It is May and May is an IPSY Glam Bag X month. The Glam Bag X is a Quarterly upgrade. For the Glam Bag X months the cost is $55 . In these bags there are eight products, three of which you get to choose from a set list. This month was interesting for me. In their choice items they generally feature a makeup bag. As I remember when the makeup bag came as a standard part of IPSY instead of a choice item I generally don’t choose it. This month I actually chose the bag as one of my items. It is listed as retailing for $18.
There are two reasons that I chose this bag from the items offered. The first is that there were no other items in this selection category that I actually wanted. I can’t remember what those options were, and I actually need to start writing them down each month as part of my evaluation of the subscription process, but I do know that none of the other items appealed to me.
The bag, while I am not really a florals sort of person, did sort of appeal to me. I think it is more the shape rather than the print. I like the under bag storage area for makeup brushes and I really like the clam shell shape with the flat bottom. It means I can stash a small palette flat if I wanted to which is sometimes nice. The bag itself is nice and something I will get use out of. I still wish it had been more of a choice rather than the only option I was interested in for that category.
Since I started with the choice Items, I’ll go ahead and continue with them. My next choice item was the Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence (retail $48). To be honest I have no idea what else was in this category because I was going to choose this regardless.
I really enjoy having an essence in my skin care routine and in general I like Sunday Riley Products. The ones that aren’t targeted for my skin type clearly don’t work for me but the items that are targeted for my skin type I really love. From everything I have read about this, it seems like I am the target so I have high hopes for this product and can’t wait to try it out.
The third item I chose was the Let Me Glow Illuminating Serum from Keys Soulcare (retail $26 ). I have the mask from the Keys Soulcare line that is going to be put through its paces starting next week. It was going to have its first use post this Friday with Face Mask Friday but I am having to postpone until next week). And I am interested in seeing how the brand performs. I know it had a lot of hype when it came out and the glass containers are lovely and feel very luxe. My skin loves niacinamides. I can’t wait to see how it performs.
And now we get to the items that IPSY chose for me. The first up is the Dew of the Gods Claydate Healing Face Mask (retail $42). You know I love a good clay mask. It is also spot on for my profile. So IPSY knows that I love a good clay mask. I can’t remember if I’ve tried any products from Dew of the Gods. I think they had something in Boxycharm a while back. I don’t think it ended up in my box thought. I do know it is listed as a clean brand so that makes me very happy to give it a try. I have noticed though that most of my masks are now in the hydrating category.
I think I used up most of the masks that fell into the detoxifying category. They tend to be the ones I reach for first. Soon I am going to need to do a mask inventory and see what I have. I might need to do a sample sized round up to clear out some of the smaller tubes and then find out what I am missing. But that is for later. For now I am pleased with this mask in my Glam Bag X. I like it when IPSY remembers my profile.
The next item made me smile slightly because it makes me feel like the universe is listening to me when I’m not paying attention. This product is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner (retail $24). Recently I said that I was pleased to get a toner in a subscription box because it isn’t a category that is often stocked and that I end up picking up on my own. Now it seems that it is stocked. For the first time in a long time I have more than one toner. I’m used to having extras of other categories (I have eye creams galore at this point) but almost never extra toners. Now I do. I like First Aid Beauty and look forward to trying out the Oat based toner. As most of my toners tend to be witch hazel based it should be interesting.
And now we move into makeup items. The first of these is the Sunset to Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette from Iconic London (retail $62). I really like the colors in this palette. They are very spring moving into summer wear and look light and fresh. I have tried a lot of Iconic products but never their eyeshadows. I am very much looking forward to trying this out. There are 20 pans and it looks like it will be fun to play around with.
One of the things I love about subscriptions is that I get to try out brands I have never heard of and products that I might not buy on my own. This month there is a product called Lip Treat by TYS Beauty (retail $30). From the description it sounds like it is a nourishing lip plumper. It has peppermint and ginger extract in it as well as vitamins B and E.
Which I can’t lie makes it sound like it is committing a crime. But also like it will be hydrating to the lips. So maybe it breaks into your lips and hydrated, like a burglar who does your laundry and refills your ice trays. I do like lip plumpers even if I am not always a fan of lip glosses so it will be interesting to see where this falls during use. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. But it is a brand I have never heard of and I look forward to trying them out as well.
Finally we have a brand that I know well and a product I have used several times in the past. It is the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil (retail $42). I have used many tubes of this and am always happy to have another one. And this is actually it’s time to shine. In the summer time I tend to go more with tinted moisturizers than actual foundations and I also layer fewer products on top. Putting a drop or two of this on my skin , letting it absorb for a minute and then moving on to the tinted moisturizer, gives a great subtle glow to the skin and a little extra moisture for the days when you are going to be spending time in the sun. It is a great product and I am thrilled to see it.
As far as Glam Bags go, this was a pretty good one for me. The selection categories weren’t that great but I did end up with things I like. I’m always going to be a little salty that the bag counts as an item. But it is a nice bag and it is one that I will happily use. It irks me more that there was nothing else in that category that I was interested in than it does counting the bag as an item though. Even with the slimmed down choices, I really did end up with some great products. As I will use them all, I consider the value worth it, but for those looking for monetary value, let me do some quick math.
The bag was $55 and the value of the products inside comes to $292. For me, that was a decent value for the money. It is even better since I will use all of the products inside. This month there were some old favorites and familiar names. There were also some new to me products I am looking forward to trying out. It did lean more heavily towards the skincare, but I really don’t mind that. There was enough makeup to keep me from feeling overwhelmed so yeah, I am over all happy with this month’s Glam Bag X from IPSY.