fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

Ipsy — July 2017 Glam Bag “Over Easy”

My Ipsy bag arrived a bit late this month (I got it on the 19th, when I usually get it around the 15th), and now I’m also a bit late with my post!

Ipsy have done collaborations before, and this month they’ve done a really fun one with Sanrio! Yes, this month’s bag theme is called “Over Easy” because gudetama is on the Glam Bag (referral link).

Sanrio Gudetama on a plate

For those who don’t know, gudetama is a Sanrio character who is a lazy, ennui-filled egg yolk. It’s a bit random, and it’s freakin’ adorable. Holika Holika, the popular Korean beauty brand, came out with a gudetama collection a while back (I have some of it!) and I think it’s nifty to see Western brands jumping on the lazy, eggy bandwagon. It does appear that some Ipsters were not thrilled with having a “bizarre” cartoon egg on their Glam Bag, and the ensuing moanfest was dubbed “gudeDRAMA!” by a popular subscription box site. Bwah!

Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

Ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag: “Over Easy”

Image: ipsy.com

Anyway, eggs aside, I decided against requesting anything this month, since there was nothing that really excited me in their spoiler selection, though most things seemed nice to have.

I ended up receiving a nice selection of items that I’m more than happy to try out! I also got an item that I redeemed 750 Ipsy Points for (thanks to those who signed up via my referral link—mwah!). Also, I’ve started tracking Ipsy’s reward options, if you’ve got Ipsy points racked up and want to see what’s been on offer.

What I Redeemed Points For

  • Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette (limited edition, full size; US$36)

What I Received

  • Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush (full size; US$9.95)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (10 mL; 40 mL full size US$39/CA$48)
  • OFRA Godet Eyeshadow Refill in Gold Rush/Victory (2 g size; US$10)
  • Seraphine Botanicals Healthy Glow Rose-Gold Blush in Lychee + Gold (3 g full size US$14)
  • tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel (7.5 mL sample; 150 mL for US$25/CA$30)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

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

Total Bag Value

$9.95 + $9.75 + $10 + $14 + $1.25 = US$44.95

That piddly little tarte cleanser sample really brought my bag’s value down this month! Bah!!! But honestly, I’d rather get a cleanser I’ll use than an insanely marked up eye cream that I won’t (£110? Really?).

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

fivezero’s Ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag: “Over Easy”

Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Beau Gâchis: 30% off any purchase with code beautifulipster30 (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 08/31/2017)
  • tarte: 20% off any purchase with code IPSYJUL (07-21-2017 through 08/21/2017, exclusions apply)

There are no codes on offer for Caudalie or Seraphine Botanicals, so here are two other good ones:

  • AHAVA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)
  • Ciaté: 30% off any purchase with code IPSTER (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Sale Alert: Ebates Canada Celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary

This first of July, 2017, marks Canada’s 150th anniversary! I’m sure there will be many sales to come, but here’s one of the first big ones: Ebates Canada (referral link) is offering double the cash back at 150 stores!

Here are some of the beauty- and fashion-related ones (my favorite categories to shop, naturally). Note that not all of these stores will be shipping from Canada, so duties may apply; check before you order!

My top picks here are Charlotte Tilbury (8%), MAC (6%), Sephora (8%), and tarte (10%)—who are having a 48-hour sale right now. Yes, I got the Make Believe In Yourself Palette.

