Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 2013 Ipsy Bag: Pretty in Pink

For those of you just tuning in, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month, Ipsy sends 4 - 5 surprise beauty products to your door in a cute cosmetics bag. They even mail it all in a sparkly pink envelope! Seeing that envelope in my mailbox always makes me jump up and down like a little kid. If you like trying new things, Ipsy is for you. 

Last month's Ipsy bag was a big disappointment, but the Pretty in Pink bag completely makes up for it. This is my favorite bag so far! I've been rocking the blushing bride-to-be look with flushed cheeks, full hair, and a bit of subtle shimmer, so I like everything in this bag. And two of this month's items are full size! It's a great value, too: It's worth three and a half times what I paid for it.

Sation Nail Polish (full size): $5.00
Be a Bombshell blush in Beach Please (full size): $16.00
MICABeauty Cosmetics eyeshadow in Earth (2.0 gram deluxe sample): $11.96
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play (0.07 oz sample): $2.11

But is this stuff any good? Oh yeah.

The Sation Nail Polish is a slightly thin formula that goes on sheer, but 3 coats build up to create an opaque, Pepto Bismol pink nail.  It's not my favorite color, but it's a fun springtime novelty. I'm impressed by the polish's durability. With a topcoat, it looked perfect for four days. That's practically unheard of for me! It's versatile, too, since it can be worn sheer or not.

I loved the Be a Bombshell lip gloss in my first Ipsy bag, and the blush is just as good. It's INSANELY bright pink, but a very light dusting of it looks great on the skin. It's already become part of my daily beauty routine; I've worn it every day since I received my bag. A little goes a long way, so this will last a long time! This brand is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine.

The MICABeauty eyeshadow is a loose pink mineral powder with a gold sheen. It's very fine, and it creates a subtle but noticeable shimmer that  looks good on the eyes or as a highlight on the cheekbones. This is classy shimmer, not stripper shimmer. It will make you glow!

As much as I like the other items, the Big Sexy Hair Powder Play is probably my favorite item... mostly because I can't figure out  how it works. It fascinates me! When I sprinkle it into the roots of my hair, flip my head over, and mess it up, the powder solidifies to invisibly support my hair. It's like having a spidersilk-thin skeleton supporting your roots. My hair stands up just enough to give it body, but not enough to make it look weird. When dry shampoo leaves me with flat hair, this stuff fixes it. I'll buy a full size bottle when this runs out.

There are two unusual things about this month's bag that are worth mentioning: 
1. Ipsy started using DHL to ship their bags this month, and my bag arrived much later than usual. I'm not too concerned about that, because hey, the bag arrived. But that's a thing that happened.
2. I didn't receive the cute pink and white bag that other subscribers received this month. As you can see, my  things came in a blue, green, and white bag. Ipsy sent a note saying the original bag manufactured for me "didn't match Ipsy's high quality standards," so they sent me a substitute, and I'll receive the pink and white bag next month. I don't care, because I'm not really into the bags anyway. I'm all about the makeup! If I could choose to forego bags altogether and receive more makeup, I would.

That concludes this month's Ipsy bag review. I heard other subscribers received different eye shadow and hair products. What did you get? Did you like it?


  1. You received such cute items! Never heard of Ipsy - might have to try them out. I'm new to your blog, but love your posts!

    1. Thanks! Ipsy is the best... check it out!

  2. I have the pink and white bag if you want it :) I wasn't impressed by it. This was my first bag. I also had a different eye shadow - a duo of pink and pinker. I haven't used the hair powder but you talked me into it. I really didn't know what to do with it. My favorite is the blush which I have also worn every day since I purchased it. I'm happy with the bag overall though and looking forward to more.

    1. Thanks! They said they'll send me the pink and white bag next month, so no worries. I'm not crazy about the bags, to be honest. I just like the makeup!

      Isn't the blush rad? I broke mine ten seconds after I took that picture, but I can't bring myself to stop using it. It's such a surprisingly good color!


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