The IPSY Glam Bag X November 2021 Unboxing

Good morning and look what arrived on my doorstep! It was kind of a surprise actually as I never received a tracking e-mail of any sort. Plus the Postman seemed to have approached the door on little cat’s feet, sneaking up to the door, dropping off the package and racing away before anyone knew he was there. I almost tripped over the box when I opened the door. I think we have a ‘holiday mailman’ right now as our usual one always knocks when leaving a package, even if he doesn’t wait for an answer.

No knock this time.

This month was the IPSY Glam Bag X. The X for this month was Huda Katan. It was an interesting mix of products. The X months are quarterly and instead of the normal $30 price it is $60. This is the first year that they have done the X and this is the fourth quarter of the year so I’ve had one full year of the subscription to decide if I want to keep it. The First one was excellent, the second one was barely so so and the third one was really good. Before I make my decision on the subscription (which I will make in December) let’s see what November holds. Honestly its hard to tell.

The first item out of the box this month it the PMD BEAUTY Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device in Warmth (retail $99, although the site has a 40% off with code FRIENDS40 – I saw the code when I picked up the link and have no association with PMD). I actually have one of these and I really like it. Mine is getting a bit worn out so I was contemplating getting another vibrating facial tool. I like the silicone covered ones and actually I was looking at the Foreo. Partially because they are having a large sale right now and partially because I kind of like them better. I’ve been eyeing several of their tools for a while now and will probably still go for the UFO masking tool. Especially now that I have the new PMD cleansing tool. I can pick up the UFO tool and not worry that I need to replace the cleansing tool. So for me it was actually quite timely.

The second item is the HUDA BEAUTY Glow Coco Hydrating Mist ($35). I’ll admit, the first thing I thought was that it was going to smell like coconut. But I don’t think coco is short for coconut. I don’t think it is short for cocoa either. It has a somewhat perfume-y scent. The spray is a very fine mist which I like and I really don’t mind the scent too much. However it is one of those sprays that when I use it on my face I have to curl my lips in first because it actually tastes like perfume. It will be interesting to see how it performs. Not my favorite, but I do like the spray. Perhaps it will wow me.

The CÉLA Masque De Glacier Clay Mask (retail $40) was the third item chosen for me. I am perfectly fine with this as I love masks and I really like the brand Cela. I’ve had several hand creams and body lotions from them before and they always feel fantastic on the skin. I haven’t tried any face products but I do love clay masks. So I’m pretty happy with this.

The fourth item that Ipsy chose for me was the RARE BEAUTY With Gratitude, Dewy Lip Balm in Honor (retail $16). It is a clear lip balm. There is no scent to it and it has a nice case. Would I have chosen it? No. But I haven’t tried anything from Rare Beauty before so it is nice to try something from a brand not usually featured. I am pretty well stocked on clear lip balms at the moment so it isn’t all that exciting, but I will at least get to try the formula.

The next three Items I did get to choose from a selection of items. The selection was okay. Not fabulous, but not absolutely awful either. There have been some months this year where it was clear there were some shipping issues. This was not one of those months. They had a decent selection for each category. So what did I choose from the list?

I chose the WISHFUL Thirst Trap Juice HA3 Peptide Serum (retail $47). I have been wanting to try this serum for a while now so I was thrilled it was actually part of the selections. I’m actually thinking of rolling it into my routine right away as I really miss having a hyaluronic acid serum in the line up. Lately I have been using a lot of brightening products. I like the vitamin c products, but I really miss my hyaluronic acid.

The ACEOLOGY Firming Treatment Mask (retail $69) was the next item I chose. I just finished a different mask from this line and I have a sample of at least two others. While I am generally not a huge fan of peel off masks, the Aceology ones have started to win me over. I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve tried and am happy to have a full size of another. And I am kind og glad it is the firming one. The other two I tried were the Lifting and the Brightening ones. They both worked really well so that gives me high hopes for the Firming mask. I may have to use it this week to see how well it performs.

