My November Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) managed to arrive after the missing BLAQ Mask sample from my October Glam Bag—Ipsy were very good about re-sending the missing item, but it took a while to arrive. That’s Canada Post for you, though I am a teensy bit disappointed that Ipsy just mailed me the Mask, and nothing else to make up for the error (I’ve probably just seen too many people posting their extras, and it’s likely that Ipsy doesn’t normally do that!).
Anyway, onto this month’s bag, which I am quite happy with even thought it—gasp!—doesn’t contain a nail polish.
Ipsy November 2017 Glam Bag: “All You”, featuring actual Ipsters!
What I Received
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Baracuda (3.2 oz full size; US$6)
Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask (15 mL sample; 60 mL for € 69)
Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Mother Nature #06 (0.5 oz full size; US$14.99)
tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty (1.5 g deluxe sample; 5.6 g for US$29)
trèStiQue Brow Pencil in Espresso (0.005 oz mini; full size contains 0.007 oz brow pencil and 2.5 mL brow gel for US$24)
I’ve had higher bag values, but I do like pretty much everything in this bag! Except for the bag itself—I think this month’s bag is poorly designed. I received the teal bag, but it’s still kind of ugly to me.
fivezero’s Ipsy November 2017 Glam Bag
Ipsy Coupon Codes
Mudmasky: 30% off any purchase & free worldwide shipping with code IPSY30 (through 12/31/2017)
Naked Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 12/31/2017)
trèStiQue: 30% off any $30+ purchase with code IPSYWINTER17 (through 12/31/2017, US & CA only)
Here are a couple other good ones available:
Ling Skincare: 25% off any purchase with code IPSY25 (through 12/31/2017; US & CA only)
OUAI: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 12/31/2017; US only)
If you’re counting right, you’ll notice that my October Glam Bag only contains four products! Yes, for the first time in 29 Glam Bags, Ipsy made a mistake. I was supposed to receive a BLAQ Mask—which totally makes me think of Jet Li, and not the Batman villain—but it didn’t arrive. I contacted Ipsy and right away they told me they are sending it out ASAP.
(By the way, this month marks my 2-year Ipsy-versary, though I did have a hiatus in the middle of it—we were on a break!)
So, here’s my October Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) with just the four items that did arrive.
Ipsy October 2017 Glam Bag: “Spellbound”
What I Received
BLAQ Mask (15 mL sample; 60 mL for US$29)
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder (3 g sample; 9 g for US$29)
Pretty Woman Nail Medic Charcoal Infused Nail Polish in Volcanic Ash (10 mL full size; US$7.99)
tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara (3 mL sample; 7 mL for US$23)
TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream (10 mL sample; 30 mL for US$12)
Ipsy makeup bag
Glam Bag Cost
$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99
Total Bag Value
$7.25 + $9.67 + $7.99 + $9.86 + $4
I had a pretty low bag value this month, mostly due to the fact I only had one full-sized item in my Glam Bag! Quite a disappointment. I do like all the products I got, though, so it’s not that I’m unhappy. Yet, if I get another Pretty Woman nail polish next month while there are other cool nail brands available, I’m going to be fairly annoyed. (Seriously, I just got another Pretty Woman polish last month! I like the brand but I want to try new things.)
fivezero’s Ipsy October 2017 Glam Bag
Ipsy Coupon Codes
Pretty Woman: 30% off any purchase with code NMOCT17 (through 11/30/2017)
There were no codes for most of my items, so here are a few other good ones available:
Bio Republic: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 11/30/2017; US & CA only)
Context Skin: 25% off any purchase with code IPSY25 (through 11/30/2017; US & CA only)
fatboy: 30% off any purchase with code IPSYFATBOY30 (through 12/01/2017; US & CA only)
Sokoglam: 20% off any purchase with code IPSTERS (through 11/30/2017)
Today’s polish, Argyle Street, is a 5 mL mini that I got in a set last fall. The formula is one of Nails Inc.’s many, inconsistently named Nail Fuel polishes, which include random ingredients from popular “superfoods” and other trendy substances.
This particular line is called Gel Effect All Fired Up Nail Polish, or All Fired Up Fuelled by Charcoal Gel Effect Nail Polish, or…I don’t know. Some retailers just label it as Charcoal Nail Polish, too.
Activated charcoal is an ingredient that has been popping up in skincare and haircare products. It’s normally used in water filters and other purification systems, since it adsorbs a variety of organic and inorganic impurities. Nails Inc. claim their charcoal polish will “protect your nails against harmful pollutants”. They don’t tell us what kinds of pollutants these might be, of course. Frankly, if the charcoal is mixed in with the polish and just hardens into it, I don’t see how it’ll be doing much adsorption of various substances from your nails (or is it adsorbing substances from the polish itself? Heh).
Anyway, Argyle Street is an opaque, soft pastel pink with a peachy undertone. It’s quite a lovely neutral for warm-toned skin. Incidentally, in this creamy polish, I see zero hint of black charcoal. Can charcoal be ground finely enough that it’s not visible in a pastel-colored nail polish? I’m curious!
I was recently in the market for a new clarifying shampoo and decided to go with Hask since I was already enjoying their Monoï Coconut Oil Deep Nourishing Conditioner (samples of which I’ve receivedtwice in subscription boxes).
Check your (hair) baggage at the door with HASK Charcoal with Citrus Oil collection!
Hair weighing you down? It’s time for a detox! Introducing HASK Purifying Charcoal Collection – a complete line that features a Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deep Conditioner that are formulated to give you a deep clean and bring hair back to life.
Whether you rely on dry shampoo to maintain your weekly blowouts or reach for sprays and gels regularly, overdoing it with product can create build-up that weighs your hair down and can seriously cramp your style. Charcoal, a hero ingredient derived from coconut shells in the Philippines, acts as a magnet and attracts and removes impurities – like product build-up – so you are left with hair that is full of body and shine. For an extra boost of radiance, HASK purifying charcoal combined with vitamin C-rich lemon and grapefruit oils, invigorates and clarifies hair without stripping away any moisture.
At the moment, there isn’t a great selection of sulfate-free shampoos at the drugstore, so it’s wonderful to find one that is easy-to-find and inexpensive. (I also like the L’Oréal Ever* line). A bonus with Hask is that the packaging is pretty swell, too: