fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag "Like. A. Boss.", September 2017

Ipsy — September 2017 Glam Bag “Like. A. Boss.”

Before I start with my September Glam Bag, I just wanted to provide an update on my missing Ipsy bag from August. When August 23 rolled around, I noticed that Landmark tracking said it was delivered on the 17th but I had never received it. I contacted Ipsy and they immediately sent out a new bag for me, which arrived by the end of the month. I was super happy with their customer service—the bag was exactly what I was supposed to get, except for an item from theBalm which they replaced with a different item from the same brand. I will have to save the extra items for a giveaway.

Well, it turns out that earlier this month, my original Ipsy bag arrived! So much for Landmark’s tracking, huh? (I’ve had an issue with them before on a Julep order—Julep were similarly wonderful and quickly sent a new package; the original has never turned up.) I’d never heard of this Landmark company until this year; suddenly I’m getting more packages from the US handled by them. They also never responded to my inquiries regarding my lost Julep package. Hrmph.

Anyway, September’s Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) arrived in good time (well, the 19th, which is a little later than usual but I did have a points redemption item in the mix, too).

Ipsy Glam Bag, September 2017, Like. A. Boss.

Ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag: “Like. A. Boss.”

Image: ipsy.com

What I Redeemed Points For

  • ColourPop × Amanda Steele Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Weekend Warrior (4 × 1.5 g full size; US$18 and recently discontinued) [750 pts]

What I Received

  • Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in Champagne Buzz (0.28 g full size; US$14)
  • ColourPop Lippie Stix in Ipsy-exclusive shade Glam Bag (1 g full size; US$5)
  • E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack (12 mL sample; 75 mL for US$28 at Sokoglam, plus 20% off code below or at official US site)
  • Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Girl Boss, formerly known as Cherry Bean (10 mL full size; US$12)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Radiance (0.25 oz; 1 oz for US$39)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99

Total Bag Value

$14 + $5 + $4.48 + $7.99 + $9.75 = US$41.22

Pretty typical value this month. I gotta say I’m pretty happy that the Canadian dollar has been moving up against the US dollar, lately! Whee!

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, September 2017, Like. A. Boss.

fivezero’s Ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag

Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Beauty For Real: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 10/31/2017)
  • Pretty Woman: 30% off any purchase with code PWGLAM (through 10/31/2017; US & CA only)
  • Sokoglam: 20% off any purchase with code IPSTERS (through 10/09/2017; one-time use only)

There were no codes for my ColourPop and Smashbox items, so here are a couple of other good ones I saw:

  • Catrice: 25% off any purchase with code IPSY25 (through 10/31/2017; US only)
  • Ciaté: 30% off any purchase with code IPSTER (through 10/31/2017; US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Haulage! Boxing Day 2016

Happy Boxing Day!

Sephora is holding a sale, as usual, with a small selection of products marked down to C$15 each.

I hauled (with 8% cashback from eBates.ca†):
fivezero's Sephora Boxing Day 2016 haulage, order

  • philosophy Purity Made Simple (12 oz), C$15
  • tarte Pretty Posse (Tipsy blush and Golden Pink lipstick), C$15
  • Smashbox Light It Up 3 Palette Set (eyeshadows [Vanilla, Flamingo, Russet, Totally Nude, Amethyst, Dark Cocoa: 2.95g each], contour [Contour, Bronze, Highlight; 4.14g each], lipstick [Cognac, Pretty Social, Inspiration, First Time Matte, Jam On It Matte, Bing Matte; 2.4g each]), C$21
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer (15 mL deluxe sample, freebie)
  • Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base (sample, freebie)
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer (sample includes 4 shades, freebie)
  • Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation (sample includes 3 shades, freebie)

I’m running low on my 8 oz bottle of Purity (which has lasted me forever), so I’m stoked to get a 50% bigger bottle for so cheap!

I also picked up a few nail polishes by Sally Hansen (Xtreme Wear), L.A. Girl, and Pure Ice from Wal-Mart, but they don’t put the color choices on my online receipt, so I’ve already forgotten which ones I ordered!

Have you picked up any Boxing Day deals, yet? Happy shopping!

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Ipsy — May 2016 Glam Bag “Destination Chic”

My May 2016 Ipsy (referral link) bag arrived earlier than expected last week!

Ipsy Glam Bag, May 2016, Destination Chic
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream (15 mL sample / 50 mL full size USD$115…damn!)
  • INSPR Beauty Eye Fluff Brush (full size / USD$12)
  • Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio in Skinny Dip / Crush / Lovely (2.1 g / price unknown, though a similar 3 g trio at Target is US$9.99)
  • Smashbox X-Rated Mascara (0.10 fl oz sample / full size USD$22)
  • SOO AE Collagen Essence Sheet Mask Set (3 pc) (0.85 oz full size, each / USD$15 for 5)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • INSPR Beauty: 50% off any purchase with code IPSY2016
  • Pacifica: 20% off any purchase with code Ipsy2016
  • Smashbox: 15% off your first purchase with code IPSY15

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Haulage Week! Essie, Illamasqua, Smashbox & W7

This week, I’ll be posting about some little hauls I’ve made recently, rather than swatches and reviews. The reason for this is that I have a busy week ahead of me—my little peanut is going to be two!—and didn’t have enough swatch posts written up in advance! Things should quiet down for me by next week, so I look forward to doing a whole lot more swatching, soon.

Here’s the haulage post schedule for this week:

  • Monday: Essie, IllamasquaSmashbox, W7
  • Tuesday: Zoya
  • Wednesday: Perfume (Ellen Tracy, Jennifer Lopez)
  • Throwback Thursday: MAC
  • Friday: EssenceL’Oréal, OPI

So, today, we kick off with a combo of products from Essie, Illamasqua, Smashbox, and W7: all of which I found at Winners (the Canadian TJ Maxx)!

The Essie product is a 3-pack of mini nail polishes from last year’s Bridal collection. It turns out that I already have two of the three (Hubby for Dessert and Worth the Wait, both also in mini form; the third shade is Brides To Be), so I’m going to return this. D’oh! This is why I need to get my nail polish tracker up and running ASAP…

Winners haulage March 2016, Essie Nail Polish, W7 HD Foundation, Illamasqua Nail Varnish

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Haulage! Stash Matters’ Giveaway (2016)

Last month, one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Stash Matters, ran an amazing giveaway to mark her first blogiversary, and I was so lucky to be one of the winners!

Since we live in the same city, Stashy suggested we meet up, and earlier this week, we finally did for the first time! Neither one of us had done such a meetup before, so it was a new experience for us both.

I was a little nervous at first, but was immediately at ease upon meeting her for the first time—the meetup ended up being a lot of fun! I had my peanut with me, as well, and he took to Stashy instantly (a great sign, because I tell you he can sense evil!). We both chatted for a while and then had a leisurely stroll through the shiny new Saks that had just opened up downtown.

Of course, we did a little gift exchange, too, which is what this post is mostly about! I was only meant to receive five items from her giveaway, but of course, Stashy had to go and throw in some excellent extras, as well!

Here’s what I received, all delivered in a cute, reusable shopping tote:

  • adorable card with drawings of luxe handbags!
  • Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil in Cocoaloco
  • Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Eau de Toilette
  • Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Ultra Shea Body Cream
  • Clarins Pure & Radiant Mask with Pink Clay
  • C.O. Bigelow Supreme 2X Lip Shine in Spearmint
  • MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow Pro Palette Refill in Uninterrupted
  • Nicole by OPI Oil to Go Cuticle Oil
  • Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear in Tiramisu
  • Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick Mini in RS612 Gilded Wine
  • Smashbox Blush Brush #16

haulage from Stash Matters' giveaway, greeting card
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Smashbox Nail Enamel in Smashing Ruby

Throwback Thursday! Smashbox — Smashing Ruby (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Smashbox

I know I’ve spent the week posting China Glaze polishes from their Fall 2015 collection, and another was posted today, but I have not forgotten that today is Thursday, and a Throwback polish is on the schedule!

Remember when Smashbox shade names all seemed to start with “Smashing”? I had Smashing Deep Red and Smashing Raspberry Kreme (yeah, it was spelled like that!) lipsticks, and some other Smashing eyeshadows, etc.

Well, I also owned a few Smashbox nail polishes: Smashing Mauve, Smashing Ruby, and Smashing Sepia. I received them all via swaps back in the 90s, and while I don’t think I have Sepia anymore (it was a midtone reddish-brown cream), I still have Mauve and Ruby—despite Smashbox customer service telling me in the late 90s to chuck the polishes because they were expired. Tee-hee.

Meme, Tobey Maguire Spider-Man 3 sneaky
Smashbox Nail Enamel in Smashing Ruby, label

Today’s Throwback Thursday swatch is for Smashing Ruby, a shimmery warm red with some fine, silver shimmer that I really liked back in the day, though now it seems a little dated. (Even the Smashbox logo on the bottle looks dated!)

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Ipsy Glam Bag "Swim Into Beauty" June 2015

Ipsy — June 2015 Glam Bag “Swim Into Beauty”

My Ipsy (referral link) Glam Bag arrived yesterday, and I’m reasonably pleased with it this month! It took a few moments of considering all of the items (let’s be honest, I’m disappointed whenever there’s no nail polish or lipstick in there!), but I think I will be happy to use every product I got this month!

The item I least like is actually the bag, which is a rarity! This month’s cosmetic bag is made out of a cheap sort of foam-fabric that looks like it will pick up dust and snags really easily.

What I Received

  • IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil in Universal Taupe
  • J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Hikilicious (LLS117)
  • Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (mini)
  • trèStiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Here are some photos and swatches:
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