17 January 2014

Ipsy January 2014 Glam Bag: 19 Reasons

First of all, I don't know why this month's Ipsy Glam Bag is called "19 Reasons." My bag did come with a little card on which I could write some reasons why 2014 will be great to share with Ipsy on Instagram, but there were decidedly fewer than nineteen lines. And my bag contained five products as usual, not nineteen, so I can only assume that there were either nineteen products that Ipsy chose from for their subscribers' bags or that this is referencing something that I'm not familiar with.

January's bag features a stylized graphic of makeup and skincare products. It's cute, if not to my taste, but I have to say that the bag smelled quite strongly of chemicals when it came out of the mailer. The smell has dissipated, but there's still a faint burnt rubber odor. I'm a little wary to put anything in it since the odor (and whatever chemicals are causing it) might transfer.

Inside the bag were three skincare items and two makeup items. I was quite pleased that this bag was heavier on skin care products than on makeup, since most of the items I've received from Ipsy have been makeup. I was also very happy that two of the products were all-natural, and that one of those was certified USDA organic. I try to eat organic food and avoid as many chemicals as possible in my skincare products, so I was excited to try this Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion:

I use face lotion in the winter just on the apples of my cheeks, which are prone to dryness. I've used this lotion a couple of times and it's done a good job at moisturizing and protecting my skin. It's got sweet orange oil in it so it smells nice, too--it reminds me perhaps bizarrely of orange Starburst candies, which I doubt are even natural let alone organic.

The other natural product in my bag this month is Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask. The majority of the ingredients in the product are natural and some are even organic, which is nice, but I don't even use regular conditioner since it tends to weigh my hair down and I don't have damaged hair because I always let it air dry. I'll try to pass this along to someone else in the family who might be able to use it.

The third and final skincare product I received this month was Proactiv Mark Fading Pads. They look like they'd be really helpful for fading dark spots or acne scars, but I'm fortunate enough not to have any right now, so I'll try to pass these along as well.

The two makeup products I received this month were an eye shadow stick and a tinted lip balm. The eye shadow stick is Elizabeth Mott's Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil in Pearl, and I like the pale, peachy-neutral shade. At first I thought that it was meant to be applied as an eye shadow, so the thin tip perplexed me, but a closer look at the Elizabeth Mott website tells me that it's meant to be used as a liner or highlighter. I think I'll probably try it under my bottom lash line for a subtle, pearlescent pop:

I was much less happy with the color of the lip product I received this month, Mica Beauty's Tinted Lip Balm in Fiesta. It's a mauve-y purple, which I'm not sure looks great on anyone, and I really prefer warm lip colors. If I were to go cooler, I might try a berry pink, but nothing with this much purple and brown in it:

This was a so-so bag, and since most of my bags have been so-so I've actually canceled my Ipsy Glam Bag subscription. Overall the pricing is very reasonable for the number of products--I spent $50 in five months and got over 25 products, making the average price per product only $2. But since most of the products I received were things I'd never use or wear, the savings on what I'd pay retail isn't worth it. Ipsy is unique amongst beauty subscription services in that there's a certain level of customization, but I'd much rather enter my preferences for warm, cool, or neutral shades for each type of product instead of entering my hair, eye, and skin colors and leaving Ipsy to give my products that they think I'll look good in but I think don't suit me. To make matters worse they also sent a lot of nail polish, a product I never selected on my preferences because I'm so particular about it. I also wasn't impressed with the quality of most of the "better" makeup brands I received as compared to my typical drugstore products, so in the end I think I'll be better off paying $50 at the drugstore to get 5-10 products I'll actually use instead of the 25 Ipsy picked for me.

That wraps up my Ipsy mini post series, but I'd like to do more posts on beauty products in the future, so check back if you've found my photos and reviews helpful!

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