IPSY Glam Bag – December 2016

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Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (e.g. mascara, eyeshadows, etc.) mailed in a collectible bag. There’s a lovely theme each month and products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

For the month of December, Ipsy encourages you to go out and make the most of the night with the theme “Carpe P.M.” Smokey eye looks, bold liner, and glitter everywhere are all part of seizing the night, so this month’s chic glam bag includes products meant for the occasion. From jewel-toned eyeshadows to post-adventuring skincare, Ipsy has a wide selection of beauty necessities for (a night out!) this time of the year.glam-bag-december-2016


The products I received December 2016:

  1. Be Matte Blush (in Melon, Blackberry, and Guava) by City Color Cosmetics  I appreciate how this cheek palette is cruelty-free and has three different shades to choose from. Each blush swatched well and felt soft. Blackberry, the middle shade, is a bit out of my comfort zone; however, I’ll try mixing it with the other shade(s) and experiment.
  2. Aqua Gel Masque by Privai – This masque, which is cruelty-free and paraben-free, was formulated to reduce redness and quench dry skin. Since the weather has been colder here, I feel that this will come in handy. It can be used up to three times a week and plan to try it soon.
  3. Deluxe Maracuja Oil by Tarte Cosmetics – The oil is quite the multitasker… It can be used to nourish skin, tame hair, and as cuticle care. The bottle may seem small, but a little product may go a long way. I like the design of the bottle, especially since comes with a built-in dropper!
  4. Prismatic Shadow (in Jaded) by NYX Professional Makeup – I don’t think I have a shadow like this in my collection. This new addition is great since the eyeshadow’s formula is soft and has silver toned reflects. I worry that with oily eyelids it won’t hold up during a night out though (more info to come).
  5. Beauty Blending Sponge by MintPear – I was most excited for this beauty blending sponge because it is a product I have never received in a beauty subscription service; it was something different and unexpected. The creators claim the sponge won’t soak up product while creating a flawless complexion. I’ll have to put it to the test and compare it with other sponges on the market.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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A Quick Guide to Black Friday Beauty Sales – 2016

Gray Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are nearly upon us. They’re events many people look forward to each year and marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season here in the U.S. I decided to compile a list of sales related to all things beauty and hope it will help. Please note that this list consists of cruelty-free and/or vegan brands only. Also, updates will be made frequently and displayed at the bottom. Happy shopping!

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Sephora‘s “BLACK FRIDAY Preview” is now active on their website and includes exclusive offers. (Join “Sephora FLASH” for free 2-Day Shipping; it’s only $10 USD and good for an entire year!) There are new additions on the site!

Ulta Beauty released their  “BLACK FRIDAY Beauty Busters” deals on its website as well, and their doors will open on (gray) Thursday at 6 PM.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics & Beauty (11/25 @ 12 ET – 11/28)

  • 10% off – Glow Kits
  • 20% off – Brows Products, Stick Foundation, and Illuminators
  • 25% off – Darkside Liner and Pro Brushes (NEW product!)
  • 30% off – Metallic Luster Liner and Lip Gloss
  • 40% off – Contour Cream Kits and Contour Kits
  • 50% off – Waterproof Crème Color and Concealer

Bath & Body Works (11/24 @ 6 AM online)

  • Buy 3, Get 3 FREE! Anything!
  • 2016 V.I.P . Tote w/seven products (with any $30 purchase; code “TOTELOVE”

ColourPop (11/22 and 11/25)

  • 20% off all Liquid Lipsticks
  • free domestic shipping on $30+ orders
  • free international shipping on $50+ orders

Dose of Colors (11/25 – 11/28)

  • 20% off site wide (w/code “BLACKFRIDAY”)

Drunk Elephant (11/24 – 11/28)

  • 20% off all orders (w/code “STUFFED”)

Essence Cosmetics (11/24 – 11/28 on U.S. Site)

  • 11/24 – 30% off Neutral Collection
  • 11/25 – 50% off entire site!
  • 11/28 – free shipping

Jeffree Star Cosmetics (11/25 and 11/28)

  • Velour Liquid Lipsticks $15 each
  • 20% off Skin Frost
  • 45% off the Beauty Killer Palette
  • 45% off Lip Ammunition
  • Free U.S. Shipping!

Juvia’s Place (now to 11/25)

  • Eyeshadow Palettes on sale now!
  • Brush Set (NEW) launching on Black Friday!

L.A. Girl (11/25)

  • 40% off entire purchase with code “LAGBLACKFRIDAY40”

Milani Cosmetics (11/25 – 111/28)

  • Spend $50 to get 20% off (code “THANKS”)
  • All orders receive one free nail polish
  • Free shipping on orders $25+

Morphe Brushes (11/25)

  • 25% off morphs products (w/code “FRIDAY25”)
  • NEW Glided Limited Edition Collection launch
  • Free shipping on orders $100+

OFRA Cosmetics (11/25 – 11/28)

  • 50% off sitewide

Tarte (now!)

  • 20% off and free shipping on orders $25+ (w/code FRIYAY)

Tatcha (now to 11/30)

  • 20% off sitewide (w/code FF2016)
  • Free shipping

Too Faced (11/25)

  • NEW Chocolate Chip Palette for $26
  • Get 50% second item (when purchasing mascaras)
  • 2 for $30 any melted lip products

Urban Decay (11/25)

  • 20% off sitewide
  • Free shipping on orders $50+

Wet n Wild (11/25)

  • Peace, Love & Joy- Full Palette for $10 USD
  • Beauty Book for $15 USD
  • Free shipping on orders $35+

Last Updated: November 25 at 3:20 AM (PT)

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
P.S. I post every week (well, I try too! lol).

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IPSY Glam Bag – October 2016

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Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (e.g. mascara, eyeshadows, etc.) mailed in a collectible bag. There’s a lovely theme each month and the products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday ❤

October’s Ipsy glam bag is in collaboration with artist Ilse Valfré. The theme this month is “Black Magic” and it’s all about the magic of makeup. The collectible glam bag design includes wonderful illustrations of witches and spell books, which is fitting for the Halloween season. The same print is found on both sides of the bag and there’s a ghost charm for the zipper.

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The products I received October 2016:

  1. Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butter by pūr~lisse  I always seem to misplace my chapsticks and lip balms, so receiving this product in my glam bag came in handy. The lip nourisher does have a faint of mango and glides on the lips smoothly. (I’ll be using it more in the future in order to have a more thorough review.)
  2. PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil by TATCHA – This cleansing oil seems to be a sample size, but a little product goes a long way. Since Tatcha is a cruelty-free brand, I look forward to trying this cleansing oil and any future skincare products.
  3. CabanaBoy Blush by theBalm Cosmetics – This blush is pigmented and the color reminds me of cotton candy. It can be used as an eyeshadow and it’s very blendable.
  4. Natural Lipstick (in Smoke) by noyah – The natural lipstick is cute in size (smaller than my pinky!) and has great color payoff. It’s not a matte finish and stays creamy with a lavender/grey hue. Noyah strives to produce natural cosmetics and the full-size product of this lipstick comes in pretty bamboo packaging.
  5. Kokie Nail Polish (in Heavenly) by Kokie Cosmetics – I have yet to try this formula and see the longevity of the product. The color of the nail polish is between a lilac and lavender color. It’s a full-size product and I like the shade of purple.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
P.S. I post every week (well, I try too! lol).

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