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17 May 2013 @ 11:11 pm
Ipsy: May 2013  
It's May! According to Ipsy, that means it's now time for a...

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A spring fling theme, eh? Well, let's see.  I'm going to guess that there will be a floral perfume, probably a little heavy with ingredients like jasmine or gardenia.  Maybe some sort of sun protection product?  Spring makes me think of youth, which makes me think of products with a bit of shimmer or sparkle in them.  What else?  I'd hazard a guess that there would be a pink product or two, but last month the theme was Pretty in Pink and I wouldn't expect them to repeat that again so soon.  It's funny, in much of the country it's still spring but here in California, I'm already mentally geared up for summer!

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OH MAN THIS IS ONE HIDEOUS BAG!  The print is rather busy for my taste, but the color combination is what really kills this for me.  Orange and blue?  Eew!  This matches absolutely nothing that I own.
But, on the plus side, that thing is stuffed darn near to bursting! That's a promising sign for the month.  What did my $10 subscription purchase for me in May?

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Five exciting new products?  Even at  a quick glance, I definitely see some things that excite me.  Starting with the biggest item in the bag...

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter: The cream smells like coconuts and has a slight shimmer.  It's really nice - thick but definitely not greasy.  I'm impressed.  A 2 oz bottle like this normally costs $7.00, so I probably would never have purchased it.  Too much cash for something that wouldn't last more than a few days.  But I'm delighted to have the chance to try it.

Zoya Nail Polish in Blu: It looks like my bottle, which is a delicate robin's egg blue, comes from Zoya's Spring 2013 collection.  I don't normally do matte pastels, but this looks nice.  I'm pleased that the company's nail polish is "formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, touluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate free".  Not that I know what any of those chemicals are, but I know formaldehyde preserves corpses and therefore is probably twenty kinds of toxic.  A bottle of this normally costs $8.00.

Nume Finishing Serum: This is a serum to smooth frizz and add shine to your hair after it's been styled.  Sounds like it was definitely chosen based on the quizzes Ipsy gives when you initially sign up for their bags, which ask you about the kinds of makeup you like, hair type, skin type, etc.  It's never mattered too much before, but it looks like Ipsy is introducing more variety per bag (there were fifteen different products available for May) and using those quizzes to determine what you get.  Back when I was in high school, I used to use John Frieda's Frizz Ease Serum, which I think was essentially the same as this.  Cool!  I don't know how much a trial size like this would sell for, but a full sized 2oz  bottle is $29.00.

Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Pink: There was a Juice Beauty face mist in my March bag that was nice, but I think that this lip gloss is even better.  It's a pretty color that I would definitely wear, and it's a full-sized product, too!  The Juice Beauty website lists this at $15.00.

YABY Concealer Refill in Buff: This was the only "huh?" item in the bag.  The nickel-sized container of concealer seemed a bit light for my skin, and I was not impressed with the quality of the YABY eyeshadows I received in March.  I'll try this, but I doubt it'll be much good.  YABY sells these refills for $4.85.


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The retail value of this bag would probably fall somewhere between $35 and $40, and I think it was worth it!  I am interested in almost everything, and I will certainly give everything a shot.  If you use cosmetics at all, I'd really suggest checking Ipsy out - the quality of the items in the bag definitely seems to be improving each time.

My referral link, if you would be so kind as to use it, is here: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-hce07h21gn2exvq
But no pressure!

~o~

Today was really a beauty and cosmetics mail day.  In addition to my Ipsy bag, I also got this random little freebie from Bobbi Brown:
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So that was an unexpected little bonus in the mail!
 
 
 
jeanniejeannietran on May 19th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
I actually like blue and orange together, but it has to be a brighter blue and a lighter orange. The greyish blue and teal is what's clashing on this bag and the zig zags makes it even worse.

I didn't realize there was a referral code. I had already signed up and was on a waitlist, but I canceled and tried to use your link so hopefully it went through.
fashion_piranhafashion_piranha on May 19th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
We've got to start coordinating on this stuff!
New rule: Whenever we decide to buy something and we know that the other person uses it, we need to check if there are any referral codes/gift certificates :-p

Although I don't think I'll be joining PopSugar just yet, if I do decide I want to make that jump should I come to you first?
fashion_piranhafashion_piranha on May 19th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
Also, re: orange and blue

How's your glass paperweight doing? :D
Narratoraswirlymatrix on May 22nd, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Zoya nail polish is awesome. I'm not too fond of the pastel blue they sent you, but Zoya has a TON of other colors. Follow them on social media or subscribe to their newsletter; they have promo codes pretty frequently. Every Earth Day, they do a nail polish swap thing, where you get a free Zoya polish for every bottle of nail polish you mail back into them. You just have to pay shipping. Score!!!