IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing, December 2021

IPSY, Oh IPSY. This month I was very much looking forward to my Glam Bag plus. On choice day I looked over the products they chose and for the first time in a long time there were products in each category of choice that I wanted, so I was really happy with the selection of products. And then my bag arrived with a product missing. So I now have to go through their IPSY Care system.

It’s not a major deal as I’m sure it will be settled one way or another, but it is always annoying to have to go through the care Bots and convince them to leave a message for a person who will hopefully later get back to you.

The product missing this month was the Aceology Brightening Treatment mask. I’ve tried the trial size of this mask and really liked it so I was looking forward to having the full size. Hopefully they will still have it in stock and send it along.

Despite this disappointment I am still pretty happy with my box this month.

The first item I pulled out of the box was the Shaina B Miami Nights eyeshadow Palette. This is definitely a me palette. It has rosy tones and it has the addition of a stunning silver shade. In general I like Shaina B eyeshadows so I am very much looking forward to playing around with this palette.

The second item I pulled out of my bag was another makeup item and it was the Rodial Glass Primer. I am always happy to give a new primer a try. Rodial is a hit or miss brand with me but what I do like from them I really like so hopefully this will fall into that category. Either way I am happy to give it a try and it was nice to see two makeup items in this month’s box.

The third item is a set of nail polishes from Complex culture. They are called Thrive and dream. One is a kind of mid-century modern green and the other is a green toned gold. Since Complex Culture is an IPSY owned brand we have seen several products from them before, but I haven’t tried their nail polishes. I actually chose this set because they aren’t colors I have in my collection. The Gold I have a version of but it is an extremely old nail polish from Revlon that I just can’t give up. If this gold performs well and is similar in tone to the ancient Revlon one I might be able to convince myself to let it go. So here’s hoping.

This month I also received the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer. I have not tried this moisturizer (and always love trying new moisturizers) I have also always had good luck with Kate Somerville. I really love the Exfoliator and in fact it was an add on this month so I have it as well. And the Cleanser from the same line was available in the Boxy Charm Drop shop (which I think is still open if you are shopping) this month so I have that coming as well. Sometime soon I may have A Kate Somerville heavy skincare line up. Which I may not have really planned, but I can’t say I am mad about.

So that was my IPSY Glam Bag Plus for December. Am I still annoyed by the missing mask? Yes. And am I still happy with the bag this month? Yes. This was a very good month. I will use every item and I am in fact looking forward to using every item that was in my bag. The only reason that the missing item was such a bummer was that I was looking forward to using it as well. All in all though, this was a very good Ipsy Month. And I am sure that at some point the missing item will be sent my way. And then I will have another mask to use.



The IPSY Glam Bag X November 2021 Unboxing

Good morning and look what arrived on my doorstep! It was kind of a surprise actually as I never received a tracking e-mail of any sort. Plus the Postman seemed to have approached the door on little cat’s feet, sneaking up to the door, dropping off the package and racing away before anyone knew he was there. I almost tripped over the box when I opened the door. I think we have a ‘holiday mailman’ right now as our usual one always knocks when leaving a package, even if he doesn’t wait for an answer.

No knock this time.

This month was the IPSY Glam Bag X. The X for this month was Huda Katan. It was an interesting mix of products. The X months are quarterly and instead of the normal $30 price it is $60. This is the first year that they have done the X and this is the fourth quarter of the year so I’ve had one full year of the subscription to decide if I want to keep it. The First one was excellent, the second one was barely so so and the third one was really good. Before I make my decision on the subscription (which I will make in December) let’s see what November holds. Honestly its hard to tell.

The first item out of the box this month it the PMD BEAUTY Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device in Warmth (retail $99, although the site has a 40% off with code FRIENDS40 – I saw the code when I picked up the link and have no association with PMD). I actually have one of these and I really like it. Mine is getting a bit worn out so I was contemplating getting another vibrating facial tool. I like the silicone covered ones and actually I was looking at the Foreo. Partially because they are having a large sale right now and partially because I kind of like them better. I’ve been eyeing several of their tools for a while now and will probably still go for the UFO masking tool. Especially now that I have the new PMD cleansing tool. I can pick up the UFO tool and not worry that I need to replace the cleansing tool. So for me it was actually quite timely.

The second item is the HUDA BEAUTY Glow Coco Hydrating Mist ($35). I’ll admit, the first thing I thought was that it was going to smell like coconut. But I don’t think coco is short for coconut. I don’t think it is short for cocoa either. It has a somewhat perfume-y scent. The spray is a very fine mist which I like and I really don’t mind the scent too much. However it is one of those sprays that when I use it on my face I have to curl my lips in first because it actually tastes like perfume. It will be interesting to see how it performs. Not my favorite, but I do like the spray. Perhaps it will wow me.

The CÉLA Masque De Glacier Clay Mask (retail $40) was the third item chosen for me. I am perfectly fine with this as I love masks and I really like the brand Cela. I’ve had several hand creams and body lotions from them before and they always feel fantastic on the skin. I haven’t tried any face products but I do love clay masks. So I’m pretty happy with this.

The fourth item that Ipsy chose for me was the RARE BEAUTY With Gratitude, Dewy Lip Balm in Honor (retail $16). It is a clear lip balm. There is no scent to it and it has a nice case. Would I have chosen it? No. But I haven’t tried anything from Rare Beauty before so it is nice to try something from a brand not usually featured. I am pretty well stocked on clear lip balms at the moment so it isn’t all that exciting, but I will at least get to try the formula.

The next three Items I did get to choose from a selection of items. The selection was okay. Not fabulous, but not absolutely awful either. There have been some months this year where it was clear there were some shipping issues. This was not one of those months. They had a decent selection for each category. So what did I choose from the list?

I chose the WISHFUL Thirst Trap Juice HA3 Peptide Serum (retail $47). I have been wanting to try this serum for a while now so I was thrilled it was actually part of the selections. I’m actually thinking of rolling it into my routine right away as I really miss having a hyaluronic acid serum in the line up. Lately I have been using a lot of brightening products. I like the vitamin c products, but I really miss my hyaluronic acid.

The ACEOLOGY Firming Treatment Mask (retail $69) was the next item I chose. I just finished a different mask from this line and I have a sample of at least two others. While I am generally not a huge fan of peel off masks, the Aceology ones have started to win me over. I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve tried and am happy to have a full size of another. And I am kind og glad it is the firming one. The other two I tried were the Lifting and the Brightening ones. They both worked really well so that gives me high hopes for the Firming mask. I may have to use it this week to see how well it performs.

OFRA COSMETICS Sitting Pretty Midi Palette (retail $35) was one of my options so I chose it. I like Ofra products in general, but the large highlighters and blushes take up a log of space when traveling and to be honest, I am never going to make it through one of those large highlighters. The small golden one in this palette is the perfect shade for me and I know I will wear it. I also like the travel size of the palette. And I have a larger palette from Ofra where the pans are all the same size so it will be easy to mix and match since the products all pop out of the palette. Having a reusable travel palette that fits the smaller Ofra Pans I have is always a good thing. Plus they are good products in general. And it is really nice to see makeup making a reappearance in the IPSY bags.

