Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag - Beauty Bag Review and Unboxing

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Ipsy is one of the inexpensive beauty bag sample subscriptions. You receive 4-5 deluxe sample size or full size products each month. The cost is $10 US (+ $4.95 shipping to Canada). 

Ipsy is generally make-up products with a mix of skin, nail, and hair products based on a beauty profile you complete. There is usually 12-18 products that are selected from each month! You can view your "glam room" online that tells you all the products you will receive each month (I really like to keep it a surprise so I don't check ahead of time!) You also receive a make-up bag with your products.

Here is a look at the December 2014 Ipsy Bag:

I love when this bright pink envelope comes in the mail each month! 


Here is a look inside:

This month's theme is "Thinking of You". Our thoughts are filled with YOU this month. Thank you for a 2014 that was filled with beauty, laughter and inspiration. You've given us so many reasons to smile, and we look forward to an awesome 2015. This month's bag is really cute too - nice simple black makeup bag. And here is a look at what is inside:

I have to say, it doesn't look too exciting - but it is a good mix of products! Here is a closer look at the products I received: 

Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser ~ sample size 2 oz for $2.81 (full size is 8.5 oz for $11.95). Beauty Without Cruelty 3% A.H.A. Facial Cleanser is a lightly-foaming, soap-free cleanser that removes dead surface skin cells, daily impurities, and excess oil without over-cleaning your skin. Nature's own alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) gently and deeply clean and actively clarify your skin without disturbing it's natural balance. Pure premium Oshadhi aroma-therapeutic essential oils tone, condition, and calm, leaving your skin clean, clear, and refreshed. 
I love getting cruelty free products - and this is a generous sample size! I used this in the morning and was happy with it - I'm not generally picky with cleansers so this will all get used! 

NYX Butter Lip Balm in "Red Velvet" ~ full size $4. Dip your lips in a sheer wash of color with NYX Butter Lip Balm. One swipe leaves dry lips feeling supple and hydrated. This Buttery Lip Balm is addictively soft and scrumptious and perfect for adding a subtle hint of color for a naturally flirtatious pout. Apply directly to bare lips or apply it over lip liner for more intense color. 
I love tinted lip balm - I know it's not very exciting for people but I am constantly using lip balm, so this is welcome for me! The color of this is great too - nice and subtle but a good hint of color. 


Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust in "Brightening Bare"~ Full size $18.14. Elevate & transform your eye in a few fairy seconds with this glimmering dust. Loose pigments add a lit-up high shine finish to lids, reminding you what wishes are truly made of! Perfect to use dry for a sheer effect, or wet for intense colour. The illuminating powder pigments give concentrated glow & enhancing color instantly. The mica provides dense natural pigment and the pearl powder rejuvenates & brightens. 
This is a great all over lid shadow - I have included a swatch of the color, which is described as a medium nude sheen. I'm very happy with this product. 

Crown Brush - Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet ~ full size $6.99. This dual-ended brush offers the best of both worlds. The shadow brush is perfect for applying eye shadow or contouring the eye, while the crease brush is designed to be used dry for defining the eye, or wet for precision concealing. 
I like getting brushes and this is a great combo - I like the crease brush as it is small and great as a smudger too. The brush is good quality. My only complaint is that I store my brushes upright, so one end is going to be squished - I just prefer single ended brushes!


Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-one Mascara ~ sample size 0.1 oz for $8.33 (full size is 0.24 oz for $20). Like a pushup bra for your lashes, tarte’s best-selling mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions to deliver a 330% increase in lash volume instantly. The high-performance formula is also infused with naturally-derived olive esters to help nourish and protect lashes. 
Here is what the mascara looks like on before and after (3 coats, no touchups):

My photo doesn't quite do this mascara justice - it is much more thickening than the picture shows! I am a big fan - I love mascara that thickens and lengthens. I have always been a fan of Tarte so I am very please with this item!

For $15, I received 5 products (3 full size) with a total value of $40.27. I am happy with all the products in my bag - especially the mascara! While this may not be the most exciting bag, I love that there was such a good mix of products and I will use everything!

If you would like, you can see my other Ipsy reviews here, and if you are interested in signing up for Ipsy I would love it if you used my referral like here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/b8nk?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general

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