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indirect, natural light on top of a 15″ mbp for reference
Ipsy is a subscription service much like Barkbox (dog treats and toys) or Wine Of The Month Club.
Probably the biggest difference is that it’s 10USD (includes shipping) and is largely ‘deluxe samples’ with occasional full sized items.
With the nomenclature ‘Glam Bag,’ you can guess it’s beauty products. Where its cousins like Birchbox rely on mostly drugstore brands, ipsy is geared towards department or spa brands. I doubt you’re going to find my fav Sisley products in one but you can get theBalm, which is a personal crush, and I got a new-to-me theBalm deluxe sample in this package. W00t!
You also get a cosmetic bag each month, hence Glam Bag.
This one is kinda fun in that it’s Gold Lamé on one side and…
Patent Black ‘pleather’ on the other. As you may expect (I certainly did), the quality is not great. I don’t think that I would ever put this in my handbag, no matter how cute. What I will do is repurpose and in this case, it will be a gift containing the mascara deluxe sample from IT Cosmetics shown below.
Let me talk a little about that mascara because I hate it, I’m angry about it and I want to complain, though it’s not ipsy’s fault.
IT Cosmetics has rather a lot of buzz the past 3 years so so. I tried several of their products and have never been happy, save one (which I don’t care to be nice about cos I’m on a roll).
This mascara, I bought out-right and pitched. It was very, very stupid of me to not read the ingredients.
I am allergic to jojoba oil. If it sneaks onto my face, I get these immediate, horrible cysts. After using this mascara, I learnt it makes painful sores on my eyes–like inside and under, from the lashes. I had to go to the ophthalmologist and get steroids.
Not pretty. So, IT mascara can sail off the planet as far as I’m concerned. I don’t often have a bad reaction to mascara–just usually hate how they perform!
I recommend Mally Beauty Volume Mascara instead. That’s a link to QVC, where I wait til they sell it in the 6 tube multi-pack, where it ends up being something insanely cheap like 5USD a piece, making it cheaper than drugstore brands. Back to the Glam Bag…
I’d be less nasty about IT Cosmetics if it weren’t that I’ve had reactions to virtually everything I’ve tried (making sure of no jojoba in the others). It’s not meant for me and after about 8 products, I’ve given up hope.
Here are all of the items in October 2015.
I’m most excited about the full sized slanted Emite Make Up tweezers! My old Tweezerman (which looks virtually the same but in matte navy) has the paint coming off from years of love and the super pointy sharp edges aren’t.
I’m going to use these new ones for a while before recycling the Tweezerman tweezers unless I don’t like the Emite, in which case, I’ll pass the gently-used newbies to Sis. They seem like a perfect replacement but again, I’m giving them time.
As you can see from the complete package pic, I’m holding my next spazz product to try. J’adore theBalm and no, not everything they make works for me but it’s such a frequent winner, that I’m chuffed to try anything!
I am in love with this product, too. It’s a lipgloss-like product but with the coverage of a ‘tattoo lipstick.’ It goes on a bit wet like paint, which it basically is and I was careful to not purse my lips til it dried. When drinking from a glass, only a tiny smudge (not colour but a sort of oil mark?) was left. It indeed dries to a matte finish. This shade looked subtle/ neutral and I hoped that it held true.
I am a super-fair person (born strawberry blonde, read: orange) with green veins (warm tone, not the typical pinky-redhead) and most neutral to pink stuff goes ruddy on me. This is a pleasant subtle colour, suitable for polishing off a professional look.
I’m not wearing a stitch of makeup (you can see some sneaky freckles) except for theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed (which is described as a pink shade). As you can see, it’s not cotton candy or fuchsia. I mean, look at the shot of it in my hand…it almost looks a bit bronze, which is I reckon how it held colour-fast even with my complexion.
I am so buying this! I’ve been wearing it in the pic for over an hour and that includes drinking a glass of water.
Fellow Balmbadiers will know that many of their products are multi-use. I’ve tried that type on my lips (and to be honest, prefer Urban Decay or Tarte for lipstick).
I’d held off of trying theBalm lipsticks because I’m fairly set on my favs for the last few years.
This sample has changed my life. Okay, that’s incredibly melodramatic but it changed my opinion!
Who doesn’t like a good scrub? I’m totally open to trying any scrub but my conscience doesn’t like the ones with plastic microbeads due to them ending up in my seafood. I’m practical. What can I say?
The apricot kernel bits in Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Scrub feel and act just like the so much cheaper St. Ive’s apricot scrub, which btw I don’t like except its scent.
While I do like the ingredients of PL scrub, its scent is of burnt vanilla sugar. That is a popular scent but it makes me want to be sick. It works as a physical scrub but nowhere near as well as the divine Arcona Cranberry Gommage, which I highly recommend to everybody in the world, including men. Men like it because it helps with ingrown hairs and general awesomeness. Just go buy that though it’s dear. It’s worth it. You can buy a smaller tube for less money. I’d prefer to buy a 5 gallon bucket.
If you like this scrub by Peter Lamas, you’ll get no fight from me. It’s fine. I used to regularly use some hippie brand that was pumpkin enzymes-only and it was fine. I have my Arcona and anything else would have to be better than perfect. ::shrugs::
Lastly, Eva NYC conditioner. They call it a masque, supposing due to its extremely unctuous quality. It smells strongly of argan oil (which I use 100% or in prepared products, so I’m used to it) and something that reminds me of Shalimar! That’s one of my mum’s scents and doesn’t matter unless you love it. Then give this a sniff, you may want it just for that.
It did a good job. I do COM (conditioner only method) and that is how I used my sample. I don’t think it could be considered a deluxe sample given the amount. I’ve received packette samples with as much product. My hair is FINE and THIN but kinky (which helps since it’s fine & thin!). Anyway, that’s my hair type, the scent and it did its job. I would not purchase this unless it was on deep discount because I’d rather have WEN.
I’m a WEN girl and have been for years. I didn’t buy it by the gallon this past year due to finances (though it works out cheaper in the long run — if you like it and can afford to buy it that way, DO SO). I even switched to a cheaper alternative, which I also bought in bulk to save money. I’d prefer my WEN.
(please, Chaz, can you spot me a gallon in like all flavours? LOVE YOU!!!)
Stupid unemployed, ‘over-qualified’ economy.
I know, right?
I’m reviewing products when I can’t buy conditioner? Well, let me tell you something. Maybe I paid for ipsy and maybe I didn’t. Maybe all those years of making plenty of money to buy a couple gallons of WEN a year and not blink means that I’ve got a bit of experience trying everything out there that interests me, so I know what a girl likes, mmmhmm?
Judge not, that’s my job.
The line-up, in case I’ve forgotten a name in this long epistle.