fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

Ipsy — August 2017 Glam Bag “Good Vibes Only”

This is super late, because my first Ipsy bag for August never arrived! After a long time waiting, I finally checked my tracking number in late August and it said it had already been delivered! Which did not happen, or at least I never received it.

I thought that, technically, Ipsy could just say that the bag was delivered and so it isn’t their fault that I never received it. But I thought I’d contact them, anyway, and lo and behold—they were awesome about it. They responded to my email within a couple of hours, and my new bag was shipped the next day!

I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t be getting the same items I was supposed to be getting (I was pretty happy with my August bag), and it would be unfortunate but understandable if they didn’t have the exact items left. Yet, my bag arrived yesterday and it is exactly what I was supposed to have received, except for the eyeshadow from theBalm (they sent a same-sized sample of Bahama Mama bronzer in its place). Big kudos to Ipsy!

meme, Futurama Fry thank you email

So, here’s my August bag…

Ipsy Glam Bag, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

Ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag: “Good Vibes Only”

Image: ipsy.com

The Ipsy cosmetic bag came in three variations last month; I didn’t get the one I most liked (“Peace Love Lipstick”; I got “Good Vibes Only”), but it’s just a makeup bag and I’m not especially in love with August’s designs, anyway. The typography feels a bit off to me. I do like the little gold tassels, though!

Ipsy Glam Bag variations, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

What I Received

  • theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder (0.57 g sample; 7.08 g full size US$20)
  • Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume (5 mL spray; 100 mL full size US$135)
  • Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Translucent Powder (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
  • Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming & Tenderheart (0.14 oz each; can’t find retail item, but Pacifica’s Blushious is 0.10 oz and retails for US$12)
  • sundays Nail Polish in No. 28 (14 mL full size; US$18)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99

Total Bag Value

$1.61 + $6.75 + $23.99 + $24 + $18 = US$74.35

I think the value of my August bag is over-inflated due to the Naked Cosmetics powder (which is on sale now for $14.99) and the Pacifica duo not actually being available, so I had to add the retail prices of two regular blushes. Of course, it goes the other way with theBalm’s sample being so damn tiny. The values don’t really matter that much to me, anyway—for example, I prefer the Juliette Has a Gun perfume sample to the Pacifica blush duo.

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Lancôme Summer Swing 2017 collection

New Release: Lancôme — Summer Swing (Summer 2017)

Collection: Lancôme 2017 Summer, Summer Swing

Lancôme’s Summer 2017 collection, Summer Swing, consists of some stunning limited edition makeup items, including four new metallic nail polishes.

Lancôme Summer Swing 2017 collection

Vernis in Love

US$15.50 / CA$19 / €17.80

This summer, nails are just as high-voltage as eyes! Like jewels delicately set on the tips of your fingers, Vernis In Love polishes perfect the metallic look. The four new shades of vibrant, mirror-like colour set off lightly tanned hands beautifully, underlining sophisticated eye art with an irreverent chic.

L’Esprit Libre
L’Échappée Belle
Reflet d’Argent
Grain de Folie

Belle de Teint Bronzer & Blush

US$45 / CA$60 / €50.90

Summer’s here, so a radiant, glowing complexion is de rigueur! Presented in Mediterranean Patio for light complexions and Summer Night Patio for darker complexions, Belle de Teint Bronzer & Blush offers two bronzing powders and two blushers designed to sculpt the face and neckline in a few strokes. Looking to catch the light? Choose a soft draping effect! Apply the lighter blusher on the cheekbones like a conventional blusher, and the darker one underneath the cheekbones. A powdering around the lower neckline will veil your cleavage in shimmering light.

Patio Mediterranéen
Patio d’une nuit d’été

Le Metallique

US$29 / CA$30 / €28.70

This summer eyelids go metallic to electrify the gaze and light up the complexion. Available in five shades of glossy colour with a mirror effect, Les Métalliques add depth and intensity to your gaze. With a choice of turquoise (Brise Azure 01), glossy brown (Mocha Swing 05), precious gold (Or Farniente 03), vibrant pink (Tempo Mediterranéen 02) or sparkling bronze (Bronze Rivage 04), the look is intense and ultra-desirable.

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fivezero's tarte Custom Kit Sale haulage (May 2017)

Haulage! tarte Custom Beauty Kit Sale (May 2017)

Last week, tarte ran a pretty awesome one-day sale for a 7-piece Custom Beauty Kit, and as I’d never taken advantage of it before (or even ordered from tarte’s website), I took the plunge!

