Friday, June 15, 2012

June 2012 Glam Bag Review and Giveaway!

June 2012 Glam Bag: Out All Night

The deets: As you may remember from my last review, myglam was started by the evil genius YouTube guru Michelle Phan.  I don't really know if she's evil (many YouTubers seem to think so), but I really do think she's a genius, as myglam seems to be thriving despite all of the backlash and drama.  Even that might be a thing of the past, based on the mostly non-sucky bag this month - we shall see.  Glam Bags are $10 a month; it's pretty much just like Birchbox but it's supposed to be more focused on makeup than general beauty products.   You take a beauty quiz when you sign up, but pretty everyone gets the same stuff in their bag, unless there are different color choices.  The beauty quiz seems to have no bearing on what color you get.  The only kinda cool thing myglam does that the other services don't is that the stylists post tutorials with each month's products on the myglam YouTube channel. 

Date of arrival: May 11, 2012

The packaging: As per usual, the Glam Bag came in the pretty pink bubble wrap, and the contents were in a shiny gold makeup bag.  The bag had lots of glitter fallout, and therefore is completely useless to house makeup (unless you want a disco ball face), but what else is new? Still, an abundance of glitter is a way better reason for non-use than smelling like formaldehyde.  That's right, this month's bag was the first ever to not stink!  There were cards offering free shipping at (use code fresh5) and a deal for glammies (gag) on a Living Proof kit.  The Out All Night themed card was cute, but I almost kind of miss the shameless self-promotion, as it didn't feature one of the stylists looking fabulous. [Update the first: Apparently that's Andrea, it's just not what I thought she looked like at all - she's the only stylist I didn't watch pre-myglam].

The contents: In addition to the (non-stinky!) gold bag, we have a Marbella Permanent Eyeliner Pen, Living Proof frizz Nourishing Styling Cream, philosophy take a deep breath oil-free energizing oxygen gel cream moisturizer, and NYX Round Case Lipstick in what appears to be called Vitamin (weird name).

Mini product review: Since it's taken me so long to post, I have had time to try out all four products.  

The philosophy moisturizer is a blue gel.  It didn't feel greasy; it was lightweight and soaked in nicely.  I like most philosophy products (except purity, which I can taste for hours after use, despite the fact that I wash my face with it, and don't drink it - so gross), so this was a good add to the bag.  I wouldn't repurchase it, but only because I like my moisturizers to have SPF.  B

I've never heard of the Living Proof brand, but that's because I tend to not put a lot of product in my hair.  I do use anti-frizz stuff from time to time though, as my hair ranges from  wavy to curly depending on humidity and what I did to it that day.  I also have a lot of short hairs that are still growing back after the great post-pregnancy hair exodus, so I was excited to try this.  I smoothed the amount shown in the picture below into my hair, and was pleasantly surprised by the results.  It smelled nice, wasn't greasy, and tamed 90% of the baby hairs; I'd definitely repurchase. A

Before on the left, after on the right. My ability to make the exact same face twice is creepy.
The Marbella Permanent Eyeliner pen was okay.  I'd say it worked better than the Revlon Colorstay Pen I have, but wasn't really anything special.  I don't know where myglam found this brand - the website is one comic sans paragraph away from looking late 90's chic, and it's only carried by one retailer.  I'm wondering if since the website calls them semi-permanent, but these ones say permanent (ack!) if they are just trying to get rid of them? If it was an amazing product, I'd let it slide, but since it's not, I find it kind of sketchy.  However, if this is the sketchiest thing this month, I will definitely take it.  I don't think I'd repurchase, but I'll definitely use it until it dries up.  B

The NYX Round Case Lipstick was also just okay, but only because it was a color I am not really drawn to.  Vitamin is a peachy shade with a little too much shimmer for my taste.  I didn't have any problems with the formula, and NYX is so cheap that I'd repurchase if I found a shade I loved.  B
Wearing the Marbella eyeliner and NYX lipstick.
I had been up all night dealing with baby flu, this was the best pic I could get.  
Value: I'm not feeling the spreadsheet today, sorry :)

The Marbella and NYX are full sized, worth $19 and $3.99, respectively.  The Living Proof styling cream is half-sized (2 fl oz compared to 4 fl oz full sized), and worth $9.50.  The philosophy is sample sized (.4 fl oz compared to 2 fl oz full sized) and worth $6.40.  At $38.89, this bag gets a solid B+ for value.  [New, less arbitrary rating system: for a $10 bag, $0-$10 = F, $10-$20 = D, $20-$30=C, and so on].

