Tuesday, 7 January 2014

December 2013 Ipsy Review: Celebration

*I'm pretty late posting this but I also received this pretty late. It should be noted that I did not like this months Ipsy bag and I traded most of my products with my coworker (who also signs up for Ipsy). I will note with each product if it was traded or not.

What do you get when you sign up with Ipsy?

For $10 a month (plus shipping for some; $4.95 for me), subscribers receive a Glam Bag with samples and full-sized beauty products which are unique to them and the profile they filled out when they signed up! You don't know what you're getting ahead of time. The only thing you know is that it follows a theme. This month's theme was Art of Beauty.

What I got:
Eye Blender Brush

Cost: $27.00

Thoughts: Probably my favourite thing in this bag. I can always go for more brushes and this one is really nice.

Be a Bombshell
The One Stick

Cost: $16.00

Colour: Girl Crush

Thoughts: I recieved this in the colour Flustered which was way too dark for me. I traded it for Girl Crush which is a light pink. I do not like how this looks on my lips. I usually love this brand but this product was not for me.

POP Beauty
Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio

Cost: $5.00

Colour: Smokin' Hot

Thoughts: I received this in Naturally Bare (which is a brown eyeshadow trio) but traded it for this. I love these colours but trying to get this open is such a pain in the ass. I don't know why it's so hard to open, but it is. Not impressed.
J.Cat Beauty
Big Lip Pencil

Cost: $3.99

Colour: Caramel Mocha

Thoughts: I received this in Red Rose and traded it for Caramel Mocha. I don't know why Ipsy thinks I like dark shades for my lips. I don't and I've indicated that on my portfolio. Anyway. This new colour was much better and I really liked this.

Jesse's Girl
Julie G Holiday Frosted Gum Drops
Textured nail polish

Colour: Sugar Plum Fairy

Cost: $3.99

Thoughts: I actually received Nail Color by Nicka K New York in Ripe Apple. It was a really bright red which I would never wear. I was really happy that I was able to trade with my co-worker for this colour. I liked this colour and the texture. It takes a little extra nail polish remover to get it off though.

The whole Glam Bag, with the bag!

If I hadn't had the opportunity to trade the contents of my bag, I would have been really, really disappointed. I was definitely a bit let down by this bag but after trading, I was pretty happy.

Total cost of contents of bag: $55.98
How much I paid: $14.95
Savings: $41.03

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  1. I love the purple nail polish! Just think- next month has to be better! x

  2. That nail polish color is so pretty - love textured polishes!

  3. see i am afraid to join a box like this for fear that i won't like a lot of the products and wouldn't be able to switch with someone!

  4. Ohh this is tempting, just like Stitchfix! I need to up my makeup products, I usually stick to Clinique but there are so many good reviews of other brands

  5. We got a lot of the same things and I was less than impressed too. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I think I'm going to cancel my subscription after my bag ships this month.

  6. I would be happy with the makeup brush and that's probably about it! You must really have quite the make up collection from participating in this every month! Fun.
    I still love The Body Shop. By far my favourite place to buy make up.. They always have such great deals running!

  7. that sucks you didn't like a lot of what was in your bag, but good thing you got to do trades with your coworker. love this nail polish color!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  8. I did birchbox for two years and while I guess there were some products I ended up buying, I wasn't too thrilled. I finally canceled this year. I kinda miss the boxes but I'm saving a ton of money!

  9. I did birchbox for a while and just cancelled it because I was not impressed by what they had in them. These products do not look as bad and you saved a ton of money! So excited to be following your blog!

  10. I love all of this! I am considering switching my birch box to ipsy!



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