Ipsy – March 2015


I’m back from a mini-vacation and ready to talk about March’s Ipsy bag!

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.



Oil-free and mattifying?  The Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion from Dr. Brandt seems as though it was made for me.  When first applied it’s a bit shiny, but after a few minutes it absorbs and goes matte.  The lotion does minimize the appearance of my pores, but there isn’t a major difference from other pore minimizers I’ve used.  I have been pretty happy with all of the Dr. Brandt products I’ve tried, and this is no exception.

The full size (1.7 oz) is $60, making the sample (0.25 oz) worth about $9.



Since I generally don’t use use loose shadows, I’ll be passing along this Marsk shadow in Fifty Shades (yuuuuup), but it is a beautiful shade of grey (yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup).

This product is full size (1.2 g) and retails for $22.50.



I already own a couple of the NYX Butter Lipsticks, and I’m glad to add Pops to the bunch.  It’s an everyday neutral mauve lipstick (it’s less red than my picture would lead you to believe) with a decent color payoff.  The downside is that it’s not long-lasting, so touch-ups are required.

This is full size and retails for $5.99.



The Evelyn Iona concealer in Flawless is just a little too dark for me, though I have tried to make it work.  The coverage is average and the formula is oily.  It’s just not the concealer for me.

Also, it smells like something from my childhood and I can’t place the scent.  Annoying.

The full size is $18.75, and I’m guessing the sample is worth about $10.



According to Sexy Hair, their Soy Renewal Creme Oil is meant to “speed up drying time while protecting hair against mechanical damage from heat styling & harmful UV rays from the sun.” While I usually prefer spray heat protectors, this creme is fairly lightweight and does seem to moisturize my hair (as long as I stick to the ends… applying it near the scalp is bound to cross the line into ‘greasy’ territory).  If it sped up my blow dry time, I didn’t notice.

Oh,  and there are very tiny flecks of glitter that catch the light, which is interesting.

Full size (4.2 oz) is $22.95, so the sample (1 oz) is worth just over $5.


Box Value: This month’s bag is worth around $52.



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