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ipsy December 2016 Glam Bag

Hey there! How is everyone? I really thought that I’d be catching up with my posts this time of the year but what can I say — I am in vacation mode, indeed. I did get more stuff in for review but just haven’t gotten around to posting them just yet. It’s been a crazy, fun past few days that I’ve spent with my husband and his side of the family mostly. I hope y’all had a nice break and are ready to ring in the new year! I got this in about a week ago so without further delay here’s my take on the ipsy December 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2016 Glam Bag

I’ll admit — I’m not a huge fan of the bag. It’s the material mostly but it grew on me more by now. First item that caught my eye is the Tarte Maracuja Oil. I love the brand Tarte and I do have a bottle or 2 of these already from previous gift sets I’ve purchased, but I haven’t gotten around to use it yet. I’m definitely keeping this and will be trying it out soon especially with this dry winter weather conditions. Next up is the Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick. The shade I got this in is called Pin Up. While I like the brand and all, I think I will pass it on to one of my nieces to try it out. I can’t really keep everything I get….I have no time to use them up or the space to allot for them! Then we have the Barefoot Venus Ginger Snap Instant Hand Repair. I thought about keeping this but I’m trying to use up some hand creams I have currently in rotation. I’m tossing this as an extra gift item for my MIL as I know she likes trying out new things and recently got interested in the hand creams I’ve been using. Next we have the theBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara. I haven’t kept any mascaras for myself recently that I’ve decided I’m going to try this out. Last up is the MintPear Beauty Blending Sponge. I don’t use makeup brushes that much already and I’ve never used a makeup sponge before. I don’t know. I have mixed feelings about this one. I’m not sure whether I should keep it to try it out or toss it into the extra gifts pile. The use of a sponge has never appealed to me before so I guess I’ll hang onto it until at least after I read up on it.

Tarte Maracuja Oil

Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick

Barefoot Venus Ginger Snap Instant Hand Repair

theBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara

MintPear Beauty Blending Sponge

So retaking the ipsy test eliminated makeup brushes for me this time but I got a makeup sponge in its place. LOL! We’ll see what next month’s bag brings!


ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag

I got this in a few days ago. I’m keeping almost everything I got in this bag. A lot of times I would keep only one or 2 items and have the others as stocking stuffers or extras in a gift, but this time I’m keeping and using 4 of them! Here’s what I got with my ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag

The bag is quite cute and the material strikes me as being waterproof or water-repellent at least. First up is the Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser. The green colored tube stuck out like a sore thumb to me in the group. I’m dying to try out a new cleanser as I’ve been using the same one for about 2 months now and I don’t think I really like it. Next item that caught my eye is the MeMeMe Blush Brush. It has a nice handle and is fluffy but this is the one item I definitely won’t be using so off to the gifting pile it goes. Then we have the noyah Lipstick. The shade I got is in Smoke. I would’ve preferred the other shade available, Currant News, as that one is more “red” than Smoke (which is more “nude”). But I’m still keeping it as my hubby generally likes these kind of shades on me. Next we have Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. I’m keeping this as I don’t have that many eye liners with the felt tip. Last up is theBalm Blush. The shade I got is called Cabana Boy. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E this shade! Definitely my favorite item from this month’s bag!

Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser

MeMeMe Blush Brush

noyah Lipstick

Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner

theBalm Blush

I can’t wait now for next month’s bag!


ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my ipsy bag a weeks ago or so but didn’t get around to posting about it until today. I’ve been very busy with work (still) that what time I have left I just go do other things that I enjoy to relax. Here’s what I got in my ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag

