Ipsy – March 2017

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.

Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama – This is a matte, natural-looking bronzer with brown undertones.  I definitely prefer it to more orange-based bronzers.

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Suede Splash – This lipstick has 100% natural ingredients AND recyclable packaging.  It contains raspberry and moringa seed oils to moisturize and has a stain finish.

EYEKO Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin – A shadow stick that “delivers creamy color that you can quickly swipe on”.  Wear it on its own for a look with a slight sheen, or layer under powder.

 

OUAI Treatment Masque – This hair mask it meant to give you softer, smoother hair. Keratin and amino acids add strength and prevent damage.

Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream – The packaging!  The product!  It contains snail secretion to “heal damaged skin, boost elasticity, and leave your complexion smooth and hydrated.”

Ipsy – February 2017

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.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

BelláPierre Cosmetics VolumeLash Waterproof Mascara (full size, $20) –  “The flexible brush perfectly separates and coats every single lash, so your fringe looks completely full and defined. Even though it’s waterproof, a makeup removing wipe will take it right off, no tugging or rubbing (or lash damage) required.”

Luna Cosmetics Highlighter in Calypso (full size, $23) – “With just the right mix of both cool and warm undertones, the pale lavender shade flatters any and every skin tone. Easily layerable, one coat is pseudo-sheer, adding more on top puts you into serious strobing territory. A baked formula = a creamy and velvety texture.”

NYX Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry (full size, $6) – “Right now this satin finish is our goldilocks texture. Glossy is too much. Matte isn’t doing the trick. But this is just right! These are so insanely creamy that there’s no need to use lip balm beforehand.”

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte (full size, $15) – “Going above and beyond much of the competition, these super shiny formulas are 10-free. Equally fab, the brand is vegan and cruelty free.”  Though it is described as a “deep grayish-purplish-brown”, it really just looks brown on the nail.

MOR Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk (full size $36; sample value $2.16) – “It does exactly what a good hand cream should do: hydrate (using shea butter and macadamia oil), without leaving hands so slippery or greasy that you can’t do anything.” The scent includes notes of wild rose, hibiscus, and fig.

 

Bag Value: ~$66

Ipsy – January 2017

Ipsy January 2017

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.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

Ipsy January 2017

Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose (full size $12) – This is a “universally flattering cheek color with subtle pink and peach undertones that creates a natural blush that will highlight any complexion.”

Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss in Method to the Madness (full size $22) – Ipsy says this gloss is “easily buildable; one coat delivered a rosy sheen, two coats added a more noticeable flush to our lips.”

Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 in Light (full size $39; sample value $9.75) – This BB cream has a bit of coverage with a dewy finish.  It also hydrates and has added sun protection.

Ipsy January 2017

Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub (full size $19) – “A little scoop of the shea-butter and sugar scrub buffs away any trace of flakes or dead skin, leaving lips soft, silky, and ready for lipstick application.”

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I’m Not A Ballerina (full size $7.99) – This polish is a pale pink that is opaque in two coats.  It did chip after a day, even with a top coat, which is unfortunate.

 

Bag Value: ~$71

Ipsy – December 2016

Ipsy December 2016

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.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site or the brand’s site.

Ipsy December 2016

Aurora Intensively Precise Eyeliner in Cinnamon (full size $12) – Per Aurora, “the German ink technology ensures this modern liquid eyeliner to draw a flawless even line with the ultra-thin felt tip. The long lasting ink formula will give you up to 24-hours of precision definition for even the sharpest of cat-eyes. The natural ink formula is 100% free of alcohol and won’t smudge. This liner provides a smooth and luminous look for any occasion. ”

The Balm Mad Lash Mascara (full size 8ml/$18; sample value 2.5ml/$5.63) – “Equipped with an injection molded wand, Mad Lash transforms your lashes to new levels of height and fullness. The phenomenal formula delivers intense volume and definition in a rich black shade that’ll bring your lashes to life.”

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer (full size 10ml/$24; sample value 5ml/$12) – According to Smashbox, “this gel transforms any cream lipstick into a velvety matte finish that’s never chalky. Now you can wear your favorite lip shades 2 ways, minus the mess of DIY mattifying methods.”

 

Ipsy December 2016

Symphony Beauty Snow Cream Moisturizer (full size 100ml/$20; sample value 10ml/$2) – This moisturizer absorbs quickly, leaving skin looking fresh and hydrated with no sticky residue left behind.  Vitamin E nourishes and helps brighten up your complexion.

