Review: Ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag

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Here I am, diving into the world of subscription bag review. I'm currently subscribed to two subscriptions; Ipsy and Fab Fit Fun.

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription where you receive 5 items in a small bag for $10 USD a month! Shipping is free for the US, but for Canadians, we have to pay an extra $4.95 USD per bag. Right now, with our exchange, we're looking at about $20CAD per month.

Ipsy bags are shipped in a fushia bubble envelope (that fits perfectly into my condo mailbox so I don't have to pick it up at the post office). Majority of the time, the samples are either deluxe samples or full-size samples. I'm, for the first time, reviewing an Ipsy bag I've received because, well I'm super impressed with most of the products in this month's bag.

Ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag

The Balm Cosmetics - Cabana Boy Shadow/Blush

Image courtesy of Amazon

The Balm Cosmetics used to be availablie in our local London Drugs, but for the past year or so, they've disappeared from the shelves here in Canada. The full size product, according to Balm's website is $21 USD for 8.5g of products.

Ingredients per their website:


My Thoughts:

What I don't understand is why you would make a delux blush sample in the size of a shadow. The pan is litterally a 1 cm x 1cm square. A blush brush wouldn't be able to pick up the product easily. I've swatched this the colour and it's a great fall blush colour. Maybe I can use my eye shadow blending brush to apply this on my cheeks?

Preventive Measures 101 - After Hour Balm

Image courtesy of Ipsy

This is a brand new brand to me and here is what their website has to say.
We created Lips 101 After Hours with the same extraordinary technology and innovative ingredients without the SPF 30. We increaed the moisture ingredients to maximize its benefits to the lips. In Lips 101 After Hours, we have formulated the product to intensify the benefits to relieve cracked, wrinkled and dry lips. Increasing the anti-oxidants and anti inflammatory delivery system technology.
This lip balm is quite pricey. It retails at $13 USD each. I'm also one of those who's allergic to most beeswax or more specifically, propolis, making products that contains beeswax a hit or a miss. Whenever I buy or receive lip products, I have to double and triple check the ingredient list just in case and where I can avoid beeswax I try to. Luckily, this one doesn't have Cera Alba (Beeswax) or honey!

Ingredients per their website:

Petrolatum, Paraffin, Mineral Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil (and) BHA (and) Propyl Gallate (and) Citric Acid, Hydrolysed Corn Starch (and) Isomerized Safflower Acid (and) Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit (and) Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5 (and) Hydrated Silica (and) Resveratrol (and) Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Extract (and) Zea Mays (Corn) Starch (and) Punica Granatum Oil (and) Menthyl Sulfonyl Menthane (and) Glyceryl Stearate (and) Glycerin (and) Ceramide (and) Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sucralose (and) Polysorbate 80 (and) Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (and) Zea Mays (Corn) Starch (and) Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Flavor

My Thoughts:

It's not often that I can find a lip balm that doesn't use beeswax as one of their ingredients. This balm applies, surprisingly smoothly. It also has a decent smell to it. I'd say it's a little mangoey with a little hint of citrus. This also came at a good time since the lip balm I leave at my office desk is just about done. At $13 USD a pop though, it would have to be a mircle product for me to buy it.

Noyah - Natural Lipstick in Currant News

Image courtesy of Noyah 

Just like the last product, Noyah is a new brand to me. Considering I used to work for an integrative pharmacy that sold natural beauty products, I'm surprised that I have never heard of Noyah before. Then again, maybe they're just that new of a company. Their Natural Lipstick retails for $18 USD each.

According to their website, their
all-natural lipsticks are formulated with ingredients like Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and skin-protecting Vitamin E, hydrating lips while adding a punchy pop to your pout. They come in a range of shades from a vibrant red to a flirty pink, versatile enough to take you from daytime chic to a fun-filled, sultry evening look. Our lipsticks comes in stunning earth-friendly bamboo packaging that not only looks good, but also results in a 60% reduction in plastic.

Ingredients per their website:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Candelilla Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cocos Nucifera (and) Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni Leaf Extract. [May Contain +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CL-77891), Iron Oxides (CI-7491, CI-77492,CI-77499), Mica.]

My Thoughts:

Well even though I saw beesewax, I still swatched it on the back of my hand and well, on my lips. I can tell you I didn't get a reaction the next day (yay!). So I can give you my actual thought on the product. It just glides on! So buttery smooth! I'm usually not a fan of dark lip colours, simply because the ones I have seems to apply streaky. This one, surprisingly, is not streaky at all.

Essence Cosmetics - Superfine eyeliner pen waterproof

Image courtesy of Essence

I love Essence! They're super affordable with great quality. Their Make Me Brow is a dupe for Benefit's Gimme Bow but A LOT cheaper! $2.99 vs $30 kind of difference. If you've never tried it... you've got to! If you're in Canada, you can find Essence's product at Loblaw's Superstore as well as Shoppers Drug Mart. Ok back to the eyeliner. The eyeliner retails for $2.99 on their website.

Ingredients per their website:

Aqua (water), ammonium acrylates copolymer, methylpropanediol, alcohol denat., acrylates copolymer, lactobacillus ferment, glycerin, panthenol, simethicone, caprylyl glycol, phenylpropanol, ppg-2-deceth-30, isopropyl alcohol, sodium laureth sulfate, biosaccharide gum-1, disodium edta, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, ci 77266 (black 2).

My Thoughts:

I have yet to put this up onto my lid but I'm happy with getting this full size sample in this month's bag. I'm a fan of Kat Von D's Tatoo liquid eyeliner so it'll be interesting to see how this works compare to it.

Sarah Jessica Parker Beauty - Lovely Eau de Parfum Rollerball 

Image Courtesy of SJP Beauty

This is another full-size sample and a rollerball at that, making it ultra portable. Who doesn't want what Carrie Bradshaw from Sex In The City wears? SJP Beauty = Sarah Jessica Parker Beauty and according to the website, this fragrance is lovely on the inside. "Classic charm comes together with modern glamour in this silky white amber fragrance. in a perfectly portable rollerball to experience lovely everywhere you go.". This rollerball retails for $20 USD on their website.

According to the website, here are the fragrance notes:

Top notes: mandarin, bergamot, rosewood, lavender and apple martini.
Heart Notes: patchouli, paper whites and orchid.
Base Notes: cedar wood, white amber, and sultry musks and woods

My Thoughts:

It's a little too musky for my liking. I'll most likely gift it to a family member or a friend.

All in all, I think the value of the items this month worked out to over $20 CAD so I'm happy about that. I'm also happy that I'll actually find use to most of the product in the bag!

Are you an Ipsy subscriber? What did you get in your bag? Did you what you received? Let me know in the comments below! Let me know also if you'd prefer to see the actual swatches vs the product image.