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2016 December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

December Ipsy Bag

This isn’t just any Ipsy unboxing post, this will be my FINAL Ipsy unboxing post. That’s right, after 5 years of lovely glam bags filled with various beauty products, I’m taking a break. Read on to find out why and to also see what’s inside this last December Ipsy 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 🙂

Why Am I Canceling?

So if I’ve been a long time, very satisfied subscriber, why am I ending my subscription? Well, as I said in the intro, it’s been 5 years (Ipsy was called “MyGlam” then), and I think it’s just time for a break. I’ve received many, many adorable little makeup bags and lots and lots of makeup during those 5 years.

When I first signed up, I was really excited to find a beauty subscription service that actually gave you actual makeup products. I had been using Birchbox (my first ever subscription box) for over a year and had become disappointed by the numerous perfume and skin samples. MyGlam had just come out, and I immediately signed up. I was not very impressed with the MyGlam bags I received (the bags were super cheap looking and the products were just “meh”) and perhaps I wasn’t the only one since they revamped themselves as “Ipsy” the next year. 

Once they became “Ipsy” I rarely had a complaint! The bags themselves were of much higher quality and design, and I was loving all the new brands I was being introduced to and the products I was receiving. I’ve never thought about canceling in all those years. I really do think it’s one of the top value beauty subscription services. Especially if you’re someone new to makeup, I think it’s perfect!

Despite all this praise and my positive feelings for Ipsy, I’m ready to try out a few new boxes here and there. I finally got off the waiting list for Play! by Sephora box and will be giving you my first impressions in my next post (sorry for all the beauty box posts lately!).  

I may return to Ipsy some time in the future, but for now I’m going to try to use up all the lovely samples I’ve received from them over the years and remember them fondly <3

2016 December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing2016 December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

The Glam Bag

The theme this month is “carpe p.m.” Very glam!! I love the hot pink and fuzzy texture of the bag! It definitely reminds me of a little wristlet purse a girl would have on her for a fun night out!

Inside the Bag  

2016 December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

Marc Anthony True Professional Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment

Winter is definitely as brutal on my hair as it is on my skin. This sulfate-free and color safe product claims to “instantly condition and restore strands” plus it smells amazing!! 

2016 December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

NYX Professional Makeup Prismatic Shadow

Ooh yes!! I love NYX products and this copper-toned shimmery eyeshadow (perfect for the holidays) does not disappoint! It is richly pigmented and easy to blend with a very soft texture. Also the packaging is super cute with the little bow-shaped clasp.

2016 December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pin Up

I recently jumped on the liquid lipstick bandwagon and my only regret is not getting on board sooner! This came in such a pretty and very universally flattering berry pink color. Unlike some matte finish liquid lipsticks, this didn’t feel drying at all. It was very moisturizing and applied super smoothly plus had great staying power!

30% off any purchase at ciatelondon.com with code IPSTER

Hikari Cosmetics Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Iris

I’ve received this same eyeliner but in black through Ipsy and liked it then. I still like it in this lovely deep violet shade (sorry, I fogot to swatch it). I don’t usually wear anything other than black liquid eyeliner so this is a nice fun addition to my makeup collection of something I normally wouldn’t buy. I’m looking forward to experimenting with it for fun and using it for special looks or occasions.  Like the black eyeliner, the application is easy and gives a precise line. It also is nicely pigmented and doesn’t smudge!

2016 December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

tarte cosmetics deluxe maracuja oil

Tarte never disappoints! This multi-tasking oil is absolutely amazing!! It’s so versatile – use it on your skin at night to nourish it and wake up with a morning glow (my favorite use), your hair for extra smoothness and shine, or your nails to sooth rough cuticles. You can even use it as a makeup “eraser” to remove lipstick smears or liner slips – just use a cotton swab! I also love the little bottle it comes in (I wouldn’t have minded a bit more product though) with the droplet applicator. Oh, and it smells great!! I need more stat!!

20% off any purchase at tarte.com with code IPSYDEC

Final Thoughts

It’s so bittersweet thinking about how this will be my last Ipsy bag for awhile, but I’m glad that it ended on a good note! Even though there wasn’t a nail polish which is usually a big negative for me, I’m actually fine with it this month – especially since apparently there were no nail polishes this month for any bags. I really excited for and will definitely use every product here, not a disappointment in the lot so yay!!

