December 2012 ipsy Glam Bag Review & Swatches

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Just when I think I’m so happy that I’m resubscribed to Glam Bag and it can’t get any better, it got better!  November’s bag was worth above and beyond $10 and this months bag is worth above and beyond double that.

008003What you see above is a gunmetal metallic makeup bag with matching zipper.   Very nice, and still no chemical smell.  Useable!  The card shown with the bag is a $20 off code for JustFab and the two cards below that are just showing what is inside the December Glam Bag and telling you to buy a subscription for someone else.

What’s inside?

009010013020Starting on the left, the first item is from Mai Couture and is a pack of highlighting paper.  This is a nicely pigmented highlighter and works and looks divine!  The only thing I dislike is that shimmer gets all over my fingers and I have to wash my hands in the middle of applying makeup, which is annoying because I also do it before I apply my makeup and after.

Next is Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess.  Which is the best name for a lip gloss ever.  The applicator is doe foot, and the shade ends up looking like a reddened pink.. that is where the pros end for me.  The gloss is sticky and very thin.  Not something I’d ever buy.

Third is a new product from Urban Decay that will launch in early January, the Naked Skin Beauty Balm.  I have no idea what shade I got, but it’s way too dark and orange for me.  I did try it a bit for testing purposes and I do like it.  A little goes a long way and the consistency is more runny than not.  Even so,  I would buy a full size in my shade once it launches.

The fourth item is also from Urban Decay and is a mini-sized 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero.  I do like the shade as well as the product and these minis are nice for travel.  Though I am tired of getting Zero in everything lol

The fifth item is from NYX and is their Loose Pearl Shadow in Charcoal Pearl.  The shade is pretty and it had a nice, soft consistency.

The sixth and final item is from Mirabella and is a Prime for Face & Eyes.  This is a greasy and runny product, that may be okay for the face but I don’t see how this would make a good primer for eyes.  I didn’t like the feel of it at all, but I’m generally not a fan of a face primer.

All of these items together will clearly do you up right for a festive holiday or New Years Eve face.

Ipsy does profile pages now, so here is mine.  There isn’t anything there, but I think it’s fun that it’s offered.  Hopefully they’ll also go by way of Birchbox and GlossyBox and have a referral program set up or a point system in place for free products.  After seeing how awesome this bag was, that is really the only thing holding them back.

Here is where you can go to subscribe to ipsy for a Glam Bag.  It’s not a referral.

What do you think about the December Glam Bag?  Are you going to subscribe for January?  I know I’m looking forward to my next bag!

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  1. says

    I agree that Ipsy has gotten so much better since it launched last year! I’m still always torn with all of the beauty box subscriptions–I can never decide if I think it’s better to save my money and buy the products I actually want, rather than pay for a box of unknown things! It’s such a gamble!

    • says

      I love to get mail and don’t mind the unknown 😉 Birchbox is usually pretty consistent, though you do get a few dud months. They have an awesome points system in place for purchasing free items. Ipsy for these last two months has really been above and beyond, but they have no point or referral system. I wish there was one service that just had it all!


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