March 2018 Ipsy Bag

The situation: You give ipsy $10 a month. Ipsy sends you a “curated” bag of makeup samples. Mostly I hate it.

This month seems genuinely good? I don’t understand. My whole thing is that I’m locked into a year long subscription and everyone thinks it’s fun to watch me suffer.

This month’s theme is “create”. I’m not going to color the bag, but I have no snark for it.
I’m so suspicious.

What’s in my bag
Image of the March 2018 ipsy bag and contents. I've done a flat lay on my messy watercolor palette to keep with the theme. This month's bag is a black and white drawing of women. They sent two markers so I could color it in. I didn't.

And the swatches. Top to bottom: City Color cream highlighter (finger swatched), City Color powder highlighter (finger swatched), Stud lip pencil, and then the City Color powder highlighter brush swatched with the fan brush they sent me. You can see it if you squint.

ROYAL & LANGNICKEL Prismatic Ombre Fan Brush

I was unenthusiastic about this originally. I like my highlighter heavy handed and think the bright colors make this brush look cheap. HOWEVER, ipsy sent me highlighter that is basically bronzer when applied with anything else that I own. This brush lets me subtly apply the sparkles without so much of the pigment. You win, ipsy.

Purchase or pass: I’m probably never going to buy a makeup brush with the rate that subscription boxes send them out, lets be honest.

CONTOUR COSMETICS Lip Kit Pencil in Stud
We can all rest easy. I think this is awful. Crumbly, applies patchy, and rubbed off as soon as I pursed my lips. The tip immediately broke off when I tried to use it. It would be asking too much of ipsy to have them send me a usable lip color product. Balance is restored to the universe.

Purchase or pass: Direct to trash. I have two lip liners that I like all ready, I don’t need to settle for this one.

GLOSSIER Balm Dotcom in Original
Ipsy sent me something that I was planning on buying! It’s lip balm. I don’t know what other description you want from me.

Purchase or pass: It’s basically lanolin and Vaseline. It’s not so overpriced that I wont order it from their website at least once. Do you guys recommend anything else from Glossier? I’ll be trying Boy Brow at some point.

CITY COLOR COSMETICS Glow Duo
Image of the City Color Glow Duo highlighter kit. The left side is a light shimmery cream, while the right is a bronzey powder.
I think this is my third month in a row getting something from City Color. Ipsy needs to lay off of them and highlighter. I can only glow so much. BUT, let’s be honest, I’m going to use it.

Purchase or pass: Pass. I’ll use it until it dies, but the cream side dries a little flaky. It’s not nearly as good as Watts Up or the highlighter in the Maybelline Master Camo palette. The powder side sits on my skin better but is so dark that I can only use a little at a time.

MEG COSMETICS Good Night PM Mask
I’m training them to mail me sheet masks and it is GLORIOUS. I did google the fancy plant they’re bragging that this is made of, camellia sinensis. It’s fucking tea. Drop the pretentiousness.

Purchase or pass: You guys know by now that this will be getting it’s own post, right? Stay tuned to see if it burns my skin off or is normal. There is no in between.

I’m only trashing one thing this month and nothing emotionally traumatized me! Do you think ipsy is turning things around? Or do they realize that we’re nearing the end of my subscription and just want me to renew?

 

February 2018 Ipsy Bag

The premise: You give ipsy $10 a month. They send you a somewhat curated bag of makeup. I paid for a year up front and either a) the service is complete trash, or b) they figured they already had my money for a year and they are sending me the stuff no one else wants.

Oh boy, we have some shit to unpack here.

First, this month’s theme is “unzipped”. Because body positivity = about sex. Also body positivity is for EVERYONE that is conventionally attractive and not lumpy. There’s an article titled “Self-Love Starts Here: See Why *Everyone* (Including You) Deserves to Feel Sexy”. I can’t be bothered to click on it, but I feel like they’re negging me. EVEN I DESERVE TO FEEL SEXY.

Let’s see how they’re going to make me feel sexy this month.

What’s in my bag
Image of the February 2018 ipsy bag and contents. The bag itself is a light, light pink with a black lace trim.

