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2016 September Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

September Ipsy Bag 

Another late Ipsy post due to personal circumstances – sorry again, guys >.< The theme of this month’s September Ipsy Glam Bag was “Glamazon.” Read on to see what was inside my bag!

About Ipsy

Ipsy is a beauty subscription service that was started by Youtube makeup guru Michelle Phan. Each month for just $10 you are sent a cute little “glam bag” filled with 5-6 full or deluxe/trial-sized products. The bags are catered to your preferences through a “beauty quiz” you take when you initially sign up and later how you review the products you receive so the products in the bags will vary from person to person.

I’m a long time, very satisfied Ipsy subscriber. I love being introduced to new beauty brands and getting to try out different products with each bag. It’s like getting a surprise gift each month in your mailbox! If you’re interested in getting your own Ipsy bag, feel free to use my referral link – I’ll get points when you sign up 🙂


The Glam Bag

Great quality bag, and I adore the metallic gold and silver! I don’t normally like it when a company puts their name all over an item, but I love how it’s done very subtly here. I initially didn’t even notice that the figures spell out “IPSY.” Very clever and creative!


Inside the Bag  sept-ipsy-07

Waxing Kara Sweet Lips Honey Lip Balm in Clear

I have soooo many lip balms, but this one does have a few things going for it to distinguish it from all the others mostly the amazing ingredients. It’s made in the USA with USDA Certified Organic honey, sunflower oil, olive oil, aloe vera oil, hemp seed oil, beeswax, etc. – all things you can pronounce! Felt very hydrating on the lips and there’s no smell or taste. I usually like a subtle scent or taste but I know many don’t.


IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara in Super Black

My favorite product in the bag! I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from this simple looking tube of mascara. I know IT Cosmetics makes some great products but I just try so many mascaras and so many are just the same thing: good but not amazing. THIS was different. This was amazing. I was blown away by how much this lengthened and curled my lashes. Very, very impressed.


Crown Brush Ombre Angle Brush

Nice soft angled brush perfect for contour as well as blush and highlight. One downside is that I wouldn’t mind if the brush was a bit more dense and could pick up more product with each application.


tre’StiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent

I’m a big highlighter fan. I usually use powders or creams, but I like the convenience of this little stick. It’s easy for on-the-go travel, and I don’t have to apply it with my fingers. The packaging is sleek and simple. At first, I though the pointy top was the actual product but it’s just a plastic cap. The highlighter is nice and pigmented and perfect for highlighting those little areas like the inner corners of your eyes, cupid’s bow, and bridge of your nose.   


Living Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

Have yet to try this styling treatment on myself but it claims to smooth, volumize, condition, strengthen and polish you hair. Big claims. How does it back up these claims? With two patented molecules developed at MIT: “OFPMA envelopes each strand in a thin, invisible shield to make it stronger and healthier. PBAE creates extra space between strands of hair to make hair look fuller and more textured.” Okay, I wasn’t all that excited initially about another hair treatment (I rarely use them and have far too many samples) but now I’m intrigued.

Final Thoughts

Besides the mascara that I loved, I wasn’t over the moon about this bag. I have plenty of travel-sized styling treatments, an abundance of lip balms, enough brushes, etc. Not that any of these items were at all bad – when you’ve been subscribed to a beauty subscription service as long as I have, this is bound to happen. Perhaps I’ve also been so spoiled by all the full-sized wonderful nail polishes I’ve received these past couple of bags and was a bit let down to not see one this month. 

Be sure to check out my other unboxing posts!


What did you think of this month’s bag?

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  • Rochelle Valle

    That bag is so cute ! I’ll have to try ipsy!

  • So interested in these subscription services, but haven’t tried one yet. Ipsy sounds really interesting, may have to check it out!

    • There’s so many out now it can be a little overwhelming! I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for years and have always been very happy with them 🙂

  • Amber Marie Werner

    Thanks for the honest review! The mascara looked amazing, but I’ve been disappointed by boxes and bags in the past, so I appreciate an honest review.


