fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

Ipsy — July 2017 Glam Bag “Over Easy”

My Ipsy bag arrived a bit late this month (I got it on the 19th, when I usually get it around the 15th), and now I’m also a bit late with my post!

Ipsy have done collaborations before, and this month they’ve done a really fun one with Sanrio! Yes, this month’s bag theme is called “Over Easy” because gudetama is on the Glam Bag (referral link).

Sanrio Gudetama on a plate

For those who don’t know, gudetama is a Sanrio character who is a lazy, ennui-filled egg yolk. It’s a bit random, and it’s freakin’ adorable. Holika Holika, the popular Korean beauty brand, came out with a gudetama collection a while back (I have some of it!) and I think it’s nifty to see Western brands jumping on the lazy, eggy bandwagon. It does appear that some Ipsters were not thrilled with having a “bizarre” cartoon egg on their Glam Bag, and the ensuing moanfest was dubbed “gudeDRAMA!” by a popular subscription box site. Bwah!

Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

Ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag: “Over Easy”


Anyway, eggs aside, I decided against requesting anything this month, since there was nothing that really excited me in their spoiler selection, though most things seemed nice to have.

I ended up receiving a nice selection of items that I’m more than happy to try out! I also got an item that I redeemed 750 Ipsy Points for (thanks to those who signed up via my referral link—mwah!). Also, I’ve started tracking Ipsy’s reward options, if you’ve got Ipsy points racked up and want to see what’s been on offer.

What I Redeemed Points For

  • Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette (limited edition, full size; US$36)

What I Received

  • Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush (full size; US$9.95)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (10 mL; 40 mL full size US$39/CA$48)
  • OFRA Godet Eyeshadow Refill in Gold Rush/Victory (2 g size; US$10)
  • Seraphine Botanicals Healthy Glow Rose-Gold Blush in Lychee + Gold (3 g full size US$14)
  • tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel (7.5 mL sample; 150 mL for US$25/CA$30)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

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

Total Bag Value

$9.95 + $9.75 + $10 + $14 + $1.25 = US$44.95

That piddly little tarte cleanser sample really brought my bag’s value down this month! Bah!!! But honestly, I’d rather get a cleanser I’ll use than an insanely marked up eye cream that I won’t (£110? Really?).

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

fivezero’s Ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag: “Over Easy”


Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Beau Gâchis: 30% off any purchase with code beautifulipster30 (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 08/31/2017)
  • tarte: 20% off any purchase with code IPSYJUL (07-21-2017 through 08/21/2017, exclusions apply)

There are no codes on offer for Caudalie or Seraphine Botanicals, so here are two other good ones:

  • AHAVA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)
  • Ciaté: 30% off any purchase with code IPSTER (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Ipsy Rewards Tracker @ fivezero

News: Ipsy Rewards Tracker @ fivezero

Morning everyone! It’s going to be a rough week for me, as we have visitors arriving soon and baby Olive is sick with the flu. I probably will not be getting around to posting much this or next week, so let’s call it a Canada Day break!

I’ll also just take the opportunity to mention that since I’ve been following Ipsy’s* Rewards quite closely this year and thought I’d just compile them all into a single, huge chart. (Hey, I need something relatively mindless to do as I stay up all night with the baby!) I’ll continue to update it as I see new rewards released. It’s very interesting to see the values and point costs change, even over just a few months.

Still, the occasional great deal still pops up (I recently snagged a full-size Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette for 750 pts; I guess it’s discontinued as it’s no longer on the US site), so it’s really worth checking on.

The Ipsy Rewards Tracker is now accessible via a link in the sidebar! It starts from January 2017.


[* referral link]

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag "Volume Up" (June 2017)

Ipsy — June 2017 Glam Bag “Volume Up”

I usually don’t get my Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) here in Canada until the middle of each month, at the earliest—and yet, yesterday, the twelfth, I got my shiny hot pink June bag!

This month was the first time I tried emailing Ipsy to request an item to be included in my bag—apart from the one time they emailed me to let me try out a new system (I chose a mini of Ciaté Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Pin Up).