My only complaint about the bag (other than I would never use it) is that it is described as “blushing pink”. Gross. I am pink with rage or not pink at all.

I traded in points for the eye mask. That will get judged separately later, because it was a choice that I made, rather than something ipsy subjected me to.

Swatches from top to bottom: Seraphine blush, Marsk shadow straight, Marsk shadow applied wet. Left photo is my ungodly bright bathroom. Right is with flash.

SERAPHINE BOTANICALS Lychee + Gold

I actually love peach blushes. I’m so pale that more true pinks make me look like I’m dying of heat stroke. Even this one is a bit much. I am a ghost. Solid job, though, ipsy.

Purchase or pass: It’s $14 and doesn’t have any weird ingredients aside from random fruit extracts. The only reason I’m hesitant is that all of the products say that they’re specially formulated to flatter all skin tones, but the half-assed clicking I did only revealed swatches on a girl as pale as me.

SAND & SKY Brilliant Skin Pink Clay Mask
I am 100% sure that ipsy reads my blog and is trolling me after I yelled about rubbing sand on my face last month. I’ll concede that I think clay masks are okay if you otherwise moisturize your skin well, so I’ll give this a try. Edit: Full review here.

Purchase or pass: A jar of this is $50 and the website looks like a millennial marketing scam.

MARSK Loose Eyeshadow in Foiled Again
This is much better than the last metallic eye shadow they sent me! I wore it (with primer) and it stayed all day without creasing or shedding too much glitter. I haven’t tried a wet application yet.

Purchase or pass: I will never need to wear this much glitter.

BLAQ Meteor Shower
This is the most distressing thing that ipsy has ever sent me. We don’t have the space (lol) here. You will hear about this later. Edit: Full review here.

Purchase or pass: Most. Distressing. Thing.

LUXIE BEAUTY Blending and Shading Eye Brush 249
It’s a brush. Neat.

Purchase or pass: I already own this.

If they had sent anything other than the meteors that I am supposed to throw away, I think I’d be okay with this bag. Weird.

Tell me the most traumatizing thing that ipsy has ever sent you in the comments.

Dermelect Microfacial Exfoliating Masque

Ipsy seems to have caught on to the fact that I’m into face masks. They sent me this one in my January bag. Normally I would do some research before buying and using a product, but I already have it, so on my face it goes.

The back of the tube says that the “MULTI-BRIGHTENING COMPLEX INSTANTLY RESTORES DULL, LACKLUSTER LOOKING SKIN TO LUMINOUS AND RADIANT!” Yes, the tube is shouting at me.

Here is my dull, lackluster skin:
A selfie of my bare face. I've got my hand on my chin and it's kinda cute. My skin looks perfectly fine.

Let’s see what miracles this masque can do for my face.
I dampened my skin, massaged and waited.

My face with the Dermelect Microfacial Exfoliating Masque applied. I don't look entirely pleased.
It was grittier than I expected. The ingredients listed on the tube are THD ascorbate (vitamin C, what is presumably ~brightening my skin~), kaolin (clay that sucks up oil), and coconut oil (the 12 minute wait is because we’re moisturizing here).

So what’s the grit? I had immediately thrown out the box this came in, so I had to pull the ingredients from ipsy’s website.

Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol,

Pumice

, PEG-40 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide,Lactic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Salicylic Acid , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol,Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Limon Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral.

It’s more pumice than coconut oil. It’s not even a sugar scrub, which I rationalize as being “okay physical exfoliation” because the sugar eventually dissolves. It’s sand-based exfoliation. Baby rocks.

Did I scrape my skin off? Am I more radiant?
A shot of my face after Dermelect Microfacial Exfoliating Masque. It might look a little more radiant, but you can also see that my hair is damp. Water does that.

Nah, I’m okay. I’m a little less shiny and had to moisturize despite ipsy insisting it didn’t cause “uncomfy dryness”. I’ll use the tube, but do feel the need to shout into the internet void:

KEEP IT OUT OF YOUR EYES AND DON’T SCRUB TOO HARD.

Literal sand.

