eye area.” Full size is $65 for .5 oz at shop.purlisse.com.  Sample size is .24 oz, worth $31.20.

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Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream

Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream: “This indulgent body cream contains Vitamin E, shea & cocoa butter and organic English honey to soften, nourish and protect your skin. It rubs in and absorbs easily, without the stickiness. It is delicately scented with the lush, aromatic English Leaf fragrance, it’s a classical ‘green floral’ with an English twist.” Full size is £36 for 180 ml at mitchellandpeach.com which comes to $51.12 according to Google.  Sample size is 30 ml, worth £6, or around $8.52.

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Ipsy January 2016

The grand total worth of my January Ipsy bag comes to a whopping $91.22 (that is, if I got the exchange rate right).  Plus the adorable bag.  It was definitely worth my $10 subscription fee.  I am happy with my January bag.  These are definitely products that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise, but now that I have them, I am excited to give them a shot.  I will get good use out of all of the products, and I can’t say that any of them are duds.  Way to go Ipsy!  I also redeemed some Ipsy points this month.  If you review your products on Ipsy’s website or refer friends, you earn Ipsy reward points that can be exchanged for certain products.  In addition to my regular bag, I redeemed my points for this sample from Glamglow.

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GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Mask

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Mask: “SUPERMUD is our most Scientifically Advanced Clearing Treatment. Developed by GLAMGLOW to help fight common skin concerns. Designed For Men & Women. SUPERMUD for Super Clear Super Poreless Skin.” Full size is $69 for 1.2 oz at glamglowmud.com.  Sample size is .3 oz, worth $17.25.

You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past three years worth of Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  If you are already a subscriber, were you as happy with our January bag as I was?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy December 2015

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Ipsy December 2015

Ipsy December 2015

It is finally Ipsy time!  My goodness, it took forever for my Ipsy bag to arrive this month!  Between holiday shipping madness and stormy weather, I wasn’t sure if my bag was ever going to get here.  But, it did finally arrive.  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for December is “With love from Ipsy”.  Awww, isn’t that sweet?  The bag this month is red vinyl with a quilted stitching pattern.  The zipper tab is a super cute pair of lips.  Now, on to the products.

ACURE Cell Stimulating Face Mask

ACURE Cell Stimulating Face Mask

ACURE Cell Stimulating Face Mask: “Work over your cells for a true synergy of cell revitalization with argan stem cell + sweet iris stem cell and chlorella growth factor to regenerate, firm and soften. French green clay draws out impurities while Moroccan argan oil, CoQ10 and sea buckthorn oil provide moisture. Talk about some serious cell repair! Vegan, Gluten and Cruelty free.”  Full size is $12.99 for 1.75 fl oz at acureorganics.com.  Sample size is 1 fl oz, worth $7.42.

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower: “This gentle floral micellar water, enriched with soothing and decongesting cornflower water, delicately and thoroughly removes all traces of make-up from face, eyes and lips. It’s alcohol free, paraben free and fragrance free – making it ideal for even the most sensitive eyes and skin.”  Full size is $23 for 13.5 fl oz at kloraneusa.com.  Sample size is .8 fl oz, worth $1.36.

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer: “This silky blend dries transparent and preps your lids for a smooth and even application. Your favorite eye shadows will intensely come to life. But most importantly, it protects your eye makeup all day, so you can get back to the important things in life (cat videos, selfies, and your roommate’s last piece of chocolate). Intensifies eye shadow, crease-free, and lightweight.”  Full size is $20 for 10 g at elizabethmott.com.  Sample size is 5 g, worth $10.

Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick

Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick

Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red: “Amazingly creamy, highly-pigmented, and naturally moisturizing – this lipstick is packed with all the vitamins and antioxidants your lips crave. Made with coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free.”  This is a full sized product, worth $10 at pacificabeauty.com.

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Revved Up

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Revved Up

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Revved Up: “Turn up the glam with this ravishing rose gold metallic. See the classic shade revolutionized by intense color and lasting shine with Formula X’s No Compromise formula. Three-free formula.”  Full size is $10.50 for .4 oz at sephora.com.  Sample size is .13 oz, worth $3.25.

Em Cosmetics shade play artistic eye color palette

Em Cosmetics shade play artistic eye color palette

My Ipsy bag came with one more item this month.  This is the shade play artistic eye color palette in Casablanca Neutrals from em cosmetics.  It is nowhere on the Ipsy website that I could find, but there was a card included.  It said: “I hope that you are enjoying the Holiday season with family and friends! I want to personally reach out and thank you for being a part of the Ipsy family for over three years now.  Here’s a fun fact. Did you know that you were one of the first to subscribe to the Glam Bag? I consider you one of he founding members of Ipsy- You shared this dream, and you jumped in with your whole heart. I can’t thank you enough for taking a leap of faith and joining me on this journey of beauty discovery. With love, Michelle Phan.”  I went to the em cosmetics website, and this palette is $28.  That’s a nice thank you gift!

