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2016 October Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

October Ipsy Bag

Yay! I’m breaking my string of late Ipsy unboxing posts and posting this just a day after receiving it in the mail – go me! This month’s Halloween “Black Magic” themed bag is too cute! Read on to see what’s inside!

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 🙂

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The Glam Bag

Ipsy NAILED the bag and theme this month!! I really, really love this bag!! The illustrations by Valfré’s are so freaking cute and so PERFECT for Halloween! The bag also feels well-made, and I adore the cute little ghost zipper pull thing (I can’t think of it’s proper name right now lol). It even has little hearts in it’s eyes – I love details like that! I could easily see this being sold on its own as a little makeup/toiletry bag in trendy stores like Forever 21.

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Inside the Bag  

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Sally’s Box Aqua Moist Gel Cream

I’ve never heard of this brand, but this is a really nice hydrating gel cream! I love how instantly cool, refreshing, and soft it makes my skin feel. Very light, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or oily. It also has a really nice subtle fragrance which makes sense since it’s made from flower water from Provence roses, chamomile, and lavender. Other ingredients include deep sea water and aloe vera leaf – no wonder it’s so moisturizing! 

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Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner

I haven’t found an HG liquid eyeliner yet so I’m always happy when Ipsy includes one in their bags so I can try out different brands without having to invest too much money. I’m a fan of Ciate’s nail polishes but didn’t know they made other beauty products! Like their nail products, this eyeliner was of great quality. The felt tip made for very easy and smooth application for sharp lines and wings. It was also very pigmented even on top of eyeshadow, dried quickly, and lasted all day with no smudges. All around great product!

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theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush

I love cruelty-free brand theBalm and own many of their products including two other blushes: Down Boy and Frat Boy. I recommend both! Hot Mama just might be my new favorite, however. It’s a beautiful peachy pink color that would look great on pretty much all skin tones. There is shimmer, but it’s not too overwhelming – instead giving you a lovely glow. I actually like a little shimmer in my blushes to give you that nice highlight look. The formula is also super smooth, silky, and lasts a long time.

The one con, and this really says nothing against the quality of the product, is the small size of the sample. The photo above is blown up to twice the actual size of the sample. While this size might work for an eyeshadow or be fine even for a highlighter (they used this same size for their Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter which I LOVE), but as for a blush it doesn’t work. It’s good for swatching a sample but the size is so small it’s going to be very difficult to use this with any blush brush. Still despite the sample size of the product, I am still a big fan! 

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tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux

I just received a product from the same brand in last month’s bag so I was a little disappointed to see a “repeat” already. To be fair though, the products are very different even if they do look similar. Apparently every product comes in this “crayon” format with the snap on caps. Last month, I got a highlighter stick, this month a lip product.

Right away, I did love the deep wine color – so on trend for fall and so me. I find many matte lipsticks to be very drying, but this was very creamy and glided on smoothly. Unfortunately, it was also VERY sheer although I was able to build it up a little. Reminded me more of a tinted lip balm, honestly. Definitely not as dark as I would’ve liked. The matte finish was decent. It wore off pretty easily though even without eating or drinking so I had to reapply often. Not terrible but not my favorite.

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Adesse New York Liquid Chrome Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in “Grand Central”

I guess Ipsy got my memo because after lamenting over my previous nail polish-free bag, they’re back with a nice full sized bottle of a color that’s perfect for Halloween – yay! The brand is another that I’ve never heard before, but I loved the beautiful gunmetal color and was very excited to try them on my nails.

I was quickly very disappointed, however. The formula is very sheer and took several coats to become opaque. I did read a tip though that it looks best with a base color underneath so maybe I’ll try that next time. Even more disappointing than the sheer formula was how easily it chipped even with a top coat. Despite it’s gorgeous purple/green shade-shifting color (the photos don’t do it justice), I would be hesitant to purchase another polish from this brand 🙁 Even if this wasn’t hit, I hope Ipsy keeps the nail polishes coming!

