This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag theme was “Beauty Blast,” a “universe of brilliant beauties.” I have to say that even though the makeup bag might be a wee bit tacky, I am loving it anyway. I love the stars and galaxy stuff so I did a little dance as soon as I opened up my Ipsy package to see this bag 😀
Yippeeeee my Pop Sugar Must Have box has arrived! The inspirations for November’s box were friends and family, gratitude, gifting and festivities … so basically a very Thanksgiving-y theme. There were a lot of great items this month, including an absolutely wonderful eyeshadow quad from Tarte (one of my favorites). Read on for more descriptions … !
I say this about almost all of the subscription boxes I receive, but really, Glossybox is one of my favorites and I am always looking forward to it each month. I didn’t think this month’s Glossybox was the best one ever, but it definitely wasn’t bad either.
Chicky Quicky is the newest monthly box that I started subscribing to and it’s the only one I receive that focuses mostly on jewelry and accessories. All of the accessories seem to come from the Patty’s Closet boutiques, which originate in Las Vegas. The Chicky Quicky box was started by Patty Barba, who is also the founder of Patty’s Closet.
Every month the Chicky Quicky box comes wrapped in really pretty and/or adorable wrapping paper. I especially loved the wrapping paper this month with the super cute Matryoshka nesting dolls pattern, complete with a colorful ribbon in one of my favorite shades of green.
The first item in my October box is this large cuff bracelet. I’m really not too crazy about this one so I’ll probably be passing it along to a friend, but I do love the color (which is pretty similar to that mint green ribbon). It’s just not really my style, but I’m sure someone I know will be able to wear it.
I received two pairs of earrings this month and these were probably my favorite items in the October box. I wear a lot of post earrings (as opposed to hoops or dangle-y ones), so I will definitely be wearing these. I think both pairs are great pieces for any season and they can pretty much be worn with any kind of outfit — dressy or casual.
Each month Chicky Quicky usually includes some kind of beauty item and the beauty items this month were both from Starlooks. I’m sort of familiar with this brand because I received a few different products from them in past Ipsy Glam Bags. I don’t remember ever really using those Starlooks products, but I do have to say I was pretty impressed with this shimmery olive green eyeliner. I absolutely love the color and it glided on my lower lash line very well. I think this shade is a great way to still be in the neutral-ish range with a little bit of color and it looked great with the natural eyeshadow look I wore it with. I’m not really sure how well the mascara works because I haven’t tried it out yet but I have so many mascaras as it is that I might just pass this one along to a friend.
Starlooks Gem Pencil ($16 for 0.08 oz.; starlooks.com): Highly-pigmented eye pencils with a glistening micro-glitter finish. Available in 11 different shades.
Starlooks Longing for Lashes Lengthening Mascara ($7 for “perfect size” travel tube; starlooks.com): A lengthening mascara in a clump-free formula that comes in Starlooks’ “perfect size” tube (which is about 70% of a full-sized mascara tube).
The last item in my October Chicky Quicky box was this super cute necklace, also in green (there was obviously a green theme this month). This statement necklace would look great dressed up or dressed down and I think it’s going to be a great way to bring a nice pop of color to a lot of my outfits this season. I definitely would have picked out something like this for myself if I saw it in a store so I’m really happy with this one.
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I really loved the earrings and the necklace this month, and I was pretty surprised at how much I loved the Starlooks olive green eyeliner. So I loved four out of six products, and that really ain’t bad. All in all I think it was a good month for Chicky Quicky!
Pricing & Availability:
Chicky Quicky is a monthly jewelry/accessories and beauty subscription box that costs $35 per month for the regular box. There is a $25 “Lil’ Miss Chicky” box (recommended for girls age 5-10) and an exclusive monthly box that costs $50 and includes more items than the regular box. To subscribe click here, or head over to chickyquickybox.com for more information.
Ipsy is a “personalized” monthly beauty subscription that sends out items based on your style profile (which you fill out upon first subscribing) and your reviews of the products that you receive each month. I think the review process is great and I always notice products that I like more and more after reviewing the previous month’s Glam Bag.
With that being said, I have been seriously slacking this summer and I haven’t reviewed any Glam Bags in months. SO … I was pleasantly surprised to open up such an awesome Glam Bag for September! I really like all of the products I received and I will definitely be putting them to good use.
Every month the Ipsy subscription is sent out along with a brand-new makeup bag to hold all of your new goodies. This month’s bag was a gold case that was a little longer than most of the other bags sent out in recent months, so it can easily hold lots of makeup items like eyeliner pencils, brushes and even small eyeshadow palettes. It also easily fits into my handbag, so that’s always a plus!
I really liked this matte lip crayon and I was especially happy that I received it in this very perfect nude color. I have soooo many different lip products, but I absolutely love trying new ones so I really never get bored of them.
tre’StiQue Lip Crayon ($28; trestique.com): The full-sized version of this product is actually two products in one — each crayon comes with one matte shade, plus a shiny “BB Lip Balm” shade that you can layer together. What I also like about this lip crayon is that it can act as your lip liner as well — this product makes it super easy to draw a line around your lips and then fill it in with either the matte or shiny shade (or both). This lip crayon is also Infused with Vitamin E and Monoi Tahiti Butter which provide moisturization and antioxidant benefits.
I now have a gigantic nail polish collection thanks to my monthly Julep subscription, so I’m really never that excited when I get new nail colors in other beauty boxes. I was, however, happy to see Sephora’s own Formula X nail brand in my September Glam Bag. This color is very perfect for the fall and it comes in a rather adorable little bottle (so it won’t take up too much room in my collection!).
