Ipsy Glam Bag Review – March 2014 {Destination Beauty}

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It’s Ipsy time again! If you’re not familiar with Ipsy, for $10 each month you get a makeup bag (aka “Glam Bag”) filled with a handful of samples and sometimes full size products. What you receive each month depends on personal profile selections you make with the ipsyMatch system. This pulls results from your Beauty Quiz and product reviews to determine the best products for you.

Ipsy March 2014-5283Here’s what I got in my March Ipsy Glambag:

  • Be a Bombshell – Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad
  • Nicole by OPI -Roughless – On what grounds?
  • Pixi Beauty – Flawless Beauty Primer
  • bareMinerals – Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Get Ready

Approximate Total Retail Value: $43.50

Ipsy March 2014-5285I absolutely LOVE the bag itself for this month! It’s got a non traditional front zipper rather than the usual top zipper. The outside seems well waterproofed and has an almost waxy coating which feels like a good quality and should definitely help to keep this stylish looking bag clean, too. 

Another unique thing about it is inside the blue fabric lining there’s a tag sewn in containing the Artist, Klari Reis’ name who was chosen to have her print featured on the bag this month. The image is from  Reis’ geography-based series, “Street Anatomy” which showcases the neighborhoods of San Francisco, CA (Ipsy headquarters and Reis’ hometown). Perfect choice for the ‘destination beauty’ theme this month. This is just the first of many in ipsy’s new Artist Series which I’m very much looking forward to. Way to go, Ipsy and Klari!!

Ipsy March 2014-5340Be a Bombshell – Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad – Appx. Value $16

This super cute little eyeshadow quad has 4 great shades, all of which are good quality and highly pigmented. Definitely glad I got this one out of the different eyeshadow palettes they offered this month and this would be a great one to bring along for traveling this summer! Also the fact that the value of this palette alone is more than the value of the entire bag is a nice little bonus. Oh, and don’t forget you can use these as an eyeliner as well – and I think all of these colors would be good for that!

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  Next up I got a full sized bottle of:

Ipsy March 2014-5289Nicole by OPI – Roughless – On what grounds – Appx. Value $11
The Roughless series on these Nicole by OPI polishes feature textured nail lacquers in speckled, pastel shades that leave a pebbled matte finish.  The color ‘On What Grounds?’ is a fun minty color with Dark Blue Specks – it’s got real “Robin’s Egg” look to it….very unique and super cute for spring. Ipsy March 2014-5301The textured look is very different when you’re used to the smooth glossy look, and the ‘roughless’ textured effect with the speckles give off does have a bit of a bumpy look, but it’s a real pretty color and I like funky polishes!  This picture was after a wearing it a few days so it’s not fresh and perfect but will give you the idea.  Also, be sure you remember to skip the top coat when you use this!

Ipsy March 2014-5315Pixi Beauty – Mini Flawless Beauty Primer– Appx. value  $9

Loaded with good ingredients and anti aging goodies. Said to be good for all skin types. This blended easily with my skin, and is a tinted primer with a TON of shimmer. The shimmer does give your skin a nice glow – but you certainly have to be a fan of having the sparkle on your face. I definitely would prefer my primer to be a matte based formula and add any shimmer and highlight selectively after the fact. My skin tends to be on the oily side, so having all this extra shiny sparkle everywhere is just a bit too out of control for me for using all over. I’ll probably end up using mine more selectively in the spots I want that extra bit of glow instead of an all over face primer.  Ain’t nobody got time for all that forehead shimmer, though! Just kidding… but now that the weather is warming up, the dewy look will definitely be more seasonable so maybe I’ll try this one for a full face primer again once I’m feeling more of a spring in my step, lol.

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Ipsy March 2014-5377bareMinerals – Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Get Ready – Appx. Value $7.50 / 0.05 g

This creamy, moisture rich, satin finish full sized bareMinerals lipstick is as all of their wonderful products are – infused with minerals. This is my first time trying one of their lipsticks so I was excited to check this out! It contains Abyssinian Oil, Omega Fatty Acids along with an antioxidant defense complex of vitamin A, C and E. Get Ready is a warm rosy pink shade with highly saturated color and a nice hydrating formula that glides on smoothly. It seems like it should be a good  color for Spring! I do usually tend towards cooler toned lips myself but this one is wearable and I love how moisturizing it feels with all those great oils in it!

While it was surprising to see only 4 products instead of the usual 5 this month – I’m still very happy with the bag, the products, and the value overall. If you are interested in giving Ipsy a try, please be sure to sign up here using my referral link!

Jenni Sais Quoi
Jenni is a photographer, herbalist, reiki master, certified yoga and meditation instructor; as well as an artist of many mediums. She muses at the world through a lens steeped in mindfulness, creativity, and compassion with the hope that her own journey and art inspire people to lead happier and healthier lives through conscious awareness, self acceptance, and mastering physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

www.JenniSaisQuoi.com

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