So I may have told a little white lie. According to my last post, (click here to check it out) I posted at the end that my next one would be about my review and opinion on TRESemmé’s new Expert Bontanique Nourish and Replenish shampoo and conditioner. However, since I’m a new blogger, I couldn’t hold out any longer on writing my next post, and I still haven’t used the shampoo and conditioner long enough to be able to give my true opinion.
That’s what brings me here to share with you my FEBRUARY IPSY BAG! And as you can tell from the bolded caps lock lettering, I am pretty dang excited about it.
This is the first month of my Ipsy glam bag subscription, and let me just say they did not disappoint. I had watched a lot of YouTube reviews/un-boxing videos about Ipsy and BirchBox and decided that for $10 a month, I had to give this a try. (I ended up subscribing to BirchBox too, but I’ll save that for another post)
To give a little backstory on Ipsy for those who don’t know what it is, it’s a monthly $10 subscription that sends you five samples of products from amazing brands that you may or may not have heard of prior. Not only do you get those five samples, each month you’ll get a cute little makeup bag that’s designed according to that month’s theme. This month was Pretty In #IpsyPink. If you’re on a tight budget like me, love makeup, skincare products, hair products, pretty much anything beauty related, HIT THIS UP. You will not be disappointed. It’s like Christmas every month that comes in a metallic pink package. If you want to join Ipsy, you can sign up at ipsy.com.
February Glam Bag
In my complete honest opinion, this isn’t exactly my style. I think the bag is cute, but I wouldn’t have purchased it on my own, if that makes sense. It has a textured front, with a smooth plastic back.
THEORIE Argan Oil Ultimate Reform Hair Serum
I wasn’t really expecting much from this product considering I’ve tried numerous argan oils before, and am a pretty dedicated buyer of Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil, but I was incredibly impressed with this. Like most argan oils, you can apply it to dry or damp hair. But if you read the back it says “PRO TIP: Add a few drops to any Theorie Conditioner for optimal effects.” Now since I don’t own any of Theorie’s conditioners, I thought I’d still give it a shot by mixing it in with my own. I’m not kidding you guys, it actually made a difference. You can probably do this with any argan oil, but I would definitely recommend trying it if your hair is super dry. I promise you’ll notice a difference. As for smell, it has a light fresh fragrance.
Retail price of full size: $39
tre’StiQue Baby Blush Stick in Bora Bora Coral
When I first saw this I was really excited about the color that was selected for me because coral goes really well with my olive skin tone. I’ve never used a blush stick until now, and I do have to say I like it. I don’t know if I’ll purchase the full size, however, but the formula really blends well into your skin and the rest of your makeup. It looked like a natural flush from your skin rather than a resemblance of a clown.
Retail price of full size: $34
Ciaté London Nail Polish in Hutch- my go-to red
Anyone who’s been to my house has probably seen my boxes full of nail polish. I love this stuff. So I was thrilled to see Ipsy had put a mini one in this month’s bag. My first thought was about how I was so pleased that it was in red because that’s one of my go-to nail colors to use (apparently the name fits well). However, I wasn’t that blown away by the shade or the formula of this nail polish. Once I put it on my nails, it was a bright, some what orange toned red. It would be more suitable for me in the summer I would say, rather than February. The nail polish itself wasn’t anything special. Most likely will not buy the full size, but the sample also came with a good amount that’ll last.
Retail price of full size: $24
ModelCo LIP LAQUER Lip Gloss in Morocco
When I noticed that I had received lip gloss I started to have flashbacks of my middle school days. To say the least, I cringed a bit (a lot a bit). But I’ve noticed that lip gloss and shiny plump lips are starting to make a come back. The color was a beautiful nude shade, so I wasn’t mad at it. I’m still a little bit on the edge of starting to bring back lip gloss into my makeup routine, but this one is still beautiful on.
Retail price of full size: $24
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer
I’m saving the best for last because this is an item I will without a doubt be purchasing. The skin underneath my eyes is really thin, so when I don’t have makeup on I feel like it occasionally looks like I got beat up. Some of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus completely swear by this stuff. So when I saw in Ipsy’s sneak-peak that I had a chance to receive it, I was giddy. Thank goodness I did because it’s all that it’s hyped up to be. The consistency of this concealer is unlike any I’ve ever tried before. It’s really tacky and sticky, so it clings to the skin under your eyes more effectively and doesn’t wear off. It does crease a little bit, but every concealer I’ve ever tried does that so I can’t complain. Give this a try if you’re on the same boat as me and have dark circles under those beautiful eyes of yours. Another bonus is that it contains anti-aging ingredients such as collagen and Vitamins C & K.
Retail price of full size: $24
Join Ipsy!! It’s so exciting to get a little gift from yourself every month full of goodies that are specifically chosen for you (you take a quiz in the beginning so they know what would be best suited for you personally). If you love higher end products, but don’t want to spend over half your bank account trying them, invest $10 a month in Ipsy. Each sample had a great amount of product in it that’ll last a while. And since you’ve then had tried each sample yourself, you’ll be able to make a thorough judgement whether or not you want to drop your hard-earned dollar on the full size.
Tip: For those of you who didn’t know about Ipsy, and whether or not you choose to subscribe, each month they offer discount codes for the brands that they’re giving out that current month. I believe you can still access and use the codes even if you aren’t a member. They also do daily discounts on a product that you can buy off of their website for usually almost half the price of the original.
I hope all is well!
The Optimistic Collegiate