Glam Bag Unboxing: October 2016

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Ipsy sent the October glam bag out in their usually timely manner, and I couldn’t have been more excited.  Except for the fact that this month’s theme was “spooky” AKA Halloween AKA my least favorite “holiday.”  It’s not a holiday.  And it’s definitely not my favorite.  BUT, despite the theme, the contents of my Ipsy October glam bag weren’t too bad.  I would definitely say this was not my favorite bag, but it had some redeeming products.  I’ll list them in order of favorite to least favorite.

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Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish – Heavenly

Usually, nail polish isn’t my favorite beauty product (though it’s pretty important to me!)  And I really didn’t think this particular bottle was “my color.”  And wearing it, I still don’t think it is.  But I really, really like it for some reason!  It’s the perfect moon-blue with a hint of lavender.  And the quality of the polish is amazing too: smooth, milky, dries evenly, etc.  It’s everything a polish is supposed to be.  And it’s not extremely fragile or chipping-prone.  This product was definitely my favorite of the October glam bag.

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theBalm Cosmetics blush/highlight – Hot Mama

I had been wanting to try theBalm for a while (can’t believe it hadn’t happened before) and so I was most excited to get this product.  In terms of quality, this is theBomb (sorry).  It’s very creamy and doesn’t have a lot of fallout or beading.  In terms of usability, I wouldn’t say that the packaging/pan lends well to this being a blush.  It’s really hard to get any brush besides an eyeshadow brush onto the little pan.  A fluffy blush brush just wouldn’t fit well.  Maybe a delicate highlighting brush would fit, and an eyeshadow brush definitely does–but the size of this product doesn’t read “blush” well.  Regardless, I’m pleased with this product!

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Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner

It’s eyeliner.  As a rule, it’s my number one favorite type of makeup.  So naturally, this item was a crowd-pleaser.  It’s felt tipped, which is also one of my favorite applicators for eyeliner.  Small note–but the packaging is not my favorite.  Completely irrelevant, but true.

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Indi Beauty Buttercream Antioxidant Lib Scrub

You may remember from previous glam bag success stories, but lip products are not my favorite of beauty items.  This product is little more “my speed” because it is a lip scrub and I happen to like those a lot.  The real reason this piqued my interest is because it has a lot of naturally good ingredients: shea butter, sweet almond oil, and avocado, which also means its a good-quality product in my books.  To be honest, I didn’t need another lip scrub.  But also to be honest, I can always use another product named after cake icing!

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tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon – Belize Bordeaux

The packaging here is adorable.  At first, I thought the crayon had lost it’s cap.  Then I realized the crayon tip WAS the cap.  Well played, tre’StiQue!  Since this is a lip crayon, and a dark one at that, this is my least favorite product.  The packaging was a plus…but I don’t think I’ll have much use for the product itself.

An honorable mention in all of this is the bonus product I got from redeeming my Ipsy points.  (Ipsy has a points system by which you earn products through earning points– writing reviews, following on social media, etc.)  My bonus product was a pair of Vixen lashes by Social Lashes.  They are probably my absolute number one favorite product of the unboxing, but they technically weren’t part of the official October glam bag, and so I couldn’t rank them with the others.

Well, that’s a wrap for my October glam bag unboxing.  Thanks for stopping by!  This post comes out a *little* later than my normal unboxing posts.  Read my September round-up or October to-do list for a little revelation as to why that is.  And stop by again soon, as I plan to resume frequent postings!

PS. If you want to sign up for Ipsy yourself, you can do so here!  Doing so will not compensate my monetarily, but it will give me some bonus points for free products!

 

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