I’ll admit, I wasn’t overly thrilled about this Ipsy theme. As someone that works with kids and spent several years in a preschool classroom, I like to pretend that glitter does not exist. I don’t need to “meet” glitter, it’s nothing more than the herpes of the craft world.
Not familiar with Ipsy? Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription bag. Each month, they send you 5 deluxe samples or full size items of various make-up and beauty products. The monthly products always come packed in a unique make-up bag. The cost is 10 dollars a month and the values typically exceed the cost. Their “wait list” is a mile long, but sometimes you can skip it by cluttering your Facebook newsfeed with ads.
Ipsy ships by the 10th of each month via DHL Global Mail. DHL starts the shipping but it’s delivered by USPS. From start to finish, it generally takes 6-8 days to get to me in MI. However, this month it only took 4 days! Yay!
Inside the pretty pink bubble envelope, there’s always an info card and your makeup bag. I was really concerned about the glitter of this bag getting EVERYWHERE, but the glitter is totally sealed in and underneath the plastic. Phew! It’s still not my favorite bag, so I might use it to make a little Christmas present for my little sister.
Ipsy’s info cards aren’t very informative, you’ll have to log onto your glam room for personalized info on your bag. The info card just states the theme of the month and offers as a reminder to share your bag via social media.
Marc Anthony True Professional Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray: Full Size, 9. Sample Size, 1.83.
Hmm, I rarely, if at all, use hairspray. I’ll probably pass this off, but I did check out reviews. Most people stated that it’s not crunchy. It holds hair in place while still leaving it soft to the touch. If I were to use a hairspray, it would probably be something like this.
Starlooks Gem Eye pencil in purple: Full Size, 17.
Glittery purple eye liner is not me at all. Like, not at all. However, I cannot tell you how excited I was to try this anyways. It might not be a look for every day, but I like it well enough and it’s fun. I end up getting a lot of eye liners in subscription boxes, but very rarely are they anything but black, so this was just nice. There’s a heavy amount of glitter in this eyeliner, so naturally it will end up everywhere. But, thankfully, our Christmas ornaments were also covered in glitter, so Ive already lost the battle for the year and have given up. Glitter it is. You win, Ipsy.
Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive: Full Size, 14.
This isn’t super effective as a primer, however, it does add a nice shimmer if that’s what you are going for. Without a primer, it shows up as a light brown color. It was pretty easy to layer on top of it, and the shimmer still showed through.
J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint: Full Size, 4.99.
I saw this little tube of lip product and was concerned since it looked SO DARK. However, once I swatched it on my arm, the color was far more pink than whatever is in that tube. I found it a little difficult to apply. It has nice layering ability. If you are just looking for a slight hint of color, it will do that, or do a few “coats” for a deeper shade. It has great staying power, I even struggled to wash it off my arm. They offer a wide variety of shades, and even though this color isn’t one I’d pick out for myself, I might try a different one.
TEMPTU Pro Highlighter in Pink Pearl: Full Size, 28.50. Sample Size, 2.85.
I’ve gotten this product in a past Birchbox, however it was a different shade. The product is a little watery, but depending on the shade, there’s many options for application. Temptu recommends adding a few drops to your moisturizer, BB Cream, or foundation for an overall glow, which is what I do. I like the result and it’s easy to manage. You can also use it as a highlighter on only some areas, but the consistency doesn’t blend well.
Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray: Full Size, 17.99. Sample Size, 2.50
This was a 250 point bonus. I picked it up because it’s pretty rare to be able to use points through Ipsy before they expire. It will probably get more use in the summer, but I didn’t want my points to go to waste. You get 250 points for each friend that signs up, and 5 points per product review. You also have 10 and 5 point opportunities through out the month. You can trade in your points for one of 5 or so point products Ipsy has in stock. Most point products are 1,000 points, but recently they started introducing a few 500 and 250 point products!
Overall, even though I was concerned about the glitter, I was pretty happy with this bag. I got a few new things to try and only one product I’ll probably never use. Overall, this bag had a total value of 42.65, excluding the Bonus item. That’s a really great value for 10 bucks and even more awesome since there are some fun products in this bag. Glitter, I’m sorry I doubted you. (I still hate you, but you are on probation for November and December while I regain your trust.)
What do you think of Ipsy? What did you get this month? Want to sign up? Click here! In a few weeks you should have the opportunity to “skip the wait!”