Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ipsy December Bag - Review, Pictures, Swatches

March was the last MyGlam bag I received. After washing my hands of the entire subscription service I thought I would never go back. I felt like I wasn't their target demographic. They seemed to be marketing to a younger audience and they also seemed to have some pretty crummy samples in their monthly bags.  A little while after I unsubscribed from MyGlam, the company changed its name to ipsy.  With that change came a whole new take on the beauty sample subscription service.  They seemed to listen to the feedback they were getting from members, they changed the quality of the bags and the contents as well. After hearing some really good feedback from YOU, the readers of this blog, I decided to take the plunge and re-subscribe to a ipsy bag for the monthly subscription of $10 per month.  

Apparently I signed up just in time to receive the December ipsy bag.  I was really happy with the communication (which was always good, even when they were MyGlam) on when to expect my bag for delivery.  The bag showed up at my home on the 18th.  Of course I cut open the hot pink foil bubble mailer and reveal a small pewter colored satin makeup bag.  If you had read any of my previous reviews you will note that I complained about all the bags having some strange odor.  The solution given to me from MyGlam was to "let it air out" until the odor was gone. (not satisfied with that answer.) So you can now imagine the scene of me pulling the bag from the packaging material and sniffing it.  I think Mr. Sith thought I had finally lost it...but then again. I do strange things with packages I get all the time, so it probably didn't phase him at all. ANYWAY. Long story, short. The bag didn't smell bad!  Victory!

And there was even a little bit of clever marketing inside the bag!  ipsy has really stepped up their game.

Let's look at all that I received in this bag

Oooooh. All makeup or makeup related items!  That in and of itself is awesome.  I received a Lip gloss, eyeliner, eye shadow pigment, highlighter papers, and a face & eye primer!  In addition I get a $20 discount at (They sell shoes, handbags and accessories) My hyper-citical feelings towards subscription sample bags was starting to wane a bit. I was actually....impressed!

Let's look at what came in the bag this month.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero.
I received a travel sized eye pencil from MyGlam in the past, but it was in a color I would never personally use.  This one is right up my alley. In fact, you really can't go wrong with a travel sized UD 24/7 eye pencil in Zero as far as I'm concerned.  I love them so much I made a meme for them. (yes really)

Plus when you visit the ipsy site and click on each item that comes  in your bag for the month, ipsy has worked it with the product companies to offer a discount or other GWP for making a purchase on the product company's site.  This month I can get "...a deluxe travel bag filled w/ luxury samples w/ a $25 purchase from" when I use the code provided to me.  Not bad at all.

Ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane*, c11-12 isoparaffin, paraffin, polybutene, buxus chinensis, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, ceresin, cera microcristallina (microcrystalline wax), tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, phenoxyethanol

Next in the bag

Mai Couture Highlighter Papier
I have reviewed Mai Couture Papiers a long time ago on the blog Beauty Debutante.  You can read my review there.  These "papiers" are perfect little travel companions to boost your look on the go.  The highlighter paper is new to me as I had only tested the oil blotting sheets, blush sheet and bronzer sheets.   

This paraben and talc-free highlighter sheet can be applied anywhere on the face or body for a nice SUBTLE shimmer. I really love the overall look of them.  The swatch is almost an entire sheet in one small area. I did this to show you the color and shimmer but when applied CORRECTLY the result is very classy and no disco ball effect at all!  LOVE these!  

As with all items in my ipsy bag. I can "receive 20% off any purchase from" using a special code that ipsy provides.

Ingredients: nadelholz bleached kraft pulp, hemp pulp, mica, iron oxides

 On to the primer.

Mirabella Prime for Face and Eyes
I have never heard of or used this brand before. It seems like a decent primer but I cannot test it because it contains the dreaded "cyclopentasiloxane*" that makes me break out in horrific cystic acne.  

I can't fault ipsy for that, it's not a common allergy and there is no way they would know that.  

I like the idea of a primer that works for face and eyes, saves a step, but alas, this is going into my sample giveaway bag for someone else to enjoy.  Even though I can't use the primer, ipsy has provided me with a code for "...30% off any purchase from" which is pretty decent as most discounts are usually 10 to 20%.

ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane*, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, dimethiconol, ethylene brassylate, silica, tocopheryl (vitamin e) acetate

The next item is lip gloss.

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess
Not the product name that I would have picked to inspire confidence in wearing red lip gloss, but hey, I don't work in marketing, so maybe they know something I don't.  Either way, it's a really pretty red and perfect for n00b red lip wearers and those that are old skool too!  It goes on sheer but can be layered for a more opaque look. The gloss it self is really nice texture and I'm sure to get some compliments on it this holiday season.

