Firstly, I want to note that I recently discovered Ipsy offers a 12-month subscription for the cost of 11 months (so US$110 for a year, rather than $120 if you pay month-to-month). Well, I’ve been paying month-to-month this whole time! So I sent an email to Ipsy support and they gladly switched me over to the discounted year-long sub. Woohoo! So, if you’re a diehard Ipsy subscriber who never considers cancelling, hit ’em up for your 1-month discount!
Onto the loot! My December Ipsy Glam Bag finally contains a makeup brush! I had actually gotten a bit annoyed with the flimsy brushes I was getting, so I downrated most of them—then for a good stretch, Ipsy failed to send me any brushes at all. Lisa Frank, SLMissGlam, and Luxie brushes came and went and never found their way into my Glam Bag.
Finally, this month, I got another Luxie brush. It’s a pretty usable eyeshadow brush, and at least now I have the opportunity to rate it better so that I’m hopefully back in the pool for brushes.
Once again, however, I didn’t get the one nail polish they had on offer (a blue shimmer from Lottie London). I wonder how many Ipsters got that polish and are bitching about receiving nail polish?!
MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash (1 g sample; 13 mL for US$23)
NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum (20 mL sample; 50 mL for US$19.95)
Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Orchid Ornament (1.5 g 2-color duo; full size 5.76 g 6-color palette for US$12)
TonyMoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream (10 mL sample; 60 mL for US$25)
Ipsy makeup bag
Glam Bag Cost
$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99
Total Bag Value
$24.26 + $1.77 + $7.98 + $3.13 + $4.17
The Luxie brush obviously provides the bulk of my bag’s value this month. It seems to be a Luxie × Ipsy edition, so I can’t find an exact MSRP, but the Onyx brushes seem to run approximately 35% more expensive than the Rose Gold line.
fivezero’s Ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag
Ipsy Coupon Codes
None of the brands I received have a code with Ipsy at the moment, so here are a few other good ones:
SLMissGlam: 30% off any purchase with code SLBLUEIPSY (through 12/31/2017, US & CA only)
I thought I was being good by skipping my November Maven Box (not a great fan of frosts), but in the end, I bought a bunch of stuff from Julep, anyway. Blast these holographic holiday sets, Mystery Boxes, and GWPs!
Bling It On Mystery Box
Royal Suite Mini Holographics 6 Piece Nail Set
Life of the Party GWP
14 Nail Colors (6 of which are minis)
1 Cream Blush
2 Lip Colors
1 Lip Oil
1 Cream Eyeshadow
1 Skincare sample
Bling It On Mystery Box
$24.99. This box is currently still available at Julep (referral link) through today, plus you get a chance to win a pair of 1 carat diamond earrings—and don’t forget eBates cashback if you do buy anything!
Products in the Mystery Box may vary, except for Maxine and Reina polishes which are guaranteed.
Who needs a diamond ring? Let every finger shine bright with this dazzling mystery box.
Includes two NEW multi-faceted nail colors (including our most brilliant holographic EVER!) + other beauty & nail surprises.
Plus, one special mystery box includes a pair of 1 carat diamond stud earrings! Will you be the one to find them?
This mystery box definitely includes:
Maxine (Bombshell) – Prismatic Ultra-Holographic
Reina (It Girl) – Black Holographic Textured Microglitter
Make it yours, make it fun. BRAVE PRETTY
Offer expires on 11/21/2017 at 11:59PM PT, or while supplies last. Every Bling It On Mystery Box will include Maxine (Bombshell) and Reina (It Girl). Other products vary.
Well, I doubt I’ll be lucky enough to win the diamond studs (imagine my mom’s face at Christmas, eh?), but I am still really pleased with the selection of products I got!
I’ve been dying to try a Julep Mystery Box, but the only ones (one?) they’ve had since I’ve been a subscriber have not come with polishes I’ve been interested in. This time, they had two new holo/metallic shades, so I was definitely in—and I was not disappointed!
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)
SinfulColors ALL NEW Color Cosmetics Collection
with Global Color Collaborator, Vanessa Hudgens
Introducing SinfulColors Trend Preview Collection of color cosmetics featuring all new mascara, eyeliner, cream eye shadow, brow and highlighter products.
This first-ever beauty launch is available exclusively on Amazon, and created with globally acclaimed actress and singer, Vanessa Hudgens!
For beauty lovers who live for vibrant color as a means of self-expression, SinfulColors has all the outrageous, innovative, on trend & eye catching color you crave, so you can create looks as unique as you are.
Prepare to be excited and inspired by these insanely awesome makeup must-haves that will take your makeup routine to the next level (and the next level after that level)!
This is pretty big news, too—despite it not being nail polish-related!
SinfulColors (previously a nail polish-only brand) has just released their first makeup products! I imagine they will be similar to Revlon products, since Revlon acquired SinfulColors back in 2011.
The new products are all for eyes and face (no lipcolors): Shade Babe Duo Cream Shadow, Bold Brow Intense Effects, Stop & Stare Gel Eyeliner, Diva Lash Color Mascara, and Face Forward Allover Highlighter Stick.
As a VIB member at Sephora, the annual 20% off VIB sale was open to me on Friday, November 10, and I’ve since placed two orders, even though I was trying to limit myself to just the first. This always happens, and I blame November being my birthday month so usually I give myself a little more license to splurge.
(Look at that fine print! I never realized this but we “clients” are limited to 1 Dyson item and 5 Pat McGrath eyeshadow palettes per transaction; Canadians are also limited to 3 Fresh, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior items per transaction.)
Of course, for the last couple of months, I’ve been anticipating this sale. I’ve been chucking things in and out of my shopping cart (it helps that I don’t bother to consider brands I can get at Shoppers Drug Mart / beautyBOUTIQUE, like Urban Decay, Dior, Estée Lauder, Smashbox, and Clarins).
Here’s the list of stuff I hauled, the freebies, and the stuff I wanted to haul but didn’t!
Once again, I bought more lipstick (granted, they were all marked down before the 20% discount) even though I need ’em like I need a hole in the head.
I already picked up the previous Sparkle Like a Unicorn set, so obviously I had to get this one, too. It comes with a lipstick and a sheet mask! I’ve never tried any non-nail polish things from Nails Inc., so this will be interesting.