September Ipsy Glam Bag Review Plus Giveaway!

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Well, my September Ipsy came – I’m always the last it seems – and I’m just not in love with it this month. It’s very likely because I already own basically all these products in one form or another. However, the bag is cute, we use them to collect various items, and I’m really happy with some of the changes Ipsy has made recently:

  • New referral program! Now you can refer your friends and get points to save up and not have to get 2 friends to sign up in a month to receive a referral bonus!
  • The review section in my Glam Room is MUCH MUCH faster. It took a long time for me to do the surveys before and now it doesn’t take nearly as long. Hooray!

September Ipsy Glam Bag Review Plus Giveaway! photo

The Subscription: Ipsy
The Description: Monthly Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Comes with a cute little bag to store your loot.
The Price: $10/month

September 2013 Ipsy Classic Beauty

Ipsy as always arrives in this wonderful pink metallic bubble mailer! I love it!

Theme: Classic Beauty This is totally 80s throwback to me. I guess the blue mesh & lace pouch is too sorta!

All the offers On the back of the card you can discover the brands that were in all the variations. When you log into your Glam Room you can get the codes for those offers even if you didn’t receive a sample!

J.Cat Beauty Fantabulous Lipstick I would love this color if it were a concealer. Me & nude lipsticks just don’t happen. Ew. Maybe it’s a Halloween choice. I guess this is my Halloween Ipsy and I just need to suck it up.

Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara Black Mascara. Got plenty of it, but I love to try new ones! But I seem to remember that I GOT MASCARA IN LAST MONTH’S IPSY BAG!

Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil I personally didn’t need a new black liner, but it’s always nice to try out a new one and this is full size. I do seem to remember Halloween coming up and sometimes you need black liner for costume stuff!

Victoria Jackson Taupe Brow Pencil I just got a few brow pencils. INCLUDING IN LAST MONTH’S IPSY BAG!

NYX Single Eye Shadow This is a gorgeous color! I haven’t opened it yet because I’m considering what to do with this bag, as everything else will go unused.

Em Cosmetics Sample This is a small sample of Michelle Phan’s Em Cosmetics new Life Palette!

A diagram! I LOVE DIAGRAMS! I find them so helpful!

So, really, I understand when I get duplicates from other boxes – that’s not unusual and most people who subscribe to a subscription box aren’t getting 50 of them a month. Getting a duplicate isn’t an issue for me. When I get duplicates (no, not the same brand but the same thing) from the prior month’s Ipsy, that’s when I start to wonder what the heck is going on!

After I posted this review, I decided to give this bag away! Hoping it goes to a good home where it is loved! Ends 9/30 at 11:59pm Eastern! Please also check out all my other giveaways!

What do you think of my Ipsy? Do you think it’s weird to have the duplicate items, or would you be ok with it?

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  • Miss Jane

    I can never have enough black eyeliner! 🙂

  • Rachael R.

    I’ve never received an ipsy bag before, but I love the products shown here. I’m a big fan of most mascara.

  • Leanna

    I’ve never actually received an ipsy bag before! I’ve been thinking about signing up though! But from what I’ve seen of the September bag I really like the lip products!

  • Megan Parsons

    I like the Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil

  • Kim A.

    I really like the NYX eye shadow. They always have such great products.

  • Kim A.

    These all look like fun products. I’ve really wanted to try Ipsy, but surprises make me nervous! lol

  • laura588

    My favorite is the NYX Single Eye Shadow. I absolutely love the color!
    Laurie Emerson

  • elizabeth c

    i’d like to try the voluminizing mascara!

  • maxwell

    kohl eye pencil!

  • kacee hammer

    I actually really love the Sample Palette by Michele Phan!

  • Rebecca Lock

    mascara and the bag itself

  • Darlene Carbajal

    mascara 🙂

  • greg

    not sure what MY favorite is, but my wife would love it if i won this for her!

  • marian boll

    I would love the eye shadow for my daughter

  • Jill Banks Geraci

    Cailyn lip balm in Big Apple. Love it.

  • amanda s.

    I’m still on the ipsy wait list but I really want to try out some new eye liners.

    • Melissa Green Hartley

      I love the look of the NYX Single Eye Shadow~how beautiful .. I am an eye shadow junkie & would love to try this brand .. thanks!

  • Jenette

    My favorite is the John Frieda Full Repair shampoo and conditioner. My hair smells so good and looks shiny and healthy!

