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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OUAI Treatment Masque (sample)

OUAI — Treatment Masque Review

A while back, I bought a Danier leather renewal lotion at Winners, and during checkout, the cashier asked me, “You know this is for leather, right?” Apparently, they’d had returns from people who bought it, thinking it was for the face.

While Danier cheekily had “Skincare” written on the bottle, it did say “for leather” directly underneath. In addition, I found it in the housewares section, and most Canadians should have recognized local company Danier Leather, who seemed to have a location in every shopping mall and very obviously sold leather jackets, belts, wallets and handbags—certainly not skincare! (The company did go bankrupt in early 2016, though they appear to be back as just Danier).

But, I noticed that it’s happened again! I was researching OUAI Haircare’s Treatment Masque for this review, and some of the comments on Ipsy indicate that some people inadvertently used this hair product on their faces, instead (names are not given to protect the innocent!):

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Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum (sample)

Skin & Co Roma — Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum Review

I received a 5 mL sample of Skin & Co Roma’s Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum in an Ipsy bag a while back, and gave it a spin a couple of weeks ago.

The company’s truffle-based skincare line is based on research indicating that truffles contain strong anti-oxidants. The idea for such a product line originally came from the company founder’s grandmother, who sold her version of a truffle beauty oil from 1952–1980, in Rome, Italy. The truffles used are harvested from Italy’s Umbria region.

From Skin & Co Roma:

Formulated around the undiscovered properties of the truffle, Truffle Therapy Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing ingredients. Carefully handcrafted in Umbria, Italy, it restores skin with undetected radiance. Fine lines start to fade, roughness is surrendered and silky smoothness is immediately revealed and skin looks firmer and brighter, creating a healthy, youthful complexion with improved smoothness and tone.

The sample was fairly small, but I found that a bit of the serum went a pretty long way since it smoothed over the skin well and didn’t dry up too fast. It lasted me a little over a week, using it once each evening. I only applied it to my face, and not to my neck as well so as to stretch the sample a bit further.

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