fivezero's IPSY Glam Bag "Très Jolie" March 2017

Ipsy — March 2017 Glam Bag “Très Jolie”

I got this month’s Ipsy bag on Monday, and while it’s a pretty decent bag, it doesn’t live up to the last couple bags I’ve gotten, which have been quite good.

My Glam Bag does, however, look totally color-coordinated, in tones of peach and rose gold! How cute is that?

Once again, I redeemed some Ipsy points (mostly accumulated via referrals, so I must thank those who used my referral link to join Ipsy!) for three additional products.

Ipsy Glam Bag, March 2017, Très Jolie
Image: ipsy.com

What I Redeemed 1600 Ipsy Points For

  • MintPear Beauty Blending Sponge (300 Ipsy Points for full size; US$19)
  • pūr~lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream (500 Ipsy Points for 10 mL travel size; US$10)
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Dim Light (800 Ipsy Points for 1 oz full size; US$44 / CA$52)

What I Received

  • INT Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Goddess Gold (3 g full size but with no compact; US$4)
  • LadyKin Affinitic Snail Cream (5 mL travel size; US$4, 100 mL full size US$22)
  • OUAI Haircare Treatment Masque (1 oz sample, approx. 3 uses; 2.4 oz (8 uses) full size US$32)
  • Skone Luxe Pro Blending Brush (full size; US$18)
  • tarte tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Delish (1 mL mini; 6 mL full size US$20 / CA$24)
  • Ipsy makeup bag
fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, March 2017, Très Jolie
fivezero’s Ipsy Glam Bag, March 2017, Très Jolie
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • INT Cosmetics: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 04/30/2017; US only)
  • Ladykin: 10% off any purchase with code IPSY (through 04/30/2017; US & CA only)
  • OUAI Haircare: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 04/30/2017; US only)
  • Skone: 10% off any purchase with code skone10 (through 04/30/2017; US & CA only)
  • tarte: 20% off any purchase with code IPSYMAR (through 04/30/2017; US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Ipsy — January 2017 Glam Bag “Metropolis”

Yay! I got another nail polish from Ipsy! OK, it’s not really a color I’d choose for myself, but it’s from a brand that’s new to me so I’m happy to try it.

I’ve also recently accumulated a lot of Ipsy points, mostly via referrals, so I have a hearty thank you to those who used my referral link to join Ipsy! I was able to redeem some of the points for a couple of things last month, so I received those with my January Glam Bag.

Ipsy Glam Bag, January 2017, Metropolis
Image: ipsy.com

As a side note, I want to say that as much as I enjoy receiving my Ipsy bags, they could really do with putting up more Points Rewards on their site. Things get put up a bit haphazardly and are gone in the blink of an eye! I really hope Ipsy will improve this section of their service. While I realize the Points are a bit of a perk, they are also acquired when an Ipster helps out Ipsy by writing reviews, posting about Ipsy to social media, and referring more customers! There’s no advantage to be gained by doing all of these things if Ipsy does not make it easy to redeem Points for things we want. After all, Ipsy is doing the offering, so they should hold up their end of the bargain. Also, the points expire a year after you acquire them, so it’s important that there are options most of the time. So, if you’re thinking of joining Ipsy, this (admittedly minor) issue is something to keep in mind.

Anyway, I love my Ipsy bag this month! Here’s what I got:

What I Redeemed 500 Ipsy Points For

  • BeBella 4-Step Skincare Regimen Sample Set (250 Ipsy Points for a 4-pc set / similar 5-pc set is US$80)
  • pur~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters (250 Ipsy Points for a 0.16 oz mini; 0.38 oz full size US$16)

What I Received

  • Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow in Fantasy (0.1 oz, not sure if it is full or sample size, packaging is slightly different from full size; full size US$19)
  • Note Fragrances Pink Peony EDP (5 mL Deluxe Mini; US$6, or 60 mL full size US$74)
  • Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose (3 g full size but different packaging from regular product; full size US$12)
  • Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I’m Not a Ballerina (10 mL full size; USD$7.99)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipgloss in Blame Game (4 mL full size in Ipsy LE packaging; US$22)
  • Ipsy makeup bag
fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, January 2017, Metropolis
fivezero’s Ipsy Glam Bag, January 2017, Metropolis
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Manna Kadar: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 02/28/2017)
  • NOTE Fragrances: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 02/28/2017, US only)
  • There is no Ipsy-specific Pacifica code, but the packaging on my Pacifica blush has a 20% off code at Ulta.com for any Pacifica products. The code is Pacifica2017 and it is valid from 2/1/2017–3/1/2017. I hesitated to post it, since I have only had one experience with Ulta.com, and it was an unmitigated disaster, but hey ho, here it is for anyone who actually has had success with them.
  • Pretty Woman: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 02/28/2017, US only)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 35% off any purchase with code IPSYGLAM35 (through 02/28/2017)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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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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Luxe Box (Canada) — Summer 2016

