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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August Ipsy Bag Review Plus... A look at July, too!

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Hello gentle reader.

Time to take a look at what came in my August Ipsy Bag. Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that includes a little makeup bag and five products, some samples and some full sized products. The subscription costs ten dollars a month and it is easy to sign up. You give them your info, take a quick quiz and you're off to the races. Hint: They will most likely put you on a wait list. but you can "hop off" by doing the share on Facebook thing and then you will immediately be off the wait list and up for the next bag to ship. A bit manipulative when you think about it but I guess that we all need a little promotion in our lives.


Sooo... My August Ipsy Bag was a so-so experience. I wasn't disappointed, I wasn't blown away.

My August goodies consisted of two full size and three sample sized products.


First out of the pink bubble mailer were the card that informed me that this month's theme was "Beauty Schooled." It's been a while since I attended classes and as I am not likely to be doing so anytime in the near future, I was hardly excited. Next was a big, waste of good trees paper sample holder card with a great big, slightly scary looking face on the front. That card even wigged out my camera. When I was firing off this shot, my camera kept zeroing in on the face. Next from my mailer was that God-awful vinyl barrel style bag covered in anemic orange spots, looking rather as if it caught some strange, tropical virus while on it's journey to my doorstep. I didn't know if I should keep it or quarantine it. At least it didn't stink. It's currently housing clean Beauty Blenders to keep them dust free until I find just the right jar for them. Then it's buh-bye ugly bag.


The contents of my August Ipsy Bag left me a little Yay! Wut??? Meh! and OUCH! Not receiving individual photo reviews this time around are samples of  Dr. Brandt Pores No More (Wow! What an imaginative name that one is!) pore refiner primer and Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo. The Dr. Brandt primer is unopened and in a drawer because I have three face primers going right now. I didn't need to add to the confusion another one, at this time. The dry shampoo is... Dry shampoo. It works well and smells pretty. I'd probably buy this in full size.

Moving on to featured items:


Jersey Shore Mongongo Nutrient Dense Lip Balm. I don't know about nutrients, the only thing that is dense about this stuff is the scent. It wasn't altogether unpleasant; it reminded me of Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream... That lemon-y, sharp scent. The taste is what I imagined that scent to taste like. I didn't hate it... I kind of dig scented, flavored stuff, as you know. The balm was smooth, somewhat thick and coated and moisturized my lips pretty well. Unfortunately, it also irritated the snot out of them. I have a lip condition that is under my dermatologist's care and it is making my lips much more sensitive than they used to be. This stuff hurt to wear and by the end of the first day, my vermilion line was irritated. This went into the round file.


J Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow Single. The shade is Half Naked. This shimmery, light apricot eye shadow is soft, somewhat velvety and applies and blends nicely. Pigmentation isn't stellar; the apricot colour doesn't translate very well on the eye, it is overpowered by the shimmer.


Swatch of the eye shadow. As you can see, it is smooth and showy but the pigmentation isn't fabulous.


Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. Sorry, some idiot, whose name we won't mention forgot to take an individual shot of the mascara sample tube so I'm showing it in use. This is one generous coat and the eye shadow is last month's Ipsy offering, the Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow duo in The Inspiration and this month's J Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow Single in Half Naked. The three shadows worked nicely together. I used Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra to line my upper lash line.

That Urban Decay mascara... Wow! Yeah, I'm liking that stuff. It applies beautifully, gives fab volume, even on the first coat and emphasizes the natural length of my lashes. No clumping, no smearing or transferring and it didn't flake, even a teeny bit. Just before I took my makeup off that night, I added two more coats, just for shits and giggles. I had glamazon lashes and not a clump in sight. This mascara is also not too difficult to remove, even built up to the extreme. Urban Decay Perversion mascara is a huge win, for me. I am definitely buying this in the full size. Soon.

And that is my August Ipsy Bag experience. A little win, a little meh. Always fun to receive and discover what goodies are to be had. And for ten clams, not an expensive adventure. If you would like to try Ipsy and are inclined to use my link, I receive points that I can use to redeem for goodies, in the future. I receive no other compensation. If you don't want to use my link, it is easy enough to hook up with Ipsy by just typing it into your command bar. I'm perfectly happy, either way.

Since we're at Ipsy bags, here is a quick gander at my July bag:


July was a frakking bust. Three products packed with my old nemesis chemical sunscreen. Really, Ipsy? They went to live with my mother in law who was delighted to make use of them. I received a Pop Beauty bronzer in Secret Sunshine. The sunshine may have been a secret but the shimmer certainly is not! This is not for all over application, I just put a little along the tops of my cheekbones and my decollete. And I just want to add, my bronzer arrived cracked. No bueno!

The one product from my July Ipsy bag that I really liked was the sample of Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow 2.0 in The Inspiration. This shimmery, purple shadow duo was a total win. The shadows are soft, buttery and smooth, very pigmented and have wonderful payoff. They are also complex and interesting. I need to obtain some more shadows from the Ready line.

Okay, I think I've prattled on, long enough. If you made it through this entire post, I'm over the moon in admiration for you. If it is TL/DR the fast and dirty version is, August's Ipsy was pretty good, July made me want to throw it out the window.

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? Did you greet your August assortment with delight? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a beautiful day!

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46 comments:

  1. The Ipsy bag for this month doesn't look too bad. The eyeshadow in it is pretty. Nice haul for July too. I haven't been buying much other than Memeboxes, lol.

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  2. I'm sorry it made your lips irritated! But I am so curious about the Jersey Shore Sun lip balm! Jersey Shore is 45 minutes away from me, I am thinking I should support such a local beauty company (if it's a shore company!)

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  3. I'm in love with Perversion mascara

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  4. The UD mascara is definitely the best thing in that bag!

