I love the middle of the month — when pretty much all of my subscription boxes arrive right around the same time. I’m also loving the pink/red/love/hearts/girly Valentine’s-themed boxes I’ve been seeing, so this month I’m a little more excited than usual for my subscription boxes to show up at my doorstep.
Now that I am reviewing my Glam Bag and checking out my “Glam Room” on Ipsy.com (which shows all the items in your bag for the month) I just realized that I’m missing a ModelCo blush that was supposed to be included in my bag! I’m glad I checked … I am going to e-mail Ipsy and see if they can add it to next month’s bag or something — I’m sure they will do something about it.
That’s funny because I was thinking that this month’s bag seemed a bit off — I didn’t realize it until now that there were only four products and there are usually five products every month. But anyway on to the review …
Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends out a “Glam Bag” each month to hold all of your goodies. The Glam Bag this month was this little pink-ish cosmetic case. It’s cute, but I’ve been building a mini collection of Glam Bags over the last year-and-a-half and I don’t love this one enough to keep it so I’m going to pass it along to a friend.
Ipsy is a “personalized” service that sends out products based on your beauty style and preferences. There are a bunch of products sent out each month in different bag variations so my bag is just one of the many variations this month.
I tried soooo hard to get a good photo of this nail polish — I tried it with my camera, then I tried it with my iPhone … I tried it during the day and at night, with flash, without … It just wasn’t working for me, and until I really master the settings on this camera of mine I decided to give it a rest and go with the most decent photo of the bunch.
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Marry A Millionaire ($5 for 0.5 oz.; amazon.com): I can’t find this exact polish available online anywhere except for Amazon, but I’m sure you can find it in retail stores that carry China Glaze nail products. This pretty, glittery amethyst lacquer contains multi-tonal fibers that feature differently sized and shaped glitter particles to create a “3-D finish.” All China Glaze lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, which is the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish.
That last bit of information was new to me — I guess I don’t really know much about nail polishes (as opposed to other beauty products) except for the ones I use, and I don’t really use any China Glaze polishes. I think I have like one or two of them from subscription boxes like this. I thought this was a really cool color and it was definitely unique and totally different than the dozens upon dozens of other nail polishes I own!
Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Gloss ($16 for 0.08 oz.; cargocosmetics.com): Ipsy sent out a cute mini version of Cargo’s newest long-wearing lipgloss formula this month, which has a creamy texture and isn’t sticky at all (which I love). It contains ingredients like Vitamin E and Jojoba Seed oil to help increase lip moisture and lip volume and it is available in 15 different shades — although I am loving the light pink that came in my Glam Bag and I can’t wait to try it out!
JOYA Composition No. 1 Parfum Oil ($30 for 0.34 oz.; joyastudio.com): A super pretty perfume oil with refreshing fruity, floral, creamy, citrus and musk hints all in one. This fragrance actually interacts with the wearer’s own chemistry and smells different on each person who wears it, which is really cool. I think I’m going to look into other JOYA products — it is a “fragrance design studio” in the city (NYC) that handcrafts each individual one-of-a-kind piece.
Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray ($24 for 8 oz.; eva-nyc.com): A multi-tasking volumizing spray that adds volume and texture to hair while protecting against heat styling. This is definitely my kind of product — I love multi-taskers and this one smells soooooo amazing, I love it. You can use this on damp or dry hair, which is another added bonus. I have my tried-and-true favorite hair products that I always use, so it makes me super happy when I find a new one that I really like, especially in a subscription box.
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This wasn’t exactly my favorite month for Ipsy but I really didn’t think it was a bad month at all. I like all of the products, and I love the hair volumizer/protector spray. I’m pretty sure Ipsy will send me that last product that was supposed to be in my bag (a blush from ModelCo) even though I really don’t mind either way — I have tons of blushes. But I remember something like this happened to me before — I think a blush or a bronzer broke or something like that — and Ipsy was really quick to replace it, so I know their customer service is good. Not the most exciting month for Ipsy but definitely not a bad month either! So that’s my verdict 🙂
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