Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is able to enjoy a nice day off (and if you had to work today,I’m sorry. I wish you weren’t!) and catch up on some blog reading. ;)
I’m such a stalker when it comes to subscription boxes – I always love seeing what products everyone gets and what they think of them… even if I get the same ones! So I thought I’d share my Ipsy August Glam Bag with you and see what you think of mine. :)
Ipsy August 2014
J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow in Half Naked – So first thing I do with beauty products these days is check the ingredient list. This shadow contains parabens, which I’m not a fan of. I allowed it to redeem itself in the form of gorgeous pigmentation or shimmer, and I was really let down. I had a hard time even seeing where I had swatched it, to be honest. Not impressed with this one. (.09 oz / Value $2.99)
Klorane Extra-gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – So this happened to arrive right around the time that my full-size version of this from Birchbox came. Pretty funny considering I’d never tried it before but had used my points on it from all the rave reviews. Of course I tried the little one out first, and I’m digging it. It does leave a little bit of the white stuff, but the residue isn’t quite as gross as some brands I’ve tried, and it combs out. It doesn’t make my hair feel wet like the Herbal Essence Dry Shampoo either. (1.06 oz / Value $6.46)
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer – Does this look familiar? Well, if it doesn’t, it should because I got it in last month’s Birchbox! And I didn’t like it then… so I’m assuming I’m still not going to like it. (.25 fl oz / Value $9.25)
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – So the first time I tried this, I was like… really? What is this?! I have been using Benefit’s They’re Real and it’s amazing, but this is definitely a different look. To me, this is a more “natural” looking mascara. The type where I can do a quick coat and go and not look totally done up. The longer I’ve used it, the more I’m liking it. Apparently they also have a lash primer if you really want to kick it up a notch too. (.1 fl oz / Value $5.50)
Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Nutrient Dense Anti-Aging Lip Conditioner – Okay, seriously these guys need to cut down on the length of that product name. Yeesh. Anyways, this smells really good, like tropical fruits and summer. Love that, and the conditioning seems to be on point too. I’ve been using this at bed time and am notcing much less cracking and peeling (I’m a serial lip licker/biter) of my lips in general. (.15 oz / Value $5.50)
Overall, value-wise this was a great month for Ipsy with a value of over $29, which I only paid $10 via monthly subscription. While I enjoyed receiving the samples, a few weren’t really for me this month, and I’m finding that to be the case with each glam bag that I’ve received.
As much as I’m fond of receiving Ipsy, I’m not sure how many of the same products I need to receive over and over again. What do you think, should I keep Ipsy or Birchbox, or stick with both?