 

January 2018 Ipsy Bag

For the uninitiated: Ipsy is a monthly beauty bag subscription. You give them $10, and a garbage algorithm decides what leftover lipstick colors you get this month. I bought a year subscription and have to live with my decision until July.

This month’s theme is vaguely sporty. I understand the dry shampoo for gym days, but a contour palette? Okay, ipsy. I’m sure you’re trying to be coherent.

What’s in my bag

January 2018 ipsy bag and contents. This month's bag is a godawful blue mesh with a neon pink and yellow stripe down the middle.

First, this is a horrifyingly ugly bag with a horrifying texture. Check out how reflective that stripe is! I’m never using this bag for anything. In the pile it goes.

ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Eye Artiste Single Shadow in Posse

I like shimmery, neutral eye shadow colors. I was hoping for the brown, but ipsy heard me say I liked the pink eye shadow last month and gave me a baby shimmery pink. This eye shadow is not the best for me. It also comes with a straight up insulting applicator. It’s so tiny and awkward.

Image of the tiniest eyeshadow applicator. It's double ended and the width of my thumb just fits between the two sponges.Swatch of ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Eye Artiste Single Shadow in Posse. It's a rose color with some shimmer to it.

Purchase or pass: The colors are atrocious. Pass.

ORIBE HAIR CARE Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

The dry shampoo that I bought two years ago is starting to run out, so this is right on time. I clearly don’t use a lot of dry shampoo, but it’s appreciated. It doesn’t leave a weird visible residue in my dark hair. There’s nothing wrong with it. I’ll use it.

Purchase or pass: A 6 oz bottle is $46. It is dry shampoo. I understand luxury make up items are a treat, but luxury dry shampoo? It’s literally for when you don’t want to wash your hair. No.

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Lip Lingerie in Satin Ribbon

If you’re going to go for a straight up light beige color, your formula has to be ROCK SOLID.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Lip Lingerie in Satin Ribbon on my lips. It's a shade darker than my skin (which is pasty white) and settles into every line of my lips.
My lips are heavily moisturized here. Gross.

Image of the NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Lip Lingerie in Satin Ribbon tube. It looks like a concealer.Arm swatch of NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Lip Lingerie in Satin Ribbon. It still looks like a concealer and not lipstick.

Purchase or pass: I actually have this lipstick in the darker, more flattering Exotic. It also settles into the lines of your lips, but it has great staying power. I’m convinced this color is in ipsy’s bag because it’s not selling well.

DERMELECT Microfacial Exfoliating Masque

We’ll talk about this one in it’s own post. I’ll give you a disclaimer here, though. It has pumice in it. Don’t make a habit of rubbing sand on your face. That’s a terrible idea.
Purchase or pass: ACTUAL SAND ON YOUR FACE.

CITY COLOR COSMETICS Contour Palette

I’ve never tried to hardcore contour before, but this palette seems pretty good. Two complaints: the middle color is a little orange and the whole thing smells vaguely of sunscreen.
Image of my wearing everything in my ipsy bag this month. It's not a good look. My lips almost don't exist and contouring makes me look a little gaunt.
I look downright gaunt. Is that the goal?
Anyway, he’s a swatch where I swear I’ve swatched the white. I’m just really pale.
Arm swatches of the City Color Cosmetics contouring kit. You can't see the highlighter, but it does show up as a light shimmer in person.
Purchase or pass: I’m not sure that I need to contour. I’m already pretty pointy. City Color has some good products at affordable prices, though.

A perfectly mediocre haul, yet again. Stay tuned for next month’s post, where I beg ipsy to free me.

Is Ipsy Worth the Money? Six Month Update

This is a follow up from this post.

Items I used up are bolded and  go towards the total, items crossed out were trashed or given away.

Skip to the bottom for the summary!


