Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 2014 Ipsy

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Blog fail. My Ipsy bag came last week (Friday I think, might have been Saturday) and I've just been a mess of busy and haven't gotten around to sharing what I got. I blame it on 12 hours spent on the way to, at, and home from my BIL's graduation, painting 5 million miles of trim around the house, craziness at work, and yesterday's 10 hour field trip. I'm just plain wiped and haven't even had a chance to look at my Ipsy bag until today, let alone blog about it.

This month's theme was Beauty's Fresh Picks and was all about natural beauty products. This month I actually felt like the theme carried throughout and made sense with all the products. The bag is cute, but I don't love the material it's made out of. It's a rough, almost like burlap material. I noticed the other day that I have been using all my Ipsy bags, even the ones I didn't particularly like. Some organize hair accessories, some make up, and a couple even organize Fynn's stuff. They're really the perfect size for so many different uses. 

Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 (~$2 for a 1 oz sample size)
I love these little sample sizes of sunscreen. Perfect for keeping my my work bag, diaper backpack or even my pocket. As a fair skinned blonde that burns from looking out the window on a cloudy day, sunblock is a must. I love that this is paraben free, and doesn't have any synthetic fragrances in it. I wasn't sure what un-chemically scented sunscreen would smell like, but it smells REALLY good. Fresh and clean and not like normal sunscreen, but it a good way. It doesn't hurt that the bottle is really cute too.

Olive Natural Beauty Lip Balm in Refreshing Rosemary ($5.95)
I love the scent of this. It's classic and subtle. I don't know if I love how it feels. It's not bad, not sticky or tacky, but it just feels a little oily to me. That said, I've actually used it several times since opening it, so clearly I don't hate it. 

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Duo 2- Moonbeam and Unicorn ($3.95)

I like the colors on this, they're subtle natural colors that I would actually wear. You've got to love the names of them too; moonbeam and unicorn? Kills me. It's also really smooth feeling eyeshadow. I'm not psyched about this only because I've gotten so many nice eyeshadows through Ipsy that I never end up wearing. I need to make a point of wearing eyeshadow more often just so I can make use of all these great shadows. 

Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub (~$15 for this 1 oz sample)

I've never tried a microdermabrasion scrub, so I was excited to see this in my bag, I can't wait to try it out. When I think of microdermabrasion, I always think of harsh chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients, but this uses Dead Sea salt, volcanic sand, and grapeseed oil to clear skin, remove oils, and removed dead skin cells. These are the kinds of products that make me love Ipsy because I get to try things like this that I would never have bought on my own.

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask ($12)
My hair has been a hot mess lately (what's new?) so I'm looking forward to trying this since it claims to "condition, repair, and strengthen dry, damaged hair". Yes, please! It also says it will increase hair's strength and elasticity. Sounds like a winner if it works. It smells really, REALLY good, so even if it's a halfway decent conditioner I'll still like it because it will make my hair smell good.

This month's Ipsy bag was worth about $38.90, a steal for a bag I spend only $10 a month on, including shipping and handling. That $38.90 doesn't include the bag itself. I honestly have no idea how Ipsy even makes money... I'm assuming many of the product samples are given to them to promote different companies/products because if they paid even half price for these products they would still be losing money. Anyway, if you're considering Ipsy, do it! So worth it, lots of fun to try new products and of course you can always use my referral link :) 

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