It’s time for another Ipsy unbagging. This month it feels like it took a long time for it to get here, but maybe I’m just imagining things. As per usual, before we get into October’s bag, I like to take a look back at the previous month, since I unbag these items, but I don’t necessarily review the product. Here is how I fared with September’s bag:
Briogeo hair mask: I really like this. I’ve used it a few times on the ends of my hair and have noticed a definite difference in how dry it is. This was also a great sample size, and I still have probably 3-5 more uses.
Cailyn Tinted Lip Gloss: Eh. This is an OK product, nothing special. It also has an odd smell, so I’m going to get rid of it.
Crown Dual-Ended Brush: I like this brush. It’s soft, and applies the product well. There is a bit of fallout though, which I’m not a big fan of, but it does the trick.
Pacifica Eyeliner: I love the brown color, and this goes on really smoothly. Not sure it is truly waterproof though. It does smudge quite a bit, but I like this.
NYX Eye Shadow: This is a beautiful, very usable color, and I’ve been enjoying it. It is very soft and crumbly though, but it’s a great all-over color.
All in all, September’s bag was a good one. On to October!
The theme of this month’s bag is Beauty Candy, which is kind of an odd theme for fall, I think. I suppose candy could be a nod towards Halloween, but as you can see from the color of the bag, which is much more to the green side of teal in person, and if you’ve looked at any of the promotional materials Ipsy put out for this bag, you’ll see that everything is pastel colors. It honestly reminds me of Easter or spring, but the idea is little makeup treats. Seeing the contents of this bag, I definitely feel like they missed the “treat” part. The bag is OK – it’s a plasticky, vinyl bag. It’s not my favorite, but it’s not awful by any means.
My first product is Ayres Patagonia Body Butter. This is a body butter that is supposed to nourish and protect skin. It feels good on the skin, and a little goes a long way, but wow does this smell bad. It smells like a mixture of sunscreen and lemon bathroom cleaner. Definitely not a scent I want on my body, no matter how amazing the cream itself feels. This is a 1 oz sample, worth around $4.15. The full-size is 6.75 oz and retails for $28.
The next product is H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment. This is a facial moisturizer that is supposed to minimize the appearance of fine lines. I haven’t had the best luck getting moisturizers from Ipsy. This one is a light weight blue gel, and unfortunately, it smells a lot like the body butter. It’s definitely more on the citrus side and less on the chemical side, but it does smell like alcohol. The gel itself feels nice and is cooling on the skin, but again – do I really want to smell like a citrus scented bathroom cleaner?This is a .33 oz sample worth about $7.20. The full-size is 1.7 oz and retails for $36.
My next product is Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder. I got the color Ocean Breeze. This looks really cool in the packaging. It’s very celestial looking. It’s a dark blue shadow, with silver and light blue shimmery undertone. I’m unsure of this color on me, but I’ll see if I can make it work. I’ve never tried any Jesse’s Girl products, but I know they are supposed to be decent drugstore products. This feels really creamy on my skin when I swatch it, and just swatching it doesn’t produce any fallout, so this could be a winner. This is a full-size product and retails for $3.99.
Next is Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths. These are just face wipes that are supposed to foam and be a great alternative to washing your face when you’re in a rush. They are also supposed to remove makeup. I’ll see how these go. I haven’t had the best luck with face wipes (most are too rough on my skin). These also have a bit of an off-putting chemical citrus smell, so I’m not too keen on them already. This is a 10 cloth sample size, worth about $5.00. The full-size is 30 cloths and retails for $15.
My final product for October is Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure. I’ve never heard of this brand, but the color is a nude pink. It smells like vanilla cupcakes, but this is a heavy sticky gloss, which I’m not a fan of. I’ll probably toss this because I have other lip glosses in this color that aren’t sticky. This is a .03 oz sample, worth about $2.57. The full-size is .14 oz and retails for $12.
So that is my Ipsy bag for October. Overall, this bag is just okay. It contains some “staple” skin care products, and the makeup products aren’t very exciting to me, considering that I got an eyeshadow and lip gloss last month. Frankly, I’m really not that satisfied with my Ipsy subscription. The products themselves are mediocre at best in terms of quality, brand appeal, and size, and I’m just not keeping or using a lot of the stuff I get from Ipsy. This bag also illustrates a trend I’ve been noticing. Overall, if you look on the Ipsy site at all the products they sample any given month, there is a good mixture of products. There are makeup samples, hair care, skin care, body care, fragrance, nail polish, tools. But, their algorithm for putting the bags together is terrible, because I feel like there is no variety here. I got 3 skincare products that all smell extremely similar (in a bad way), and two drugstore makeup items. The total value of the bag this month is around $23, which is good for a $10/month bag, but this one leaves me seriously contemplating canceling Ipsy. Is anyone else feeling disappointed by their Ipsy lately?
Ipsy is a $10/month subscription service, and you get 4-5 beauty products ranging in size from deluxe sample, to travel size, to full-size. You can go to Ipsy.com for more details and to sign up (that is not a referral link – it just goes to the Ipsy homepage). Be forewarned that there is a waiting list at the moment, and I’ve heard that you can be on the wait list for up to two months now.
That is it for this month’s unbagging. I am going to leave coupon codes from the brands I received this month down below, so if you see anything you want you can snatch it up for a discount. If you also got an Ipsy bag, or have used any of these products, or are also feeling pretty meh about Ipsy lately, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
October 2014 “Beauty Candy” Coupon Codes:
AYRESIPSY at ayresbeauty.com for 25% off + free shipping on any purchase of $40 or more. Valid until 10/31/14
IPSYGCC at skyniceland.com for 50% off one item + 20% off all additional products. Valid until 11/21/14
IPSY at starlooks.com for 20% off cosmetic orders. Valid until 11/30/14