My July ipsy bag arrived last Saturday. The theme this month is “Sensationally Sunkissed”. The makeup bag is hot pink, and it has pinked edges. Another blogger described it as looking like a “ravioli”. That really made me laugh, but I like it anyway. I think it’s cute and fun for summer. My pink clear plastic makeup bag from last July that I carry in my purse all the time finally has a crack in it, so this new bag may be the replacement.
What about the contents? Overall, it was a good month for my ipsy bag.
The only ringer that I want to mention was Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8. I can not imagine why ipsy gave me this product. I have fair skin with plenty of sun damage. I do not tan. I wear an SPF 50 whenever possible. And why would they include a potentially hazardous product like that in anyone’s ipsy bag? Bad choice, ipsy. Prior to this, I liked Hang Ten’s sunscreens. I didn’t realize they made tanning oil. I don’t think anyone should make tanning oil anymore. End of rant.
What else? I got three favorite products.
The first great surprise was Bare Minerals new 5-in-1 BB Cream Eyeshadow in Divine Wine, a deep greyed purple shade. Although it’s a small sample, it is enough for me to know I love it. I love creams to begin with. This is one of the new type of creams, a wet cream that you apply from a tube with a sponge applicator. It comes in 10 neutral shades. I wore Divine Wine on Saturday night over eye primer though the product has built-in primer so I will skip primer next time. It went on easily and didn’t fade or budge till I took it off 7 hours later. I liked this eye shadow so much I had to check out the other offerings. I went to Sephora, but they weren’t on the floor yet. I went to Ulta, and they had 5 of the shades in a display there. Here are some quick swatches that I made at Ulta.
Not the greatest swatches 🙁 And sorry, I took this picture in artificial light because it’s night and I have to wash my hand, lol. The colors looked much better in the bright white artificial light I saw them in at Ulta (it’s too late to pull out my photo lights and light box, sorry).
I bought the Blushing Pink, shell pink, during the current Ulta coupon promo. Here’s a swatch in daylight. I love it! And when I use up the Divine Wine sample, I’ll purchase that one in a full size too. They’re $18 each.
Next, there’s a deluxe sample Benefit They’re Real Mascara. This is one of my favorite mascaras, and I was happy to get this purse size mascara to replace my old They’re Real sample. I love the formula and the spiky wand.
The third favorite is a new brand and product for me, Elizabeth Mott Tint & Sass Lip & Cheek Tint. It’s like Benefit Benetint. I didn’t get that in my ipsy bag a couple of months ago, so I was glad they gave me this one. Tint & Sass smells like cherries, and it is a cherry shade. I applied it to my lips and cheeks with the sponge applicator, and it was easy to apply and blend. It’s a pretty shade. I wore it today, and it lasted really until I ate dinner, for about 6 hours, though it did fade somewhat over time. I really like this stain on my lips and cheeks, and I’ve already used it a lot. What do you think?
Elizabeth Mott Tint & Sass is full-size, 0.35 oz/10 g, a little bottle but I think it will last quite a while. It sells for $22.99. Good deal, ipsy!
The last product is Lavilin Jojoba Skin Soother Gel Cream, a product that I don’t really get. The tube says that it’s a skin cream for use after intensive exercise. Why? Usually, after running, I don’t apply any skin cream, but if I did, I don’t think I need a specific type of lotion. Do I? I must be missing something. Anyway, it’s a nice gel cream. I like gel cream. I wish it didn’t have alcohol in it, however. But it’s still worth trying.
So after a year, I still look forward to getting my ipsy bag. For 10 bucks, it is almost always worth it. I thought maybe I should switch to another subscription service, but the others that are similarly priced don’t come with a cute little makeup bag. And thanks to some of you wonderful women, I am getting another freebie next month, Tini Wild Plum Lipstick, by trading in 1000 points. Last month, Yilian used my referral code to signup for ipsy, and the 250 points I received put me over the top. Woo hoo! If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, I’d be grateful if you’d use my referral code so I can get more stuff to review! <3 <3 <3