From July:

Trestique Mini Porcelain Concealer – $10.83
EYEKO Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Travel Size in Black – $13.20
Winky Lux Double Matte Whip in Angel Food – $5.85
Hanalei Lip Treatment in Rose – $6.67
tarte cosmetics Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer – $11.23

From August:

AURORA Pro Cover Up Concealer in Pale Ecru – $8.00
Crown Brush SS035 – Medium Face Contour Brush – $6.99
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara – $6.33
Juara Rice Facial Cleanser – $5.45
Steve Laurant Precision Tip Liner in Black – $24.00

From September:

Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207 – $12.00
Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey – $7.00*
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer – $9.75
Manefit Beauty Planner Mask – Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care and Beauty Planner Mask – Lily, Whitening + Brightening – $6.00 **
Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception – $18.00

*I estimated this price because you can’t buy this blush without a brush anywhere.
** Okay, yes, I technically used these. They were single use and hurt me, so I trashed them EMOTIONALLY.

From October:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion – $13.33
Nail Medic Charcoal Infused Nail Polish in Lava or Volcanic Ash – $7.99
MDMflow Liquid Matte Lipstick in Retro – $23.37
MEECH AND MIA Loose Eyeshadow in Purple – $11.50
BioRepublic SkinCare Sheet Mask Duo – $10.00

From November:

MARC ANTHONY Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Oil Treatment – $1.24
COLOURPOP COSMETICS Pressed Powder Shadow in Paper Tiger – $2.80
LIME CRIME Diamond Crushers in Lit -$9.00
TARTE Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty – $7.78
TRÈSTIQUE Mini Brow Pencil in Espresso -$12.00

From December:

PURLISSE BEAUTY Coconut + Rice Nourishing Sheet Mask AND Green Tea + Ginger Treatment Sheet Mask – $16.00
CHELLA Eyebrow Defining Gel -$18.00
SMASHBOX COSMETICS Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary – $16.80
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Midnight – $4.00
CITY COLOR COSMETICS Shimmer Shadow in It’s A Girl -$3.99

Total Used: $73.27
Total Trashed: $123.97
Total in Limbo: $111.86
Possible Total: $309.10


First Six Months Conclusion

I still have not used $110 of product, though it looks like I will before the year is up. I still don’t plan on purchasing any of the items I’ve used, so “getting my money’s worth” in this case was more of “using things because they met a very low bar of ‘usable'”.

I do not plan on renewing my subscription in July.

We still have six months to go.

December 2017 Ipsy Bag

I was worried DHL ate this one, which would be my luck the month that ipsy finally sent me red lipstick.

Ipsy’s proofreading is still going strong this month, as well. All of my items were consistently capitalized for the second month in a row. Are things looking up?

What’s in my bag

December 2017 ipsy bag and contents. This month's bag is a very light aquamarine blue with a silver glitter fringe.

PURLISSE BEAUTY Coconut + Rice Nourishing Sheet Mask AND Green Tea + Ginger Treatment Sheet Mask

I was scared to try this one. Do you remember the mugwort masks? Those stung without having ginger in them. Luckily, the ginger one mostly smelled like green tea and I didn’t die. Weird.

Me wearing the Purlisse mask, looking suspicious. It's got a snapchat caption that reads "This purlisse mask is genuinely pleasant. Am confused."

Pros: Smells great, relaxing, is made of the nice thick sheets that I liked instead of the paper thin ones.
Cons: They cost $6 a piece at their cheapest.
Purchase or pass: My sheet mask stash is running low, so I looked into buying them. I can’t justify spending $40 for six sheet masks.

CHELLA Eyebrow Defining Gel
It does absolutely nothing. It’s clear. It has no hold. I thought that maybe I trim my eyebrows too short, so I also tried them on the very patient boy’s. Nothing happened.
Purchase or pass: It’s in the trash now.

Swatches of everything else:
Arm swatches. The lipstick looks very thin.

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary
Pros: Is red (middle swatch).
Cons: Do you remember when everyone realized that you could melt crayons into coconut oil and make your own lipstick? I’m pretty sure that’s all this is, even though the ingredients list a bunch of other things. It’s very watery. You need to put a fair amount on to get the nice red color. It immediately feathers. If you blot it, it’s okay? Definitely not legendary.
Purchase or pass: I’m going to experiment with some lip liners before I throw it away.

