Monday, April 28, 2014

Ipsy April 2014: Beauty Rocks!

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.

Happy Ipsy Day! I got a completely mixed bag this month: Some of it I love, some of it I want to love but can't, and some of it I want to throw away. This is the first time I've seriously envied what other Ipsy subscribers received. Ipsy Match, the system Ipsy uses to choose products for subscribers based on our preferences, failed me for the first time. But here's the value of this month's bag:

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet eyeliner 0.03 oz. sample in black: $15.00
Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Acid Pink: $19.00
Kiss Looks So Natural eyelashes: $3.99
Benefit Lollitint 2.5 mL sample: $6.00 

Total value: $47.98
Ipsy price: $10.00

So here's the deal about these products:

The Urban Decay eyeliner is... well... Urban Decay eyeliner. What's not to love?! Urban Decay makes the best black eyeliner I've ever used, and this generously sized sample is excellent. I'll use this and love it. 

I received the Cailyn lip balm in red last fall, and even though it's poorly named, I love it. This product is NOT a balm--it's an ultra-matte, long-wearing lip product that feels dry on the lips but doesn't leave them chapped. And the packaging, with a built-in brush, is very cool. I was excited when I found out I was getting this product, but SO disappointed when I saw the color. Acid pink?! I'm too old for this! Some subscribers received the same product in a pretty neutral color, and I wish I got that instead. Ipsy Match Fail #1.

The City Color highlight mousse came completely out of left field. I've never used a product like this, and I love it. It's a creamy mousse that sets quickly into a long-wearing, ultra-shimmery yellow gold color. A tiny smudge of it on my brow bone and another on the inner corners of my eyes looks absolutely gorgeous. I've never used a product like this, and that's what I love about Ipsy: It helps me find new things I love.

I hate the Kiss eyelashes. Eyelashes, really? No. Just no. One set was enough. This is another Ipsy Match fail. I'm especially disappointed because many subscribers received a Demeter Jasmine perfume roll-on instead of the lashes. I wish I'd gotten that!! Ipsy Fail #2.

The Lollitint lip and cheek stain by Benefit is a small disappointment, but I'm glad I got to try it without dropping $30 on it. I love Benefit's BeneTint, and I expected this to be similar. The orchid color is nice, and it's pretty as a lip stain, but it's not good on the cheeks.  This product has a milky formula that stains my skin immediately after I apply it. No matter how quickly I blend it into my cheeks, I end up with stripes on my face. I wish I could use it on my cheeks as well as my lips.

What did you get this month? Did you get the Demeter perfume... and do you want to trade? 

Please? *bats fake eyelashes* I never even opened them!

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