The mailman delivered an exciting metallic pink package to my door the other day- my first Ipsy Glam Bag!
I don’t know how I got into this sample bag fad (Actually that’s a lie, I do- but it’s embarrassing), but for some reason they are really exciting to get in the mail. They’re always a surprise (when they come and what’s in ’em), and it’s fun to play with the products that they send out that I usually wouldn’t have the guts to buy at the store. It’s like Christmas once a month!
I’ve been getting Birchbox for about three months already, (see previous post) but after a slightly disappointing month of legitimately small samples, I decided to expand my sample bags and ordered Ipsy, another $10 a month subscription (They’re like makeup crack). I’m planning on getting them both for a couple of months to eventually decide which one I like best. So far I haven’t made my decision. (Stay tuned!)
My first month of Ipsy actually kicked Birchbox’s butt. It came in a really fun bag that I have about a thousand uses for (keeping sand off stuff at the beach, snack bag, makeup bag, etc…), and the products were a great size. The only thing that I like better about Birchbox (this month) is that their box comes with a handy piece of paper with the product names and uses. Ipsy just says ‘go online,’ but I think I can figure out how to use nail polish and lipstick myself…
The Zoya nail polish in Gei Gei ($8) was a full-size nail polish and a great sheer pink color. I don’t really like the consistency or the glitter sheen, but the color is a great subtle pink and it was fun to try. The Mirabella Colour Sheers Lipstick in Pixie ($22) was also full-size. At first I thought it was a little too orange- but that’s just because I usually use the wrong color on myself. After wearing it for a bit I decided that it might actually be my kind of shade. (That’s why I love these bags, new discoveries!)
It also came with a splendid Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia roll-on perfume ($12) that smells amazingly tropical and crisp. I dropped it in my handbag and got numerous compliments on Friday about the scent. One of my co-workers even said, “Perfume should be noticed but not announced,” and added that the one I was wearing was perfect.
The Yaby concealer refill ($5.06) looked itty bitty at first, but after giving it a try I realized that I don’t really use much and it would undoubtedly longer than I originally thought.
“Yaby concealers have a creamy texture and are extremely easy to apply. They are highly pigmented to correct any imperfection on the face and body, are creamy and gentle for around the eyes and are tear proof! Vegan friendly and contains no animal byproducts.”
The yellow-tinted color virtually erased any dark circles under my eyes!
I was originally confused by the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel ($10), but after giving it a try I realized that I’ve gone through life with crazy-wild eyebrows. (Not really a big deal) Apparently it sets, defines and shapes brows for an all-day natural flake-proof look- that’s what it says at least. All I noticed was that my eyebrows weren’t stiff after putting it on and I forgot about it about five minutes after I put it on.
I’ll definitely use the lipstick and the perfume the most, and it was interesting to give brow gel a try.
Total value of products this month- $57
All in all I was pretty impressed by my first month of Ipsy. Bring it on Birchbox!