Alright- my August Ipsy bag and review!
They had three bag options, none of which I especially cared for (a tassel?) but I am a fan of my products this month!
- Yadah Silky Fit Concealer BB Power Brightening- Verdict: Like!
- It was a tad light for me for summer, and didn’t conceal anything major, but I liked it a lot for minor blemishes when I didn’t want to put on all my foundation. It didn’t irritate my skin or make me break out more. I like it!
- Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo- Verdict: Like!
- This was pretty good blush. I like subtle blush and this is perfect! It’s also huge, so that’s a plus!
- Air repair Skincare Super-Hydrating Eye Cream- Verdict: Like!
- I have only had this a few days, but I like it so far. Time will tell if it helps a lot, but it doesn’t hurt!
- theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha: Verdict: LOVE!
- This is great! It stays really well, it is great as a highlighting shade, just overall perfect. I’ve used it every day.
- SLMissGlam Blending Brush: Verdict: Okay
- This was fine. I love brushes, and the color was fun, but I didn’t feel this did a great job blending- I tried it on my eyeshadow. My normal blending brush does a much better job. It didn’t really seem soft enough. I may try it as a crease brush and see how that works.
Overall: Great! I feel like Ipsy’s bags have really adapted to my feedback and have some great stuff in them.
Okay, this month’s Ipsy bag was pretty good. The bag was again, small but cute. I like the blob thing on it. Some of the samples were nice too!
-Beau Gachis Illuminator brush- Verdict: Okay
This brush was just okay. It’s supposed to be good for concealer but I prefer my finger to this brush- I’ll give it another try sometime though!
-Jersey Shore Cosmetics- Lip conditioner
I liked this fine. I can’t say it works great, because I keep forgetting to use it. It’s been pleasant when I remember. I’m terrible at remembering to put on lip balm- I just put on lip gloss.
-Cougar Beauty Products: 24 Hour Liquid Lipstick in Mulberry – Verdict: Okay
I liked the color, but the product just didn’t really work for me. It both didn’t stay well and didn’t remove well- just smeared. Again, I’m not a fan of liquid lipstick- lipgloss or lipstick, not some combo. If you are a fan of liquid lipstick you might like it better.
-Ciate Londer Wondewant Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black- Pass
I don’t use eye liner, so this is pretty worthless to me.
OFRA Cosmetics- Gold Rush Eyeshadow- Verdict: Love it!
Great color and good staying power. Not too shimmery. I use it a lot.
Overall- the bag is okay, but not the best. I’m not sure it’s worth $10 for some good products and some I don’t care for. I’m nearing decision time!
Three boxes/bags. Different success rates.
Detailed reviews forthcoming.
Another one that is not a box. Ipsy comes with a little makeup bag. This one looks like it was created for a teenager…. It’s pretty small. Would work well for throwing a few items in your purse. The bags aren’t as good quality as the free clinique makeup bags you get with their bonus promotions, which literally last forever, as far as I can tell.
I wasn’t ever completely sold on this subscription, as their website is clearly geared towards a much younger crowd, but a friend really wanted me to give it a try.
So- my box/bag!
NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle- Tried it. Didn’t like it at all.
sky ICELAND Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark- Tried it. It was fine. I will certainly use up the sample.
theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush- This was pretty decent blush. It works well for my skin tone and was easy to put on without being too pigmented. I will keep using it. I don’t use a lot of blush, but I like this option.
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish- didn’t like the color and just found the polish to be okay. I prefer neutral pink for nails so not sure what one would be expected to do with turquoise.
Luna by Luna Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Jace- this was pretty decent eyeshadow. It was very pigmented. The color is much warmer than I prefer, but I’ve used it a couple times with a few others. It’s a nice matte shadow and it stays well.
Overall, not sure about this bag. A few decent products but the colors are off. I reviewed everything and they do include color as part of the review process, so I will be interested to see how that plays out.
So, as someone who does not really have much make-up skills beyond the basics, but likes to check out new things at times, I decided the most economical way to do so was to choose a subscription box. Of course, this was inspired by seeing a Facebook friend do a video review, and I thought it sounded fun. During my search into the world of subscriptions boxes, I discovered there are many. And they don’t all come in box form. And they are of widely varying prices and difficulties to subscribe to.
I decide to sign up for three $10 subscriptions and see how they fared over a few months. A trial period, if you will. At the end, I can decide which one is best for me. $10 a month seemed reasonable- $30 a month, less so.
My choices were:
I signed up for all three in mid-May. Only one, Ipsy, claimed a ‘waitlist,’ but you could get off it by spamming the world through twitter and Facebook messages. Also, probably the one I am least likely to stick with- only chosen because a friend nagged me about them. Birchbox was the only one who sent me a box in May, so that will be my first review. Then we can delve into- when do the boxes ship? What order do they arrive? Are boxes even involved? (SPOILER ALERT: ONLY ONE COMES IN A BOX.) What am I supposed to do with the packaging? How does my feedback and reviews change future subscriptions? Will I even use any of the products? Am I just destroying the environment? And more…