Wednesday, March 5, 2014

February 2014 Ipsy Bag: I Love You More

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.

This month's bag was excellent. Honestly, my only complaint is that Ipsy ships via DHL, which is so slow that I'm not able to review each month's bag in a timely manner. But it's hard to complain about free shipping, right? Here's a detailed breakdown of the value in this month's bag:

Pop Beauty Plump Pout in Peony Petal, 4 g sample: $7.50
City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon, .314 oz.: $2.99
Zoya nail polish in Odette, full size, $9.00
Tini Beauty Eyeshadow + Base in Spiced Rum, full size, $16.00
NuMe Intense Renewal Mask, 20 mL sample, $3.30

TOTAL VALUE: $38.79
Ipsy cost: $10.00

The Pop Beauty Plump Pout gloss has a thinner formula than I often see in a gloss, and I like that a lot. No, your hair won't stick to it. But the best part? As it wears off, it leaves a gorgeous pink stain that lasts for hours and hours. The only drawback? The smell. The gloss itself is unscented and unflavored, but the applicator smells like burnt marshmallow. I like it, since I love s'mores, but a lot of Ipsy members think it smells like burnt plastic--and they hate it.

The City Color Be Matte Blush looks bright in the compact, but it's the most gorgeous, warm, wearable, flattering color. Seriously. Everything I've tried from City Color looks and feels very high quality, and I'm surprised that it's sold at such a low price point. TRY THIS BRAND.

As much as I like the first two items, the Zoya nail polish might be m favorite item this month. The color is GORGEOUS. It looks very dark against my skin, and unlike anything I see in stores. Best of all, I wore it for four days before it chipped. For me, that might be a record.

The Tini Beauty Eyeshadow + Base is okay. I like the texture, and the color builds nicely. It works great as a colorful base for other powder eyeshadow, too. But this color looks VERY dark on me. It's so dramatic that I'm only comfortable wearing it when I go out at night. For that reason, I've only worn it once so far.

The NuMe Intense Renewal Mask is the only product I haven't tried yet. I've never bought or used a $29 hair conditioner before, and I'm excited to try it but saving it for a special occasion. This is why I love Ipsy--it allows me to try products I'd never, ever buy otherwise.

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