Friday, November 15, 2013

Ipsy Glam Bag November 2013 Review

Even though I received my October Ipsy bag on the 17th last month and today is only the 15th, it feels like I've been waiting FOREVER for my November Ipsy bag. This was a huge month for Ipsy, as they sent everyon 6 products, and one of them happened to be a full-sized EM Cosmetics product. I've been drooling over bag pictures ever since they started arriving for subscribers, and finally...mine arrived today!

All I can say is, this is hands down, the BEST Ipsy bag I have ever received. I think I say that every month, but they always manage to really blow me away! I just want to point out off the bat that the Benefit's "Bad Gal Lash" deluxe mini mascara was not a part of this bag, but a gift I got for my referral points, so I will not include it in the reviews of the bag. Let's get started!

1. Nailtini Nail Lacquer in "Champagne"
Wow, wow, wow this is a gorgeous shade! There were two different options for the nail color and I was hoping for this one! This is a bronze/ rose gold metallic shade and it's absolutely stunning. Nailtini has a very high quality nail polish formula too, so I am just over-the-moon about this one. Cannot wait to try it on!

2. EM by Michelle Phan Lip Gallery Creamy Color Sheer Lipstick in "Showstopper"

Out of the products that were offered from this line, I was hoping for either a lipstick or a lip balm. I have been quite curious about this line ever since it launched, as it gets very mixed reviews. Some people love it and some people are indifferent. I was kind of hoping for a fall shade of lipstick, but I'm just glad I didn't get the nude. It looked a bit too much like a concealer for my liking. "Showstopper" is a very pretty, sheer pink shade that would probably work quite well with many different skin tones. I'm not huge on the bubblegum pink, but I am glad that this is from the "sheer lipstick" line, as it has a light and almost gloss finish. The packaging is lovely, sturdy and feels high quality. My only complaint is that the lipstick has a strange smell that I'm not a fan of. I normally am not bothered by the scent of cosmetic but this just smells like chemicals.

3. Pixi Beauty Bronzer in "Subtly Suntouched"

Subtly Suntouched is RIGHT! Granted my Ipsy profile says I am fair skinned, which I am, but this bronzer seems to practically disappear on my hand. I am used to using deeper bronzers and using them lightly on my skin to contour, so it's possible that this will be the perfect contour, who knows? I think this would work very well for very pale-skinned girls that are looking for a bronzer that won't make them look ridiculous. This formula is quite pigmented and soft, it's just hard to tell since it's so close to my skin tone. It has a subtle sheen to it, so I think this would also make a beautiful highlight for any caramel skin-toned ladies!

4. BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow in "Aphrodite"

The picture above is ONE quick swipe of my finger into the shadow and then onto my skin. This shadow is buttery, soft and super pigmented. I definitely didn't expect to love this shadow, as we have received bh cosmetics samples in the past and I was indifferent about them. This is the baked formula and it's definitely a wow product for me. The entire Galaxy Chic palette is adorable; it hosts rounded baked shadows speckled and swirled with color all named after planets and star formations, AKA: freaking adorable. It's only $14.95 and with the code IPSY at checkout, you will save 20% off. So naturally, I am SO getting it!

5. Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Crayon in "Hot Damn"

I absolutely love red lips, but I can't lie and say I wasn't just a bit disappointed that I received yet another red lip product from Ipsy. There has been at least 3-4 in the past year alone. The other option was a pink/purple shade that I think would have looked great for fall. However, I am a big fan of red lips, so this product is obviously going to get used. This is a bright, cherry red shade that is actually very wearable, even for someone who isn't used to wearing red lips. It has a hint of shimmer and applies smoothly and evenly.

6. Starlooks Gem Pencil in "Topaz"

You might know if you read my blog, that I subscribe to the Starlooks Starbox and I am a fan of their cosmetics, however I recently received a gem pencil from them in my September box. It was not this shade, but it was extremely similar. Both were silvery shades. While I was hoping for the Amethyst shade, I have no complaints on the quality of these pencils. They are absolutely stunning, pigmented and glide on with ease. This Topaz shade does com off silver, but it has a taupe undertone to it as well.

The bag itself is a shiny, golden faux snake skin bag with a pink zipper and pink lining. It does have the little loop on the zipper pull to make it a wristlet. The bags are usually low quality, but I always think of them as more of a bonus. I'd much rather get a cute bag each month instead of a cardboard box. This one is very cute, but is probably one of the most flimsy bags they have sent. It feels almost as if it's made out of paper. I will definitely use this to store something in the future, but wouldn't use it as a makeup bag.

Final Thoughts
I am completely in love with my bag this month. Of course there were a few things I would have preferred, but the great thing about a company like this is that everything is a surprise. You might not get all the things you want off the bat, but the things you receive might expand you horizons a bit more and make you step out of your comfort zone. I have found plenty of things through Ipsy that I loved, and would have normally never purchased!

Total Value of November Bag: $87

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1 comment:

  1. I am in Love with this ipsy bag. All the products inside the bag is more than awesome. Love the swatches of Topaz and BH cosmetic's Aphrodite.