Hello! Hope you're having a good day (or night or whichever time of day you're reading this)! For this post, I want to share with you my February 2015 Ipsy bag!
After a couple months of disappointment and cancellation consideration, I was pleasantly pleased with this month's bag and the products I got. The theme this month, appropriately, is #ipsyLove. I know it's pretty cliched and almost tacky to have a love-theme for February, but sometimes I do really like cliche and cheesiness. There's something simple and comforting about it.
Ipsy is a $10 a month beauty subscription service that's pretty comparable to Birchbox. I personally am on #teamBirchbox right now; you don't get the same value of products (which in itself is debatable; a lot of the brands featured in Ipsy seem to over-inflate the values of their products) but it has a much better rewards system and I like that I can buy products from Birchbox and earn even more rewards. But Ipsy definitely has it perks, like often containing full sized products. I'm not sure if there's a waitlist currently (there was when I signed up, but I only had to wait a month), but I've heard if you use someone's referral link (like mine that I will place conveniently here) you can get off it much faster.
As I said before, I am much happier with this month's bag than I have been with the last few. For one, even the bag this month is cute!
This peel-off face mask has AHA and honey extract, both things I like to put on my face. You apply this mask over a thin layer of moisturizer (which is the first time I've seen this step in the instructions for this type of mask, but it makes a lot of sense), let it dry for 15-20 minutes, then gently peel it off. I like the idea of peel off masks, but in practice I find them kind of tricky to use; I'm actually kind of fuzzy on my face and if you get your hair caught in a peel off mask, it can be a very painful experience. Still! I'm excited to give this a try and I've heard good things about it! You get approximately 2-3 uses out of this size of tube, which is like 1-2 weeks worth, which is nice. The full size is 50mL for $35, so this 10mL sample is worth $7.
And that was my February 2015 Ipsy bag! Again, very happy with this month's bag, especially since the last few bags have been so disappointing. Overall I got four deluxe sized samples and one full sized product. According to my calculations, the products in my bag have a total value of $39.50, which is probably wrong and one of the things that's been bothering me about my Ipsy bags. I feel like I've mentioned this before (I know I've talked about it a few times in my videos), but a lot of the products/brands featured in Ipsy bags have very over-inflated values. I really don't feel like that ModelCo blush is worth anywhere near $22 (though thinking about it now, I'm pretty sure ModelCo is an Australian brand, so that could be the value in Australian dollars, but then why would the link from my Glam Room send me to a website without setting the default currency to US dollars?) and $39.50 feels pricey for that 'Tini Beauty eyeshadow palette. I find it really annoying when companies say their product is worth an arbitrary, but high, amount, and then constantly have it "on sale" to make you feel like you're getting a deal when really you're not. It's very important to be an informed and conscientious consumer when it comes to beauty products.
Thanks for reading! <3