My order arrived last Thursday, which was great, as I wasn’t entirely sure whether it had to ship from the US to Canada. As it turns out, my package was shipped from Richmond Hill, ON, so tarte seems to ship Canadian orders domestically and additional duties were not incurred. Just what I need, another Canadian online store to shop from! Haha…

tarte sent a bonus code with my order, as well:
use the code REVEAL for 15% your order through May 31, 2017.

Here’s the damage (all for CA$84, though there was an additional $10 off code that I didn’t learn about until after I’d ordered, rats!). All items are full-size.

  • Unicorn Fabric Cosmetic Bag (MSRP CA$12)
  • Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral (MSRP CA$51)
  • Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Peach Bronze (MSRP CA$40)
  • Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Surfer Girl (MSRP CA$26)
  • Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner (doubles as cream eyeshadow) in Rose Gold (MSRP CA$25)
  • lights, camera, lashes Double-Ended Lash Fibers & 4-in-1 Mascara (MSRP CA$28)
  • Double-Ended Camouflage Brush/Tool (MSRP CA$45, on sale for $38)

So, I got a total of CA$227 ($220 if you use the brush’s sale price) worth of product for $84. Not too shabby, especially since I definitely see myself using everything!

One issue: I meant to select the lipstick in Happy, a rose shade, but somehow I ended up with Surfer Girl, a fuchsia, in my final order. I went back to the website after I noticed this and saw that the it was making shade selections even if I just moused over a swatch; I’d assumed that a click was required. Gah! Once again, I am reminded that I need to double check my orders before clicking “Submit”! In any case, Surfer Girl turns out to be quite pretty, so I’m all right with my mistake.

Check out detailed photos of the items:

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New Release: MAC — Vibe Tribe (Summer 2016)

Collection: MAC 2016 Summer, Vibe Tribe

MAC has released a new collection for Summer 2016, Vibe Tribe:

Sound and self-expression converge in the vast canvas of the desert. Lose control and imagine yourself in lips painted reckless shades of red and coral, or a flash of gold. Let your eyes escape reality in teal, cobalt, mandarin and charcoal, as free-spirited nails glisten in succulent tangerine and the perfect, buttery nude. Abandon control in online-exclusives Rio Grande Romance and Painted Canyon. Feel the vibe.

MAC, Vibe Tribe, Summer 2016 collection
Image: maccosmetics.com.

There are actually a few additional products (see at Hudson’s Bay) not on the Canadian official website: a Cream Colour Base, some Bronzing Powders, and two Split Fibre Face Brushes. Beware, the nail polish at Hudson’s Bay is for some reason priced a dollar higher, at $16.50. Best to get that product from MAC directly.

The collection includes two Studio Nail Lacquers in special edition packaging:

  • Skin [reissue], light peach beige (crème)
  • Blazing Hot, bright orange (crème)

The special edition polishes retail for US$13 / CA$15.50.

I can skip the polish this time, but some of the blush compacts and eyeshadow palettes look stunning! Ahh, the allure of limited edition packaging…

Happy shopping!

Haulage Week (& Throwback Thursday)! MAC

This week, I’ll be posting about some little hauls I’ve made recently, rather than swatches and reviews. Here’s the haulage post schedule for this week:

  • Monday: Essie, Illamasqua, Smashbox, W7
  • Tuesday: Zoya
  • Wednesday: Perfume (Ellen Tracy, Jennifer Lopez)
  • Throwback Thursday: MAC
  • Friday: Essence, L’Oréal, OPI

Last week, MAC decided to drop their prices on Pro Palette Eye Shadow refill pans (they used to be CA$12, and now they’re CA$8), so I picked up four that had been on my wishlist for some time.

Pardon some of the slightly out-of-focus photos; I should be getting my new camera lens soon!

I got Soft Brown, Nocturnelle, Concrete, and Bamboo, another Large Duo Pro Palette, and an Eyeshadow x15 Insert, as well as a free sample of Pro Eye Makeup Remover (6 mL):

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Ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag "Jetsetter"

Ipsy — May 2015 Glam Bag “Jetsetter”

This month, my Ipsy (referral link) Glam Bag arrived on time! It was late last month, so I’m happy that delivery seems to be back to normal.

What I received this month:

  • Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector
  • BelláPierre Cosmetics Gel Eye Liner in Ebony
  • Peter Lamas Naturals Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser
  • Pixi by Petra Beauty Bronzer
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone & Revolution High-Color Lipgloss Samples in Failbait and Bittersweet
  • Breakups to Makeup Mini Makeup Clutch “VIP: Very Important Products”

Here are some photos:

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