August 2018 Ipsy Bag
If you're not familiar with Ipsy, it's a $10 a month subscription service which sends you a cute little makeup bag each month, with five sample size products. Occasionally they send out full sized products as well if it's something small, such as a lipstick, but most are sample and deluxe sample sizes. Ipsy does have you fill out a full beauty profile to tailor to your colouring, likes and dislikes, but I'm not sure how much they actually pay attention to it. I receive a lot of products I don't have checked off and sometimes shades don't even come close to matching what I like or need. You can also rate and review the products you get in your Ipsy bag to help them tailor more and this does work in some instances. Case in point, I generally rate makeup brushes five stars and I usually keep getting them in my bags. On the other hand, I always rate pink lippies a one star and yet, I still keep getting those....I'm drowning in pink lippies.
The August makeup bag was bright peach with a yellow zipper and tassle. It was pretty and summery, although a little on the plain side. The 'theme' for the month was 'Confidence Level: Selfie With No Filter.' Here are the products I received this month along with whether I think they fit my profile and reviews given. I also redeemed some points for a couple of bonus items, which I'll include as well.
The first item was an SLMissGlam Rose Gold Blusher Brush. This is a very pretty brush with it's rose gold and glitter handle, but it's rather small for a blusher brush. It's really more suited towards a highlight and actually is pretty close to another SLMissGlam highlighter brush I already have. These are pretty sought after brushes, because they are so pretty and unique, but I don't find they work nearly as well as my Luxie or Morphe brushes, even though they all have synthetic bristles. They just don't seem to pick up as much product and I don't reach for it often.
Profile: I'd vote this does fit my profile, since I asked for brushes and always rate them highly.
Second I received a Pixie by Petra blush in the shade Beach Rose. It's described as a soft rosy shade, so I was initially worried. I don't do pinks with my colouring, so I thought this wouldn't be usable. The shade is so warm though, and doesn't scream pink at all and I was pleasantly surprised that it works on my skintone. I reach for this one all the time and really enjoy it. The blush itself is very pigmented, so I use it sparingly with a dual fibre brush and really blend it out. It does blend out well, which helps make it work for me.
Profile: I do have blushes on my profile, so that fits. The colour is hard, since I always vote pinks down, but as I said, this is so warm and a lovely shade that just works for me. I'll have to give them this one.
The third item in my bag was a single shadow from The Balm. I absolutely LOVE The Balm cosmetics eyeshadows. My first experience with them was through Ipsy and I've received a couple of warm brown nude shades. They blend out to perfection and feel like butter. I really don't have anything bad to say about any of the ones I've tried so far. I received the shade Locked Up in their Foiled Again line though, which is a shimmery silver shade that leans towards lilac. Unfortunately this colour is not for me.
Profile: It was a hit for The Balm brand, but not for the very cool toned shade, so this was a miss.
My fourth was the Hey Honey Take Away the Drama Youth Boosting Honey and Copper Peel Off Mask. Whew...that was a mouthful. I have so many masks in my rotation, so I haven't tried this one out. I've only heard good things about it though. The mask uses propolis as it's main ingredient, which is something that honeybees make. It claims to help fight acne, encourage cell growth, declog pores and also heal damage. This particular mask also contains AHA's to help exfoliate while remaining gentle.
Profile: I don't have much in the way of skin care on my profile, since I like receiving makeup and I didn't ask for masks at all, so this was a miss.
Lastly I received the much talked about Ciate London Glow-To Highlighter in Moondust. I was super excited to receive this, but unfortunately the highlighter had a very pink cast to it, which would look extremely out of place on my skin. It was also a bit glittery, which is just not what I'm looking for on my face at my age.
Profile: Again...I have it marked that I like highlighters and I've given good marks to ones I've received in the past, but again with the pinks Ipsy...I don't know how many times I can mark these shades a one star before they get the hint!
When you review the items you receive, you get points. Likewise if someone subscribes with your referral link. I used some of my points for these two items:
Bobby Brown Mini Lip Gloss in Nude. Wow...is this small. Like a micro tube of gloss. I'm not sure how many uses I'll actually get out of it, but I'm guessing not enough for the points I spent! The gloss itself is very nice though. It feels great on the lips and isn't tacky.
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave In Conditioning Spray. I've only used this once so far, so I can't give a full opinion. I've only heard good things about this brand, so I am excited to try this out. The spray smells nice - nothing too strong or overwhelming. Just clean and fresh. It's extremely lightweight and not greasy at all. I'm usually not a fan of leave in conditioners because they tend to make me greasy quickly, but this spray doesn't do that. My hair just feels nice and soft.
Overall, I wasn't too happy with my bag this month. I did receive amazing brands with really good value, but the shades just weren't wearable for me. Not even slightly, so I couldn't play around with them. The blush was a big hit for me though, so considering I was able to sell the other items, because they were in such high demand, it was worth it to find that one gem that will probably last me forever.
Overall Score: 2/5
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