OFRA COSMETICS Sitting Pretty Midi Palette (retail $35) was one of my options so I chose it. I like Ofra products in general, but the large highlighters and blushes take up a log of space when traveling and to be honest, I am never going to make it through one of those large highlighters. The small golden one in this palette is the perfect shade for me and I know I will wear it. I also like the travel size of the palette. And I have a larger palette from Ofra where the pans are all the same size so it will be easy to mix and match since the products all pop out of the palette. Having a reusable travel palette that fits the smaller Ofra Pans I have is always a good thing. Plus they are good products in general. And it is really nice to see makeup making a reappearance in the IPSY bags.

And finally, my last selection was the PATRICK TA BEAUTY Major Glow Softening Lip Masque in She’s Juicy (retail $22). I know, I am still working through the Laneige lip mask (and lusting after the holiday Gingerbread scented one), but I plan to keep this one on my desk to use throughout the day. And yes I know I kind of complained about the clear lip balm, but I really like the look of the container and it smells of delicious vanilla. Plus my desk lip balms keep getting knocked over and rolling under stacks of paperwork. Or hiding in desk shadows. Or simply getting knocked off the desk and disappearing into neverland. Personally, I think Tinkerbell may be stealing them. I like the square container that will stay where I put it. It won’t roll anywhere and maybe I’ll catch Tinkerbell or her minions in the act if they attempt to pilfer it.

And it is really pretty. Gold and frosted glass.

So that was my IPSY Glam Bag X for November. All in all it was a pretty good bag. Were there a couple of items I may not be too thrilled by? Yes. However even though I am not thrilled, I will still use them. A clear lip balm, unless it is super slimy, will almost always get used and As long as I tuck my lips in so that I don’t have to taste the perfume, I have no objections to the scent of the Huda Beauty Hydrating Mist. It is a pretty good month over all. Which means that of the four Glam Bag X boxes this year, only one was not great. The others were well worth the extra money. It will make this an interesting though process when I sit down to have my personal discussion with myself about next year’s subscriptions. There are several new ones I want to try, some not even beauty products related. I think that as my stockpile of subscription box skincare has grown, my desire to branch out has as well. So it will be an interesting sit down this year to see who stays and who goes. But for now, I am very happy with this month’s IPSY. It met my profile, had a decent selection in the choice categories and gave me products that I am happy to try out and I feel are well worth the value of the box. November was a good month for IPSY.

In case you were wondering about what I was talking about with the UFO Masking tool, I’ve posted links below. It just looks like so much fun to play around with. But hey, when do I not like masking…well anything. Also Foreo just launched an Imagination DIY Face Mask. I’m not sure how that works, but it is something i will definitely be looking into.

UFO 2 and UFO 2 mini by FOREO

Unboxing the IPSY Glam Bag X for May 2021

And the subscription box arrivals continue with IPSY.  As a warning, I wasn’t as positive with this one as I usually am and there are some small rants throughout. While I love IPSY, I had a few issues.

This month was the IPSY Glam Bag X Month.  IPSY has recently launched a quarterly upgrade to the Glam Bag Plus.  The Quarterly bags come out February, May, August, and November.  Those months instead of paying $25 for the Glam Bag Plus, you pay $55 ($60.36 with taxes).

Even though it is quarterly, that is a steep price for a beauty box and so I tend to judge it more critically.  The first box was in February 2021.  It was a collaboration with Patrick Ta and I have to say IPSY hit it out of the park with that one. It was fabulous. And it also set expectations pretty high for future boxes. There was no doubt in my mind that the box was worth the price. 

This month, I’m not so sure.  For Each Glam Bag X they choose someone to partner with.  February was Patrick Ta and May was Khloe Kardashian. 

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan.  I never watched the show.  I tried once and couldn’t really make it through the episode.  It just isn’t my thing.

I’m even less of a fan after the whole freak out about the release of an unphotoshopped photo came out. But even though she chose these products and I have a hard time not rolling my eyes at the blog posts on the site dealing with Khloe’s Beauty Tips, it is really about the products. Therefore I am going to put her out of my mind completely.

