Ipsy Glam Bag Unbagging and Review for May 2015

Ipsy is the last subscription post for this month (because stupid Loot Crate didn’t come in time again), which is actually fitting since it’s also my last Glam Bag.

Now I don’t want anyone to think that I cancelled this service because I didn’t like it. On the contrary; I really enjoy Ipsy. But the thing is, I’m not a full-face every-single-day makeup user, so between all the stuff I’ve already gotten from Ipsy, plus that big order I put in with e.l.f., I’m full-up on cosmetics for quite a while. So to save a bit of money I thought I’d put this one aside, at least until I’ve had a chance to work my way through the backlog of stuff I’ve already gotten.

So with that explaination out of the way, why not check out my last Ipsy unbagging video:

Well, we went out with a bang, because I’ve been playing around with some of these items and I’m really enjoying them so far. Let’s go to the breakdown:

Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray from Briogeo: It was good timing for this item because I’d just run out of the conditioner that I keep on hand when I’m working out West, so I threw this little bottle in my luggage and took it out with me. So far I’m loving it. The air is super-dry out here in Northern Alberta, and this super-easy leave-in spray is helping to keep my hair moisturized while I’m working amongst all the dust and dirt. A full-sized bottle of 5.1 oz retails for $25, making my 1 oz sample bottle worth about $5.

24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil + BONUS Revolution High Color Lip Gloss from Urban Decay: This is the only item I haven’t tried yet, mostly because I’ve been lazy, but I swear I’m going to get to it. The lip pencil comes in a clear color that’s meant to coat your lips and keep color from bleeding, and the two glosses are in very bright, bold colors that should look super-cute. The full-sized pencil is 1.2 g and costs $20, so my 0.8 g pencil is worth about $13. There’s no info on how much of the two glosses is actually included, but since they’re only small samples that will last a use or two, I’m just going to go ahead and add $1 to the cost of the pencil and say the set is worth $14.

Smoothing and Relaxing Patches from Klorane: I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from these patches, but I decided to try a set on last night while I was straightening my hair, and I have to admit that I really like them. I don’t know about “smoothing”, but they’re certainly relaxing. They have this beautiful cool feel to them that was just amazing, especially since I’d just come from a run and a shower. There were lots of discrepancies about the price online, but I was able to find boxes of 7 sets for $21, so we’ll say that my 2 sets would be about $6.

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50+ from IT Cosmetics: I haven’t gotten around to trying this one yet either, but I have high hopes because I loved the “Bye Bye Under Eye” from IT so much. They definitely chose the right color for my skin tone, so as soon as I stop being so lazy I’ll defintely give it a go and see what it’s all about. A full 12 ml tube costs $15, so my 4 ml tube would be about $5.

Pretty Eyes automatic eyeliner from Skone Cosmetics: I gave this one a quick test the other night, just to see what it looks like, and woah mama, is it bold. I’m so used to only ever wearing black eyeliner that the very-very-blue definitely caught me off guard, but I think with a nice blue or purple eyeshadow it could look really nice. I’ll give it a better test when I’ve got time to really make my eyes up well. This is a full-sized product, and it retails in at $15.

Total approximate value of bag: $45
Total cost to me: $15

Well, we went out with a bang, because this was one of my highest-value bags from Ipsy, even considering that I used the lowest price I could find online for the Klorane patches. On top of that I really like the three products I’ve tried, and I have high hopes for the other two. I can’t really say much more than I already did, but all in all I’m just very happy with this bag. It makes me a little sad that I decided to cancel Ipsy, but as I said, it just seems like a waste of money until I’m able to actually work my way through some of the giant pile of stuff I’ve ended up with.

So there you have it. My last Ipsy Glam bag was a definite success, and I’ll miss it for sure.

What did you think? Are you a subscriber to Ipsy? What did you get in your May bag? Any items similar to mine? Which one was your favorite? Least favorite? Please share!

August Ipsy Glam Bag Review

During my unboxing/unbagging video of my first Ipsy Glam Bag, I said that I was going to try the items and let you all know what they were like. Well, instead of doing a written review of the products I thought I’d record another video and just talk about them! Enjoy!

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What kinds of items did you receive in your August bag? Did you enjoy trying them out? Let me know!

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing and Review for August 2014

Well here’s something a little different for you! With all the nerd-related subscription boxes I’ve been talking about lately, I wanted to also try something different, something a little girly. So after a bit of research I decided to give a shot to Ipsy, with their monthly “Glam Bag”. First, check out my first ever Glam Bag unboxing video:

Now for a breakdown of the items:

Urban Decay “Perversion” Lash Primer: the full-sized (0.4 oz) product goes for about $22. The sample was 0.1 oz, so I assign it a value of $5.50
Lord and Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil: the full pencil (1.44 g) costs about $17. The sample size would therefore be worth about $6
Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo Sample: at 2.5 g (as opposed to a full-sized 10 g) this sample is worth about $2 (compared to the full-sized $8)
Dr Brandt “Pores No More” Primer: a full-sized 1 oz goes for a whopping $45, which makes the 0.25 oz sample worth about $11.25
“You’re the Balm” by Absolute New York: normally these lip balms come in a two-pack for $6, so the one that came in the Glam Bag is worth about $3

Total approximate value of the Glam Bag: $27.75
Total cost to me: $15

All in all, the value of my first Glam Bag was pretty damn good. If you add in the value of the little makeup bag itself, everything is worth about twice what I paid, so there’s no complaint there. Personally I was shocked to find out what the regular price of the “Pores No More” primer is, but there you have it.

As for my thoughts on the products themselves, I’ve been pretty happy so far. I haven’t yet tried the “Pores No More”, but I love the mascara and the eye pencil, and the balm is pretty delicious. Overall, it was a nice assortment of new stuff to try out and the cost of the Glam Bag was worth it for me for the eye products alone.

When I get my bag back (I accidentally left it at the inlaws…oops!) and get a chance, I’m going to do a second video, this one a review of each of the individual products. Look forward to it!