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Midnight
I’ve taken all eyeliner off of my ipsy profile despite genuinely wanting to wear it.
Pros: Color is neat. It’s dark without being black, but blue without being that 80’s blue.
Cons: Smudges with my primer. Can’t get crisp lines.
Purchase or pass: Is all eyeliner terrible?

CITY COLOR COSMETICS Shimmer Shadow in It’s A Girl
You know my spirit is broken when my favorite thing in an ipsy bag is metallic pink eye shadow.
Pros: Doesn’t crease with my primer, high color payoff. Shiny.
Cons: Rubs off very easily, even with primer. Pink.
Purchase or pass: The other colors look pretty nice. I really like City Color’s Be Matte lipsticks, so I might buy some of them.

November 2017 Ipsy Bag

I “only” have seven months left of my year subscription. Oh boy.

This month’s theme is “All You”, which sounds suspiciously like something that a “market your product to millennials” random word generator spat out.

And side note, this month ipsy decided to capitalize the brand name of ALL of my items instead of one or two! You’re finally doing great at proofreading, bby.

What’s in my bag
Image of my November 2017 ipsy bag and contents. This month's bag is half dark blue, kinda shiny suede, and a teal fake leather, split diagonally.

MARC ANTHONY Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Oil Treatment
Pros: Smells great. It does actually smooth my hair without making it a greasy mess.
Cons: The bottle doesn’t close. It’s oil. If I even think about this bottle tipping over, everything in my bathroom will be ruined.
Purchase or pass: I can’t figure out where to buy this in a bottle instead of a foil packet. No one wants to buy a foil packet that contains more than one use of a product.

Here’s a swatch of the rest:
Swatches on my arm. Most look normal, but the eyeko eyebrow pencil has a series of lines as I tried to get it to write. My arm is red from how hard I had to push down with it.

COLOURPOP COSMETICS Pressed Powder Shadow in Paper Tiger
I was pissed that I was being sent yellow eyeshadow. I don’t wear yellow. I don’t have the complexion for yellow. I’m pale with pink undertones. Yellow is BAD. This yellow is…passable, though.
A very unflatterting selfie of me wearing yellow eyeshadow and very glittery lipstick.
I still have no idea what I’m going to DO with it, but I could probably smoke it out with some brown eyeshadow and look okay. Bonus points for not budging when I washed everything off my face.
Purchase or pass: One day I’m going to do a ColourPop haul, so I was happy the quality was good even if this is the last color I would ever pick.

LIME CRIME Diamond Crushers in Lit
I have some feelings about Lime Crime. On one hand, there is all of the drama. On the other, people really like the velvetines. This lipstick wasn’t the greatest introduction to them. There isn’t enough pink under the glitter to get a crisp line, and the glitter is too dense to really wear over a darker lip. It’s an awful color for me. I think ipsy knew this was going to be a weird one, so the website insists that it can also be worn as a highlighter.

If you like your highlighter to look like straight glitter, then sure.

It does smell really good. I want to eat it.
Purchase or pass: I want to throw it away, but I’m inexplicably attached to it.

TARTE Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this blush. I have no snark for you. It blends. You can build up coverage. It works nicely with my skin tone. My only reservation is that the bronzer from this same line broke me out
Purchase or pass: It’s $29. I have student loans, so we’re gonna pass.

TRÈSTIQUE Mini Brow Pencil in Espresso
Hey, did you notice how irritated my arm was in that swatch picture? It’s because this thing’s wax-to-pigment ratio is way off. It wont write. It’s also too orange to match my eyebrows.
Purchase or pass:  Direct to trash.

October 2017 Ipsy Bag

Do you remember last month when I was excited to have broken free of the black eyeliner hell?

Yeah, that was short-lived.

What’s in my bag

Image of October 2017 Ipsy bag and contents. The bag is a dark red lace and comes with a little card that says "In my defense, the moon was full and I was left unsupervised."
This theme! Look at the the little bat zipper! I want everything to have a little bat zipper! I was hoping the bag contents would also be on theme but asking anything at all of ipsy is asking too much, if you haven’t noticed.

