|I LOVE these pink envelopes! Ipsy changed them up a bit this month- they put their logo on the bottom :)|
This month, the mystery factor is upped a bit. Ipsy releases sneak peaks for the items in the bag, and half the fun of Ipsy is playing detective to find out what awesome brands we will get! This month, Ipsy has released, via their sneak peeks, that every product in their bags are "either/or" products. I'll try to cover both options as best I can, as far as pricing goes.
|First look in the bag!|
card no. 1- Oooh- an invite to Generation Beauty in LA?!!
|If YOU want to go to Generation Beauty, the code IPSYSUB will earn you 60% off your ticket, making it $60.|
|Pretty In Pink!|
|All of the Sweet Deals!|
|Inside the bag|
I love that Ipsy bags have unique linings. This one has pretty pink stripes and white stripes, with the Ipsy logo.
|Be A Bombshell blush in Sweet Cheeks; .17 oz (full size). Retail value $16 (available HERE; coupon code IPSY30 will get you 30% off your order and a free full size pink shadow (in Lucky, Always a Bridesmaid, or Miss Priss), while supplies last; offer is good until 4/30/13).|
|Swatch of Sweet Cheeks|
I swatched the blush, and it's a pretty, light shimmery pink. I wasn't sure if I would like this shade on me, but I think it's a great color for springtime. It isn't matte; this blush seems to have a little bit of a shimmer in it, but not too much. Love it! I had been hoping for the darker pink blush, if only to try it out, but I really think that this suits my coloring very well. The packaging is cute too; I love the clear window with the Bombshell silhouette; and the matte finish won't show fingermarks (with a three year old, finger marks are EVERYWHERE!). Great find, Ipsy!
In January I received the Big Sexy hair volumizing hair spray, and really liked it (or rather, my daughter liked it; she used it up fast!). I'm excited to give this a try! Ipsy had two options to send out this month: Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment,with Argon Oil, and Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Pow!
The sample I received is....
|Big Sexy Hair's Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment; .85 fl oz. Retail value $4.44 (available HERE; coupon code 108888 will get you $5 off your $25 Sexy Hair puchase at Ulta.com or in Ulta's store, good through 5/10/13).|
Sexy Healthy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment is a styling product that is made with Moroccan Argoan oil. Used on wet hair, this product can help reduce blow drying time; used on dry hair, it can help reduce frizziness (my arch enemy!). Argan oil is also great for hair, and will help make it shiny. I tried this on dry hair (just a few tiny drops), and it instantly tamed my frizzy curls. So far, I REALLY like this! I'm not much of a blowdry person (my hair doesn't do well with it, I turn into a puffball), so I'll likely use this to help with the frizz. The sample size of the Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment is .85 fl oz; full size is 4.2 oz with a retail price of $21.95, giving the sample size a retail value of $4.44.
GRADE: 5/5 (frizz control!)
|Miss Professional Nail's Sation nail laquer in Love at First Byte; .50 fl oz (full size). Retail value $5 (available HERE; coupon code IPSY30 will get you 20% off your purchase, until 5/31/13.)|
swatch of Love at First Byte
There has been a bit of controversy about this nail polish; it's advertised as "3 Free", but I read that it was tested, and was not (although it didn't contain formaldehyde). I WILL say that the testing was a RANDOM sampling, and not either shade that Ipsy sent out this month. I just thought, in the vein of full disclosure, that I would share all that I know about this product. These polishes retail for $5 each, but I've seen them for less than that, and more.
GRADE: 2/5 (very sheer, thin consistency, not a color I would choose)
This leaves us with the last either/or item: Two Cosmetics Eye Shadow Duo OR Mica Beauty's mineral eye shadow. I received....
|Two Cosmetics Duo Eye Shadow in Heartache; 1.1 g (full size), retail value $6.99 (available HERE; coupon code IPSTER will get you 25% off your purchase and a free lip gloss, while supplies last, code expires 5/20/13).|
Two Cosmetics is a new brand to me, but I love the concept of their eye shadows. The Duo eye shadows have a shimmer shade on the left, and matte on the right- both of the same color. The shade that Ipsy selected for us, Heartache, is a great color for most skin tones; maybe a highlight color, or crease blending color.
