For those who don't know Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription service which sends you 5 make-up, skin care or hair care items per month in a cute make-up bag. The products are often deluxe sample sizes but there are usually a few full-size items as well. The cost is $10 per month with free shipping if you happen to live in the states but for those of us in Canada, add $4.95 shipping as well as exchange. There are savings to be had if you subscribe to a longer period, though. I paid for a year up front which worked out to $184.33 Canadian funds, or $15.36 per month.
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Here is what came in my Ipsy bag this month:
Ipsy's theme this month was "Thinking of You" and the bags included one of a few different sayings. Mine was "You are a Brave Soul". . . I guess? Maybe they were thinking of someone else?
Beauty Without Cruelty Facial Cleanser (2oz - $2.82 value; 8.5oz costs approx. $11.99)
I have about a zillion cleansers but I do like that this one is vegan / vegetarian friendly and has an AHA complex in it. AHAs can be used to combat acne and acne scarring (both of which I have - although less of the former than I used to) as well as signs of aging (yep, getting those too). It's also a nice travel size which was useful on my trip a few weeks ago. This is a nice inclusion.
Infinity Shadow / Crease Duet Crown Brush ($17.50 retail according to their website but currently selling for $6.99 plus shipping, although a minimum order of $25 is required. . . lets go with $6.99 anyway)
Whatever the price, I love this brush. It's soft and does its job plus I love that I only needed to pack one brush on my trip. I needed new brushes too. More like this please, Ipsy!
Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare FULL SIZE (10 pounds on their website = $18.06 Canadian right now)
Whatever the price, I hate this product. The colour is just a little darker than my skin tone which makes it look like a weird, slightly shimmery concealer on my eyelids. And don't get me started on the packaging / applicator. Okay, do get me started because this is driving me crazy. The weird spongy-tipped applicator gets more product where I don't want it than where I do want it. This sucks and for that value. . . it makes me a little sad.
Nyx Butter Lip Balm in Red Velvet ($4 value)
This, I like. The texture is good and the colour is just enough - like, it makes me look like I was eating a cherry popsicle but I like it. Sometimes I just can't do a lip stick when my lips are in rough shape. This will live in my purse.
Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (0.10oz = $8.33; 0.24oz costs $20 on their website)
This is also a win. I love a black mascara with a nice texture (not like the Avon one I got a few months ago that made my lashes fall out). The only thing that could make this better is if it happened to be full size :)
My math is putting this bag at an approximate value of $40.20 (although the Pixi product is almost half of that value). I love the mascara, lip balm and brush. I liked the cleanser a lot as well and have found it very useful in a travel size. The bag itself is probably my favourite to date and I used it on my trip. I don't usually assign a value to that, though, since I consider it more of a perk than a product. I hate the Pixi "fairy dust". I can't stress that enough. I might throw it away - that's how much I dislike this product. Still, for what I paid for this bag, I am still pretty happy.
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Happy New Year!