My November Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) managed to arrive after the missing BLAQ Mask sample from my October Glam Bag—Ipsy were very good about re-sending the missing item, but it took a while to arrive. That’s Canada Post for you, though I am a teensy bit disappointed that Ipsy just mailed me the Mask, and nothing else to make up for the error (I’ve probably just seen too many people posting their extras, and it’s likely that Ipsy doesn’t normally do that!).
Anyway, onto this month’s bag, which I am quite happy with even thought it—gasp!—doesn’t contain a nail polish.
Ipsy November 2017 Glam Bag: “All You”, featuring actual Ipsters!
What I Received
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Baracuda (3.2 oz full size; US$6)
Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask (15 mL sample; 60 mL for € 69)
Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Mother Nature #06 (0.5 oz full size; US$14.99)
tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty (1.5 g deluxe sample; 5.6 g for US$29)
trèStiQue Brow Pencil in Espresso (0.005 oz mini; full size contains 0.007 oz brow pencil and 2.5 mL brow gel for US$24)
I’ve had higher bag values, but I do like pretty much everything in this bag! Except for the bag itself—I think this month’s bag is poorly designed. I received the teal bag, but it’s still kind of ugly to me.
fivezero’s Ipsy November 2017 Glam Bag
Ipsy Coupon Codes
Mudmasky: 30% off any purchase & free worldwide shipping with code IPSY30 (through 12/31/2017)
Naked Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 12/31/2017)
trèStiQue: 30% off any $30+ purchase with code IPSYWINTER17 (through 12/31/2017, US & CA only)
Here are a couple other good ones available:
Ling Skincare: 25% off any purchase with code IPSY25 (through 12/31/2017; US & CA only)
OUAI: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 12/31/2017; US only)
If you’re counting right, you’ll notice that my October Glam Bag only contains four products! Yes, for the first time in 29 Glam Bags, Ipsy made a mistake. I was supposed to receive a BLAQ Mask—which totally makes me think of Jet Li, and not the Batman villain—but it didn’t arrive. I contacted Ipsy and right away they told me they are sending it out ASAP.
(By the way, this month marks my 2-year Ipsy-versary, though I did have a hiatus in the middle of it—we were on a break!)
So, here’s my October Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) with just the four items that did arrive.
Ipsy October 2017 Glam Bag: “Spellbound”
What I Received
BLAQ Mask (15 mL sample; 60 mL for US$29)
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder (3 g sample; 9 g for US$29)
Pretty Woman Nail Medic Charcoal Infused Nail Polish in Volcanic Ash (10 mL full size; US$7.99)
tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara (3 mL sample; 7 mL for US$23)
TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream (10 mL sample; 30 mL for US$12)
Ipsy makeup bag
Glam Bag Cost
$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99
Total Bag Value
$7.25 + $9.67 + $7.99 + $9.86 + $4
I had a pretty low bag value this month, mostly due to the fact I only had one full-sized item in my Glam Bag! Quite a disappointment. I do like all the products I got, though, so it’s not that I’m unhappy. Yet, if I get another Pretty Woman nail polish next month while there are other cool nail brands available, I’m going to be fairly annoyed. (Seriously, I just got another Pretty Woman polish last month! I like the brand but I want to try new things.)
fivezero’s Ipsy October 2017 Glam Bag
Ipsy Coupon Codes
Pretty Woman: 30% off any purchase with code NMOCT17 (through 11/30/2017)
There were no codes for most of my items, so here are a few other good ones available:
Bio Republic: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 11/30/2017; US & CA only)
Context Skin: 25% off any purchase with code IPSY25 (through 11/30/2017; US & CA only)
fatboy: 30% off any purchase with code IPSYFATBOY30 (through 12/01/2017; US & CA only)
Sokoglam: 20% off any purchase with code IPSTERS (through 11/30/2017)
I know I’ve been AWOL a lot this month—that’s summer for you! But here’s a nice, pic-heavy post of fancy goods (this will make sense, soon) to help make it up.
Earlier this summer, I tried out two more Korean online beauty stores in an effort to find more shopping options for my burgeoning Asian makeup/skincare addiction. I normally shop with Cosmetic Love (referral link is in the sidebar), but I don’t want to be left hanging if anything happens to them. Sweet Corea was the first of the two shops (and I’ve already received a second order, which I’ve yet to post about) and Tester Korea was the other.
Here’s what I ordered, with all prices in USD (more detailed pictures follow):
Innisfree My Palette × Jean Jullien #3 (Small) [$7.40]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 8 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 10 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 13 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 26 [$4.62]
Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Super Water Proof Mascara [$13.73]
Nature Republic Rose Petal Moisture Mask [$12.40]
Scinic Iceland Water All In One Ampoule [$14.80]
SkinFood Blackbean Mascara Fixer [$5.50]
TonyMoly Double Needs Base Mascara [$4.64]
Bonus: due to a recent trade deal between Canada and South Korea, I think most Korean products imported to Canada are exempt from duties and customs! Otherwise, I’d have been leery of ordering this much in one go.
