June 2015 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the June 2015 ipsy Glam Bag is Swim Into Beauty. Five products that are Summer beauty must-haves, so says the glamazons of ipsy!

The bag is no match for last month’s bag which was made by Breakups to Makeup, but none-the-less it’s black with a fun hot neon coral zipper. It’s got a spongy feel which I’m not totally a fan of.

What’s inside?

From Formula X, Nail Color. I got the shade Power Source which is a bright, cheerful rosy pink shade. It’s a mini size and completely adorable! I love polish minis!

From Lavanila, The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla. I love how Lavanila body butter feels but I cannot stand the scent of vanilla. It gives me a migraine and just isn’t for me =( Luckily a lot of people love it so I can easily give it away.

From Smashbox, Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I’m one of the few people that is just not a fan of this cult fave product. It doesn’t do anything for me but sit on my face and feel awful. Maybe I’m too oily for it? I have found primers that I love, so if you’re like me check out the ones from PUR Minerals or the Murad Invisiblur (which is spendy but amazing).

From OFRA Cosmetics, Turquoise Eyeliner. I LOVE OFRA! Their products are wonderful and this is an awesome, full-size product to get in this month’s ipsy bag. The shade is totally on point for Summer and is easy to apply. Also, it lasts all day. WIN.

From tre’StiQue, Mini Shadow Crayon. I got the shade Kona Coffee which is a deep brown, but 3 other shades are also floating around. I was shocked to see how easily this pencil glided and how pigmented it was. It creases so make sure you use a secondary primer underneath if you check this one out.

Again this month I cashed in some referral points for one of my favorite products of all time – the skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. Since I had some points expire I’ve been nervous about the ones I have left so I’m trying to use them up before it happens again lol However I am obsessed with these eye gels and I’d have bought as many as possible if I weren’t limited to one.

This months bag was definitely worth the $10 even with not liking 2 of the 5 products. The OFRA pencil was my fave and full sized and even though the polish and eye crayon were mini’s they’re those mini’s that I’ll get a lot of use out of.

Ipsy has profile pages, so here is mine. There is also a pretty decent referral program in place. You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag (use the points to choose your own!). I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products but definitely read the description because some of them are a lot of points for just a sample size. Previous bonuses have been from NYX, Tarte, Revlon and more! Note: These points DO expire. I didn’t know that until recently when I was logged in and noticed my point total… I left for dinner and came back and it was 300 points less. I wish I’d have known that ahead of time so I could have spent them, but hopefully this message will help you out so you don’t lose your points!

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

What do you think about the June Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for July? You Should! I’m always excited to see what they have in store!

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April 2015 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the April 2015 ipsy Glam Bag is Flower Power. I’ve said it before but I think the bag this month really is my all time favorite bag. And I’m not talking about the contents, I mean the actual bag!

This month the bag is straw with black, blue, pink, tan and white fabric woven through. Perfect for keeping in a beach bag or pool bag, or even to use as a small clutch on the boardwalk!

What’s inside?

From LATHER, Ultra Light Face Lotion. I love the LATHER Lip Balms and this is right on par with that fabulousness. A lovely lotion for day time and it smells good too!

From theBalm Cosmetics, NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single. The shade I got is in Flirty and it’s a shimmering golden violet. Beyond all things gorgeous. I’ve always been a huge fan of products from theBalm and this shadow is right on par with what I’ve come to expect from the brand. Pigmented and easy to apply an blend. One of my fave items in this bag!

From Mullein & Sparrow, Mini Lip & Cheek Tint. There isn’t much of a tint to this one and I found it to be okay on the lips and pretty worthless on my cheeks. It smells okay but overall this one isn’t anything to write home about.

From MicaBeauty, Eye Primer. This was really awful, I couldn’t even use it. The formula was incredibly dry and difficult to apply and blend.

From Hikari Cosmetics, Blush in Tango. A beautiful and vibrant peachy pink shade. Super pigmented and soft. It’s also a generous, full-size making it one of my fave items in this month’s bag!

I was only half-impressed with this months bag. My fave products were the eyeshadow I got from theBalm and the blush from Hikari. I was definitely happy to add another LATHER product to my arsenal also, but the other two items are basically throw-aways. The $10 was still worth it, the blush definitely got us there.