Final Thoughts

While I LOVED the Ipsy x Valfré collab designed bag, the products inside were a little lacking. My favorites were the Ciate eyeliner and theBalm blush (if only it wasn’t so small!). Still, I liked how everything pretty much tied with the Halloween theme or was on trend for the fall. Also I love it when I get a full variety of products (eyes, lip, cheeks, nails, skin). I know it sounds like I was being a little harsh to some of these products, but I still consider this an improvement over last month’s products.

Be sure to check out my other unboxing posts!

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What did you think of this month’s bag?

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  • The bag is super cute!

  • The bag is totally awesome! And those lipe crayons look very intriguing!

  • Oh I love the little bag. So, so cute! 🙂

  • Nicole Parise

    The Ipsy bags are always so cute! I have some other subscriptions, but this looks like a great little collection 🙂
    xx nicole

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Cute! I got a different color nail polish, but I am excited to try the eyeliner. I agree…love the blush/shadow but its tiny.

  • Debra Hawkins

    What a cute bag and I totally love the nail polish color! That one is not one you see a lot! Pretty

    • Thanks, Debra! It really is a unique nail polish color and cute bag!! <3

  • Vicky Perreault

    First of all, the design of the bag is just too cute and totally worth the price. Then you get all those cool items inside. I would love to try the blush.

  • Brittany

    The design of the bag is so cute! Love the nail polish color.

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    Oh my, I love that bag, so flipping adorable! The goodies too! Nice!

  • Carolyn

    Love the reviews. I may have to try the eyeliner. Also need to look at some dark nail polish because I like the look of the one you tried.

  • AmphoriaBello

    That is the cutest Ipsy makeup bag to date! Love the slightly retro style drawings!

    • Totally agree!! I love the illustration style! <3

  • Amanda Love

    That’s a lot of nice goodies! It’s what I mostly use as well. I don’t really put on make-up just some eyeliner and a lipstick. I love that little pouch as well.

  • Taylor Smith

    I want that bag SO badly!!! I loved everything you got! I used to get Ipsy and I will absolutely be going back to them. I love all of the awesome products that they give you!

  • Great bag! I got the same polish in mine this month and wanted to see what the color actually looked like so thanks for the nail pic!! 🙂

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    I really like the bag and a cute nail polishes, I;m so glad that you share this with us

    • Awww, you’re welcome, Nicole! Thanks for your comment! <3

  • I love the design of the bag this month for Halloween. It’s so cute! I received the gel cream as well but have not tried it out. I am glad that it is moisturizing!

  • Jena Proctor

    What a great bag! The little make up bag is adorable! I love the nail and lip colors as well!

    • Thanks!! The bag is the cutest and those colors are so on trend for fall!

  • I love how this subscription is only $10, but you still get a handful of products. Unfortunate that the blush is so tiny!

  • I never had an ispy bag before but it seems that you get a lot of nice beauty products. Lots of great Halloween-esque beauty stuff from great brands.

  • Sarah Emily

    I have Ipsy but I haven’t been too thrilled with the products lately however this bag looks awesome! I am anxious to receive mine!

  • Natasha

    The bag is just too cute! I love theBalm products!

  • Becca Wilson

    I have always wanted to try an Ipsy bag out. This one looks like it had tons of fun goodies inside.

    • You should definitely give it a try, Becca!! So many great beauty goodies every month!

  • Hannah Adkins

    I think the bag is the best part of this! All of the cute little halloween icons & characters. I also love that shade of polish!

    • Yes, the bag itself was definitely my favorite item!! So cute!!

  • I think that makeup bag is adorable and the print on it is really cute. I’ve been curious to find out what comes in these Ipsy subscription boxes.

    • Thanks for your comment, Maria!! Glad you got to take a peek inside an Ipsy bag ^^

  • I love it when they stay on theme!!

  • Yes, it’s such a great beauty subscription! One of the most inexpensive ones as well! Definitely recommend! <3