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.
Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush (full size, $18) – This blush is a slightly shimmery neutral that I can see myself using as a blush and an eye shadow. It also seems fairly long-wearing, which is a plus.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball (full size 0.05oz/$19, sample size 0.03oz/$11.40) – If the great peach to pink shift on this shadow wasn’t enough, it’s also highly pigmented, applies smoothly, blends well, and is long-lasting (with a primer). Can’t ask for much more!
Formula X Nail Polish in Wingwoman (full size 0.4oz/$10.50, sample size 0.13oz/$3.40) – I actually didn’t test this one out since I have other shades like it and reds/pinks aren’t shades I typically go for on my nails. I can say that the other Formula X polishes I’ve tried applied easily and were fairly long-lasting.
Royal & Langnickel Crease/Smudge Brush (full size ~$5.99) – This 100% vegan double-sided brush is… average. Not as soft as some of my other brushes, but not scratchy.
Clarisea Sea Salt Solutions Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask (full size 5oz/$18, sample size 1oz/$3.60) – Whoa. That name is a mouthful. Despite the name, this product can be used both as a mask and as a cleanser. To use it as a mask you mix with a few drops of water to form a paste, apply to your face, wait until dry, and rinse. To use it as a cleanser you simply mix it with your regular cleanser, massage into your skin, and rinse. I don’t use it as a whole-face treatment; instead, I focus on my nose and chin area as they seem to need the most ‘deep pore’ attention. It’s a good product, but I’d suggest moisturizing after use.
Total Value: ~$42