Overall impression of the bag: Even though there was nothing in here I'm absolutely in love with, this was a solid effort.  I was excited to try all of the products, and I will definitely use them all instead of regifting or having them sit in a bin after trying them once or twice.  This is the best bag I've gotten from myglam, and probably their 3rd best overall (the first bag being the best one, and the one with the Urban Decay eyeliner and false lashes coming in second).  I'm somewhere between a B and a B+, and since this is so much better than past bags, I'll give them the B+

Overall impression of the service:  I feel like I've covered everything extensively between this review and the last.  Although things seem to be looking up, I'm not ready to bump them up from the B- I gave them last month.  

My model was not being cooperative this time.
And now for the fun part: I forgot to cancel my extra Glam Bag subscription (I was stupidly testing a theory that annual subscribers got off the waiting list faster than monthly; it backfired).  That means I have an extra Glam Bag to give away to one lucky person!

The rules:

Enter ONE comment below.  Please, please, please do not comment twice.  I won't judge you (much) for your typo, I promise.  If you want to comment but don't want to enter, say "don't enter me" in your comment.  I will randomly choose one winner using the random number generator set to however many comments there are; if it picks a non-entry or a rule-breaker I'll have it pick again, and will keep picking til it lands on the first entry that counts.  If you are a stranger to these parts, make sure there is an email address or twitter handle in your comment so I know how to get ahold of you (if I can't contact you, you are a rule-breaker and I'll pick again). 

I am historically awful at sending stuff on time, so I am going to put a deadline on here to get my butt in gear.  I will keep the contest open until 3pm Ohio time on Tuesday, June 19, and I will mail it within 48 hours of the winner giving me their address.  

Good luck!

Update the second: I will only ship to the U.S. and Canada (I'm sorry!)

Update the third: We have a winner! Congratulations, Kirsten


Nila Kussriani said...

i'm from indonesia, can i join this?? :(

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Misty said...

Ok, I'll play. I'm impressed with the breadth of your knowledge. pretty clueless.

Heather said...

Hey! I'm loving these beauty subscription posts of yours. I'm a little intimidated to sign up myself since I'm not much of a makeup expert but love hearing about how you use them. Thanks for sharing!

Kirsten said...

I have always wanted to sign up for these things, but never have. I love how you tell about everything! :)

Jessica said...

Ooh, pick meeee! This all looks like stuff I'd use. I assume the giveaway bag is the same stuff?

Mrs. Irritation said...

I've never heard of this, so am going to be going back in a minute to read your previous reviews. I've done Birchbox for about 4 months and though it's fun, I'm not sure it's worth the money, at least for me.

The hair stuff from this bag looks most appealing to me. Sounds like we have the same type of hair, though for me the baby hairs are a permanent fixture, not just from pregnancy (which gave my hair ugly weird waves).

Diane said...

That hair stuff sounds pretty amazing. Three kids in under 6 years means I have got hair regrowth basically in layers and it is NOT SEXY.

Megan R said...

Wow it sounds like you really took the time to try it out. I really am interested in that hair cream stuff. I have never heard of it!

Ruby said...

Hope i will win..i want to use all the things ;)

Lisa Brown said...

I had debated subscribing to Glam Bag for the longest time. I am still on the fence because there are months where most like the subscription, and then there are months where more don't like it. Still not sure.
email: jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

I'm new around here! I found you while searching for reviews of birch box (meh) and julep (LOVE). I have never heard of glam bag before, may have to give it a try! I have been a little obsessed with the monthly beauty subscriptions!

Amanda said...

I'm new around here! I found you while searching for reviews of birch box (meh) and julep (LOVE). I have never heard of glam bag before, may have to give it a try! I have been a little obsessed with the monthly beauty subscriptions!

Karen Jackson said...

I'd love to win. Your site has great reviews on it. I am in the hunt for the right surprise box subscription service!

Vicky Hoang said...

i love your pictures and reviews. i already have a bag but i would love to give one to my mom. thank you for the awesome giveaway! :)

-Vicky (