Ipsy July 2013: “Beach Beauty” Glam Bag Review

The mermaid themed card with this month's bag was so pretty, I couldn't resist playing around with a few photo filters.

The mermaid themed card with this month’s bag was so pretty, I couldn’t resist playing around with a few photo filters.

The Box

Company: Ipsy

Category: Beauty

Cost: $10.00 USD per month + $4.95 USD shipping (Canadians only. U.S. orders ship free.)

Availability: USA and Canada

The Skinny

Once you’ve signed up for your Ipsy Glam Bag, each month a cute little cosmetics bag — filled with deluxe samples and full-size beauty products (makeup, skincare, haircare, and nailcare) — will be delivered straight to your front door.

The Perks

  • Refer friends to Ipsy to get extra products (like Urban Decay eyeshadow or Nicole by OPI polish) in your Glam Bag
  • Discount codes in your Glam Room for all the items received in your bag should you want to buy more

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The Service

Patience, as I’ve said before, is a virtue all Canadians should aspire to when embarking on their beauty box adventures. Anything you subscribe to from the U.S. will have to clear customs first, and that can take awhile.

Ipsy has great tracking. Once my email arrived, I was able to see every step of my bag’s journey. It arrived via Canada Post expedited parcel service in approximately two weeks from the ship date.

Worried about duties? You shouldn’t be. There are no duties or taxes on Ipsy glam bags. Click here to read more from Canada Border Services about importing goods by mail.

The Products

BENEFIT COSMETICS Benetint  | Price: $6.00¹

Benefit's original rose-tinted stain is kiss-proof, see-through color for lips and cheeks that lasts for hours. Naturally sheer and sexy on all complexions...it’s innocent yet provocative. It's loved by celebs, makeup artists and gals around the world. It's the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle!

Benefit’s original rose-tinted stain is kiss-proof, see-through color for lips and cheeks that lasts for hours. Naturally sheer and sexy on all complexions…it’s innocent yet provocative. It’s loved by celebs, makeup artists and gals around the world. It’s the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle!

The apples of my cheeks already have a bit of a red flush naturally, which means blush is something that I use only occasionally. So I skipped using Benetint as a cheek stain and tried it on my lips instead. Sadly, this stain has not earned a place in my makeup bag. What’s the point of using a lip stain if you need multiple coats to achieve any kind of colour payoff?

BH COSMETICS California Collection Sampler | Price: $2.70¹

California Collection Eye Shadow

This BH Cosmetics makeup palette includes a shade from each of the California Collection palettes: Hollywood, San Francisco, and Malibu.

BH Cosmetics is a new-to-me brand, so I was excited to try out their eye shadows. First impressions: the paper packaging is adorable and the shadow colours Hollywood, San Francisco and Malibu are gorgeous!

Urban Decay owns my soul, when it comes to eye shadows, and the only shade in this sample palette that holds up to my high standards pigmentation-wise is the golden “Malibu.”  Which is a shame, since “Hollywood” is such a pretty purple I’d wear it all the time if it wasn’t so sheer.

POP BEAUTY Pouty Pop Crayon | Shade: Coral Crush | Price: $4.69¹

POP's Pouty Pop Crayon nourishes, treats, and adds that perfectly-plumped pop to lips. These extra-nourishing balms gently bounce onto lips creating a plumped & pillowy pout leaving them with luscious, long-lasting colour with a super-smooth texture.

The Pouty Pop Crayon nourishes, treats, and adds that perfectly-plumped pop to lips. It’s an extra-nourishing balm that  gently bounces onto lips creating a plumped and pillowy pout. It will leave you with luscious, long-lasting colour and a super-smooth texture.

Crayola wax crayons are my favourite artist medium for colouring books, so you can imagine my delight at receiving a crayon for my lips!

Everything in the product description is true. This crayon is a pretty coral pink shade that applied smoothly and kept my lips soft. POP Beauty, you have a new fan!

COOLA Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer | Price: $4.87¹

Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. This tinted, light rose scented, titanium dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) is made with 98% natural ingredients. Ingredients like organic acai oil, vitamins B1/2/3, vitamins C, and vitamin E delivers a powerful defense against aging. Also contains skin calming and elasticity promoting ingredients such as linseed oil, organic sunflower seed extract, organic cucumber extract and phyto-protector plankton extract. This sunscreen is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, ultra sheer, anti-aging, and water resistant for 40 minutes.

This SPF 20 broad-spectrum sunscreen is a tinted, light rose scented, titanium dioxide based formula and is made with 98% natural ingredients. It also contains skin calming and elasticity promoting ingredients such as linseed oil, organic sunflower seed extract, organic cucumber extract and phyto-protector plankton extract.
This sunscreen is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, ultra sheer, anti-aging, and water resistant for 40 minutes.

I can never have enough tinted moisturizer — it’s my go-to foundation for the hot summer months. This sample from COOLA is really nice. It adds just the right amount of colour to my pale skin and I smell as pretty as a flower!

I’m going to add this to my wish list so that I don’t forget to buy a full size tube next summer.

SEXY HAIR Weather Proof Humidity Spray | Price: $7.80¹

A high-performance humidity resistant spray that combats frizz by providing a protective barrier against moisture. Weather Proof promises to leave your hairstyles intact, removing any chance of humidity attacking mishaps.

A high-performance humidity resistant spray that combats frizz by providing a protective barrier against moisture. Weather Proof promises to leave your hairstyles intact, removing any chance of humidity attacking mishaps.

I haven’t tried this sample out yet, so I can’t comment on how well it controls frizz. I’ll try to remember to update this post, once I actually get around to using the spray.

The Verdict

Once again, Ipsy delivers another great bag. The total retail value of the products in this month’s bag was $26.06¹. What did I pay? About $15 bucks. ($10 + shipping + USD to CAD conversion). This is the lowest valued bag received in the three months that I’ve been a subscriber. My fingers are crossed that the value doesn’t decline any further in future months, or I’ll have to seriously consider cancelling.

If you’re not an Ipster yet…what are you waiting for?! Join in on the fun by signing up here using my referral link.

Stay beautiful,

– Alicia ♥

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¹Based on full size prices. Benetint= $30 ÷ 12.5 ml = $2.40 x 2.5 ml = $6.00. California Collection Palette= $17.95 ÷ 20 items= $0.90 x 3 shadows= $2.70. Pouty Pop Crayon= Set of 6 kit price of £18.00 ÷ 6 crayons = £3.00. Converted to USD = $4.69. Coola Face SPF20= $36 x 0.23/1.7 fl oz= $4.87. Sexy Hair Weather Proof Spray= $18.95 x 1.4/3.4 oz= $7.80.

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