Ipsy has profile pages, so here is mine. There is also a pretty decent referral program in place. You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag (use the points to choose your own!). I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products but definitely read the description because some of them are a lot of points for just a sample size. Previous bonuses have been from NYX, Tarte, Revlon and more! Note: These points DO expire. I didn’t know that until recently when I was logged in and noticed my point total… I left for dinner and came back and it was 300 points less. I wish I’d have known that ahead of time so I could have spent them, but hopefully this message will help you out so you don’t lose your points!

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

What do you think about the April Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for May? I’m always excited to see what they have in store!

****This post contains one or more referral links.

February 2015 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the February 2015 ipsy Glam Bag is #ipsylove. Clearly a perfect choice of theme for the month of love.. and I am sooo in love with this month’s bag.

This month the bag is pink, grey and white with diamond shapes on one side then completely pink on the other side.

What’s inside?

From Eva NYC, Up All Night Volumizing Spray. This spray is said to add volume and also protect from the heat. I can’t say it gave a ton of volume but my hair did feel soft. It also has a very light, soft scent to it that I love.

From Luxie Beauty, Large Angled Face Brush 504. Who doesn’t love getting makeup brushes in their subscription bags? This type of brush just happens to be my favorite (don’t even ask me how many MAC 168 brushes I own) for applying cheek products and this one from Luxie Beauty is amazing.

From ModelCo, BLUSH Cheek Powder. Why is this my new favorite blush of all time? I received the shade Peach Bellini which is a golden peach with a serious luminosity to it. So pigmented, easy to apply and blend… is it too much to say obsessed?

From “Pencil Me In” Cosmetics, Natural Eye Liner Pencil. This has nice pigment and decent staying power (just not on the waterline but normally I’m hard-pressed to find anything that is). I thought it was easy to apply and I loved the color. It’s so nice getting a shade other than black! (all ipsters received the shade Amethyst).

From CARGO Cosmetics, Mini Lip Gloss. Super shiny in a pretty pink shade (all ipsters received the shade Anguilla), not sticky at all! I can’t wear this particular color on it’s own but it’s the perfect shade for layering over lipsticks and the mini size makes it perfect for living in my makeup bag.

Oh, hi, ipsy.. you knocked it out of the freaking park this month. SO MANY makeup products and then one hair products. THIS is what I love and THIS is what it should always be about. Fantastic, best ipsy bag EVER.

Ipsy has profile pages, so here is mine. There is also a pretty decent referral program in place. You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag (use the points to choose your own!). I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products but definitely read the description because some of them are a lot of points for just a sample size. Previous bonuses have been from NYX, Tarte, Revlon and more! Note: These points DO expire. I didn’t know that until recently when I was logged in and noticed my point total… I left for dinner and came back and it was 300 points less. I wish I’d have known that ahead of time so I could have spent them, but hopefully this message will help you out so you don’t lose your points!

Here 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’m always excited to see what they have in store!

****This post contains one or more referral links.

January 2015 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the January 2015 ipsy Glam Bag is Fresh Start. Definitely an expected theme for the first month of a new year!

This month the bag is textured with white on one side and royal blue on the other. There is a contrasting orange zipper and dangly ipsy tag. I’m actually loving the bag this month, it doesn’t seem as immature as some of the other ones we’ve received in the last few years.

What’s inside?

From J. Cat Beauty, FANTABULOUS Gel Eye Liner. The shade I received is in Blue Black which I am super excited about because I just do not want another black eye liner lol This is a fabulous color when you want something more amped up than black and don’t want to go to crazy. The formula on this liner was smooth and easy to use, lasting all day!

From Manna Kadar Cosmetics, Sheer Glo. The shade included is described as a Universal Shade, but it does seem to lean warm. As it’s blended out it becomes a glowy golden peach. This will be lovely to use particularly in the Summer for a subtle highlight.

From Pacifica, Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow. The shade I got is in Ethereal (others may receive the shade Treasure) and it’s a pearly cream shade – perfect for highlighting the eye or using at the inner corners. The formula is soft and nicely pigmented. Love this!

