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:

BeBella 4-Step Skincare Regimen Sample Set
BeBella 4-Step Skincare Regimen Sample Set

BeBella 4-Step Skincare Regimen Sample Set

250 Ipsy Pts for a 4-pc set / similar 5-pc set is US$80

This set contains minis of: Facial Cleanser, Facial Essence, Eye Cream, and Hydrating Night Cream. All are 0.13 oz, except the 0.07 oz Eye Cream. [Made in Japan.]

pur~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters (mini)
pur~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters (mini)

pur~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters

250 Ipsy Pts for a 0.16 oz mini; 0.38 oz full size US$16

I have enjoyed everything I’ve received by pur~lisse, so I was happy to redeem some points for this lip balm. [Made in USA.]

Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow in Fantasy
Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow in Fantasy

Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow in Fantasy

0.1 oz (not sure if full size); full size US$19

I have no idea who Manna Kadar is, but she’s from Paris and her website is really pink. (Her website indicates she’s a beauty entrepreneur.) The packaging for this is terribly difficult to open, though once you get it open it’s easier. Honestly, it’s like a step above Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette packaging. Crazy for something retailing for US$19 and is also made in China. Admittedly, the Ipsy packaging appears slightly different from that on the official site, so maybe that accounts for the poor packaging Ipsters received. The color is very pretty, though, so I’m hoping that it works well. It’s a perfect versatile shade for a 3-in-1 product. [Made in China.]

NOTE Fragrances Pink Peony EDP (mini)
NOTE Fragrances Pink Peony EDP (mini)

NOTE Fragrances Pink Peony EDP

5 mL Deluxe Mini; US$6, or 60 mL full size US$74

This perfume has bergamot and tangerine top notes; heart notes of pink peony, jasmine, linden flower, and peach blossoms; and a base of sheer musks, blonde amber, and white woods. Sounds fantastic to me! Nice size spray bottle, too. [Made in USA.]

Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose (Ipsy packaging)
Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose (Ipsy packaging)

Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose (Ipsy packaging)

3 g full size but different packaging from regular product; full size US$12

Normally I’d give a big meh to Pacifica’s makeup products, but the colors are always so pretty! I love the look of this blush. I hate the juvenile unicorn packaging, but it seems it’s a special thing for Ipsy. It looks different on Pacifica’s website. This packaging is also kind of crappy, with a problem that’s the reverse of the Manna Kadar packaging above. This compact doesn’t close properly! Possibly just a special-to-Ipsy thing. Pacifica claims to be vegan and cruelty-free, but this is made in China, so I’m not 100% sure how the animal testing thing works here. Perhaps Pacifica’s not sold there? [Made in China.]

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I'm Not a Ballerina
Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I’m Not a Ballerina

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I’m Not a Ballerina

10 mL full size; USD$7.99

Argh, there were two Pretty Woman polishes available: I Can’t Deal (a grey cream) and I’m Not a Ballerina (a pale pink cream) and they gave me the pink one! And surely the polish named I’m Not a Ballerina should absolutely not be baby pink?! Oh well. It’s a pretty color, just not my thing. Looking forward to trying a new brand, though! Love that the polish is made in the USA, kind of dislike the brand’s name. Now I’ll have Roy Orbison in my head all day long. [Made in USA.]

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipgloss in Blame Game
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipgloss in Blame Game

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipgloss in Blame Game

4 mL full size in Ipsy LE packaging; US$22

I’ve hauled a lot from Trust Fund Beauty in the last few months thanks to Ipsy sending me one of their nail polishes, but I never did try their lip products. I’m really happy to have received this full sized lipgloss, and this pink-brown color is fab for me! (The other Ipsy color option this month was Method to the Madness, a pink-beige.) [Formulated in Italy.]

Ipsy Glam Bag Metropolis makeup pouch (January 2017)
Ipsy Glam Bag “Metropolis” makeup pouch (January 2017)

Ipsy Glam Bag “Metropolis” Makeup Pouch

Eh, the bag is neither here nor there for me this month! Perforations are not my favorite detail on makeup bags, as they pick up dirt so easily.

Glam Bag Verdict

Overall I love what I got this month! A nice mix of brands I already know and new ones to try. Most of the colors I got are also good for me. Nice one, Ipsy.

Some other Ipsy items for January 2017 that I would have liked to try:

  • H2O+ Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream
  • F.U.N Lacquer Nail Lacquer in TGIF
  • Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
  • pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 Mud Mask + Exfoliant (I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from pur~lisse, so bring on more, please!)
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11 thoughts on “Ipsy — January 2017 Glam Bag “Metropolis”

  1. “Ipster” – hehe this sounds funny.
    That Manna Kadar 3 in 1 products reminds me of The Balm’s dual pupose blush / eye shadows. What a pretty shade. Maybe you could depot it if the packaging is crappy? [in your spare time, of course! 😆 ]
    And OOOOOH the Pacifica blush! Gorgeous colour. Maybe you could depot that too… 😛
    Hmm I wonder if that “I’m not a ballerina” name is a play on “I’m not really a waitress”. But it actually does make sense that it’s a light pink shade because if you’re wearing a light pink tutu, people would assume you’re a ballerina BUT you’re NOT. 😄

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