fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

Ipsy — August 2017 Glam Bag “Good Vibes Only”

This is super late, because my first Ipsy bag for August never arrived! After a long time waiting, I finally checked my tracking number in late August and it said it had already been delivered! Which did not happen, or at least I never received it.

I thought that, technically, Ipsy could just say that the bag was delivered and so it isn’t their fault that I never received it. But I thought I’d contact them, anyway, and lo and behold—they were awesome about it. They responded to my email within a couple of hours, and my new bag was shipped the next day!

I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t be getting the same items I was supposed to be getting (I was pretty happy with my August bag), and it would be unfortunate but understandable if they didn’t have the exact items left. Yet, my bag arrived yesterday and it is exactly what I was supposed to have received, except for the eyeshadow from theBalm (they sent a same-sized sample of Bahama Mama bronzer in its place). Big kudos to Ipsy!

meme, Futurama Fry thank you email

So, here’s my August bag…

Ipsy Glam Bag, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

Ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag: “Good Vibes Only”

Image: ipsy.com

The Ipsy cosmetic bag came in three variations last month; I didn’t get the one I most liked (“Peace Love Lipstick”; I got “Good Vibes Only”), but it’s just a makeup bag and I’m not especially in love with August’s designs, anyway. The typography feels a bit off to me. I do like the little gold tassels, though!

Ipsy Glam Bag variations, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

What I Received

  • theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder (0.57 g sample; 7.08 g full size US$20)
  • Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume (5 mL spray; 100 mL full size US$135)
  • Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Translucent Powder (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
  • Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming & Tenderheart (0.14 oz each; can’t find retail item, but Pacifica’s Blushious is 0.10 oz and retails for US$12)
  • sundays Nail Polish in No. 28 (14 mL full size; US$18)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

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

Total Bag Value

$1.61 + $6.75 + $23.99 + $24 + $18 = US$74.35

I think the value of my August bag is over-inflated due to the Naked Cosmetics powder (which is on sale now for $14.99) and the Pacifica duo not actually being available, so I had to add the retail prices of two regular blushes. Of course, it goes the other way with theBalm’s sample being so damn tiny. The values don’t really matter that much to me, anyway—for example, I prefer the Juliette Has a Gun perfume sample to the Pacifica blush duo.

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theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish in All You Ever Do Is Taupe, swatch

theBalm — All You Ever Do Is Taupe (Hot Ticket Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: theBalm

I actually stayed up late last night (I’ve been averaging about 5–6 hours of sleep a night, not good) swatching a polish for today, but then in my morning stupor, I accidentally deleted the pictures. Hooray for me. It was Zoya Temperance, which is awesome so I have to reswatch it for you guys soon. But anyway, this morning, I decided to do something different.

theBalm is not a brand I normally associate with nail polish—I think of blush and maybe eyeshadow. It’s also not a brand I run into very often, mostly since in Canada, the only brick-and-mortar retailer I know of is Rexall pharmacy, which until recently was not one I went to very often. (I’m a Shoppers Drug Mart girl, OK?) But in the last couple of years, Rexall have opened up bigger stores downtown that are more convenient for me to visit, so I’ve been popping in occasionally to check out the brands they carry that aren’t available at Shoppers.

Some Rexall locations carry theBalm, and last week, I finally visited a location that had a display, at Queen & University in Toronto. Luckily, this display stocked around twelve to fifteen shades of theBalm’s Hot Ticket Nail Polish and they were about half off! Or perhaps not so luckily, since it probably means they’re getting rid of them.

I picked one up last week for $4.96—they’re normally $10 (US and CA, for some reason)—then returned this week when Rexall was running a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” sale on nail polish. So, I managed to get three more theBalm polishes for a tidy sum of $9.92!

theBalm actually produces 31 shades of polish (not quite Baskin-Robbins) and unfortunately, the Rexall I went to mostly carried tame shades of red, pink, and brown. Gah! No pretty blues, yellows or greens.

But here’s what I got, anyway:

theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish haulage, June 2017

  • Strawberry Fields Forevah
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Plum
  • All You Ever Do Is Taupe
  • You’re So Hot and Gold

The names are on the wordier side, aren’t they?

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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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Ipsy — October 2016 Glam Bag “Black Magic”

I’m totally on the ball with my Ipsy bag this month! It just arrived yesterday and here’s the haulage:

Ipsy Glam Bag, October 2016, Black Magic
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • theBalm Blush in Cabana Boy (0.02 oz mini; x oz full size US$)
  • Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen Waterproof (0.3 fl oz full size, US$)
  • Noyah Lipstick in Currant News (1.4 g mini; 4.5 g full size US$18)
  • Preventive Measures 101 Lips 101 After Hours Lip Balm (0.15 oz full size; US$13)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely Rollerball (10 mL full size; US$20)
  • Ipsy × Valfré makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Noyah: 25% off any purchase with code noyahIPSY (through 11/30)
  • theBalm: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 11/30, US only)
  • Essence: 20% off any purchase with code ipsyessence20 (through 11/30, US only)
  • Valfré: 25% off your first purchase with code IPSY25 (through 11/15)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Ipsy — July 2016 Glam Bag “Hot Summer Nights”

My July Ipsy (referral link) bag arrived on Tuesday, so it’s a bit late this month. I suspect it has to do with the Canada Post negotiations that have been prompting every online shop to which I’m subscribed to send a constant stream of emails about how they plan on dealing with a possible postal service shutdown.

This month’s bag contained some decent items that I can definitely use—lots of makeup! yay!—but it was also a little bit disappointing due to none of the brands being new to me (and come on, still no new nail polish?!), and many of them being brands I’ve still only ever heard of via Ipsy.

Ipsy Glam Bag, June 2016, Rebel Rebel
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow (from Trimony Palette) in Matt Kumar (0.5 g; full size US$42 for 21.6 g palette of 9 (2.4 g) shades)
  • Cake Beauty Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Lemon & Cream (2 oz travel size; full size 4 oz for US/CA$12)
  • Luxie Beauty Small Angle Eye Brush in Rose Gold (full size for US$10 / CA$13.05)
  • OFRA Lip Liner in Maya (full size 0.04 oz for US$13)
  • trèStiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent (0.04 oz deluxe size / full size 0.21 oz USD$19)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • theBalm: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 7/31, US only)
  • Cake Beauty: 25% off any $50 purchase with code IPSYLEMON (through 8/31, US & Canada only)
  • Luxie Beauty: 30% off any purchase with code IPSYANGLE (through 8/31)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 8/31)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag "Beautifully Bohemian"

Ipsy — April 2015 Glam Bag “Beautifully Bohemian”

This month, my Ipsy (referral link) Glam Bag arrived a little later than usual, but I finally received it today! Well, yesterday, I guess. It’ll be tomorrow by the time I post this.

What I received this month:

  • JulieG Nail Color in Damsel
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, for Brown to Dark Hair
  • MicaBeauty Eye Primer
  • Starlooks Satin Finish Lip Gloss in Cuddle
  • theBalm NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty (I believe everyone got either this or the shade Fit)
  • Ipsy “Beautifully Bohemian” cosmetic bag

I have yet to try anything from this month’s Glam Bag, but here are some photos:

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