Wednesday, November 26, 2014



Oh, Ipsy Bag.  I wait months and months to get off the dreaded wait list and be a member of the cool club and now my day has finally arrived.  This is my first Ipsy Bag, a monthly beauty subscription service similar to Birchbox and BOXYCHARM.  In this deal you get a cute makeup bag and five “deluxe-sized” products shipped to your door for only $10 a month.  This month’s bag came in a silver glittery pouch enclosing three makeup items, a haircare product, and a skincare sample.

Upon opening my stash the first thing that caught my eye was the J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Mad Splatter.  It’s pretty obvious they are trying to be a dupe for the OCC lip tars with the identical packaging, so I was excited to test how this lived up to its competitor.  I applied this lip paint with my finger and the color was a beautiful bright fuchsia.  It had very good color payoff and it did stain my lips, but bled a little bit with wear and the consistency was watery compared to the tars.  It’s a steal at $4.99, but it might be wise to splurge for the real thing if you're in the market for this kind of lip product.   

Next is a Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray (say that five times fast), valued at  $3.00.  I have tried this a couple times and I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it.  It’s a pretty basic hair spray and not too sticky, but I felt it weighed down my fine hair a bit.  Nevertheless, it's always great to have samples like this for traveling and on the go.

So you know how you subscribe to these beauty boxes and take a quiz?  Well I remember noting that I have brown eyes and this is the fourth, yes FOURTH Olive green eye product I have gotten in the past two months between, Ipsy bag, Birchbox, and BOXYCHARM.  If anyone needs an eye product in the olive family you know who to call...  Despite the repetition I like this Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Olive and it is very creamy.  The only drawback to this is I noticed it didn’t have very good staying power and was almost gone by the end of the day.  This is a full-sized product valued at $17.00.

Next up, is a sample size of the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Anti-aging concealer valued at $10.00.  I am a big fan of It Cosmetics and love their bye bye redness correcting cream.  I love this product as well, but the color was off.  I received the sample in "neutral medium" and it’s just too dark for my under eye area, I have owned "light" in the past and it was a much better match.  Not to go to waste, I plan to use this as a spot concealer.  I recommend everyone go out and try this product who has problems with dark circles under their eyes.  This stuff is the real deal.  It has phenomenal coverage, wears all day and doesn't crease.  It's really an all-star product.

And last, but not least is this Sea Rx BIRCHSAP moisturizing lotion.   I received a sample size and the full size 4oz product retails for $28.00.  Advertised as delivering “minerals, oligoelements, and sugars combined with birch sap to smooth and strengthen skin while providing long lasting moisturizing effects,” I tired this out and liked that it leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated without being greasy and it has a clean simple scent.  Although any lotion that can be used for both face & body makes me a little wary.  And what is up with the warning label on the back of the sample, “Not for use by women who may be pregnant or are nursing.”  Ehh, think I’m gonna stay clear of this one Ipsy.

From L to R: J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Mad Splatter, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye in Neutral Medium & OFRA Cosmetics Star Looks Gem Eye Pencil Ultra Olive

This subscription box is a good value at only $10 a month, although I am not as impressed as I have been with BOXYCHARM.  Hopefully next month will be better and if you're interested in checking Ipsy out, click here!   Are you guys Ipsy Bag Subscribers?  What do you think of this subscription box?  Let me know in the comments below!

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