Okay, first of all, I entirely agree that the samples this month are…well, let’s just say “dainty.” Conversely, most of the products are of exceptional quality and it’s nice to be able to sample them. And, yes, I definitely mean sample. As you’ll see below, a handful of uses at best is what you’ll get out of this month’s munchkin-sized delights. Well, let’s just jump on over to the Land of Lilliputian.
Here’s the bag and its contents. Speaking of the bag, not really feeling it this month, Ipsy. Feels like something I’d just hand off to my kindergarten student for their pencils. The pattern was cute but I wasn’t prepared for the crumpled way it arrived nor the Dollar Store material. But, I digress. Let’s move on to what was in the bag:
And the first thing, which was outside of the bag, is a sample-sized Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. I love UD products, and I’m going to pretty much love anything called “Perversion.” I’ve heard really good things about this mascara so I’ll definitely put aside my Too Faced Better Than Sex to give this a whirl:
Next up is a diminutive Lord & Taylor eyeliner in Black Silk (and when they put “Mini” on the pencil, they weren’t kidding). It did swatch nicely on my hand but any eyeliner is going to have to offer a whole lot of something to pry me away from my Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero.
Now we’ll move on to the lip balm by “You’re The Balm,” which is actually full-sized…but unfortunately smells and tastes like a hefty dose of Dimetap. Not my favorite flavor but if it works well, I’ll deal with that issue.
Next up is one of my favorite brands, Dr. Brandt, with the “Pores No More” tinted facial primer. There’s not a lot in this tube, but was enough for me to fall in love with it with a single small dot to my hand. Blended like a dream, perfect color, and left my skin feeling like silk. This I’ll definitely consider purchasinging in full-size form. WINNING!
Next up is a try-it size duo of Coastal Scents “Forever Blush.” I’ve had really good luck with Coastal Scents products, and their “Revealed” palettes are seriously a dead-on dupe for Urban Decay’s “Naked” palettes at a fraction of the price. This little duo looks like it might be a dupe for Clinique’s blush/bronze duo, which I love. I’m looking forward to trying this out and, if I like it, would definitely consider purchasing the full-sized product, especially with that nice little discount coupon that came with the sample.
This brings us to the last little goody in this month’s bag, which is a “beauty schooled” card, where they encouraged their GlamBag subscribes to write their best beauty advice on the card, photograph it, and send it via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
While tempted to write, SIZE MATTERS!, I instead controlled my inner snark and decided on SMILE. It’s the one thing that makes us all even lovelier than we already are.
So that’s it in a nutshell (and all of these products could practically fit in a nutshell) for the August Glambag. Was it disappointing? Yeah, kinda/sorta. I’d have loved larger products or at least a different flavored/scented lip balm but, hey, it’s only $10/month and usually has a cute little bag to go with it. Summer is winding down and I’m hopeful next month’s GlamBag will be more satisfying. I didn’t bother with retail values. To be honest, I think all of these (except the balm) are things you could probably get for free at Sephora or Ulta as hand-out samples if you’re near one.
Hopefully the September GlamBag shouldn’t require a “CHOKING HAZARD” label.
If you’d like more information on Ipsy, here are links to their website and to their Facebook page:
Until next time, stay beautiful!!!