IPSY Glam Bag – January 2017

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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 ❤

I have been subscribed to Ipsy for over a year now and continue to receive tons of beauty products I enjoy. This month’s theme is “metropolis,” and it evokes your inner “city babe” style. The colors of the collective bag seems to be designed to reflect the skyscrapers of the city life. This bag also has a series of circular cut outs, or mesh fabric, and contains what are perceived as an urban dwellers belongings.

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The products I received January 2016:

  1. Beaute Basics C405 Contour Blush Brush by Crown Brush  Draping, a technique similar to contouring, is when you sculpt your cheek bones with different hues of blusher. The C405 brush may come in handy for this because the shape of the bristles align well with key areas of the face. I’m impressed by the quality of this brush in my bag this month. (I will be trying it out soon and updating here.)
  2. Rosarco™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème by Briogeo – I received a handful of different sample-sized products of this brand before and LOVE what they do for my hair. I’m especially excited for this heat protectant since I will be experimenting with different hairstyles in the near future.
  3. Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (in Light Medium) by Smashbox Cosmetics – My eye has been on the Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation by Smashbox, but this BB Cream seems more practical for everyday wear. The shade range is not the best and can be troublesome for oily skin. It does have SPF, which is a plus in my book,  with (very!) minimal coverage.
  4. Hand Moisturizer by -417 – This brand is unknown territory for me, and the packaging was not very appealing. I do tend to have drier hands in the winter time, so I place hand lotions all around the house and make sure to always have one with me when I go out. This hand lotion is proficient at the moment and serves its purpose.
  5. Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Anti-Aging Concealer (in Neutral Medium) by IT Cosmetics – A lot of people seem to like this concealer and that makes me question if I have been using it wrong somehow. I prefer the coverage and consitency of the Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer more than this one. The shade also liked very white for a neutral medium. (I’ll be trying out different application methods and updating here.)

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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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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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
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IPSY Glam Bag | August 2016

IPSY Glam Bag | August 2016

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 Wednesday ❤

It’s the last day of August, which means I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for an entire year! I continue to enjoy the monthly gift in the mail and haven’t (*knocks on wood*) had any major issues with the subscription service. This twelfth glam bag was designed by Michelle Phan herself and I must say, it’s one of my favorites. The theme for August is “Sugar Highness” and Ipsy encourages us to “Live That Fantasy”.

IPSY August 2016 Glam Bag


The products I received August 2016:

  1. Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment by Marc Anthony True Professional 
  2. 20100 maximatte crayon lipstick (in Intimacy) by Lord&Berry 
  3. Neapolitan Palette by Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 
  4. Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator (in Gleam) by NYX Professional Makeup
  5. Secret Garden Ampoule Masks by Sally’s Box Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment20100 maximatte crayon lipstick in IntimacyJelly Pong Pong CosmeticsNeapolitan PaletteBORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATORSecret Garden Ampoule Masks

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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IPSY Glam Bag | July 2016

July 2016 Glam Bag | Ingrid Nicole

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 Wednesday ❤

The theme of July’s Ipsy glam bag is “Hot Summer Nights,” an accurate description for the Southern California weather that I’m currently experiencing. The inspirations behind this month’s bag according to Ipsy’s website were “Bonfires, BBQS, and Pool parties.” As you can see below, the bag itself has many mini umbrellas on the front (which reminds me of peppermints lol) and a chrome/oil spill pattern on the back.


The products I received July 2016:

  1. Ms. Amazing & Queen Bee Masks by SHRAY – Although I have never heard of this particular brand, the sheet masks both look promising. The first mask, Ms. Amazing, is catered for sensitive and dry skin (something I personally struggle with). I’m excited to try out this moisturizing mask and the second mask, Queen Bee, since it’s an acne-treating mask.
  2. Delectable Lemon & Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream from Delectable by Cake Beauty – I typically don’t care for hand creams in the summer because the heat makes lotions feel extra greasy. Luckily, I sampled this hand cream on a cool (indoors) day and found this product has some nourishing skin benefits. The fragrance “lemon & cream” lingers a bit though and is pretty strong.
  3. Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush (4) by VASANTI COSMETICS – I. love. brushes. I enjoy receiving them in my glam bag and so was looking forward to trying this one out. The long bristles are meant to make contouring your eyes easier and I feel like it will work well for the crease.
  4. Hangover Replenishing Face Primer by Too Faced – Too Faced is one of my favorite high end, cruelty-free makeup brands out there. One of their most talked about products in the beauty community is the Hangover Face Primer. I’m excited to finally try this beauty out and share if it;s worth purchasing full-size in the future.
  5. Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow (in Matt Moskowitz) by theBalm Cosmetics – theBalm Cosmetics is (also) a cruelty-free brand and one I wish to explore more of. I heard (and read) raving reviews on several of their products in the past, so I was thrilled when I discovered I was going to be able to try one of their eyeshadows. The color I received is a moody purple, plum and it’s quite blendable.July 2016 Glam Bag Sheet Mask (1)July 2016 Glam Bag Sheet Mask (2)July 2016 Glam Bag Hand LotionJuly 2016 Glam Bag BrushJuly 2016 Glam Bag PrimerJuly 2016 Glam Bag Eyeshadow

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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IPSY Bag | April 2016

IPSY | April 2016 Glam Bag

Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (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 Saturday ❤

Ingrid, where have you been?! I know, I know. I haven’t posted in what feels like an eternity, but fear not my friend. I’m back now with an exciting ipsy bag to share and will be posting every Friday from here on out!

