Wednesday, November 6, 2013

October 2013 Glam Bag

The October "Art of Beauty" Ipsy Glam Bag was "a month of masterful makeup tricks and delightful beauty treats.  Whether you're headed to a fancy Fall ball or impressing the crowd with a jaw-dropping avant-garde costume, this month's brand partners have something to help perfect your Look!"

The October Glam Bag was white vinyl accented in hot pink with the quote, "Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art."  Most months I'm not really fond of the bags sent along with the products; they're usually rather cheaply made and a little juvenile in design.  This month was no exception.  However, I don't really mind because the bags aren't something I'm particularly interested in as I have plenty of quality makeup bags.  I've kept a few of mine around but usually give away or donate the ones that I don't love.

My October Ipsy Glam Bag included the following items:

be Delectable - Hand Cream in Strawberry & Cream ($10.00/4 oz)
Indulge your hands with a well-deserved treat.  This ultra nourishing hand cream is enriched with shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera to smooth, nourish and rejuvenate hands and cuticles.  Rich, and never greasy, this beautiful blend is kissed with a delectable scent.

Sample size: 2 oz
Sample value: $5.00

I'm really digging this hand cream!  The scent is seriously mouth-watering and the formula is very moisturizing but absorbs into the skin incredibly fast.  I may have found a new favorite hand cream!  If you're not a fan of super sweet food scents, this may not be for you.  I, however, am a huge fan.

Big Sexy Hair - Blow Dry Volumizing Gel ($16.95/8.5 oz)
The Sexy Hair Blow Gel is an alcohol-free gel that thickens hair while adding volume.  It also helps retain moisture so your hair never feels dry.  Delivers a light to medium hold.

Sample size: 1.7 oz
Sample value: $3.39

I've tried quite a few volumizing products over the past few years.  Nothing I've found really seems to give my fine hair lasting lift.  I'm happy to have another volumizing product to test out, and this is a generous sample size.  Here's to hoping I have good luck with this Blow Dry Volumizing Gel.

Buxom - Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly ($19.00/0.15 oz)
Tingle, plump & shine your pout to super-sexy proportions with sheer, shimmering Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly.  This bestselling dusty mauve gloss creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips while Vitamin A & E help keep them soft, smooth an protected.

Sample size: 0.07 oz
Sample value: $8.87

{Swatch of the Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly}

I don't normally like plumping glosses as many can be quite painful to wear.  This Full-On Lip Polish tingles the lips; however, I don't find it uncomfortable.  I really love the color I received.  Dolly is a gorgeous, wearable "shimmering muted plum."  This is a shade that would be lovely year-round.  I've heard so many good things about the Buxom glosses, I'm thrilled to have finally gotten to try one.

Zoya - Nail Polish in Mason ($8.00/0.5 oz)
Part of the Fall 2013 Cashmeres & Satins Collection, these shades are created to work together with this season's most stylish runway designs and luxurious fabric blends.  These ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Sample size: 0.5 oz
Sample value: $8.00

{Swatch of the Zoya Nail Polish in Mason - two coats}

I generally love Zoya nail polish, so I'm always happy to see one included in any of my beauty boxes/bags.  Mason applies beautifully and is entirely opaque in two coats (you can get away with one if you're careful).  The color isn't one that I'd normally reach for, but I'll probably wear it once or twice during the holiday season as it has a festive flair about it.

H2O Plus - Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment ($36.00/1.7 oz)
The H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment is clinically proven oil-free moisture gel that delivers deep hydrating.  Marine botanical rapidly replenish depleted skin and fills surface lines with a surge of moisture.  Vitamins A and E help fight against environmental damage and phospholipid microspheres deliver time-released hydration to keep skin looking revitalized all day.

Sample size: 0.34 oz
Sample value: $7.20

This Hydrating Treatment has a very lightweight gel-like texture.  I haven't tried it on my face yet, but rubbed into the back of my hand it seems fairly moisturizing without any greasiness.  I'm a little weary of the ingredients (lots of silicones and a hefty dose of fragrance, for example, which tend to break my skin out), so this might be a product I only use on my neck and chest.

Total bag value: $32.46

Overall I was pretty satisfied with my Ipsy bag for October.  I love the hand cream, will get a ton of wear out of the Buxom Lip Polish and look forward to testing out the Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel.

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