Ouai Wave Spray (full size 5oz/$26; sample value 1oz/$5.20) – “A weightless texture mist for effortlessly chic, undone hair. Infused with rice protein to add hold and memory for that “just got out of the ocean and my hair dried perfectly” look.”

 

Bag Value – ~$37

Ipsy – November 2016

Ipsy - November 2016

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.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site.

Ipsy - November 2016

Luxie Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T ($18) – “Synthetic white fibers on the end of the brush lay down pigments more gently than a denser brush would” and give you more control.  Use with creams, powders, and liquids.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (full size 0.27oz/$23; sample value 0.17oz/$14.50) – Get both length and curl in one swipe with “film-forming polymers ensure smudge-proof, all-day wear.”

‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Eyeshadow in Firestarter ($13) – This shimmery reddish-pink shade is perfect for a fall eye look.

 

Ipsy - November 2016

Delectable by Cake Beauty sweet mint & cream ultra nourishing hand cream (full size 4oz/$12; sample value 2oz/$6) – This hand cream has a rich formula that dries quickly and leaves skin deeply moisturized.

Adesse New York Brightening Base Coat ($18) – A base coat with “antioxidants keep nails safe from damage caused by the environment”  and “keratin proteins and vitamin E make nails stronger.”

Ipsy – October 2016

Ipsy October 2016

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.

It’s been a pretty hectic month, so I haven’t tried most of these items.  Quoted descriptions are from Ipsy’s site.

Ipsy October 2016

Sally’s Box Aqua Moist (sample value ~$4, based on others’ reviews) – “Powerful flower water from Provence roses, chamomile and lavender goes deep beneath the surface of your skin for the ultimate moisture bomb.”

Trust Fund Beauty Gimme Good Face Primer (full size 20ml/$25; sample value 10ml/$12.50) – This primer is intended to smooth over imperfections and reduce the appearance of pores, and has a light eucalyptus scent.  It is currently available for pre-order on Trust Fund Beauty’s website.

Ipsy October 2016

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (full size 0.7ml/$20; sample value 0.2ml/$5.71) – This brush-tip liquid liner is decent. I like the really thin tip; very precise and applies smoothly. The liner itself stays in place for quite a while, though I didn’t get the 24-hour, waterproof wear that KVD claims.

Lottie London Perfectly Precise Eyeshadow Brush ($15) – “Part shadow brush. Part smudger. Dense fibers let you apply powder and cream shadows.”

Trestique Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux (mini trios $32 / sample value ~$10) – “It’s buttery soft, rich, yet light as air and uber comfortable with a futuristic vibrant finish. Infused with Vitamin E, and Monoi Tahiti Butter for moisturization and antioxidant properties.”  It’s not my color, so I’ll pass it along.  Sorta wish all subscription boxes were *done* with Trestique.

 

Total Bag Value: ~$47

Ipsy – September 2016

Ipsy - September 2016

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.

Ipsy - September 2016

Dirty Little Secret Eyeshadow in Teaser (full palette 6g/$38; single pan 1.5g/$9.50) –  This light terra cotta shade is a nice neutral for fall, and is pretty average as far as shadows are concerned.  Applied well and blended out fine, but didn’t have much staying power.  Primer definitely recommended.

Trestique Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives (full size 0.21oz/$34; sample size 0.04oz/$6.48) – If there are two makeup items I wish I’d quit receiving in subscription boxes they would be highlighters and bronzers.  That’s not to say anything negative about this particular highlighter; it’s actually decent.  Applies smoothly, blends out well, isn’t overly shimmery.

Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (full size 2g/$20; sample size 1.2g/$12) – I want to like this liner, and if I can find a way to keep it from smearing/smudging my opinion of it will become more positive.  Perhaps it’s just my eyes, since I’ve read so many glowing reviews, but the combo of my oily lids (even with primer) and this liner… it’s no good.  I also wish the felt tip were a bit more precise.

Ipsy - September 2016

Épicé Restorative Toner (full size 5oz/$27; sample size 1oz/$5.40) – This toner is something between a watery liquid and a gel.  I wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive skin, given the AHA and alcohol within.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish (full size 3oz/$29; sample size 0.33oz/$3.19) – I received this sample in a past Birchbox (November 2015) and I don’t remember being terribly impressed.  It’s a fairly gentle exfoliating scrub, but it made my skin feel oily.  No thanks.

 

Bag Value: ~$36