It’s Ipsy time! I got my November Ipsy bag in the mail today. 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. November’s theme is “Beauty Blast: The stars are aligning. Your November Glam Bag is a universe of brilliant beauties. Twinkle, twinkle, darling. It’s time to light up the sky.” Uhmm… okay.
The bag this month is pretty cool. It isn’t made of the best material out there, but it also isn’t the cheapest Ipsy has sent. The galaxy pattern is really pretty and it’s different than other bags in my collection, so I appreciate that. It has a front zipper and is a good size for throwing in your purse. But, enough about the bag, let’s talk about this month’s products.
Crown Brush Deluxe Pointed Crease Brush: “This handcrafted professional pointed crease brush is perfectly tapered to give you optimum coverage and color in the crease. The fluffy tip works well for blending multiple colors. Perfect for layering color or creating a smokey eye.” The brush is full sized and worth $4.95 at crownbrush.us.
Coolway Stronghold Spray: “Hair got you down? Pump up the volume! This innovative volumizing spray with humidity control, gives you all the volume you need and have it hold too. Now you can have flowing, beautiful hair all day long, without frizz! Tremendous volume with long-lasting hold. Create big, beautiful hair without frizz. Fights humidity and wins!” Full size is 3.3 oz for $19.95 at coolwayhair.com. Sample size is .5 oz, worth $3.02.
Beaute Basics Gel Eyeliner in Navy with Gel Eyeliner Brush: “This gel liner delivers bold color that lasts. Whether you want a perfectly defined line or a smokey eye, this amazing formula blends easily and won’t fade or crease. Navy blue gel liner pot with synthetic taklon liner brush. Easy glide on application and amazing color payoff.” This product is not available at beautebasics.com, so I don’t know what value to assign to it. It looks like a full size product at .3 oz, plus it comes with the brush so I would price it at $5-$10. Let’s split the diff and call it $7.
DERMELECT ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer in Commando: “The ‘Cure’ in your ‘Mani’ is at your fingertips with the 1st peptide-infused color treatment for fragile, weak nails. Aptly named ME, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals formulated a 2-in-1 range of beautiful shades coupled with a remarkable manicure extending formula. Infused with a hydrolyzed keratin peptide, a pure protein extracted from New Zealand sheep’s wool, the professional lacquers deliver a fast drying, high gloss shine while providing an unequaled level of strength for stubborn nails to grow longer and more resistant to chipping, peeling and splitting. Strengthens weak, brittle nails. Provides long-lasting, high shine and bold color. 5-Free and Cruelty-free.” This is full sized and worth $14 at dermelect.com
Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara: “Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, this new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes. 104% increase in lash volume, 32% increase in lash length, and 34-degree increase in lash curl.” Full size is .38 fl oz for $20 at smashbox.com. Sample size is .14 fl oz, worth $7.37.
The grand total of my November 2015 Ipsy bag is around $36.34, depending on how much that liner is actually worth. If I’m being honest, I was not a fan of November’s bag. I have gotten great brushes from Crown Brush in the past, but this one looks cheap and I think it got misshapen in transit. You can see by my photo that it is flat on one side and I don’t think it is supposed to be. I don’t need the hairspray and am sick of Ipsy sending me hair products when I continually tell them that I don’t want them. The gel liner is interesting, though I didn’t like the brush that came with it. It’s a pretty ocean blue shade that I don’t have in my collection. I am not sure about the formula, though. It’s very wet, so pigmentation isn’t as opaque as I would like. I’ll have to play around with it. I think the nail polish is a very pretty shade, and it will be interesting to see if it strengthens my nails like it claims to. The first coat was pretty streaky, but the second coat leveled itself out. We’ll see. I am glad to have the Smashbox mascara. I looked on Ipsy’s website, and there weren’t many products that I thought that I would have wanted to try instead, which is never the case. I feel like November was just a dud all around. Ipsy is usually a lot better than this. I really hope that next month will be better. It’s the holiday bag! Fingers crossed.
You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect. I am usually much happier with my Ipsy bag than I was this month. 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. If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your November 2015 Ipsy bag? Did we get the same things or did you get different items? Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent? I’d especially like to know your thoughts if you got the gel liner or the nail polish. Let me know in the comments below.