And finally, my last selection was the PATRICK TA BEAUTY Major Glow Softening Lip Masque in She’s Juicy (retail $22). I know, I am still working through the Laneige lip mask (and lusting after the holiday Gingerbread scented one), but I plan to keep this one on my desk to use throughout the day. And yes I know I kind of complained about the clear lip balm, but I really like the look of the container and it smells of delicious vanilla. Plus my desk lip balms keep getting knocked over and rolling under stacks of paperwork. Or hiding in desk shadows. Or simply getting knocked off the desk and disappearing into neverland. Personally, I think Tinkerbell may be stealing them. I like the square container that will stay where I put it. It won’t roll anywhere and maybe I’ll catch Tinkerbell or her minions in the act if they attempt to pilfer it.

And it is really pretty. Gold and frosted glass.

So that was my IPSY Glam Bag X for November. All in all it was a pretty good bag. Were there a couple of items I may not be too thrilled by? Yes. However even though I am not thrilled, I will still use them. A clear lip balm, unless it is super slimy, will almost always get used and As long as I tuck my lips in so that I don’t have to taste the perfume, I have no objections to the scent of the Huda Beauty Hydrating Mist. It is a pretty good month over all. Which means that of the four Glam Bag X boxes this year, only one was not great. The others were well worth the extra money. It will make this an interesting though process when I sit down to have my personal discussion with myself about next year’s subscriptions. There are several new ones I want to try, some not even beauty products related. I think that as my stockpile of subscription box skincare has grown, my desire to branch out has as well. So it will be an interesting sit down this year to see who stays and who goes. But for now, I am very happy with this month’s IPSY. It met my profile, had a decent selection in the choice categories and gave me products that I am happy to try out and I feel are well worth the value of the box. November was a good month for IPSY.

In case you were wondering about what I was talking about with the UFO Masking tool, I’ve posted links below. It just looks like so much fun to play around with. But hey, when do I not like masking…well anything. Also Foreo just launched an Imagination DIY Face Mask. I’m not sure how that works, but it is something i will definitely be looking into.

UFO 2 and UFO 2 mini by FOREO

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus October 2021 Unboxing

Oh my darlings, my IPSY bag arrived in the mail. Can you believe it? I can’t remember the last time my IPSY subscription arrived this early in the month. It is a Halloween miracle.

So shall we see what’s in the pretty pink mailer?

First off we have the bag for the month. I like the print. i think it is very appropriate for the month. I also wish it was on an actual makeup bag. I’ve mentioned my disappointment in the drawstring bags already. i think it feels more objectionable this month since I not only like the print but IPSY’s price went up. This Glam Bag Plus is now $28 per month ($30.73 with Tax). I know it is because postage and product prices have gone up, and I do understand that, but it does make the bag feel extra cheap.

But let’s face it, I am never really going to like the draw string bags.

And it really isn’t about the bag anyway. So lets get into the products.

The first item out of my bag I really can not complain about. The Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep serum is always going to be welcome at my house. I know it can be used all over my face, but quite frankly when I get this serum, I mostly use it on my neck. It has made it into my skin care line up many times in the past and will continue circling through the line up. I finished my most recent bottle a few months ago and have it on my to be repurchased list. Now it is here again and i don’t have to repurchase it. So we are off to a good start this month.

The second item in my bag this month is also welcome. It is the Wander Beauty Staycation Hydrating Mask. I had a sample size of this not too terribly long ago and really enjoyed it. It is very hydrating though so for me this is actually quite timely. It is the kind of mask I can use in the winter but can’t really use in the summertime. As it is October and the weather is sort of on the turn, soon I will be leaning into my hydrating masks. Since I enjoyed the sample i used, i am happy to try the full size out.

The third item that was chosen for my by IPSY this month was also the one makeup item in my bag. It is the Roen Cake Lash mascara. Oddly enough I have managed to blaze through a large number of my stockpiled mascaras. For a while it felt as though I was drowning in them. I even had a separate mascara stash. Now the few mascaras I have that are unopened have been mixed in with my other unopened products and no longer need their own drawer. To be honest i was hoping to whittle them down enough so that I can try out the My Little Mascara Club. I’ll probably still try the subscription out soon, but until then I have another mascara to try and as my stockpile is down, I’m not mad about receiving this. The lip gloss from Roen is the only item I’ve tried from the brand so i am happy to see what their other products are like. I won’t open it though until I am ready to use it. The wand on the website looks pretty good though.

I’m also happy there was at least one makeup item this month.

The next two items are items that I chose. The choose selection was pretty poor this month, but I was actually pleased to see these two items. The fist is the Murad Skin Smoothing Polish. You know I love a good exfoliator and Murad is a skin care brand that I trust. I am currently using the Annmarie Skincare Kaolin Clay Exfoliator but it will soon be used up and I am happy to have another exfoliator on standby.

Finally we get to the Tokyomilk French Kiss Perfume. I was very happy to see this as I am a fan of the Brand. one of my favorite winter perfumes is #85 Novacaine from Tokyomilk Dark. That one is both a winter scent and a night time scent. From the first sniff this seems like it would be more of a day time scent. I am actually looking forward to trying it out. (Also on the add ons I ordered another perfume from the Tokyomilk brand and I’ll be trying that one out as well).

There is one thing that concerns me a bit with the perfume though. It is a bit on the small side. I have it next to the regular sized bottle that i ordered from the brand. It is significantly larger than the bottle that came from IPSY. While I am happy with the size for a perfume the comparison does bother me a little since IPSY PLUS is supposed to be full sized items. It is possible that the bottle sizes for the brand have changed as I have had my bottle for a little while.

Size issues aside I am very happy with my bag for this month. It is heavy on the skincare which is slightly disappointing, but all of the items are ones that I will use. So I am actually quite happy. I do hope that next month leans a little more towards the makeup side of things, but really this is one of the better plus bags that they have sent in a while. It makes me very happy. It also makes my decision on what subscriptions to keep in the new year and which to let go a bit more difficult.

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Unboxing the IPSY Glam Bag Plus for July 2021

That’s right my darlings, today we continue the theme of the week of subscriptions. To be honest, I didn’t think IPSY would arrive this week. I received a tracking number towards the beginning of the month (July 10th) and it never updated. At least until yesterday morning when suddenly it changed to Delivery today by 9pm.

For those who do not know, IPSY Glam Bag Plus is a $25 per month subscription. Inside you receive fife full sized products. They used to come with a makeup bag, now they come with a cheap drawstring bag. July’s drawstring bag seems to be slightly better quality than many in the past so either they’ve upgraded or this one just happened to be nicer. Either way I don’t consider the bag as adding any value to the subscription so the less said about it the better.

Let’s move on to the products, shall we?