So does this feel like a special $55 quarterly bag.

Let’s see.

Normally, I would start with discussing the bag, but in the IPSY Glam Bag X if you want the bag you have to substitute it for one of your products.  As all their other tiers come with bags as a standard feature I find this to be a little cheap on their part, which isn’t a good way to start out thinking of an upgraded bag. But that was their choice.  I chose not to get the bag this month.

The first Item out of my Glam Bag X Box this month was the 111 Skin Gold Radiance Booster (retail $135).  Okay, here is the deal.  I like 111Skin.  I really enjoy several of their products.  A few of them I find overpriced, but they are in general good products.  I actually have several 111SKIN Serums in my skin care drawer.  Many of them came from IPSY. 

In the $25 bag. 

While I like 111SKIN and they are an expensive brand, they are seen often enough in the regular bags that I would have thought that they would try a different brand in the Glam Bag X.  Or at least make this a variable.  I believe this serum was something everyone received in their Glam Bag X.  While I’m sure it is nice, I wasn’t excited by it simply because we see so much 111Skin in IPSY already.

The second item in my bag this month was the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (retail $53 – Although if you like this product currently it is on sale at the Skin store for $37, this link will take you to the site of the sale). I have tried samples of this hair and scalp scrub many times and I do like it.  The first one I had included too many chunky salt crystals to get through my hair and too my scalp, but the second and third samples I tried didn’t have that problem so I am guessing the first was just a bad mix.  

I like this scrub and am happy to have it in a full size.  I actually chose this scalp scrub from the list of options.  In the list of options for that category it was the only item I actually wanted to try or that I hadn’t tried before. This was kind of a standard theme for choice.  Sadly it has also been happening in the last few regular IPSY Glam Bag Plus bags as well. 

In the second choice category I chose the Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric oil (retail  $40 although I’m guessing it isn’t the real retail full size as that one retails for $80 -$90 on most sites – I lurk the sales to pick up this oil). I really like this face oil.  I have used it before and I am happy to have another bottle of it. It is very good face oil. And actually in the summertime when my hands get really roughed up by working in the garden, I tend to put a little bit on my hands before bed to smooth out the roughness. Not much just a drop or two to rub in especially around the joints and fingertips. It is kind of one of my summertime faves. So again, I am happy to have it.  I am less than thrilled by the fact that it was the only option in that category that appealed to me.

Chosen for my by IPSY was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Brow Pen (retail $22). As I’m sure all of you have noticed in my Daily posts where I talk about the makeup I chose for the day, most of my brow dilemmas involve finding a professional to tame them back rather than attempting to fill them in.

While I do use brow products, I favor powders and pencils to neaten up lines.  Admittedly as my bangs are too long and in need of a bolder trim then I gave them this weekend, they spent a lot of time hidden. I tend to forget brow products all together.  This brow pen, while I’m sure it’s fabulous, is not something I am going to use.  I will pass it onto my mother who back in the day plucked her eyebrows down to a thin line and has been trying to build them up ever since. She’ll either love it or look like she took a magic marker to her face.  Either way, I won’t be using it. While getting products that you don’t typically use is often the fun of subscription boxes, in my profile I have always had rarely marked for brow products and that is only because there is no never category. As I generally love ABH products and have quite the collection of other products i use frequently, this just isn’t one of them. It is a little frustrating to see a brand you like finally available in a subscription box and then get the one item category that doesn’t work for you.

I think that is where the annoyance lies actually.  Because I’ve been trying to figure out why this month’s bag has just caused a low grade annoyance factor, despite having good products from great brands.  I think it is because IPSY used to be really good at pairing items with your profile and for the last few months they sort of went off track.  I suppose I hoped that for their quarterly upgrade they would actually pay more attention to the profile than they clearly did. It was made a little worse by the newspaper pamphlet that came with the box this month.  It lists every item you could possibly get and several items that not only weren’t chosen but weren’t in my options are in my profiles top categories. I think I would have been a lot less frustrated had I not seen that.

Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

However now you get a break from my whining because the next product they chose for me was the Herbivore Botanicals Prism AHA + BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial (retail $58) which is very much in my top categories.  I am so looking forward to trying this for my Friday Face Mask this week. It is a brand that I have been looking into for a while and have wanted to try, and it is a product that I really want to use. With that product they hit the nail on the head. It was in fact the highlight of the bag this month.

Next up is the Mac Love Me Lipstick in Bated Breath (retail $21).  Again, I love MAC as a brand and I love their lipsticks. They tend to crop up fairly often so it is a little less exciting to see it in the Glam Bag X.  In addition, it is not an unusual color.  I  actually have at least five lip products in almost exactly the same shade.  I’ll wear it, but again, I wish they had gone a little more towards rarely seen products and brands for the Glam Bag X.

This month they also had an eyeshadow palette. It was the One/Size Patrick Star Visionary Palette (retail $42). Now, I like Patrick Star and wish him well, but this is a really boring palette.  The Olive Green Shimmer (second row next to the bright blue) is the only shadow I don’t have multiple versions of.  It actually looks interesting.  And yes I have been known to keep eyeshadow palettes because of one shade. 

I haven’t tried the palette yet so it could perform magnificently and I could end up loving the palette.  But to be honest looking at it, it is just kind of boring. Plus, there is the bottom edge.  If you look at the picture you will see that the bottom edge isn’t straight.  It is by design, the top of the palette has the angle in the other direction. So when closed there are points on either corner instead of a flat bottom edge.  As I stand my palettes up in the drawer, I suspect this is going to end up really annoying me after a little while.  But again, perhaps it will perform fabulously and I will love it and end up thinking the edge is quirky and fun. 

But at the moment it is a bit of a disappointment.

Finally, we come to the last item.  Again I chose this.  This item was in my final choose category and again, there was no real competition for choice.  I went with the Riki loves Riki Riki Cutie lighted makeup mirror (retail $60).  The mirror charges with a USB cable which is nice.  The mirror has three light settings:  On, Bright and Seen from Space, which is also nice. 

The plastic feels very cheap and thin and to carry it there is a cloth sleeve to slide it into. It feels like a $20 mirror not a $60 one and while it is currently in my purse, I’m taking bets as to where the mirror or the plastic surround get cracked first.

And that was my IPSY Glam Bag X this month.  I know I did a lot of complaining this month.  I hate when I do that.  In general, I am able to positively spin most bags.  This month just had so many irritants. And to be completely honest if any of these items showed up in my $25 bag, I would have been thrilled with the month.  I would have been a very, very happy camper. 

And I think that is a good chunk of my annoyance.  It felt like a $25 bag, yet I know I paid $55.

There is no doubt that monetarily I got my money’s worth, these are expensively priced items.  However, I suspect many of these items will be in add ons next month.  What I’m trying to decide is if it is worth keeping the Glam Bag X or just stick with the Glam Bag plus, wait a month and pick up the one or two items that interest me in the Add ons.

That is actually the point of the mini rants as I try to gure out how I feel about the subscription as well as the products. while I will use and evaluate the products separately, this is ultimately about the Glam Bag X.

It is only the second month of this tier’s existence.  Usually I give a subscription three to four months before I make a decision regarding cancellation.  Mostly because even the best bags have an off month.  Because this is quarterly I will give it the full year and then decide if this tier is going to follow me into 2022.  And as annoying as May was, February was fantastic.  And in general I really do like IPSY.  The past few months have been a bit rough, but I’ve had at least one tier of their subscription box for quite a number of years and in general really like them. So for now I will keep the subscription, watch the add ons to see what filters in and hope that August mimics February and that May was just a one off.

And in case you are interested: The Skin store’s Memorial day sale has started (hence the lower price on the Christophe Robin. Brands like Grow Gorgeous and Skinceuticals are also on sale.)

Memorial Day Sale! Up to 50% + 10% Off