I got my big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean that it’s Ipsy time again. For those who don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month, you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples. You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee. The theme for May is Fresh Picks: “It’s a month of crisp air, vibrant flowers, and fresh Glam Bag products! Getting your beauty to bloom all month long will be as easy as lying in the warm grass and basking in the sunshine.” Let’s check out the goods.
Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask: “The Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan Oil nourishes and revitalizes, while Keravis Protein drastically increases hair’s strength and elasticity. The results are hydrated, soft and manageable hair.” This is 60 ml Travel sized sample is available online for $12 at eva-nyc.com.
Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50: “Protect and nourish your skin with our clear, lightweight, naturally scented sunscreen. Provides maximum water resistance and full body coverage against harmful UVA/UVB rays.” Full size is 6 fl oz, worth $12.99 at hangtensunscreen.com. Sample size is 1 fl oz, worth $2.17.
Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Celestial & Opal: “The Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo are coconut infused mineral eye shadows that are a perfect addition to any makeup collection. Packaged in a beautiful travel ready recyclable container, these exclusive duos are customized just for ipsy! Smooth application with gorgeous color pay-off.” Pacifica doesn’t sell duos like this. Their Mineral Eyeshadow is available in 7g palettes for $14 at pacificabeauty.com. The duo is 2g, and is worth $4.
Avène Thermal Spring Water: “Known for its long history in treating atopic dermatitis, the Avène Thermal Spring Water is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits. Its unique composition is proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin. Avène Thermal Spring Water is recommended by dermatologists worldwide.” Ipsy uses drugstore.com as the distributer for this item. Full size is 300 ml worth $18. Sample size is 50 ml, worth $3.
Olive Natural Beauty The Olive Lip Balm in Refreshing Rosemary: “The Olive Lip Balm is packed with Olive Natural Beauty’s organic jojoba and extra virgin olive oil for light enduring moisture with no added synthetics or chemicals so your lips are always ready for that spontaneous kiss. We use animal cruelty-free beeswax that is cultivated at a higher altitude to produce the most pure and unprocessed wax, protecting your lips from the elements while allowing them to breathe and stay plump.” This is a full sized sample, worth $5.95 at olivenaturalbeauty.com.
That’s it for my regular items, but I do have one more thing to show you. Ipsy offers opportunities to earn Ipsy Points that can be redeemed for specific items. Thanks to those of you who signed up using my referral code and my going to review each product on Ipsy’s site, I was able to redeem 1,000 points this month for a bareMinerals lipstick.
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up: “Make an impact with Marvelous Moxie Lipstick. Creamy, super-saturated, ultra-pigmented color glides on like butter for full coverage in a rich satin finish. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy-looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness. All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defense, so you’re ready for anything—and everything.” This is full size, worth $18 at bareMinerals.com.
The grand total worth of my May Ipsy bag is $27.12 without the lipstick, and $45.12 with it included. Though not the most high-cost bag ever, I’m overall pleased with my May Ipsy bag. I’m not the biggest fan of hair products, so the Eva NYC mask may end up going to my sister. However, I am happy to try everything else. Many years ago I had a spray toning water and liked it, so I’m excited to try the Avène Thermal Spring Water now that the weather is heating up. I love eyeshadow and lip balm, so those will definitely get some use. I wouldn’t say that I am “excited” to try the sunscreen, but I’m sure that I will use it with summer staring me in the face. I am very glad that I redeemed my points for the bareMinerals lipstick. (Funny thing, it took five minutes and a set of instruction to figure out how to open it. BareMinerals packaging is not intuitive.) I can’t wait to wear it.
If you would like to sign up for your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link. I’ve been a subscriber for about a year and a half, and I am extremely happy with Ipsy. I wholeheartedly recommend it.