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Ipsy — January 2017 Glam Bag “Metropolis”

Yay! I got another nail polish from Ipsy! OK, it’s not really a color I’d choose for myself, but it’s from a brand that’s new to me so I’m happy to try it.

I’ve also recently accumulated a lot of Ipsy points, mostly via referrals, so I have a hearty thank you to those who used my referral link to join Ipsy! I was able to redeem some of the points for a couple of things last month, so I received those with my January Glam Bag.

Ipsy Glam Bag, January 2017, Metropolis
Image: ipsy.com

As a side note, I want to say that as much as I enjoy receiving my Ipsy bags, they could really do with putting up more Points Rewards on their site. Things get put up a bit haphazardly and are gone in the blink of an eye! I really hope Ipsy will improve this section of their service. While I realize the Points are a bit of a perk, they are also acquired when an Ipster helps out Ipsy by writing reviews, posting about Ipsy to social media, and referring more customers! There’s no advantage to be gained by doing all of these things if Ipsy does not make it easy to redeem Points for things we want. After all, Ipsy is doing the offering, so they should hold up their end of the bargain. Also, the points expire a year after you acquire them, so it’s important that there are options most of the time. So, if you’re thinking of joining Ipsy, this (admittedly minor) issue is something to keep in mind.

Anyway, I love my Ipsy bag this month! Here’s what I got:

What I Redeemed 500 Ipsy Points For

  • BeBella 4-Step Skincare Regimen Sample Set (250 Ipsy Points for a 4-pc set / similar 5-pc set is US$80)
  • pur~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters (250 Ipsy Points for a 0.16 oz mini; 0.38 oz full size US$16)

What I Received

  • Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow in Fantasy (0.1 oz, not sure if it is full or sample size, packaging is slightly different from full size; full size US$19)
  • Note Fragrances Pink Peony EDP (5 mL Deluxe Mini; US$6, or 60 mL full size US$74)
  • Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose (3 g full size but different packaging from regular product; full size US$12)
  • Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I’m Not a Ballerina (10 mL full size; USD$7.99)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipgloss in Blame Game (4 mL full size in Ipsy LE packaging; US$22)
  • Ipsy makeup bag
fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, January 2017, Metropolis
fivezero’s Ipsy Glam Bag, January 2017, Metropolis
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Manna Kadar: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 02/28/2017)
  • NOTE Fragrances: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 02/28/2017, US only)
  • There is no Ipsy-specific Pacifica code, but the packaging on my Pacifica blush has a 20% off code at Ulta.com for any Pacifica products. The code is Pacifica2017 and it is valid from 2/1/2017–3/1/2017. I hesitated to post it, since I have only had one experience with Ulta.com, and it was an unmitigated disaster, but hey ho, here it is for anyone who actually has had success with them.
  • Pretty Woman: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 02/28/2017, US only)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 35% off any purchase with code IPSYGLAM35 (through 02/28/2017)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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New Release: The Face Shop — Disney Princess

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Collection: The Face Shop, Spring 2017, Disney Princess

Korean brand The Face Shop has released a set of Disney-licensed nail polishes based on Disney Princess characters. The princesses represented are Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Belle (Beauty & the Beast), Cinderella, Pocahontas, Rapunzel (Tangled), and Snow White.

The collection omits an Asian princess character, Mulan, and recent hit characters Anna and Elsa (Frozen). It’d have been kind of cool to see Merida (Brave) and Tiana (The Frog Princess), too, though I wasn’t too enamored of either of those movies.

Speaking of Belle, have you guys seen the poster for the upcoming live-action version of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast? I dig the casting of Dan Stevens (cuddly in Downton Abbey and awesome in The Guest) as the Beast and Luke Evans (I always think of him as “the hot version of Orlando Bloom”) as Gaston, even though every last inch of him probably isn’t covered in hair. At first I was a little underwhelmed with Emma Watson as Belle, but upon further reflection, I think she’s a fine choice. I haven’t really seen her act since the Harry Potter movies, though.

Ewan McGregor is downright comical looking in the poster. Can you spot him?

Disney's Beauty & the Beast (2017)

Anyway, here are swatches of the polishes, found at Cosmetic Love (referral link). The polishes are unfortunately all sold out there, though I don’t know if they are available at other online Korean shops.

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Haulage! The Body Shop Post-Holiday Sale (January 2017)

I’ve been AWOL for a while! Apologies—I’m sure we’ve all been terribly busy with the start of the new year, and it’s been the same for me.

Here’s a quick post to remind you all that The Body Shop has clearanced their holiday products and (I presume) newly discontinued items, and the sales are pretty good! I know I like to complain about their products, as quite a lot I’ve tried aren’t all that great, but damn it’s hard to beat a good sale, isn’t it? And, they do have some gems here and there.

I placed two orders, one yesterday and another today when they reduced some prices even more. Plus, I have the Love Your Body 10% discount, which expires in May, so I should take advantage of it as much as I can. I don’t expect to renew the card this year.

Here’s the combined haulage:

Vanilla Chai Body Butter, Body Scrub, & Lip Balm

Vanilla Chai is a holiday limited edition scent, and I love it! This smells to me like a sweet chai with loads of vanilla. I don’t really get the eggnog vibe that some people are talking about—I definitely get chai. I know this because last year, I ordered the Body Butter, then totally forgot what scent I ordered when I slathered it on. I instantly thought, “This smells like sweet chai!” and not, “Mmm, eggnog.” And I love eggnog. A scent for next Christmas, perhaps?

