Middle of the month means ipsy time, and I got my February Valentine’s #ipsyLove bag. The bag itself is pretty cute. It’s made out of a synthetic fabric that reminds me a little of old-fashioned oilcloth in that it’s somewhat stiff, holds its shape and won’t get dirty. It’s a raspberry pink to celebrate the holiday. But no hearts here, instead a pink, white and greenish diamond pattern.
Inside were 5 products that represented a good range of beauty products:
- City Color Creamy Lip Stain in a great shade of deep pink called Flirtini: full-size $4.99
- Model CoBlush Cheek Powder in a pink that’s similar to the gloss called Cosmopolitan: full-size $22
- a black eyelash curler by Emite Professional Make Up with 4 red replacement pads: full size $25
- Mitchell and Peach Flora No. 1 Fine Radiance Oil: 10 ml/0.34 fl. oz. deluxe sample worth 15 British pounds or $23
- eva•nyc Up All Night Volumizing Spray: 30 ml/1 fl. oz. deluxe sample (8 oz. bottle=$12 so this is worth $1.50)
I think ipsy does many of the brands they represent a disservice. At first, I was on the fence about this month’s bag mainly because I have so much darn makeup, I just don’t need any more (Can you believe I’m saying that? I just don’t know where to put it all!). But when I looked up each product in my bag on their own websites, I was shocked to find out how expensive, how well-made, what good quality so many of them are. Why doesn’t ipsy include that info with the bag? Or even on the ipsy website? Go figure. I think the brands should complain about it! For instance, Mitchell and Peach is an English brand that crafts natural products from ingredients raised on a select group of farms in the English countryside. The coconut oil that’s just one of the ingredients in the Fine Radiance Oil comes from the “Mitchell Farming Estate”! How charming is that? But I never would have known if I hadn’t looked up the brand myself!
The range and the product value is really there. It’s actually a good bag. However, I’m a little jaded because, as I mentioned above, I’m at the point where I have so much makeup that I’m difficult to excite. Plus, I just got my first Memebox (for 2.5 times the price I might add), and I’m over the moon about it (review coming soon!).
Back to the goodies. I used the City Color Creamy Lip Stain right away because I love the deep pink shade. It’s an extremely lightweight liquid lipstick, that immediately sinks into my lips and has a matte finish. It also has an unpleasant chemical smell that they tried to mask with a floral scent. The masking scent doesn’t work, but thankfully the smell goes away in a few minutes. It’s a stain, and it’s drying to my sensitive lips…but again, I just love the color. I’ll probably put my go-to hydrator, City Lips Lip Plumper, on top of it, and I’ll be fine. This is an inexpensive brand, but I like it anyway because the color is so wonderful.
I love the idea of a facial oil from a farm in England, and I enjoyed wearing a few drops of it today. It’s not super-oily like many serums, and the bottle has a dropper top that regulates how much comes out. It does have a pleasant light floral scent, but only applying a few drops, I couldn’t really smell it for long. It was lightly hydrating and that was perfect for wearing under my foundation.
I haven’t tried the other three products yet. I’ll probably add the powder blush to my giveaway pile because I have sooooo much blush (at $22, someone will be excited about it!) along with the Volumizing Spray that I won’t use. The Emite Make Up Lash Curler is even more expensive than my beloved Shiseido, so I will have to try it out.
Unless I made a mistake, this month’s ipsy bag is worth a whopping $76.50. Yikes, I can’t believe it. I paid 10 bucks for it, delivered. In spite of my huge stash of makeup, ipsy is still a great deal. If you decide to take the plunge and sign up, I’d be grateful if you would use my referral code here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/1zp5?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general