Monday, July 22, 2013

July 2013 Glam Bag

This month Ipsy put together a "Beach Beauty" Glam Bag to get you "prepped and ready to be the hottest babe on the beach!  Whether you're laying out or catching some waves with your July "Beach Beauty" Glam Bag, we have you covered for this season's hot weather!"

This month's bag was a clear, hot pink plastic number.  Not my favorite bag I've received, though I will say the material is practical for carrying a few beauty essentials in your beach bag (not that my pasty skin as ever seen the beach).

In my July Glam Bag, I received the following items:

 BH Cosmetics - California Collection Eyeshadow Sample ($17.95/palette)
This BH Cosmetics makeup palette includes a sample from each of the California Collection palettes: Hollywood, San Francisco, and Malibu.

Sample size: 3 shadows
Sample value: ~$2.50

{Swatches of the BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadows}

Unfortunately, I'm not really impressed with these eyeshadows.  The shades Hollywood and Malibu aren't ones I'd ever normally wear and none of the shadows have great pigmentation.  The packaging is nice and these would be great for traveling or taking on the go, but I'm just not digging the colors and quality.

 COOLA - Unscented Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 ($36.00/1.7 oz)
Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen; a clear, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. This sunscreen is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, ultra sheer, anti-aging, and water resistent for 40 minutes.

Sample size: 0.23 oz
Sample value: $4.87

I'm pleased to have received this sunscreen.  A sample of the COOLA Classic Face Cucumber Moisturizer with SPF 30 was in my June Birchbox and I absolutely loved that product and am considering purchasing it after I run out of another SPF moisturizer I have and am trying to use up.  I'm curious to try out this unscented version to see how it compares.  I do wish the SPF were higher, but this will be good for days that I only plan to be out in the sun briefly.

 Sexy Hair - Soy Renewal Beach Spray ($19.95/5.1 oz)
Creates beachy undone texture that looks and feels like you've spent a day at the beach.  Contains argan oil which helps nourish, protect and heal damage.

Sample size: 1.7 oz
Sample value: $6.65

I haven't been a fan of the beach sprays I've tried in the past.  My hair is very fine and these tend to make my hair look more greasy than textured.  I do love a good beachy, mess hairstyle on others though.  I'll definitely give this a shot.  I've enjoyed the other Healthy Sexy Hair products I've tried, so I have hopes this might work for me.  The sample size is great and I love the spray nozzle.

Nailtini - Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Mai Tai ($13.00/0.5 oz)
Beach-ready doesn't have to stop at your coverup!  It goes all the way down to your toes!  Nailtini is making sure your toes are nothing less than intoxicating this summer with our seasonal favorite shade, Mai Tai.  This rich creamy tangerine sunrise is the perfect complement to sandals and sun-kissed skin.

Sample size: 0.5 oz
Sample value: $13.00

This shade screams summer and I'm due for a pedicure, so I'm sure this will be on my toes any day now!

POP Beauty - Pouty Pop Crayon ($25.00/six crayons)
POP's Pouty Pop Crayon nourishes, treats, and adds that perfectly-plumped pop to lips.  These extra-nourishing balms gently bounce onto lips creating a plumed & pillowy pout leaving them with luscious, long-lasting colour with a super-smooth texture.

Sample size: (1) 0.1 oz crayon
Sample value: $4.17

{A swatch of the POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush}

I received the shade Coral Crush which is a beautiful pinky coral.  These have a slight minty smell and feel on the lips.  Because these are plumping, they do tingle a bit, but the sensation isn't uncomfortable like some plumping lip products I've tried.  The color is creamy (no shimmer) and slightly matte.

Total bag value: approximately $31.19

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the July "Beach Beauty" Glam Bag.  The BH Cosmetics shadows were a miss for me, but everything else is a "thumbs up!"  I think this products were a great collection for a summer beauty bag.


  1. I got the exact same things as you. For my last bag ever. It was a good run but have to cut back spending somewhere...

    1. I totally understand. If it weren't for the blog, I probably would have cancelled everything but Birchbox by now. I did finally cancel GLOSSYBOX earlier this month (but picked up a new foodie subscription in it's place, LOL). I've been toying with getting rid of Ipsy recently as well. I do enjoy Ipsy, but I feel like it can be very hit or miss based on the products and shades I get. I think they send out a nice selection of products and the bags are a great value, but my collection of makeup is just so large that I rarely find that I receive products anymore that make a big enough impression on me that I end up using them more than once or twice.


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