Hello! Whew, marathon posting tonight! Actually, I'm not sure if I will get this up tonight or if I will have to finish this tomorrow; for some reason, I find blogging to be kind of tiring. Which is silly, because all I'm doing is typing. Hmmm.
For this post, I want to share with you what I got in my Janaury 2015 ipsy bag. I'm going to be totally honest up front and say I am very disappointed in this month's bag. Lately I feel like Ipsy has been hit or miss and I'm worried that I'm reaching that "a little over a year" threshold for when I get bored of a subscription service.
I saw a bunch of bags on Instagram (I decided it was okay to see spoilers on Instagram since I don't actually know what I'm getting in my bag; they're all a little different) and was kind of excited to get a nail polish and/or a brush. I received neither, even though every time I get a nail polish I say I "love it!", which is the way to let ipsy know you like/dislike. The longer I'm subscribed, the less I think ipsy really pays any attention to how you review items; I'm sure they follow trends as a whole (so if a bunch of people didn't like an eyeshadow shade, they won't include a similar shade again), but I don't think they pay attention to individual differences.
Quick ipsy facts: $10 a month; five(ish; sometimes four, sometimes six, almost always five) samples mailed to you; a new makeup bag every month (these are sometimes special, like the Rebecca Minkoff one); a kind of crappy reward system (I feel like it's pretty much impossible to earn a reward without having to refer a bunch of people or post a ton on social media. I made sure to review every single one of my products and I only earned about 650 points. You need 1000 points to get a reward and most of them aren't even that great. Your points also expire after a year. Birchbox's reward system is much, much better); sometimes get full sizes; various brands ranging from drugstore brands to higher end ones like Benefit and Urban Decay; used to be called Glam Bag.
Overall, I got four deluxe sized sample and one (potentially; this is unconfirmed) full sized product. The value of my January 2015 bag, minus the shadow because I have no clue how much it's worth, is $39.70.Generally, the straight retail value of products in ipsy bags are higher than Birchbox, but I feel like ipsy gets products from brands that inflate their prices (namely, Be A Bombshell and Hikari) and don't live up to expectations quality-wise. After going over my bag again, I do feel a little better about it since there are three pretty solid products in it, but I still have my concerns about the future of my ipsy subscription.
Thanks for reading! <3