Ipsy, is a monthly subscription service which sends you 5 make-up, skin care or hair care items per month packaged in a make-up bag. The products are often deluxe sample sizes but there are usually a few full-size items as well. The cost is $10 per month with free shipping if you happen to live in the states but for those of us in Canada, add $4.95 shipping as well as exchange. There are savings to be had if you subscribe to a longer period, though. I paid for a year up front which worked out to $184.33 Canadian funds, or $15.36 per month.
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Here is what came in my Ipsy bag this month:
The theme this month was "A fresh start" which feels appropriate for January. . . although I always find the actual products' connection to the theme to be tenuous at best. The bag is two-toned this month: blue on one side, white on the other with an orangey-pink zipper and tab. It is not my favourite and feels a little plasticky.
Two skincare products to start!
LA Fresh Eco-Beauty Be Good. Good Day. Day Moisturizer ($12 value - LA Fresh sells 50g for $40 on their website)
This is actually a pretty neat little sample package. I like that it is resealable and that I don't have to tear it apart like most cream samples. I am currently a little picky about what I use on my face and don't want to mess with my k-beauty routine right now so I'm not using this as a day cream. I did try it out as a hand and body lotion and am happy with it for that purpose. It is light, non-greasy and has a light scent (kind of like cucumbers?). If I weren't so happy with my current face products, I could see myself using this as a day cream. I am pleasantly surprised by this and would try more LA Fresh products based on what I see on their website.
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (FULL SIZE! $12 value)
My favourite thing this month :) The scent and flavour of this is really nice and despite being a squeezy-jelly type of lip balm, this isn't sticky or messy. This is another company I hadn't heard of but that has some nice-looking products on their website.
And now, three make-up products:
Hikari Mechanical Eye Liner in Storm (FULL SIZE! $13 value)
For those who have issues with the brand Be a Bombshell, apparently Hikari is pretty much the same company. That said, I don't have issues with BaB and I don't hate this product. I'm surprised at the alleged value since it doesn't seem like a really high-end brand or high-quality liner but it is serviceable. Storm is a slate grey which used to be my go-to liner shade and which I haven't worn in a long time so that makes me pretty happy. I also like that it's a twist up liner so I don't have to sharpen it :) There were some complaints that this was hard and difficult to apply but mine doesn't seem to have that problem so I'm okay with this. I do feel like I've been getting a lot of eyeliner from Ipsy but at least it's in a variety of shades!
Manna Kadar Sheer Glo ($7.83 value for this 0.27oz sample - 1oz is $29 on their website)
Not my favourite. I don't really use bronzers or highlighters or anything like that. I usually get enough glow from my sometimes-oily skin! I'm sure this would make somebody happy but I'm just not a huge fan. I'll use it, when I think of it, maybe. . .
Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure ($3.18 value for this 2.5g sample - a trio with a total weight of 11g is $14 on their website)
Some Ipsters got a lighter shade of this. I wish I did. This is the second time that Ipsy has sent me a bronzey-brown eye shadow / eye base and it's still not my colour. I will try this one out since I actually do like the formulation of it - it feels very smooth and is not highly pigmented so it might work for a little shimmer or highlight. I also like this company but I would rather have received another of their products. The value on this is questionable since all I could find on their website was a trio of these and then I had to do some math. Judging by other blogs, this has been assigned an array of values - who knows what's accurate?
The value of my Ipsy products this month is about $48 which is, I think, one of my highest value bags to date :) While I don't love everything, I do feel that I will get my money's worth out of these products - especially the lip balm and eye liner. I will use the moisturizer as the most expensive hand cream I own :) I'm still not sold on highlighters or bronze eye shadow but thankfully these were not the bulk of the value of the bag this month. I will not be happy if I receive more of these next month, though.