Ipsy is my favorite thing to blog about, because who doesn't love getting a big ol' bag of surprise makeup items in the mail, for only $10?!
For those of you NOT familiar with Ipsy, Ipsy is a makeup subscription program that sends out 4-5 full size or deluxe sample size items out to subscribers, plus a cute cosmetics bag, each month for just $10 (plus $5 shipping if you are in Canada, and tax in NY, NC, and CA). Bags have different values, but I've never had one that disappointed- I love my Ipsy subscription! If you would like to try Ipsy out, please consider using my referral link- I get point towards goodies and you get good karma (and then your own link to share)! I also wrote a fun post HERE, that shows what 10 months and $100 of Ipsy subscriptions has brought me, what I used, gave away, and don't use.
Ok, enough chit chat- on to the goodies!
|Pretty Pink Mailer|
I know, I'm SUCH a tease! Here's a first look inside my November Ipsy bag- I spy gold...
|The Insert Card|
This month's theme is "Glam It Up". Bring it on, Ipsy- November is my birthday month, and I want to glam it up with lots and lots of color!
I love getting lots of discount codes from Ipsy each month, and then sharing them with you all! Looks like there's potential for lots of great deals this month! Plus, a contest to win a year's subscription to Ipsy?! I'm totally in for that!
|EM Cosmetics insert card|
I think that it's sweet that Michelle Phan included a little thank you note in the bags this month, that explains that Ipsy subscribers are the first to receive full size products as a trial (I'm assuming the first to receive them in a subscription service, because big YouTubers and Bloggers have been given products for review purposes).
Ipsy bags have come in many shapes and sizes, and this one is unique. A gold wristlet? Hmm. Not quite my style, but this will be added to someone's Christmas package, and make a friend a happy girl. Or make them question my taste. Really, that could go either way.
This month, I was EXTRA excited to receive my bag, because of the usual 4-5 items, we are getting SIX!! I'll start with items that everyone is slated to receive, and then move on to the "variables".
|Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn, full size (2.5g/0.09 oz), $14 retail, available HERE. Discount code IPSY40 will get you 40% off any purchase, plus a free Coco Delight Lip Gloss, until 12/15/13, US only, can't be combined with other offers.|
I gotta hand it to Be A Bombshell Cosmetics- I look at this shade and I say, "Hot Damn" is most definitely an appropriate name! This bright red lip crayon is super creamy and glides on with perfection. Ipsy sent out this lip crayon to all subscribers, in both this shade and the color Shameless.
|Swatch of Hot Damn|
GRADE: 4/5 (The only thing I don't like is...the color!)
|Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Caviar Cocktail, full size (15ml/0.5 fl oz), $13 retail, available HERE. Discount code ipsy4glam will get you 50% off plus a free eyeliner, your purchase of $25 or more, until 12/31/13, US only, can't be combined with other offers.|
I love me some nail polish, and I find that the Nailtini brand is very long lasting (as well it should be, at $13 a bottle!). The shade I received is Caviar Cocktail, which is a gunmetal grey, sort of a pewter color. There is minimal shimmer and no glitter, which is unusual, in my experience, in a silvery shade.
|Swatch of Caviar Cocktail|
I used this shade as an accent color on a pretty blue mani, and I absolutely love it! I don't think I would ever wear this shade alone, but I don't have anything similar to it in my collection. I'm happy to try it out!
|Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Sunkissed, deluxe sample size (3.2g/0.11 0z), $4.88 approx. retail value; full size is 10.21g/0.36 oz and includes a kabuki brush, retails for $18, available HERE. Discount code BronzePixi will get you 25% off any purchase, until 12/15/13, US only.|
My favorite thing about Pixi is the adorable packaging. I love this pale green, the flowering vines and the Pixi logo. It was difficult to figure out the retail value for this item, because the full size comes with a kabuki brush (only in my dreams, Ipsy doesn't seem to think I want/need brushes!), so the price above is my best guess- I took $2 off the full size price to account for the brush. I received the shade Subtly Sunkissed, and I have to say that it is aptly named.
|Swatch of Subtly Sunkissed|
This bronzer has just a touch of color- perfect for those that are very fair, or who are just beginning to bronze. I'm totally in love with my Hoola bronzer, but I'm always open to trying new things. I gave this a try, and it is a little too light for my current skin tone. Give me another month of no sun, and this will work nicely for me. It is very natural looking, and applied nicely for me. This shade does have a hint of shimmer, as you can see in the photo above, so if you only like matte bronzers, then this is not for you.