As for the products, IPSY chooses two and you are allowed to choose the remaining three products from a limited selection of items. Each choice option has about five or six options to choose from. Some months it is a hard choice, other months, not so much. This mont was not great but not really bad either. I felt like I had options and I did get to choose the one I prefered not as the best of a bad lot, but as options I actually preferred.

Let’s look at the two choices chosen for my by IPSY. The first was from Dr. Brandt Skincare and it is the pores no more® PORE PURIFYING CLEANSER (retail $36). I’ll admit, my thoughts are split on this. I like Dr. Brandt products actually and have used several of them. I have never actually received this cleanser so I am looking forward to trying it out. However this particular product has made the rotations for quite a while now. I;ve seen it appear as options in bags numerous times so it sort of feels like a remainder. I like it, but it still feels like a left over.

The second item chosen for me I am actually excited to try. it is the Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer (retail $30). I have tried several products from Juice Beauty and really liked them. There was a serum a while back that I loved and was very sad when it ran out. The only item I think I’ve tried from the brand that i didn’t like was the bar of soap and I think that is mostly because I don’t care for bars of soap in the shower and not because the product was bad. So I am happy with seeing this moisturizer in my bag.

The first of the items I choose I was very happy to see as it is one that I have thought about adding to my shopping cart numerous times. The only reason I hadn’t actually pulled the trigger on it was because I am trying to whittle down my masks and not buy any until they are a respectable number. (I actually have a lot of small sample sized mask tubes I’m trying to clear out.) But here this mask was as an option so I snapped it up. It is the Go-to-Skincare The Removalist Mask (retail $36). I know it is a detoxifying clay mask. of course I am going to want to try it. What can I say, clay masks are a weakness.

I’m sure I could have worse ones.

The second item I chose was the DR. EVE_RYOUTH Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Hydrabright Night (retail $90). You know i love night creams. I know a lot of the time I use my regular moisturizer and when it needs a little help I roll in a night mask to help out the moisturizer. But truthfully, I really like having a seperate night moisturizer. I’m not entirely certain why. I don’t have a problem using serums in both the morning and the night, or essences, or toners or cleansers, but something about moisturizers. I really like having a seperate one for night time use. I;ve found a few I like well enough, but I haven’t found one that I find super fabulous. Honestly, I have never heard of this brand before, but I do love Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. so hopefully this will prove useful.

And finally I chose one makeup item from the choice items and it is the Beauty for Real Golden Hour Mango Butter Eyeshadow Palette (retail $36). I have tried a few Beauty for Real products, although not many. I am still trying to decide how i feel about the brand. Their mascara was absolutely fabulous. I remember thinking it wasn’t going to be because it had a small dinky little wand, but once applied I used every single drop and was very sad when it came time for the mascara to depart. The other products I tried from the brand were more or less forgettable. So I chose the palette to see which category it fell into. Also in all of my categories it was the only makeup item.

so that was my July 2021 IPSY Glam Bag Plus. Again I have mixed thoughts about it. I like the products and i am looking forward to trying them out, however once again it was heavily weighted towards skincare. I like skin care. Dare i say I even love skincare. However for a while now there has been a lot of skincare. It would be nice if they would just lean towards makeup a bit more. At least until I can use up a few more products. At this point in my beauty profile I have every makeup item possible checked and listed as send me frequently, so it should help with the product selection. Hopefully. And really I can’t be mad at this bag. I am interested to try all of the products I received and it is a good selection. I think I am just facing a little skincare burn out. Otherwise, IPSY was better this month than it is been in the past few months so I am hoping this is an upward trend.

Next month Is a Glam X month so my glam bag plus will be upgraded for the quarterly box. This is the third one they’ve done. Each quarter the Glam Bag X is a collaboration with someone. The first was Patrick Ta and it was fantastic. The second was with Khloe Kardashian and it was not good at all. In fact I felt a little cheated for paying the upgraded price for that month. This third Glam X is a collaboration with Halsey. I have my fingers crossed. Since it is new I am giving it a full year before I make my final judgement call on whether or not i want to keep it. In fact each year in November and December I review all of my subscriptions to see which ones I will be keeping in the following year. Usually there are a set few that stay and others that are evaluated. Usually Boxy and IPSY are the two pillars that remain, this year I am going to have to have a good hard think about both of them. But for now, I have products I enjoy so July was a decent month.


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Refreshments Unboxing

My first Refreshments Bag

A few months ago IPSY started a side subscription called Refreshments. The Refreshments bag is designed to ship your bathroom essentials to you every month.  The bag ships with your Glam Bag, this reducing shipping costs.  The first bag was free so I signed up for it.  The price varies based on what you order from their listed items.  You can sign up to receive the same items each month or vary it based on your needs. You can even skip it that month entirely if you are well stocked on product. I actually really like the flexibility of the system.

The first complementary bag came with face wipes and hand cream.  It has been at least three years since I have bought face wipes.  While I really like having them on hand and I really like using them, I don’t like the waste of them so I weened myself off of them . 

Since I couldn’t alter the items in the first free bag, I now have a set of facial wipes.  I will use them, but I have already logged into my Refreshments account and taken them off my recurring purchases list.  So I have just this set and no more.

That being said, the wipes are clean smelling with very little scent attached to them.  I used one of them to remove the lipstick swatch from the About Face liquid lipstick. It is a very dark color so I figured it was a pretty good test. 

swatched lipstick

It worked tolerably well.  It left a little pink behind on the skin of my hand and I did have to rub quite hard to get the lipstick off.  I think with regular makeup it will be fine.  It just wasn’t happy about the dark color.

The wipes are not dripping with liquid which was nice.  They were slightly on the dry side which leads me to believe they won’t last a long time.  Are they the best wipes I’ve used?  No, but I wouldn’t be ordering them even if they were.

removed swatch with some residue left behind

Knowing I have used better wipes just means there will be no regret for not receiving them again.  I will say that I had a lot of regret when I used my last AYAM Dead Sea Minerals with Vitamin C infused Makeup remover wipes. They were amazing and it felt like an actual sacrifice not to order a new pack as soon as the last one ran out.

The second item in my free bag was the Luscious Hand Cream in the scent Citrus Spritz. It has a nice scent to it and is thick enough to ward off chapped hands after excess washing and sanitizing.  I really like this cream.  I’m not entirely certain I need a new tube of it every month, but it is a nice cream and I will use it. 

cream

The two items came in a satin like draw string bag, similar to the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, although to be honest, it is of better quality than last months’ drawstring bag for the Plus subscription tier.  It will go into the drawer with the others and when next I travel it will be used for either underwear or jewelry.

With this tier the products are supposed to arrive by the middle of the month and you have the opportunity to change things around as long as you do it before the end of the month. Each month they are adding new items.  They started small and are slowly increasing the number of products. 

