Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 2013 Glam Bag

Ipsy's May Glam Bag was "Spring Fling" themed: Delight your beauty routine with products that will get you blooming from head to toe!  I have to say, I'm really in love with this month's theme and bag.  Ipsy hit the nail on the head and provided a great array of products that are perfect for spring and summer.  (Also, how cute is this month's chevron-printed bag?)

This month I received four amazing color makeup products and a bronzing body lotion:

Mirabella - Colour Sheers in Posy ($22.00/3 g)
Beautifully sheer lip color to wear all day and night.  Mango butter base nourishes lips.

Sample size: 3 g
Sample value: $22.00

Sheer lip colors are huge right now and I'm a big fan of their ease and comfort for everyday wear.  This Mirabella Colour Sheer glides on beautifully, feels great on the lips, and I love the color Posy provides!

Yaby - Concealer Refill in Buff ($4.85/3.5 g)
Yaby concealers have a creamy texture and are extremely easy to apply.  They are highly pigmented to correct any imperfections on the face and body, are creamy and gentle for around the eyes and are tear proof!  Vegan friendly and contain no animal byproducts.

Sample size: unknown (weighs 2 g including the pan)
Sample value: unknown (approximately $2.77)

I wasn't impressed with the Yaby eyeshadows I received in a previous Glam Bag, so I was a little hesitant about this concealer.  Unfortunately, as you will see in the swatch below, the shade I received (Buff) is much too dark for my pale skin, so this concealer won't do much for me.  From what I can gather of the texture from swatching, it feels a little dry but seems to provide nice, even coverage.  I am a bit disappointed that I received the shade Buff when Ipsy sent out a lighter shade to other subscribers. Ipsy does have a beauty profile on their website, which I have filled out to say that I am the fairest of fair skintones.  Overall, this mixup isn't too disappointing since the concealer wasn't a high-value sample and I wasn't impressed with the brand through previous sampling.

Zoya - Nail Polish in Blu ($8.00/0.5 oz)
Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments put beauty, fashion and style into every bottle with innovative custom color creations and fashion trend adaptation resulting in a truly luxury cosmetic experience.

Sample size: 0.5 oz
Sample value: $8.00

I really like Zoya polish so I was thrilled to receive one in my bag this month.  The shade I received, Blu, is a very light pastel blue, perfect for spring and unlike anything I currently own.  I'm excited to try this out for my next manicure.

Juice Beauty - Reflecting Gloss in Pink ($15.00/0.28 oz)
This exclusive, pre-launch of the Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss will give your lips brilliant shine while keeping them healthy and nourished.  A combination of antioxidant-rich acai and goji berries, natural minerals and sweet agave nectar that will give your lips radiant color.  Made with certified organic ingredients.

Sample size: 0.14 oz
Sample value: $7.50

Let me just start by saying how AMAZING this lip gloss smells.  It's so fruity and delicious, but in a natural so-fresh-you-could-eat-it kind of way.  Not only does this gloss smell divine, it feels very moisturizing and not sticky in the slightest.  It's very pleasant to wear and provides a pretty, sheer tint on the lips.  LOVE this product!

St. Tropez - One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion ($18.00/5 oz)
St. Tropez's lightweight cream is the perfect party accessory!  It gives you an instant beautiful golden glow that as easy to put on as it is to take off.  Who is it for?: Anyone who wants a quick boost of color when you're running out of time, heading to a party or want a bronzed glow for an event.  For a quick, non-committal, instant tan that simply washes off with soap and water.  Why is it different?: Free from tanning agents, One Night Only is transfer-resistant so you can tan and go--and look gorgeous!

Sample size: 1.69 oz
Sample value: $6.08

I'm usually one to love and embrace my fair skin, so I'm not sure I'll get much use out of this product.  Sometimes I do like to give my legs a hint of color when I'm wearing shorts or dresses in the summer, so I may end up giving this a try.  St. Tropez is a wildly popular brand, so I'm sure this is a lovely product, just not one that I would typically reach for.  The sample is a fantastic size though, so it would probably last me all summer if I do decide to use it.

Total box value: approximately $46.35

{Swatches of the Mirabella Colour Sheer in Posy, Yaby Concealer Refill in Buff, and Juicy Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Pink.}

Additionally, this month (along with other "active members of the Ipsy community") I also received one of the brand new Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows in the shade Glitter Rock.

Urban Decay - Moondust Eyeshadow in Glitter Rock ($20.00/0.05 oz)
You've never seen a sparkly shadow this sophisticated.  Moondust is dazzling sparkly but with a super refined, incredibly sophisticated feel (and not a single speck of chunky glitter).  Microfine bits of iridescent sparkle collide with intense, dreamy hues and lush, 3-D metallics--for an effect that's out of this world.

Sample size: 0.05 oz
Sample value: $20.00

The new Moondust Eyeshadows are best applied with fingers and can be worn dry or wet (for a more intense look).  I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay shadows, so I was thrilled to receive one of these new shades!  The Moondust Eyeshadows come in seven shades; I received Glitter Rock which is a unique purple-pink.  This shade isn't something I'd normally gravitate toward, but it's very pretty and I think it would be a lot of fun for an colorful, glittery spring/summer look.  The collection does contain a few neutral shades for a more subtle, sparkly look.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with Glitter Rock.  It has a sheer quality about it--sort of a translucent, ethereal shimmer.  I think it would be lovely as a pop of color on the center of the lid, perhaps paired with a deep purple liner.

{Swatches of the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Glitter Rock, applied dry (left) and wet (right).}

I'm really thrilled with my Glam Bag this month.  The two lip products and nail polish are huge favorites and I'm excited to experiment with the new Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow.  This is one of my favorite Glam Bags: the products themselves are great and Ipsy did a fantastic job of choosing products that fit the theme.


  1. I'm sort of surprised by the lipstick. (That you got it) It isn't even on the website... they have a Glimmer Gloss that is supposed to be the Mirabella if you didnt get the powder (what I got) or the lip liner. Oh well... Its definitely something you will use! I wish I had gotten your color in the Juicy gloss... I got the darker neutral one.. which looks fine and is hydrating... just not very summery on me. :)

    1. Yeah, I thought it was a little odd that they didn't list the lipstick as one of the products sent out on the website. I'm definitely glad I got the Pink shade of the gloss, because the other shades didn't appeal to me as much. I love the formula though and hope they release more shades in the future.

    2. i think i might start mixing the gloss with maybe that bright red they gave us a while back... might make it look a little more summery... like just a thin layer of red topped with the Juicy.


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