GRADE: 4/5 (I wish it were just a hair darker, and maybe less shimmery.)
|Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Topaz, full size (2.4g), $14 retail, available HERE. Discount code IPSY will get you 40% off any purchase, until 12/15/13, valid worldwide, unlimited usage.|
I've receive an eye pencil from Starlooks before, and it was just okay for me. Ipsy sent the Gem Eye Pencil out in two shades this month, Topaz and Amethyst. While I would have liked to try amethyst (I heart purples!), I was happy to receive Topaz because it's my birthstone!
|Swatch of Topaz Gem Eye Pencil|
Each subscribe also received an item from the new cosmetic line, em Cosmetics. Subscribers could receive either a Waterliner intense color eyeliner ($20 retail value); Lash Gallery mascara in either lengthening, clean volume, dramatic volume or waterproof dramatic volume ($20 retail value), Pillow Plush cushiony lip balm ($15 retail value), or Lip Gallery Creamy Color lipstick in either classic or sheer ($16.50 retail value), and all items sent out are full size. I received the lengthening mascara.
|EM Lash Gallery lengthening mascara in black, full size (7ml/0.236 fl oz), retails for $20, available HERE. Discount code ipsy30 will get you 30% off your order, until 11/30/13, can't be combined with other offers, US only.|
Subscribers also received one item, from an assortment. I received the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Eyeshadow single. Items other subscribers received are: GlamGlow YouthMud (deluxe sample), Cailyn mineral eyeshadow with built-in sponge tip applicator (full size), HSI Professional Argan Oil (deluxe sample), Kiss EverEZlashes double pack (full size), and Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray (travel size).
|bhCosmetics baked eyeshadow single, from the Galaxy Chic collection, in Asteroid, deluxe sample (1 full size appearing pan), retail value $0.83 (or if you go off the regular price, $1.28); full size palette contains 18 pans (couldn't find a size), and is currently on sale for $14.95 (regularly $22.95, but bh always has sales), available HERE. Discount code IPSY20 will get you 20% off the full Galaxy Chic palette (which is gorgeous), until 12/31/13, can't be combined with any other offers, valid internationally (yay!).|
First and foremost, how adorable is this packaging? Seriously, this is so cute!
|Swatch of Asteroid|
Other items from the assortment that I didn't receive, but you might have:
Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, deluxe sample size (0.5 oz); retail value $20.29, available HERE. Full size is 1.7 fl oz/50g and retails for $69. Discount code IPSY will get you 30% off any purchase, until 12/13/13; not valid on samples, US only.
Cailyn Built-in Sponge Tip Mineral Eye Shadow in Champagne, full size (2.5g); retails for $15, available HERE. Discount code IPSY30 will get you 30% off any purchase, until 12/15/13, can't be combined with other offers, international shipping available (yay!).
HSI Professional Argan Oil, deluxe sample size (5mL); retail value $2.54, available HERE. Full size is 2 oz/59.15mL (smaller full size) and retails for $29.99. Discount code IPSY50SS will get you 50% off any purchase, until 12/20/13, valid in the US and Canada.
Kiss EverEzLashes Lash Double Pack (with glue and tweezers), full size, retails for $5.99, available HERE. Discount code IPSY will get you 30% off any purchase of Kiss or iEnvy lashes, until 12/15/23; can't be combined with other offers, not vaild on clearance or shock prices, US only.
TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray, deluxe sample size (1.5 oz/42.5g), retail value $0.54, available HERE. Full size is 11 oz, and retails for $3.99. No discount code this month!
|November 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag|
Items sent to subscribers this month:
Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon (full size)- $14
Pixi Bronzer (deluxe sample)- $4.88 (est.)
Nailtini polish (full size)- $13
Starlooks gem eye pencil (full size)- $14
em Lash Gallery mascara in either lengthening, clean volume, dramatic volume
em Waterliner intense color eyeliner (full size)- $20
em Pillow Plush cushiony lip balm (full size)- $15
em Lip Gallery creamy color lipstick in either classic or sheer (full size)- $16.50
bh Cosmetics Galaxy Chic eyeshadow pan (deluxe sample)- $0.83 ($1.28 nonsale price)
Glamglow Youthmud (deluxe sample)- $20.29
Cailyn Mineral Eye Shadow (full size)- $15
HSI Professional Argan oil (deluxe sample)- $2.54
Kiss EverEzLashes double pack (full size)- $5.99
TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray (deluxe sample)- $0.54
Total amount spent: $10, shipping included
Total value of *MY* bag": $66.71 (or if you count the full price value of the bh eyeshadow, $67.16!
My bag had one of the LOWEST possible retail values, and you know what- I don't EVEN care! A retail value of almost $70 is pretty fanfreakingtastic for a $10 gamble! Plus, I found a couple of new favorites- this is DEFINTELY worth the $10!
Here's a crappy instagram pic of the look I created with my Ipsy bag, minus the lip pencil (it's just too red, haven't found a way to make it work...yet):
Here is a video of Missy and me, unbagging our Ipsy bags together :)
Until next time, my lovelies- stay Average!
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