Sunday, May 13, 2012

Looking Back: December Glam Bag

December 2011 Glam Bag
It has been 6 months since the initial Glam Bag was sent out in December. It feels like so long ago, but time sure has gone by quickly! I should be getting the May Glam Bag in the mail any day now, which will be my 6th bag. Being in the sixth month of my MyGlam subscription, it also means that I have spent $60 to date on Glam Bags. What did I get for $60? Is there anything I am still using? Is there anything I never used at all? What have I loved? What have I hated? I thought this would be a good point to take a look back at my past Glam Bags and see.


The December Bag:
The December Glam Bag has an attached mirror.
The Bag. 
In my opinion, the bag is okay but not my favorite. The little mirror might come in handy, if the bag wasn't sitting in a stack with other makeup bags I'm not currently using. The fabric is shiny, a little stiff and feels like it would get dirty quickly. I'm sure I can find a use for it at some point, which is why I keep it in that stack of makeup bags I mentioned. It's not that there is anything wrong with it per se but I obviously don't love it or I would have used it already. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Istanbul.
The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme. 
The color I got is Istanbul, a light natural pink. This is sort of a hybrid between a lipstick and a lipgloss, a cream lipstick if you will. It applies very smoothly, smells pretty good and has decent lasting power. It did to settle into the creases of my lips a little though. It doesn't have much of a taste, which is fine with me because while that can be good, it can sometimes be really bad. To be honest, I actually haven't opened the one that came in my Glam Bag. I happened to purchase the exact same color right before my Glam Bag came. I have only used it a few times and have been hanging onto the one from my Glam Bag. (I have a samples/extras drawer that it currently lives in.) 

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara.
The Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara.
This is another product from that Glam Bag that remains unused due to me purchasing it right before the Glam Bag came. Again, the sample that came in my Glam Bag sits in my sample/extras drawer. Through Black Friday deals and holiday sets I purchased, I ended up with a larger sample size and a full size of this mascara. I have used the other sample size I got a bunch of times and actually really like this mascara. This is probably my second favorite mascara after the BUXOM Lash in Blackest Black. I keep that other sample in my purse for mascara touchups, in case I walk out the door and forgot to put mascara on, etc. (Sort of my "in case of mascara emergencies" mascara.) Once I use up my first sample, this one will replace it. I haven't opened the full size one I got yet because I am trying to use up the two BUXOM mascaras I currently have open, but I know I use it.

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow. 
I have an Urban Decay Naked palette. I use it a ton. Since It contains this shade, Sin, I haven't opened this full sized one yet. So yet again, this sits in my samples/extras drawer. I love, love, LOVE Urban Decay eyeshadows and this one is no different. I just don't see the point of opening it until I need to. 

Urban Decay's famous Primer Potion.
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Fondly abbreviated UDPP to those of us who are UD fanatics (at least in online references to it.) I mentioned above that I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and I definitely LOVE Primer Potion too. I haven't tried that many eyeshadow primers, but of those I have tried this is my absolute favorite. (For the record, I have tried Too Faced Shadow Insurance, E.L.F. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer and Hard Candy Eyeshadow Primer. Too Faced is actually pretty good too but UD is still my favorite.) If you are a fan of Urban Decay, like me, you probably own a palette or two or three. I bet they came with sample sizes of UDPP. I think I have 3 of these sample size primers (or I did until I gave some to friends...) as well as a full size, a professional size of it in Eden (The matte version of UDPP) and samples sizes of all the variations (Eden, Greed and Sin.) I LOVE this stuff. In case that isn't already apparent. So while I do still have this one last sample size of UDPP in Original, I am saving it for travel. It is just so convenient to have small version of one of my favorite products for when I need to save space in my makeup bag. If you have never tried UDPP, I highly recommend it.

The orange squares are Mai Couture Blush Papiers.
Mai Couture Blush Papiers. 
The color I got is peachy, it is called Sunset Blvd. I haven't touched these since I got them until I took the above photo today. They were still inside the Glam Bag, sitting in the stack of makeup bags I mentioned earlier. Okay, can I just say this... while this seems like a cool idea in theory, I'm just not that into it. (I actually forgot to take a photo of the blush papiers solo, that might be a hint. lol) I haven't tried them, I probably wont... I will probably forget about them again. Sorry if that is really close minded. I just don't even care. Blotting papers from Mai Couture were also included in the December Glam Bag and I forgot to include them in the photo. I haven't used those either, just for the record. 

OVERALL:
So, basically I haven't touched a single item that came in my December Glam Bag. Not because they aren't great products, but because I already have another sample or full size of almost all the products. I actually like or love four of the five products that came in this Glam Bag even though I haven't used the specific samples that I got in that bag yet. I will definitely use the Urban Decay and Tarte samples I got. The NYX will probably be given to a friend or something since I don't tend to use lip glosses up and I doubt I'll even finish the one I bought. Finally, like I just mentioned, I'll probably never use the Mai Couture Blush Papiers. Overall, I am happy with the products and brands that were included in the Glam Bag for December, and I know I will use at least three of the five products up. 



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