Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Revisiting My Glam Bags (Part 1)



Zadidoll brought up an interesting topic today, is Ipsy worth the $10 a month? She referenced a forum thread on Makeup Talk where a gal was wondering if Ipsy is worth it. This got me thinking about my past Glam Bags. Of all the products I have received since the first Glam Bag back in December 2011, how many have I used, how many have I actually purchased a full size of and how many have I given away or just never tried?

I did start taking a look back at past Glam Bags awhile ago on my blog, you can read those posts here:
Looking Back: My December Glam Bag (2011)
Looking Back: My January Glam Bag (2012)

This time around, I'm not going to do a separate post for each. I'm just going to take a quick look at what I have received in each back and comment on what I have used, liked, didn't like or didn't use. I have been subscribed since they began as MyGlam, and the first bag was sent out in December 2011. Between now and then I have received 19 Glam Bags. (Once monthly since 12/2011.) Here is what I have received in my bags:

**Note: all of the following photos are screenshots from my Glam Room while logged into Ipsy.com. 

December 2011: 
The first MyGlam bag! I used everything in this bag. I loved the Urban Decay products and the Tarte mascara. I didn't care for the NYX lipgloss that much and ended up giving it away. The Mai Couture blush papers were just strange I thought. If I remember correctly, I just don't think they were overly effective.

Overall:
Used: 5/5
Liked: 3/5

January 2012:
This still might be my least favorite bag ever. I used the Freeman cucumber mask once and ended up throwing it out when I moved awhile back. I didn't care for the Wen and ended up giving the rest away. I gave away the theBalm polish (the shade I got was so sheer it took like 5 coats to be opaque. I'm not into sheer polish.) I think I still have the Sheer Cover concealer kicking around somewhere, but I believe I stopped using it because at the time I thought it was making me break out.

Overall:
Used: 4/4
Liked: 0/4

February 2012:
So in this bag, I actually ended up with two of the NYX rollerball shadows and didn't get the masks at all. I was okay with that based on how little I cared for the mask in the January bag. I haven't used the Dead Sea Premier yet, though it is sitting in a little basket of skincare samples I have been meaning to try. I haven't really used the X Out either, just swatched it to see what it did. I have only used the NYX once or twice. (Rollerballs really aren't my favorite application for anything, except maybe perfume.) I also never used the NuMe credit. (I am counting this as 4 items since I got two of one item instead of one of each of the 5 that was supposed to be included in the bag.)

Overall:
Used: 2/4
Liked: 0/2

March 2012:
Of the "Dermstore Care Package" I tried both samples. I didn't use the gift card. I never used the KeraColor hair treatment. I ocassionally use the MyGlam crease brush, but it is not my favorite. I do not like or use the case. I did use the Pur-lisse lip nourisher when I first got it and it was decent. I haven't used it in awhile though. Even of the items I have used from this bag, I don't continue to use any of them and I haven't repurchased. (I am counting this bag as having 7 items - 2  samples and GC from Dermstore, KeraColor, Myglam Brush & Bag and the Pur-lisse.)

Overall:
Used: 5/7
Liked: 0/5

April 2012:
I always like my Urban Decay and their pencils are no exception. I do actually use both of these MyGlam brushes. Again, with the lip treatment I used it at first when I got it and it was decent, but I haven't used it in awhile. The lashes currently sit in a drawer with my other fake lashes, I haven't used them yet.

Overall:
Used: 4/5
Liked: 3/4

May 2012:
I did like the Philosophy fragrance, though I don't think I used it up. (I think I accidentally lost the rest of the little sample actually.) I gave away the lipstick as it wasn't a color I would use. I have the nail bling in a drawer with other nail decorating products but have yet to try them. And these two MyGlam brushes... I still have them but I haven't found a use for them yet.

Overall:
Used: 1/5
Liked: 1/1

June 2012:
I love NYX lipsticks, but I actually already had the color they sent me. I don't recall now if I kept that as a backup or passed it on to a friend. (I'll count that as a used and liked though, because if I hadn't already had the color I would have used and liked it!) The Philosophy gel moisturizer was really interesting and I liked the way it felt. I did look into purchasing a full size of it but decided to wait and use up some other moisturizer samples first. I absolutely love the Living Proof styling cream. I used up the sample and went out and bought the biggest bottle of it they had. (That would be the first product I actually repurchased after trying it from Ipsy!) I liked the Marbella eyeliner pen when I first tried it but soon discovered that it lacked staying power, especially when exposed to moisture! Application was great though. (If only it had been waterproof!)

