March 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

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The theme for the March 2014 ipsy Glam Bag is Destination Beauty. This bag is set to load you up with the basics you’ll need for traveling all housed in an adorable makeup bag.

March 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Destination BeautyThe bag for this month features a print by artist Klari Reis from her “Street Anatomy” series.

March 2014 ipsy Glam Bag KlariKlari March 2014 ipsy Glam Bag contentsAlso included with your shipment is a card listing all of the awesome deals you can get by visiting the Glam Room on ipsy.com.

What’s inside?

ipsy Glam Bag Destination Beauty March 2014 March 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Destination Beauty swatches reviewFrom Chella, Indigo Blue Eyeliner. This product had the potential to be my most favorite ipsy product of all time. The shade of blue is gorgeous and I haven’t found anything quite like it before. Unfortunately the tip runs out of product rather quickly, making it temperamental to apply. I actually had to go over it with a blue kohl liner to even up the line and the shade (see below). Disappointing, because I really thought it would be holy grail.

From NYX, Love in Rio Eye Shadow. There are a lot of color options in this palette but the one I received in my Glam Bag was Cabana Boy. I love the formula on NYX shadows and I’m always happy to get them. This is a fabulous trio of golden brown shades that look fabulous on the eye and pair well with the blue liner! I reviewed a few of the other shades last year, swatches are here.

NYX Love in Rio Cabana Boy Eye LookFrom bareMinerals, Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Get Ready. The shade and the formula are spot on fantastic for what I love to wear. Get Ready is a deep nude rose that is perfect for a cold weather date night, even if it’s just with the girls!

March 2014 Glam Bag bareMinerals Get Ready Lipstick SwatchesFrom Pixi Beauty, Flawless Beauty Primer. This primer is sheer and light, providing a luminous finish, which will help to slightly blur out imperfections. You’ll get a dewy finish from this one, rather than matte.

March 2014 ipsy Glam Bag swatchesThis was a great month for ipsy. I adore the NYX trio and am glad to have a compact lipstick in my “night out” shade for my makeup bag. The contents of this bag was definitely worth the $10 so I am absolutely in for April.

Ipsy does profile pages now, so here is mine. There is also a pretty amazing referral program in place. You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag. I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products as my bonuses, but, something new, you can use your points to choose your own bonus! I cashed in back in November for a full size NYX Cosmetics Bronze Smokey Look Kit (see photos and swatches here).

Here is where you can go to subscribe to ipsy for a Glam Bag.

What do you think about the March Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for April? I know I’m looking forward to my next bag!

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February 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

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Valentine’s Day may be just a, hopefully, wonderful memory, but the ipsy Glam Bag for February 2014 can stay with you all year long.  This month they gave us pretty pinks, peaches and purples, but in shades we can use way past the holiday.

February 2014 ipsy Glam Bag swatches reviewThe theme for the February 2014 ipsy Glam Bag is The Look of Love.

February 2014 ipsy Glam Bag sneak peakWhat you see above is a pink with pink leopard interior and a white zipper. I thought it was cute and fitting for the theme without the conventional hearts. Similar to last month, this bag smelled plastic-y, though not quite as bad.

Somehow I lost the card that gives you the run down of the discounts you can get by visiting the Glam Room on ipsy.com. But, there are a ton of fabulous deals for subscribers, so if you do sub definitely check that out.

What’s inside?

February 2014 ipsy GLAM BAG reviewFrom Zoya, Nail Polish. I got the shade Odette but other subscribers may have received Dot. I’m a huge fan of this nail polish brand and am so excited to see them in this months Glam Bag! Odette is from the Naturel Collection which I’ve swatched and reviewed here.

From Dr. Lin Skincare, Acne Spot Corrector. This product is perfect for small breakouts or a zit that pops up here or there.  I had one on my cheek, on the most prominent part of my cheekbone, and this really reduced the size and toned down the color, making it much easier to cover up.  I feel like it did heal a lot quicker than normal, so I’m pretty psyched about this product!

From City Cosmetics, Be Matte Blush. I received the shade Fresh Melon but there were 3 other shades that other subscribers may have gotten. I’m really impressed with the pigment in this blush. Upon swatching I thought it might be chalky but it applied so nicely and blended well. This shade will be perfect for Summer!

From POP Beauty, Plump Pout Mini. I received the shade Peony Petal but other subscribers might also have received Fuschia Freesia. I’ve previously swatched and reviewed both of these shades here.

From Tini Beauty, Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One. I got the shade Ambrosia but other subscribers may have received Spiced Rum or Violette (an ipsy exclusive!). After you give this product time to dry/set it makes a wonderful base for shadows, especially when you’re creating a sultry or smoky eye. Ambrosia is a taupe in some lights and a purple in others… it’s one of my new favorites to use for a deep eye look!

