Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 2013 Ipsy Bag: Beauty Academy

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 in a shiny hot pink envelope! Seeing that envelope in my mailbox always makes me dance around like a little kid. If you don't want to get in a beauty rut, Ipsy is for you.


Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub 1.0 oz. sample $5.29
City Color Cheek Stain, full size: $2.99
Noya Lip Balm, full size: $3.99
Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream .34 oz. sample, $5.44
Pixi Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black, 3 gram sample: $7.29

TOTAL VALUE: $25.00
IPSY PRICE: $10.00

BONUS for referring two new subscribers: Lime Crime nail polish in Crema de Limon, $8.00

I have mixed feelings about this month's Ipsy bag. On one hand, I like the products they gave me. Now that they're using our personal reviews and quizzes to customize our bags, they really get me: I love cheek stains, BB creams, and natural-looking products. BUT. In an "either/or" situation, when a subscriber will either receive one product or another, I hardly think it's fair to either receive an Urban Decay lipstick sample or a lip balm. It's clearly better and more fun to try a big-name product that I couldn't otherwise afford! I'm going to wear and enjoy all of the things in this month's bag, but I hope their future either/or items have similar levels of value and prestige. But let's talk about the stuff in this month's bag!

I love Pacifica scents, but I've never used their makeup. Their BB cream is more sheer and much more shimmery than I usually like, but it smells wonderful. And even when I accidentally fell asleep wearing it, it didn't make me break out. I'm not sure I'll buy it again, but I'll happily wear it until it runs out.

The mascara is the second product Pixi product I've received from Ipsy, and I like the brand a lot. I curled my lashes before applying it, and it made my lashes hold the curl perfectly for 12 hours. I like the smooth, clump-free formula. It looks completely natural, but BETTER. The only drawback is that it's waterproof and difficult to remove.

I was skeptical of the Michael Todd scrub--it contains numerous oils, and I thought it might break me out--but no such problem. It's smoother and less gritty than what I expect from a scrub, and I'm not sure it did much exfoliating, but it made my skin feel soft, smooth, and moisturized without feeling greasy. It smells like lemongrass, too. Very nice!

The cheek stain from City Color wears like a cream blush, not a stain. It doesn't matter, because the color is beautiful. It applies smoothly and blends easily, too. It was a pleasant surprise: For a product that retails at just $2.99, it's pretty fantastic! The only drawback is that it's not very long-wearing.

The Noya lip balm is smooth, not thick or waxy. It tastes and smells like a sugar cookie, and it's made with just five natural ingredients that I can pronounce. I like that. The only problem is that I'm not really looking for lip balm from Ipsy.

The Lime Crime nail polish is so much fun. It looks like yellow highlighter! It applies so smoothly and has a super-rich, completely opaque and creamy finish. And the ultra-pastel yellow color looks amazing against my tan!! I love it.

What did you get? And what do you think we'll get next month? I'd be happy to see a deep conditioning hair treatment, shimmery gold eyeshadow, jewel-tone eyeliner pencil or mascara, rich hand cream, and a nice makeup brush.

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