Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag - Jetsetter - Unbagging and Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great start to your Memorial Day weekend! Unfortunately, I do work today, but I did somehow manage to get Sunday and Monday off, without even having to ask for it! Unfortunately, my husband works, so I don't think I'll be able to do anything special anyways, but it's nice to have some time to relax.

In this post, I want to share with you guys what I got in my May 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag! Ipsy is a $10 a month beauty subscription service where you get five samples/full sized products plus a unique bag that changes every month. It's one of my favorite subscription services, especially since they seem to have stepped up the quality and value of the samples over the past few months. If you're interested in signing up, you can do so at the Ipsy website, or you can use my referral link here. I will be very thankful if you do use my link, and you may benefit as well since I've heard that you get off the waitlist faster if you use someone's referral link.
The theme this month is Jetsetter, though I've found that the theme of the bag really only affects the design of the monthly bag and what kind of pictures they use on the info card.
Right off the bat, I really liked the bag we got this month!
There were three different versions (at least from what I've seen) and I think I got the cutest one! I also think the bag you got correlated with the products you got; people who got the same products as me got the same bag. I think these bags are made by Sephora, though I'm not totally sure. Sephora carries bigger versions (with different sayings) online and the brand they can be found under is the Sephora Collection. The bigger bags are $24 each, so I'm pretty sure the retail value of this bag alone is around $10, which is what I paid!
 Ipsy's info cards are pretty uninformative; you get a nice picture and some info on sharing your bag on social media, but you have to go to your Glam Room on the Ipsy website to get any information about the products you received. I don't really mind this since I would be going online to get more information on my products anyways, but sometimes it is nice to have what an item is and how to use it right on the card (similar to what Birchbox does).
The first sample I got is one that I think everyone got this month; this is a little booklet from Urban Decay which includes a deluxe sized sample of the 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in the color Ozone (which is clear and not actually a color) and two pod samples of the new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Failbait and Bittersweet.
The lip pencil is a nice sample; it's a little over half the size of the full sized product, but I'm not a fan of lip products being sampled this way. There's not a good way to reseal these pods to keep them sanitary and prevent them from drying out, and you get waaaaay more product than you need for a single application. The lip pencil is waterproof and has vitamin E, jojoba oil, and cottonseed oil. You can use it to reverse line your lips (it's clear so you line the outside of your lips to prevent your lip color from feathering) or you can use it all over your lips as a primer and a fine-line filler-inner.. Ozone existed previously, but Urban Decay came out with a fatter version of it called Ultimate Ozone, which you can use in a multitude of ways. The full size of Ozone is 1.2g for $20, making this 0.8g sample worth about $13 (I did not calculate the value of the gloss samples because I consider them foil packet bonuses).
Next I got a Chella Eyebrow Color Pencil in the color Tantalizing Taupe.
This is an automatic eyebrow pencil and it is the first product I've tried from Chella that isn't the Ivory Lace Highlighter (I'm 95% sure of this, though now I'm kind of doubting myself; if I have tried anything, it wasn't exciting enough to stand out).
Everyone who got this product received the same shade, so I assume Ipsy sent this to people who reported having blonde/light brown hair when they took the beauty profile quiz. Unfortunately, I don't think this is really a taupe kind of color; when I think of taupe, I think of something much more ashey and greighy. This pencil is fairly brown and warm-toned. I think it will work well for people with light brown/dark blonde hair, but for me it's a little off. This is the full size of this product (it's 0.09g) and it's worth $18.
I know a lot of people were a little disappointed with these, but I'm actually quite happy to have gotten them! These are Smoothing and Relaxing Eye Patches by the brand Klorane. I've tried, and generally liked, Klorane's hair products, but I don't think I've tried any of their skincare products. These patches have cornflower to sooth and reduce puffiness, arnica to drain the eye contour, and chamomile to refresh and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. These look like foil packets, but this is how the full sized product is actually packaged; you just get more of them. The full size is seven packets of two patches (one for each eye area) for $21, so these two packets of two patches are worth about $6.
Out of the five products I received this month, I think this is my favorite! I got another Luxie brush, this time the 205 Tapered Blending Eye Brush. I desperately needed another soft blending brush like this (I only have one that I really like and it's a super old, natural bristle Sephora brush) but I had a hard time finding one that I liked. The bristles of this brush are very soft and synthetic (and animal cruelty free) and I think it will work well for blending my eyeshadow. Luxie brushes are also coated with a special anti-bacterial solution, which aids in cleaning and keeping them sanitary. This is a full sized product and was retailing for $12 when I last checked the website (I feel like brushes like these go on sale often, so it could be less right now; when I did check, you could have gotten 30% off of it with the Ipsy coupon code).
Finally, I got a sample of the CoTZ Face Natural SPF 40 sunscreen. This was another product that people seemed to not be too keen on, but again, I was happy to see it in my bag! I already use and love a CoTZ sunscreen (the Pure one) and I really like the fact that the CoTZ line uses all mineral sunscreens and are developed to be used by people with sensitive/damaged skin (you can use the Sensitive formula after cosmetic procedures). This version has a sheer matte finish and, like the other CoTZ sunscreens, it is 100% free of oils, chemical sunscreens, preservatives, fragrances, parabens, PABA, gluten, and phythalates.

I will say, though, that the complaint that people have that the tint is kind of dark is totally true. My CoTZ Pure sunscreen is also tinted (otherwise the minerals would leave you with a white-cast), but it blends in seamlessly with my skin. The tint of this sunscreen looks to more of a medium/tan color, which I suppose makes sense since people do get a little darker in the summer (actually, is it possible to tan when wearing a high level of SPF? It must be, since a lot of tanning oils have SPFs in them, though they are on the lower end, and if wearing sunscreen stopped you from tanning completely, then they wouldn't include it), but I don't think I'll ever be the right shade to use this sunscreen. I'm going to keep it and see how well it does match, but even if it ends up always being too dark, I can still use it on my body. The full size is 1.5oz for $19.99, so this 0.35oz sample with worth $4.60.

And that's my May 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag! I got five products this month; two were full sized and three were deluxe sample sized. The overall value of my bag as $53.60, which is over five times what I paid, not even including what I think the bag itself is valued at!

Thanks for reading! <3

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