My Ipsy bag arrived last week, and I would love to share my thoughts and review with you all!
|Coastal Scents Small Foundation Brush, full size, retails for $4.95; available HERE. Discount code 25off will get you 25% off any purchase, until 2/28/14, no rain checks, cannot be combined with other offers.|
|Apothederm Bright Skin Serum, deluxe sample size (0.14 oz/4.1 ml), retail value approx. $9.23; full size is 1 oz/30 ml, and retails for $67.50, available HERE. Discount code 30IPSY will get you 30% off any purchase plus a free purse mirror, until 2/28/14, one time use only, US only, can’t be combined with other offers, mirror is automatically added.|
|MicaBeauty Tinted Lip Balm, deluxe sample size (0.88 oz/2.5 g), retails value approx. $18.75; full size is 0/14 oz/4 g and retails for $30.00; includes brush. Sent in Natural and Fiesta; I received Fiesta; available HERE. Discount code IPSY45 will get you 45% off any purchase until 2/28/14, unlimited uses, US only.|
I have loved the MicaBeauty products that I have received in the past, and had high hopes for the lip balm. When I first swatched this, I was amazed at how highly pigmented the balm was. I've never tried a tinted lip balm and was thinking that this would be somewhere in the range of a slightly tinted chapstick style product. Boy, was I wrong! This sucker is super pigmented!
|Swatch of MicaBeauty Tinted Lip Balm in Fiesta. Sorry it's blurry, but the color is pretty accurate.|
|Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissue, travel size (10 tissues), retails for $2.49. I received these in Pomegranate Extract, also sent in Cucumber, available HERE. Discount code IPSY will get you 30% off any purchase until 2/10/14, cannot be combined with other offers, US only, free shipping on orders over $50.|
I was excited to be getting these wipes in my bag, mostly because I haven't really found my "go to" makeup remover wipe. At first, I really liked the scent of these, but after I used them, I thought they were too sweet smelling. I think the wipes smell like a girly alcoholic drink, which is a shame, because I really like pomegranate. The wipes did a good job of removing my makeup, though, so I'll definitely keep an eye out for them in a different scent. My skin felt clean and fresh, as opposed to oily or greasy, as other wipes have tended to do for me. I love that these wipes have low levels of parabens- only one ingredient was in the paraben family, and it was the second to last ingredient. Parabens are a double edged sword- they prevent bacterial growth, but are suspected of being a carcinogen.
GRADE: 4/5 (work well, but don't care for the scent)
|Yaby Liquid Foundation, full size (0.272 fl oz/8 ml) retails for $13.99; sent in the shade Buff. Available HERE. Discount code 201401IPSY20 will get you 20% off of any Yaby purchase, until 1/31/14, Canadian customers are asked to visit blurmakeuproom.com and use the same code for the same discount.|
Yaby is a brand that Ipsy has worked with before, and I've received both eye shadow and concealer from Yaby before. I gave the foundation a try and was pretty pleased with it. The bottle has a removable tip on it, so you can add a different shade to mix the perfect color for you. This is an awesome feature, and one that other foundation companies should consider doing. The foundation has a medium/light coverage, and is an acceptable match for my skin. It's a tad darker, so once summer hits and I actually venture outside once again into the sun, and it will likely match my skin then.
|Swatch of Yaby concealer in Buff (out of the tube on the left, blended in on the right)|
I tried this foundation for 3 days in a row, and it did not break me out, which is a rare thing. If you have sensitive skin and are looking for a new foundation, this one is definitely worth a try. The shade buff is a neutral light beige, leaning just a shade yellow. Yaby offers their concealer in a multitude of shades, including color correcting shades and a white base (to lighten up a darker foundation).
GRADE 5/5 (nice product, and I don't break out!)
|KISS Salon Secrets Nail Art Starter Kit, full size, retails for $9.99, available HERE. No discount code available, sorry!|
I love me some nail art, and yet have less than no artistic ability. It's a curse, really. When I saw that I could redeem my Ipsy points for this set, I jumped at the chance. The Nail Art starter kit includes 3 brushes, a dotting tool, gems, nail stickers, striping tape, and glitter.
|Contents of the Salon Secrets Nail Art Starter Kit|
|Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair deep conditioning mask, deluxe sample size (1.0 oz), retail value $4.95; full size is 5.25 oz, and retails for $26; available HERE. Discount code IPSYJAN14 will get you 20% off any purchase, until 2/15/14, one time use only, cannot be combined with other offers, US only.|
|Epice Purifying Exfoliant deluxe sample size (1 oz/28 g), retail value $9.70; full size is 3.3 oz/100 ml, and retails for $32.00; available HERE. Receive a free Epice Hydrating Facial Cleanser with any Purifying Exfoliant purchase, until 2/15/14, one time use only, cannot be combined, valid only in US and Canada, $5.95 shipping cost.|
|Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads, deluxe sample size (4 pads), retail value $13.30; full size is 15 pads, and retails for $49.99; available HERE. No discount code this month, sorry!|
Until next time, my lovelies- stay Average!