Ipsy August 2014

What’s an IPSY: IPSY sends out a package of surprises in the GLAM BAG (well, they spoil the surprise right before they ship, but when you but you don’t know what you are getting so it starts as a surprise.)

COST:  $10 a month (it’s $10 + $4.95 shipping)  Use my referral link to join if you want to share the love!

DELIVERY:  Ships Mid Month (Canada is a bit behind the US shipping from what I saw online)

WAITLIST:  Yes.  But if you refer someone they will move you off it.

This month was my best Ipsy yet.  I still canceled though.  If “OK” is as good as Ipsy gets, I’m not keeping my subscription.

The Goods:

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Dr. Brandt
Pores No More Pore Refiner

Urban Decay
Perversion Mascara

J. Cat Beauty
Flying Solo Eye Shadow

Jersey Shore Sun
Mongongo Lip Conditioner

Klorane
Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Urban Decay Perversion Sample

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This is a decent mascara sample.  It clumps up a lot, so I’m glad I got this as a sample as opposed to buying a full size and being mad about it.

The eye shadow and lip gloss:

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You can barely see the shadow in the swatch, but I think it will work well as a highlighter.

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It’s an OK bag.  Compared to others I’ve seen it looks like I got lucky.  I don’t even like it enough to photograph every product, so I guess that says something.

(Under $20)

   I will use the products that I like, but I don’t expect to buy any.

MEMEBOX Special #16 OMG Box

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What’s a Memebox?

Memebox is a Korean beauty box service that ships from Korea to Canada and the US (and quite a few other countries). In each Memebox, you get 6-8 Korean beauty products, some are deluxe samples and some are full sizes. The normal box is $23 + shipping (and not shipping per box but per order, so if you order multiples it’s a way better deal. Superboxes, are between $29 and $39 This particular one was $23.

You can earn “meme points” as well for additional discounts, and the way and number you earn is varied and seems a little random. If you want one click here if you would like to use my affiliate link and give me some sweet sweet points or dollars or something. You get 3 memepoints just for signing up right now, which is a $3 value!

On to the box!

  1. SKINAZ Premium Vitablet
  2. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
  3. Ladykin Aqua Exfoliater For Body
  4. Pure Smile 3 Step Bust Pack
  5. SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo in 24H (Orange of some kind)
  6. Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss in Pink Candy

  DSC_0041 Oh hey, what’s this thing?  Very interesting.

DSC_0045 Seriously, WTF is this?

DSC_0047 It kind of looks like I could play with it…?  I’m going to play with this.  It’s a toy.

DSC_0049 It doesn’t really slide very well around the floor like the rest of my toys….

DSC_0050  Backup has arrived!  I want to see too!

(The backup cat tasted the tablet, so at this point it was taken away from them.)

SKINAZ Premium Vitablet:  Full Size $46

These are meant to be dissolved in water, then used to rinse your face. They have Vitamin C and “aroma oil” which I assume is what my cat was so very interested in.

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Ladykin Aqua Exfoliater For Body:  Full Size $14

This is a chemical exfoliant I guess, the ingredients are all in Korean, and I don’t read Korean, so I’m not sure what’s in it exactly. Since it “removes dead skin cells” I’m guessing an AHA of some kind.  These is some mention in the writeup about public baths. He products gets sprayed on and then rubbed off so that it will ball up dead skin and remove it. Interesting. I’ve got the question of ingredients list translation to memebox, I wonder if this will help with the KP on my upper arms (bumps.)

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask: Full Size $46

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This is a weirdly textured bouncy scrub that has green tea, pomegranate and charcoal extracts. The packaging is really nice, and THIS mask smells nice and clay like, unlike my last clay type mask from Memebox, which smelled somewhat like sewage.  I like this one.  I’m excited to try it out.

Pure Smile 3 Step Bust Pack: Full Size $6

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This is the only item that I actually found at all “OMG” worthy. It’s a 3 step process that involves a hydrogel for the bust. I’m pretty excited to try this one.  Hopefully it makes my skin smooth smooth smooth.

SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo in 24H (Orange of some kind) and Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss in Pink Candy: Full Size $18 and $22 

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Lip gloss is expensive in Korea it seems.  These are OK, I wouldn’t really buy an orangy lip product but I gave this one a try and it’s actually pretty cute. It’s gimmicky in that you put it on thick and let it try, then peel it off. It leaves being the color like a stick on tattoo.  The Hope Girl is very sheer, so I will use this for sure. It’s ombré in the bottle, but just pinky sheer in use.  

Total Value:  $152

This box is pretty fun!  I think I’m going to get good use out of everything, especially if I can get translations for the ingredients.  

(Under $30) Cheapskate Approved because it’s so high value!

  Pretty Great!

Green Pearl Mud Mask from Memebox

Ok. Live blogging the stinky Green Pearl Mud experience right here right now.

Application: Can confirm that the sewageish type smell is the dominant smell I’m experiencing. I’m sitting here in my bathroom with the fan on to hopefully get rid of the smell quickly.

About 3 mins: It just feels like cold mud on my face so far. It’s tingling a bit on my chest. Hopefully not because of an allergic reaction, I didn’t exactly do a thorough spot testing on this (so really if I break out it’s my own fault.)

