I've seen so many people getting sick Ipsy bags lately, and I figured I'd give it a go again. A little over a year ago (I think, maybe longer than that) I canceled my Ipsy bag. I couldn't be bothered with the shittiness anymore. I was getting things I had no use for, from brands I didn't like, it was just annoying and I felt like I was wasting my money.
Since having so much luck with Birchbox, I went back to them late Fall of 2014. It was then that I started seeing people LOVING Ipsy and the thought was always in my mind.
I have an extra $10 a month now for another beauty subscription (as if I need more beauty products). I decided on a whim to try it out, especially after I saw people getting a Too Faced Melted Lipstick in their June bag.
Ipsy is similar and different to Birchbox. It's $10 a month and you get 4-5 samples, although you also get a bag instead of a box. I always appreciated the Ipsy bags because I get great use out of them. I'm a bag lady, if you didn't already know.
Ipsy has since stepped up their game in regards to points and an online shop, similar to Birchbox. You can review the items in your bag, share your bag on social media, for points. When you rack up enough points, it seems that you can redeem for a full size product. There are only select items you can score on a monthly basis... I know back in June you could get a FULL SIZE Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, before it was even released. That is a great perk.
Ipsy also has discounts on the items in your bag.. You can get 15-20% off if you'd like to purchase the full size. I don't think Ipsy has an actual shop like Birchbox does, but they do have exclusive offers on select items every week, for a discounted price, which is a great bonus.
It's little add ons like that, that to me, make a difference when choosing a subscription box. I want more of an experience, and I think Ipsy always lacked that but they're coming up strong.
I thought my first bag would be July but to my surprise, it was June and my goodness, it was amazing. The bag itself wasn't super pretty, just a plain black with the Ipsy logo embossed all over it. The material was nice though, it felt like bathing suit material, perfect for summer.
Let's see what I got...
//Jules & Ester Vitamin C Serum: I need to get into serums, and I like the idea of a Vitamin C one since it has brightening effects. The problem is, whenever I use one, my skin freaks out. I've tried many serums that just haven't worked out for me, so I haven't tried this yet. It seems to be full size which is always a great thing, so I'll have to try it out and see how it works.
//Aurora Gel Effects Nail Polish in 4 Alarm Fire: I will never turn down a nail polish and this bad boy is perfect. It's a great summer, neon coral color and it applies like a dream. It's supposed to have the look and feel of a gel manicure and it really does. It lasted on my nails for quite a while, a little less than a week before it started to chip. This has quickly become a summer staple so expect to see a Manicure Monday very soon!
//Bio Republic Skincare Sheet Mask Trio: Usually in a subscription box you get one sheet mask, or a small sample of a regular mask. Ipsy changed the game by giving us THREE sheet masks from Bio Republic. I haven't tried them yet but I've never met a mask I didn't like. Throwing in three different masks is a sure fire way to my heart!
//Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Candy: This was why I subscribed and if we continue to get products from high end brands, it will be the reason I stay. I LOVE the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks and I was SO happy to get a mini size of this red shade. I thought I had a review on this lipstick that I have in Chihuahua but I couldn't find it.. odd. It's a liquid lipstick that goes on like a gloss but is thicker and has the semi matte finish of a lipstick. They're supposed to be long wearing and transfer proof but I think I apply it wrong (have to try again). Either way, I love this product and I want more so this sample is a great way to start!
//Tre'Stique Mini Shadow Crayon: I love cream shadows, and I love shadow crayons. They're easy to apply and last longer than a regular shadow, in my opinion. They're a no fuss way to apply eyeshadow, my least favorite beauty product to apply. This mini shadow came in the color Apen Pine and I am so glad to add it to my collection. I don't have any green shadows and I really like the way they look on me so this will come in handy for the fall. It's a standard shadow stick formula, not to greasy, not too stiff, easy to apply and smooth to the touch. This was definitely a win in my book.
All in all, my first Ipsy bag was a huge success. I loved all the products I got and wasn't disappointed in the slightest. It was definitely worth the $10 and I'm so excited for my July bag!
What do you think of Ipsy? What is your favorite beauty subscription service? Tell me in the comments!