February 2014 ipsy Glam Bag swatchesThis was a fabulous month for ipsy. I adore that blush and the nail polish is one of my fave shades from Zoya. The contents of this bag was definitely worth the $10 so I am absolutely in for March.

Ipsy does profile pages now, so here is mine. There is also a pretty amazing referral program in place. You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag. I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products as my bonuses, but, something new, you can use your points to choose your own bonus! I cashed in back in November for a full size NYX Cosmetics Bronze Smokey Look Kit (see photos and swatches here).

This month I picked up a Nail Art Starter Kit Soooo go sign up because you’re missing out!

Salon Secrets Nail Art Starter KitNail Art Kit ipsyHere is where you can go to subscribe to ipsy for a Glam Bag.

What do you think about the February Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for March? I know I’m looking forward to my next bag!

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January 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

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Well today is the last day of January and I’m finally getting around to posting this months ipsy Glam Bag!  Where did the time go?!

The theme for the January 2014 ipsy Glam Bag is 19 Reasons 2014 Will Be Amazing.

January 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & SwatchesWhat you see above is a blue bag decorated with outlines of different beauty items.  Not probably something I’d purchase on my own, but this is a beauty subscription service, so it’s fitting.  A fail, though, was this smelled plastic-y… like shades of Glam Bags past.

The card is basically there to give you the run down of the discounts you can get by visiting the Glam Room on ipsy.com.  As usual, there are a ton of fabulous deals.

What’s inside?

January 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review Photos SwatchesFrom  Proactiv+, Mark Fading Pads.  These pads are essentially for removing dead skin cells to show off smoother and more even-toned skin.  They’re also for fading out any dark marks on the face left by acne and reducing fine lines and pores.  I’m so happy to try these out.  I always hear about Proactiv and how well it works for people, so it’ll be interesting to see what these pads can do.  I have a few dark marks left from some kid-related hormonal acne that I’d LOVE to see gone!

From Épicé, Purifying Exfoliant. This product worked well and got the job done in terms of removing dead skin cells and leaving my skin smooth.  I liked it, but not enough to replace my Kate Somerville Exfolikate.

From Briogeo, Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask.  I love getting hair masks in any of the subscription bags/boxes.  I use these like no ones business once a week on my hair because hair needs the added nourishment, especially colored hair like mine!  This mask has a fresh scent and is a great way to help keep your hair in shape.

From MicaBeauty, Tinted Lip Balm.  I got the shade #5 Natural.  Aside from this lip balm being in a pot (I’m sort of a germaphobe like that) I love it.  The formula is light and smooth and the color is this nude mauve shade that I reach for constantly. (swatched below).  It’s not really good if you’re looking for heavy or long-term moisture, but it’s great for a subtle tint and light shine.

From Yaby, Foundation.  The shade I received is in Buff.  I’m all for trying a new foundation but this is hard to do with subscription services because they rarely match my skin tone.  This one was a little too yellow for me.  Even-so I thought the formula to be slightly watery and not really fabulous on coverage.  If you don’t need coverage and prefer a bare look, you’ll like this.

January 2014 ipsy Glam Bag SwatchesEven though this wasn’t my favorite month it certainly hasn’t been the worst.  The contents of this bag was definitely worth the $10 so I am absolutely in for February.

Ipsy does profile pages now, so here is mine.  There is also a pretty amazing referral program in place.  You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag.  I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products as my bonuses, but, something new, you can use your points to choose your own bonus!  I cashed in back in November for a full size NYX Cosmetics Bronze Smokey Look Kit (see photos and swatches here).  Soooo go sign up because you’re missing out!

Here is where you can go to subscribe to ipsy for a Glam Bag.

What do you think about the January Glam Bag?  Are you going to subscribe for February?  I know I’m looking forward to my next bag!

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7 Holiday Gift Ideas for the People You Forgot

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Whoopsie!  It’s the eve of the holiday, birthday, special occasion and you forgot.  You forgot and you have zero minutes to get your head together and not only figure out what to buy, but also go and get the gift.  Then you have to wrap it.  Arghghhhh.

Good news.  Beauty and fashion subscription services are a-plenty and you have many to choose from.  Priced from $10 up to $389, these services will easily fit into your holiday gift list and budget…. for both women and men!

