ipsy, $10 per month (add $4.95 for Canadian orders)
My baby Mickey is growing up way too fast! He wouldn't even fit in the March ipsy bag! He's about to turn two months old. I wish they could stay babies.
ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription. It costs only $10 per month. Subscribers receive five items per month plus a cute makeup bag. ipsy customizes the products based on subscriber profiles, but they tend to be heavier on makeup than skincare. You'll get a mix of both drugstore and higher end brands in an ipsy bag and most items are deluxe sample size and occasionally even full size.
Here's what came in my March Glam Bag:
- Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream (travel size, worth $4; full size costs $22)
- Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Blush in Kitty Pink (full size, worth $14)
- tarte cosmetics tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Delish (small sample, worth $3.33; full size costs $20)
- Marc Anthony True Professional Deep Repair Aloe Vera and Jasmine Oil Deep Repairing Conditioning Treatment (full size, worth $2.99)
- Chella Tweezers (worth $20)
My March ipsy was worth $44.32. This month, I used my ipsy points and got a full size Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light, which was worth $44, and, if you include that, it doubles the value of my March ipsy bag. The bag this month was bigger than usual. It's a dusty pinky-peach color with mesh on one side and soft velour on the other side, and it works as a foldover clutch.
This month's bag was kind of cute. I like that they gave us a slightly bigger bag this month and the style was a little different. The color wasn't my favorite, though. The non-mesh side is so soft!
First up, we have the LadyKin Affinitic Snail Cream, which I have gotten in a box before. Isn't the snail container the cutest? This cream contains 80% snail mucin. If you're not familiar with snail mucus, which, I know, sounds gross, it's actually fabulous for your skin. Korean snail farmers noticed that the cuts on their hands healed much faster than cuts on other parts of their body and realized it was due to the snail mucus. It's great for healing your skin, fighting signs of aging, and hydration. It doesn't smell bad or feel slimy. Snails aren't harmed during mucus collection, but, obviously, if you're vegan, this won't be for you. I like to use snail products to help my skin recover faster from a breakout. This worked well and I highly recommend it.
ipsy has been featuring Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics products a lot recently. I hadn't heard of them before I started seeing them in ipsy bags. Their blush in Kitty Pink (which, based on the company name and their product names, I assume is not an innocent name) isn't really pink at all. Their website describes it as a dusty rose, but it is more of a dusty peach. The color wasn't my favorite and didn't look all that great on me. It also didn't hold up all day. I would recommend passing on this.
I love tarte products, so I am always happy to get another one! I've tried a number of tarte's lip products, but I think this is the first time I've tried their Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint formula. When they say quick dry, they mean quick dry! This dried within seconds and once it was on, it was on. I had the little swatch on my arm and tried to wipe it off right after photographing it. It seriously left a stain for over a day on my arm, even after taking makeup remover to it and washing it. It does wear off a bit after eating and drinking, but it has impressive staying power. The color isn't quite as bold as I would like, but it's pretty and it looks good on me. I would be interested in trying other colors in this line.
My hair has been drier than usual lately, so I was hoping the Marc Anthony Deep Repair Aloe Vera Jasmine Conditioning Treatment would help give it some moisture. This is a hair mask that you apply after shampooing, then let set for three to seven minutes and rinse. Unfortunately, I didn't notice any difference whatsoever after using this.
The final product this month was the Chella Tweezers. This has holes to grip them so you can have better control over them and get any hair easily. This worked well and was quite comfortable to hold and use. I don't know that I would pay $20 for it, but I liked it and am happy to have it.
I used my ipsy points to get a full size Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light. This is a primer that is supposed to blur flaws and smooth out the skin, kind of like a personal Instagram filter. Beside Mood Light, they also have Luminous Light and Dim Light. Hourglass calls Mood Light a "soft, sheer pink that softens light to create the most forgiving mood lighting," Luminous Light a "champagne pearl that brightens light to create a luminous candlelit glow," and Dim Light a "natural beige that neutralizes light to create soft, dim lighting." This did blur imperfections, but I didn't see much of an effect under my full coverage foundation. If you skip the foundation or use something with very light coverage, you would probably have better results. This worked well as a primer, though. My foundation stayed on better than usual and held up all day.
This was a pretty good month for ipsy. I loved three of the five products, plus I also loved the Hourglass primer that I got with my points. My favorite product was the tarte lipstick, but the Ladykin snail cream and the Chella Tweezers were close behind. The Marc Anthony hair treatment and the Dirty Little Secret blush weren't for me, unfortunately.
What did you think of this month's ipsy? What did you get? Did anyone have better luck with the Marc Anthony hair treatment?