Tuesday, February 25, 2014

January IPSY Glam bag

Alright well we all know with my vacation I had a pretty busy January...what's my excuse for February, you ask? ....Let's move on and pretend I had one.

I almost let this go and skipped January's IPSY review but in the end I couldn't bring myself to.
I also want to start noting at the end of every product whether or not I would buy it again. I think this is more of a way to keep track of myself.

January's actual bag was a bit of a disappointment. Not cute at all. But of course still functional so not a waste. This might be good for sample/travel sizes of bathroom items..I'm not sure why but it just reminds me of that.

Here are the items that were included in my January glam bag...to me it seemed very left- field and seemed almost out of place to me.

Of course I'm sure the first things your eyes fell on is the best item in the bunch-

Yes I was one of the lucky few that got a sample of Benefit's Porefessional. I have never tried this, nor much from the brand in general so I was very happy to have gotten it.
I was mostly excited for this because I have heard so many good things about it, it's one of those cult favorites. However, pore minimizers are not really on my list of necessary products. I will use this sample I'm sure but it will take me a long time and I don't know if I will really need it.

When you dispense it it seems to have a nude color but once you rub it in, it disappears.
I haven't used this on my face yet but on my hand it did not seem to blur any pores.

This sample size is only .1 fl oz. The full size can be found here and is .75 fl oz and retails for $30. The sample size is worth approximately $4. Give or take. Math isn't my strong point, people.

Would I buy this again? I haven't tried it on my face yet but I'm not sure. Because of the cult following it has, I expect to love it. But it's not necessarily a product I need. So I'm really not sure if I will ever repurchase or not.

Another brand I have never heard of. This product actually comes in handy since its "winter"- FL winters hardly count but the weather IS bipolar enough to give me chapped lips.

This is mojito lip balm that claims to protect and soothe. This is a full size product which is nice.

As far as lip balm goes, I'm not an avid user even though I probably should be. This felt really nice on the lips so I'm going to make an effort to wear it.

This is full size and retails here for $12.
Would I buy it again? So far it seems like a great lip balm but the price is a bit too high for me to justify. The mary kay one that I love is only $10.

The next product was the one I was most surprised to receive-

a foundation sample. From a brand I have never heard of. It's kind of funny because I was talking with my friend and she said she had received so many foundations. I was surprised to hear that and told her I had never received one! And then what do you know, the very next month I got one.

I have to say that I'm very shocked this is a full size product. I thought for sure it was a sample size.

Above is the product straight out of the tube and then after blending in. You can see it is a little light for my hand but otherwise is a fairly good match.

Above it's on the left side of the picture. You can see it covers some of the redness that is present on my cheek but all in all it's not full coverage enough to be something that I can see myself using regularly.
It does cover fairly well- as you can see if you scroll up to the lip gloss swatch picture.

I understand that they included a more sheer coverage because that was the most likely to appeal to the larger audience but it doesn't so much appeal to me. There's nothing wrong with this per se, although I have yet to wear it all over my face or for an extended period of time.

This is a full size product and can be bought here for $13.55
For the price I would not re-purchase it. That's a little more than I pay for my drug store foundation and even though it's less than the Mary Kay foundation, it's also much much smaller.

Another brand I've never heard of! Which is not to sound like complaining, that's half the reason I have this membership!
But this product, Balm me up by Balanced Guru...is, a body balm, I guess?
Personally that's a product that I don't use.

As you can see the inside is a weird texture...I'm a texture kinda person. It weirds me out. It's completely organic though which is nice.
I guess this is used for extreme dryness. The website claims it won't leave you feeling greasy but I have to disagree. I put some on my arm and definitely thought it was an oily feeling, but I could have put too much.
All in all I would probably only use this on my elbows or maybe my feet in my extreme dry spots because I am always lacking in that moisturizing department.

This is the 1oz travel size that can be bought here for $12
Would I buy this again? No I don't think I would. It's nice that it's organic and it has a nice citrus-y smell, but it's not something I need in my routine and certainly not for $12 or even worse the $45 full size price!

Last but not least I received this pack of makeup remover tissues. I feel like this is a product that any makeup lover is always in need of.
I haven't opened it yet because it's the kind of package that gets dried out easily once you open it, so I am waiting. I haven't read the best reviews yet though!

This is a 10 ct which retails at this website for $2.49
To me that is too expensive for only 10 wipes so I would not buy it on my own.

So that wraps up my january bag! I have received my february bag but I haven't even opened it yet! I know, crazy.
So I will open and review that as soon as possible for you.

So overall the bag was valued at $44.05 , which is great next to the $10 I spend every month on the subscription.

If you're interested in starting your own IPSY subscription you can sign up through my referral link here.

If you're already a subscriber what did you think of your January bag? Were you impressed?


  1. That lip balm sounds amazing! I'm a HUGE lip balm person so that would have been the belle of the ball for me! As for that Yaby foundation, wth, I can't believe that's full sized! I got a concealer pan and an eyeshadow pan from them months ago when I still have ipsy and the eyeshadow was maybe smaller than a dime and the concealer was about the size of a nickle. It was ridiculous that they were full sized! If you've got oily skin the Benefit primer would be really good!

    1. It is pretty great, I've found myself reaching for it a few times since! I know! it's crazy some of the things that are full sized. I would never pay that price for that itty bitty thing haha. I don't have oily skin but hopefully it will still work well for me :)

  2. January was the first bag I received a foundation, too! I still have yet to try this out though. It looked a little dark for me right now.

    1. I guess they decided to mix it up a bit! Haha maybe in the summer if you catch a bit of a tan it will match better! Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Did you cancel? I can't remember. If you did, I can send you this bag :) With some goodies inside. Lord knows I have enough mini bags from Ipsy and if you like it you should have it!


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