I got that big pink envelope in the mail again, which can only mean one thing. It’s Ipsy time! For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), 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 was Jetsetter: “Buckle up, buttercup. We’ll bring the beauty essentials, and you bring the flair. Celeb status or not, we’re flying first class to fabulous, and the sky’s the limit.. Jetlag is for amateurs.” Before we get into the products this month, let’s talk about the bags.
Ipsy did something different this month in that there were three different (but similar) makeup bags that went out to subbies. They are all from the brand Breakups to Makeup. Here is what Ipsy says: “This mini version of their all purpose clutch is for makeup lovers and fashionistas alike. Made of a durable canvas material, this bag can store anything from your favorite lipstick to your smart phone. It can be used as a statement piece alone or as a travel bag to fit easily inside of your kit or suitcase. This is not your ordinary makeup bag!” The full size bags are approximately 8.5X8.5″ and come with a gold metal zipper, and retail for $35. The Ipsy versions are 6X7″ with a regular zipper, probably worth at least half of that. My bag features a lipstick, mascara and blush brush and says “Contents: Pretty Important Stuff“. Other versions with different beauty product inspired graphics say “VIP: Very Important Products” and “Contents: My Life“. I think that the bags are very cute, and add to the overall value of May’s Ipsy bag.
Peter Lamas Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser: “This Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser invigorates skin with a potent fusion of natural ingredients. A purifying blend of Chamomile, Coconut and Alba Bark combine to create a rich lather that locks-in moisture while Wheat Protein smoothes and strengthens skin. Vitamin C and Beta Carotene work to detoxify, protect and energize, giving you softer, younger-looking skin. 100% Vegan. Paraben and Sulfate free.” Full size is $24 for 4 fl oz, at peterlamas.com. Sample size is 1 fl oz, worth $6.
CoTZ Face Natural SPF 40: “CoTZ for Face is cosmetically-elegant. A Balanced Mineral Complex that feels silky & soft and blends translucent, with a sheer matte finish. Superior protection aginst sun-accelerated age-marks has never felt this nice. This weightless formula will leave your skin feeling silky, smooth, and non-greasy. Layers invisibly under makeup. 100% Free of Oils, Chemical Sunscreens, Preservatives, Fragrances, Oils, Parabens, PABA, Gluten, Phythalates.” Full size is $19.99 for 1.5 oz, at cotzskincare.com. Sample size is .35 oz, worth $4.66.
Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Eye Brush 205: “This Luxie Rose Gold Tapered Blending Eye Brush is a 100% Animal Cruelty Free brush with high quality synthetic hair bristles that are soft to the touch. With its Vegan makeup qualities from bristles to the ferrule this Rose Gold brush is a must have in your makeup collection. Coated with a revolutionary antibacterial solution for minimal brush cleansing, your brush remains fresh and clean for longer periods of time. The density of the brush allows for an even application without any wasted product and does not absorb the product into the bristles.” This brush is $12 at luxiebeauty.com.
Chella Eyebrow Color Pencil in Tantalizing Taupe: “The fine tip on this sleek European-designed mechanical pencil has a creamy consistency that glides into place and can also be lightly smudged for a more natural look. Perfect for any color brow, especially blondes and greys.” This is full size, worth $18 at chella.com.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil + BONUS Revolution High-Color Lipgloss: “Get primed and ready for action. Urban Decay’s long-lasting, waterproof liner glides on smoothly to prime AND define—for long-lasting lip color and clean lines. Smooch. Pout. Smack. Nibble. Lick. 24/7 stays put through everything (yes, EVERYTHING) you do. When you use this liner to fill in your lips completely, it primes them for lipstick or gloss, grabbing on to color to help it last. Next, finish the bad girl beautiful look with a sample of Urban Decay’s brand new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss—insanely intense color with high shine. The high-coverage, ultra-pigmented formula lays down all the color you crave in one coat. This lippie is also laced with Hilurlip, which defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller.” The full size pencil is $16 for .1 oz at urbandecay.com. Sample size is .03 oz, worth $4.80. The Revolution High-Color Lipgloss is $22 for .17 fl oz. There is no information on the size of the lipgloss samples, so let’s not add in anything to the total worth of the bag.
The grand total worth of my My Ipsy bag is $51.46, plus the UD lipgloss samples. It would be up to $68.96 if you add in the approximate worth of the makeup bag itself. That’s pretty good for only a $10 subscription fee. I am not sure how I feel about May’s bag. I was so pleased with April’s bag, that Ipsy had a tough act to follow. At first I wasn’t that impressed, but now that I am taking a closer look at the products, I think that I am pleased. There aren’t any duds in my opinion, and I should get use out of all of the products. At the same time, nothing really wows me like the Elizabeth Arden lipstick did last month. All in all, though, I think that I am happy with my bag. I don’t know when or where I will wear that bright purple lipgloss from Urban Decay, but everything else looks good. I am actually really excited to try out the Chella eyebrow pencil. I can always use help with my extremely sparse brows. The face products look interesting, and that brush is super soft. I am pleased. If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page. You can also click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect. What did you think of your May 2015 Ipsy bag? Did we get the same things? Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent? Let me know in the comments below.