From the initial list of spoilers released by Ipsy, I thought a black Make Up For Ever eyeliner was the best option I had (it wasn’t a great list! I’m not a huge black liner person) so I went ahead and asked if I could get that in my June bag. Customer service was happy to oblige.

Of course, a while later I saw more spoilers which included some great options I’d have picked instead (see my list below of other June items that Ipsy sent out). Boo! I actually think it makes more sense for me to just let Ipsy pick for me from now on, unless I see an item in the spoilers that I truly want. They’ve actually been doing a pretty great job for me—if only I could convince them that it’s OK to send me more than one nail polish per month!

Ipsy Glam Bag, June 2017, Volume Up

Ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag: “Volume Up”


What I Received

  • Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream (20 mL sample; 50 mL full size US$68)
  • Kokie Nail Polish in Atlantis At Last (16 mL full size; US$6)
  • Luna by Luna Eyeshadow in Jace (1.5 g full size; US$15)
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Matte Black (0.8 g mini; 1.2 g full size US$21/CA$25)
  • NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in Plush (8 mL full size; US$6/CA$9)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

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

Total Bag Value

$27.20 + $6 + $15 + $14 + $6 = US$68.20

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, June 2017, Volume Up

fivezero’s Ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag: “Volume Up”


Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Dr. Lili Fan: 10% off any purchase with code IPSY (through 07/31/2017; US only)
  • Kokie: 25% off any purchase with code ipsy25 (through 07/31/2017; US & Canada only)
  • Luna by Luna: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 07/31/2017)

There are currently no codes offered for MUFE and NYX, so I’ll just mention these discounts for two great Canadian brands (since I would have loved another Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, or either of the two Vasanti products on offer this month, the face scrub and the lip gloss):

  • Trust Fund Beauty: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 07/31/12017)
  • Vasanti: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 06/30/12017; US & Canada only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Tony Moly LIPTONE Lip Care Stick in Rose Blossom

TonyMoly — LIPTONE Lipcare Stick (Rose Blossom) Review

I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for the best part of three years now, and I’m really glad that they’re starting to include products from Korean beauty brands, too. A few months ago, my Ipsy bag came with a rose lip balm from the popular TonyMoly brand.

The company’s name is variously displayed as TONYMOLY, TONY MOLY, TonyMoly, and Tony Moly, even in official channels and publications. I’ve been inconsistent with how I’ve written it, too. They seem to have changed their logo of late, so I’ll go with TonyMoly—one word, but still kinda reads as two.

TonyMoly store

Tony Moly store.
Via ss501fighting.

TonyMoly store

Two words, or just poor kerning?
Via Visit Korea.

TonyMoly US website, June 2017

TonyMoly US website (June 2017).

Anyway, the product I received is the LIPTONE Lipcare Stick, which comes in three flavors: Honey Moisture (01), Rose Blossom (02), and Mint Light (03). Their website actually shows a fourth beige color, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore. Tester Korea offered it, and it’s called Sugar Scrub (04).

I’m a huge rose fan, so I was tickled pink to have received the Rose Blossom.

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Adesse Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl, swatch

Adesse — Surfer Girl (Organic Infused Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Adesse

I just got my first Adesse New York nail polish in this month’s Ipsy bag, and I was really looking forward to reviewing it, even though a more interesting duochrome shade was given out a few months ago, which I sadly did not receive.

Adesse states of their Organic Infused Nail Lacquer (also described on the website as “Gel Effect Polish”):

A revolutionary long-wearing, fast drying nail polish that gives your nails the “plump” look of a gel manicure without a UV or LED lamp.

We infuse our polish with organic bamboo extract, argan and shea oils to soothe and rejuvenate your nails. Our organic mica, minerals and pigments deliver high-definition color and super shiny finish that won’t chip or scratch. Our specially designed self-leveling brush delivers the right amount of polish each time.

Gel Effect polish is 5 Free, Cruelty Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Petrochemical Free, GMO Free, Triclosan Free, Vegan and Made in New York.

It kind of peeves me that Adesse described their “mica, minerals and pigments” (er, mica is a mineral) as organic, because some of these are inherently inorganic substances. In chemistry, anything containing carbon is organic. Mica, for example, does not contain carbon. Then, organic products are those that are produced via organic agriculture, and ain’t nobody’s growing rocks using fertilizers. It’s like companies that claim their vegetables are gluten-free. Well, like, duh.