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics is an interesting company. They actually sell product individually but they also can send you personalized cosmetic kits each month or however often you like by filling out an on line profile.  You are never obligated to purchase the looks they make put together for you. You  can purchase 2 products a month for $19.95, 3 products for $29.95, 4 products for $39.95, or 5 products for $49.95. Al products are sold individually as well.. For example the full sized lip gloss I received in the ipsy bag retails for $14.  Of course I also got a special code to get "...30% off any purchase at" Which is pretty cool!

Ingredients: polybutene, ethylhexyl palmitate, paraffinum liquidum, squalane, silica, methylparaben, propylparaben. may contain: mica and titanium dioxide (ci 77889i), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), maganese violet (ci 77742, d&c red no. 6 ba lake (ci 15850), d&c red no. 27 ai lake (ci 45410), fd&c yellow no. 5 ai lake (ci 19140), fd&c blue no. 1ai lake (ci 42090)

Last but not least

NYX Loose Pearl Shadow in #05 Charcoal Pearl
These tiny vials of pigment pack a pigmented punch!  NYX has always been a good quality brand at nice prices so you are never going t hear me complain about receiving loose pigment from them. Even if I received a color that I would never put on my eyes I could mix it in with some clear nail polish and make my own custom color.  It's a win win!  

 Plus at only $3 oer container I could purchase all 30 color choices and spend less than $100...and of course ipsy has provided me with a code to save "...30% off any loose Pearl shadow at" so that's an extra savings right there. The all the pigments with the discount would cost less than a Chantecaille palette for 4 eyeshadows!  Of course I'm comparing apples to oranges here, but you get the idea.

Ingredients: mica, aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, n-butylparaben, ethylparaben, and isobutylparaben. may contain: titanium dioxide (ci 77891), manganese violet (ci 77742), chromium oxide green (ci 77288), fd&c yellow no.5 al. lake (ci 19140:1), fd&c blue no.1 al. lake (ci 42090:2), ultramarine blue (ci 77007) , carimina (ci 75470), iron oxide black (ci 77499), iron oxide red (ci 77491), or iron oxide yellow (ci 77492)

Overall I'm really thrilled with my first ipsy bag!  They got everything in the bag right for me. No flimsy made in China makeup brushes, no stinky bags, no bizarre colored eye pencils.  Just exactly what I would pick out if I had the chance to fill my own bag from those brands.  

There is no referral program that I know of for ipsy, so all links are referral free in this post.  You can get started by taking their beauty quiz and then sign up for your monthly bag if you want. Of course I'm still doing the "three strikes and you're out" rule for ipsy, so I am not recommending them outright, but I will say that this bag far exceeded my expectations and was well worth the $10 investment.

What say you?  Will ipsy be your next beauty sample subscription service?

*Strangely enough the cyclopentasiloxane in the UD pencils has never made my eyelids react the way my face does when I use it in a primer, foundation or moisturizer.


  1. I'm so glad you gave them another shot! I'd like to think I had something to do with that! :)

  2. Oh wow, that's a fantastic bag! Tempted to switch over from Birchbox - though I do love BB's point system.

    1. I know, I love the point system too. I have "purchased" several "free things". It's going to be a difficult decision if I do switch over.

  3. Your MyGlam/Ipsy experience pretty much echoes mine. The last bag I got before cancelling smelled so bad it gave me a migraine. But I resubscribed in November and have been pleasantly surprised.

    1. Isn't that cool? It's great to see a company turn it around.

  4. I really like the content! I love Nyx's Pearl Mania pigments, and this shade looks fab. And that highlighter sheet is something I've never seen before, very cool.

    1. The highlighter sheet is genius! So small and now I'll have more room for eyeshadow when I travel. :-)

  5. Loved the box this month! I didnt even notice the inside of the bag! i like that HAHA

  6. I've been wanting to try a monthly subscription, but all I want is makeup (not at all interested in shampoo, moisturizer, perfume, etc). Perhaps this is it!

    1. Perhaps. Of course this is my first bag, so we will see how it goes, but I'm optimistic that future bags will be just as good with makeup samples!

  7. Yours is the third review on this month's bag and I must say they've redeemed themselves. I might just put it back on my list. I think this deserves an A.

    1. I agree Marcia. A Strong A. You should sign up!

  8. When I saw your meme, I burst out laughing. My husband doesn't quite understand why it's so funny to me, but I love it. :)

  9. I've never done anything like this before, mainly because I am never sure if I'll have $10 in a month, but I have just been gifted a Birchbox subscription, so I can't wait to start that! I hope it comes before the holidays! I've heard great things about this ipsy bag subscription now that its turned. I think I may try it out...

    1. I'll tell you what. Wait for my 3rd review and if still think it's worth the $10 a month, I'll tell you. But if money is tight, (like it is for a lot of people), then hold off on any samples and just treat yourself one every other month with a fun Drugstore purchase or something that was on sale. :-)

  10. I really liked this month. But I'm SO SICK OF LIP GLOSS. I swear I've gotten one for at least the past 4 months.

  11. Great meme!

    I lol'd big time, and saved it! You're too much, I love it.


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