It seems like I keep getting my Ipsy bag later and later now. My bag used to come in the mail around the 13th of each month. Now I’m not getting my bag until at least the 18th. This month’s bag didn’t come until the 19th or 20th. I barely have time to try out and review my products before they’re already selecting next month’s bag.
I didn’t post my last several Ipsy bags. I just wasn’t very pleased with them and almost canceled. Then they revealed that we could pick extra add-on products for our bag, so I decided not to cancel. Getting to pick some of my own products made it more exciting. They give you the option to pick up to three extra products. They have full-size products for $12 each or sample products for $3 each. I ended up choosing three sample products. They even threw in an extra sample product, but I’m not sure if that was accidental or not. I ended up only really liking one of the extra products though. For my March bag this month, I ended up only picking one extra product because their selection didn’t really intrigue me this time around. Hopefully there will be a more interesting selection in April.
Now let’s get to my February products to see what I received and what I thought about them!
I really liked the design for this month’s bag. The lipstick lips are great for a makeup bag, and the red and pink color is perfect for a Valentine’s Day theme. Red and pink, in general, is one of my favorite color combinations.
FEEL: PUMPKIN WALNUT FACIAL CLEANSER
This cleanser was my favorite product this month! I generally love anything pumpkin, and this was no exception. It smells amazing! Not only that, but it has a slight gritty texture for gentle exfoliation. My face feels soft and smooth after using this. I will definitely be buying this product once I run out.
PIXI: GLOW TONIC
I have seen bloggers rave over this product for a long time. I’ve been wanting to try this toner for so long, but I just never got around to it. I finally got the chance! Unfortunately, I’m failing to see what all the hype is about. I don’t like the smell of it, and it leaves my face slightly red after using. I’ve been using this for a week now, and I don’t see any noticeable difference in my skin. There are other toners that I like so much more.
BELLE EN ARGENT: LIPSTICK IN SHADE “I’LL BRING DESSERT”
Ipsy just loves sending me shades of red, even though I’ve told them countless times that I don’t really like red/berry shades. Thankfully, this one is not too bad. It has some brown undertones, which makes it more wearable for me. It’s just a tad too dark for my everyday look, but I’ll still probably wear this one every once in a while. As for the formula, it doesn’t slide on as smooth as I would prefer, however it’s very long lasting. I wore this to work one day, and it was still on my lips after 8 hours.
MEECH AND MIA: TAUPE EYESHADOW
I usually don’t care much for the eyeshadows that Ipsy sends me, but OMG I love this one! It is the perfect natural shade for my everyday makeup look! Not only do I love the color, but it is very creamy and applies evenly. I had never heard of this brand before I received this, but now I’m going to have to check out some of their other stuff.
MAC: STUDIO FIX POWDER FOUNDATION
Believe it or not, this is the first MAC product I’ve ever used. I was kind of shocked when I saw that Ipsy was sending this to me. I was kind of curious to find out what the hype over this brand was. I have to say, I was not impressed with this product at all. I prefer liquid foundations and don’t really use powder foundation, but I decided to try it since it was sent to me. First, I tried to use this on its own. The sample size is so dang tiny, you can barely get any of the product on the sponge to do your whole face. When I did try to apply to my face, there was hardly any coverage. It didn’t hide my redness at all. The second time I tried this, I applied a liquid foundation first. Then I swiped some of this over top. It worked better that way and helped to blur out my pores a bit. However, I still find this product pretty pointless and won’t really be using it.
Now that I’ve given my thoughts on the five products that Ipsy selected for me, it’s time to see what extra’s I got!
HANALEI: LIP TREATMENT
I did not pick out this product. This was the extra item that Ipsy sent me, which I mentioned above. One thing I don’t like about this is that you have to squeeze a little bit out of the tube and apply it to your lips with your finger. I prefer a product that I can apply to directly to my lips. As the photo shows, this comes out like a peachy pink color, but it’s really only a light tint. It mostly goes on your lips clear. I’m not really sure how to describe the scent/flavor, but it smells and tastes good. It’s kind of like a cross between a lip balm and a lip gloss. It’s shinier than a typical lip balm, but it’s not quite as shiny as lip gloss. It’s also creamy and not sticky at all, which is a plus. Overall, this isn’t a bad product, though it’s probably not one I would actually purchase myself.
TOUCH IN SOL: NO POREBLEM PRIMING WATER
I was so excited to try this product! As soon as I saw it on the list of extra’s, I knew I had to get it. This is like a toner and primer all in one. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. The texture is clear and very runny, just like water. However, it does have a slight oily consistency. It leaves my face feeling tacky afterwards. There’s no issues with applying makeup after this. The reason I was disappointed is because the name “No Poreblem” lead me to believe this would help minimize my pores. That was not the case at all. There are other primers that I like a lot better.
GLAMGLOW: MEGA ILLUMINATING MOISTURIZER
Ipsy sent me two of these, for some reason. This is a tinted moisturizer that is meant to illuminate, as the product packaging states. Even though it’s tinted, I couldn’t tell when I applied it. It just looked like I put on regular moisturizer. Now, the illuminating part is where it gets tricky. I can see why some people would like this product. Especially if you have dry skin. I have combination skin, but it’s mostly on the oily side. This was not the type of illumination I was looking for. It just looks greasy. If you’ve ever used a face oil, this just has the same appearance. As my skin gets oily on its own, this product isn’t really necessary for me to achieve that look. If you’re curious about what type of “illumination” I was looking for, you’ll see next.
MAC: STROBE CREAM
Although I didn’t care for the MAC product above that Ipsy selected for me, I am quite fond of this one. This product actually works well for me, and it does what the Glamglow product failed to do. It doesn’t make my face look greasy, but instead it gives me that nice “highlight” style glow that I was looking for. I applied this by dabbing a little bit onto sections of my face with my finger. (Forehead, nose, both cheeks, and chin) Then I did the same thing with my foundation. I followed by using my foundation brush to blend everything onto my face. Then I apply the rest of my makeup as usual, and the results are below.