fivezero's IPSY Glam Bag "Much Love" February 2017

Ipsy — February 2017 Glam Bag “Much Love”

Everyone’s doing a little better today—no more fevers, just a little congestion—and Peanut made it back to school today, yay! I managed to use some of my Peanut-free time to write up my February Ipsy Glam Bag post. There are loads of goodies this month.

Seriously, Ipsy is totally killing it for me these days—and I got another nail polish!

When I saw that I was getting one of two shades of Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, I had my fingers crossed for $12 Latte, since I already have a mini of the other color, I Give Good Tweet. When I opened my Ipsy bag on Tuesday, out fell the deep, mauve-toned brown I had been hoping for. Awesome. (I’ve lucked out once before, when I received Urban Decay’s Lounge eyeshadow instead of Fireball, which I already had.)

I’ve also recently accumulated a lot of Ipsy points, mostly via referrals, so I have to give a huge 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 February Glam Bag.

Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
Image: ipsy.com

Last time, I complained about how Ipsy’s point rewards always sold out too quickly, and that there weren’t enough of them. Lately, I’ve found it easier to jump onto the new rewards: they seem to upload refresh them on Friday nights (my time is EST). The point amounts required seem to have increased a little, but they’re also kind of inconsistent with regard to the dollar value of the rewards, too. I’ve seen an item retailing ~$6 cost ~400 pts, and an item retailing ~$40 cost ~800 pts. Who knows? Anyway, I don’t know if they really did anything or if I am just checking the rewards more often and lucking out, but it does feel like it’s been improved!

SoI love, love, love my Ipsy bag this month! Here’s what I got (four out of five are full-sized products!):

What I Redeemed 800 Ipsy Points For

  • Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (200 Ipsy Points for 30 mL deluxe sample; 50 mL full size US$45 / CA$56)
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)

What I Received

  • Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush in Flush (3 g full size; US$24)
  • Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder in Banana (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard (4.5 g full size; full size US$6)
  • True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask (7 mL sample; 50 mL full size US$90)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte (17 mL full size; US$15)
  • Ipsy makeup bag
fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
fivezero’s Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Juice Beauty: 25% off any purchase + free shipping on $30 orders with code ipsy217 (through 03/31/2017)
  • Naked Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 03/31/2017)
  • NYX: 25% off Butter Lipstick with code BUTTERUP (through 03/31/2017, US only)
  • True Botanicals: 15% off your first purchase with code TRUEIPSY15 (through 03/31/2017)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 03/31/2017)

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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)

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Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Problems, swatch

Trust Fund Beauty — Champagne Problems (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Trust Fund Beauty

Over the last couple of months, I hauled quite a bit from Trust Fund Beauty using some 35% off and 40% off codes from Ipsy. Of course, for the holidays, Trust Fund Beauty is now running a 50% off code (HOLIDAY50, no affiliation), so I’m incredibly tempted to place one more order! Arrrgh.

Anyway, my polish of the day is one of the polishes I got in one of the mini sets, Rich & Reckless.

Champagne Problems is described by TFB as a “metallic gold foil”. There are many variations on gold in nail polish world, and this particular one is a very wearable, subdued antique gold with a strong pewter tone. It’s not your typical brassy, shiny, yellow or orange gold.

I have trouble finding a gold shade that doesn’t clash terribly with my skintone (the long discontinued OPI Gala Gold was my previous favorite), so I’m really pleased to have found Champagne Problems!

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Problems
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Problems

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Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Pumpkin Spice, swatch

Trust Fund Beauty — Pumpkin Spice (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Trust Fund Beauty

After trying my first Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, Champagne Socialite, I was pretty smitten and took advantage of a 35% off Ipsy coupon code to order some more. Later, I saw that Ipsy released a second coupon for 40% off, so now I have a lot of Trust Fund Beauty polishes to swatch.

Ordering from Trust Fund Beauty, from Canada

For Canadians, TFB ship from Canada, so you only have to pay Québec tax and shipping costs—no customs fees. I believe they have warehouses in the US (and their website pricing is all in USD), so US orders ship from within that country.

Haulage from Trust Fund Beauty

For order #1, I used an Ipsy code for 35% off. I ordered one full-sized polish (17 mL) and one set of six minis (3 mL each):

  • Resting Bitch Face (full-sized; couldn’t not get this for the name!)
  • Got Yacht? (mini)
  • I Give Good Tweet (mini)
  • Game Changer (mini)
  • Major Eye Roll (mini)
  • Champagne Problems (mini)
  • Denim with Diamonds (mini)

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish haulage 1

The polishes all come in paper boxes. This is the only actual complaint—and it’s a very minor one—that I have with TFB: while their bottles and brushes are very nice, the boxes and sticker labels on the bottom of the bottles seem a bit cheap. I normally keep my polish boxes (like for Chanel, Illamasqua, etc.) but I tossed the TFB boxes. The print on them is cute, but the boxes just look a bit disheveled after being opened, and they’re not terribly sturdy, anyway. The minis are also too small for the box they come in, so they’re just sliding around in there.

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish haulage 1
Trust Fund Beauty – Nail Polish Haulage Part I (October 2016)

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Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite, swatch

Trust Fund Beauty — Champagne Socialite (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Trust Fund Beauty

I first heard of Trust Fund Beauty through Ipsy, and have been wanting to receive one of their nail polishes for months! Finally, last month, Ipsy sent one to me, and it’s in a fabulous rose gold. I can’t get enough of rose gold anything!

Now, I already have a number of rose gold polishes, like China Glaze Meet Me in the Mirage, H&M Shakudo, Misa Flutter & Feather Missha Wonder Woman GPK05, and Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (which I need to swatch and review one of these days). However, there is always room for more!

Champagne Socialite is a super-shimmery rose gold metallic that leans more pink than copper. It has a silvery aspect in its packed shimmer.

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite

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Ipsy — September 2016 Glam Bag “Glamazon”

I just did my August Ipsy (referral link) bag over the weekend (so late!) and now here’s my Sepember bag. Thought I should get it done before I start running late again.

Ipsy Glam Bag, September 2016, Glamazon
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner (0.75 oz mini; 5.1 oz full size US$14)
  • Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Moisturizing Mask (15 mL mini; 45 mL full size US$25)
  • Seraphine Botanicals 91% Natural Creamy Lip & Cheek Stain in Guava Butter (0.14 oz full size; US$24)
  • Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme (1.5 g mini; 4 mL full size US$28—no idea why the sizes are measured in volume for the mini and mass for the full size)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite (17 mL full size / USD$15)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Eva NYC: 25% off any purchase with code Ipsters25 (through 10/31, US/CA only)
  • Nuxe: 20% off any $50 purchase with code SUMMER2016 (through 8/31, US only)
  • Seraphine Botanicals: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 10/31)
  • Too Faced: free deluxe-sized Melted Chocolate Lipstick in Honey with purchase, with code IPSYGWP (through 10/31)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 35% off any purchase with code IPSTER35 (through 9/30)

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