Shipping to Toronto, Canada from Seoul, South Korea was $17.38. Yes, this was a pretty big order considering it was my first time trying Tester Korea! I usually keep my first orders small, but they let me add quite a lot to my shopping cart at that $17 shipping level…so I added more stuff. To be fair, the only really heavy things were the Scinic and Nature Republic skincare items; the A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation was a bit heavy, as well. Everything else was fairly small and lightweight.
My order took 12 days to ship, which was vexing, but I’d also ordered just before a holiday in Korea, so it’s understandable. From the shipping date, it took three weeks to arrive in Toronto, which is pretty good considering Canadian customs has been very slow over the last year. My Korean orders tend to take 3–4 weeks to arrive.
They packed my order very well and securely. My husband brought my package in and he had a good laugh at my new “Fancy goods”:
As someone with short and stubbornly straight eyelashes, I’m always on the lookout for the next best waterproof mascara. For the record, my longtime favorites are CoverGirl Professional Waterproof and Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Waterproof (which is inexplicably no longer available on the Canadian market).
A year or two ago, I happened to see a waterproof mascara recommendation for lashes like mine, by a Finnish company called Lumene. I haven’t tried much in the way of Scandinavian cosmetics (just GOSH, H&M, and IsaDora, I think), and it seemed interesting enough to try out. It was available on Amazon to US addresses, so I had it mailed to family who brought it up for me.
I finally got around to trying this mascara last month—actually it looks like I waited too long, because Lumene have now revamped their lineup, and the closest product to this Blueberry Curl Waterproof Mascara is the new Blueberry Wild Curl Waterproof Mascara. The packaging kind of looks the same, so I’m hoping it’s just been renamed and is basically the same product.
The flexible plastic brush thickens and curls the lashes perfectly with no clumps
100 percent organic arctic blueberry seed oil nourishes lashes and helps to keep them strong and conditioned
The flat brush with rounded sides lifts the lashes and gives a curled and curved result
The cone shaped soft and flexible plastic bristles grip the lashes and give them color from root to tip while efficiently separating them
Here are the ingredient lists from my old version and the new version. It looks like there are only minor differences in ingredient order (and a fixed typo).
I don’t have a proper Throwback Thursday post for today, but I do have an Annabelle Cosmetics haul, which semi-counts as a retro thing for me!
For those who don’t know, Annabelle is a Canadian drugstore brand owned by Groupe Marcelle, based in Lacine, Québec, Canada. The same company owns:
Lise Watier (high end; acquired in 2016, making Groupe Marcelle the largest Canadian beauty company. I wonder if this is why Lise Watier haven’t been running their semi-annual clearance sales!)
CW Beggs & Sons (a men’s skincare line launched in 2015, named for the man who originally founded Marcelle in Chicago in 1874—and here I thought Marcelle had always been Canadian! It turns out Marcelle entered the Canadian market in 1949, and became a Canadian company in 1973.)
Back in the olden days (though not so far back as 1973, ha!), I owned an Annabelle powder blush (very nice) and a couple of Annabelle eyeshadow singles. Gleam was one, a shimmery vanilla, and I think there was maybe a lavender, too. They were so nice for Canadian-made drugstore products, and depotted, they would fit into MAC palettes, as well.
I should dig up the blush and shadows to show you, but for now, I present my latest Annabelle haul! It’s a two-part haul, as I bought the mascara from Shoppers Drug Mart and the eyeshadows directly from Annabelle’s official site, when they ran a great deal at Easter: 40% off all eye makeup!
All prices are in CA$.
Big Show Waterproof Mascara in Black [$3.99 / reg. $9.95]
Eyeshadow Single in Brown Frost (Satin) [$3.57 / reg. $5.95]
Eyeshadow Single in Germanium (Chrome) [$5.37 / reg. $8.95]
Eyeshadow Single in Mulberry (Satin) [$3.57 / reg. $5.95]
Eyeshadow Single in Over the Taupe (Metallic) [$3.57 / reg. $5.95]
Eyeshadow Single in Rose Gold (Chrome)[$5.37 / reg. $8.95]
Skinny Palette in Summer Purple [$5.97 / reg. $9.95]
I tracked down the Big Show Waterproof Mascara (my nearby Shopper Drug Mart locations didn’t carry the waterproof Annabelle mascaras), thanks to a glowing review from Jodi (A Brash Attitude). I also have stick straight lashes, so I’m really looking forward to trying it! I got it on sale for CA$3.99.