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  5. WORD! A bigger tube would have been nice... :D

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  6. It may be just fine for you. My lips are in weirdness mode, anymore and things that I could use before I no longer can.

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  7. I would love to try Meme but it is skincare, much of which is fulled with chemical sunscreen so... None for me.

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  8. OMG you soooo make me laugh. I love your voice when you write. I totally agree that stupid little bag sucked, most of the contents were just so so. Kind of like they are cleaning out their extras or something. But the UD mascara for sure was the best thing in the bag. Great review!!

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  9. The mascara is definitely a plus! :)

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  10. Just got my first-ever (and August!) Ipsy bag in a beauty box swap! While I was excited, I was so meh about the bag. like you. The Perversion mascara was the best thing about the bag - I LOVE that stuff. I got a StriVectin lotion sample, Coastal Scents blushes, a Lord and Berry mini pencil (big, BIG MEH) and the same lip balm as you. Everything is a lot tinier than I had expected from years of seeing unboxings :( The balm seems to contain ginger, which is probably why my skin does not like it very much either. Going to be used as a cuticle balm.

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  11. No surprise here but I actually think that JCAT eyeshadow is pretty :)

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  12. My bag was so-so too but that is not the norm so I'm going to hope for better next month.

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  13. I got the same bag as you.. and pretty much the same reaction - except I loved the lip balm. But, I don't have sensitive lip thing going on, either. Here's hoping next month is better!

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  14. The UD mascara looks awesome! And the Klorane I've tried before too. The rest...meh!

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  15. Oh man... I think I have a similar bag to yours. I don't know - mines don't be delivered till 9/13.

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  16. That eyeshadow actually looks pretty nice!

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  17. You made me smile from beginning to end of your post. Scary looking face, idiot who forgot to take photos of mascara, glamazon lashes. Guess who read your post word for word now? LOL

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  18. I'm giving Ipsy one more month to impress me and then I'll put my money elsewhere.

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  19. Pores No More is a fabulous product, I use it a lot in my pro work and interestingly it works very well on male skin and on a very specific skin type.

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  20. That UD mascara looks amazing! I'm definitely going to have to look into that.


    I got the Klorane dry shampoo in a Birchbox once and it is probably my favorite dry shampoo of the ones I've tried. It smells great and is one of the only dry shampoos I've tried that hasn't left a white film on my dark hair. That, for me, is a major win.

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  21. That mascara is the shizz. Get a sample tube and give it a whirl. I am In. Love. :D


    I like the Klorane dry shampoo. It smells sooo good and it freshens up my hair so nicely. I also appreciate the lack of powdery residue. Even as a blonde, I don't like looking like an 18th century courtesan. LOL

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  22. It was pretty good. Not a home run but I didn't tell it to leave. :D

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  23. I have found, funny enough that even my dry skin appreciates a mattifying primer. I think that the silicone makes it very forgiving and it really helps smooth pores and little lines. At my age, welcome benefits! :D

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  24. I half feel the same way, then I worry that it's going to get good, after I cancel. LOL I changed up my preferences a bit, we'll see if that helps, at all.

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  25. It is nice. The quality is there, the pigmentation just wasn't stellar. That pretty apricot shade didn't translate from the pan to the eye, for me. I'll use it as a highlight, tho. It applies so nicely and the shimmer is silky and very pretty.

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  26. It's a bummer that you have to wait so long! That's just rude, if you ask me.

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  27. The shadow is nice. I was kind of liking others... The grass is always greener. Now watch, I changed my preferences and those who get the bags I was getting will get stuff I want and I'll get meh. LOL

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  28. I don't care too much for it. It's storing Beauty Blenders, right now.

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  29. I am also hoping for better, next month. I get that not every month is going to be a home run but I have had a few blech months! Time for some great stuff, please!

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  30. LOL Isn't that always the way? I am lusting after that Glam Glow masque others got. I wanted that so badly!

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  31. It is pretty. I like it as a highlight.

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  32. I didn't even think to use the lip balm as a cuticle balm. I just tossed it. That was dumb of me!

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  33. It was my fave of the bag, for sure. I am getting it in full size. :D

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  34. Thank you so much. :D


    I kind of felt the same, for the last couple of months, as if they are clearing out the stuff from around the edges, waiting for shipments of new and better goodies. Maybe fall and the holidays will bring richer pickings.


    I am so greedy! LOL

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  35. There have been so many variations of this months bag but I like them all.

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  36. I am totally the opposite! I enjoyed both Ipsy bags. I like the bronzer, I use it regularly. The BB cream was really nice, too light for me though. And I absolutely love the lip balm. It moisturizes my lips so great. I suffer from really dry lips. This stuff is the best I've tried yet. I am also absolutely in love with the Pixi lip balms (that adjust to the ph of your skin). They don't dry out my skin and I love the color! I bought more of those right away! I like the J Cat Beauty eye shadow. it looks great on me. No issues, I love the color and it lasts. But I don't like the Bare Minerals eyeshadow barely at all. I didn't find it to blend well, or have good pigmentation, nor did it last. I don't like the Klorane Dry Shampoo much. It doesn't do much for me. I actually much prefer my Herbal Essences one for 1/4 of the price. And, my Rimmel Scandaleyes Retroglam mascara still far beats Perversion. (I have hard to hold a curl lashes though). Unfortuately, while I agree with you that it doesn't clump at all and is pretty awesome, it smudges all over my eyes. And I can't wipe it off with a q-tip. I have to use oil to get it off my eyes. If I am going for a smudgy, smokey eye, this stuff is great! But I rarely do that, and I just can't get it on my eyelashes without smudging it on my eyes. No matter how careful I am. The Rimmel one makes my lashes longer, and stayed curled, and clump free, much better. In fact, I can think of other high end mascaras that are much better than this one.

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