This month’s theme is “The Dreamers” and according to the ipsy website, this glam bag is meant to “create looks that celebrate every side of your unique beauty-from natural and understated to high fashion and ultra-glam.” As you can see below, the glam bag I received has warm tones on the front and cool tones on the back. I noticed the glam bags all have a similar tie-dye design, but there’s slight variations. For example, my lovely mother received her glam bag and it’s completely cool toned on both sides. So, if you received a glam bag from ipsy this month, chances are it’s unique for you.


The products I received April 2016:

  1. C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush by Crown Brush – You should know, I’m a total sucker for quality brushes. Since the two brushes I’ve received from ipsy work great, I was excited to try out this new one [the C427 Crown Brush]. The bristles on the brush serve their purpose for blush (and highlight) application, but the grip on the handle feels odd when in use.
  2. Bright Eyes Eye Enhancing Eyeliner by Skinn Cosmetics – I actually do not own a nude eyeliner, so it was a real treat to find this one in April’s glam bag. The eyeliner is retractable, something I prefer for liners, and it glides on the waterline fairly well. Sadly, I feel the longevity of the product isn’t ideal, lasting only a couple of hours.
  3. LipSurgence lip crème (in Wonder) by Tarte Cosmetics – First off, the shade is absolutely lovely for the spring and summer. Kudos to Tarte for creating this color! The lip crayon is very creamy, glides on the lips beautifully, and lasts for a few hours. There is a bit of transfer with this lippy, but it works well as a cheek stain.
  4. NOMAD x Marrakesh Intense Eyeshadow (in Desert Sands) by Nomad Cosmetics – I honestly wasn’t expecting from this product, because I’ve had terrible luck with glittery eyeshadows in the past. I kept an open mind though and was pleasantly impressed. The color is more on the gold side and the eyeshadow has a great color-payoff.
  5. Argan Oil Extra Deep Hair Care Cream by Novex – (not displayed) The Argan Oil Hair Care Cream comes in a small jar-like container with a reasonable amount of product. The smell was more too prominent for my taste and I found it didn’t do much for my hair. It claims to help with frizz and improve shine, so I’ll continue to try it out and keep you updated.

Crown Brush | C427 Duo Fiber Blush BrushBright Eyes Eye Enhancing EyelinerTarte and Nomad CosmeticsLip Creme in wonder and Desert Sands Eyeshadow

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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IPSY Bag | March 2016

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Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (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 Thursday ❤

My spring break has come to an end, so I am back at University. I can’t believe there are three months left in the school year! Where has the time gone?! As I mentioned in my last post, I took a mini break from blogging so I could spend time with my family on holiday. I received my lovely Ipsy bag during this break and I’m so excited to share it with you all. The theme this month is “Hello Spring” and the glam bag has a fresh floral print. What’s new this time around though, is the bag comes in three different colors (orange, mint, and blue!). I received the lovely orange with mint glam bag, which you can see below, and various beauty products.

The products I received March 2016:

  1. LIP LACQUER Lip Gloss (Socialite) by ModelCo – I normally reach for matte lip products (in natural shades) on a regular basis. Lip glosses and I just don’t get along very well. But when I received this lippy, which promised to be “non-sticky and long-lasting,” I kept an open mind. Sadly, the lip gloss didn’t wear very well throughout the day and I found it pretty sticky. The gloss smells like a fruity candy though and the color is pretty (more orange than red).
  2. Rose Gold Short Shader (Brush 223) by Luxie Beauty – I absolutely love brushes (especially when they’re durable and have soft bristles)! This brush by Luxie has high quality bristles that applies eyeshadow like a dream and is fully vegan. The pink and rose gold brush is cruelty-free and extremely practical.
  3. Step 1 Skin Equalizer (Hydrating Primer) by MAKE UP FOR EVER – The Make Up For Ever primer I received is ideal for normal skin and works to balance the skin’s texture. This is probably the product I was excited to try the most and I wasn’t disappointed. The formula is lightweight, kept my face hydrated, and made my make-up last longer.
  4. Bake Bronzer (Heat Wave) by Be A Bombshell Cosmetics – I like the idea of a baked bronzer with a more natural tone for the spring time, which is what this product was meant for. Unfortunately, the bronzer doesn’t have a great color-payoff and I personally think its better used as highlighter.
  5. Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco by Marc Anthony – This product is used when blow drying your hair and works to keep hair straight (and eliminate frizz!) for up to three days. I hardly ever blow dry my hair so I don’t see myself using this product often. It has a pleasant smell though and leaves your hair very soft.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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