Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ipsy "19 Reasons" January 2014 Review

I received my ipsy Glam Bag yesterday! For those of you that don't know, ipsy is a monthly subscription service where or only $10/month (cancel at anytime!) you get a Glam Bag (make up bag) filled with 4-5 beauty products curated by Michelle Phan! You get ipsyPoints for reviewing your items (and for doing other things within the site) that can be used toward purchases of additional items. This was my second month receiving ipsy and I'm thrilled!

First things first, ipsy comes in a pretty envelope and inside is of course the Glam Bag stuffed with goodies - although one item was too big for the bag itself so it was obviously just in the main envelope (same thing happened last month). I know I'm not the only who who thought this, but the Glam Bag itself had a weird smell (plastic maybe?) and I definitely won't be using it again, not that I need it or even "count" it as an item but sometimes they are super cute bags. The theme this month was "19 Reasons" and looks like they were promoting 19 brands and called it "19 Reasons that 2014 will be Amazing". Now I know they they definitely don't send out a true information card (which I prefer) as this is my 2nd month receiving no information card. However, an information card isn't really necessary since all items can be found on their website and all have coupon codes for additional purchases if you want to buy some more. It looks like there were a possibility of 20 items (although multiple variations/shades of some items) and each subscriber got some combination of 5 of them depending on their preferences from their ipsy beauty quiz match. Now on to my goodies!

Nourish Organic - Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion - I hardly use any moisturizer, although I'm trying to get better about it, so this will help. This kind is Fragrance Free, Alochol-Free, Gluten-Free, and Vegan. (~$6.47 for 0.5 oz sample)

Coastal Scents - Small Foundation Brush - This is another item I don't typically use but probably should, and now that I own one, I will make it a point to use it! I used this brush this morning (with the foundation I received) and it seemed to work well for a foundation brush - blended the foundation smoothly on my skin. I'm surprised this brush is so cheap as well! I hope it lasts! ($2.95)

Épicé - Purifying Exfoliant - I used this in the shower last night and loved it.  It didn't feel harsh at all and my face felt extra clean afterwards. (~$9.70 for 1 oz sample)

MicaBeauty - Tinted Lip Balm (Natural) - This is supposed to be a 24 hour lip balm. I'd say it lasted maybe 2 hours - well the moisture part, the color may have lasted but I didn't really pay attention. I loved the color I received; it looked great on me (I'm not a big lip-color type of person). Personally, this is wayyy too expensive for me to repurchase though. (~$18.75 for 2.5g sample)

Yaby - Liquid Foundation (Buff) - somehow this color is perfect for me.  I thought the coverage was good and light and seemed to last. I'm a little disappointed that on the site ipsy referred me to, I wasn't able to find the Liquid Foundation to see how much it costs to re-purchase. I could only find the Cream foundation. However, I was able to find it on google and they did give the full sized item too! ($13.55 for 15.4 g)

Total Estimated Value: $51.42 (not including the bag itself or any shipping) 
Total Price Paid: $10 (free shipping)

Overall Impression: another month I can say "WOW"! I'm totally impressed and love my bag. I have several friends who didn't care for their bags this month and when comparing Birchbox to ipsy they prefered Birchbox, but if I'm comparing my January Birchbox to my January ipsy, I'm going to have to say  ipsy takes the cake on both selection of items and value.  

If you are interested in signing up for ipsy, use my referral link (and I thank you in advance for some ipsyPoints to use for future add on items!)

Did you get ipsy this month? Did you like it? What'd you get?

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  1. I agree about the smell of the bag! I think it's a really cute bag so I hope to get the smell to go away somehow! I didn't get any of the same items you did, and haven't gotten to try mine yet either, but I was pretty happy with what I saw.

    1. I'm really loving Ipsy! You really can't beat the value! Hope your items are good once you try them out :)


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