Overall:
Used: 4/4
Liked: 3/4

July 2012:
I haven't used the NuMe conditioner yet, though it is sitting in a basket of hair product samples to try. (You know you have too many samples when.... you have them sorted by type into baskets! lol!) The Juice Beauty moisturizer was nice but I feel like their products always have kind of a strong smell. I  didn't like it enough to go out and buy it. The Yes To Cucumbers towelettes smelled nice and seemed to remove my makeup okay, but I thought they were kinda drying. I swatched the Josie Maran lipstain but haven't actually tried it yet. (I'm more of a lipstick and gloss kinda girl.) I did keep the Orange shade of the Circus nail polish but only because I thought the color was unique. I haven't tried it yet.

Overall:
Used: 2/5
Liked: 0/2

August 2012:
I liked the smell of the Demeter Roll On Perfume I received (I want to say it was Dragonfruit?) but not to wear. It would probably have made a better candle scent for me. The S.A.L.T.Y. Cosmetics eyeshadow was a fun shimmery color and I have kept that around to use occasionally. The Eclos skincare products are in the aforementioned basket of samples I have been meaning to try. I believe this time the Circus polish I got was a bright yellow and I gave it away.

Overall:
Used: 2/5
Liked: 1/2

September 2012:
I have the Soho brush on my vanity and use it occasionally but it isn't my favorite. I have not tried the Carol's Daughter Split End Sealer yet (though I should because my hair is getting some split ends at this point! Or maybe I just need a haircut...) It is currently living in that basket of hair products to try. I tried the Jane gloss a couple times and already have so many other glosses I love so I gave it away. I have the Mirabella eyecolor in the package still, I haven't touched it. I'll probably give it away. I got the Purple shade of the Circus nail color this time and again kept it because it was a unique color but I have not yet used it.

Overall:
Used: 2/5
Liked: 1/2

October 2012:
I actually use the Couture Colour Pequi Oil and I like it. It smells really nice. I haven't used up my sample yet but it is in rotation with a couple other hair oils and products I use. I have only swatched the Coastal Scents eyeshadows, I haven't actually tried applying them on my eyelids yet. I did not like the shade of the Mirenesse glossy lacquer stain I got so I gave it away. I have not tried the Be A Bombshell liner yet, partly because I'm afraid it will run if I sweat or cry or get wet like the Marbella liner did. I have the theBalm mascara in a drawer full of mascara samples that I pull from every so often to try. However I have not tried this one yet, but I do love mascara samples.

Overall:
Used: 1/5
Liked: 1/1

November 2012:
I love the packaging on the theBalm eyeshadow sample, though I still have not tried it out. (I have so much eyeshadow it's incredible. I'm trying not to start using many new ones until I get through some of the product I'm already using, but we will see how that goes. lol!) The Starlet liner I got came in a dark brown color, which I don't use often. I am also usually a bigger fan of twist up pencils rather than the kind that must be sharpened. I am pretty sure I gave this away. I love the Nailtini glitter polish I received! I think I only used it once as an accent nail so far but I'm sure I will find more ways to use it. I absolutely love the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipgloss, I got the shade Daredevil which is shown in the photo. I love it and it did make me want to go buy more shades of this gloss. (I figure I'll wait until the holidays when they will likely have value sets!) I finally tried out the Chella eyebrow gel the other day when I misplaced my normal one. It's okay... I used it by itself and it seemed to work fine. I think it would work great over pencil or powder too. It's nice to have a clear gel on hand, as my usual one it tinted.

Overall:
Used: 3/5
Liked: 3/3

December 2012:
I love the NYX Loose Pearl shadows, I had a bunch already. Great product. Again, I love my Urban Decay. (They're pretty much the only liner pencils I'll use that don't twist up.) Mai Couture again... I'm still just not sure what to think about paper blush and highlighter... it's just a weird concept. I have not tried this version yet though for some reason I hung onto it just in case I did want to try it. The Mirabella primer was alright. I have definitely used several other primers I prefer to this one thought. The shade of Be A Bombshell gloss I got wasn't a color I will use so I gave it away.

Overall:
Used: 3/5
Liked: 2/3


To Be Continued in Part 2....  and find out what I think of the bags!

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