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June 2015 Ipsy Review

It is Ipsy Bag time! Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription that costs $10 a month. Ipsy sends 4-5 travel and full sized items, as well as a different makeup bag each month. If you are interested in subscribing to Ipsy you can do so here.

Before I go into the bag I am going to let you guys know that I have unsubscribed to Ipsy. It isn’t permanent and it isn’t because I’m not satisfied with Ipsy. I love them, but with the baby coming we need to cut some frivolous costs. Yes $10 a month isn’t a lot, but it is $10. Yes I am keeping my Boxycharm subscription and that costs more, but it also has a better retail value. If for some reason we are super scarce for money (we shouldn’t be, we aren’t right now we’re just being reasonable) I’ll cancel that too. So anyway, long story short, this is my final Ipsy review for a little while. Probably until I go back to work in the winter.


Swim Into Beauty

This bag was eh. It has a funny texture. Like a wetsuit, so I guess neoprene. It is definitely a waterproof/water resistant type bag. At least, it seems like that was what they were going for. I don’t hate the bag, its simplicity is nice, but I don’t love it either.




Flat Top Concealer Brush

Ipsy Code: Ipsy15

I’ve been needing a flat top brush so it was nice to see this in the bag. It is the perfect size for using liquid concealer or foundation to cover up dark spots and blemishes. It’s the perfect size to really get my dark under eye circles without getting the yellow concealer I use on them all over the rest of my face, which tends to happen with a bigger brush. The product also doesn’t suck into the brush, so you are getting more on your face and essentially more bang for your buck. This brush is now a part of my every day routine and I would give it a 4.5 out of 5.



BioRepublic Skin Care

Sheet Mask Trio

Ipsy Code: Ipsybiorepublic

I had never used a sheet mask before so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. So far I’ve tried the Green Tea Detox sheet and I had a bit of a hard time getting the mask out. I’m pretty sure that was user error though because I was tired and you know, pregnancy brain. I find a lot of simple things are a struggle these days. I don’t know why but I expected the sheets to be dryer than they were but they were loaded with product and were super wet. Which is great, more stuff to sink into your skin. When I put it on I could instantly feel the cooling effects. I can’t say it did much. My skin felt smoother I suppose. I would probably want a few sheets of the same exact mask to try a few times a week to see if I noticed a huge difference. I’m also wondering if I’ll see more of a difference with the Aloe sheet if I use it when I’ve been out in the sun (I am horrible with using sun screen. Yes, I suck.). I did like them on my face, like I said very cooling, but I’m not sure they did much over all. 3.5 out o 5.


Mask face! Also, my waterproof eyeliner was being a bitch coming off so there is residue. That’s what I get for using waterproof when I’ve run out of makeup remover…


J.Cat Beauty

Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Blow Your Mind

Ipsy Code: Ipsy615

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this stain. Now I love stains but I’m hit or miss with the few J.Cat products I’ve received and I read reviews about this that were pretty much split in half on loving and hating it. I actually love it. I’ve used it a few times now. I read a lot of complaints about the application and it being messy but mine went on nice and smooth, with little to no feathering, bleeding, or mess. Now, on occasion when I’ve pushed my hair out of my face and accidentally hit my lips it smudges onto my fingers and then my fingers will get the products places, so I guess that is messy. However, I should probably pay better attention to what I’m doing. Also after it sets for a little bit it is much less smudgeable. I thought it had decent lasting power, though the staining on it isn’t as strong as I may like. I also really liked this color. It can easily be a wearable day to day color, or it can be spiced up for more night time fun. 4 out of 5.


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Photo Finish Primer

People rave and rave and rave about this product. I thought it was just eh. It’s like every other silicon primer I’ve used. Slightly greasy, smooth, and soft. I didn’t notice any discernible difference with it beneath my foundation. It made it easier to move around but not any easier than the primer I’ve been using. I don’t know. I was expecting some sort of magic in a bottle after everything I’d read. I was disappointed. I don’t think I would spend retail value on this primer. However, a little does go a very long way. I was a bit disappointed with the size of the sample at first until I used it and saw how little you really do need. I say just a 3 out of 5.




Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold

Ipsy Code: Ipsyinsider15

I’m just going to say it. Another boring gold/brown shade of eyeshadow from Ipsy. What the fuck? Why are these, and rose gold/champagne the only colors they can find? Anyway… I did not like this crayon at all. It goes on easy but has absolutely no payoff. I was at least expecting some shimmer from it but instead the color matched the color of my lid and the shimmer didn’t shimmer. It just made my lid look greasy. It also creased right away and wasn’t long lasting. I will very very likely not be retrying this product, though I may say what the hell and give it one more go. Likely though this is going straight in the trash because I also don’t want to pass something that I think is this shitty on to a friend. 1 out of 5 and that 1 is mostly for the packaging, that really isn’t that good but tricked me into thinking I had lost the cap for the crayon. Which was actually quite funny when I realized what a dunce I am and that the cap was just shaped to look like the end of the pencil.


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Overall this bag was decent. It was definitely a 50/50 bag for me. I love the lip stain, brush, and masks. I could leave the primer but will definitely use it. I hate the eye crayon. It just isn’t for me. I would say I am leaving Ipsy feeling overall satisfied and I do plan on picking them back up again, even if I do get a crappy eye crayon on occasion (the hits far outweigh the misses overall.)


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