  • Dawn

    The JCat! I love a good nude and haven’t bought a new one in ages.

  • alison huffaker

    i like the NYX eyeshadow !!! Purple tones play up my brown eyes 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway !

  • busybritney2009

    Chella Highlight was my favorite!!

    • Brandy

      i totally use the chella all the time!!

  • Carla

    The Life Palette looks like it would be really fun to try!

  • Julie

    I have been wanting to try Ipsy for a while. Love your reviews!!

    • Brandy

      Thank you!!!!! 🙂

  • Megan

    I really want to try that mascara. Got to love a brand new black mascara!

    • Brandy

      I totally agree, but I thought in this case, best to share (even if it’s just with one person)!

  • Maria

    I loveeee the pink color of the eye shadow, and eyebrow products!! I hope I get some next month! My eyebrows seem to disappear a little at a time 🙁

    • Brandy

      My fave brow product is probably bare minerals brow powder. It’s excellent. I don’t have a problem with thinning hair on my brows, so scratch that, my favorite is brow dye. I use Swiss-o-par. But only when I color my hair. Because then I don’t match and it’s terrible. I look best when my hair is colored but I’m terribly lazy about it.

      • Maria

        I have an awful time with plucking them away a little at a time! Trying to save money via. budget with plucking vs. waxing is not doing me good. I prefer pencil over powder, but maybe I will try the BM powder! I always seem to get terribly lazy about maintenance things ie. dying hair, but daily routines are easier 🙂

  • Kimberly

    I really wanted the Caytyln (?) Gel Eyeliner that came in a few months ago, but ipsy sent me false eyelashes instead.

  • Brandy Davis

    The sparkly crème pallet : )

  • Rachel Beltz

    I love that they gave you diagrams! It just makes me feel so accomplished to have a pre set out look to create, maybe I’m weird, but it just helps so much (:

    • Brandy

      I am also the hugest diagram fan!!!

      • Rachel Beltz

        That and tutorials ;P It’s like an obsession. When I’m not creative, there’s other people to help (:

        • Brandy

          yes! of course mine never turns out the same but that’s ok. it’s like i just need a starting point.

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  • Jamie Dee

    I love Mascara, I’m a mascara junkie and always want my eyelashes to look false, big and black lol. The eyeshadow looks pretty. Your bag could have used more color for sure!

  • Bambi

    I want to receive some blush from ipsy !

  • Zan Caperton

    The EM cosmetics sample looks good.

  • Missy Marie


  • Natalie

    I’m still waitlisted for IPSY, hoping I can get in by the end of the year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Cathy Jarolin

    I like the Sparkly cream Pallett

    • Brandy

      We love that one too! I tend to use it more for fun stuff than on myself, but I thought it was a great pick!

  • Tara

    I like the Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil

  • dancer4one

    I have gotten Ipsy yet, it is on my list ti try. But I love the bag you got this month!

    • Brandy

      well, here’s hoping it goes to a good home!

  • laura maya

    I never got a ipsy bag but I loved the J Cat lipstick you received!

  • Meredith

    I like different color eye liners

  • Ever Green Collective

    Great honest reviews!

  • Heather

    I am on the waitlist so at this point, I would love any of it. I know that could change once I get a few months under my belt!

  • Cristina

    My favorite item from your bag is the eyeshadow! Unfortunately I am still on the Ipsy waitlist, it’s been about a month.

  • Ally

    The NYX eyeshadow hue is right up my alley. I love those rich berry tones for my green eyes!

  • Natasha Stroud Hoover

    I love the Victoria Jackson brow pencil!!

  • Sarah

    My favorite was the NYX cream blush from a couple months back. Use it every day!

  • Robin O

    I think the J.Cat Beauty Fantabulous Lipstick is my favorite Ipsy item!!

  • Elisha Barrows

    I love everything that Ipsy sends, Id have to say my favorite thing I have gotten so far would have to be either the NYX eyeshadow or the Butter London nail polish in LA MOSS! Loved that!

  • Ricki

    If your eyeshadow is Purple, we got the exact same bag. Not really loving mine, either – except for the shadow.

    • Brandy

      Glad it’s not just me!

  • Jean Eckert

    I’ve never gotten an Ipsy bag, still on the wait list…but I would love any new eye products!

  • Misty Marie Battle

    I love the eyeshadow. It is a beautiful color!

  • Brandy K

    I love the NYX shadow! What a gorgeous color!