IPSY June 2014

 

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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…. probably great for someone who is not me.  I didn’t like it at all, and I’ve overcompensated by taking some nicer pictures of it than I usually do.  Gotta get excited about something, right?

Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner:  $4.99

 

 

I’m sure there is someone that this looks great on.  IImage unfortunately do not think that person is over 25.  As a 31 year old, I will never use this. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYX Butter Gloss: $5

This I actually do like  It is buttery, and the color is good for me.Image

OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil: $13

Good value, though when I swatched it I was unimpressed as it caked a bit.  I don’t do my brows on a regular basis, so I haven’t tried it on my face yet.  I’ll try it and we will see, maybe it will convert me.  The color is right for me at least!
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Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage & Anti-Frizz Styling Cream:  The full size is $12, the sample is tiny and I will probably use it twice before it’s empty.  I actually would have been pretty happy if they sent the surf spray, but I have probably 6 or 7 different kinds of anti frizz stuff, I really don’t need any more.

 

 

 

 

Realtree for her:  $0 because no sane person would ever pay for a perfume sample.

This smells like a combination of bar bathroom and air freshener.  

It reminds me of the body sprays people used to use to cover up the cigarette smell so their parents wouldn’t notice.Image

The Bag:  I actually like this bag.  It’s cute, seems to be good quality, and is a good size.  

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The swatches:  NYX, OFRA, Nicka K

 

 

 

 

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I’m about 1 more bag away from unsubscribing from ipsy.  I’m just not getting value or products I like or want to try.  But for now:

(Under $20)

   I will use the products that I like, but I don’t expect to buy any, and the value to cost just isn’t there this month.

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IPSY May 2014

DSC_0999  What is this, why is this here, is this allowed in my house, is this for us?

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 was 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 almost all skincare:

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So, I’m picky about skincare.  I like what I like and I don’t like to try cheap new brands.  I’ve never heard of any of these, except Avene, so I’m not really excited to try them.  Especially in light of my recently very irritated skin.  So , because I haven’t actually tried these yet, I’m going to just talk about what I go, without much of a review.

DSC_1052DSC_1040  Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo

Meh.  Neutrals are always good I guess, but this isn’t exactly exciting new colors or even very pigmented.  The darker one is very very shimmery and gold, and the lighter one is going to make a really nice highlighter.  I’ll use this product, as you can see from the swatch it isn’t super pigmented, but the colors are nice.

Pur~lisse pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer:  Other reviews are raving about this, so once my skin is less mad, I’ll give it a try.  The full size is really expensive though ($50ish)

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Avène Thermal Spring Water:  I like this one, it’s nice to spray on before I add my hydraulic acid serum.  The full size is listed at $18 online though, which is damn pricy for a bottle of water.

DSC_1050 Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask:  I like peeling masks.  This is another I’ll give a try to once my face heals.  Honey is great for me, usually.  This is another with a pricy full size ($35) but I feel OK about spending that much on a really good mask.

DSC_1051 Jersey Shore Sun® Sans Tan Anti-aging Sunscreen: I actually kind of thought this was going to be tanning lotion at first glance, based on the name.  SPF 35, isn’t bad.  This is another expensive one, at $40 for 2oz.  The sample is really little, but I’ll give it a go.


 Overall, I’m not happy with this bag.  I’ve got my IPSY preferences set to NO skincare, and that’s pretty much all this is.  Tiny tiny samples don’t have a lot of value to me, even to try and figure out if I like a product.  By the time I’m done spot testing these they look small enough that they will probably be empty.

(Under $20)

 

  I will use the products, but I don’t expect to buy any, and the value to cost just isn’t there this month.

 

IPSY April 2014

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 was a bit behind the US shipping from what I saw online)

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

 

 

The first item was the bag itself.  IPSY products always come packaged in a makeup bag, this one is underwhelming. It’s OK, but I won’t go out of my way to use it.

 

 New IPSY Glam Bag!  The goodies!

 

 

 Looks So Natural Lash by KISS: $3.99

 

The value of this product is listed as $3.99 on their website.  I won’t be trying these for a while, I don’t often wear fake eyelashes, but next time I am dressed up for something fancy I’ll try them out.  I’m really glad I got the natural looking ones instead of an overly glam set.

 

Lollitint by Benefit:  (This is a sample, Full size, $30)

 

This is a neat product and a look forward to using it.  It’s very very pink when put on thick (left), but blends well (right.)  Cheek and lip tint.

Swatched on my inner arm, which is paler than me cheek.

 

 

White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse by City Color: $3.99 

 

This is a foamy thick gel like shadow.  It went on a bit yellow on me (check out the swatches at the bottom of the page) but I think I can make it work if I blend it well with other colors.  

 

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil (Travel size)

 

Three travel sized pencils are between $18 and $20, so I guess this is worth around $7.  It’s a decent size, and went on smooth like butter.  I love a good eyeliner, and I’m very happy to have this one!

 

Tinted Lip Balm by Cailyn In Acid Pink: $19

 

The color (ACID PINK) was kind of scary in the container.  I thought it was going to be ridiculous looking and way too bright.  I swatched it on my hand and still thought it looked way to bright.   But on my lips it’s great!  Pink, yes.  But I guess it’s the right pink for me, because I really like it.

 

 Swatches!  Below each swatch is the product. 

 

 

 Overall, I’m happy with this bag.  It doesn’t have the value to me that I was hoping, but I will use all of the products.

 

 

 

(Under $20) Cheapskate Approved!

 

    (Will use all products) Good Buy!