I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again! 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. So let’s get into it.
You guys. Look at this bag! I was surprised by how luxe the bag looks this month. It is made of a soft leather-like vinyl material in a warm bronze shade. There is a really neat texture on the front that glams it up. It reminds me of a stylish handbag, and I will definitely be using it. It looks expensive and I really like it. I would probably pay $10 just for the bag, so there is the subscription fee right there. But let’s get into the products.
Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser: “Rev up your skin with this powerful exfoliating treatment that’s packed with the natural ingredients necessary to get a bright, sexy glow. The best part? One step and you’re done! You’ll see smoother, brighter skin as soon as you rinse. 100% Paraben-free, 100% Vegan. Not Tested On Animals.” Full size is 120 g, worth $34 at vasanticosmetics.com. Sample size 20 g, worth $5.67.
Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer: “This Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer is the ultimate facial lotion. Lightweight, yet moisturizing, it’s super-packed with nutrients to aid delicate facial skin. Rosehip oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hibiscus extract is rich in antioxidants, as are vitamins E, B3, Pro-Vitamin A, and Pro-Vitamin B5- all providing both protection against free radicals as well as natural anti-inflammatory properties. Lightweight, absorbs easily and super moisturizing. Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances and dyes. 100% vegan.” Full size is 4.6 fl oz, worth $17.95 at bayberrynaturals.com. Sample size .5 fl oz, worth $1.95.
Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Cream Blush in ASH: “This cream blush has a formula that melts into your skin and delivers a healthy dose of organic goodness. This cruelty and paraben free cream blush will leave you with a natural, dewy look and skin that will thank-you! Natural & Organic. Paraben and cruelty-free. Made in USA, and $1 from every product sold is donated to woman’s organizations.” Size info is not available at evelyniona.com or anywhere else that I could find, but I found the size of the concealer which is priced the same as this blush at $18.75. I am assuming that they are the same size, 3 g. Sample size of the blush is .06 oz or 1.7 g, worth $10.63.
tre’StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon: “Fall in love with this new matte lip color. It’s buttery soft, rich, yet light as air and uber comfortable with a futuristic vibrant finish. Infused with Vitamin E, and Monoi Tahiti Butter for moisturization and antioxidant properties. Deposits rich color that you can build. Contains Vitamin E and Monoi Tahiti Butter. Modern radiant matte finish.” This product doesn’t seem to be available full size, but a trio of minis is available for $32 at trestique.com, so one mini would be a third of that, worth $10.67.
NYX Cosmetics ipsy Eye Shadow Trio: “This 3-color eye shadow palette gives you go-anywhere intensity day or night thanks to the highly pigmented formulations. Provides intense eye colors with a silky texture for seamless application for any eye look that you desire. It consists of 3 complementing eye shadows to wear together or alone. Each eye shadow provides great color payoff with every application. Create any look on the go with the help of the dual applicator that allows you to apply, smudge and line your eyes effortlessly. Exclusive palette designed by NYX just for ipsters!” This is full sized, and worth $6 at nyxcosmetics.com.
The grand total of my September 2015 Ipsy bag is $34.92, not counting the totally gorgeous bag itself. I am happy with everything that I got. I’ll use all of it, and nothing in the bag is a dud product for me. To be fair, I am not “wowed” or extremely excited by any one product either, but that’s okay. This is a solid bag, and I am happy to try everything. I like that Ipsy keeps sending me all natural and vegan products lately. I also am a big fan of NYX, and own a couple of those trios already. I know that I will like the shadows a lot. Good job Ipsy. 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 September 2015 Ipsy bag? Did we get the same things or did you get different items? Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent? Let me know in the comments below.