From Real Techniques, Fine Liner Brush. This is a wonderful product to get in this months bag and it paired perfectly with the gel liner! Real Techniques brushes are great quality and while this isn’t my favorite brush for applying liner (I like a firmer, slanted brush) I will definitely get use out of it.

From Nourish Organic, Renewing Eye Cream. This eye cream includes Argan oil and is said to provide rich hydration around the eyes. I can’t speak to long term benefits but it did feel nice and absorbed quickly. I wasn’t a fan of the scent but it’s not a deal breaker.

Also shown is a set of Nail Decals from Wrap Artist, which I turned in some of my ipsy points for. I haven’t used them yet but I have a few nail art ideas coming up that will hopefully work out & I can share them with you!

This month has a nice mix of fabulous makeup products – I really think that liner is going to be a new staple. This month was definitely worth the $10 I paid between that liner, the full size shadow and makeup brush.

Ipsy has profile pages, so here is mine. There is also a pretty decent referral program in place. You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag (use the points to choose your own!). I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products but definitely read the description because some of them are a lot of points for just a sample size. Previous bonuses have been from NYX, Tarte, Revlon and more! Note: These points DO expire. I didn’t know that until recently when I was logged in and noticed my point total… I left for dinner and came back and it was 300 points less. I wish I’d have known that ahead of time so I could have spent them, but hopefully this message will help you out so you don’t lose your points!

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’m always excited to see what they have in store!

****This post contains one or more referral links.

December 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the December 2014 ipsy Glam Bag is You Are a Creative Genius. My first reaction? I KNOW, RIGHT?! 😉

This month the bag is black with fuchsia trim and a matching dangly heart from the zipper. So cute!

What’s inside?

From Tarte, Lights Camera Lashes 4-1 Mascara. This is a deluxe sample size of one of my fave mascaras (review). I love to layer this one with Milani Total Lash Cover!

From Beauty Without Cruelty, A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser. This cleanser was just okay. I can’t speak to how well it performs over time but it smells nice and my skin felt clean after use.

From Sexy Hair, 450° Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray Mini. This actually worked great on my hair and didn’t make it look dirty or weighed down. I see a few people weren’t a fan of the scent but I found it to be fruity and really nice! Definitely a good product that I’d repurchase.

From NYX, Butter Lip Balm. Subscribers will receive one of four shades – mine is in Marshmallow. That isn’t the shade that I’d ever want my marshmallow to look like but it sure does feel amazing on and tastes yum. I’m not a fan of the color on my lips.. it sort of deadens the pigment and washes me out. (swatched below on the left side of the pic).

From CAILYN Cosmetics, Just Mineral Eye Polish. I love everything from Cailyn that I’ve tried and this shadow is no exception. The shade is called Orchid, which makes me think of purple, but this is more of a darker tan shimmer. It’s a gorgeous shimmer accent if you’re doing a lot of mattes. (swatched below on the right side of the pic).

This month has a nice mix of fabulous makeup products and one of my new fave hair products. The only kind of dud was the cleanser. It’ll get used, but it’s nothing I’d write home about. I definitely think it was worth the $10 I paid.

Ipsy has profile pages, so here is mine. There is also a pretty decent referral program in place. You refer friends and redeem points to get a sweet little bonus in your next bag (use the points to choose your own!). I’ve gotten some really fab full sized products but definitely read the description because some of them are a lot of points for just a sample size. Previous bonuses have been from NYX, Tarte, Revlon and more! Note: These points DO expire. I didn’t know that until right this minute. I was logged in and noticed my point total… I left for dinner and came back and it was 300 points less. I wish I’d have known that ahead of time so I could have spent them, but hopefully this message will help you out so you don’t lose your points!

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’m always excited to see what they have in store!

****This post contains one or more referral links.

Top 9 Luxury Beauty Buys

Press Sample/Affiliate Links

Probably even more annoying that shopping for your SO is shopping for the girl (or guy, for that matter) that has every.damn.thing. Maybe it’s a friend or relative… or someone you pulled during a Secret Santa moment at the office. Regardless… that ish is rough. Here are a few ideas on what to buy for this person whether you’re on a budget or if money is no expense – luxury does not mean designer it just means awesome!

