For those that are not familiar, Ipsy is a monthly subscription box. Each month for the price of $10, Ipsy will send you four or five different makeup and beauty items to try, some of them will be deluxe samples and when you get really lucky, some will even be full sized. In addition to the products, every month they also include a really cute specially designed makeup bag!
Ipsy is my favorite of all of the beauty subscriptions, over the past year I have gotten and enjoyed a lot of products that I never would have thought to try on my own. Plus, every month the value of my bag always ends up being over the $10 that I paid. If you end up with items you aren't so fond of, Ipsy has a swapping forum right on their website where you can trade with others for items you would prefer. Can't go wrong with that!
Cailyn Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid – FULL SIZE! Value $15
First Impression: At first glance, I really love the shimmery champagne color of this mineral eye shadow. It looks like it would be fairly pigmented, and comes with a nice soft sponge tip.
Review: The formula of this eyeshadow is nice and creamy, but is definitely less pigmented than I had hoped it would be. Application is very easy, and since the sponge tip is pointed I was able to apply it exactly where I wanted it. I ended up using it in the center of my lids, and also as a corner highlight. This shadow is one that definitely needs to be set with a bit of translucent powder for sure. It did leave a nice soft shimmer on my eyelids and seemed to wear fairly well without any creasing.
First Impression: The bristles on the brush seem to be pretty nice, and look like they will give good coverage. It claims to be lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning, that's a lot to ask of one little mascara! Being familiar with the Tarte brand, I have always been a fan of their products so I have high hopes for this one.
Review: The mascara itself is a nice jet black color, which I am definitely a fan of. Application is nice and easy, the brush covered all of my lashes completely in 2 swipes. I did notice my lashes looked a tad bit thicker, but in my opinion I did not get any truly noticeable extra length or volume. Bummer!
NYX Lip Butter – FULL SIZE! Value $4
First Impression: The color is a nice nude with a tiny bit of shimmer to it. It has a very fruity smell too, which was completely unexpected but very nice!
Review: This lip balm goes on super smooth, and isn't thick at all. The pigmentation is very sheer, it really was just barely noticeable on my lips. Since it is just a balm, it doesn't have a lot of staying power, so it is necessary to reapply often.
Sexy Hair 450° Blow Out Spray – MINI! Value $8
First Impression: Since I am a person that has a tendency to flat iron my hair on a regular basis, I am always a fan of any kind of heat protectant! The scent is really nice, it's fruity with a hint of coconut which totally reminds me of the beach. I love anything with this type of scent, so I'm already a fan. PRO TIP: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use a heat protectant before blow drying, curling, or flat ironing your hair!
Review: I loved this blow out spray! It has a silkyness to it, but is not oily at all. My hair turned out super soft and silky and smelled great. The scent lasted for the entire day, but was not overpowering at all. I will definitely buy this one again!
BWC Facial Cleanser – MINI! Value $3
First Impression: This facial cleanser is a clear gel and is 100% vegan, paraben free, soap free and has no synthetic fragrance so already we're off to a good start! The scent is very citrusy and the ingredients include sweet orange, geranium rose, and lavender oils.
Review: I am pretty loyal to my tried and true Noxzema facial cleanser, so I always feel a bit anxious when it's time to try anything new on my face, but in the name of beauty I decided to give this a try for you all. I figured if my face turned into some hideous aromaticity in a random facial cleansing disaster, you'd all just have to live with that on your conscious. The show must go on! The good news, both me and my skin survived! The cleanser was very gentle, but still did a nice job of washing off all of my makeup (trust me, it's a LOT), and my skin felt smooth and soft after using. Thumbs up on this one from me!
The Verdict: – This bag was a hit for me! I will end up using all of the items that I received and overall have zero complaints! I do wish I had gotten a more colorful NYX Lip Balm, but that's no big deal. This was a win!
The Grand Total: $38 worth of products!
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What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month? What did you think of your items? What was your most and least favorite out of the bag?