Onto the contents!
Swatched top to bottom:
Meech and Mia loose eyeshadow in purple
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Perversion, skinny line and chunky line
MDMflow liquid to matte lipstick in Retro

Swatches of products from the October 2017 ipsy bag.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
I’d throw this away out of spite alone except it has such a goth name, guys. I love the name. The actual eyeliner is just okay. The packaging insists that you can get precise enough lines to draw wings.. That’s a lie. The pencil is too smooth to keep a sharp point for a useful amount of time. 24 hour wear is also a lie without good eye primer. It goes on evenly and is a solid black, though. I’m keeping it specifically to draw the shortest line on my lower lashes and am using my Steve Laurant eyeliner from August for the tops.
Purchase or pass: I’m going to get bored of this in two weeks and throw it away. Pass. I have more black eyeliner from ipsy than I will ever use in my life.

Nail Medic Charcoal Infused Nail Polish in Lava or Volcanic Ash
Ipsy sent me different gray nail polish last month. How many shades of gray nail polish are on this planet? I’m sure we’re going to find out.
I’m also here to tell you that charcoal in your nail polish isn’t going to do anything at all to protect your nails.
Purchase or pass: Passing for ~the benefits of charcoal~ alone. I haven’t even tried this one yet. I’m still wearing last month’s trash gray nail polish.

MDMflow Liquid Matte Lipstick in Retro
Ipsy heard my cries for lipstick! And gave me pink. That’s…. okay. I can work with pink. This isn’t gross pastel pink and matches my natural lip color nicely enough that when it starts to wear off I don’t look like a hot mess.

A perfectly normal application of pink lipstick. (MDMflow Liquid Matte Lipstick in Retro)

It’s not so terrible, right? At least, not when you first put it on. I had tried it out before I wore it all day and it seemed pretty drying despite ipsy’s blurb saying that it was hydrating. So I did a day of prep before I used it. I wore my good chapstick. I did my nice sugar scrub and gooped on my hardcore lip treatment. I drank water.
MDMflow Liquid Matte Lipstick in Retro after being worn all day. My lips are horribly chapped and flaky.
NOTHING WE DO MATTERS IN IPSY LAND. My lips were flakey the whole next day. I’m never flakey.
Purchase or pass: Pass. I needed a prep day before using this product AND needed a recovery day. I’m not doing this for a lipstick. It’s going directly to the trash.

MEECH AND MIA Loose Eyeshadow in Purple
MEECH AND MIA Loose Eyeshadow in Purple. The jar is open, so you can see what a mess it makes on the lid. There are five holes that let the shadow up into the application area.
HEY APRIL, DON’T YOU FEEL DUMB FOR GIVING AWAY YOUR EYESHADOW BRUSH LAST MONTH? No, because I still have three and that’s two too many.
Funny story, I’m a little purple/brown color blind. I have genuine trouble telling them apart within a certain range of purples. Guess what color this eyeshadow is? My exact bad purple! It took me a very long time to figure out if this was the purple or beige. I guess that means that this is a nice grown up purple. I’ve been wearing it. I haven’t had any issues with the sparkles scratching my cornea (always a fear) or even migrating and making my whole life shiny. Not bad.
Purchase or pass: I might purchase a different color that has a more intense color payoff. I checked the website and this is shown as a true, vibrant purple. Passing on the whole brand.

BioRepublic SkinCare Sheet Mask Duo
I don’t think I’ll hate these? They don’t sound gimmicky or like they contain face acid. I’m confused. Will report back in this month’s What’s Weird on my Face.

Purchase or pass: These masks cost $5 each. I really enjoy sheet masks but I doubt they’re going to live up to the price.

Is Ipsy Worth the Money? July – September 2017

I spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not I wanted to subscribe to ipsy. They definitely give me more than the $10 a month I paid in, but am I actually using $110 of product?

If you’re not one of those people that find numbers and lists soothing, a conclusion write up is at the bottom.


Items I used up are bolded and  go towards the total, items crossed out were trashed or given away.

