Yes, it is that time of the month again. My mailman brought my September 2014 Ipsy bag yesterday, so I’ve had a chance to play around with some of the products that I got this month. But first, you all know I like to recap how I fared with last month’s products, since these unboxings / unbaggings never really give an idea of how the product works. If you want to immediately get to the new stuff, just keep scrolling.
I’ll be honest and say that August was pretty much a dud month for Ipsy, once it got down to actually using the products.
Your the Balm Lip Balm: I really like this. I’ve been leaving it on my desk and I’ve used it so much. Still not a huge fan of the potted aspect of it, but it’s really moisturizing and smells great.
Glamglow Youth Mud Mask: Nope. Nope nope nope. This mask felt awful on. It burned my skin and left it feeling like I’d slathered my skin in paint thinner.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara: I don’t have enough good things to say about this mascara. It’s just wonderful. I’m seriously considering purchasing the full size, even though it’s $22.
Lord & Berry Black Eyeliner: The pencil is too tiny to grip and the eyeliner itself is really hard and tugs on the skin. This just went in the trash.
Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion: This is a fine lotion, but it doesn’t give much shimmer or highlight, so I’m pretty “meh” on it and will probably throw it out.
So as you can see, August wasn’t a banner month, but I really liked the couple of products that did end up working for me. Now on to September.
The theme of this month’s bag is “Street Style,” so I guess Ipsy was going for something edgier. The bag is a square shape, silver pleather bag with a black zipper and four silver pyramid studs. It’s really cute, I think, and it’s so soft. Plus it doesn’t smell plasticky like a lot of Ipsy bags do. As always, I’ll leave all the info about Ipsy and how you can sign up at the end of this post.
My first product this month is Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask. I just recently starting hearing about this brand, and I’ve only heard really positive things. This is a mask that you apply to hair after shampooing. It says it is supposed to increase hair elasticity and prevent breakage. I have been in serious need of a product like this for the ends of my hair, which are getting really dry as my hair gets longer, so this is going straight into the shower. This is a very generous sample at 1 fluid oz, and is worth about $5. (Full-size is $26)
The next product is Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love Affair. I was hesitant about getting another Cailyn product. I got one in my April Ipsy that was supposedly full-size, but the product pot was barely full and the formula and color was awful. This seems to actually be a legitimate full-size product. This color looks really red in the tube, almost like a clay color, but on the lips it is a gorgeous berry color. It is much more purple on the lips. It’s got really good pigmentation, but it’s lightweight and semi-sheer. This retails for $19.
My next product is Crown Brush Infinity Crease / Shadow Brush C476. This is obviously a dual ended eyeshadow brush. One end is skinny and tight, almost pointed like a pencil brush, and the other is flat and fluffy. This seems like a good quality brush. The bristles are really soft and there hasn’t been any fallout just from running it over my hands. This will get a lot of use because my eyeshadow brush collection is pitiful (read: two brushes) and I don’t have anything like this. It is a full-size and retails for $17.50, though right now it is on sale on the Crown website for $6.99.
Up next is the Pacifica Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in Fringe. As tired as I am of getting eyeliner from these bags (I’ve gotten 6 Ipsy bags, 4 have contained eyeliner), I will actually use this one because it is brown. It’s also really soft and glides on smooth. This is a definite keeper. I can’t find exactly how big this sample is, but I would estimate that it is worth around $2, as the full-size retails for $11.
My final product this month is a NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Chandelier Lustre. This is a single eye shadow in a neutral champagne color. It’s very shimmery, and even though it’s neutral it does have pinkish undertones. The formula on this eye shadow is nice. It’s soft, but not crumbly, and the pigmentation is great. This is a full-size product that retails for $4.50.
Overall, I am really impressed by September’s Ipsy bag. There are a lot of full-size products, which is a nice surprise, and I can see myself actually using all of these products. Some, like the mask and eye shadow brush, are even things I’ve been needing to get. This bag is a definite winner for me, and comes out to about $48 worth of products, which is a great deal for a $10 bag. If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can click here for more details. It is $10/month, and you get 4-5 beauty products ranging in size from deluxe sample, to travel size, to full-size. Ipsy does tend to lean more towards makeup products, but does throw in some skincare, haircare, and tools. 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, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
September 2014 “Street Style” Coupon Codes:
CROWNIPSY30 for 30% off at $25+ purchase on crownbrush.us (valid until 12/31/14)
FALLPROOF for 30% off Proof It! Waterproof Primer on nyxcosmetics.com (valid until 10/31/14)
FallBeauty for 20% off any purchase at pacificabeauty.com (valid until 10/31/14)
IPSYSEP14 for free shipping on any purchase from briogeohair.com (valid until 10/15/14)
IPSYGIFT for 20% off any purchase and two free samples of Pure Lust Lip Tint at cailyncosmetics.com (valid until 10/31/14)