|Ipsy All Eyes on You!|
I’ve been interested in signing on to a beauty sample subscription service for quite some time. After doing a lot of research, I decided on Ipsy. If you decide to subscribe, there are a few options. 1. pay monthly and 2. pay the entire year. I paid the entire year upfront and and got some money off, which is always very nice. You can cancel at any time, but how or why would you do that if you paid the entire year? What I love about this is that, it’s like having a birthday every month.
Each bag has 5 samples, some are sample sized and some are full sized products. Each month revolves around a theme. The products you get are related to that month’s theme. This month the theme was All Eyes on You. I have to say that the packaging that these bags come in is absolutely adorable. It’s shiny, hot pink, and very very girly. Pink is my signature color. My mom decided to keep the shipping bag, because she loved the color too. The makeup bag itself was vibrant and oh so colorful. Retro girls wearing black rimmed sunglasses, decorate the front of the bag. The back is a solid blue. I’m obsessed with travel makeup bags. I have them to hold all of my BareMinerals eye shadows. Since the theme of the month was All Eyes on You, 4 of the 5 samples were related to makeup for the eyes.
|Smudger from Skone|
The first product I got was a smudger Luxe pro brush, from Skone Cosmetics. I’ve never heard of this brand before. This is obviously a full sized brush. It retails for $15.00. The website, which I will link below, says that you can smudge your eyeliner or blend your eye shadow. I thought the brush was OK. It felt too rough to smudge my liner, the L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black. It seemed too small to be an eye shadow blender. What I thought was cool was that this one item, already cost more than my actual subscription.
|It’s a little light and stiff|
The next thing was a gold eyeliner from another brand I’ve never hear of, The Balm Cosmetics. I looked up reviews and heard some people rave about their products, except for the liner (insert sad panda face here). This was the product I was most excited to try. The liner I got in my bag is from their line, Mr. Write (Now) in Jac. I looked up this company and found that they are talc-paraben-cruelty-free. This makes me very interested. I will definitely look into more of their products. The liner itself, and I got a full sample, retails for $17. I like that the liner is gold. I’m obsessed with gold right now. I’ve used it a few times and I think it’s a little light and a bit stiff.
|Peek Cosmetics: Very cute tin.|
|This may be too light for my eyebrows? But we shall see!|
|A lot of fallout!|
The fourth item in my bag was an eyeshadow from J. Cat Beauty. This is another company I’ve never heard of. The eyeshadow is from their Blinkle Shimmer line and retails for $4.99. The site doesn’t say anything about being cruelty-free and states to look at the ingredients list on the packaging to see if the ingredients are appropriate for our (the consumer) daily use. OK, the red flags are up here. The color I got in my bag is called Tangerine Light. It’s a very highly pigmented and opaque, orange shimmer. Orange is just not my color, so I probably won’t use this very often. I did try this out in my crease and it didn’t stay on, even with my MAC primer. I’m curious to try it with a dampened brush. Maybe then it will stay on longer and it’ll be even more pigmented
UPDATE as I’m still writing this blog, I did find a section that states this brand in cruelty-sulfate-GMO-phthalate-triclosan-free, however some items use parabens and propylene glycol. If you’re interested in these products, the link is below. This company did begin in L.A., which is nice.
|Great for the summer!|
Wow, the make-up samples that you got look great!
Thank you! This is my first time trying out a subscription service. I was pleased with month 1. I love anything cruelty-free/organic (as organic as possible).