The Body Shop Body Butter in Vanilla Chai
The Body Shop Body Butter in Vanilla Chai
The Body Shop Body Scrub in Vanilla Chai
The Body Shop Body Scrub in Vanilla Chai
The Body Shop Lip Balm in Vanilla Chai
The Body Shop Lip Balm in Vanilla Chai

I don’t like the Lip Butters I’ve tried; hopefully this one will be better since it is called Lip Balm and comes in a tin. At least I know I’ll like the scent!

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Sale Alert & New Release: Zoya — Naturel3 (Spring 2016)

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Collection: Zoya 2017 Spring, Naturel3

Zoya have released their third Naturel collection, which consists of 6 new opaque nude creams, and who doesn’t need a nice nude shade? (Well, I don’t, but I can’t resist a gorgeous vampy brown.)

  • Tatum, medium light nude cream with a warm base
  • Cathy, light pinky nude cream
  • Jill, lighter mauve cream nude
  • Mary, medium raisin cream
  • Gina, medium brown neutral cream
  • Debbie, plum brown cream

It’s nice to see some more common girls’ names being introduced. I’m still waiting for my name, Zoya! Really, it’s not a rare one…

Zoya are also running an amazing sale in which you can get any 4 nail lacquers or lipsticks (any combination you like) for free! Just pay $15 for shipping in Continental US/CA (I’m so glad they’re letting Canadians back in on the sales!!!)—plus an additional international fee if you’re in Canada—and that’s it. The code is ZOYA4 and the promotion runs through January 16, 2017. For some reason, the promo image below says it starts on January 9, but I got it to work tonight.

Zoya sale, January 2017
Zoya sale, January 2017
Image: zoya.com

Needless to say, I already placed my order. My international processing fee for 4 polishes shipped to Toronto, ON, was $6.55. I chose one of the Naturel3 shades, Debbie, and three others that have been on my wishlist: Harley, Pepper, and Sarah. I decided against lipstick since I already have way too many. (‘Cause I don’t have enough nail polish, right?)

fivezero's Zoya order, January 2017
fivezero’s Zoya order, January 2017:
Debbie, Harley, Pepper, Sarah (L-R, top to bottom)
Images: zoya.com

I also have to share with you all a massive Zoya order I received over the holidays. Got a lot to catch up on. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

For now, happy shopping!

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Zoya Professional Lacquer retails for US$10 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. Zoya nail polishes are 10-free, including toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor. They are made in the USA.

Zoya is part of Art of Beauty, a privately held company based in Cleveland, OH, USA.

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Haulage! Boxing Day 2016

Happy Boxing Day!

Sephora is holding a sale, as usual, with a small selection of products marked down to C$15 each.

I hauled (with 8% cashback from eBates.ca†):
fivezero's Sephora Boxing Day 2016 haulage, order

  • philosophy Purity Made Simple (12 oz), C$15
  • tarte Pretty Posse (Tipsy blush and Golden Pink lipstick), C$15
  • Smashbox Light It Up 3 Palette Set (eyeshadows [Vanilla, Flamingo, Russet, Totally Nude, Amethyst, Dark Cocoa: 2.95g each], contour [Contour, Bronze, Highlight; 4.14g each], lipstick [Cognac, Pretty Social, Inspiration, First Time Matte, Jam On It Matte, Bing Matte; 2.4g each]), C$21
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer (15 mL deluxe sample, freebie)
  • Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base (sample, freebie)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer (sample includes 4 shades, freebie)
  • Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation (sample includes 3 shades, freebie)

I’m running low on my 8 oz bottle of Purity (which has lasted me forever), so I’m stoked to get a 50% bigger bottle for so cheap!

I also picked up a few nail polishes by Sally Hansen (Xtreme Wear), L.A. Girl, and Pure Ice from Wal-Mart, but they don’t put the color choices on my online receipt, so I’ve already forgotten which ones I ordered!

Have you picked up any Boxing Day deals, yet? Happy shopping!

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Burberry Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Dark Forest Green, swatch

Burberry — Iconic Colour Nail Polish — Dark Forest Green

Collection: Burberry 2016 Summer

Happy Holidays!

I won’t be posting much next week, due to the holidays, so I would like to just wish everybody a wonderful and safe holiday season! Keep warm and be merry! Let’s hope that 2017 brings us all some much needed hope and joy.

Dark Forest Green (424) is a deep, vampy forest green shimmer that Burberry, somewhat oddly, released over the summer. The color has a very muted, greyed tone and subtle shimmer, so honestly, I think it’s a little boring. It makes a good winter shade, as it vaguely conjures images of fir trees lightly dusted with snow. It’s also a good choice for a more conservative look—if deep greens can now be considered conservative shades!

Burberry Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Dark Forest Green
Burberry Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Dark Forest Green

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Let's Shell-ebrate (over Eat, Pink, Be Merry), swatch

China Glaze — Nail Lacquer — Let’s Shell-ebrate

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I recently picked up a 6-pack of minis from China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection, Seas & Greetings.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)

Let’s Shell-ebrate (83782, though the mini has a different code) is a glitter topper with purple and gold confetti.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Let's Shell-ebrate
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Let’s Shell-ebrate

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