Ipsy – February 2015


Though a bit late, it’s Ipsy time! If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US, with an additional shipping fee for Canada).  Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products.  You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.

If you find yourself interested and want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.



These first two items were not in my bag when it originally arrived, but I emailed Ipsy’s customer service and they quickly mailed them out to me.  Thank goodness, because I am loving the Joya Composition No.1 perfume oil!  Here are the notes:

  • Top Note: Italian mandarin, Brazilian orange, and fresh quince
  • Middle Note: heliotrope petals, tuberose, jasmine, camellia, and Damask rose
  • Dry Down: creamy sandalwood, pale musk, and tonka bean

The citrus note is fresh and bright, but the florals stand on their own upon application, too.  On me, it’s not at all overpowering… the scent stays close to the skin and I catch it randomly throughout the day.  It’s put together and laid back all at once.  Warm and inviting.  And since it’s an oil, it lasts longer than an alcohol-based fragrance.

I definitely see the full size in my future. I mean, if the scent isn’t enough, look at the porcelain bottle.  It will be mine.  Oh, yes.  It will be mine.  /wayne

The full size is $112 (2.5 oz); the sample is worth $2.24 (0.05 oz).


Sadly, my love doesn’t extend to the Cargo Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Anguilla.  One look at the tube and I knew this gloss wasn’t meant for me or my skin tone.  I won’t be opening it, in hopes that I can pass it along to someone who can put it to use.  It’s a nice shade, but it’s just too pale.

Full size is $16 and I’m going to estimate the sample is worth around $8 (the ml amount on the bottom of the sample tube is wrong, but it looks to be roughly half of the full size).



I can’t remember if this Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray is available at Ulta with the rest of the line (that’s where I bought the dry shampoo and texture spray).  If so, I need to look out for another B1G1 free sale on Eva NYC products, because I’m a fan!  As long as I don’t go overboard while spraying, I am able to get the extra volume my fine hair desperately needs.  The fact that it also protects while heat styling is certainly a plus. Also, I think the fruity-floral scent is great, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a major factor in my desire to buy the full size.

A bit of a tangent, if I may… I am fairly certain this brand is owned by the same company as Amika.  The packaging and brand identity are quite similar, and the scents, while not identical, are in the same vein.  I haven’t tried the styling tools from Eva NYC, but they seem close to Amika’s own tools.  I suppose one clue is the fact that they both operate out of the same warehouse, per the address on the back of their packaging.

*Google break*

Ah, yes.  I believe they are both owned by Heat Makes Sense.

Aaaaanyway, the full size is $24 (8 oz); the sample is worth $3 (though, the Eva NYC site lists the 1 oz for $10).



Let me be honest here for a moment.  I didn’t use most of my bag this month, these two items included.  I’m just not sure when I’ll get around to using them, or if I’ll end up passing them along.  Though, that’s not a knock on the products.  The Model Co Blush in Peach Bellini is a gorgeous peachy-pink shade and the Rob Scheppy for ‘Tini Beauty Eyeshadow in Pearl Fizz seems like it will be great for highlighting.

The eyeshadow is full size and retails for $12 (0.06 oz).

The full size blush is $22 (8 g); the sample is worth $9.90 (3.6 g).



The Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Rose Berry is an extra item I picked up with Ipsy points.  I received the same hand cream in a different scent in a previous Ipsy bag and since the formula was decent and I’m a fan of rose-scented products… this was a natural choice.  Unfortunately for me, the berry is a bit more prominent than the rose.  It’s not a bad smell, but it’s not what I expected/hoped.

The texture of this hand cream is interesting.  It’s not particularly thick to begin with, and when you rub it in it thins out even more.  Almost a ‘watery’ feel, if that makes sense.  The cream leaves your skin slightly tacky for a little while after application, but not annoyingly so.  It’s a decent daily hand cream, though it’s not the best choice if you need a heavy-duty moisturizing cream.

I was able to find the full size (80 ml) and the sample size (20 ml) here for $12.32 and $6.12, respectively.


Box Value: This month’s bag is worth just over $35 (or just over $42, if you go by Eva NYC’s retail price, rather than the calculation based on the full-size price).


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