I just canceled my Luxe Box (referral link) subscription. It wasn’t a terribly hard decision to make, apart from the fact that I was sad to not be able to continue supporting a Canadian beauty box! That now makes it both Topbox and Luxe Box that I have unsubscribed from—both are operated by Topbox, the Ipsy-equivalent.

Today, I’ll show you what I got in my Summer 2016 Luxe Box, and give you the reasons I decided to discontinue this service.

Luxe Box is a seasonal box that costs $26 per quarter, though you can get a slight discount for signing up for more boxes at a time. I signed up with the semi-annual option: two boxes for $25 each. The annual option gives you four boxes for $24 each. Shipping is included, at least for the Canadian options.

You receive 7–8 items in each curated Luxe Box (I got 5 full-sized items and 2 trial-sizes this season). I did not take up the $10 “Beauty Surprise” option, even though I was pleased with what I got the one time I did.

What I Received

All prices in CA$, unless otherwise noted. Also, I didn’t receive my product card or any additional coupons with this quarter’s Luxe Box. The outer box it was packed in was unsealed, so I don’t know whether they just fell out, or if the card(s) were just never packed in the first place. This means I don’t have access to full information about all the products I received. (Incidentally, Ipsy’s website is great in that you can see all the details of all the products you’ve ever received from them, plus links to each product’s official website. Luxe Box’s website is totally useless in this regard. You can’t even see what you got this quarter, let alone your purchase history! As someone who worked in website design, I can’t bring myself to support their hopelessly useless website any longer.)

Luxe Box

  • AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo with Sea Buckthorn Berry (0.75 oz / 21.3 g, sample) [MSRP US$9.00 for 1 oz, or US$24 for 5.3 oz; sample works out to ~US$6.75]
  • BAREFOOT VENUS Lip Bliss Ultra-Repairing Lip Balm in Spearmint (8 g, full size) [MSRP US$7.50]
  • HARVEY PRINCE Body Cream in Sincerely (15 mL, sample) [MSRP US$6.50, based on the 50 mL fragrance + body cream set they have on their website]
  • MIRABELLA Pearls & Pastels Eyeshadow Pigment in Refreshmint (4.7 g, 1 single-use pair of eye gels) [MSRP $25/box of 4 pairs]
  • MORGAN TAYLOR Professional Nail Lacquer in I’m the Good Witch (15 mL, full size) [MSRP US$9]
  • MORGAN TAYLOR Professional Nail Lacquer in Nautically Inclined (15 mL, full size) [MSRP US$9]
  • NOVEX Brazilian Keratin Extra Deep Hair Care Cream (3.5 oz / 100 mL, sample) [MSRP US$6.99 for 7.4 oz, or US$16.99 for 34 oz; sample works out to ~US$3.31]
  • pūr~lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream, not sure which shade but probably Medium? (10 mL, travel size) [MSRP US$10 for 10 mL, or US$32 for 40 mL]

Random Additional Items

  • Nada this quarter. Don’t know if they forgot it, if it fell out of the box, or there just aren’t any this time.

Here’s a quick rundown of what I think about each item:

Quick Rundown

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo with Sea Buckthorn Berry
(8 g, full size) [MSRP US$7.50]

Guess I can use a travel-sized dry shampoo. I’m not generally happy getting hair products from my subscription boxes, though, and it’s listed that way in my profiles. The packaging is super cute, however!

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Ipsy July 2015 Glam Bag "Summer Lovin'"

Ipsy — July 2015 Glam Bag “Summer Lovin'”

This is the last Ipsy bag I’ll be receiving for the forseeable future, because I canceled my subscription. I actually canceled it before the Glam Bag arrived, as I checked my account and saw what they sent me this month.

Now, the only subscription box I have is the Canadian Topbox, which I subscribed to last month. I have also canceled Birchbox Canada after just two boxes, which were mostly filled with hotel toiletries.

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