Ipsy Bag: October Unboxing


I’m not a huge fan of makeup. I wear eyeliner, lip balm, nail varnish, sometimes mascara, and occasionally lip gloss. That’s about all I have in my repertoire and I’m happy with that, but I do often wonder if I’m missing out on something great – a fab moisturiser, or different brand of lip balm/gloss. I like trying new things but don’t want to be spending a lot on my new-product-adventure.

So a friend told me about ipsy and I jumped at the chance of signing up – there is a waitlist! After you sign up you can do some things to skip the waitlist, if you’re impatient like me hehe. (if you use my referral link I receive some points from ipsy)

Ipsy is a monthly service which sends you 4-5 full size and deluxe sample size products, for just $10 and that includes shipping! (for anyone outside of the US, do check availability and pricing for your area) The value of the products you receive is always much more than the $10 you spend. Each month has a different theme and makeup bag. This month’s theme is “Alter Ego”.

I’ve been a member for about 12 months, and have found some great new products along the way. This month’s bag has some products from companies I hadn’t heard of before.


Nourish Organics Argan Face Serum: I’m not sure what a “face serum” is. Is it a moisturiser? Is it some kind of primer? The description on the website says it’s a concentrated face treatment to hydrate skin and improve it’s tone. Whatever it is, it smells great! I didn’t realise it was almost like an oil consistency, and ended up with a lot on my hands when I tried to smell it. Lesson learned. But I’ve never used anything like this before, so I’m looking forward to trying it out. I also love that it’s organic!
Full size (20 ml): $23.99
Size I received (14 ml): estimated $16.79

BWC Premium Botanical Lotion: This says it’s vegan and vegetarian, which is something I never thought to look for in a product before. It also says fragrance free – which I like – and it just has a nice clean scent. This is for hand AND body, which is nice. Not a product I normally buy, but so far I’m impressed – it sinks in nicely and isn’t sticky.
Full size (16 fl oz): $11.95
Size I received (2 fl oz): estimated $1.50

Royal & Langnickel MODA brush: I’m not really excited about the brush. I’ve received other kinds of brushes in past ipsy bags – they’ve all been good quality, I just don’t need so many of them. The bristles on this one are nice and soft, and the handle has a soft-touch feel to it. I like it, but I’m not sure I’ll ever use it. This specific brush hasn’t yet launched on their website, so I had to estimate the value based off the other brushes they offer.
Full size/size I received: estimated $3.99


The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick: liquid lipstick? I thought that was just lip gloss, but it is actually matte and feels like a lightweight lipstick when applied! It smells delicious – vanilla mint! Yum. It does feel a little bit tacky if you smush your lips together, but other than doing that to even out the application I don’t think I’ll be smushing all day hehe. The colour they sent me is called Committed, and it’s a pinkish-nude colour. Not one I would have chosen, but I actually really like it. I’m not sure about the matte finish, that’s a new one for me so I’ll see how I get on with that. It does have great staying power though!
Full size (6.5 ml): $17.00
Size I received (1.2 ml): estimated $3.14

MICA Beauty Cosmetics Cream Eye Shadow: I haven’t used cream eye shadow since I was in middle school, but it seems to have come a long way since then. This is a gorgeous bronze colour (appropriately named, Bronze). It feels really creamy and goes on very smooth. It seems to have good staying power too, though I’ve only tried it on the back of my hand so far. I’ll definitely try this on my next girls night. I couldn’t find it on their website, so I’ve estimated the value based on their mineral eye shadow.
Full size/size I received: estimated $14.95

Total value of my Ipsy October Glam Bag: estimated $40.37!

I purchased this Glam Bag with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest review.
If you use my ipsy referral link I receive some points.


A Woman’s Prerogative

I’ve had a bit of a re-think since my first post (yes, a long time ago now!) and want to do a bit more with this blog than I originally thought.

There are products, events and other things that will interest the modern woman and I am still going to write about those. But I find that some days I want to write about things that have happened to me that day, things that don’t really fit into any kind of review category but still something I think will be of interest.

So I’ve changed my mind from the initial thoughts for this blog, although not too drastically 🙂 I think having something more settled in my mind will help me to write here more too, also I have a second blog that I started at the beginning of this month to follow my plight of weight loss before my wedding in 6 months!



Welcome to the Modern Woman’s blogger! I’m going to be using this site to talk about different things that will interest all of us modern women who don’t always have the time to do a lot of research on new products, trends, technology, or to find something simple but elegant to cook for ourselves, friends and family.

At the moment, the blog categories will fall into one of the following 4: Beauty, Fashion, Technology, Food and Drink. I will make sure each post is labeled with one of those tags (as well as the name of whatever item/items I am talking about) so that it’s easy to find relevant information that you’re after – that is my main aim here, to make things simpler and quicker to find information and reviews on the items that interest a modern woman the most.

I am currently also planning my wedding, which will be happening late next year, so from time to time I will post about that too with some tips and tricks I discover along the way! To keep track of that progress just check for anything containing the tag: Wedding.

I hope you all enjoy the blog and find it as enjoyable to read as I know it will be for me to write!