Finally it is Friday! I’ve had the craziest week at school so I haven’t had any time to write or take pictures. We are quickly dwindling down to Spring Break, and coupled with the insanely cold weather we’ve had lately (1 degree as I write this. 1.), I’m totally ready for a little vacation.
Anyways, I am back today with February’s ipsy post! Yay!
Ipsy is a $10-a-month beauty subscription service that will deliver makeup, skincare, fragrance, and hair products in a cute little makeup bag. If you wish to learn more about ipsy, check out their website.
Everything from this month’s bag is pink and Valentine’s Day themed, starting with the bag. I love the pattern! I’m starting to build quite a collection of these. But the great thing is that they are small enough to be used for other purposes. I’ve started carrying my iPhone in January’s bag for some added protection because my biggest fear is shattering my new phone.
The products themselves were great. I think this is the best ipsy bag I have received thus far.
As always, let’s start with my least favorite product from the bag. This is the Cargo New Essential Lip Gloss in Anguilla. The only issue I have with this is the horrible, horrible color they chose to give everyone. This is literally the least flattering color I have ever put on my lips. If you want to look like an instant zombie, this is for you. Otherwise, I can only wear this to lighten up other, darker lip colors. It’s a verrry cool toned pink, and it looks whiteish/grayish on this lips which is not flattering at all. Considering this is the only color they curated for the bag, you would think that ipsy would pick one that looks good on a handful of people. Despite the color, the gloss itself seems alright. It’s a bit tacky, which is dependent on your personal preferences for whether or not it is a good thing. I don’t really mind it. Cargo’s website has some beautiful colors to pick from, including Tuscany, which looks like a shimmery peachy color.
Now the value is a little tricky. Cargo’s website retails a full-size lip gloss for $16.00, and they say it is 2.5 ml. This is a decent sample size, but a sample size nonetheless. However, it says on the bottom sticker that the contents are 4.5 ml. Not sure if that is a typo or not. If it is true, then this is worth $28.80. If it’s approximately half the size, which is what I guess, then it is worth around $8.00.
The next item we have is a perfume sample. This is the Joya Composition No. 1 Perfume Oil. What I really love about ipsy is that when they send you a perfume sample, they send you a legit one. Not a freebie you could pick up at Sephora, but one that you can get quite a few uses out of. This is a tiny sample, as you can see in the scale picture. But, they added a rollerball to it so it isn’t an annoying spray top. That little touch alone makes all the difference. Even better, this is a perfume oil, not an alcohol-based spray. That means this is going to last you even longer because you only need a dab or two. Alcohol-based sprays (eau de toilette) are not as strong (so you need to use more product) and also fade faster than perfume oils (eau de parfum). That’s typically why eau de parfum is more expensive than eau de toilette.
Anyways, the scent itself is lovely. The website describes it as “sparkling Italian mandarin, Brazilian orange and fresh quince…heliotrope petals, tuberose, jasmine, camellia and Damask rose…creamy sandalwood, pale musk and a hint of tonka bean.”
It’s a really sweet, warm citrus scent that I can see myself wearing all throughout the spring and summer. I like it so much I might even pick up a rollerball of it when I run out of this. A full-size is $30.00 for 10 ml. This sample, 1.5 ml, is worth $4.50.
I love getting brushes in subscription services because I hate buying them for myself. They’re one of those things that you really need, but you just don’t want to shell out the money for. This is the Luxie Large Angled 504 Brush. This is one of the softest brushes I own and definitely the most beautiful. It is made out of 100% vegan synthetic brush hairs, which supposedly are coated with an anti-bacterial layer. The light pink handle with rose gold hardware is gorgeous and feminine. Imagine a whole matching set! This would make a great contour brush because the head is the perfect size to fit in the hollows of your cheeks. This is a full-size brush, which retails for $6.40 (which I think is a steal for a brush this nice and this pretty).
This next product is the Rob Scheppy for ‘Tini Beauty Powder Eyeshadow in Pearl Fizz. This is the second month in a row that ipsy has sent me a champagne eyeshadow, but I am not complaining. They’re the main staple in my everyday eye look, so the more the merrier. 🙂 Unlike the one last month, this is great. It definitely leans on the pink side, but the product is super soft and has a lovely sheen to it. I can’t wait to use this one! This is actually a part of a larger palette, which retails for $39.50. The eyeshadow itself is a full-size version of the individual one in the palette, which makes this approximately $5.00.
This blush. Words cannot describe this blush. This is the Model Co. Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini. It is a stunning peachy gold blush that absolutely shimmers in the sunlight. The picture above isn’t doing it justice. This is going to be the perfect blush for summertime and I am 100% taking it with me on spring break. The powder is soft and pigmented, and it blends like a dream. It’s not a particularly unique color in my collection, but I can easily see it becoming one of my favorites. This is full-size, and it retails for $22.00.
What did you get in your ipsy bag this month? Let me know!
Also, I have another post coming this weekend with a new subscription service I am trying. Keep your eyes peeled. 🙂
Thanks for reading and have a great day!