It’s Ipsy time again! I received that big pink envelope carrying my June bag in the mail. 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 June is “Swim into Beauty” and Ipsy says “Just keep swimming. Salt in the air, sand in our hair. Cue the lifeguards because summer will be 5 times the fun when you dive into these beauty must-haves for June.” The bag this month is black on black embossed Ipsy logo on a satiny background for the front. The material on the back is reminiscent of a wet suit. The zipper is a vibrant neon orange. Not my favorite, but also not my least favorite bag. Now, onto the products.
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer: “Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, this best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. This primer diffuses the light hitting your skin to blur out imperfections for an even, soft-focus look while also making your makeup last all day long.” Full size is $36 for 1 fl oz at smashbox.com. Sample size is .25 fl oz, worth $9.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Mask: “This gentle exfoliating mask helps loosen and extract blackheads without painful extraction tools while absorbing oil and tightening pores. Dr. Brandt’s exclusive formula combines Salicylic and Glycolic Acid to assist in the release of blackheads while Eijitsu Rose helps tighten pores.” Full size is $45 for 1 oz at drbrandtskincare.com. Sample size is .25 fl oz, worth $11.25.
tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold: “This amazing 12 hour eye shadow has customizable color that you can build from a subtle wash to intense vibrancy. It’s also super blendable with a crease free, smooth finish. This product is free of d5, parabens, talc, synthetic fragrances, petro chemicals and also cruelty free.” A trio of minis is available for $32 at trestique.com, so one mini would be a third of that, worth $10.67.
J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Blow Your Mind: “Highly pigmented, hydrating, semi-matte lip stain. A delightfully creamy and lightweight stain for any occasion. Silky, smooth and packed with Vitamin E and plants extract, this stain is your go-to glam tool for sexy. Liptitude will last 24/7 and give you some serious ATTITUDE.” This is a full size product, worth $5.99 at jcatbeauty.com.
Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream: “We all know that blow-drying is tough on hair, but what if your blow-dryer could actually help bring your dull, dry hair back to brilliant, shiny life? Heat-activated Keratin-Infused Daily Smoothing Cream is like a mini-keratin treatment in a bottle – that anyone can use. Packed with the smoothing power of amino acids and the hair-repairing action of pure keratin, your hair will immediately become hydrated and shiny – hair women will envy and men will long to touch. Smooths Hair. Eradicates Frizz. Seals Hair Cuticle. Reduces Blow-Dry Time.” Full size is $24 for 6.8 oz. Sample is 1 oz, worth $3.53.
The grand total worth of my June Ipsy bag is $40.44. As always, it is well over my $10 subscription fee. I am happy with my June bag. The only dud for me is the Keretherapy Smoothing Cream because I don’t like getting hair products in my Ipsy bag. I never use them. Oterwise, I like all of the products that I received. I am excited to try both the Lip stain and the shadow crayon. They both look like very nice shades. I really can’t wait to try the Dr. Brandt mask because pores are a big problem for me. The Smashbox primer is one of my all-time favorites, so I am always happy to get more samples of it. All in all, I’d say my June Ipsy bag was a win. 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. If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your June 2015 Ipsy bag? Did we get the same things? Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent? Let me know in the comments below.