ipsy | October 2015

Wednesday 9 December 2015


ipsy glam bag unboxing

Yeeeeaaaahhh...so I forgot about this review.  The bag came in.  I opened it.  I thought it was nice.  And then I put it in the mythical box of things to review where it just...chilled.  So, before I can procrastinate another second...my October ipsy bag:

ipsy glam bag unboxing 2015

I got a pretty nice smelling hand cream by Ayres.  The cream its self wasn't anything to write home about, but I mean it was nice.  Did the job.  Now that I work in an office every day I see the need to always have a hand cream at my desk.  I finished this one in about a week and a half.

As for the Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum, I put it directly in my gifting pile.  Looks like a great little stocking stuffer.  I've tried this brand through ipsy before, but as I have said literally every time I get a skin care product: I have my skin routine.  It works for me.  I don't want to mess with it.

tarte lipsurgence swatch

I was pretty excited about getting the tarte deluxe LipSurgence lip gloss in "Energy".  I am a huge fan of tarte blushes, and was excited to try this self-adjusting gloss.  As you can see from my swatch, it is a pretty neutral gloss. On me it is a rosy pink.  I'm glad I got this for novelty's sake but I don't think I would purchase the full size.

I don't have much to say about the eye liner.  It is kind of painful to apply--I prefer a gel formula.  Maybe one day subscription boxes will stop sending such generic items?

Mary Lou Manizer The Balm

I was the most excited about theBalmCosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer.  this honey-hued highlighter really packs a punch both on my cheek bones and on my eyelids.  Seriously super impressed.  My only complaint is how small it is!  Really more the size of an eye shadow than a highlight.  I really have to work the brush over it to get an even application.

Mary Lou Manizer The Balm

How cute is it?

So overall, I liked this bag.  But I liked it in the sense that I either loved an item, or I didn't.  My satisfaction between theBalm and tarte outweighs any "meh" feelings I have over other items.  The CAD is stinging me at $20 per bag, so I would love to see the CAD go up relative to the USD.  I like the gold bag and hope to use it over the holidays.


  1. This seems pretty expensive for the limited size of products! theBalm sample looks awesome, it's just too bad it's so small.

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    1. Yeah...I don't disagree. It is a pretty fun little sub though. Agreed, I've gotten a bronzer and a blush sample from other subs from this brand and they are tinyyyyyyy.

  2. Yeah, I agree with you in that theBalm and Tarte products sort of make up for it! I have a little lipsurgence thingy as well and I quite like it! But like you, I don't think I would repurchase the full size.