Through snow, ice and winter winds, my Ipsy Glam Bag did fly, finally arriving on my doorstep. This is of course the $12 IPSY glam bag. I am still awaiting the arrival of the first Glam Bag X. This Glam Bag featured five sample sized products.
The reason I signed up for the regular IPSY Glam bag was actually for this month’s bag. I liked the little envelope style clutch, red faux leather with a gold lip clasp. I thought it was cute. I also thought it would make a cute clutch, until I saw the back.
While the back of the bag is cute with the letter look stamped on the back, it does make the bag less versatile. I actually chose the larger version of this bag for my Glam Bag X without realizing that it had the same back design. While cute on the small one, I’m not so sure about the larger version. The design is stamped on and not integrated into the material so I may actually use some nail polish remover and see if it will come off. But that is a craft project for another day (although I will post it in one of my upcoming daily posts.
While I do enjoy the bag, it is what is inside that counts and of course what will let me decide if I plan to keep this subscription or let it go to try something new.
The first item I took out of my bag was the item I chose. It is the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Daily Cleansing powder. I absolutely adore Amore Pacific. I’ve tried two creams from them and loved both of them. I am very excited to try the cleanser. I have to say I do like that it is a powder. It means there is more product in the bottle without added water. One of my favorite masks from AnnMarie Skincare (the Purifying Mud Mask) is the same way. It makes it shelf stable for longer and it makes the product last longer. It makes it fantastic to keep around, and why I always keep the Purifying Mud Mask around (well that and it is a fantastic mask). I can’t wait to try this one out.
The next item in my bag was the Farah Flat Foundation brush. I have been looking for a good flat foundation brush so I may give this a test this week to see how it works out for me. The IPSY Glam Bag arrived this weekend and so I chose several different foundations for my weekly makeup bag in order to give the brush a good trial. I’ve had some really good brushes from Farah and some not so great ones so it will be interesting to see where this lands.
Following the foundation brush was the NEOGEN Dermalogy Probiotics Youth Repair Cream. Currently I have an essence from NEOGEN in my skin care routine for testing and will soon have used it a month (I think I have another week and a half on the trial). I also have a larger NEOGEN cream of a different variety to try out. As prior to these products I hadn’t heard of the brand, I am happy to have several items from them to try out.
As always I love getting any sort of powder so I was pleased to see the Lottie London Ready Set Go Loose Setting powder in my Glam Bag this month. I’ve never tried anything from Lottie London that I can recall and if there is one product I will always go through it is powder. Whether pressed of loose even if I wear no other makeup, I always add a layer of powder over my moisturizer. I love a freshly moisturized face, I just don’t like the shine. So even on no makeup days I use powder. It is always nice to try a new one.
And finally there is the Design Me Gloss Me Hair Oil. It is designed to smooth down hair. I remember trying something from this brand a while back and I recall liking it, but I can’t recall what the product was. I look forward to giving the brand another try.
Additionally I did add on a pack of hair scrunchies from the brand Kit-sch Beauty. They were a three dollar add on and while they are nice and pull my hair back without pulling it out, they do feel a little on the cheap side. I suspect I will use them for a while but not have them last a terribly long time. They don’t have the feel of something that will last a long time. I could be proven wrong, I often am actually. However as a three dollar add on, I am very pleased with them, no matter how long they last. I actually really like IPSYs add on section. I love that it is very simple divided into sections by price and that many of the items you didn’t get in the bag are options.It is very neatly organized and I have to admit, I almost always find something to add on each month.
Over all I have to say I am fairly pleased with my bag this month. It is a surprisingly good mix of products. I am very excited for the item I chose and really hope that Amore Pacific appears more regularly. I will take any size they feel like sending sample or otherwise from the brand. I also have a few new to me brands/products that I get to try out as well, which is one of the reasons I get this subscription box. Quite frankly I have to say that I am happy to keep the IPSY Glam Bag another month to see what they come up with next month. If it remains a good mix, I just may have to hang on to this subscription.
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