Next month, I am signed up to receive a razor from them. The first razor comes with two sets of blades and a handle and subsequent razor purchases just have the two pack of blades to go with the reusable handle.  As the blades each month are $5 and two sets of blades are pretty much what I go through each month, if this works out, it will be the cheapest shaving subscription I’ve tried and the easiest to refill as it would just come tucked into my Ipsy Box.  So I have my fingers crossed. I’m sure at some point I will try some of their other products as well. 

I won’t be ordering the Cleansing wipes, but I will probably pick up another tube of the Luscious Hand cream as I really like the scent and the formula.  It like the other products, have a decent price as well with every item available thus far ranging from $5 – $11. This could be a very nice subscription in the long run.  To be honest, if the razors work out, it may end my shaving subscription quest, regardless of any other products. Over all, I am glad I looked into the Refreshments subscription.


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IPSY Glam Bag February 2021 Unboxing

Through snow, ice and winter winds, my Ipsy Glam Bag did fly, finally arriving on my doorstep. This is of course the $12 IPSY glam bag.  I am still awaiting the arrival of the first Glam Bag X. This Glam Bag featured five sample sized products. 

The reason I signed up for the regular IPSY Glam bag was actually for this month’s bag.  I liked the little envelope style clutch, red faux leather with a gold lip clasp.  I thought it was cute.  I also thought it would make a cute clutch, until I saw the back.

  While the back of the bag is cute with the letter look stamped on the back, it does make the bag less versatile.  I actually chose the larger version of this bag for my Glam Bag X without realizing that it had the same back design.  While cute on the small one, I’m not so sure about the larger version.  The design is stamped on and not integrated into the material so I may actually use some nail polish remover and see if it will come off.  But that is a craft project for another day (although I will post it in one of my upcoming daily posts.

While I do enjoy the bag, it is what is inside that counts and of course what will let me decide if I plan to keep this subscription or let it go to try something new.

The first item I took out of my bag was the item I chose.  It is the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Daily Cleansing powder. I absolutely adore Amore Pacific.  I’ve tried two creams from them and loved both of them. I am very excited to try the cleanser.  I have to say I do like that it is a powder.  It means there is more product in the bottle without added water.  One of my favorite masks from AnnMarie Skincare (the Purifying Mud Mask) is the same way.  It makes it shelf stable for longer and it makes the product last longer. It makes it fantastic to keep around, and why I always keep the Purifying Mud Mask around (well that and it is a fantastic mask).  I can’t wait to try this one out. 

The next item in my bag was the Farah Flat Foundation brush.  I have been looking for a good flat foundation brush so I may give this a test this week to see how it works out for me.  The IPSY Glam Bag arrived this weekend and so I chose several different foundations for my weekly makeup bag in order to give the brush a good trial.  I’ve had some really good brushes from Farah and some not so great ones so it will be interesting to see where this lands.

Following the foundation brush was the NEOGEN Dermalogy Probiotics Youth Repair Cream. Currently I have an essence from NEOGEN in my skin care routine for testing and will soon have used it a month (I think I have another week and a half on the trial).  I also have a larger NEOGEN cream of a different variety to try out.  As prior to these products I hadn’t heard of the brand, I am happy to have several items from them to try out.

As always I love getting any sort of powder so I was pleased to see the Lottie London Ready Set Go Loose Setting powder in my Glam Bag this month. I’ve never tried anything from Lottie London that I can recall and if there is one product I will always go through it is powder.  Whether pressed of loose even if I wear no other makeup, I always add a layer of powder over my moisturizer. I love a freshly moisturized face, I just don’t like the shine. So even on no makeup days I use powder. It is always nice to try a new one.

And finally there is the Design Me Gloss Me Hair Oil.  It is designed to smooth down hair.  I remember trying something from this brand a while back and I recall liking it, but I can’t recall what the product was.  I look forward to giving the brand another try.

Additionally I did add on a pack of hair scrunchies from the brand Kit-sch Beauty. They were a three dollar add on and while they are nice and pull my hair back without pulling it out, they do feel a little on the cheap side. I suspect I will use them for a while but not have them last a terribly long time. They don’t have the feel of something that will last a long time. I could be proven wrong, I often am actually. However as a three dollar add on, I am very pleased with them, no matter how long they last. I actually really like IPSYs add on section. I love that it is very simple divided into sections by price and that many of the items you didn’t get in the bag are options.It is very neatly organized and I have to admit, I almost always find something to add on each month.

Over all I have to say I am fairly pleased with my bag this month.  It is a surprisingly good mix of products.  I am very excited for the item I chose and really hope that Amore Pacific appears more regularly.  I will take any size they feel like sending sample or otherwise from the brand.  I also have a few new to me brands/products  that I get to try out as well, which is one of the reasons I get this subscription box.  Quite frankly I have to say that I am happy to keep the IPSY Glam Bag another month to see what they come up with next month.  If it remains a good mix, I just may have to hang on to this subscription.


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IPSY November 2020 Ultimate Glam Bag Unboxing

This Month’s Ipsy was an interesting one. For those of you who are unfamiliar with IPSY it is a beauty subscription service.  They have three tiers: Glam bag for $12, Glam Bag Plus for $25, and Glam Bag Ultimate for $50 per month.  I am currently subscribed to the Glam Bag Ultimate.  In this bag I am supposed to receive one makeup bag, eight full sized products and four deluxe sample sized products. I should also point out they recently announced this subscription will be cancelled and in January replaced with the Glam X tier. Oh how things are changing.

In addition there was other big IPSY news this month as Ipsy has now acquired Boxy Charm.  Yup, two of the biggest rivals in the subscription box game have merged.  I currently have one Ipsy subscription and one Boxy Charm Subscription.  I did have multiple Boxy Charm subscriptions, but dropped both the regular Boxy charm and the Boxy Luxe because I was becoming somewhat disappointed in my boxes.  I figured The Boxy Charm Premium was the box I had the most success with and the one I would keep, not only for the subscription to the box but for the access to Boxy Pop up that it gave me.  Moving forward it will be interesting to see how everything shifts due to the buyout.

But that is not the point of this post, the point is the Ipsy November bag. 

The bag itself, I have to admit I do like.  Sometimes the makeup bags aren’t really to my taste.  I always have someone to pass them on to so it isn’t a big deal if I don’t like them, but it is nice to have one that I like and will use. I really like the contrast of the brown and the pink this month.

The first item that I pulled out of my bag this month was the one I got to choose.  It is the Byroe Bell Pepper serum (retail $110). I picked up two other Byroe products from a Boxycharm add on a while back. One is an essence and the other is a serum (tomatoe instead of bell pepper).  I have to say I started using the essence a couple of days ago and am thus far absolutely loving it.  I am very pleased that I got to add another Byroe product to my list of products to test.

The next item was the first of my samples. And when I say sample, I mean sample. It weighs in at 2 mL or 0.07 oz. By contrast the Juliet has a Gun perfume sample from last month was 0.28 oz.  The bag is supposed to feature deluxe samples, but to be honest there is nothing deluxe about this sample. Kind of a letdown really, even before I open it to see if I like it or not. It has been a long time since IPSY has sent me a sample this small. This sample is the Crabtree & Evelyn, Evelyn Rose Femme de Force Scent.  While I love perfumes, it has been a while since I had one this small to try out.  It feels a bit more like a giveaway sample rather than something that should be in the bag.