First, the bag — HOLO?! Hell yeah! I LOVE it! I didn’t care for the print much but the holo goodness just stands out so I don’t mind at all. And it’s made out of the thicker material so this is now in rotation as my phone case (yes, I carry my phone in ipsy bags made of thicker material as it doesn’t have an actual real phone case). The first item that caught my eye is the theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow. The shade I got this in is called Matt Kumar and it’s described as a “matte cranberry”. I would’ve probably liked the other shade available sent to other ipsy subscribers called Matt Moskowitz. That one’s described as a “matte plum”. In general, I think plums would look better on me as an Asian than cranberry. But the packaging is so cute, as usual, and the name is catchy that I’m keeping this. I actually realized that I own more of theBalm products than I thought I did. Good brand for a decent price in my opinion. Next items that caught my eye are the SHRAY face masks. The ones I got are Ms. Amazing & Queen Bee. I have been slacking off in using face masks that I was just reminded of that with these. I’m going to make an effort again to use them including these 2. Then we have the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. I’m excited to receive this as I’ve been testing different makeup primers for the past few years now and didn’t have one from Too Faced on hand to test. Next up is the Vasanti Contour Eyeshadow Brush. Well, I definitely did NOT need more makeup brushes in general and I’ve retaken the ipsy quiz to indicate that but whatever. The rest of what I got was good so I’ll just put this in the extra gifts makeup pile for others. Last up is the Not Soap, Radio joy inducing hand/body lotion. I looked up this brand as I couldn’t really tell if it had more than one line of products with different scents or not and discovered that the hand and body lotion I got fell under their Be Happy category on the website. I like the scent of lemons and sugar so I think this might be the one to keep an eye on. It brings me back to when I was a huge fan of the C.O. Bigelow Lemon Sugar Body Scrub (discontinued now if I’m not mistaken).

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow

SHRAY Face Mask

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

Vasanti Cosmetics Contour Eyeshadow Brush

Not Soap, Radio joy inducing hand/body lotion

With the exception of the makeup brush, I’m loving everything I got! Can’t wait for next month now!


ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I’ll try to keep this short as I’m looking at a super busy weekend. Here’s what I got in my ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag

I think the bag is very cute! The print makes me think of all things retro and Austin Powers. First item that caught my eye is the Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream. I have received a hand cream of the same brand in a previous glam bag and remembered liking it. I’ll keep this to try out as soon as my current body lotion runs out. Next up is Beau Gâchis Paris Smudge Brush. I don’t wear makeup a lot and already have a lot of makeup brushes so I’ll keep this in my stocking stuffer stash. Then we have theBalm Mr. Write (Now). This eye liner has a catchy name and a built-in sharpener. The shade I got is in Jack B. Bronze, which is a rich bronze. I can’t wait to try this out as I’m curious to how their eye liners are. Next is the pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum. I’m about to switch my eye cream and this seems to be a good one to try out. Last item is the Hikari Cream Metallic Pigment Shadow. The shade I got is called Mink. Eye shadow is one kind of product I have too much of already so I’ll save this for someone else.

Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream

Beau Gâchis® Paris Smudge Brush

theBalm Mr. Write (Now)

pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

Overall, pretty good! I’m looking forward to next month’s bag already.


ipsy October 2015 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I was very surprised how fast I got this month’s bag. It was in the mailbox yesterday when my husband checked. Here’s what I got in my ipsy October 2015 Glam Bag.

ipsy October 2015 Glam Bag

First off, while I’m not in love with the bag….I still like it. I love the fact that it’s gold. The other side is in black patent. First item that caught my eye is the Emité Make Up Professional Slant Tweezer. I’ve been due for a new one so this might be a good contender. Next up is Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum. I’ve used a product from this brand before so I’m open to trying this one out. I hope the scent isn’t the same as even though the product I did try said it’s unscented….the scent made me gag slightly. Then we have the AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish. The shade everyone who got this is their bag is Inky Dinky. I’m not sure if I’m keeping this yet but I may just to compare how it fares to other brands. Next is the Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion. Last thing I need right now is more hand and body lotion since I have a ton from Bath & Body Works. I’ll probably have this as an additional gift to someone eventually. Last item is theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick. The shade that everyone who got this item in their bag is Committed.

Emité Make Up Professional Slant Tweezer

Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum

AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish

Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Overall, I’m most excited about the item from theBalm and I actually laughed at the name of the product (they’re pretty good and cute at naming their stuff!).