Monday, December 16, 2013

ipsy "Celebration" Review - December 2013

My first month of ipsy came while I was on my cruise! I was very excited to see what would be in my Glam Bag! For those of you that don't know, ipsy is a monthly subscription service where or only $10/month (cancel at anytime!) you get a Glam Bag (make up bag) filled with 4-5 beauty products curated by Michelle Phan! You get ipsyPoints for reviewing your items (and for doing other things within the site) that can be used toward purchases of additional items. I have to say I'm VERY pleased with my first Glam Bag

First things first, ipsy comes in a pretty envelope and inside is of course the Glam Bag stuffed with goodies - although one item was too big for the bag itself so it was obviously just in the main envelope. If you are anything like me, your make up bags get gross quickly so it's nice to get a spare to travel with when you know you are only bringing a few items. The theme this month was "Celebration". Since this is my first month, I'm not sure if it's typical to have an information card or not, but the card just promoted a contest to win free ipsy for a year. However, an information card isn't really necessary since all items can be found on their website and all have coupon codes for additional purchases if you want to buy some more. It looks like there were a possibility of 13 items (although multiple variations/shades of some items) and each subscriber got some combination of 5 of them depending on their preferences from their ipsy beauty quiz match. Now on to my goodies!

Bright Up your Life Eye Shadow Trio by POP Beauty (in Naturally Bare): I love these colors! They are 100% me. I wear a lot of neutral-ish colors because I'm more of a natural-type make-up person (for my every-day wear) The full size product comes with 10 colors but the 3 that came in my sample are perfect for me! (~$7.20)

The One Stick by Be a Bombshell (in Sunset): I'm not a blush person and even when I have someone put it on me, I don't think this would be my color. Although this is an "all over stick", I'm more of a light pink person than anything dark and  this color is described as "a deep coral with light shimmer".   I think I'm going to save this for a future giveaway. ($16.00)

Eye Blender Brush by Mirabella: I needed a new eye shadow brush, so this will come in handy! The one I currently use is from Ulta and was pretty cheap (maybe like $4) so it'll be interesting to see the difference of a higher quality brush. ($27.00)

Nail Color by Nicka K New York (in Ripe Apple): I love red nail polishes and with the holidays, this will be perfect. Totally bringing it to my next mani/pedi! I've never heard of or used this brand before but I'm trusting that it'll be a good one! ($4.99)

Big Lip Pencil by J.Cat Beauty (in Red Rose): This is a lipstick and liner. As I mentioned above, being more "natural" with my make-up look, bright red lipstick is not for me. I just can't pull it off (well at least I never tried, and don't plan to any time soon) Another one for a future giveaway! ($3.99)

Total Estimated Value: $59.18 (not including the bag itself or any shipping) 
Total Price Paid: $10 (free shipping)

Overall Impression: WOW!!! Even though I won't use two of the items, this bag blew me away! Almost $60 worth of great products for only $10! Totally happy I finally got off of their waiting list! I have heard some people say they prefer Birchbox over ipsy but if all my bags are like this, I'm not sure I'll agree! 

If you are interested in signing up for ipsy, use my referral link (and I thank you in advance for some ipsyPoints to use for future add on items!)

Did you get ipsy this month? Did you like it? What'd you get?

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  1. I got many of the same items you did. I like your nail polish color! the one I got was a beige type and I'm not sure if I love it, but i'll certainly try it out!

    1. I'm definitely glad I got the red, I wouldn't have like the beige as much.

  2. I got the NYX lipstick and I hate the color that I got.....

    1. I hate it when I get a color I don't like! I'm saving all those items for a future giveaway though once I hit 100 followers!


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