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.
I stumbled across Birchbox’s promo code yesterday for new subscribers. Usually, if you sign up for 1 year you get 1 box free ($110). Right now, if you want to make the leap, head over to https://www.birchbox.com/invite/bc37s and use the code it gives you – “BESTYEAR99”- and you get a year of boxes for $99.
If you don’t want to do the math, that’s $8.25 a box. Not a bad deal! (plus that link gets me some points or something on their website, I think!)
As a recap, here are the boxes I’ve gotten so far:
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!
Beautoniq Beauty Blush Serum- This was not good. Hard to apply, didn’t apply evenly, hard to remove (stained, really). Pass.
Oribe Matte Waves- Verdict: Okay.
I was excited about this, but I found it didn’t have much effect or hold. However, it didn’t make my hair stiff.
MAC Primer- Verdict: Fine
This is a pretty good primer. Not my favorite, but not terrible. I think a few other primers hold better, but this is just fine. MAC makes good product so it’s not a bad choice but I am not sure it’s the best for my skin.
Juliette Has a Gun: Anyway perfume- Verdict: Good
Not a huge scent person but I did like this one!
Kiehls rare earth deep daily cleanser- Verdict: Good
I liked this. It didn’t seem to irritate my skin, or dry it out.
Problem with my July bag- Some of the items packaging was opened.
Solution- a quick call to Sephora and they refunded my monthly payment. Much appreciated and super easy!
Because of that, I didn’t try most of the items. I did try the mascara (it was securely packaged), and the leave in conditioner.
Thoughts: The conditioner was fine. It was light; in fact, when I let my hair air dry after putting it in, it seemed to enhance my curls and waves. Very nice! I can’t say if it made a difference as to conditioning, but it didn’t hurt.
Mascara- it (“IT”) was fine. It went on well enough and I liked it okay. It didn’t seem to hold as well as other brands. I will definitely use it up, but I wouldn’t buy it.
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.