|Swatch of Heartache; left is the shimmer shade, right is the matte shade.|
There has been controversy surrounding Two Cosmetics from a few years ago. I read about it on the Makeup Talk forum; apparently the company had formerly sold a product as an eye shadow, when it had not been approved for use around the eye area. Two Cosmetics eventually corrected this on their website, but it took them quite some time to do so. I am NOT saying that the eye shadow duo is a bad product, or that Two Cosmetics is a bad company, or that you shouldn't use it; just that perhaps a quick glance at the ingredient list would be a smart idea, as it is with ALL products. Two Cosmetics did correct the error, and props should be given to them for doing so. Again, in the interest in full disclosure, I wish to share what I know about this product. Ipsy spoke out about this on their facebook page:
"Two Cosmetics ensures ipsy that customer safety & service are their top priority. With respect to the paintwheels, the company has removed those products from their website based on customer concern and feedback and has proactively messaged around the product. The eyeshadow duo included in the April Glam Bag is an eyeshadow that is safe for use in the eye area. If you have any further questions, please contact ipsyCare and we'll be happy to help you!"
GRADE: 3.5/5 (just your average eye shadow. I'm still a confirmed UD junkie.)
I'm always as thorough as possible with my blogging research, so here is the information on the OTHER product that I didn't receive, but some subscribers did (images pulled from manufacturer's websites, and credited below):
|Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Pow; Image credit: Sexy Hair|
Big Sexy Hair's Powder Play Pow! is an awesome powder product that helps add volume to any hair type. As an owner of very thin hair, this is something that i am definitely interested in! Powder Play works by sprinkling it on dry hair, and it helps to lift the roots of the hear, giving you the appearance of thicker hair.The sample size of the Powder Play Pow! is 0.07 oz; full size is .53 oz with a retail price of $15.95, giving the sample size a retail value of $2.10.
|MICA Beauty Mineral Eye Shadow in Earth; 2g (deluxe size), the full size (2.5g) retail value $14.95; this sample has a retail value of about $11.96 (approx. half size, no weight listed) (available HERE; coupon code IPSY30 will get you 30% off your next purchase until 4/30/13). Image credit to: MICA Beauty|
|Color sample of Earth; Image credit to: MICA Beauty|
If you want to see images of the alternate color choices for the Be A Bombshell blush and the Sation polish, just let me know, and I'll pull them from the company's websites.
Since there are varied values on a couple of the products, I'll include the breakdown so that you can do your own math to put an accurate value on your own bag:
Big Healthy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment (blue bottle): $4.44
Big Sexy Hair's Powder Play Pow! (red bottle): $2.10
Sation Nail Lacquer (either color): $5.00
Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Blush (either color): $16.00
MICA Beauty Mineral Eye Shadow in Earth: $11.96
Two Cosmetics Eye Shadow duo in Heartache: $6.99
Total for MY bag: $32.43
Out of pocket: $10 (shipping included)
Any way you slice it, no matter what bag you received, this is a great deal! 2-3 FULL SIZE products- awesome!
I'm going to say now, that I'm really tired of seeing people upset that Ipsy sent only 4 items this month; they advertise 4-5 deluxe or full size items monthly, for the $10 fee (plus shipping if you are in Canada). I think the value of this bag is excellent- Ipsy has just been spoiling us with 5 items each month, here lately. This is NOT my favorite bag; I think December's is still my fave; but it's a solid bag, and well worth the $10 fee. Ipsy's marketing has been a bit unusual this month, and they changed up the shipper (DHL's tracking is NOT as good as UPS MI, and it took about a day longer); hopefully the fact that they are trying to change things up means that they are working towards better service for their subscribers!
UPDATE: MY APRIL IPSY LOOK:
|Close up of my eye makeup :)|
|Loving this mascara- LONG lashes and NO raccoon!|
Have you gotten your glam bag yet? What was in YOUR bag, and what was it's value? Happy with it? Upset? Agree with me, or disagree, I would LOVE to hear from you!
Disclaimer: The products listed above were purchased by me, with my own money. I was not asked nor required to write this review, and the thoughts above are my own. The links are NOT affiliate links, and go directly to the company's websites. I was not compensated in any way for writing this review.