Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ipsy 2014 Hits and Misses!

A review of the products from my Ipsy bags!

Ipsy is a beauty subscription service that sends you 4-5 products to your door (free shipping) every month for just $10!

(Since I didn't start with Ipsy until March I can only review products from that month on.)

March - "Destination Beauty"


bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick - I love the color, it goes on nicely and it lasts throughout the day. ($18)

Nicole by OPI nail polish with "roughles" in 'On What Grounds' - Just a great nail polish brand all around. It dries fast and doesn't chip. This particular shade/formula is matte and textured. It was my first experience with both and I really liked it. Definitely something different to try on your nails if you're adventurous! Adding a good topcoat will take away the matte and give you a nice shine if you prefer. ($8.50)

Be a Bombshell 'Bora Bora' Eyeshadow Quad - Wonderful, creamy, pigmented beautiful colors. They work well together and also alone. ($8)


Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer - I think I am mostly alone in my dislike of this product. Most of the reviews I see for it are positive, but it just didn't work for me. I do not use foundation often and the tint on this was too much for my super pale skin. I prefer a clear primer. ($9)

(Total retail value for March - $43.50).

April - "Beauty Rocks"


Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in 'Champagne' - Silky smooth, nicely pigmented and a great everyday color with some shimmer. ($13)

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Eye Liner - Excellent eye liner. It is super black, creamy and stays on throughout the day. ($10)


Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in 'Apple Pink' - The color was way too orange for me. Otherwise, nice, but a miss. ($13)

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion - I did not like how  my skin reacted to this product. I seemed to break out after using it. I tried it a couple times and it just never worked well for me. (Around $60 for a full size - 60g; the sample size was 7.5g so estimated $7.50 value). 

Demeter Jasmine Roll-on Perfume Oil - I did not enjoy the scent at all. It smelled very soapy to me. ($8)

(Total estimated retail value for April - $51.50)

May - "Beauty's Fresh Picks"


Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunblock - This was a great product to receive right before summer. Growing up in central Arizona, I have used many different sunscreens and this one was awesome. It has a pleasing scent, goes on smoothly and it doesn't get oily or sticky! ($10)

Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in 'Champagne' - This was a nice little polish to get. It is sheer but can be layered to build up the color. It dries semi-fast and didn't chip. ($13)


Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo - Hard, cakey and not pigmented in the least. I even tried using this shadow with a primer and it was still awful. Probably the worst product I have received from Ipsy. ($5)

Pur~lisse pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer - Made my skin feel greasy. I'm not a big fan of moisturizers though. I tend to have oily skin and breakout whenever I use a moisturizer. ($15)

Crown Brush Pro Blending Fluff Brush - This brush was hard and I couldn't really use it for much. It didn't work well for blending and didn't pick up very much product for application. ($13) 

(Total estimated retail value for May - $56)

June - "Pretty in Paradise"


Nicka K New York Shimmer eyeliner in blue - This is a great little eyeliner. It goes on smoothly, doesn't smear and is a really pretty shimmery blue color. ($3)

NYX Butter Gloss in 'Apple Strudel' - This gloss smells amazing, is such a pretty color and I love the application. It doesn't get all weirdly sticky like other glosses I've tried. Definitely one of my all time favorites from Ipsy! ($5)

Laneige BB Cushion - I liked this foundation a lot as far as foundation goes. It was light but had fairly good coverage. I don't wear foundation but if I did, I would get this product for sure. ($35 for full size, est sample worth $5)


Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara - This mascara smelled funny and made my lashes droopy. Definitely a miss. ($10)

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray - This was supposed to create beachy waves but all it did was make my hair a little more textured. It smells pretty good but I didn't like how I felt like I had product in my hair when using it. ($8)

(Total estimated retail value for June - $31)

July - "Sensationally Sunkissed"


bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB advanced performance cream eyeshadow - I love this cream eyeshadow! It works great on its own or in combination with other cream or powder eyeshadows. Really, really fell in love with bareMinerals from this product. ($18)

Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass Lip Tint in 'Cherry' - I had never used a lip tint before, but this one has me sold on them. It looks amazing with a shimmery gloss on top. ($11.50)

Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer - Great, everyday bronzer. Very happy with this product. ($8)

