June 2014 Ipsy Unbagging

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Well, it’s that time of the month again – subscription box/bag time! I was really surprised to open up my mailbox this morning and find my June Ipsy bag.  The Glam Rooms just went live yesterday and I haven’t even received tracking info yet.  I have to hand it to Ipsy  – they really do have fast shipping.

I was actually really excited to get my Ipsy this month.  If you’ve been reading along for a while, you’ll know that this is only my third month being a subscriber.  I was less than impressed by April’s bag, but May’s bag was right up my alley, so I was curious to see what June would bring.  Of course I’m sure you know that Ipsy is a $10/month beauty subscription bag.  You sign up, take a beauty quiz, and from your answers Ipsy puts together a bag filled with 4-5 beauty products each month.  These range from samples to full size, and can be skin care, hair care, makeup, or tools (brushes, eyelash curlers, etc).  The little makeup bag they come in is different every month and usually reflects the bag’s theme.

This month’s theme is “Pretty in Paradise,” and the bag was designed by Rebecca Minkoff, which is cool.  It’s a vinyl, navy blue bag with a tropical, Hawaiian shirt inspired print on it.  I could see this being a cute clutch for times when I’m just running a quick errand and only want to take my cash, keys, and phone, instead of my big purse.

The first item I got is a full-size NYX Butter Gloss in Éclair.  I believe everyone got a butter  gloss this month in one of three colors.  Éclair is a dusty rose color, it’s actually very similar to my natural lip color.  The formula is fantastic.  It feels so smooth and creamy on my lips, but it’s not sticky.  It also smells like frosting.

Next, I received a full-size Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil.  This is a brown pencil that you can smudge into your brows, or use as an eyeliner.  I don’t do anything to my brows, so I’d probably use it as a liner, which works out because I love brown liner.   It’s really waxy and smooth, but not highly pigmented.  It also smudges easily and doesn’t really “dry.”  Maybe I’ll have to learn to do my brows now.

Up next is a deluxe sample of Realtree for Her perfume.  Right off the bat I’m impressed by the sample size.  It’s really big compared to other perfume samples I’ve gotten. As far as the scent, it’s a mix of light florals and dark amber.  I’m also picking up some sandalwood.  It’s honestly a little masculine smelling to me, but it’s not offensive by any means.

Next is a full-size Nicka K Shimmer Eyeliner in Blue.  I had no idea what to think of this, but I actually could see myself using this.  It’s a turquoise-blue liquid liner with glitter, but the shimmer is very subtle, which I appreciate.  The brush on this liner is also fabulous.  I swatched it on my hand and was impressed by how precise and thin of a line the brush gives.  I wouldn’t say this is an every day product, but it could be fun for a pop of color or a winged eyeliner look this summer.

My final product is a deluxe sample of Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Styling Cream.  This is a hair styling product that is supposed to be anti-breakage and anti-frizz.  The bottle says it instantly stops shedding…not sure I believe that.  It’s coconut oil based but the product doesn’t have a scent that I can detect.  I’m always skeptical of hair products because most of the de-frizzing ones don’t work on my curls, but I’ll definitely try it out.  It’s also paraben and chemical free, which is a nice bonus.

So that is my June Ipsy bag.  I’ve got to say, I’m impressed by this one.  It does lean more to the makeup side of things.  The only non-makeup item I got is the hair cream.  However, in comparison to the April bag that was also all makeup, this June bag has products that are actually wearable.  I’ll probably use the butter gloss and the Ofra pencil everyday and the shimmer eyeliner is crazy, but not so crazy that it’s unwearable.  For me, Ipsy is really turning things around and these last two months have been great compliments to my Birchbox subscription.

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