Aww yeah. My bundle of joy arrived less than 30 minutes ago and I couldn’t help but post up the review. This month, the bag contained 5 items – 4 deluxe sized and 1 full sized. As you can see from the picture below, all of the items fit nicely into the bag with plenty of room to spare. Overall, I’m completely satisfied with this month’s Glam Bag and am already looking forward to August’s bag! I was originally only expecting to use 2-3 products out of the bag; but after giving everything a try, I was pleasantly surprised. Items I expected to dislike ended up being great, and some of the items I expected to love let me down (but they’re still good). You can click on the pictures to expand.
- BH Cosmetics California Sample Trio – $1.00 (technically no value but I felt it was deserving of at least $1.00)
- Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush – $4.16 ($25 for a set of 6)
- Coola Mineral Sunscreen Unscented SPF 20 0.23fl oz – $4.87
- Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray – $6.00
- Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub 1fl oz – $16.25
Total bag value: $32.28
The monthly subscription price is only $10.00, so the bags do pay for themselves. If you’re interested in signing up, you can use my referral link (which I would greatly appreciate) or sign up straight from the ipsy website. Please let me know if you do use the referral link so I can thank you personally.
The first item to talk about is the bag itself. The bag is ergonomical and is able to contain more things than a standard flat makeup bag. It’s a nice sized vinyl bag with the Ipsy logo right on front. I personally don’t like when logos are obnoxiously printed on anything, but it’s not a big deal since it’s technically an extra. However, it’s a nice reminder that Ipsy goes out of their way to make us customized bags, which shows they really care about every Ipster and future Ipster. This month’s bag is my favorite out of every bag I’ve received thus far (the actual bag, not the contents). As I said before, it’s vinyl (like a shower curtain) so it’ll be great for the beach. It’s see-through so it’ll be great for school.
Next up is is the Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush. As expected, I received a coral shade. But I was already expecting the shade to be disappointing. The bright side is that it’s full sized and arrived with a seal on it. The lip crayon is retractable which means no sharpening. And lastly, the cap is clear and the packaging matches the color of the product. People have been saying it smells and tastes minty but I couldn’t really smell it or taste it in mine. I was expecting it to be similar to Tarte or E.l.f… maybe something is wrong with mine? Or maybe something is wrong with my senses, lol.
I tried it on my lips and it looked really terrible with my complexion. Since I was about to shower, I decided to try it on my cheeks to see how it would look. Surprisingly, it looked beautiful. Even though this is supposed to be minty, it didn’t burn the skin or irritate it. It looked so natural on my cheeks. Honestly, I’m still in shock at how impressive this lip crayon performs as a blush.
I will admit that I wish Ipsy gave a better range of colors for products. Every single shade I’ve ever received gave me a “Nikki Minaj” look. Well, except for one Marverlous Moxie Gloss in Dare Devil. It was sheer but it was the most normal color for my skin tone that Ipsy has given in the subscription bags. The colors given usually don’t look the best on dark skin or really pale skin. I wish there were wine shades, mauves, deep reds, and plums. I’m sick of bright shades, especially pinks and oranges.
The second item is the Coola Face Unscented Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20. It’s lightweight, transparent, and fragrance free. This is a high end sunscreen so it’s exciting to have it. However, this is the first time I’ve ever received such a small sample from Ipsy. The tube itself is as big as my thumb but tube is less than half full at 0.23fl ounces. It’s a sunscreen so I can’t complain. It will get used happily. However, the amount given is so small that it’ll probably be used up within a few days.
The only reason I could see someone getting the Coola Sunscreen is if they have sensitive skin and have to use a foundation such as Bare Minerals, and they want a mineral sunscreen to help protect. Those who don’t have sensitive skin probably shouldn’t bother with this unless you absolutely HATE the smell of sunscreen to the point of paying $36 for a 1.7oz tube. I currently use Neutrogena’s Oil Free Sunscreen 110 SPF. It absorbs right into the skin and I’m perfectly okay wearing it under my makeup. Plus I have plenty left over for the rest of my body.
The third item is the Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray. This is a high-performance humidity resistant spray that combats frizz by providing a protective barrier against moisture. Sexy Hair has never let me down before, and I expect it to do exactly as it says. So far, I’m not really liking it. It’s honestly the worst smelling hair product I’ve ever used. It smells so bad that I’m unsure about continuing the use of it, even if it does combat humidity. As far as frizz control goes, it does do a nice job. It feels like nothing on the hair and adds a subtle shine. The major downside to this product is that it smells like those “spray and go” sprays at nail salons. Y’know, the ones where you can just spray your nails and leave without needing to sit for 30 minutes under a black light… And it may just be me, but that doesn’t sound too good for my hair, skin, eyes, or for my lungs.
The fourth item is the BH Cosmetics California Collection Sample Trio. This was a bit of a bummer because the pigmentation isn’t that great. I did two swipes of shadow to reach the pigmentation shown in the swatches above. All of the shadows require a few applications to reach a nice opacity. I’d actually recommend using them wet since they’re pretty lousy when dry. They also definitely need to be used with primer to help the vibrancy of the colors show. The colors are very nice though. I really love the shades that were given to us. The only major downside to this palette is how chalky the shadows are. I only swatched the shadows with my finger but the product got everywhere. I tried to clean it up for a picture but it already stained the palette.
The last item is the Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub! This was the item I was most excited about this month. I love face scrubs so I’m hoping that this scrub will actually do something for my skin. It has a fresh lemon-lime fragrance to it and has a nice gritty consistency. All you need is a small pea sized amount, so this amount should last several months if you use the scrub 1-2 times a week.
I used the scrub today and was incredibly impressed by the scrub. It’s super grainy. It actually feels like small sand particles are in the scrub. I used a nickle to a quarter sized amount (just a small unmeasured glob on my finger that I scooped out), and that ended up being way too much for my face. I was surprisingly able to use that amount to scrub my entire face, my neck, my chest, and my shoulders!
The only teeny flaw with this product is how it was packaged. We received a sample size of 1 ounce, which is a lot considering the full size is 2 ounces. However, the samples appear to be packaged in the full size containers, so the samples we received look half empty. As you can see above, the jar has a huge empty hole in it that actually goes down to the bottom. It creates an illusion of being “ripped off” when in reality, Ipsy gave us a sample that’ll last us a really, really long time..