"The Great Escape" ipsy March 2013 Glam Bag featuring GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette, 2 yaby eyeshadow refills, LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes, and Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist.

ipsy Glam Bag: March 2013

The ipsy March 2013 Glam Bag was themed The Great Escape and featured several travel-based samples and products as well as a nautical themed cosmetic bag. All perfect for those of us with Spring Break/Holiday plans. (Even if the weather outside is more frightful than ever this holiday weekend, especially here on the East Coast. Brr.) This month’s ipsy bag contained products by Glam RX, yaby, Juice Beauty, and LA Fresh. Keep reading for more!

"The Great Escape" ipsy March 2013 Glam Bag featuring GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette, 2 yaby eyeshadow refills, LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes, and Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist.

“The Great Escape” ipsy March 2013 Glam Bag featuring GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette, 2 yaby eyeshadow refills, LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes, and Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist.

This month’s cosmetic bag was very cute, as well as lightweight and easy to clean (because, let’s face it, something always spills when we travel). I thought the bag captured “The Great Escape” theme well, plus it’s always fun to be seasonal.

I was actually a tad displeased with this month’s samples. They seemed to be a little lacking and I wasn’t exactly happy with the quality of some of the items. Unfortunate as the past few months of ipsy have been great.

GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette

GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette

GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette: The GlamRX palette was designed by a woman-on-the-go for other on-the-go women. Her business philosophy (as can be read on her website) is that it’s easier when we have one travel palette that can hold all the things we need for touch-ups. Makes sense as I know my purse is more makeup than it is keys and plastic.

The mini palette is 8.5 cm x 6 cm (roughly) and 1.2 cm thick.

Inside view of GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette featuring yaby eyeshadow

Inside view of GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette featuring yaby eyeshadow

The inside of the mini palette features an easy-to-clean mirror and a hollow space with a magnetic bottom. Anything metal will hold on nicely despite the magnet seeming rather weak.

I, personally, don’t have any cosmetics or samples that are either small enough or magnetic enough to be contained within this palette, so this product is fairly useless for me. I’ll nod to the concept, but it isn’t too versatile for the mass populous (in my opinion, of course).

Value: $5.00 USD

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yaby eyeshadow refills in es442 (sand dune) and es296 (so vein)

yaby eyeshadow refills in es442 (sand dune) and es296 (so vein)

yaby eyeshadow in es442 (sand dune) and es296 (so vein): I hadn’t tried yaby eyeshadow before so this was a treat. I was very happy with the colours; green is in this year after all! (Granted, So Vein is a little more teal than green.)

Overall, I found the eyeshadow’s consistency to be more powdery than most, but it does apply easy and blend really well. Value wise, these little 3 g refills are $1.05 per gram. A tad pricey in my opinion, but they are refills. You’d evidently only purchase the colours that you know you want.

Regular: $3.15 USD for a 3 g refill

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Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist: Ugh, this mist REEKS. It smells horrible, like cat’s pee and flowers. I spritzed it on to see how well it worked, but the smell actually caused my eyes to water. Even my cat was like, “What the hell is that?” She ran away from me.

I wasn’t wearing it long as ew, cat pee, but it didn’t make my skin feel any different – it didn’t feel hydrated or silkier or anything. The applicator also has a limited range, not providing good coverage. All in all, I don’t care how antioxidant rich this mist is, it stinks – I’ll eat some blueberries instead, thanks, and get my nutrients the old fashioned way.

Sample Value: $3.30 USD for 30 mL (1 fl. oz.)
Regular: $22.00 USD for 200 mL (6.75 fl. oz.)

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LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes

LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes

LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes: La Fresh and I have an off-again-on-again romance it seems. I like their cleansing wipes but disliked their eye makeup remover wipes (too much residue). These makeup remover cloths come in a pack of 8 5″ x 5.75″ wipes. The cloths have a very light clean-smelling scent, which I liked, and while they did have inklings of the eye wipe residue, it wasn’t as heavy. I felt my skin was clean and fresh after use, and the wipe did take off 90% of my makeup quite easily. All in all, not a bad product and it comes at an affordable price. Great for travelling – just throw it in your purse and go!

Regular: $1.99 USD for 8 wipes

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Overall, I liked the eyeshadow, and travel wipes never go astray, but this month just left me felling pretty “meh”. There was nothing starry in this bag or anything I was excited to receive or try. Hopefully next month will be better.

The value for this month’s Glam Bag was $16.58 USD, so we essentially got equal value for what we paid as subscribers (especially for Canadians – we saved >$1).

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