My next sample product was the H2O+ Hydration Oasis Refreshing Gel Moisturizer. It is a decent sized sample.  I have had this sample from Ipsy before, but it was quite a while ago.  Currently I also have a second sample of the cream in my skin care drawer waiting to be tested and tried out.  Both sample tubes seem pretty full.  Maybe I’ll combine the two and see if I can actually get a full trial out of the multiple samples. Over all, I am not super enthused about this (mostly because I don’t think I was over the moon about the moisturizer last time I tried it) but I am not mad about seeing it either. Over all I am rather neutral about seeing this moisturizer in my November box.

I will confess I am a little annoyed by the next item it is a set of six Super Beau’tea Sheet Masks from Honey Jarret (retail $18).  I think the reason that I am slightly annoyed with this is that it has been an item that you could choose from the points rewards section for a while.  I had (and still have) a bunch of points to use up and so I’ve been lurking and the set was just listed as sold out October 30th and now it appears in my November box. That makes it feel a little like a left over.  I will still use the masks, and I’m sure they are fine and I am glad it is a six pack, it just isn’t all that exciting a feeling to see them. But maybe I will try them and they will be so fantastic I will forget that they were remainders.

My third full sized item of the month is also a masking set, this is the I Dew Care Mini Scoop set (retail $20).  It features a set of three ice cream inspired travel sized containers of masks. I like masks and I am always willing to try out new ones.  I think I tried a peel off mask from I Dew Care a while back, so it will be interesting to test out more from the brand.  Since there are three, I’m not upset by the travel sized products as it is a set.  I would probably have preferred one full sized over three travel  if it was from a company I was more familiar with, but as I don’t know their products well I am okay with the travel sizes.

Moving along to my fourth full sized item it is the Laboratoires Filorga Optim-eyes eye cream (retail $49). I love eye creams, mostly because I am a chronic insomniac and like to not have everyone see it.  Subscription boxes have been hitting the eye creams pretty hard lately though so I have at least four others to try as well.  I do look forward to trying out this eye cream but as it takes me so long to actually get through an eye cream, it may take a while to work my way over to this one. I am however very pleased by the product. I am also kind of amazed that it is such a large product. It dwarfs my other eye creams, yet another reason I may clear a few of them out before trying this one out. I suspect once I open it I will be using it for quite a while.

I am also pleased by the full sized M.A.C. Cream Sheen Lipstick in Sweet Sakura (retail $19).  It is a stunning red and I am always on the lookout for a good red that looks good on me.  And I think everyone knows at this point that I love all sorts of lip products. So this was a good fit for me.

The sample of Make it Last Matte Charcoal setting Spray from Milani Cosmetics is also something I find interesting. I have heard of charcoal setting sprays but I have never used them.  I am rotating setting sprays through my makeup bag at the moment. 

As I have a couple of other setting sprays in my dressing table that I want to actually use up, I am not allowing myself to repurchase my favorite,the HA Spray, until I manage to use up at least one, or two of them.  So perhaps a peruse through the ingredients list and I will put this one into rotation. Quite frankly I like seeing setting sprays in my bag as they aren’t often included and I don’t have a stock pile of them. They are a rarer commodity than many other products.

This month I received a second full sized lip product in my bag and it is the Milk Makeup Kush Lip Glaze in Chronic (retail $18). The pictures have it looking slightly green in color, but claim it is a clear formula.  It is also supposed to taste like sage extract and peppermint which should be fun to try.  I will be adding it to my makeup bag soon so that I can give it a try and let you know how that works out.  I have to say, I am kind of excited to try this.  It is one of those products I have looked at repeatedly and always talked myself out of purchasing.  Now I get to try it. For me, this is one of the benefits of subscription boxes.

Oddly enough I have also talked myself out of buying the Nomad Cosmetics X Tuscany Intense Eyeshadow Palette (retail $27) that was in my Ipsy Ultimate bag this month. I have the Berlin Underground Palette from Nomad Cosmetics and I really like the formula of the shadows and hoped that this palette would have the same formula. 

I liked the shades but as I had so many eye shadow palettes at the moment I talked myself out of buying it.  I am really glad to see it in my box this month and get a chance to play with it. 

My eighth full sized product this month was Outre by Use Me and Instant Repair Hair Mask + CBD (retail $38). I like getting hair masks although for the last few months they have all been in the sample sizes. 

That generally gives me one or two uses given the length and thickness of my hair, to see how I like them.  A full size gives me a much better feel for how they will work with my hair so I am happy to actually have a full sized product to try.

And finally the last sample included in my Ipsy Ultimate this month is Will Powder Blush in Stamina from The Balm Cosmetics.  As I received the Will Powder highlight in last month’s box, it is nice to have the blush to go with it. I always like The Balms products so am happy to have them arrive in whatever size they send.

So that my darlings was the November Ipsy Ultimate Glam Bag, or at least the version I received.  For my $50 I received, $299 worth of full sized products.  While there was a little annoyance with the sheet masks, it was only because I know they were offered as points rewards for so long before appearing in my glam bag.  I don’t have a problem with the masks themselves, and I do like that it is a set of six instead of two that they are claiming as full sized. 

All in all, the products in this bag are ones I will use, some of which I am very much looking forward to testing out. For me at least this was a pretty good month and I feel like I got my value’s worth.

I can’t wait to see what arrives next month as it is the last ever Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate. In January they are discontinuing the tier.  In the future there will be Glam Bag X.  Basically it is the Glam Bag Plus except for the months of February, May, August, and November.  Those months will carry an increased price ($55), all full sized products with no samples and 7-8 products. The products shone on the advert for the Glam X are also rather high end so it would be interesting to see how the product choice adjusts.

Personally, between IPSY and Boxy I would be very surprised if this is the last of the changes.  I expect there will be several more shake ups before things settle down. I can’t wait to see if they turn out to be good or bad. I have my fingers crossed as I hope this is a positive thing moving forward.

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IPSY Ultimate Review: July 2020

Despite looking like someone sat on it, everything in my box arrived intact.

This month I felt as though I was stalking the post office when it came to subscription boxes.  Especially with IPSY.  I received the shipping notice on the 7th of the month but then nothing else.  I kept checking back and nothing was updating.  Finally, I checked in with USPS and they claimed to be waiting for it to be dropped off. They never updated. I’m pretty sure even a few days after I received my box they are still claiming to wait for it.

I know everyone else has been going through similar things this month as well as it seems nothing is really coming  in on time (with the exception of my Kristopher Buckle package which came much faster than I actually expected it to. Maybe they know something no one else does.)

But finally it arrived and I can stop trying to pull up the tracking information.  I think IPSY might have also switched delivery services as a different one from usual was listed.  But none of that is the point.  Shipping has more in common with a spin of the Wheel of Fortune game show wheel than a regulated system these days.