  1. My number one gift for the person who has everything is a monthly subscription box. For a lot of these you can purchase just one month, three, six or even the whole year. Making this budget friendly for just about everyone. Depending on your budget you have options so I’ll list them in order from least expensive to most expensive – ipsy ($10/month – reviews), Birchbox ($10/month – reviews), Beauty Box 5* ($12/month – reviews), Scentbird* ($14.95/month – reviews), Glossybox* ($21/month – reviews), Wantable ($36/month – reviews), POPSUGAR Must Have* ($39.95/month – reviews). There are obviously MANY, MANY more, but these are the ones I currently subscribe to and have the experience with. I’m hoping to hop on a few new ones for 2015! Any recs?
  2. High end makeup storage. For those with a high or unlimited budget consider the Sherrieblossom ICEbOX*. This is a makeup/beauty organizer that is made with only the finest acrylics. You can absolutely see the difference, especially in person. It holds up well, cleans easily and comes in several sizes. Check out mine here!
  3. Personalized Jewelry. Onecklace* offers personalized jewelry that comes in a beautiful gold box complete with an authenticity certificate. Not only is there currently a Christmas Sale going on, BUT you can also get 10% off of your order using code GIFT10! Check out mine on Instagram (or purchase your own here)!
  4. Personalized Nail Polish. It does exist. Pretty Please Nail Polish allows you to pick a shade and give it any name you desire! It’s only $12 a bottle but wouldn’t it be fun to call it Will You Marry Me or something to that effect? Ahhh… a bloggers beauty dream proposal 😉
  5. Candles. I’m not talking Yankee. I’m talking high-quality soy, organic goodness from right here in Pittsburgh (but you can order from anywhere in the US!). KTHOM Beauty offers seasonal and spa collections for only $18.00. Flat Rate shipping is only $2.00 which for a heavy candle is AMAZING.
  6. Specialty Bath & Body. It’s easy to walk into a Bath & Body works and grab something, but I’ve talked to many people that say that getting body care from there is very impersonal and makes them think that you forgot and needed something quick. If the person you’re buying for is into bath and body products consider A Girl’s Gotta Spa. Energizing Citrus Body Wash (8 oz. – $26), Energizing Citrus Body Lotion (8 oz. – $28), Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub (10 oz. – $35 only available on the website), Energizing Citrus 3-Piece Gift Set – $84 comes in a silver matte gift box tied with a guava colored ribbon so it is ready for gift giving. (only available on the website, $5 savings) All of the products have vegan ingredients, are 94-100% natural and certified cruelty free by Leaping Bunny. Best of all, they are incredibly hydrating and smell wonderful! (products are also available on Gloss48 and Amazon however if you purchase on the official website you get a 15% off code when you sign up for emails!).
  7. LUSH. Few things personally make me happier than a gift set from LUSH. There is one to suit every one in every single price range. You absolutely cannot go wrong. They’re Limited Edition so shop soon!
  8. Makeup Brushes. NO ONE has enough makeup brushes. IDC if you have a million, you need more. No one likes to wash them, so the more, the merrier. IT Cosmetics makes affordable sets of their 5 star brushes (shown in the main pic – Your Beautiful Basics* (3-piece Face & Eye Travel Brush Set $19.50) and Your Airbrush Masters* (6-piece Face & Eye Advanced Brush Set $65.00). You can get these sets plus a plethora of individual brushes at Ulta.
  9. Beauty Gifts that give back. Some brands partner with charities and devote a portion of product proceeds to a good cause. Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Palette($48), Lip Glacé in Peach Hope ($25) and Bracelet of Hope($35) all give 100% back to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund; Kiehl’s has released their 6th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection where 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from this collection, up to $100,000, will benefit Feeding America.

Of course, in the end, it helps to know who you’re shopping for. Obviously, specialty lip balm isn’t going to be okay for someone who doesn’t like to put anything on their lips. In the age of the internet, it’s not hard to get to know who you’re shopping for. Go ahead and stalk a little on Facebook… I won’t tell.

***Items marked with a * were received as a press sample. All others were found/purchased by me. This post also contains some affiliate links.

November 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the November 2014 ipsy Glam Bag is Girl Meets Glitter. Glitter is definitely alive and well in this month’s shipment, but thankfully not in all of the included products. A little glitter is always fine by me, but OD-ing on glitter is never okay.

