May 17th, 2016

piranha - it was a sorry place.

Ipsy: May 2016

IPSY: MAY 2016

The bag this month is incredibly cute! It looks a little like an envelope with its triangular flap closure, and it is covered with icons from around the world. Statue of Liberty, the pyramids at Giza, Stonehenge, and so many more famous destinations make this purple bag just SCREAM travel. Well, I'm always down for an adventure. What products does Ipsy think I should take with me?

EPICE Hydrating Mask: Kaolin clay to detoxify the skin and rosemary and witch hazel provide their astringent properties. You know, the ingredients for this mask don't exactly scream hydration. It should be great for cleaning up clogged pores, though. Travel size. $12.50

PACIFICA Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio: The colors in this trio are “Skinny Dip”, “Crush”, and “Lovely”. I like Pacifica's body lotions and fragrance line, but I've found their cosmetic colors to be disappointing. The colors aren't very vibrant and tend to have poor staying power. I like this combination of copper/brown/beige so I'm sure I'll end up trying it. Sample. $12.00

BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner Pencil in “Nude”: I don't really use lip liners, although I often wonder if I should. I avoid it because I go through lipstick so fast that I feel like I'd be walking around with a ring around the edges of my lips, but if you use a pencil to “color in” your lips before applying your main color it's supposed to increase the staying power of your lip stuff. Full size. $18.00

PEEK Nom Nom Natural Plumping Balm in “Miracle”: Does anyone remember Lip Venom from the early 2000s? I think the product is still around today, but it got a lot of press in my early college years. This seems to be a milder version, a balm that uses chili pepper extract to get blood flowing to the lips, creating a plumping effect. The stuff is pricey at $22 for a two gram tin! Full size. $22.00

SMASHBOX COSMETICS X-Rated Mascara: What can I say? It's mascara. I've tried for years to become adept at using this stuff, and it just doesn't work for me. I can't seem to prevent clumping when I apply it and it always seems to flake, giving me raccoon eyes. I'm happier just not using it. Trial size. $10.00

This is a bittersweet bag for me, because it's my final Ipsy bag. I canceled my year-long subscription a few months ago and have been waiting out the last few bags. After three years I have more lipsticks, eyeliners, and tubes of mascara than I can ever possibly use! I'm well-supplied on palettes, highlighters, bronzers, and blushes. My make-up bags runneth over.

For the price, I think Ipsy is a great subscription service, especially when you're young and looking to experiment with different kinds of cosmetics. I'm so glad that my friend J introduced it to me all those years ago, because I've had a lot of fun with these monthly surprises.