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  1. GlossyBox.  At $21.00 a month GlossyBox is slightly more expensive, but the brands are both premier and niche.  GlossyBox is also available in 16 countries. My GlossyBox reviews.
  2. ipsy.  Created by Michelle Phan, ipsy is only $10 a month and consistently has an incredible selection of beauty items (mostly makeup).  They’ve also recently implemented a new referral program with a “choose your own gift” motif.  My ipsy reviews.
  3. i-Ella The List.  The List is a fashion service (with some beauty) which includes some of the most stunning items you’ll ever lay eyes on, all completely on trend.  This service has three different levels – Starter ($59.00), Soho ($129.00) and St. Barths ($389.00).  My i-Ella reviews.
  4. Little Black Bag.  Who hasn’t heard of Little Black Bag?  LBB is a great place to load up your closet for less.  The mostly fashion and a little beauty service offers such well-known brands as Betsey Johnson, Steve Madden, BCBGeneration and more!  Opening a bag can vary in price depending on the item and designer, but gift cards to the site can be bought for as little as $15.00 and up to $500.00.  My Little Black Bag reviews.
  5. Beauty Box 5.  BB5 starts at $12.00 a month for 5 cosmetic samples.  As of late, this service has really stepped up it’s game and become one of the best out there. You’ll also receive exclusive discounts from partner brands.  My Beauty Box 5 reviews.
  6. Birchbox.  While Birchbox may not be the best in terms of content (anymore) they still have the best rewards program, and is also available for men.  For each referral you get 50 points and for each review you get 10 points.  100 points = $10 in the Birchbox shop where they have a plethora of amazing items from countless brands (yes, you’ve heard of at least 90% of them).  This service is $10.00 a month.  With a 1-year women’s gift subscription, get a free Cynthia Rowley eyeliner ($18 value) with the code: cynthiarowleybeauty.  My Birchbox reviews.
  7. Wantable.  The Wantable subscription is $36.00 a month, highly customizable and you can choose from the Makeup, Accessories and Intimates boxes.  You can also earn credits – each point = $1.  You get 1 point for anyone who signs up and 10 points for anyone who places their order.  This is a great way to get introduced to brands such as Lise Watier, Billion Dollar Brows and more.  My Wantable reviews.

What is your biggest gift whoopsie?  I always forget someone.  In holidays past I’ve always kept a stockpile of candles (works for all events, though!).  My “just in case” cabinet gets a lot of use this time of year!  Thankfully if I’m gifting a subscription service they take care of the mailing and “details” while I just fill in the info and pay!

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December 2013 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

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Without breaking a stride the ipsy Glam Bag continues to amaze.  The value in each bag is always around 5 times what you pay plus more.  Once again, I’m beyond impressed with this monthly beauty subscription service.

The theme for the December 2013 ipsy Glam Bag is Celebration!.

december ipsy glam bag celebrationWhat you see above is a black quilted bag with a black zipper.  It’s wonderfully understated, yet still chic enough to use as a clutch to a semi-formal affair.

The card is basically there to give you the run down of the discounts you can get by visiting the Glam Room on ipsy.com.  As usual, there are a ton of fabulous deals.

What’s inside?

December 2013 ipsy Glam BagFrom Andrea, Strip Lash False Lashes.  While I don’t wear false lashes regularly, it’s nice to have some on hand for special events or pictures.  These particular lashes are perfect for your holiday party or New Years celebration!

December 2013 ipsy Glam Bag contentsFrom POP Beauty, the Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio.  The trio I got was in Smoking Hot but a neutral trio was also sent out in Naturally Bare.  This smokey set of shadows is a little chalky, but overall work well and are usually my go-to look for holiday!

From Be a Bombshell, The One Stick in Flustered.  Flustered is a deep, rosy pink all-in-one stick, said to work well on eyes, cheeks and lips.  The texture was creamy and the color was lovely for the lips and when used very lightly on the cheeks. Two other shades were also handed out in Girl Crush and Sunset.

From NYX, the Extra Creamy Round Lipstick.  Subscribers received one of 15 shades, mine was B52.  I love this mauve type shade in the colder months, so this was perfect.  Mauve is my cold weather neutral and I’m always happy to collect more!  The formula is moisturizing and silky with a slight shine.

December 2013 ipsy Glam Bag swatches(L-R: POP Beauty Smoking Hot, Be a Bombshell Flustered, NYX B52)

From Jesse’s Girl, JulieG Holiday Frosted Gum Drops Nail PolishSugar Plum Fairy was the only shade given out in this months bag and it’s a gorgeous, textured deep grape shade with silver shimmer.  Below is two coats, but it can also be opaque in one thick coat.

Jesses Girl Julie G Sugar Plum Fairy Nail Polish swatchDefinitely worth the $10 and then some.  I am absolutely in for January since the value from ipsy remains fabulous and keeps getting better and better!

Ipsy does profile pages now, so here is mine.  There is also a pretty amazing referral program in place.  You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag.  I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products as my bonuses, but, something new, you can use your points to choose your own bonus!  I cashed in last month for a full size NYX Cosmetics Bronze Smokey Look Kit (see photos and swatches here).  Soooo go sign up because you’re missing out!

Here is where you can go to subscribe to ipsy for a Glam Bag.

What do you think about the December Glam Bag?  Are you going to subscribe for January?  I know I’m looking forward to my next bag!

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