Ipsy — May 2016 Glam Bag “Destination Chic”

My May 2016 Ipsy (referral link) bag arrived earlier than expected last week!

Ipsy Glam Bag, May 2016, Destination Chic
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream (15 mL sample / 50 mL full size USD$115…damn!)
  • INSPR Beauty Eye Fluff Brush (full size / USD$12)
  • Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio in Skinny Dip / Crush / Lovely (2.1 g / price unknown, though a similar 3 g trio at Target is US$9.99)
  • Smashbox X-Rated Mascara (0.10 fl oz sample / full size USD$22)
  • SOO AE Collagen Essence Sheet Mask Set (3 pc) (0.85 oz full size, each / USD$15 for 5)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • INSPR Beauty: 50% off any purchase with code IPSY2016
  • Pacifica: 20% off any purchase with code Ipsy2016
  • Smashbox: 15% off your first purchase with code IPSY15

Here are some more detailed product shots:

Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream 15 mL sample
Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream (15 mL sample)
The circus-y looking font they use is a little disturbing, but I’m intrigued…the cream was formulated by a man who developed a line of skincare to treat the breakouts he had after suffering a spinal cord injury. That sounds like a story I need to hear more about! (And then I checked out the website in more detail and found he actually wrote a book about it. Wouldn’t expect any less.) This particular cream contains jasmine and glycolic acid, and is aimed at those with dry and/or aging skin. Raises hand. [Doesn’t say where it’s made.]

INSPR Beauty Eye Fluff Brush
INSPR Beauty Eye Fluff Brush
Decent looking blending eyeshadow brush. The handle is a bit excessively long and pointy for my taste. I presume it’s synthetic, as they don’t mention anything about what it’s made of on their website. [Made in China.]

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio in Skinny Dip / Crush / Lovely
Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio in Skinny Dip / Crush / Lovely
I’ve actually already received one of these Pacifica eyeshadows in a single (Ethereal) from Ipsy, and haven’t gotten around to using it, yet! Oops. Still, this trio is pretty and it’s definitely got the kind of neutral colors I like to use. Will aim to try it this week. I don’t know what the retail price is as I can’t find these Coconut eyeshadows in trio or single form on the Pacifica website. Weird. [Made in China.]

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara sample
Smashbox X-Rated Mascara
Getting mascara samples is always awesome! This is my first Smashbox mascara—too bad the sample doesn’t have the same cool twist in the tube like the full size does! The brush has a strange triangular shape. [Made in Canada.]

SOO AE Collagen Essence Sheet Masks, 3 pc
SOO AE Collagen Essence Sheet Mask Set (3 pc)
Didn’t expect to get three of these as one item! Korean sheet masks are popping up everywhere these days, though it’s always nice to try something new. I hadn’t seen this brand before. [Made in Korea.]

Ipsy Glam Bag makeup bag, May 2016, Destination Chic
Finally, the Ipsy makeup bag is a bit different! It’s not a flat zippered pouch like it usually is. Instead, it’s a flat envelope pouch with a snap. Eh, I prefer the zips, though this is still cute. I like the “travel around the world” print; reminds me of dingbat fonts or clip-art bundles!

I’m reasonably happy with this month’s loot, though I could probably do with fewer random eye makeup brushes and more stuff like:

  • Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish
  • Etat Libre d’Orange Remarkable People fragrance
  • Hanalei Lip Treatment
  • Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick
  • Vasanti Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser

Ah well, you can’t have it all!

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6 thoughts on “Ipsy — May 2016 Glam Bag “Destination Chic”

  1. That Pacifica eye shadow trio looks nice! Maybe they don’t sell it yet and it’s exclusive to Ipsy?
    And 3 sheet masks – that’s impressive!
    I love the print on this bag – so striking! It does totally look like the dingbat font. 😆

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  2. I can’t wait to get my May Ipsy- should get it around the middle of June! Heck, I just got my April bag this past week. From my sneak peek it looks like we aren’t getting the same products at all, except for the Smashbox mascara.

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