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 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 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)
I had some time to kill at a couple of drugstores recently, while I hunted for a new foundation, so here are more foundation swatches I did, plus some photos of new collections I spotted.
Brands covered: Cutex, Joe Fresh, L’Oréal, Pixi by Petra, Sensationail, and Vasanti.
First, the foundation swatches!
Joe Fresh – Daily Boost Fluid Foundation
This foundation seemed a little too shiny, but the consistency was pretty nice and smooth. It’s not too thick nor too pigmented. I appear to be in-between shades Bisque and Sand. Sand looks like it’d be a nice summer foundation for me. The three shades I swatched are all quite yellow-based, no peachiness.
L’Oréal – Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation
I really liked the texture of this foundation: not too liquidy and it blended into my dry skin nicely. The finish was very pretty and natural-looking. I’ve had luck with some other L’Oréal liquid foundations (True Match and True Match Lumi), so I think I’ll have to try this one, soon. $20 on sale is still a bit much, though. What’s going on at the drugstore?!
Pixi by Petra is another cosmetic company that I hadn’t heard of until I received one of their products in my Ipsy bag (referral link) this month. They’re based in the UK and while they have a link to their US site, I couldn’t get it to display prices in USD.
(I also just noticed that they have nail polish, as well, so I am adding them to the Nail Polish Library today! I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t already.)
When I first saw the little pressed powder duo, I admit that I wasn’t entirely sure whether it was an eyeshadow duo or perhaps a blush/bronzer. It isn’t clear on the packaging! A quick check on Pixi’s website told me that their Mesmerizing Mineral is in fact eyeshadow, and it only comes in a 6-color palette. The duo I got from Ipsy isn’t on their site. They only have five palettes, and I can only assume the Apricot Glow duo I received is selected from their Copper Peach palette, though I suppose there’s a possibility it’s from the Emerald Gold palette.
I signed up with Ipsy (referral link) last fall, and while I have at times considered canceling my monthly subscription, I have to say that it’s still kind of fun to get a mystery goody bag each month. As I have submitted reviews over time, the items I receive in my Glam Bag, as they call it, get more and more in tune with what I actually like and will use.
Lately, it’s actually gotten to the point where they will send me something that I’m both happy and disappointed to be receiving, simply because I have just purchased a similar item. For example, last month, they sent me a Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil, when I had only recently bought a Josie Maran Argan Oil mini to try for the first time.
This month, I purchased a Milani eyebrow highlighter just to try out this type of product, also for the first time. Lo and behold, this month’s Ipsy bag contains a pencil highlighter by Chella. I think that I should refrain from buying anything new each month until my Ipsy bag arrives!