IPSY: MAY 2014
"Fresh Picks" sounds nice and refreshing. While I love make-up, I don't always have time to do a full face job so anything that will help perk up the skin and allow it to look good without lots of powder or concealer would be great. I hope that's the sort of "fresh picks" I'll find in the bag, although I expect there will also be products with lots of essential oils or organic ingredients, too.
The bag is made of a rough, raw cotton screen-printed with green leaves. I actually really like it. It's a very earth mother, natural-foods store sort of bag. It isn't lined, though, so I'd be careful about using it with anything I think has the potential to spill or melt.
HANG 10 Classic Sport SPF 50: Excellent! I'm trying to be more diligent about using sunscreen, and this tube is both portable and a high SPF. As far as sunscreens go, this seems pretty typical - a bit runny, but absorbs quickly. Smells like coconuts. I'll toss it in my bag and use it whenever I'm outdoors. $3.25
PACIFICA Mineral Eyshadow Duo in "Moonbeam/Unicorn": One half of this is a shimmery purple, and the other is a sparkly white with mica flakes. The colors seem decent, but I have something very similar to both colors already in other palettes. I've never tried Pacifica's make-up, but they make great scented lotions and creams. It looks like this duo isn't sold individually, but the colors also appear in Pacifica's Mystical Supernatural Palette. $6.00?
AVENE Thermal Spring Water: I...don't know what this is. I guess it's some sort of magical spring water that soothes skin? Ipsy's website claims that it will calm inflammation and reduce redness from rashes. My psoriasis has been acting up lately so I've definitely got some red skin to test this on. $9.00.
BALANCED GURU No Frizz Organic Sesame & Lemongrass Balancing Oil: This is a new one to me. I'm quite familiar with lemongrass oil in candles and cooking, but I can't recall any recommendations for using it to defrizz hair. Huh. I'm always on the lookout for silicone alternatives to hair styling products, so I'll give this a go. $13.00.
BOO-BOO COVER UP Concealer in "Medium": I'm very wary of skincare products that only come in "light", "medium" or "dark". They very rarely match the skin. I'm not very dark, but this "medium" tone is too light for me, and like many cream and liquid concealers, it clumps on my psoriasis and makes it more noticeable instead of hiding it. $19.99.
This isn't my favorite Ipsy bag, although it isn't a bad collection. There are some useful products (sunscreen) and some intriguing items (thermal water), but my initial experiments haven't revealed any out-of-the-ballpark hits.
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