Sunday, December 15, 2019

December 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

December was another month of great hits and terrible misses. The items I received were:
  • Ittse The Van Ness Eyeshadow Quad (a $60 value)
  • Evolue Skincare Super Oil (a $68 value)
  • Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Stay Spray Setting Spray (a $25 value)
  • Complex Culture Press & Set + Bronzer Brush (a $35 value)
  • Noyah Organic Lip Balm Set in Peppermint & Vanilla (a $7.98 value)
The hits for me this month were the wintery neutral eyeshadow quad that came in a magnetic palette, the setting spray because I do love all things Tarte, and the lip balm duo which work wonderfully.  The brush fells nice, but I have others that work better.  The horrible miss was the oil - I don't use oil, and this one smelled like rotten cheese.  Luckily, all the other items made up for it.  All told, this $25 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus has a value of $195.98.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

November 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

Just like last November, no eyeshadow in this month's GBP, but I can deal with that once a year LOL . The items I received were:
While I truly don't mind not receiving an eyeshadow palette this month, I do think receiving two cheek items was a bit much.  I did choose the Seraphine Botanicals palette, so I was happy about that, and I am curious about the Gigi Gorgeous line, but bronzer is not how I would have chosen to try it.  The Belle En Argent lipstick is awfully dark, but should be good for holiday celebrations.  I can always use primer, and while I am not a big fan of mascara, I am happy to try Doucce's.  All told, this $25 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus has a value of $167.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Ipsy: Haul-iday (Includes Nail Polish)

If you are looking to treat yourself or need to get gifts for a bunch of beauty-loving friends and family, the current Ispy Haul on Shopper, Haul-iday, is trully amazing.  For $59.99, you get the following 12 items (list taken from Ipsy), and most are full-sized:
• 6-piece THEBALM COSMETICS Mini Lip Gloss Kit
• MURAD AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
• BOBBI BROWN Eye Opening Mascara
• 7-piece SLMISSGLAM Gold Glitter Brush Set
• R+CO One Prep Spray
• JULES SMITH Double Layer Drop Necklace
• PURLISSE Coconut Oil + Cranberry Silky Body Butter
• MOROCCAN MAGIC Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint Eucalyptus
• APTO SKINCARE Antioxidant Mask with Pomegranate
• BANG BEAUTY Blush in Smoked Peach
• COLOR CLUB Nail Polish Set of 5
• Blue Sequin Makeup Bag
My favorites from this Haul are the SLMissGlam brush set, theBalm mini lip gloss set, the Jules Smith necklace, and, of course, the Color Club polish set.  Color Club was a brand that I discovered through Ipsy a long time ago, and I do like their formula and colors (no toe pics since there are five colors this time).  From left to right, the colors are Rocky Mountain High, Fingers Crossed, Killer Curves, Cherubic, and Three Wishes.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

October 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

A little too much skincare in this month's GBP . The items I received were:
  • Purlisse Blue Lotus Brightening Serum (a $65 value)
  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator (a $79 value)
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy That's So Betty Eyeshadow Palette (a $30 value)
  • Glossier Milky Oil Waterproof Makeup Remover (a $12 value)
  • Jules Smith Beauty Power Gloss Duo in Namaste All Day and Serene Queen (a $32 value)
I really wanted to love the Betty Boop palette (it was my choice for this month), but I had major application problems with it.  I can see why the Dr. Brandt is a favorite, but it is a tad too rough for me.  Serums and makeup removers do nothing to excite me, so the only real win this month was the lip duo, which are both gorgeous on.  All told, this $25 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus has a value of $218.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

September 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

This month's GBP had two really big hits for me! The items I received were:
I first discovered Nomad's eyeshadows through Ipsy and have fallen in love with them, and the Berlin palette does not disappoint.  Ofra's highlighters where another Ipsy find, and this palette with two highlighters and a blush is perfect.  I really like the Ciate setting powder better than my usual, and the Solar lipstick is a very wearable shade, even if the formula is not worth $27.  The only real miss for me was the Apto mask since I do not like wipe-off masks.  All told, this $25 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus has a value of $157.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

August 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus (Includes Nail Polish)

This month's GBP had some great hits, but also a rather disappointing miss. The items I received were:
I am a huge fan of theBalm and this palette really does contain some of their best eye and check shades.  The F.A.R.A.H. brushes are gorgeous and perform better than the last brushes I got from them, and the Tokyomilk blush oil stick is surprisingly wearable.  I knew the Ahava would be a miss for me as I am not a fan of non-sheet masks, but what disappointed me the most was the Smith & Cult nail lacquer.  Pale pink is not a color I would ever pick up on my own, but I wanted to try this formula - and it sucked.  After 3 coats, it still wasn't totally opaque and was blotchy to boot.  For an $18 polish, I expected a lot more. Anyway, all told, this $25 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus has a value of $157


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ipsy Haul: Endless Summer (Includes Nail Polish)

Ipsy Shopper currently has another great haul that includes nail polish!
The Ipsy Haul: Endless Summer is $59.99 shipped and includes 14 items, many of which are full sized!  Here is the list off of Ipsy:
• 111SKIN Rose Gold Radiance Booster
• PLAYA Endless Summer Spray
• HUDA BEAUTY 3D Highlighter Palette in Golden Sands
• BENEFIT COSMETICS BadGal Mascara in Black
• THEBALM COSMETICS Lipstick in Konnichiwa
• PIXI BY PETRA Rose Glow Mist
• CIATÉ LONDON Extraordinary Translucent Powder
• OFRA COSMETICS Rodeo Drive Highlighter
• PURLISSE Matcha Green Tea Antioxidant Priming Moisturizer
• I DEW CARE Straight Radiate Moisturizer
• PRETTY WOMAN Nail Polish in Berry Wild
• GLOW FOR A CAUSE Lip Love Lip Balm in Flirt
• FEEL Bright Daily Squalane + Facial Oil
• ORYZA Shimmer & Contour Eye Palette
I had previously received the Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette in Golden Sands in my July 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, but it is so amazing that I definitely plan on gifting this one.  Other items that really excited me were the Ofra Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter because it is one of my favorites and great to have a spare for one the go, the Ciate London Extraordinary Translucent Powder because I needed new powder, the theBalm Cosmetics Lipstick in Kinnichiwa because I love everything I have tried from theBalm, and, of course, the Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Berry Wild.  While I love this color and it is great year-round, the formula is not the best.  I ended up putting on and extra coat than normal (3 on most of my toes and 4 on my big toes) and it still looks thin and a little streaky.