  • aerie (5%)
  • Amazon.ca (up to 2%)
  • Ardene (6%)
  • ASOS (5%)
  • Aveda (8%)
  • Banana Republic (6%)
  • Blue Nile (2%)
  • Bobbi Brown (8%)
  • The Body Shop (8%)
  • Charlotte Tilbury (8%)
  • Clinique (8%)
  • Club Monaco (5%)
  • Coach (8%)
  • eBay (up to 2%)
  • Estée Lauder (6%)
  • Etsy (2%)
  • Farfetch (6%)
  • Gap / Baby Gap (4%—by the way, you can stick Old Navy and Gap stuff in your shopping cart and check out via Banana Republic, instead, and nab BR’s 6% cash back; I don’t believe you even need any BR stuff in your cart. I know I’ve done this in the past.)
  • Gilt (4%)
  • Hudson’s Bay (5%)
  • Indigo (up to 4%)
  • J.Crew (3%)
  • Jimmy Choo (8%)
  • Joe Fresh (4%)
  • Kate Spade (8%)
  • Le Château (7%)
  • Links of London (10%)
  • L’Occitane (5%)
  • Luisa Via Roma (up to 9%)
  • MAC (6%)
  • Modcloth (4%)
  • Naturalizer (8%)
  • Old Navy (4%—by the way, you can stick Old Navy and Gap stuff in your shopping cart and check out via Banana Republic, instead, and nab BR’s 6% cash back; I don’t believe you even need any BR stuff in your cart. I know I’ve done this in the past.)
  • Origins (8%)
  • The Outnet (6%)
  • Rose Gal (5%)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue (8%)
  • Sephora (8%)
  • The Shoe Company (6%)
  • Shopbop (4%)
  • tarte (10%—heh, I literally just used this with their 48-hour flash sale)
  • Toms (10%)
  • Tory Burch (6%)
  • Town Shoes (6%—I did not even know they had an online store, now!)
  • TSC (3%)
  • Well.ca (2%)

See the full list here.

Happy Shopping!

fivezero's ColourPop haulage (June 2017)

Haulage! ColourPop — Pressed Powder Shadows (June 2017)

So, back in May, ColourPop ran this amazing promotion that offered all of their eyeshadows at 3/$10 (really it ended up being 3/$9.99), plus a free mini Ultra Satin Lip for every $20 spent, plus—and this was the real kicker for me—free international shipping on all orders.

You see, while ColourPop do offer free shipping to Canada on orders of $50 and up, this is still not that great for Canadians. Not ColourPop’s fault, of course! They’re awesome for even offering free shipping to Canada, at all!

The issue is that Canada charges duties on imports which value a measly CA$20 and up, which is about US$15 at the moment. By comparison, the US exempts duties for imports valued at $800 and under.

This means that for Canadians, a US$50 / CA$66.67 order will likely end up getting charged $10 for Canada Post’s handling, plus tax, which for me in Ontario would be 13%, around $8.71. Also, if customs don’t notice that ColourPop’s products are all made in the US, and therefore eligible for NAFTA, they might tack on an additional duty of around $5. That means a US$50 order just became CA$66.67 + CA$23.71 = CA$90.38 (or US$67.79). Stinks, right?

But Canadian customs officers are busy, so they don’t bother to charge on every single package that comes through (though I have heard that more packages are getting stopped due to an ongoing fentanyl problem). So, packages with values around US$20 are less likely to be stopped and charged.

I got super excited about finally being able to order from ColourPop without being charged an arm and a leg for shipping and duties—and to top it off, ColourPop was running a fab sale!—so I placed four separate orders, ranging in value from US$22 to $35. I was lucky and not one of them got hit for duties. Phew!

ColourPop’s packages always arrive in adorable-on-the-inside boxes, and the contents are securely wrapped. My kids are enjoying playing around with the colorful boxes. (Boxes are better than toys any day, right?)

Olive's stuffed animals in a ColourPop box

Peanut's Hot Wheels cars in a ColourPop box

My orders included a combination of Super Shock Shadows, Pressed Powder Shadows, and Ultra Lips in various finishes.

This post just covers the Pressed Powder Shadows. I picked up thirteen shades:

  1. Backseat (Metallic, deepened aquamarine)
  2. Ego (Metallic, rosy taupe)
  3. High Strung (Metallic, dusty rose)
  4. Locked and Loaded (Matte, pale yellow)
  5. Made to Last (Matte, neutral mauve)
  6. Pebbles (Satin, yellowy pink)
  7. Pinky Promise (Metallic, wine)
  8. Play by Play (Metallic, duochrome peach with a green gold flip)
  9. Ringer (Metallic, warm champagne)
  10. Sauvage (Metallic, duochrome peach with a hot pink flip)
  11. Sideline (Metallic, duochrome eggplant with a green flip)
  12. Take a Break (Metallic, duochrome peach with a subtle gold flip)
  13. Up and Up (Metallic, duochrome teal with a green flip)

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tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral

tarte — Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation (Light Neutral) Review

Last month, I jumped on tarte’s Custom Beauty Kit deal and chose their Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation as part of my set.

