Ipsy April 2015

It’s Ipsy time! Ipsy is a monthly subscription that is just $10 per month. I’ve been with Ipsy since their second month (circa 2012) and I adore this subscription. For the price, you’ll receive a cute makeup bag and 4-5 beauty items. They range from makeup and tools to skincare and hair care. Typically, there is a little bit of everything. Mostly, you’ll receive deluxe sizes but every once in a while, there is a full size product sprinkled in! No matter, the value is always more than the $10. Shipping is also free in the US and there is no tax. Just $10 a month, period.


I didn’t take a group shot of my bags this month (oops) but I did get three items that were “repeated” in both my bags. Womp Womp. This happens to me from time to time and I’ll admit, it’s a little bit of a bummer. First up is this eyeshadow by The Balm. This is one full size shade from their new Nude Dude palette. I own quite a few palettes by The Balm, but not this one. I noticed that this palette has a lot more shimmer than the Nude’tude palette.


I received the shade “Flirty” in both of my bags. There are 10 shades in the palette, making this a sample value of $3.60

I also got this eye primer by Mic Beauty Cosmetics. I found this primer to be nice, it’s nothing mind blowing, but I like having it around. Then, I looked them up online and am SO incredibly confused. Two years ago, we received a full size eye shimmer by this company and it was a value of $14.95…flash forward to 2015 and this primer retails for $44.95, but if you sign up for their email, you can get 45% off your first order. The whole thing just seems a little weird to me. $24 and some change (the price of this after the 45% off) seems a whole lot more reasonable to me!


The Last product I got two of is this nail polish by Julie. This color is called Damsel and it’s parked “NOT FOR RESALE” on the back. It comes with a $1 off coupon for these products at Rite Aid.  This polish is super opeque and I’m looking forward to trying it out. This retails for $3.99.


Moving on to the products I only got one of! My favorite item in either of my box is this HUGE blusher by Hikari. I don’t own anything from this brand but I can’t wait to try our some more of their goodies! I got this in the shade Tango and it’s a great, vibrant pint. This blush retails for $15

Last in my first bag was this Klorane dry shampoo with oat milk. This is for all hair types. They also make one with nettle for oily hair that I’ll have to try some time! This is a travel size, worth $9


In my 2nd bag (well, I dunno which came first!) I received two lip products.


The first is this lip balm by Olive Natural Beauty in Oats & Honey. Honestly, I will likely not even try this lip balm. It smells horrible. The smell reminds be of bitter sweet baking chocolate, which is a small I do not want all over my lips. I think this is one of the few times I’ve gotten a product in a box that I totally hated. These retail for $5.95….which just makes me sad. I do wonder if any other scents would be better but I’m super turned off so far.

Also, I tried rubbing this on my hand and this is by far the hardest lip balm I’ve ever swatched in my life…


I also received a full size lipstick by KCO Colors…unfortunately mine came broken. I’ll email Ipsy and they’re probably send out a replacement. In the past getting a replacement has meant getting a totally different color, but we shall see. This shade is wonderful and I do like the texture. The packaging is, obviously, super cheaply made and it feels like it. These retail for $8

This month’s bag’s were pretty high in value at $76.54 for my first bag and $66.49. If you took away the insane $44.95 for the eye primer, the values are a little more like the previous months at 31.95 and $21.54, respectively. I’m not normally a negative Nancy and I like getting my subscription boxes, but I just wasn’t feeling this month. I enjoyed my BB5 and what I got in Birchbox quite a bit better than these. Not to say I’ll unsub or anything, but sometimes, boxes just don’t rock my world. What did you get this month?





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