From July:

Trestique Mini Porcelain Concealer – $10.83
EYEKO Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Travel Size in Black – $13.20
Winky Lux Double Matte Whip in Angel Food – $5.85
Hanalei Lip Treatment in Rose – $6.67
tarte cosmetics Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer – $11.23

From August:

AURORA Pro Cover Up Concealer in Pale Ecru – $8.00
Crown Brush SS035 – Medium Face Contour Brush – $6.99
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara – $6.33
Juara Rice Facial Cleanser – $5.45
Steve Laurant Precision Tip Liner in Black – $24.00

From September:

Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207 – $12.00
Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey – $7.00*
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer – $9.75
Manefit Beauty Planner Mask – Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care and Beauty Planner Mask – Lily, Whitening + Brightening – $6.00 **
Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception – $18.00

*I estimated this price because you can’t buy this blush without a brush anywhere.
** Okay, yes, I technically used these. They were single use and hurt me, so I trashed them EMOTIONALLY.

Total Used: $23.27
Total Trashed: $62.61
Total in Limbo: $65.42
Possible Total: $151.30


First Three Months Subscription Conclusion

There’s still a chance that I use $110 of product, so ipsy isn’t a total bust yet! However, I do think that I’d be getting a lot more enjoyment out of $110 of makeup if I were picking it out myself.

I don’t plan on purchasing any of the items that I’ve used. I thought that part of the fun of ipsy was to try new things without paying full price for them right away. I also thought I’d be getting some nice lipstick.

Just send me a bag full of lipstick, ipsy.

Manefit Beauty Planner Mugwort and Lily Sheet Masks

These masks from my September ipsy bag are somehow my bad!weirdest yet. I do sheet masks regularly. I like them. I think each of these lasted a grand total of five minutes on my face.

I swear I bought ipsy because I thought I would enjoy it and that the products would be good. I was wrong. I was so wrong.

Let’s do this.

Beauty Planner Mask – Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care
I don’t understand how sitting with an astringent on your face is a nice, relaxing skin care thing to do, but I was willing to try it. Guess what’s an astringent? Alcohol.

Snapchat mouse image of me wearing the Manefit Beauty Planner Mask in Mugwort. I've added text that says "This mask that I'm using literally has alcohol as a main ingredient I'm sure this is fine."

Do you know what burns? Putting fucking alcohol on your face. Granted, the mask is thin. I think ideally the alcohol evaporates and leaves you with all of the moisturizers they cut it with. Unfortunately, after I talked myself down from worrying about sitting with fucking alcohol on my face for 20 minutes, I googled mugwort.

I’m not a “chemicals are scary!” person. Let’s ignore how bad mugwort essential oil can be. Most essential oils will eat your skin. Scroll down to the allergen part.

Mugwort pollen (and no, this does not contain the pollen, I know) is the main culprit of hay fever. I managed to convince myself my nose was getting stuffy and had to tap out.

Maybe not the most rational reason to quit, but it also burned. So there was that.

Beauty Planner Mask – Lily, Whitening + Brightening
First off: I would never spend my money on anything that says it’s “whitening”. There is a lot of gross colorism in the skin care world that I want no part of. “Brightening” is acceptable, but still a little uncomfortable because of its association with “whitening”. I give it a pass if it’s in undereye cream, but nothing else.

Secondly: The essence in this mask is milky, of course your skin is going to look whiter after it dries on you.Image of the serum for the Manefit Beauty Planner Mask in Lily, shown on my finger. It's thin and milky white. Yum.I don’t have a fun pasty picture of myself after this one. Sorry. I had to immediately wash if off because spoiler, it also burned my face! It still hurts twenty minutes later. Look at how much fun we’re having!

Image of me wearing the Manefit Beauty Planner Mask in Lily. It's a much thicker sheet than the first one.

I’m not sure what in this mask irritated my skin. The cleanser that I use twice a day has niacinamide in it, so that’s out. It could be one of the many random essential oils, the fragrance (smells like Dove soap!) or maybe they just trashed the pH? We’ll never know because I’m throwing these masks away and never thinking about them again.

I’m not bothering with the cutesy rating, guys. They’re trash. These masks are trash.

My face still hurts.