Second month of Ipsy! For just $10 each month, this service really is reigning in my want for impulse beauty purchases.
I suppose I bought some contact solution from the beauty section of Target a few weeks ago, but that seems rather practical
So, the reviews:
Maybelline MASTER GLAZE Blush Stick in “Make A Mauve” (full size, $7.99) ★★
It’s a nice large size, the formula is pretty easy to use/blend, but oh my goodness it is the most pigmented color ever. Maybe I’m just a little too pale, but the Mauve color makes me look like I am suffering from a fever, with a rather unnaturally pink glow. I’m almost tempted to try one of their pinks, which I think would be more natural, but I already have one from ELF that I like well enough.
Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish in Red Red Wine (full size, $9) ★★
No complaints about coverage (2 coats looks good), brush (wide like OPI), or formula (easy to apply). But this color is an almost perfect dupe for OPI’s Malaga Wine and is pretty similar to OPI’s A to Zurich, both of which I already own… I do love these dark reds for winter, so I suppose I will make use of this one too.
Be A Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder (full size, $12) ★★
People on facebook were weirdly excited about this sample. I was less excited; it’s powder, which I almost never use. But I was traveling this month to some climates that were oddly humid and it was useful: I did not feel like a greasy mess, but rather just like how I always look, despite frequent outdoor time. There’s nothing magical, I feel, about this particular powder, but it is teeny enough for travel.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask (sample, $4.95) ★★
I already use hair “masks” about once per week, so I was excited to have another one. It’s really no better or worse that the 2 I am currently using (LOreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair Extreme Emergency Recovery Mask and Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Strength Reconstructing Butter Hair Mask). Because the L’Oreal and Garnier products are so similar – and only about $1 per oz rather than Briogeo’s $5 – I will most likely not purchase this item, but I am enjoying the sample.
Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser (sample, $2.33) ★
It is scent-less, but still kind of smell like soap. Plus it is non-foaming and really feels like you are washing your face with a bar of soap in a hotel. However, it is not nearly as drying as actual soap. So I guess, if you like soap, you will like this? My least exciting sample.
Ispy Total Cost: about $36.27 + the bag (love it!)
Ipsy Total Value (things I actually use and like!): Hmm, this is hard this month! I will definitely use these samples, but probably won’t purchase these items… I suppose that makes this bag valuable (nothing being thrown away outright) and if nothing else, it was certainly worth the $10!
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