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Review: Ipsy Glam Bag

The only thing better than trying new makeup, is getting all of that new makeup for a super low price and not having to leave your house to get it.


Hey there!  Do you guys pay attention to who writes what?  If so, it’s Zina again, if not….well that was an awkward intro.  Nonetheless, I’m back with more of my opinions on makeup and beauty.  Last time I was talking about perfect nudes for brown girls and this time I’m reviewing my first Ipsy Glam Bag.

Ipsy is a monthly subscription service a la Netflix, and for $10 per month, you get 4-5 makeup or beauty items based on your preferences in a makeup bag.  My beauty preferences are all over the place so I had no idea what to expect with my first bag.  Now before I get into the products, I must admit it’s kind of annoying to sing up for the service.  In order to get off of their “wait list” – which isn’t even a real thing, you must like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, subscribe to them on YouTube and invite 10 friends to subscribe to their service.  This was annoying as hell, but I did it all for the love of makeup.


I signed up in December so my first package arrived today.  As a lover of hot pink, I love their little mailers.  Not only is it a bright eye-catching color, but it’s just perfect for something as girly as makeup. Secondly, the makeup bag that the products came in was a simple blue & white bag with a pink zipper.  It’s plain, but I didn’t expect an extraordinarily fabulous bag for $10.  Besides, it’s a perfect bag for traveling and I know for someone like me, it will definitely come in handy.

Products in my January Glam Bag included:


Malin + Goetz mojito lip balm (it was a sample size, but the full size retails at $12)

This was the first product that I tried from the bag and it was oh so yummy!  The smell was nice and minty – just like a mojito.  My one problem with it was that it was a bit sticky for me, however I can see why it was sent in the January Glam bag because it’s great for winter and preventing dry, chapped, unkissable lips.


Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush (retails at $9.99)

I was immediately attracted to this eyeshadow brush because as I said, my favorite color is pink; and both the brush and the bristles on this brush are pink.  I used it to test the shadows that came with the glam bag and it worked great!  This is probably my favorite item from the bag.


Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream (not available yet)

Moisturizers and eye creams are always useful, however, it came for normal to dry skin and I would classify my skin as normal to oil.  Also when I dabbed it on, my skin started tingling instantly.  Maybe I’m allergic to something in the formula.  Not sure.


Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder (retails at $14.99)

The color the powder came in was Exite (which annoys me because the word is spelled correctly) and on first look I thought, there’s no way I would wear that hideous white eye-shadow.  When I put it on, it was not as white or shimmery as I thought it would be, however it’s not likely that I’ll use this product ever.  I’ll keep it around just in case.


Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow (not sold separately but an eyeshadow palette is $32)

Based on the packaging , I thought that the color of the eye shadow was coconut, but the color was actually Treasure and the eye shadow is infused with coconut water.  When I tried it on, it was a nice brown color for a natural makeup look with just the right amount of shimmer.  However, the packaging of the shadow is so flimsy and cheap, it makes me not want to keep it.

Overall, I loved that the products were all organic and that some were from smaller less known brands.  It was fun to play in new products and I can’t wait for the next bag.  Hopefully, next time there will be more makeup stuff and less beauty stuff.  If you’d like to subscribe, Ipsy ships to both the US and Canada.

PS: My posts are always sooo long, but how am I supposed to mince my words when it comes to makeup?

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