From tarte:

A poreless, full coverage gel foundation with skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid.

tarte only offered a limited number of foundation shades as part of the deal (which strikes me as very odd, as wouldn’t you want as many people as possible to be able to try out your foundation during such a sale?). Luckily, I was able to find what I thought would be a good match in Light Neutral, which is described as light with pink and yellow undertones.

I’m about an NC25–30, but there was no Light-Medium Neutral, and Medium Neutral looked too deep. Normally I would also have gone with Light Sand instead, which is light with yellow undertones, but I found myself having issues with too-yellow foundations of late, so I went with the neutral shade, instead. I can’t remember whether Light Sand was one of the sale options, either.

So, before the foundation arrived, I was worried that Light Neutral might be too light (as I often find myself in between the Light and Light-Medium shades of foundations) and too pink/peach.

tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral

I swatched it when it arrived, and on the back of my hand, it did appear a bit too beige for my skintone (though happily, not too pink nor too peach):

tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral, swatch

I had to remind myself, however, that my hands have gotten a bit tanner now that it’s spring/summer, and also a little more yellow-toned than my face.

Here it is spread out a little more on my hand:

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fivezero's tarte Custom Kit Sale haulage (May 2017)

Haulage! tarte Custom Beauty Kit Sale (May 2017)

Last week, tarte ran a pretty awesome one-day sale for a 7-piece Custom Beauty Kit, and as I’d never taken advantage of it before (or even ordered from tarte’s website), I took the plunge!

My order arrived last Thursday, which was great, as I wasn’t entirely sure whether it had to ship from the US to Canada. As it turns out, my package was shipped from Richmond Hill, ON, so tarte seems to ship Canadian orders domestically and additional duties were not incurred. Just what I need, another Canadian online store to shop from! Haha…

tarte sent a bonus code with my order, as well:
use the code REVEAL for 15% your order through May 31, 2017.

Here’s the damage (all for CA$84, though there was an additional $10 off code that I didn’t learn about until after I’d ordered, rats!). All items are full-size.

  • Unicorn Fabric Cosmetic Bag (MSRP CA$12)
  • Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral (MSRP CA$51)
  • Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Peach Bronze (MSRP CA$40)
  • Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Surfer Girl (MSRP CA$26)
  • Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner (doubles as cream eyeshadow) in Rose Gold (MSRP CA$25)
  • lights, camera, lashes Double-Ended Lash Fibers & 4-in-1 Mascara (MSRP CA$28)
  • Double-Ended Camouflage Brush/Tool (MSRP CA$45, on sale for $38)

So, I got a total of CA$227 ($220 if you use the brush’s sale price) worth of product for $84. Not too shabby, especially since I definitely see myself using everything!

One issue: I meant to select the lipstick in Happy, a rose shade, but somehow I ended up with Surfer Girl, a fuchsia, in my final order. I went back to the website after I noticed this and saw that the it was making shade selections even if I just moused over a swatch; I’d assumed that a click was required. Gah! Once again, I am reminded that I need to double check my orders before clicking “Submit”! In any case, Surfer Girl turns out to be quite pretty, so I’m all right with my mistake.

Check out detailed photos of the items:

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fivezero's Sephora haulage, VIB Sale (April 2017)

Haulage! Sephora VIB Sale: Unboxing (April 2017)

My Sephora VIB Sale orders arrived earlier this week, and I’ve only just had a chance to open them up and have a look.

I placed two orders online (for reasons I talked about in my initial post) and here is what I got:

  • Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Stargasm
  • DECIEM Niod Sanskrit Saponins
  • Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Nail Colour in Lilac Belt
  • Make Up For Ever Metal Palette ($16)
  • Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04
  • tarte Tarteist Pro Custom Magnetic Palette in Wild Animal

Free samples:

  • Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream (sample)
  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream (sample)
  • Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream (sample)
  • Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day (sample)
  • First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (sample)
  • Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon (sample)

I turned the NIOD tube backward in the group shot, haha! Oops.

Here it is facing forward:

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

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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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