Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 2014 Ipsy Bag - Unbagging and Review!

Hello! The weekend is sadly almost at an end! It always seems to go by nice and slow on Saturday and then all of a sudden it's Sunday evening and work is right around the corner! I always hated the feeling of Sunday nights when I was child; I remember getting depressed when Nick At Nite came on and I still have a bad association with the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. As an adult it doesn't feel quite so final since, as you get older, time seems to go by faster, but I can't shake that feeling that Sunday nights are never pleasant.

So I thought I'd do something fun and share with you guys my July 2014 Ipsy bag!
Pink bubble mailer of happiness!
Ipsy is a $10 a month subscription service and it is awesome! For that $10, you get a cute makeup bag and four to five makeup/skin care/hair care products in anything from a deluxe sample size to a full sized product. I always get at least three times the cost of the bag in value, and I'm rarely totally disappointed. If I had to give up all my subscriptions except one, Ipsy is most likely the one I would keep (though I would miss my Blush.com Mystery Box...).
For July 2014, the theme was Sensationally Sunkissed. Admittedly, the "themes" don't really have much to do with the types of products included and it's there more for funsies. Also because I think Ipsy needs something to put on the other side of the "info" card. The card doesn't actually have any info beyond the brands that you could get in your bag and how you could win a free year of Ipsy by posting your bag to social media sites. All the info about the products you got and that you didn't get, including what colors were on offer and any special discounts available, is located on the Ipsy website in your Glam Room. You can also review the products in your bag to not only (theoretically) semi-customize what products/brands you get but you can also earn points (you earn them much faster through referrals) that you can use towards larger rewards. While the point-system isn't as nice as Birchbox's, I feel like you get better products and samples to begin with.
The bag this month was kind of minimalist, but it has an interesting design, color, and fabric choice. It's a hot pink (it's much more pink in real life, my camera couldn't handle it) square-shaped pleather bag with a scalloped edge. It's not the cutest bag I've gotten, but it's not the worst. When I first opened it it smelt awful, but after airing out for a day or so it doesn't smell anymore.

I got five products this month!
I'm going to start with the product/brand that I believe everyone got in their bags. You could have gotten a sample of the brand new bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 or a little pressed eyeshadow duo. I was really hoping I would get the BB cream shadow since I was very interested in trying it when I first heard about it. It's supposed to offer five benefits: 12-hour long wear color, primer, brightening, fine line smoothing, and SPF 15.
I'm most interested in the SPF since I'm always trying to find easy ways to protect my delicate eye area from the sun. It comes in ten different colors and you could get either Divine Wine or Barely Nude.
I got Divine Wine! It's not really wine-y at all...it's more of a taupe with a faint mauve background. This is a heavy swatch, but you can actually blend it out to be quite sheer and lovely! The sample we got was pretty small (a full size is .10fl oz and sells for $18, we got a .03fl oz sample) but a little goes a really long way, especially on such a small area like your eyelids, so this will last me a while.
The offer to go along with the bareMinerals products is pretty lame; it's free shipping from Ulta with any bareMinerals purchase. Ulta just ran a promo similar to this (they also just did one where you could get free shipping with any Urban Decay purchase) and, since most bareMinerals products are $20+ anyways, you could just wait for a "free shipping with a $25+ order" promo and not have to waste the promo code (and thus get something else or a discount). This sample was worth $5.40.
Going in the order of the items in my Glam Room, next is a sample of the Befine Food Skin Care (I find this brand name hard to say; I always want to switch "food" and "skin" around because it sounds more natural) Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. I like face moisturizers with SPF, you know, since the sun can kill you. This has rosemary leaf oil, pomegranate extract, sunflower seed oil, and rice protein. It has kind of a weird smell since it's frangrance-free, but it's not overwhelming and it disappears quickly. It's also on the thinner side so it's a great moisturizer for summer. The full size is 1.7fl oz and retails for $24; this sample is almost full sized at 1.5fl oz, so it's worth $22! Double the price that I paid for whole bag! This is why I love Ipsy.
This, unfortunately, is the most disappointing product in this month's bag. It feels so...mismatched! The first two products tout their sun protection benefits, and then this guy comes along... This is Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil with SPF 8. ...what is even the point of an SPF 8? That's like the SPF of a white cotton T-shirt. Also, I was unaware people were still making tanning oil. I feel like there has been such a huge cultural shift towards preferring fake baking. The tag line for this is "tan naturally!", as if that's a good thing. Actually, I believe they say that since a lot of the ingredients in this product are organic, still, tanning "naturally" is not healthy. The sun is damaging your skin and then you change color because of it. That's weird. Incidentally, this also has argan oil in it so I can't use it anyways. I'm going to pass this on to my sister since she still does actually tan (both in a salon and outdoors) and she'll probably get good use out of this. A full size is 8fl oz for $11.99, so this 1fl oz sample is worth $1.50. It's the least valuable item in the bag, so eh, I'm cool with it.
 This was a surprise like! I've gotten some Pixi products in the past from Ipsy (and I bought one for full price in Target and it was disappointing) and, overall, I'm not the biggest fan. I feel like it's overpriced for the quality. This is a Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm that is very similar to tarte's LipSurgences (which I also don't really like) and you could have gotten the color Pretty In Pink or Unique Pink.
I'm not going to state the obvious. But! I am super happy I got Unique Pink! It looks like a translucent pink in the tube, but it actually reacts to your body's pH to create a unique pink color on your lips. I'm a child of the 90's, so things that change color are totally awesome. I also really like the color it changes to on me! It's a lot more vibrant than I expected, especially considering how pale it looks in the tube. These have a minty flavor (again, like the LipSurgences, which I feel like I am spelling wrong) and they have jojoba oil, peptides, vitamin E, Shea butter, vitamin A, and rose extract. A full size is about 2.8g for $14; this sample is a little over half of a full size at 1.8g and is worth $9.
 And saving the best for last, this is a wHet nail polish in the color Facetious! I love nail polish in all sizes, brands, and colors (except for Nails Inc. I hate Nails Inc.) so I love getting it in my subscription boxes! Especially when it's by a brand I've never even heard of before! This nail polish is vegan, 3-free, made in the USA, and is supposed to long wearing and chip resistant. I don't care too much about the longevity of a polish; if I get two, three days out of it I'm happy. I did wear this for about a week and had minimal chipping (and I'm very rough on my hands) before I got bored and changed it. Everyone got the same color; this intense, electric cobalt blue called Facetious.
The definition they gave on the website seemed a little weak, so I looked up what the official definition for Facetious is: "Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant". ...I can be facetious, so the name of this polish amuses me greatly.
It's a gorgeous polish and it's a color that's very on-trend, but not one that I would have bought for myself (I have a hard time with darker colors like this, especially cream formulas). wHet's polishes are also all apparently limited edition, so I wonder if they function kind of like SquareHue where, when it's gone, it's gone and you can't get it again. Collectible! A full size polish is a standard 15ml at $15 and this 10ml sample is thus worth $10.

So! Overall, I got five products! None of them were true full-sizes, but two came very close! The total value of my July 2014 Ipsy bag is $47.90, nearly five times what I actually paid. I love you, Ipsy.

Thanks for reading! <3

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