Anyway, Surfer Girl is a sprightly, summery shade of whitened turquoise that leans more blue than green. The website describes it as “[C]ool, sophisticated and wearable with a hint of light reflecting sparkle.”

This is a cream finish. There is no sparkle. The most I can say is that it has the vaguest hint of a pearly finish, so I don’t doubt that perhaps there is verrrry fine shimmer that gives it that pretty look. It’s super-crazy subtle, though, not like the “invisible shimmer” (which is slightly visible) in some Chanel and Zoya polishes.

I am reminded of Alfred Hitchcock’s and Winston Churchill’s instructions for a martini (respectively: “five parts gin and a quick glance at a bottle of vermouth” and “with ice-cold gin, and a bow in the direction of France“). I like vermouth so I don’t know what their problem is, but how they feel about vermouth is about how much shimmer shows up in this polish.

Adesse Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl

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fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag "Summer Friday" (May 2017)

Ipsy — May 2017 Glam Bag “Summer Friday”

I missed getting a post up yesterday—it was so freaking hot in the city, our air conditioning isn’t working 100%, and I could barely think. Uggggh, I hate hot weather. I believe that if I had grown up in a hot place, I’d never have made it through school as my brain shuts down so badly when it’s very hot and humid. We’re talking a mere 27°C/80°F that will do it.

But hey, it’s only fitting that this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) is posted on a Friday! It’s also much cooler today, thankfully.

And, once again, Ipsy sent me a Glam Bag that color-coordinates, in shades of bright aqua, bronze, and cherry red. I don’t know if it’s coincidental (or that a lot of their products this month just happen to coordinate), but it sure makes for a nice photo op.

Ipsy Glam Bag, May 2017, Summer Friday

Ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag: “Summer Friday”


Thanks to some referral points (many thanks to those who used my link!), I was also able to redeem some of my Ipsy points for a full sized Estée Lauder foundation.

What I Redeemed Points For

  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact in 2N1 Desert Beige (12 mL full size; US$45 / CA$50) [750 pts]

What I Received

  • Adesse New York Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl (11 mL full size; US$18)
  • BeneFit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Deep (5) (1 g sample; 3 g full size US$24)
  • Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in Electric (2 g full size; US$22.95)
  • Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in BlackNoir (0.8 g sample; 1.2 g full size US$12)
  • trèStiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine (0.025 oz sample size of just the matte crayon color; full size is a double-ended Lip Crayon + Shiny Balm, US$28)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, May 2017, Summer Friday

fivezero’s Ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag: “Summer Friday”


Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Adesse New York: 20% off any purchase + free US shipping with code IPSY20 (through 06/30/2017; US only)
  • Estée Lauder: 20% off all Double Wear with code DWIPSY20 (through 05/31/2017; US only)
  • Jelly Pong Pong: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 06/30/2017)
  • Pixi by Petra: 25% off any purchase with code PixiIpsyMay (not case-sensitive; through 6/30/2017; US only)
  • trèStiQue: 30% off any $40+ purchase with code IPSYSPRING30 (through 06/30/2017; US only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Preventive Measures 101 Lips 101 After Hours Lip Balm

Preventive Measures 101 — Lips 101 After Hours Lip Balm Review

I haven’t been doing empties posts at all, since I am pretty slow at getting through my products and I also generally hate keeping empty packages around for photographing.

But I have definitely been trying to use up more products—which means less product rotation, which I am generally very fond of doing!

Lip balms are one of those products that I always rotate, though, but not so much in the sense that I deliberately choose to use different ones. I just keep a lip balm in many different places, so I end up having almost ten lip balms on the go. For example, I have one at my desk, one in the bathroom, one in the stroller, one in each handbag (and I…uh…I have a lot of handbags), and one at my bedside table.

The two I use up fastest are the ones at my desk and in the bathroom. I most recently finished up the one at my desk, which I got in an Ipsy bag last fall and is by Preventive Measures 101.

Can you believe it? I finished up a product! Huzzah!

They make both a lip balm with SPF 30 and another without, which is the one I received.
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