IPSY is a monthly beauty subscription service.  They have several tiers.  I receive the IPSY Ultimate box which includes one make  up bag, eight full sized items and four deluxe sample sized items for the price of $50.  This is the first year of this particular tier and it had been a bumpy year.  They seem to be getting better lately so lets see what this month’s long awaited bag looks like.

The bag itself is interesting.  It is square, which is a bit unusual and it is quite roomy.  The design isn’t my favorite and I don’t really like that it doesn’t have a handle on it, but it is fine.  I probably won’t be keeping it.  My mother’s church puts together toiletry and self care kits for the homeless who use their soup kitchen and they are always looking for little bags to contain the items so any bag I don’t keep ends up donated there. So even if I don’t like it, the bag won’t be wasted.

The first full sized item in my bag this moth was the AWAKE Glow Pill Super Serum (retail $39). I love serums so I am always pleased to have a new one to try out.  I believe AWAKE is a sister brand to Tarte, but I could be mistaken on that. 

Either way I have never tried this serum and look forward to testing it out.  It claims to be a light weight gel that makes skin softer and more hydrated as well as banishing fine lines, pores and dark spots.  Sounds like a tall order but I am looking forward to trying it out.

The next item in my bag this month are the Beauty For Real SHADOW STX 24-7 Eyeshadow Duo in Midnight Marathon and Ever Starstruck (retail $38). Since My IPSY box came in Friday afternoon I decided to add these and the Seraphine Botanicals Sakura + Sage Vegan Eyeshadow & Blush Palette (retail $42) to my Make up bag for the week.  I’ve never used shadow sticks before so this should be fun. They are both shimmer shades so I’d have to pair them with something else.

I kind of wish one was matte so I could make a better attempt at a single look with just the stix but I will at least get to see how they fare with other shadows.  I’ve also never tried Seraphine Botanicals before.  I know they’ve been around in IPSY bags before but somehow they never seem to end up in my bag until now.  So now I get to try them.

I am also adding the Il Makiage Brow Pen in the shade Truffles (retail $22) and the OFRA Highlighter in the shade Glazed Doughnut (retail $30) to my makeup bag this week.  While most of the items in my makeup bag this week are from the Kristopher Buckle Collection, these items will help fill in the gaps for items that didn’t come in the kit. Plus, I get to use some of the newly arrived items instead of waiting until next week. So bonus for me.

This month I also received a full sized set of 8 Hair masks from Foxybae (retail $28.95). I’m not entirely sold on the individual packaging, but I tend to really like Foxybae Hair products.  Their Flaminglow leave in conditioner is well worth picking up.So I am definitely looking forward to trying this out.

I was very pleased to see a full sized Purlisse Beauty Blue Lotus product in my box this month.  I was doubly pleased as the 4~in~1 Cleansing Milk (retail $36) is the only item in the Blue Lotus line that I haven’t tried.  It was the one element left out of my full trial of Blue Lotus and I am happy to fill in the gap.

The last full sized item in my IPSY Ultimate box this month was the CIATÉ LONDON

Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer (retail $28).  It was the item I selected, because you know I love my primers. Plus it was the best of the offered options when it came time to choose.  Incidentally for those of you who get IPSY a reminder, choice day for August’s bag is this week, July 23rd actually.  They always have choice up at 9 am EST. I love that it is a consistent time.  After the befuddlement with Boxy’s choice day this month, it is extra appreciated.

So I have yet another Ciate London product in my growing collection.  At this point I think the only categories I am missing are an eyebrow product and a bronzer.  I’ll have to check but if that is the case I may have to order them and then just do a full face of Ciate in my weekly makeup bag.

So now that we’ve covered the full sized items it is on to the four deluxe sample sizes.  These aren’t listed with prices so alas I can not offer them to you.  But I can tell you what they are.

First up is the Belif  The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb. I am always happy to have another moisturizer on hand to try, even if it is a small size.  I am almost finished with my Volition Celery Green Cream so I’m going to have to choose my next moisturizer soon anyway. 

It will have a lot to live up to as I really liked the Volition Cream. I am not sure if I’ll use the Belif moisturizer next, but I think I may choose one of the trial sizes I have stashed away.  I noticed the other day I am getting quite the collection of mini moisturizers in my skincare drawer. They usually have enough product for two weeks in them so I might try to work my way through them and see if any of them deserve a full sized month long trial.

But that is a decision for later. Moving on with IPSY I received a perfume sample from Catherine Malandrino this month.  It is in the scent Special Moments.  I’ve tried a perfume from her before so I am pleased to try another one. 

I also like that it is a good sized sample and not one of those tiny little tubes.  There is plenty for a week long trial and I am always happy to try out a new perfume.  I actually have several perfumes I need to post reviews of as well. I really need to catch up on posting those.

My third sample this month is the Jayjun USA Green Tea Eye Gel Patch (Set of 3). I like that there is a set of three because it lets me get an accurate opinion through multiple uses. With skin care items often you need more than one trial to see if you really like it. Otherwise its more of a first impression than anything else.

Then finally, last but not least there is something for the shower.  This month I received a sample sized packet of The Coffee Scrub in French Vanilla.  I’ve seen this floating around for several months but it has never appeared in my bag.  I’m pleased I finally get a chance to try it. 

Over all I have to say I am rather pleased with my products this month.  It is a pretty varied selection of products which I kind of like.  It is a mix of makeup, skincare, hair care and body care. Some of the items I’ve seen floating around the IPSY-verse for a while, but they have never been in my bags before. 

I suspect that they are clearing out older inventory.  I know they have a major summer sale going on right now so perhaps that will clear out all of the familiar items and bring in new selections. 

Although I have to say some of the items in my box this month weren’t ones I’ve seen in IPSY in prior months.  I can’t say there is any one item that sent me over the moon this month.  There was no real wow factor item, but they all look like good items I will be happy to give a try.  And to be honest, I’m shopping less as I’m staying in more so it’s nice to have a new variety of items to try out. I think I’m actually appreciating my subscription boxes more now that I’m not going to Ulta to try out their testers or browsing the drug store aisles.

I think that, more than the delayed postal system is why I’ve been stalking the postal service on line this month. I’ll try not to check the tracking so obsessively next month.  Possibly. No promises.


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IPSY Ultimate Unboxing June 2020

The June 2020 IPSY Ultimate Glam Bag

I know it is a little strange that this box review is coming a little late.  After all, if you are familiar with my Make up Bag posts you’ll see that many of these items were chosen for this week’s bag.  I was attempting to get the Look Fantastic and Glossy Box reviews posted before those boxes sold out for the month. It didn’t work as they both sold out super quick but that was the attempt.

The IPSY Ultimate Glam Bag actually came in last Thursday so I was able to choose some of the items that arrived to test this week as I generally pack my new makeup bag Thursday night for the following week. So if you find the items familiar, that may be why.

