Welcome to Monday morning my darlings. I hope all went fabulously well for your weekend and you are ready to go for a new week. This weekend my IPSY Glam Bag Plus arrived. As you might remember, I was a part of the IPSY Ultimate subscription tier. That tier ended in January and I signed up for the IPSY Glam Bag X. What that means is that the Glam Bag X will arrive quarterly (the first month is February) and the non X months I will be receiving the Glam Bag Plus.
The Glam Bag Plus is a $25 per month subscription and in the plus you receive five full sized items. Two of the items are chosen for you and on the 2nd of the month, you get to go in for choice and pick three items. While I really like the idea of being able to choose so many items in the bag, I have to say that this month’s selection was not exactly exciting. As shipping was a huge issue in December I am willing to grant that the supply chain might be a little wonky at the moment. I will hope that upcoming choices get better.
Now all of IPSY’s tiers come with some sort of bag. The Ultimate and the regular glam bag each came with makeup bags. For some reason the Plus tier comes with a drawstring bag. The Theme this month was Dream It and the bag does reflect that. It is a sort of blue hombre drawstring with fabric printed with the word dream. It’s fine, but it is really just a cheap drawstring bag. To be honest I will chuck it into a drawer and the next time I travel I’ll use it to put underwear in. Otherwise it will live in the bottom of a drawer. I wouldn’t really put anything heavier than underwear in it because I would worry that a heavy object would just drop through the bottom.
I know I had the Vella Box subscription for a while (GREAT Candle subscription by the way) and their candles came in canvas drawstring bags and I was always happy to get them because there are many uses I could put them to. They were however made of heavy canvas with double stitching to reinforce the seams. This is not the same thing. So the bag is cute but of limited use and really adds nothing to the subscription, whereas the makeup bags added a little value. In fact I signed up for the regular ($12) Ipsy Glam Bag as well because I like the makeup bags. The small ones are excellent to use inside a large purse to keep things organized as well as useful for makeup bags. While I signed up this month and the January bag will be coming in later, I really did it because the February Glam bag pouch just looks so adorable. How long I keep the subscription will really depend, but I will be getting the regular IPSY bag both this month and next, at least in part because of the bags.
But enough about the bags, let’s look at the products. All five are full sized items. I’ll go over the two items chosen for me first and then go over the items that I chose. The first item that was chosen for me was the Farsali Unicorn Essence (retail $54). I have tried the Farsali setting spray before, and in fact it is still in my dressing table. It is not my favorite setting spray due to the scent. It is however beautiful to look at. I remember the unicorn essence getting a lot of rave reviews a few years ago, but haven’t heard anything about it since. In the description the product is described as being a protective treatment before moisturizer and a skin smoothing primer before makeup. It looks like a serum. I haven’t opened it because once you open a serum the clock starts ticking on it. I am finishing up a skin care trial right now (in fact I will be posting on the Herbal Dynamics Hyaluronic Acid serum later this week, Wednesday actually if all goes to schedule). It will be interesting to see if it falls into the serum or primer category once I begin using it.
The second item chosen for me was the Thrive Causemetics Brilliant eye opener in Aurora. (retail $24). I’m not terribly certain what an eye opener is, however this is a shadow stick. I like Thrive Causemetics in general, their lip gloss is one of my go to products and I used up one of their mascaras and have a second unopened tube waiting in my dressing table for me to use.
It was a good formula, good enough for me to repurchase. So I am glad to have something else to try from the brand. Swatched on the hands the formula feels creamy and gives a nice silver tinted shimmer. I will have to see how it performs on the eyes before I make a determination, but from the swatch I am cautiously optimistic.
And now we get to the three items I chose. The first of my choice items was the Laura Geller Quench and Tint Hydrating Foundation ($34). I know more foundation, but I couldn’t resist. I’ve heard good things about the foundation and wanted to try it out. Also the selection was limited and I thought I might actually get some use out of the foundation.
The second item I chose was the Item Beauty Cheek Money Duo in Mood Vibez (retail $18) which is a compact containing two shades of bronzer, one warm toned and one cool toned. I’m pretty sure the cool toned is meant for contouring not bronzing, but I don’t really do a lot of contouring. To be honest I chose it because I was curious about the brand. It is a brand that has come out of Tik Tok and has gotten both positive and negative comments about its origins. That basically sums up what I kno0w about Item Beauty. So since I use bronzer, I thought I’d give this one a try to see what my thoughts are on it. While there are some products and companies I tend to avoid because of personal choices, I tend not to judge a product until I’ve tried it, regardless of its origins. So, we will see how it works out.
The third product I chose this month was the Vitabrid C12 Daily C vitamin foaming cleanser (retail $32). It is infused with vitamin C and kaolin clay, both items I like and routinely use. And surprisingly considering how much skincare subscription boxes have been leaning towards in the past few months, I have less cleanser than I have any other category. I suppose I also use that category more than any other so cleansers tend to clear out pretty fast, but it doesn’t seem to be a popular category to add to subscription boxes. At least I get less of it. So I added it to the box. In my line up of items to choose from this month there were several items from this brand. It is the only place I’ve heard of it. Perhaps it is a newer brand or perhaps it is one that just flew under my radar. Either way, I am always on the lookout for a good cleanser.
So in the end my retail value was $162 for the $25 beauty box. This makes it a pretty good value. I received several items that I am interested in trying and one that I had not even heard of previously. I like the mix of the familiar and the unknown because part of the subscription box appeal, for me anyway, is discovering something I might not have found on my own. I like the slightly out of my comfort zone feel of having brands I am familiar with as well as newer ones. The selection of items wasn’t the greatest and I’m hoping that improves as shipping improves, it is annoying but I am willing to give them a pass on that. The bag… well I said all I feel like saying on the bag and while the bags that come with future boxes will be in the pictures unless they are substantially more special than this one, they won’t be mentioned further. I am sure I will use the products I received so the value is definitely there for me. It feels a little less because I am coming to the Glam Bag Plus from the Ultimate, but I’ll get over that, because all in all it was a good bag.
I am also excited to see what comes in the very first Glam Bag X next month. I think they are planning to have a different person curate it each quarter. This first one is being Curated by Patrick Ta and it is supposed to have a value up to $428. IPSY has been talking up this new subscription level since November so it will be interesting to see if it holds up to the hype. I’m trying not to look at too many spoilers since I don’t want to get too focused on specific products in case they are variations. That way if I don’t get that specific variation I won’t be instantly disappointed. Plus, I kind of like the surprise of it all. Lets just hope that the Glam Bag X starts off better than the IPSY Ultimate did. While the Ultimate finally became a really good bag, it had a really rough start. Hopefully IPSY has worked out their system and this new X level starts off with a bang. Fingers crossed.
Nuxe is having a Blue Monday sale: Blue Monday Free 30ml HP WYS $50 & Winter sales – Save up to 30% on selected products The sale is only for January 18th. I personally love their Insta Masque line and will be swinging by to pick up a jar of the exfoliating Instamasque.And possibly the soothing one. They are excellent three minute face masks that do wonders for the skin.