IPSY GLAM Bag Review July 2014!

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Purchased by me


June’s Glam Bag was filled to the brim with awesome sauce, but this month’s doesn’t give that same old thrill. July’s theme is “Sensationally Sunkissed” and emphasizes products that you can use while in the sun and by the water. If you’re not familiar, Ipsy is a monthly subscription bag. For only $10 a month you get a great mix of full and sample size beauty products from great brands and a cute makeup bag too! I particularly like the Ipsy Glam Bag because for the most part, they keep your coloring and preferences in mind. If you ever decide to join, please use my link here. 

Now let’s dig in!

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil (sample $2) –  I haven’t used anything but sunscreen and self tanners for the last 6 or 7 years. This is oxybenzone- and paraben-free with no artificial fragrances so that’s good. Unfortunately I don’t lay out in the sun anymore so I won’t use it.  Also, it was leaking slightly when it arrived so it will go into the trash.

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Bare Escentuals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow (sample $5) – I love bareMinerals and I love cream eyeshadows so I thought this would be a slam dunk! Unfortunately, I do not like this shade. I’m not sure what the shade name is but it looks like a dark grey/taupe–much too dark for my complexion. In fact, it’s kind of a sad color–it just looks to me what the world would look like after an apocalypse–depressing. Don’t get me wrong, like I said, I love bareMinerals and I’m sure these cram shadows live up to their claims, I’m just not a fan of this shade. That’s all! Ipsy, I would have given me a peachy or beige shade I’d be loving on you right now. I am jealous of some subscribers that received a bareMinerals Ready eyeshadow duo 🙁



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Befine Food Skincare Moisturizer SPF 15 – just another moisturizer. It does smell nice and have natural-ish  ingredients but it all has an SPF of 15 that leaves a definite white cast to the skin as well as makes skin shiny. Meh. It will probably end getting thrown into a drawer to give away.

Pixi Beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm (mini $8)) – the shade is called unique pink but it is pretty much clear on me.  I have a few of these full size lip crayons so I was hoping to get a nice color to add to my collection, but this shade has no opacity. I don’t have much pigment in my lips so I got a whisper of pink. I probably won’t use this much, but  balms are nice to have to wear under lipstick or just for hydration so it’s okay.

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wHet Nail Polish in Facetious (full size $9) – this is a gorgeous colbalt blue shade. I’ve become addicted to this shade, I have several pieces of clothing in the shade and sandals too. wHet is a vegan polish,  is “three free” and void of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, and dpd (dibutyle phthalate). Plus, it’s exclusively made in the USA, and never tested on animals! Looks great on fingers or toes!

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BONUS: I redeemed 1,000 of my Ipsy points for this full-sized lipstick and I’m so glad I did since it is the highlight of the bag! You can collect Ipsy points from referrals and from rating your bags every month which can be cashed in for extras.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up (full size, $18) – I love this formula from bareMinerals. It’s creamy and color rich. Say the word Coral and I go into my happy dance, so I am thrilled with this face brightening shade and that it’s full size!

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Bottom Line: I’m disappointed with the July Ipsy bag. I know every bag can’t be spectacular,  but Ipsy has spoiled me with such great bags in the past, I have come to expect (probably unfairly) that each bag will be a treasure. Although this month’s bag didn’t sweep me off my feet, it still represented a great value–$31 without the bonus and $49 with the bonus all for $10!! Step it up for next month Ipsy!! If you decide to join, (it’s still the best beauty subscription out there) please use my referral link here.



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  1. That lipstick is simply gorgeous, but it’s too bad that you were disappointed in this month’s bag. 🙁

  2. So interesting to see your bag. I too got a squished tanning oil that I wouldn’t use anyway. But I liked my bag a lot. I already bought a full size BM cream shadow in another shade to go with the sample. And I got a very usable Eliz Mott Lip/Cheek tint that I love. So sorry yours was a miss this month

  3. We got the same goodies. I agree the Pixi lippie was more clear on me too. I do for sure love the whole bag thought, I liked everything expect the self tanning oil. Sad that you didnt like the bag this month.

  4. The nail polish and lipstick are gorgeous.

  5. My bag was soo different than yours. I got the same Bare Minerals cream eyeshadow. I love it. I use it as a crease shade and it looks fabulous. It is a bit pigmented so I had to remember that the second time and used less. It blends great and stays all day. From 0500 to 2000 it was still going strong. I am fair skinned and it looked really dark on me too swatched on my hand as it does on you, but done as a total eye look with other shadows it rocked. The rest of my bag was totally different and I loved my IPSY bag this month!

  6. I was disappointed, as well. That tanning oil is just plain whack!

  7. Absolutely LOVING that lippy! <3

  8. I think I would like almost all the items in this bag!

  9. Jess Scull says:

    This was a great bag!!

  10. That lipstick is FABULOUS! Nice choice!

  11. I love this lipstick shade. Too bad the eyeshadow shade isn´t that great.

  12. Your bag was way different from mine! Love the items you got

  13. I love the polish you got. I’d have preferred that to mine. The Bare Minerals is Divine Wine and is very very dark once on. The other shade was more of a nude and would have been easier to use.

  14. Lisa Foster says:

    My July ipsy bag didn’t have a nail polish – that would have been the highlight for me. I was very disappointed. It’s annoying to see that others are getting different products in the ipsy bag that I would have liked.

  15. Your bag at least had more makeup, my bag was sadly full of skincare and that tanning oil

  16. That bag looks fabulous!

  17. I have that Moxie lippy and I like it!

  18. I love the BM shade you got!

  19. Looks like everyone got that tanning oil, and panned it! I won’t use mine, either, likely. That lippie is pretty!

  20. Deborah says:

    Hmmm – I love the BM shade as well – would love to know the name of the color please!

  21. I like that Coral lipstick!

  22. love the Pixi lipstick!

  23. I’d love the bareMinerals one