After 5 mins: It’s feeling tighter about 5 mins after application. The smell hasn’t disappeared but I think it’s fading. Or I’m getting used to it.

After 8 mins: It’s feeling tighter and more tingly on my chest. I think I better remove it from there….

After 9 mins: I just realized I forgot to bring a towel and there are no clean ones in the bathroom. My inlaws are here and I don’t want to run through my house looking for a towel with stinky mud on my face. What to do…..

After 10 mins: now I’m on a mission to get a towel. I’m in the ensuite bathroom, and of course all the windows in the bedroom are wiiiiiiide open. I can’t put a shirt on without getting mud on it.

After 12 mins: fuck it. I’m just going to shower my face feels like a rock. And looks like this:

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I can’t move my face. This dried really fast.

I asked if they would help but they don’t seem to care about my towel situation

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After 15 mins: I still haven’t figured out my towel situation. But I need to wash this off so I’m going to shower.

Verdict: my skin feels dried out but smooth. At least I didn’t break out.

MEMEBOX LUCKYBOX #7

What’s a Memebox?

Memebox is a Korean beauty box service that ships from Korea to Canada and the US (and quite a few other countries). In each Memebox, you get 6-8 Korean beauty products, some are deluxe samples and some are full sizes. The normal box is $23 + shipping (and not shipping per box but per order, so if you order multiples it’s a way better deal. Superboxes, are between $29 and $39 This particular one was $23.

You can earn “meme points” as well for additional discounts, and the way and number you earn is varied and seems a little random. If you want one click here if you would like to use my affiliate link and give me some sweet sweet points or dollars or something. You get 3 memepoints just for signing up right now, which is a $3 value!

On to the box!

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The Goods:

  1. Illi Green Tea Brightening Mask
  2. Botanic Hill Boh Radiant Youth Ampule Essence & Boh Moist Youth Ampoule Essence
  3. Hanskin Bio Origin Royale Ampule BB Spf 30 PA++
  4. Charm Mud Green Pearl
  5. Mise en Scene Curling Essence
  6. Illi Cleansing Oil and Foam Set
  7. Elle Girl I Say Tint You Say Gloss
  8. 23 Years Old Air-laynic Pore Masc

Illi Green Tea Brightening Mask: $3 DSC_0013

A Sheet Mask.  I like sheet masks and I’ve had good luck with green tea ones.

Botanic Hill Boh Radiant Youth Ampule Essence & Boh Moist Youth Ampoule Essence: $3.20 and $4

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They are supposed to provide youth.  An ampule and an essence that are supposed to be used together. 

Hanskin Bio Origin Royale Ampule BB Spf 30 PA++: $8.40

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This is kind of a neat way to package BB cream.  It’s a pretty good color for me as you can see from the swatch, I’ll try it out on my face.  PA++ though.  Not great considering the ++++ of many of the new ones coming out.

Charm Mud Green Pearl:  Full Size $70 

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This stuff smells BAD.  Really bad.  Like that sewagy mud scent I remember from the mud on the side of the road.  It apparently comes from ancient bedrocks and is very rich in minerals.  I don’t know why exactly, but there is a wormwood powder package that is supposed to be added.  Very strange.

Since this is a product I want to try, I asked for help from reddit to get a translation on the ingredients.  This is what a very kind stranger provided as a translation:

씨실트, 정제수, 개산초열매추출물, 할미꽃추출물, 어스니어추출물, 일라이트

Sea Silt, Water, Zanthoxylum Alatum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Beard Moss) Extract, Illite

Not a bad ingredients list.  

I plugged the ingredients into COSDNA, which is an amazing website made to analyze ingredient safety and how likely it is to cause acne.  It got pretty good marks, nothing that’s clearly an irritant or pore clogger in most.  I’ll give it a try and see how it goes.

Mise en Scene Curling Essence: $12

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Meh.  I get a lot of this kind of thing, and they are all pretty similar.  De-frizzer with a bit of hold.  Not bad.

Illi Cleansing Oil and Foam Set: $1.65 each (15ml)

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Oil and foam cleansing!  This is pretty much the only part of the korean skincare routine I haven’t tried, mostly because I can’t justify buying overpriced mixed up oils when my argon, jojoba, baby oil and avocado oil that I use for oil cleansing, followed by Spectro Gel.  Cheap and effective.  But maybe I’ll be a convert after this.

Elle Girl I Say Tint You Say Gloss: $23

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Lip gloss!  It’s bright and I like it.  Not too sticky, goes on smooth.

23 Years Old Air-laynic Pore Masc: $14

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This looks like a yeast infection treatment kit but it is actually kind of an assemble it yourself sheet mask.  I guess it’s supposed to make me look like I’m 23 years old?  It’s pricy!  But looks kind of neat.

Total Value:  $140.90

I wouldn’t pay anything close to $70 for a stinky clay mask, but I guess if they are saying that’s the retail value I can believe it.  Glamglow is more per ml.

This box is OK.  It’s the first that didn’t include a full size sun screen, which I’ve come to rely on.  I’ve been spoiled.  I’ll use a lot of the products, but I think I may be holding off ordering more Memeboxes, I’m tiring of getting so many tiny essences and hair smoothening creams.

(Under $30) Cheapskate Approved because it’s so high value!

    Just OK, probably will use some, but not all.