Thank you, Ipsy, for being an excellent subscription to me all these years! Keep doing what you’re doing!

Be sure to check out my other unboxing posts!

2016 December Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

 What did you think of this year’s (and mine’s) last Ipsy bag?

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  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    Those are awesome products!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • SO many great items! I love that eyeshadow and the facial oil looks like a great product!

  • Those goodies look great! I love the pink bag! I cancelled my subscription after 3 months. I loved having it but I felt I only got 1 item that I loved and the rest just sat in my makeup drawer.

  • Those products look awesome. Never head of this brand before. Will have to check them out further as I’ve been looking a subscribing to a beauty box.

  • Deb

    The argan oil and the NYX shadow are my favs!

  • Robin Rue

    Look at all that good stuff that was in there? I love the bag that it came in, too! Super cute.

  • Nicola Bromley

    Lovely products and the bag is gorgeous too! I need to get myself sorted with a subscription in the New Year but not sure what to just yet…will have to shop around and see what ones are best!

  • I bet it’s fun receiving such a kit every month, but I never really considered signing up for one bc you never know what you will get. I rather go to a store and purchase what I really want. So I understand your decision!

  • Lisa W

    I was wondering if the Ipsy bags were worth it and they do look like great products! I love NYX and you can’t go wrong with Argan oil! I may try sometime!

  • Allison Lancaster

    I’ve heard great thinks about the Ipsy bag! I would be disappointed too that there wasn’t a nail polish in the bag 🙁

  • Jalisa Marie

    I love Ipsy but always would get at least some of the same products uugghhh

  • Amy Smith

    I’ve always wanted to try this. Thanks.

  • I love the color of the NYX shadow! Lately my go-to makeup colors have been rose-gold and copper tones 🙂

  • Brittany Daoud

    I got the tarte Marcuja oil in my previous Glam Bag and absolutely love it! I’m going to cancel after January’s bag too, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of your other subscriptions you’ll be trying!

  • I did Ipsy for a year and then quit, but I have severe allergies and it’s hard to use things with that. But I love the idea. I think it’s good to branch out and explore other options.

  • I never tried Ipsy but you are so right about Birchbox.I think 5 years is long enough and you should try other things!

  • Karen Yannacio Morse

    I am impressed with your dedication! I have flip-flopped to a lot of different subscription services, but never stayed on for too long.

  • What an awesome Ipsy bag! You got so many great products! I really LOVE the bright pink bag that it came with too!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    I’ve always wanted to try Ipsy! I love what you got in your latest box!

  • Bec Boop

    I’ve never heard of Ipsy but it must be nice to get random makeup treats every time 🙂

  • I love liquid lippies! This pin up lippie looks so pretty and I do love me some Nyx. Plus the bag is cute too xx

  • It looks like you got really good products in this bag! I’ve heard really good things about the Tarte oil.

  • Love these. Such lovely products you’ve collected over 5 years! Glad you are taking time to use them to the best. I’m sure you’d be back to receive that element of surprise month on month 🙂

  • Jean Standley

    I used to have birchbox and glossybox, but ended up cancelling them both because I was a bit overwhelmed with make up/samples/random bits and I also wanted to save a bit of money. I can totally understand why you need a break after 5 years. Hope you enjoy your Play! box 🙂

  • Shana Lee

    Wow! 5 years! That is some major loyalty. I love the cute bag it comes in.

  • Carolyn

    I think these subscription boxes are so cool. Thanks for sharing your opinion and I can’t wait to hear what you think of Sephora’s box.

  • Suzanne Spiegoski-Decamps

    I love subscription boxes! And look at all those goodies in this Ipsy box! I want them all 🙂

  • TheLocdBella

    Argan Oil is one of my favorite oils. I know it’s probably kinda sad to be leaving Ipsy, but at least you got some cool bags from the subscription.

  • Tabitha Shakespeare

    I have always been interested in subscription boxes! I love the idea of testing out different products before shelling out the money!