This month the bag is silver glitter with pink trim. Definitely fitting with the theme, my 5 year old was all over it lol!

What’s inside?

From Marc Anthony, Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray. This hairspray offers a nice hold without drying out my hair. I like to use this to keep curls in place through the day while still keeping my hair looking soft and not crispy like some hairsprays do.

From Be a Bombshell Cosmetics, Eye Base in Submissive. This eye base works nicely as a sheer wash of color or as a base to amp up your eye shadow shade. I have to use a secondary primer with this or it creases, but the color is a warm yet brassy bronze… which is right in line with what I generally like.

From Temptu, S/B Highlighter. I’m not so crazy about these mini bottles, but I do love the product inside. This is an awesome cream highlighter that I actually wore this weekend for a wedding I was in. It goes on sheer and illuminates the face without a crazy disco ball effect. I patted on a very little bit of product just using my fingertips. Though this bottle is teeny tiny, it’ll last awhile.

From clariSEA, Sea Salt Solutions Instant Glow Powder Exfoliant. Beginning in powder form you just add a bit of your fave facial cleanser or water to “buff away impurities and dead skin sells”. The smell was not so great (not on a deal breaker level, though) and it felt slightly rough on my skin. My skin care be very sensitive, so because of the rough feeling I’m not a fan.

From Nicole by OPI, Guys & Galaxies Nail Polish. This shade is exclusive to ipsy. It has a clear base and a ton of holo glitter in different shapes and sizes. The formula was nice in that it wasn’t thick and one coat gave an excellent amount of glitter without having to maneuver anything. One coat is shown over OPI What’s Your Point-settia?.

This month I was much happier than last month thanks to…well everything but the face scrub. I definitely think it was worth even more than the $10 I paid.

Ipsy has profile pages, 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 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 November Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for December? I’m always excited to see what they have in store!

****This post contains one or more referral links.

October 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the October 2014 ipsy Glam Bag is Beauty Candy. All I can figure out about the theme for this one is that there’s a pink lip product and a blue eye shadow.. and together it’s sort of Candyland-ish? I don’t know.

This month the bag is a quilted teal blue shade. I love the bag this month. 9 times out of 10 I’m not okay with the bag that ipsy sends, so this is a welcome surprise as it’s actually one I’ll use!

What’s inside?

From ECRU New York, Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair. I swear I’ve reviewed this before and I can’t find the link! Ugh. Anyway, this is a great cream for the hair. The way I use it is when my hair is still damn I apply a dollop through the strands, starting from mid length down. When I comb it through the excess gets on my crown. My hair always looks silky and shiny, though it doesn’t control my frizz as much as I need it to, so it’s not ideal for Summer. Luckily, it’s October 😉

From Figs & Rouge, Hand Cream. The scent I got is Mango Mandarin (thought some ipsters will receive the Rose Berry scent) This has a bizarre consistency. It squeezes out like a cream, but when you rub it around on your hands it feels like water. It stays wet for a few seconds then dries immediately and isn’t greasy at all (which was unexpected because of how it felt when I was rubbing it in). The scent is strong at first but dies down so that it ends up being just light. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either.

From Skyn Iceland, Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths. Are you sitting down? This is my favorite part of this month’s bag! I’m a huge fan of Skyn Iceland and these cloths are great for removing makeup when you’re feeling lazy or are wearing anything heavy that needs removed before you wash your face. Even if you’ve been barefaced all day long these are a great way to refresh your skin.

From Starlooks, Lip Gloss. The shade I got is Guilty Pleasure (swatched below) and I love the color. It’s slightly sticky but I find that these wear best over a lipstick rather than on their own.

From Jesse’s Girl, Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder. The shade I got is Ocean Breeze (swatched below) which is a medium blue pearl. The consistency of the shadow is okay (a little dry) and the color is pretty but out of the seven shades available that ipsy sent out this is the last one I’d have picked.

This month I was sort of blah about the shipment. I definitely think it was worth the $10 and while these are all items I’m excited to play with I don’t think I’d have picked most of them for myself. Maybe I don’t know how I feel… Nothing was a flat out dud, so that’s definitely a positive. Final answer, not a great month, but a good one.

