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My First ipsy Glam Bag: June 2015

Hello lovelies!  So I just switched from Birchbox to ipsy and this is my first box.  This is my last Birchbox (by the way…LOVED IT) and if you want to sign up for Birchbox you can click here!  But this is my ipsy post, and I got an amazing bag this month and I do not regret switching one bit!  If you want to sign up for ipsy, you can click here!

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Cost: $10.00 per month, free shipping

The rewards: By picking your favorite item, reviewing each item, reviewing the box as a whole, and referring friends, you can earn points to spend on full-sized products!  Some of these include lipsticks (1000 points), makeup brushes (500 points), and the options change all the time!  There’s also a page with offers that has full-size products for a lower price than what you would pay in a store!

So here’s the deal: “With infinite beauty product combinations in the marketplace, choosing the best items for your needs can be a challenge! That was why Michelle Phan created ipsy. Michelle and her team of stylists have selected products they love, for you to try.  Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month.” – ipsy

Although there’s no sample choice like Birchbox, I strongly believe that the survey you take is listened to and influences the products you receive.

What’s Inside:

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Sample Size: 0.25 oz Value: $9.00

tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Marimoto Pink Pearl
Sample Size: 0.02 g  Value: $10
Coupon Code: 15% off orders $35+ and free shipping with the code IPSYINSIDER15

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I love this primer, it makes my makeup stay forever and gives it an amazing smooth texture.  I was worried this would be similar to Maybelline BabySkin (not a fan) since it is a dupe but it isn’t at all.  The texture is thicker so it doesn’t slide around!  This eye crayon has the cutest packaging!  It’s packaged in a fake pencil which I think is really cute and clever!  The color is gorgeous, it’s a very light gold with a pink pearl tone and it stays all day, even when I’m rubbing my eyes!

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil
Sample Size: 0.07g Value: $10.58
Coupon Code: 20% off orders $40+ and free shipping with the code ITDELIVERS

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This is a huge pencil, I was honestly shocked especially with the size of most minis these days (think They’re Real Liner sample).  I also loved the idea of a universal shade to satisfy everyone.  It is a bit dark but the more strokes you make, the darker it gets.  A huge part of this is the fact that there’s this awesome spoolie on one end so you can throw this in your purse without any extra tools!  It is a fairly thick texture so you don’t really need an eyebrow gel.

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As you can see, it has an oval tip which means the strokes look like actual hairs.  Translation: natural looking full brows!  (The nail polish I’m wearing is the Aurora Gel Effect in 4 Alarm Fire also from this bag.)

Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish in 4 Alarm Fire
Full Size: 12ml  Value: $12.00
Coupon Code: 30% off any purchase with the code IPSY

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This is a gorgeous red orange coral pink.  That isn’t too silly but not too sophisticated.  It’s a fun but mature shade which I love about it.  The formula doesn’t stay too long without a topcoat but not many do.  This is a full sized sample and it’s awesome that I finally get full-sized products in my bag!  (Swatch in second brow power photo)

ALTCHEK MD Eye Gel Pads
Sample Size: 2 pairs Value: $2.00
Coupon Code: 35% off orders $30+ and free shipping with the code IPSY35

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These are little sticker type things that you stick under your eyes like an under eye mask to get rid of wrinkles and puffiness.  They do take a while (30 minutes) but they’re nice if you’re paining your nails or doing a mask, something that takes a while anyway.

Total: $43.58

  • Smashbox Photo Primer – $9.00
  • tre’StiQue Shadow Crayon – $10
  • IT Cosmetics Brow Power – $10.58
  • Aurora Nail Polish – $12.00
  • ALTCHEK MD Eye Gel Pads – $2.00

WOW.  The total value of this bag is OVER 4X the price I paid!  Overall, this bag is awesome and I love everything I got inside.  I use or have used every single item I recieved and I love everything.  Sadly, I didn’t get the melted lipstick but it’s alright because I am so happy with everything I did get.  I definitely like that this bag felt more catered to the survey I filled out than any of my Birchboxes did.  I also like that I got a makeup bag because I really never knew how to use the beautiful boxes while a makeup bag I will use for something or another.  The products are amazing, the price and value are amazing so I am happy.  If you want to sign up, click here!

What did you get in your June ipsy bag?  Is there anything you want a full review of?  Did you get the Melted Lipstick??  Let me know!

xoxo

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