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”

Image: ipsy.com

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”

Image: ipsy.com

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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Foundation Swatches, & Nail Polish, at the Drugstore (March 2017)

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

CA$18

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.

Joe Fresh Daily Boost Fluid Foundation
Swatches of Bisque, Sand, & Almond
Joe Fresh Daily Boost Fluid Foundation
Swatches of Bisque, Sand, & Almond

L’Oréal – Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

CA$22

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?!

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Ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag "Jetsetter"

Ipsy — May 2015 Glam Bag “Jetsetter”

This month, my Ipsy (referral link) Glam Bag arrived on time! It was late last month, so I’m happy that delivery seems to be back to normal.

What I received this month:

  • Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector
  • BelláPierre Cosmetics Gel Eye Liner in Ebony
  • Peter Lamas Naturals Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser
  • Pixi by Petra Beauty Bronzer
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone & Revolution High-Color Lipgloss Samples in Failbait and Bittersweet
  • Breakups to Makeup Mini Makeup Clutch “VIP: Very Important Products”

Here are some photos:

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Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Eyeshadow Duo

Pixi by Petra — Apricot Glow (Mesmerizing Mineral Duo) Swatch & Review

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.

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fivezero's March 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag

Ipsy — March 2015 Glam Bag “Floral Fantasy”

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!

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