Friday, February 28, 2014

Ipsy "The Look of Love" February 2014 Glam BagReview

Well, I FINALLY received my ipsy Glam Bag yesterday! It took FOREVER! I actually thought it was lost because the tracking information never updated after February 17th (shipped on the 10th) so I contacted ipsy and they said if I hadn't received by the 25th to let them know and they'd send me a new one. So they did (it's in transit) and of course this one showed up on the 27th (and now the tracking into is updated, go figure!). I've NEVER had a problem with receiving my bags before so I'm hoping this was just an anomaly. I'm waiting on a response to see if they want me to send the 2nd bag back, of if I am allowed to keep it or what they are going to say. 

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 third month receiving ipsy and each month I'm just as impressed as the previous. 

First things first, ipsy comes in a pretty envelope and inside is of course the Glam Bag stuffed with goodies.  The theme this month was "The Look of Love" and at first I thought it was to prepare for Valentine's Day but since most members didn't get their bags until after Valentine's day I don't think that was the intention after all.  Their Glam Room for this month says "Get ready to set your gaze on beauty goodies so good you'll fall in love at first sight" ipsy doesn't send out information cards (Birchbox does, which I definitely prefer). 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 15 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!

Plump Pout Mini by Pop Beauty (in Peony Petal) - I LOVE the color of this lip gloss, it's a little darker than I'd typically wear (I'm more super light pink/nude) but it'll be nice to switch it up when I feel like being a little fanicer. It's supposed to plump your lips, and every other plumping gloss I've used made my lips tingle, this one didn't. So I'm not sure if it actually plumps or maybe this kind feels different (I didn't notice any actual plumping though). Regardless, love the application of the gloss and the texture but don't think I'd pay $16 for the full size. (~$7.47 for .14 oz sample )

Zoya Nail Polish (in Dot) - I am just not a fan of the color I received (or the other color that was sent out). It's definitely a spring/easter-y color but I'm more of a red or deep or bright pink type of girl. I'm going to put this in my giveaway box**. They have some awesome colors on their website though (like Pixie Dust!), wish I would have gotten on of those! (not that I even paint my nails that often because of my terrible biting habit but I do like to do my toes!) I believe they gave us full size sample ($9.00 for .5 oz)

Be Matte Blush by City Color (in Melon) - I don't do blush at all, I don't know how to properly apply it and I'm more of a bronzer type girl anyways. I think this would look too clown like on my face. This too will be put in my giveaway box. I'm curious to read other's opinions on this brand though because it's very reasonably priced! Another full size sample ($2.99 for .314 oz)

Eyetini Codrial Cream Shadow + Base in One by Tini Beauty (in Ambrosia) - Since my bag was so late, I had plenty of time to read reviews of other people's bags so I knew this was an eye shadow from those reviews. However, just by the look of it, I would have assumed it was a lip product (although on the back end where it says the color, it does use the word "shadow". This is where an information card would come in handy. The color is pretty, although would have preferred to get the purple shade (Violetta) they sent out as I could see myself using that one more often (since I wear a done of purple!). And this is the 3rd full size sample of the bag! ($18.00 for .14 oz)

Moist & Firm BB by IPKN NEW YORK (in light) - I've read a lot on BB creams and my friend Katie at Makeup your Mind did a great post on them in general, so I'm not 100% sold on BB creams. However, I've been using a lot more moisturizers and skincare products on my face lately and have noticed my skin looks much smoother so I am excited to try this one, especially since it has SPF 45 in it! This sample is pretty small though, so I'm not sure i'll be able to get a true feel for it I like it or not. (~$1.35 for .05 oz sample)

Total Estimated Value: $38.81 (not including the bag itself or any shipping) 
Total Price Paid: $10 (free shipping)

Overall Impression: A few of these items this month aren't for me, but overall the value was great and the products that are for me, I love. One of these days I'm going to have to make a decisison between ipsy and Birchbox  and it's going to be tough. I'm just getting SOO many items and not using them nearly enough. Although, I have been making an effort to actually use/try some of them out each week.

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?

**FUTURE GIVEAWAY** once I got 100 followers on BlogLovin' or 200 on Facebook (whichever happens first) - I am going to host a giveaway with all my Birchbox and ipsy items that aren't things I would typically use but I know others who would love. So make sure you follow me if you are reading me!

1 comment:

  1. I love my Ipsy bag. I had both birchbox and ispy but ending up cancelling birchbox. I enjoy getting the samples to try stuff out. Plus the bags are super cute. I use them all around my house.


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