Boy, this year is going by so fast! It’s summer now, and I realize I’ve been a subscriber to ipsy for an entire year. (Strange, you think, she measures the passage of time in ipsy bags!).
I received my twelfth ipsy bag a couple of days ago.The June theme is “Pretty in Paradise”, and the Rebecca Minkoff-designed makeup bag really illustrates that idea.
The bag which is a synthetic and seemingly waterproof material (yay, so I can take it to the beach!) has a black background with a print of tropical plants and pineapples in shades of red, orange, yellow, blue, and green. It’s got a red zipper as an accent across the front and a very visible Rebecca Minkoff red label on the side. I like the bag a lot. And it’s probably the only Rebecca Minkoff bag I’ll ever own 😉
So, what did I get in my June bag?
- Jesse’s Girl black felt tip eyeliner
- NYX Butter Gloss Lipgloss in Apple Strudel, a fruity smelling sheer pinky-coral shade
- Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray
- Laneige BB cream in 3 sample shades: light, medium and dark with a separate SPF applicator
- Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, black.
I liked 3 out of 5 of the products in this month’s ipsy bag.
I always wanted to try something from Jesse’s Girl which is sold in Rite Aid drugstores, but not in any Rite Aids near where I live. So I was very happy to get to try the eyeliner. I love the slim, silver tube that looks like a high-end pen.
Take off the top, and there’s the thin felt tip liner. I am still eyeliner challenged if I’m not using a pencil or a slant tip brush. I got a nice super thin line on one eye, but a thick line on the other so I had to go back and thicken the first eye. I need more practice since I prefer a thinner line. I also want to try this for tightlining instead of the pencils I usually use, just to see the difference. In spite of my lack of perfection in application, I’m glad I got this.
Laneige is carried at Target, and I haven’t been to Target in ages. I still haven’t gotten over the credit card mishap last November, so I always feel like I have to have cash with me when I shop there. Needless to say, I seldom carry cash and I seldom go to Target. So I was happy to have a chance to try Laneige BB cream. I got a small sample of each of 3 shades, and I used light which was a good match for me. Before I applied the BB cream, I used the little white and blue sponge to apply SPF 15.
I thought it was interesting that the sunscreen was separate and optional. The BB cream came on a sponge in the round sample.
I usually apply foundation with a brush or my fingers so I had to get used to using the sponge which I quickly did. It is a lovely, lightweight BB cream that provided me with light coverage: most of my sun damage came through, so I dabbed on extra on my more significant spots. It was natural-looking, though it was a little warmer/yellow than my cool toned skin. It was a hot, humid day when I wore the BB cream, and it lasted several hours. I decided to go jogging, and I sweated it off, but that probably would be true of any foundation product worn on a humid day. I don’t really need any more BB or CC cream now, but if I did, I might try Laneige. It was a good product, though I personally could use a little heavier coverage.
The NYX Butter Gloss was new to me. I adore the NYX Butter Lip Balm, but I hadn’t tried the gloss. It is applied with a doe-foot applicator, and it has a strongish fruity scent when applied that fades quickly. It provides sheer coverage, and on me, Apple Strudel is a MLBB type shade. The gloss is very wearable because it’s not sticky and I find it very hydrating. Apple Strudel doesn’t provide a lot of color (I like more color and probably a red would have more color), but it’s a good gloss for me to wear around the house or ‘hood.
I guess ipsy didn’t get the memo about not sending me hair products. I don’t want or need hair products, and I thought I made that clear to them in my surveys. Also, ipsy sure doesn’t know me very well because beachy waves is not a look that I am ever trying to attain! I pull out the big anti-frizz guns in the heat and humidity of summer to try to maintain my straight, shiny hair. I don’t get beachy waves, I just get frizz and unattractive volume. ipsy, will you take this back please?
Last was Lash Out Mascara from Be A Bombshell. If I hadn’t heard the buzz about this product before I received my bag, I would have been excited to receive it. I generally like all the products I’ve received in my ipsy bags from BAB, and I’ve purchased a few other BAB products and always been satisfied. The BAB Lash Out Mascara is a total loser. It has a horrendous smell, a strong chemical smell that is very unpleasant to use near my sensitive eyes. But I thought, I’ll suck it up, and give it a try. What’s so terrible about a bad smell, right? Well, the smell didn’t go away, it got worse as I used it. And the formula was terrible. I couldn’t build up any length or volume at all. Frankly, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara was THE WORST MASCARA I have ever used. Ever. In my whole life. I felt like BAB should have some kind of quality control check before sending out a whole lot of bad mascaras, and ipsy should insist on that from their partners. So I emailed BAB about my disappointment in the quality of their product. They emailed back saying they tested the lot, and that it didn’t contain bacteria. But that if I have any adverse reactions, stop using it. Duh! They also said they decided to “let ipsy handle it”. Wow, am I disappointed in Be A Bombshell! I won’t be buying any of their products in the future. I think a brand should stand behind their products and also protect their brand’s good name by doing right by the consumer. Obviously, BAB doesn’t care. So I won’t care about them. I emailed ipsy a few days ago, and so far no response.
So that’s it! 3 out of 5 plus another cute little bag, this time designer-designed, and I still think it’s worth $10.
The eyeliner, lipgloss and mascara were full size and worth well over $10 in total. The Laneige BB cream was a small, one-time use sample, but I enjoyed trying it. There was nothing wrong with the Marc Anthony Beach Spray, and Marc Anthony is a great haircare brand. I just didn’t want it.
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If you’re already a subscriber, how was your bag this month? Did you get the smelly ineffective mascara, too? Did you do anything about it? What was your favorite item?
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