fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag "Snow Globe" (December 2017)

Ipsy — December 2017 Glam Bag “Snow Globe”

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?!

Ipsy Glam Bag, December 2017, Snow Globe

Ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag: “Snow Globe”

Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Luxie Precision Shader Onyx Brush (239) (full size; ~US$24.26)
  • 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
= US$41.31

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 Glam Bag, December 2017, Snow Globe

fivezero’s Ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag

Image: ipsy.com

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)
  • Seraphine Botanicals: 25% off any purchase with code IPSY25 (through 01/31/2018, US & CA only)
  • trèStiQue: 30% off any $30+ purchase with code IPSYWINTER17 (through 12/31/2017, US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Shu Uemura × Super Mario Bros. Holiday 2017 collection

Haulage! Shu Uemura × Super Mario Bros. (Holiday 2017)

Shu Uemura just released their new collaboration with Super Mario Bros./Nintendo (I KNOW!) and it is an awesome collection!

Sadly, there’s no nail polish, though I did snag the Invincible Superstar Premium Curler and Peach’s Favorite Premium Brush Set.

Super Mario World for Super Nintendo brings back memories!

Here are some selected items from the collection:

shu uemura – peach's eye and cheek palette
shu uemura – peach’s eye and cheek palette
US$115 / CA$125
shu uemura – ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil
shu uemura – ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil
US$91 / CA$99
shu uemura – peach's favorite premium brush set
shu uemura – peach’s favorite premium brush set
US$69 / CA$89

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tarte Custom Beauty Kit Sale (May 2017)

Sale Alert! tarte 7-Piece Custom Set for US$64 / CA$84, Today Only (May 2017)

Today only, tarte Cosmetics is offering a 7-Piece Custom Set for US$64 / CA$84 (retail values are over US$165 / CA$219).

Also, don’t forget ebates Canada (referral link), who have 4% cash back for tarte today!

[EDIT: I didn’t get to use this, d’oh! But here’s an extra $10 off code that appears to work with this deal.]

You get to select one full-sized product from each of 7 categories (cosmetic bag, foundation, blush, lip color, eyeliner, mascara, and makeup brush) that tarte has provided. Here are the options. I have included the Canadian prices so you can see the relative values of the items in each group.

(1) BAG

tarte 7-Piece Custom Set (May 2017)

(2) FOUNDATION

tarte 7-Piece Custom Set (May 2017)

  • Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation (CA$51)
  • Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation (CA$47)
  • Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (CA$46)
  • Colored Clay CC Primer (CA$36, on sale for $16)

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Haulage! Darn You, Sephora…

Of course I was looking for a new powder brush over the last few days! It was between the MUFE 130 and the Sephora Pro 91. I went with MUFE because I prefer the chunkier handle design.

Sigh.

Darn you, and thank you, Sephora. Finally spent some Sephora points, and snagged some great perfume samples, too. And don’t forget ebates Canada (just 4% today).

fivezero's Sephora VIB discount order (December 2016)

  • Make Up For Ever 130 Large Powder Brush
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Potion (deluxe sample)
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Liquorice (deluxe sample)
  • Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile EDP (sample)
  • Maison Margiela REPLICA By the Fireplace EDT (sample)
  • Miu Miu EDP (sample)

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Nails Inc. Superfood Nail Fuel Collection

Haulage! Sephora Fall Sale (November 2016)

Time for annual Sephora haulage! It’s hard to pass up 20% off, even when I haven’t been shopping much at Sephora all year.

Ugh, you know it’s winter when everyone starts getting sick! My husband started feeling a little under the weather yesterday, and this morning poor Peanut started feeling badly, too. A couple of barf-ups later, he’s much better—I have a sinking feeling it’s a norovirus-kind of bug. We all got hit with it around December last year, and I hate it. I remember hugging the toilet half the night, yet not actually barfing. I hope I don’t come down with it again (if I do, it’ll probably be tonight! Joy!) and especially that our little infant Olive doesn’t get affected.

Anyway, on to the fun stuff. (Cleaning up barf? Not fun.) I posted my first order here; also, just before the sale ended, I snuck in one extra order! Here are all the goodies from both orders:

  • Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Set (8 color polishes + Hard Rock base & top coat)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses Noir
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in C406
  • Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in Sally
  • Nails Inc. Superfood Nail Fuel Collection (4 color polishes + NailKale Superfood Base Coat)
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey
  • Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Pro Essential Brush Stash

Freebies:

  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser & Rose Face Mask (Sephora Birthday 2016 deluxe samples)
  • Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil Cologne Absolue EDP (sample)
  • Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale Cologne Absolue EDP (sample)
  • Maison Margiela Replica: Lipstick On EDT (sample)
  • Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP (sample)
  • Versace Bright Crystal EDT (sample)they didn’t send this! 😦
  • Versace Eros Pour Femme EDP (sample)

And with this haul, I am VIB for 2017, as well.

Haulage Photos

Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Set
Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Set:
Emperor’s New Clothes, Ever After, King of the Road, Blue Blood, Crown Velvet,
If I Ruled the World, Hard Rock Nail Strengthening Base & Top Coat,
Reign of Love, Queen of the Night (all Deluxe Sizes).

I actually still have a couple Deborah Lippmann sets to go through from previous years (yes, not one but two). I promise to go through them SOON! Aaaack. Also, super excited to try the new Gel Lab Pro line in this set.

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Ipsy fivezero's Glam Bag "Rockstarlet" November 2016

Ipsy — November 2016 Glam Bag “Rockstarlet”

Ah, another nail polish-less Ipsy bag!

Ipsy Glam Bag, November 2016, Rockstarlet
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Absolute New York Matte Stick in Dark Red (5.4 g full size; US$5.99)
  • theBalm Mad Lash Black Mascara (2.5 mL mini, 8 mL full size US$18)
  • Doucce Freematic Blush in Zen Orange (3.4 g full size pan; pan with compact US$28)
  • Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush (524T Travel Size) (full size US$18)
  • pūr~lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer (15 mL travel size; 15 mL travel size US$20, or 50 mL full size US$55)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Absolute New York: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY (through 12/31, US only)
  • theBalm: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 12/31, US only)
  • Doucce: 30% off any purchase with code BLUSH30 (through 12/31, US only)
  • Luxie: 20% off brushes with code ipsytravel (through 12/31)
  • pūr~lisse: 30% off any purchase with code ipsynov30 (through 12/31, US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Sephora Fall Sale: My Haulage!

As I’m VIB at Sephora this year, I finally got to place my order with the 20% off 20VIB code today!

I haven’t spent much at Sephora this year, and it was a bit of a struggle to try to get VIB for next year. Part of me wonders if I should have bothered, but Sephora’s semi-annual sale coincides with my birthday month and it gets so tempting to splurge!

Here’s what I ordered (with 4% ebates cashback, as well):

My final shopping cart. (Prices not yet reflecting 20% VIB discount.)

I chose the Fresh skincare birthday gift instead of the Marc Jacobs makeup gift, since I already have the eyeliner in the Marc Jacobs set. The lipstick would have been nice to have, but it’s just a red, and I have enough of those!Read More »