IPSY * JULY 2013
“Beach Beauty” seems like such a familiar theme – in fact, I could swear that Ipsy did this just a few months back! I'm thinking of ”The Great Escape”, my very first Ipsy bag. It was travel-themed, so I guess it wasn't really beach-y at all. Ah well. So I always think of body scrubs when I think of beach-themed body products, since that is a connection always made by the Bath & Body Works marketing department every summer. Maybe that'll be in the box. What else? I really don't know. Self-tanning products? I hope not. Bronzer? Probably.
The bag this month is a clear pink vinyl that reminds me of those plastic “jelly” sandals I wore during the summer as a kid. It's a round tube shape, which makes me think of plastic pencil bags in elementary school. It's a very youthful, nostalgic bag and appropriate for a summer beach trip. Inside there are five products. I can't say it's a very strong collection this month...
POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush - This looks like a colored lip balm, which I would normally be thrilled about. I must lick my lips constantly or something, because any lip color disappears almost the moment I put it on. Thus, I go through lip gloss and lipstick very quickly, and can always use more. Unfortunately, this particular stick is a coral, which is a color I can not pull off. (I've yet to meet a woman who looks good in coral.) POP Beauty doesn't sell these lip balms individually, but in packs of six for $25.00. So I guess that breaks down to a value of about $4.17 for a single one.
BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sampler - BH Cosmetics is an extremely inexpensive cosmetics company. This California collection has eyeshadows named after the state's biggest tourist meccas: Hollywood, San Francisco and Malibu. I haven't tried the colors yet, but the purple and the gold both look promising. I can't imagine why they chose such a dull brown for San Francisco, though. I'm not sure how to price this, since BH Cosmetics doesn't sell this exact sampler, but they sell single eyeshadows for $2 each so this would have a maximum value of $6.00.
COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented Moisturizer - I'm always lousy about buying sunscreen so anything that has sun protection built into the product is a good thing. This isn't one I'm likely to buy, though – the full size bottle is $36.00 for 50 ml. This is a smaller sample size, only 7 ml – a little over $5's worth of face cream.
Sexy Hair Humidity Resistant Spray - I know Sexy Hair is a well-regarded brand, but we just got one of their products in the April bag. Well, I shouldn't complain. In humid atmospheres my hair poofs up like crazy, so if this hair spray can prevent that without making my hair sticky or stiff I'll be more than a little grateful. Trial size bottles are going for as little as $2 on Amazon.com.
Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Mai Tai - Two coral items in the same bag ought to be a crime. But at least coral nail polish is less objectionable than coral lip products. I'm really not sure that this is a $13 nail polish, but I should withhold judgment 'til I've actually tried it. But why did it have to be coral?
In dollar amounts, this is not one of the pricier bags, but the real disappointment is that the cosmetics were in colors I don't really want to use. But at least there weren't any fake eyelashes in this bag!
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