I have recently decided to get back to basics and begin taking better care of myself; including taking care of my skin, nails, hair, and doing my makeup a bit more often. To help me pamper myself more, one of the things I decided to do was try a monthly subscription to Ipsy (myGlam). Ipsy is a mail order program, sending out 4-5 deluxe or full size samples of beauty products each month, for $10 (shipping included).
Going into things like this always make me skeptical, I spent way too many years in the 90's trying to get out of CD/VHS/DVD/Book clubs that ship monthly and bill you way too much money. Ipsy is NOT like these other services, especially since you can cancel at time, and there is a whole community of other beauty fans to post looks or videos, and give reviews and tips on how to use the products sent out monthy. As I scrolled through the past bags' contents; I got a bit upset that I had never heard of this program before! I was very excited to see what would be in my very first bag!
Mid-December rolled around (as Ipsy ships around the middle of each month), and I received an e-mail with my tracking number! I was so excited; and couldn't wait for my first bag! A couple days later, in my mailbox was a bright pink bubble mailer, full of awesome goodies for me to use!- Including coupon codes in case I wanted to order more from the manufacturers!
Yet another full sized product:loose eyeshadow from Nyx! I hated the container that this came in (I couldn't get my brush in it, so I felt like I was wasting product by dumping it out on a tissue or in the lid), so this is my own container, a stackable set of three I purchased from Harris Teeters. I think I threw away the original container, sorry!! As you can see by the swatch on my arm, this color is a bit dark for me, but it blends out very well and goes on very smoothly. You have to expect a bit of fallout with a loose shadow, and this shadow does leave a bit of fallout, but nothing more than you would expect. I like to pair this with a bright color and kind of smoke it out. Grade: 4.5/5.
The bag everything came in was super cute, too! It would definitely hold a night's worth of must haves!
Overall, I was very please with everything I received in my bag, that I spent $10 on. Including shipping. Definitely not average! I'm glad that THIS Average Mom decided to try this service out, and I can't wait to see what January's bag will bring me.
Recap: $10 out of pocket, shipping included
Retail value: $74.25, makeup bag not included. Plus a bunch of coupon codes to get further discounts. I think my title of discount diva/coupon queen of Southern Sussex is secure :)
But then again, I AM Only Average.
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