Ipsy December 2015

Ipsy December 2015

The grand total for my December Ipsy bag is $32.03, plus the $28 shadow palette.  Not bad for a $10 subscription fee.  I am happy with this month’s selection.  I do wish that the Pacifica lipstick came in a darker color because I am not the biggest fan of nudes, but otherwise I can see myself getting a lot of use out of the products that were sent to me.  I love experimenting with masks, and I’ve been wanting to try a micellar water, so I am excited about both of those items.  Who can’t use a good eye primer, and I still haven’t tried Sephora’s Formula X polish.  It’s a good bag for me.  I am really happy with the surprise thank you gift from em cosmetics.  I am so pleased that they chose to recognize people who have been subscribed for many years.  It is such a nice touch.

You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past three years worth of Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your December 2015 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy November 2015

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Ipsy November 2015

Ipsy November 2015

It’s Ipsy time!  I got my November Ipsy bag in the mail today.  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  November’s theme is “Beauty Blast: The stars are aligning. Your November Glam Bag is a universe of brilliant beauties. Twinkle, twinkle, darling. It’s time to light up the sky.”  Uhmm… okay.

Ipsy November 2015

Ipsy November 2015

The bag this month is pretty cool.  It isn’t made of the best material out there, but it also isn’t the cheapest Ipsy has sent.  The galaxy pattern is really pretty and it’s different than other bags in my collection, so I appreciate that.  It has a front zipper and is a good size for throwing in your purse.  But, enough about the bag, let’s talk about this month’s products.

Crown Brush Deluxe Pointed Crease Brush

Crown Brush Deluxe Pointed Crease Brush

Crown Brush Deluxe Pointed Crease Brush: “This handcrafted professional pointed crease brush is perfectly tapered to give you optimum coverage and color in the crease. The fluffy tip works well for blending multiple colors. Perfect for layering color or creating a smokey eye.”  The brush is full sized and worth $4.95 at crownbrush.us.

Coolway Stronghold Spray

Coolway Stronghold Spray

Coolway Stronghold Spray: “Hair got you down? Pump up the volume! This innovative volumizing spray with humidity control, gives you all the volume you need and have it hold too. Now you can have flowing, beautiful hair all day long, without frizz! Tremendous volume with long-lasting hold. Create big, beautiful hair without frizz. Fights humidity and wins!”  Full size is 3.3 oz for $19.95 at coolwayhair.com.  Sample size is .5 oz, worth $3.02.

Beaute Basics Gel Eyeliner with Gel Eyeliner Brush

Beaute Basics Gel Eyeliner with Gel Eyeliner Brush

Beaute Basics Gel Eyeliner in Navy with Gel Eyeliner Brush: “This gel liner delivers bold color that lasts. Whether you want a perfectly defined line or a smokey eye, this amazing formula blends easily and won’t fade or crease. Navy blue gel liner pot with synthetic taklon liner brush. Easy glide on application and amazing color payoff.”  This product is not available at beautebasics.com, so I don’t know what value to assign to it.  It looks like a full size product at .3 oz, plus it comes with the brush so I would price it at $5-$10.  Let’s split the diff and call it $7.

DERMELECT 'ME' Peptide Infused Lacquer in Commando

DERMELECT ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer in Commando

DERMELECT ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer in Commando: “The ‘Cure’ in your ‘Mani’ is at your fingertips with the 1st peptide-infused color treatment for fragile, weak nails. Aptly named ME, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals formulated a 2-in-1 range of beautiful shades coupled with a remarkable manicure extending formula. Infused with a hydrolyzed keratin peptide, a pure protein extracted from New Zealand sheep’s wool, the professional lacquers deliver a fast drying, high gloss shine while providing an unequaled level of strength for stubborn nails to grow longer and more resistant to chipping, peeling and splitting. Strengthens weak, brittle nails. Provides long-lasting, high shine and bold color. 5-Free and Cruelty-free.”  This is full sized and worth $14 at dermelect.com

Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara

Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara

Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara: “Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, this new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes. 104% increase in lash volume, 32% increase in lash length, and 34-degree increase in lash curl.”  Full size is .38 fl oz for $20 at smashbox.com.  Sample size is .14 fl oz, worth $7.37.

Ipsy November 2015

Ipsy November 2015

The grand total of my November 2015 Ipsy bag is around $36.34, depending on how much that liner is actually worth.  If I’m being honest, I was not a fan of November’s bag.  I have gotten great brushes from Crown Brush in the past, but this one looks cheap and I think it got misshapen in transit.  You can see by my photo that it is flat on one side and I don’t think it is supposed to be.  I don’t need the hairspray and am sick of Ipsy sending me hair products when I continually tell them that I don’t want them.  The gel liner is interesting, though I didn’t like the brush that came with it.  It’s a pretty ocean blue shade that I don’t have in my collection.  I am not sure about the formula, though.  It’s very wet, so pigmentation isn’t as opaque as I would like.  I’ll have to play around with it.  I think the nail polish is a very pretty shade, and it will be interesting to see if it strengthens my nails like it claims to.  The first coat was pretty streaky, but the second coat leveled itself out.  We’ll see.  I am glad to have the Smashbox mascara.  I looked on Ipsy’s website, and there weren’t many products that I thought that I would have wanted to try instead, which is never the case.  I feel like November was just a dud all around.  Ipsy is usually a lot better than this.  I really hope that next month will be better.  It’s the holiday bag!  Fingers crossed.

You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  I am usually much happier with my Ipsy bag than I was this month.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your November 2015 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  I’d especially like to know your thoughts if you got the gel liner or the nail polish.  Let me know in the comments below.