I really do love subscription box / bag time in the middle of the month. Maybe it’s just me, but I love getting mail – and I do mean love – so finding a small packages in my mailbox just makes me happy. What is it about getting something in the mail that makes it feel special? Anyway, my August Ipsy bag was in my mailbox this morning, so it’s time for an unbagging! Since I’m doing it for my Birchbox, in the spirit of fairness and continuity, before I get into this month’s products, I’m going to take a look at how I fared with July’s products. So if you just want to see the new stuff, keep scrolling.
bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Cream Eyeshadow: I like the idea of this product. Cream shadows are really fun and this one has a fantastic formula. So creamy and lovely. The color I got sent (Divine Wine) was way too dark for me though, so I ended up tossing this after a couple of tries.
Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass: Again, I like the idea of this product. I’ve always liked the idea of lip stains because it seems so easy and hassle free. This product is really streaky and runny, and wore off in a very patchy manner. It smelled great though.
POP Beauty Bronzer: I love this product, but not as a bronzer. It’s too dark for me, so instead I’ve been using it as a neutral eyeshadow. It’s a great all over lid color and the formula is super creamy and pigmented.
pur-lisse Moisturizer with SPF: Huge dud. Just made my skin oily and broken out.
Faith Aromatherapy Lotion: Still not a huge fan of the scent, but this lotion wasn’t bad. The scent softens as you warm up the product in your hands, and the lotion feels really good on.
So overall, July was not the best month. 3 of the 5 products I was sent got thrown out before I’d finished them. It feels wasteful, not gonna lie, but that’s just how it is some months. Now it’s time to move on to August!
The theme for August is “Beauty Schooled,” paying homage to the fact that lots of students are heading back to the classroom this month. Most of the products sampled this month are what I would call “basics” – staples of your makeup bag. The bag everything came in this month is cute. It’s a cylindrical white bag with tangerine orange polka dots. Fitting in with the school theme, it looks like a pencil bag, which is actually how I might use it. It’s super cute. It is, however, super plasticky and it smells like a Sanrio store (remember those?).
The first item I got is Your the Balm Lip Balm in Green Apple. This is by the brand Absolute. It’s a basic, potted lip balm. It smells and tastes exactly like green apple, and it feels nice on. Not a fan of potted lip products because they’re messy and not very hygienic, since you have to stick your finger in it. Still, this is a full-size product. It comes in a pair with a grape lip balm for $6, making this item worth $3.
The next thing I got is GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. This is a face mask that is supposed to exfoliate, which I’ve been really into lately. It smells really good, though I can’t quite pinpoint the scent. It’s light and refreshing, slightly floral. This is a sample size, and it’s pretty small at only .5 ounces, but this clocks in at a whopping $20 value, as the full-size retails for $69 (which makes me hope I don’t like it because that is way out of my face mask budget range).
My next sample is Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. Everyone got an Urban Decay sample this month of either this new mascara or a new 24/7 Velvet eyeliner. This mascara promises to make your lashes bigger, blacker, and badder, and I’ve been seeing a lot of good things about it, so I’m super excited to get this in my bag. It is a sample size at .1 ounces, so it is worth about $5.50, since the full-size retails for $22.
Up next is a comically tiny Lord & Berry Black Silk Kajal Kohl Eyeliner. Seriously, this pencil is the size of my pinky finger and thin, so it’s not easy to hold (and I’m guessing then, not easy to apply). I have never heard of this brand before, and I’m over getting black liners, but I guess you can never have too many, if you like black liner (I don’t). I swatched it on my hand and it felt very pencil-y. It’s hard and a little rough, but it’s a super pigmented black. The full-size retails for $18, and I can’t find exactly how big this mini pencil is, so I’d guess this sample is worth about $3.
My last sample is Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion. This is another brand that is completely new to me. This is a face and body lotion that is supposed to make your skin look like it’s glowing. I was a little scared of this at first; it comes out of the tube pink. It blends super well though and just made my skin look slightly sparkly and dewy, maybe even a little tan. I like that it doesn’t smell. It’s an interesting product for sure. This is a sample size at .27 oz, so it is worth about $7.83, since the full-size is $29.
That is everything in my August 2014 “Beauty Schooled” Ipsy bag. These are all really basic products and I think I will probably like everything in this bag, or at least get some use out of them. The value of this bag works out to around $39, which is awesome for a $10/month bag. I’m going to leave the coupon codes that Ipsy gave out for these products and brands this month, so if you like any of these products or brands, you can take advantage. If you like what you see and want to sign up for Ipsy, you can click here for all the details.
August 2014 Coupon Codes:
- 20% off any purchase and free sample of “Liplocked” from mannakadarcosmetics.com with code IPSY20 (valid until 9/30)
- 30% off any purchase at nicka.com with code IPSY (valid until 9/11)
- 30% off any purchase at glamglowmud.com with code IPSY30 (valid until 9/30)
- 25% off any purchase at lordandberry.com with code LAB@14901 (valid until 10/15)