IPSY: AUGUST 2013
When I heard the theme of this month's Ipsy bag was "Glamour Academy", I figured that this could go one of two ways. The bag would either be filled with very basic items, like mascara and lip gloss and hair spray, or it would really try to play up a preppy school girl image: sparkly items, skin care that emphasized youth and radiance, and plaid. Since we're moving into fall, I expect that colors will be more muted and neutral. Maybe a smoky eye palette for those dramatic autumn evening looks...
From afar, the bag looked pretty cool. Gold on a purple background is a color combination I adore; it's very regal and elegant. But up close, I'm not crazy about the Ipsy crest, and the bag is made of this icky plastic fabric. I must give props to Ipsy for fully lining the bag, though. I feel confident that anything I put in here will be well-protected, making this a great travel bag. The bag is also much closer to red purple than the bluish violet you see here. I'll have to take another picture with the flash.
I think the bag is interesting, conceptually, but it didn't quite carry off the idea. What about the contents, curated to the theme of "Glamour Academy"?
It looks like Ipsy went with beauty basics and staples route.
Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black: I don't use mascara very often, so I've still got the Bobbi Brown mascara from May. I would shrug and say that a girl can always use another mascara, but in my case that just isn't true. But this is actually the first mascara I've gotten through Ipsy. One nice thing is that this is a lash booster - if it can make my eyelashes seem longer, that's a serious pro, because EVERYONE on the planet (especially men) have longer lashes than me. A full-sized mascara sells for $17; this is about half that size, so I'll assign it a value of $8.50.
Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub: I'm not familiar with this brand, but I have been needing a new face scrub so this actually arrived at a perfect time. My one concern is that charcoal can sometimes be drying, and the last thing my skin needs is to have what little moisture it has sucked away. But I'll give it a try, because Utah is just killing my face. A full-sized 100 ml tube sells for $18; this is a third of that size so we'll call it $6.00.
Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Eyebrow Color Pencil: This is a strike out because I have thick, bushy eyebrows and the last thing I want to do is make them darker. When I offered the pencil to my friend K, who I know draws her eyebrows on every day (when you live with someone for a month in Italy, you learn all their dirty little secrets) she told me that I should try using the pencil as an eyeliner, because if I use just a little bit on the upper lid it will make my eyelashes look fuller. She's so smart - must be why she works in the beauty industry! I'll follow her advice and see where that goes. This is one of the more expensive items in the bag, retailing for $18.00. There was a previous Chella product in the June bag.
Noya Lip Balm in Cherry: Hey, it's lip balm. I go through this stuff like candy because I am always licking my lips. Plus, this is preservative-free, kosher, and never tested on animals. WIN. Is it sad that the product I get the most excited about is probably also the cheapest at $3.99?
Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream: I lied, this is actually the product I'm most excited about. I've been sampling various BB Creams over the past few months, trying to find one that is provides balanced coverage, but remains lightweight. Perhaps this one will be the winner? The fact that it uses "shade matching technology" makes me nervous - in my experience, that never works out - but I'm hopeful because I've had good luck with other Pacifica products. A full-sized 1 oz tube costs $16; so this 100ml tube will be estimated at a value of $5.33. There was a previous Pacifica product in the May bag.
If you add everything up, the estimated value of this Ipsy bag is somewhere around $42.00. Not bad! It's a strong collection of products, and most of the items will be easily incorporated into my daily routine. This may not be as fun as a bag with a nail polish or a nautical bag, but it's a lot more useful. I'm quite pleased!
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