This month’s bag

So for those who don’t know IPSY is a Beauty subscription service.  They have three tiers The Glam Bag ($12/mo), The Glam Bag Plus ($25/mo and the Ipsy Ultimate ($50/ mo).  I am currently signed up for the Ipsy Ultimate so that is what I am reviewing. 

In my box I receive a make-up bag eight full sized items and four deluxe sample sized items each month. IPSY started this tier in October of 2019 and to be honest it has not always been the greatest of subscriptions.  Some months they hit it out of the park and some month’s they completely tank.  So let’s see what June ended up being shall we?

This month the theme was Making Waves and the card that came with the box listed five tips to maximize your SPF.  While handy, I would have preferred more information about the products.  However even when they do list the prices, they only list the prices for the full sized items not the deluxe sample sized ones.  The prices I am using for this post are taken from the IPSY website.

The first item out of my June box was the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore with Coconut Water.  It is not only supposed to cool the skin on a hot summer’s day but to act as a primer to increase wear time.  It retails for $32. At the moment I have one decent setting spray and one that is very pretty but not very effective so I am happy to try out another one.  I put this in my make up bag for the week so I will see how it performs right away.  I generally like Laura Geller products so I’m expecting good things. Incidentally Laura Geller is having a sale at the moment. I’ll post the link here.

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CIATÉ LONDON also made an appearance in this month’s box with the Wonderwand Mascara in Black Magic.  It is a deluxe size and I will be setting it aside until I work through my already opened mascaras. I am trying to keep only three or four open at a time so I can use them up before they go bad.  I think I might actually have the full sized version of this already open, but will have to check.

As I finish the old ones I’ll rotate the newer ones in (or I’ll just get too excited to see one and open it anyway, I try to be good but I’m just not very good at it.) We’ve been seeing a lot of Ciate London lately and I am not mad at that.  I really like Ciate products.  I think I am missing a bronzer and a primer, but beyond that I may actually be able to do a complete face with Ciate products.  Who knows I may pick up those items and have one makeup bag from the same brand. And I have heard their bronzer is pretty good. Something for future me to think about.

Next up was the Huda Beauty Basic B Sponge (retail $17). It too was added to this week’s makeup bag to try out.  Mostly because the sponge I was using was at the end of its life.  I may have to do a tool review this week in addition to the palette and foundation posts as I also added the Laruce Beauty Essentials Brush Set (retail $154) that came in this month’s box to my weekly make-up bag. And yes you read that right it is a five piece brush set with a retail value of $154. I’ll have to let you know if I think it is worth it’s high price tag.

My next sample size was the Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil. While I had several break outs, I’ve been using the Peace Out dots on them for the past week or so and everything is pretty much cleared up.  So I will put this away to try on the next string of break outs.  With the way my skin reacts to stress, I’m sure it won’t take long for it to be needed. And unlike the Martian Toner, it has not been discontinued.

This month I received an IL MAKIAGE Infinity Long-Wear Matte Lip Cream in the shade Dreamy (retail $22).  It is full sized and was added to this week’s make-up bag so you won’t have to wait too long to hear my thoughts on it.  I will say right off the bat, the packaging feels super lux and made me want to use it right away. I swatched it immediately. I’m afraid it might be a little too pinky orange for me, but as I have never tried the formula I will be using it to see if I like the formula. I may augment the color with a lip pencil if I don’t like it, but it will be worn this week. (or has been worn this week actually and spoiler, I really like the formula, not so happy with the color.)

While not in my makeup bag, I did put the sample sized NAKED COSMETICS Lip Scrub in Vanilla Crème in my bathroom to try this week.  With the summer sun beating down and repeated sunscreen applications, I have been using lip scrubs almost as much as I do in the winter months so I was happy to have a new one to try. I’ll have to let you know if it makes the cut.

This month I received two eyeshadow palette in my IPSY box. The first I pulled out of the box was THEBALM COSMETICS AUTOBALM® PIC PERF (retail $26.50).  I was surprised to get two eyeshadow palettes in the same box, but also rather pleased.  I like The Balm shadows in general and I am curious to try the cream lid primer that comes in this palette. That’s right the neutral primer is a cream while the others are all powders. I have to say I kind of like that the primer is a little tinted instead of just being super pale white. But then again I spent most of the past couple of weeks realizing almost everything I have in my makeup drawer is my winter shade and not summer so there is that.

The Balm Palette

Another brand that has been cropping up lately in IPSY Boxes has been SHAINA B MIAMI.  This month brought the Mini Miami Blush and Highlight Palette It has two blushes and two highlighters.  I haven’t tried them out yet and it is one of the few items that didn’t make it into this week’s Make-up Bag.  Perhaps I’ll give it a go next week. The palette is considered full sized despite having mini in the title and you can see why as it has pretty large pans.  It retails for $20.

The second eyeshadow palette from DOUCCE, the Freematic Limited Edition Smokey Pro Palette (retail $65) to be exact, was the shadow palette I chose for this week’s Make-up bag. I’ll be reviewing it on Thursday so I won’t go into too much detail here, but I like that it is a reusable palette.  It also feels quite sturdy in the hand.

Finally, we come to the last item in this month’s Ipsy Ultimate. It was the item that I picked when given a choice.  Each month you get to choose one item from a few options.  As the past few months, my bags have been heavily skin care I decided to choose the makeup option this month to see if I could slide it the other way as I am trying to work my way through a bunch of skin care. If I remember correctly this was the only makeup item in my selection and I think I laughed that it was a makeup product from a skin care company.

The choice for the July item is June 24th at 9 am EST in case you are interested. It opens at 9am each month and remains open for 24 hours I believe. Last month the item I chose for this month was the DR BRANDT SKINCARE Pores No More® Luminizer Primer (retail $38). 

For me it seemed a no brainer.  I have a weakness for primers and the few items I’ve tried from Dr. Brandt I have really liked.  Their night mask is one I tried out and I know I will repurchase.  And yes, I added it to this week’s make up bag so you’ll be hearing all about it on Friday as well.

Over all I really liked this month’s IPSY Ultimate Box.  The items are ones I will use, that I like, and that I am excited to try out.  For my $50 purchase price I received $374.50 worth of items. 

Admittedly $154 of that was the five piece brush set from Laruce Beauty, but even so I feel it was a very good value.  It felt like a really good box to me. It is kind of interesting that it was so make up heavy this month when it has been so heavily weighted towards skin care the past few months. I didn’t change up my profile but this month I didn’t choose any of the skin care options during choice. I don’t know if that made any difference whatsoever, but that is how it ended up shaking out. Perhaps they just decided June was a make-up month.Either way I enjoyed my Ipsy this month and at the moment I am happy to continue my subscription for another month.


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IPSY Ultimate April 2020 Review

IPSY April 2020 (with Box disposed of prior)

For those that don’t know, IPSY is a monthly beauty subscription service.  There are three tiers, the Glam Bag which is $12 per month and comes with a makeup bag with five deluxe sized products and the occasional full sized item.  The second tier is the $25 box, which also comes with a make up bag and five full sized items.  This is the Ultimate which comes with a larger makeup bag, eight full sized products and four deluxe sample sized products for $50.

