Ok, enough about me and my craziness. You came here to read all about Ipsy's September bag, right! Don't know what Ipsy is? Ipsy is a beauty subscription service that sends you 4-5 full size or deluxe sample sized items for only $10 a month (plus tax in CA, NC and NY, plus $4.95 shipping in Canada). It's a great deal, and it's so much fun to receive a cute bag of goodies each month. Upside of Ipsy: you get something new each month, and it's usually a decent variety of items, mostly makeup. They have contests and a way to review products, to hopefully get more of what you want and less of what you don't want. Downside of Ipsy: shipping takes forever and it's basically a gamble: they now send so many items, it's the luck of the draw if you get a "good" bag or a "meh" bag. Even with a "meh" bag, I think Ipsy is worth the $10, and if you want to try them out, please consider using my referral link: I receive points, and you receive my eternal thanks and some good karma.
|I love seeing these in my mailbox!|
|em Michelle Phan|
|sample of Look 3 from the Career Life palette|
|Freeman Beauty Feeling Beautiful Facial Paper Masks, set of 3 (Hydrating, Purifying and Brightening), each 15g (single packs), $1.99 each, available HERE. Discount code IPSYFB will get you a free Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Foaming Bath, with the purchase of the Sweet 16 Sachet Set, until 11/30/13 (US and Canada only).|
|Late night beauty pampering session- does anyone NOT look silly in these things?|
|Nyx Eyeshadow single in Cryptonite, full size (2.5g), retail value $4.50, available HERE. Discount code IPSYPRIME will get you 30% off eyeshadow bases and high definition eye shadow bases, until 10/15/13. US only (sorry, my international friends!).|
|Swatch of Nyx eyeshadow single in Cryptonite|
|J.Cat Beauty Fantabulous Lipstick in Honeycrisp (FL107), full size (3g), retail value $2.49, available HERE. Discount code fabipsy will get you 25% off of any purchase, until 10/15/13, US and Canada only.|
|Swatch of Fantabulous Lipstick in Honeycrisp (FL107)|
Grade: 3/5 (great formula, the color is just a miss for me)
|Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian, full size (2.4), retail value $12.00, available HERE. Discount code IPSY will get you 20% off of a purchase of $35 or more, until 10/15/13, valid worldwide, unlimited uses.|
|Swatch of Starlooks Kohl eye pencil in Obsidian|
|It's So Big volumizing mascara by Elizabeth Mott, deluxe sample size (4 ml), retail value approx. $7.99, available HERE. Full size (10 ml) retails for $19.99. Discount code IPSYBIG will earn you 50% off of your purchase, until 10/30/13.|
That's all the items in my Ipsy bag, but I DO have one more item to talk about: my REFERRAL BONUS for September!
Ipsy recently revamped their referral program, and instead of getting a gift automatically for every two referrals, now you receive 250 points for each referral, and can redeem gifts for 1000 points. Instead of getting a gift for each 2 referrals, now you need 4 referrals to earn points to get a free gift. I saw this gem as a referral bonus option, and snapped it right up, redeeming my points like a champ!
|Nyx Bronze Smoky Look Kit, full size (9.4g), retail value $12.00, available HERE.|
|Swatches of the Bronze Smoky Look Kit eye shadows|
|Swatches of the lip colors in the Kit|
This sums up what *I* received, but we all know that it doesn't end there. Ipsy now sends out a HUGE variety of items, and here's what I didn't receive, but other did- with pictures when available (my friends are glammies and we all get different bags!)
Butter London nail lacquer in La Moss, deluxe sample size (0.2 fl oz), retail value $7.50, available HERE. Full size (0.4 fl oz) retails for $15. Discount code IPSYbl will get you 30% off any purchase, until 10/31/13, one time use only, US only, and only on full size items.
Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Candy Apple, full size (0.14 oz), retail value $19.00, available HERE. Discount code IPSY30 will get you 30% off any purchase, until 10/15/13.
|Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil by Cella, full size (1.4g), retail value $18.00, available HERE. Discount code Chella will earn you 20% off of any order, until 10/16/13, US and Canada only.|
John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo, deluxe sample size (44 mL), retail value $1.16, available HERE. Full size (250 mL) retails for $6.59. Discount code ISPY will earn you a buy 1, get 1 50% off deal on the Full Repair items, until 10/15/13, US only, full size only.
John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Conditioner, deluxe sample size (44mL), retail value $1.16, available HERE. Full size (250 mL) retails for $6.59. Discount code ISPY will earn you a buy 1, get 1 50% off deal on the Full Repair items, until 10/15/13, US only, full size only.
|POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in either Rose Romance, Coral Crush or Fuchsia Flirt, full size (0.1 oz), retail value $4.17, available HERE in a set of 6 for $25. Discount code POPpout will get you 20% off any purchase until 10/15/13, US only. (shown here in Coral Crush)|
|Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, 2 pairs, retail value $7.50, available HERE. Full size (8 pairs) retails for $30.00. Discount code IPSY will get you 20% off any purchase, until 10/15/13, US and Canada only.|
|Ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag|
Here's the financial breakdown of this month's Ipsy items:
Items I didn't get:
Butter London nail lacquer (deluxe sample): $7.50
Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm (full size): $19.00
Highlighter Pencil by Cella (full size): $18.00
Jesse's Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (full size): $6.99
John Frieda Full Body Shampoo (deluxe sample): $1.16
John Frieda Full Body Conditioner (deluxe sample): $1.16
POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon (full size): $4.17
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, 2 pairs: $7.50
Victoria Jackson Brow Pencil (full size): $14.95
Items I DID receive:
Freeman masks (set of 3): $5.97
Nyx Eyeshadow single (full size): $4.50
J. Cat Beauty Lipstick (full size): $2.49
Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil (full size): $12.00
Elizabeth Mott mascara (deluxe sample size): $7.99
Nyx Bronze Smoky Look Kit (full size): $12.00
Total value of my Ipsy bag this month: $44.95
Out of pocket, shipping included: $10.00
Ipsy is like the lottery- you can't win every time you play, but it sure is fun! I'm hoping for a dream bag next month. This month wasn't a home run, but it was definitely a base hit, or a triple score. Don't subscribe to Ipsy? What are you waiting for? Give them a try- it's the best $10 gamble around!
Tell me, did YOU like your Ipsy bag this month? What would YOU have liked to receive?
Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion, on a product I paid for with