Ipsy has profile pages, 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 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 October Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for November? I’m always excited to see what they have in store!

****This post contains one or more referral links.

September 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the September 2014 ipsy Glam Bag is Street Style. Perfect for the month that houses Fashion Week where Street Style is a major thing.

This month the bag is a metallic gunmetal shade with silver studs. I love the bag and think it’s totally perfect for the theme of this month and also very on-trend.

From Alterna Haircare, Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction. I originally got this back in my May Glossybox and I’m definitely a fan. I didn’t repurchase it because I’m still working through a huge bottle of Living Proof Frizz Styling Cream, so I’m excited to get this back into my hands. It keeps my hair tame, healthy and looking shiny.

From Nourish Organic, Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser. Well this says fragrance free but that’s a huge negative. It smells really bad. The smell gets worse as you rub at it. I like the sounds of the ingredients (cucumber, you just really can’t go wrong.. right?) but based off of the smell of this cleanser when I put it on my hand I will never put it anywhere near my face. Ever.

From Crown Brush, Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush. So if you read my post on the Top 10 Brush Brands you already know this one is a win for me. This brush is perfect for those days that you just want a quick and easy eye look and only want to deal with using one brush. That being said it’s also perfect to integrate into your smoky eye looks. Crown brushes are affordable and get the job done well. ipsy, please put brushes in every bag! WOO!

From Pacifica, Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil. The shade I got is in Fringe, but other subscribers could have received Gunmetal. I love the flat matte brown shade and the formula was really smooth. It’s easy to smudge and lasts all day.

From Hikari, Lipstick in Cabernet. This is the perfect berry shade for Fall. I love to smudge this on my lips and wear it as a stain. The formula feels great and it lasts for several hours before you need to dab a bit more on.

This month was definitely better than last month and I was especially in love with the brush. The liner and lipstick are perfect for Fall and the Caviar CC Cream is an old fave. The dud – obviously the cleanser. That was a HUGE dud. Wow. Still, well worth the $10 and still a good month!

Ipsy has profile pages, 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 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 September Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for October? I’m always excited to see what they have in store!

****This post contains one or more referral links.

August 2014 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

The theme for the August 2014 ipsy Glam Bag is Beauty Schooled. Clearly it’s all about going back to school this month with the items you need and that are essential for staying fresh while hitting the books.

This month the bag is cylinder shaped and white with orange polka dots and trim. It’s got that vinyl/plastic feel of a pencil bag, which is appropriate for the theme. I actually think it’s cute this month!

What’s inside?

From Urban Decay, Perversion Mascara. I have a full size of this and love it! Here is the review.

From Jersey Shore Sun, Mongongo Lip Conditioner. You know.. when I first saw the name of this I assumed Snooki made it. I think that show ruined everything Jersey Shore-esque. Product wise the formula is outstanding. It’s so moisturizing and I love that it’s not gooey but doesn’t sink in and disappear right away. The scent is fruity and amazing. Please put one in every single bag!

From Klorane, Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. You guys know I love me some dry shampoo and have already asked the subscription box Gods to see that one arrives in every single bag forever. Klorane has always been one of my top 3 faves!

From Lord & Berry, Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil. This was a nice little addition. It’s a mini-size (VERY mini) and I really enjoyed the formula. The shade is black but it’s not a pitch black so it’s okay for every day/work safe wear. I found it smooth and smudgeable but it’s basically worthless on my lower lash line. It’s is a kohl, but I sometimes get lucky with those on my waterline (MAC has good ones).

From Coastal Scents, Forever Blush Sample Duo. The shades shown are Fresh (Left) and Elegant (Right). I loved the formula on these blushes and they wear beautifully. The pigment is awesome, too! Though this was a mini set there is a coupon on the packaging for 25% off to buy full sizes.

I was torn over how I felt about this months ipsy bag. I can’t say I was overly excited about anything besides the dry shampoo and the chapstick. Even though I liked all of the items this month I felt like it was disappointing in comparison to other months and everything just seemed so tiny, even for samples. Can’t win em all, I guess! And, let’s be honest, I’ve thrown $10 at a subscription bag (generally speaking) and see a lot worse come out of it.

Ipsy has profile pages, 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 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 August Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for September? I’m always excited to see what they have in store!

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