The Ultimate tier was started in October of 2019 and I think it is fair to say that it has had its ups and downs.  This month was definitely an up month.  For me April’s box felt like an ultimate subscription. The box was packed full when I opened it and each was a product I was eager to try out.

the train case style bag for this month

Opening it was an interesting process this time around as we are sanitizing the mail as it comes in.  It’s like a weird postal medical procedure where the outer packaging is opened, hands are washed, the contents are removed to a secondary container, the outer package is disposed of, hands are washed again, photographs are taken, in most cases the outer packaging of products are disposed of to be extra cautious, hands are washed again and anything that may have accidentally come in contact with anything even possibly contaminated gets wiped down. Hands are washed again.

I have to say, I’m starting to feel like Lady Macbeth.

I am also making a substantial dent in my hand cream collection. With all this hand washing, the stock pile of hand creams I thought would last for at least the next year is slowly diminishing. But that is a tale for another time.  Today we are talking about IPSY Ultimate for April 2020.

So what was in my subscription box this month?

First up is the CIATÉ LONDON Triple Shot XXL Mascara in Black XXL (retail $22).  For a while I was getting mascaras every month and had a stock pile.  Then everyone started sending me eyeliner instead of mascara.  Now I have lots of eyeliners, but very few full sized mascaras on hand.  So I am glad to see the mascara start to return. I am looking forward to giving this one a try.

THE YENSA CBD SuperFood Dual Cleansing Oil (retail $38 ) was the next item in this month’s IPSY and as I am always looking for a new cleanser to try I was thrilled.  I’ve only tried the primer from YENSA before but it is now one of my go to products so I love that I get to try something else from them.  In addition I don’t know all that much about CBD so I am still learning and as trying new things is part of why I get this subscription, I am happy with this item.

THE SPACE CASE COSMETICS Fakecation Bronzer was the next item I pulled out and the first of my deluxe sample sized products.  I am sort of on the fence with Space Case products.  I’ve tried their blush and their eyeshadows.  They are all great buildable products but they don’t always last the longest. It will be interesting to see if the bronzer has the same issue or if it has more staying power.

THE COTTAGE GREENHOUSE Orange & Honey Face Mask (retail $30) was the product I chose this month.  You know I love my masks and I have to say that with everything going on, I have been using my masks as sanity soothing time.  The bonus is that I am clearing out a lot of my older products.  I couldn’t resist opening this right away and smelling it.  The mask has a wonderful scent. It smells like something you just want to eat by the spoonful.  Don’t worry I didn’t eat it.  My darling dearest caught a whiff of it though and seemed disappointed that I wasn’t baking anything.  In his defense I do have some orange honey biscotti that I occasionally make that do smell similar. He is now campaigning to have me make them again. I suspect the request will come again when I start using the mask.

Next up was the REALHER Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio (retail $28). I love palettes and trios.  I think it’s because I find it easier to keep track of them rather than some of the individual products. I have never tried anything from Real Her but I have heard good things about the brand so I am looking forward to giving it a go.

I also received a second blush the Skin Blush in the shade Primadonna by KALEIDO COSMETICS (retail $8).  I’m not sure if Skin blush indicates that it should be used on the body more than just as blush on the cheeks but I like the packaging and will find it interesting to see.

We all know that I love lip products and this month I received the TRÈSTIQUE Mini Lip Glaze Set (retail $48).  It has four different shades.  They are supposed to be more lip balm with a sheer tint than lip color, which will be interesting for the summer months. While I have a few nude lip products, most of the colors I pick up tend to be in the richer darker shades that suit the fall and winter.  It is nice to have some lighter colors, if that is what they turn out to be. I like the brand a lot and really like their formulas.  Hopefully these will be on par with the other products I’ve tried.

KENSIE Life Beat perfume was also in the April box.  It is a sample sized product but I have to say it is definitely a deluxe sized sample.  It is not the small tube I was expecting but a small bottle that looks quite nice. I am currently testing out my latest Scentbox perfume, but once I finish evaluating that one I will give this a try to see how I like it.  I have to say I was very pleased with the size of the bottle.  I just hope I like the perfume and that it isn’t just a decorative element in my collection.

 My next sample sized product was the DUFT&DOFT Hydra Soother Balancing Radiance Cream.  I’ve never even heard of the brand so I look forward to trying something completely new and unexpected.  It is a small sample but if I can manage to get a two week trial out of it, I will do a review on it for you. At the moment it is sitting with all of my other as yet to be tested moisturizers.  I’ll be posting a review on Tacha later this week and then choosing my next moisturizer to test out.

In all fairness I have to say I wasn’t initially thrilled by the IBY BEAUTY Enlighten Eyeshadow Palette (retail $25) that was in this month’s subscription.  I’m not a big pastels kind of person. But because of that, I have no pastel palettes in my collection so I decided it would just be an unusual element. And then I reminded myself that I am trying to try new things and not just staying in my comfortable rut.  When it arrived, I did play around with it the day I got it.  I couldn’t resist.  I have to say, I am sort of liking it, at least on initial testing.  I’ll have to play around with it a bit more, but I think I am going to like it much more than I thought I would.

NIU BODY Piña Colada Sugar Lip Polish was another of my deluxe samples this month and I always go through a lot of lip scrub in the summer time.  With gardening and working in the back yard combined with my normal walking, even when I drink a lot of water my lips tend to need more love in the summer. I also just finished the one open lip scrub I had so I am ready to give a new one a try.  It was a very timely arrival. 

I find the inclusion of the LAVIDO 2-in-1 Purifying Facial Mask and Exfoliator (retail $36) very interesting.  First off, I love exfoliators and I just finished my Skin and Co Face Gommage.  I have a second one in my supply stash but I haven’t opened it yet, so I might give it a break and try this out firs.  Especially as I also got my Boxy Charm Premium the day after this came in and it had the Lavido moisturizer inside. Since I am out of exfoliate and I am almost ready to open a new moisturizer, I may try the Lavido pair at the same time. I find it interesting that a brand I had never heard of is now in two subscription boxes.  I suppose it was part of their marketing plan, but I just find it funny.  I’ll be looking into the brand as well as trying their products. As I said this was the first time I’d ever heard of them.

I have to say I was very pleased with my IPSY Ultimate box this month.  The total value came to $235, or at least the value of the full sized products.  IPSY’s card was somewhat lacking this month so there was little information on it. 

April’s box felt like it was ultimate. It contained a mix of products I was familiar with and those from companies I either wanted to try or had never heard of and all of the products included were ones I will actually use.  I am excited to try them out and see which ones I really like. 

I have to say this box is a good example of why I started getting subscription boxes in the first place.  While IPSY has had their ups and downs with their Ultimate box, last month was pretty good and this month was great.  I really hope they continue the upward trend.


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