  • Mrs.AOK

    I love IT Cosmetics! I haven’t tried that particular mascara, so I’m going to have to give that a try. The bag is super cute. I didn’t even realize the bag said IPSY until you pointed it out. 😀

  • I haven’t ever heard of Ipsy! I’ve done birchbox before which sounds similar but I love trying new beauty products so I’ll definitely give Ipsy a try. It’s such a fun way to discover new beauty products.

  • I love this month’s bag! It’s adorable! I also really want to try the sweet lips!

  • Your unboxing posts really make me want to subscribe to a a beauty box! Which ones are your faves?


  • Melissa Chee

    You got some good stuff! I absolutely LOVE the bag. And I was loving the mascara. But my eyes are sensitive and I had trouble getting it off…

  • What a cute bag and such great products! Really fun! Enjoy them!

  • Melanie Smith

    Those are great stuff! That bag is so pretty! Add one of the KatvonD lipstick and that’s it.

  • Rebecca Bryant

    Lots of great products this month. Plus cute bag. You scored big time.

  • Debra Hawkins

    That bag is super cute and I love honey lip balm! I bet it smells good too!

  • This looks like the best bag ever! Great goodies in there! And it’s so cute!

    Rachel |

  • Theresa

    The Ipsy bag looks like an awesome thing to try! You get all sorts of cool things! I’d love to try this out.

  • Karen Yannacio Morse

    I also have a dozen lip balms and glosses, but this honey balm looks like I need it. I use so much of it in the fall/winter – and this one looks like a winner!

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    You had me at the honey lip balm! The whole box looks so incredible but I keep going back to the lip balm.

  • Cait Weingartner

    This bag looks like a good one! I would love to try that highlighting stick.

    – Cait |

  • Taylor Smith

    I LOVE IPSY. By far, one of my favorite beauty subscriptions. It never disappoints!!!

  • Angela Campos

    I absolutely LOVE the bag itself! And the contents are very cool, I need to check out the Hair product and the make-up brush…GOOD STUFF!!!

  • Lorrin Sell

    i love that ipsy does bags. so cute!!

  • Kori

    I’m really not so much of a makeup person so this subscription would be a waste of money for me. Thank you for the thorough review though, I do appreciate that!

  • I have my eyes on that Highlight Stick! I’ve been wanting to try something like that!

  • That ipsy bag is so cute! I’m not a huge makeup person but my little sister is, she’d love something like this!

    • It would make a great gift for her! I love gifting my friends/family/boss subscription boxes!

  • I love the glamazon branding! So cute!

    La Belle Sirene

  • Everything in this box is glamorous. The bag is so cute and I would love to try the mascara and the lip balm.

  • What an adorable bag!!

  • songbirdsandbuttons

    Looks like you got some awesome stuff! I really want to try that mascara, I’ve heard great things!

  • Di Hickman

    Love that bag, super fun way to share their brand without being in your face. Yep mascaras are my go-to anytime I get one in my boxes! Always on the search for that unicorn mascara!

  • Brittany Muddamalle

    I’ve always wanted to try one of the ipsy bags! They’re so cute and I love the idea of a make up subscription company! I always have the hardest time choosing new makeup!

  • Chrissy Hme

    I really love the bag and I want to try that honey lip balm. I really need to try Ipsy, these bags sound so fun.

  • I love ipsy, and I’ve been with them about a year or a little over a year! I love receiving mascaras, eye shadows, and lip colors. My least favorite items are probably the brushes, because I just buy elf brushes for $1. I want all makeup haha

  • Becca Wilson

    All of these products look amazing. I have heard of Ipsy but have never taken the plunge into getting one. Maybe I should!

  • Dia

    Great finds. I think my favorite is the bag lol

  • I thought the bag was really cute for this month! I got the Living Proof and the high light stick. I have not used either yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to do so soon!