It’s IPSY time!! The theme this month is Alter Ego which fits the month of October but doesn’t necessarily fit the bag I received. Whateva!! I go with the flow and I like this flow a lot. As you probably know IPSY is a monthly subscription service for $10 including shipping. Every month the metallic magenta bag opens up to a cosmetic bag filled with a variety of products. Most bags are different so when you find reviews of IPSY it’s fun to read what everyone received.
The bag itself is gold on one side and black patent on the other (alter ego AHA). It’s smaller than some bags I’ve gotten and it’s dressy looking so it would fit well in a purse you’d use for date/party night.
Normally there are a few full size products in the IPSY bags but this month I only received one – a black Coastal Scents XPress Line Eyeliner Pencil valued at $2.95. Not to complain but I can’t believe how many black eyeliners I end up with!!
Two skincare deluxe samples were in my bag. The Balanced Guru Scrub Me Body Scrub was bulging out of the bag so it was the first item I found. This is described as a very gritty scrub although you can use it on your face but gently please. Instead let it take care of your feet, legs, elbows – all those rough spots that need to be scrubbed clean. The formula is enriched with raw sugar, organic coffee, coconut oil, babassu oil and cocoa butter. A full size is 8 oz/$23 making this 1 oz size worth about $3. What is great about it is that it’s organic and cruelty free so we have to love that.
Nourish Organics Pure Hydrated Argan Face Serum (0.5 fl oz) is another organic product that uses Moroccan Argan Oil to hydrate and replenish, Apricot Kernal Oil to restore and soften, plus Rose Hip Oil to smooth the texture of your skin. This fragrance free treatment is also gluten free and vegan. A full size is 0.7 fl oz for $24 making this 0.5 fl oz size worth $17.50.
At last – cosmetics. Two cosmetic items graced my bag this month with the first being a very small tube of theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick. This is a long last formula in a matte finish which we all know is THE thing to wear this year. The shade is called Committed and is described as a pinky nude. Totally not a pinky nude on me so maybe this IS for my Alter Ego. theBalm’s website does a nice job of showing the shades so if you are interested check that out. It is long lasting and it is very matte. A full size is $17. My guestimate for this sample is $4.
Last is my favorite item in my IPSY bag! Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues was a pleasure to find inside and a pleasure to use. I’m trying very very hard not to buy blush since I own dozens of them so seeing this prettiness in my bag brought me a big smile! The Blush-n-Brighten blushes are baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles although I don’t think Laura actually does this work herself (wink). “Infused with antioxidants centella asiatica and white tea extracts, these Baked Blushes deliver flattering color with a hint of radiance!” The blush is beautifully pigmented so a little is more than enough. I like using a small brush that will diffuse the color so it’s not too dense on me. The swirls of color are bronze, coral and pink. It’s a warm shade on me but neutral warm. A full size is $27 and this baby is 0.4 oz. but I’m not sure how big a full size is. I’ll guestimate again and say it’s a value of $12.
Total value this month is around $40 but I did have to guess prices. I like that this is a well rounded bag even if it’s not my favorite month. But I got to try new products, I have one saved for a giveaway (the Coastal Scents pencil), and I have a new favorite with the Laura Geller baked blush. That’s worth $10 in my book! What do you think of this month’s bag? Did you get any of the same products? — Marcia
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