It’s been a while since I’ve been signed up for Ipsy (previously known as Glam Bag) but last month I thought I would sign up again and see how I liked it now that the company has had time to grow and improve their system. My first bag back was the September “Street Style” bag and I must say, I am very pleased! I may ever go as far to say that I’m ecstatic!
For those of you not familiar with Ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription box (or in this case, bag) where for $10/month you receive approximately 5 deluxe samples or full size makeup and beauty products to try out. Each bag is a different combination of products available that month and depending on what you bag contains that month, this is a great value service that allows you to try new and different products that you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to try.
That being said, some month’s bags are awesome, some are okay, and some suck. It all depends on your personal preferences toward products and pure luck. This month I happened to luck out but there have been months that I’ve been extremely disappointed with the boxes I get from subscription services like this. It’s not a sure thing that you will be completely satisfied but in my opinion it’s worth it. I love getting something fun in the mail every month and appreciate the exposure to new brands and products.
Like I said, this month I think I got really lucky! So take a look inside my bag below and if you like what you see you can get your own Ipsy bag for $10/mo here!
Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the bag itself but it is a metallic grey square zippered bag with studs along the top. When I first saw it I will admit that I wasn’t super impressed because it isn’t really my style but the bag feels nice and seems well made. And the more I look at the bag sitting on my desk, the more the design is growing on me. I mostly use these Ipsy bags for when I go on vacation to store makeup or jewelry so I’m sure I will end up getting a lot of use out of this bag for that purpose since it is slightly bigger than some of the previous bags.
Inside I received 5 items – 3 full size products and 2 deluxe samples. Here is an overview of what I received:
The first product I received was the Nourish Organics Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser.
What Ipsy says about the product: “This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness. Cucumber hydrates and soothes. Watercress, rich in antioxidants, helps protect skin from free radical damage. Alcohol-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan.”
My feelings: I like this cleanser. Not love. But like. It’s a gentle milky cleanser that smells organic (if that is even a smell) and makes my face feel clean and smooth. When you’re rinsing the cleanser off, it does have that squeaky “too clean” feeling that I’m not a huge fan of, but after you dry your face the feeling goes away. I’ve used it a few times and haven’t noticed any adverse reactions and like the way my skin looks after using it. It would definitely be on my list to repurchase after I finish this sample and get through some of my other cleansers.
The next product was a full size Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in “Make a Mauve”:
What Ipsy says about this product: “Now cheeks glisten with the sheerest color glaze. Cheeks go dewy and gently glazed with this portable, creamy blush stick. Glazed pearls + a shea butter glide provide blendable, natural color and smooth, even application. Fragrance Free. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types.”
My feelings: I’ve been considering trying these Blush Sticks from Maybelline for a while now but since I’ve never had much luck with cream blushes, I never took the plunge and bought one. That is why I am so happy that I received this one in “Make a Mauve” in my Ipsy bag! I really like this product! The color is great for fall – it’s a brighter plum shade – and the product itself is awesome. I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it and I love the results. I first apply the product to two fingers and then pat the color onto the apples of my cheek, blending it out until it is even. I then like to top the cream with a powder blush in a similar shade to extend the wear of it. I use the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flush (which was limited edition but Blushing Bride is similar) for this and the color lasts all day on me. Overall, I am very happy with the product and think I may go pick out a few more shades!
Next up we have a deluxe sample of the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask:
What Ipsy says about this product: “Repair and treat dry, damaged and breaking hair with Don’t Despair, Repair!™ deep conditioning mask…This unique complex of targeted ingredients helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength…In lab studies, the use of Don’t Despair, Repair!™ resulted in 81% less hair breakage after just three uses. Safe for color-treated, chemically-treated, and keratin-treated hair. For those with fine or thin hair, we recommend focusing the treatment on the mid-length to the ends of the hair only, and rinsing thoroughly.”
My feelings: I’ve used this once so far. You don’t need very much of it, which means you should get more than a few uses out of the 1 fl oz sample. It made my hair feel soft and moisturized but not greasy so that is a plus. I don’t know if I would repurchase it because it is expensive and didn’t do anything amazing that my $3 Aussie 3 Minute Miracle can’t do, but I do like it and I will be happy to use all of this sample!
Next we have the Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish in Red Red Wine:
What Ipsy says about this product: “Our new 7 Free Nail Polish is long lasting and void of many chemicals that one would find in traditional nail polish. Amazing vibrant colors that go on smooth and stay put. Plus we have added a custom wide 100% vegan brush for easier application. 7 Free is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animal byproducts.”
My feelings: This is a nice nail polish! After taking the above pictures I painted all of my nails with it and have gotten many compliments on the color so far. It is a much deeper wine red color than the pictures above show it as (the stock photo is much closer to the actual color). It is not a very unique color, but it is a universally appealing and flattering color. That’s only one coat on my thumb nail in the picture above so you can see that the color is pretty opaque. It only took two coats to get perfect coverage and the resulting look is not streaky at all. I’ve only had it on for a few hours so I don’t know how long the polish lasts before chipping. Usually polishes only last 2-3 days on me before they begin to chip so if this Pacifica polish can go at least that long I will be happy.
Last but not least we have a full size Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Smooth Criminal Powder:
What Ipsy says about this product: “This lightweight, ultra-fine, silky formula softens the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and pores while leaving you with a beautiful glow. This finishing powder can be worn alone or to set your foundation. The translucent formula works for all skin tones. It is made from 100% silica and leaves your skin with a matte finish without drying it out.”
My feelings: I’ve saved the best for last. This powder is amazing! My new holy grail product! I was unsure of how I would use this at first and put it to the side for a few days but after checking out the reviews of the product on the Be a Bombshell Cosmetics website and hearing how much others loved the product I gave it a try. And I am glad I did! This powder is translucent, silky, lightweight and makes my face look flawless. It fills in/blurs pours and makes your face feel and look wonderful. I even use this under the eyes to set my concealer and I find that is all I need for the day! What a great product. When I run out of this I will definitely be buying more!