Marrakesh Hair Care Marrakesh Endz - This product saved my over processed hair. I cannot say enough good things about Marrakesh Endz. It smells AMAZING and all you need is a little to get your hair soft and shiny. I am squeezing out the last little bits from the bottle after trying to make it go as far as possible. I will be buying more of this shortly. ($9)


Pur~lisse moisturizer with spf 30 - Again, I did not like this moisturizer. My face felt sticky and then greasy. ($5)

(Total estimated retail value for July - $51.50)

August - "Beauty Schooled"


Urban Decay Perversion Mascara - This is now my go-to mascara. I had been searching for a good brand and Ipsy found it for me! (Full size - $22, Sample estimated value - $5.50)

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner - I am definitely a fan of chapstick so this was right up my alley. It has a tropical scent and works wonderfully at softening lips. I think I'm already half way through it! ($7.45)


Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner - The tint in this primer was too dark for me. I prefer a clear primer. ($6.95)

J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eyeshadow in 'Half Naked' - The shadow quality wasn't bad, but I didn't like the color much. Too peachy and I had already gotten a nude shadow I liked much better. ($3.50)

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - Awful experience... Powdery, weird, and didn't work. I tried a couple times and it never worked out for me. I could see it maybe working if I had short hair. Another in the running for worst product this year. ($9)

(Total estimated retail value for August - $32.40)

September - "Street Style"


Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush - Very soft brush that does a good job at both applications. I have to store it flat in a drawer, but worth it! ($10)

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in 'Dressed to Kill' - I love this gray as an alternative for black for me. I'm pretty pale so black is too much for me. This gray with some sparkle is perfect for a dark, smoky eye. ($4.50)

Pacifica Natural Water Proof Eye Pencil in brown - This was a surprise. I did not like the Pacifica eye shadow I had received so I wasn't expecting much from this. It is a really great brown eye liner. Creamy and stays put! (Full size $11, sample estimated value - $2.75)

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss - Not as good as the NYX Butter Gloss, but still a good lip gloss. ($10)


Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask - This was a hair mask and it didn't seem to do what it was supposed to at all. Total miss. ($7)

(Total estimated retail value for September - $34.25)

October - "Beauty Candy"


City Color Be Matte Lipstick - I love the color and the matte finish. I love using it under a gloss. ($5)

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream - My hands have been so soft since I received this product! ($8)

Mica Beauty Mineral Eye Shadow - Beautiful shimmery green eye shadow. Nicely pigmented and stays put. ($8)

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser - This works wonderfully to gently cleanse my skin. No break outs and my face feels clean and not overly dry. ($7)

Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths - These made my face tingle and my skin happy. ($5)

(Total estimated retail value of October - $33)

November - "Girl Meets Glitter"


Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base - I love this stuff. It is shimmery and makes for a great eye shadow on its own and also as a base. ($10)

Marc Anthony Volume Shine Hairspray - This is a nice hairspray. It smells good and holds my hair in place. ($3)

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil - This is a really creamy sparkly purple eye pencil. I absolutely love the color and how easy it goes on. ($7)


J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in 'Red Potion' - This was FAR too dark for me. It was also a strange color for my skin tone. ($5)

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter - This left my skin feeling sticky and I didn't like the pearlescent effect it had. ($3)

(Total estimated retail value of November - $28)

December - "Thinking of You"


Cailyn Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in 'Orchid' - This is a nice, pigmented loose eye shadow. The applicator is really fun too! ($9.50)

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in 'Parfait'- Again NYX hits it out of the park with this product. Such a cute pink color and the tint is just right. It is also smooth and doesn't get weird and sticky on my lips. ($4)

Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara - Bingo! Another mascara I love! This is just an all around great mascara. ($5.50)


Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream - Meh. No great scent. I didn't really notice any difference and plus I don't use eye cream. So..yeah...meh. ($7)

Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry - Another meh. I haven't even tried it. I will possibly blow dry my hair once a year if that. I hate the concept of any heat treatment because it kills my hair. This will be given away to someone who blow dries regularly. ($5)

(Total estimated retail value for December - $31)

All in all I think Ipsy is well worth the $10 per month subscription cost. (Shipping is free!) I consistently got products I use that are worth more than $10. I definitely came out ahead in 2014 with the products sent by Ipsy! Do you want to subscribe? Use this link so I get a referral credit!