Formula X Nail Color ($10.50 for 0.4 oz.; sephora.com): A three-free nail polish formula infused with “ShineXcel™” for “enhanced color and overall brilliance,” plus a custom brush design that’s engineered to “complement the polish’s highly pigmented formula with precise lacquer application.” I received the color “Ignite,” which is a wonderful autumn red-brown. It looks like this particular color is only available in an exclusive set of four Formula X shades that you can buy at Sephora for $16.
I was super excited to see this NYX eyeshadow palette in my September Glam Bag. I love NYX eyeshadows and this palette has two perfect shimmery browns plus an awesome dark brown/light black matte color to contour or line the lashes. I took a few photos yesterday of an eyeshadow look with this palette and I’m going to take a few more tomorrow and then post them to my Instagram. The colors also stayed on all night long — even through serious headbanging at the rock festival this weekend.
NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eye Shadow Trio (nyxcosmetics.com): This eyeshadow trio was designed exclusively for Ipsy by NYX. They contain three complimenting eye colors that can be worn together or separately, each with a “silky texture for seamless application.”
ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub ($9.99 for 4 oz.; acureorganics.com): I haven’t really tried out this facial scrub yet, but I really like the fact that Ipsy sent out such a great deluxe-sized sample of this stuff, so I will definitely be getting a good amount of uses out of it. This scrub contains natural exfoliators plus organic chlorella growth factor and argan stem cells to stimulate new cell growth and repair. It is also formulated with madonna lily stem cells to help brighten skin. It is vegan, gluten- and cruelty-free.
Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush ($2.98 for one brush; crownbrush.us): I am usually all set when it comes to brushes — I try to invest in really good ones for each type of makeup and makeup application. A concealer brush is actually the one brush that I don’t have a set favorite, so I’m going to try out this one and see how I like it. This concealer brush is made of 100% Flexible Japanese Torray Taklon Bristles (which are synthetic) and it can be used for application and blending of any type of concealer formula or for applying cream eyeshadows.
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I was very happy with my Ipsy Glam Bag this month. I love the NYX eyeshadow trio, the nude matte lip pencil and even the Formula X nail color, which, again, is absolutely perfect for the fall. I think the face scrub and concealer brush round out the Glam Bag very nicely and this was definitely one of the better Glam Bags I have received in recent months.
Pricing & Availability:
Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month, plus a small tax to a few states (here in New York my monthly Glam Bag comes to $11 and change). To subscribe click here, or head over to Ipsy.com for more information.
This was one of the first months that I just chose a regular Julep Maven box without adding on any additional products — mostly because this was the first month that I got a Maven box for FREE (yay!) with my Julep points (called “Jules”). I’ve used Julep points on other things before, but I realized during the September Maven reveal (at the end of last month) that I actually had 2,000 Jules saved up, and, as any Maven should know, 2,000 Jules = one free Maven box.
If I had added any add-ons this month I would have had to pay extra for those, so I kept it simple and stuck with the bare minimum (three items) so I wouldn’t have to pay anything. I ended up being pleasantly surprised when I saw an extra polish added to my box anyway — every Maven received the new Julep signature cream color, aptly named “Julep”, as a freebie this month. So awesomeness all around 🙂
Each month Julep debuts a new beauty product or an update on one of their existing beauty products as part of the monthly Maven reveal. This month Julep came out with a few new colors for their Light On Your Lips lipstick line, making the lipsticks the featured beauty product for September. I really liked this lipstick the first time it came out so I was happy seeing additional colors added. I went with a couple bright colors last time, so I decided to order a more neutral color this time around.
Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick ($22 or $17.60 for Maven subscribers, 0.12 oz.; julep.com): A full-coverage lipstick that “floats on and feels weightless”, formulated with hydrating shea butter, antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, and Julep’s Power Cell Complex™. This lipstick promises to glide on easily to hug the contours of your lips and stay in place without feathering and it comes in 15 different shades. I received this lipstick in the color “Wink”, which is described as a “Tea rose crème.”
These were the two nail colors I chose this month from the new September collection. You would think by now that I wouldn’t need any more nail polishes — being subscribed to Julep Maven for at least the last year-and-a-half — but each month there always seems to be new nail shades that I absolutely need (of course). 🙂 I probably should have posted swatches of how these look on my nails … I will definitely remember to do that next month though!
Julep Nail Color in “Ellis” ($14 reg., on sale right now for $10, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A shimmery silver-y lilac that Julep describes as a “pink dawn linear liquid holographic” shade.
Julep Nail Color in “Zoey” ($14 reg. or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A pretty blue-grayish “sea spray crème” shade.
The last item this month was a special extra added to every Julep Maven box for free. I’m not sure why, but this color is currently unavailable to buy. I don’t know if it’s sold out, or if Mavens just got a sneak peek and it won’t actually be released until later on.
Julep Nail Color in “Julep” ($14 reg., currently unavailable, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): This is Julep’s new signature creme — a really pretty purple-ish orchid shade. This went on beautifully and the finish almost made it look like a gel manicure. I’m really glad I got to try this one out!
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I really liked the September Julep Maven box and the best part about it, of course, was that I got it completely for free. Julep actually has a really great points program and I feel like I was able to save up 2,000 Jules rather quickly, especially since I got points for every monthly Maven box that I bought. The nail colors this month were great and I absolutely loved the surprise gift this month — Julep’s new signature creme shade. I also was happy to see new lipstick colors this month and I’m loving the nude pink-y peach that I chose.
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Birchbox was the first subscription box I ever subscribed to and I have been receiving Birchboxes for a few years now (I think about three years). It’s one of the cheapest subscription boxes at just $10 per month, so I really think that it’s worth it even if I don’t love every single product every single month. I do find a lot of great products and brands through Birchbox that I probably wouldn’t know about if I wasn’t a subscriber, so that’s what really stands out the most for me when it comes to this particular beauty subscription.