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Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014 review, unboxing

What on earth am I doing with an Ipsy Glam Bag, you wonder? I did my third-ever beauty box swap recently and, in view of all the recent and prospective hauls I have done or will do in the near future, I decided to request US-only beauty boxes this time, rather than any particular products. Incidentally, I have a swap with Italy coming up in a month or so and hope I can sample their beauty boxes! This swap itself included Ipsy, Birchbox and so on, and I will do a separate post on everything I got. But I want to show you the Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2014 before the end of the month.
The August 2014 Ipsy bag is themed "Beauty Schooled", and is a back-to-school bag. The bag itself is white with orange polka dots and can be used as a pencil case, rather than anything else, which is in keeping with the theme.

Here are the contents of the Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2014.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Squee! I love trying out new mascaras and have stopped buying full-sizes in wake of all the samples I have been getting recently. In fact, I now prefer sample-sized mascaras since they last me three or four months anyway. This one was at the top of my must-try list and I was wondering when I would ever be able to try it, and here it is! I can't wait to show you how I get on with it.

StriVectin 6% NIA-114+ Antioxidant Complex

This is my first StriVectin product. Incidentally, there is another in this swap, in one of the Birchboxes, but that is an eye cream. This is a paraben-free, non-comedogenic antioxidant defence lotion which helps fight the earliest signs of ageing. Something that sounds ideal for me! I wish the sample had been bigger than 7ml.

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Anti-ageing Lip Conditioner in Mandarin Green Orange Ginger

This is the only full-sized product in this bag. Lip balms will always come in use, but some people received a balm in a tin. As I keep getting the stick-versions all the time and have a weakness for tins, I wish I had got the tin instead. I am not a fan of ginger on my lips so this will be used as a cuticle balm.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush duo

This is my first Coastal Scents product as well. There is a peach blush and a pink blush in this duo. The peach looks very good on me, but I do not like pink blushes. Ah well, beauty boxes are hit and miss anyway.

Lord and Berry Black Silk Mini Kajal Kohl-Liner

This is also my first Lord and Berry product. Somehow, I have never got around to buying their products. This is a neat black eye pencil with no problems. I will add it to my travel bag, since it is quite tiny.
The good part first. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of receiving my first Ipsy bag - there were two in this swap, but the second is from May, so you can see it in the swap post itself soon. Having said that, would I buy an Ipsy bag for myself, given the opportunity? I did like getting to try some brands I have not tried before, such as StriVectin and the lip balm. And, Perversion was a huge hit with me. - easily the best product this month.
Now for the down side. I completely get what other bloggers mean when they say the sizes are all too tiny now. Having been used to seeing many Ipsy unboxings over the last couple of years, I was expecting the samples to be a little larger. Ipsy costs $1.5 more than the infamous "Crap Bag", but the brands sent out are far better-known and there are a couple of samples more.
My swap partner Casey has offered to get me Ipsy bags regularly, if I could pay her via Paypal. I haven't decided yet - it comes to almost $20 including postage to me, which, given the size of the products here, may not always be worth it - that is almost the cost of a Memebox, which contains a lot more products, most of which are full-sized. The domestic rate of $10 for an Ipsy bag is all very well. Maybe I could get the better bags once in a while? I will keep a lookout for spoilers and decide by the end of the month. Let's see.

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  1. I've been getting Ipsy bags for a while, and this bag has been by far the biggest disappointment. I'd say try it one more month and see how it goes.... then decide if you want to continue.

  2. MyBeautyJunctionAugust 28, 2014

    Thank you! You're absolutely right. Maybe because I have been reading unboxing posts for a long time, I was expecting a couple of larger samples and more exciting products. Take away the UD mascara and there's nothing here.

  3. The Dalai Lama's NailsAugust 29, 2014

    I'm too much of a control freak to get boxes - I'd rather just buy something I really want. Then again, it is really fun to try out new-to-me products!

  4. The cream blush looks gorgeous!

  5. MyBeautyJunctionSeptember 02, 2014

    I am beginning to think it is a better idea to save on beauty boxes, which are all hit and miss anyway, and buy something I need. But then the addiction has set in so strongly and I get a kick out of the surprise element, that it is hard to cancel all the subscriptions.

  6. MyBeautyJunctionSeptember 03, 2014

    I agree - the peach shade is particularly pretty!

  7. mine was way worse , this bag made me stop subscribing to ipsy!


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