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16 March 2014 @ 07:12 pm
Ipsy: March 2014  
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IPSY: MARCH 2014

It's March, my one year anniversary with Ipsy!  It's amazing how time flies...  As I anticipated the arrival of this bag, I had wondered if themes would repeat themselves.  Last March, the bag's theme was a nautical "Great Escape", so when I saw this postcard I immediately wondered if travel and the high seas would be prominent in this bag.  That would mean multitasking products, like a cleanser/scrub combo, or items that contain sea salt or coconut oil.

So what's in the "Destination Beauty" bag?

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First of all, I love this bag.  It's so bright and colorful!  The print on the bag was created by a San Francisco-based artist named Klari Reis, and is from a geography-based series.  Somehow, this is supposed to represent San Francisco - I don't see it, but I still think the design is pretty darn cool.  At first, I thought this must be a photograph of some sort of glass piece, but her website says Klari works with epoxy polymer.  Ipsy says that this will be the first in a new Artist Series, which seems like a fantastic idea.  I can't wait to see what comes next!

But I subscribe to Ipsy for the bag's contents, not its design.  There are only four items in the bag, which is the official number of products to expect in the bag but since most of the ones I've received contained five or six things, it feels like there's something missing.

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Nicole by OPI Roughles in On What Grounds?:  What on earth is a "roughles" polish?  It's weird, that's what!  This robin egg blue nail polish would be the perfect color for Easter and springtime.  But there's a weird cobalt blue "grit" in the polish that gives your nails a rough texture.  It does have a neat speckled effect, but I don't know if I can get past the sandy feeling!  It is a full-sized bottle, at least.  $9.00 on Amazon.com (no discount).

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter: I knew there'd be coconut somewhere in the bag!  This smells amazing - coconut and a hint of sweet vanilla - and it's very rich and moisturizing.  My skin's been super dry lately, so I was really happy to see a lotion in the bag.  $7.00.

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in Bora Bora: The eyeshadows are super, super shimmery, which I like.  I don't know if I can pull off such a rich teal - it doesn't look quite right on my skin, unless I'm going for a super drag queen look!  But maybe if I blend it with other things, this will be a good accent color?  The brown is very similar to one I use when I'm being "professional" and bland at work.  That other two colors are metallic copper and gold - they will be fun to play with but again, I do have similar colors already.  $16.00.

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready: I'm not sure that the photograph represents this color very well.  Get Ready is a nice berry color, not at all bright.  Just a little bit of color, really.  I haven't had a lot of luck with subscription box lip colors, but this is pretty subtle and I'll actually wear it.  There's a slight minty flavor to the lipstick, and BareMinerals claims that it will have a mild plumping effect - which my thin lips can always use! It doesn't seem to have great staying power, but I also eat lipstick like crazy so it might just be me.  Half-sized sample. $9.00.

There might be only four items in this bag, but three of them are full-sized and the average price point is higher per item than other Ipsy bags so in the end, it's worth just as much as the normal 5-item bag.  One of the reasons I subscribed to Ipsy was to find experimental items that I would be too shy to buy on my own, and the roughles nail polish is definitely something I would never purchase at a store!  But some of these other items are perfect for me.

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