June 16, 2014

Ipsy - June 2014 - pics, value break-down and mini reviews!

Hello, Beautiful!

This is my June 2014 Ipsy bag! Check out below to see what I received, a little about each product and my thoughts, as well as a break-down of the value of this month's bag! Spoiler Alert: This was my least favorite Ipsy bag ever and I'll explain why in the review.

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June 2014 Ipsy Bag

Shipment Quick Stats:

  • Value of this month's Ipsy Bag: $34.42 (value is approximate & does not include value of actual bag)
  • Total # of Items Received: 5
  • # of FULL SIZED items: 3
  • # of makeup items: 3
  • # of nail items: 0
  • # of hair care items: 1
  • # of skin care items: 0
  • # of body care items: 0
  • # of fragrance items: 1

Now I'll talk about each product...

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics - Lash Out Mascara
  • MY THOUGHTS: I already love the original Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Mascara, which I've reviewed here on my blog in the past; CLICK HERE to see that review (includes before & after pics). So I was excited to see a new version, and excited to give this one a try.
  • FULL SIZE: 0.25 oz @ $15.00
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: full size
  • VALUE: $15.00

NYX Butter Gloss
Shade: Creme Brulee
  • MY THOUGHTS: I already have some, and like the NYX Butter Glosses, so receiving one in my Ipsy bag meant I already new I would like one product. I just didn't know what shade I'd get. Although I will admit I had purchased a bunch of these and ended up selling them in my blog sale because I never reached for them more than swatching; but kept one (Strawberry Parfait). The shade I got in my Ipsy bag, Creme Brulee, was one I had so getting it again means I'll probably keep this one unless I again don't reach for it.
  • FULL SIZE: 0.23 oz @ $4.99
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: full size
  • VALUE: $4.99

Marc Anthony - Dream Waves Beach Spray
  • MY THOUGHTS: I like beach/wave sprays because if they work, they are an easy way to give your hair an effortless look and they usually smell great too. I've tried several beach/wave sprays over the years and only really loved one (which got reformulated and the new version isn't as good; it was by Frederick Fekkai), but have found some I liked over the years as well as some that were really no good.
  • FULL SIZE: 4.2 oz @ $8.99
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: 1.52 oz
  • VALUE: $3.25

OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil
  • MY THOUGHTS: I actually just got this exact same eyebrow pencil in my June 2014 Wantable box! I did try that one out and it's actually not bad. The color is a decent match for me, although not really sure how universal it would be. I do find it's a bit waxy though, almost too waxy for the summer time where I feel like waxy formula pencils can feel sticky/tacky and melty on the brows. I still prefer my Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash (now being re-named to Medium Brown, at least according to Sephora's website) over any other brow pencil ever, but that's not to say I wouldn't use this one from OFRA. It's just not my holy grail brow pencil.
  • FULL SIZE: 1 oz @ $10.00
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: full size
  • VALUE: $10.00

Realtree For Her
  • MY THOUGHTS: Ugh - a fragrance!!!! I'm not a perfume person, although I have a few full sized bottles and way too many sample vials. I feel like anytime I get a perfume in a subscription box it's like a slap in the face. Sure, this one isn't one of the tiny sample vials but it's still not a high value sample; hardly worth more than $1.00. Plus, if you're not a fragrance person this is pretty useless. On top of the scent giving me a headache (it actually is a nice scent but too strong for me), it leaked all over. Thankfully this was packaged in its own zip top baggie or it would have ruined everything. A lot of the writing came off of this so I wasn't sure of the size, but Ipsy lists it on their website as 0.16 oz - which is what I used to determine. This was a major fail in my Ipsy bag and the first major disappointment from Ipsy. Please Ipsy, no more perfume for me - you're giving me a headache... literally!
  • FULL SIZE: 3.4 oz @ $24.99
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: 0.16 oz
  • VALUE: $1.18

The actual bag everything comes in...
my thoughts:
  • It's okay... nothing special. No real thoughts.

My Thoughts On The Entire Bag...
  • FULL SIZE/DELUXE SIZE: This bag contained 3 full sized items and 2 deluxe sized items.
  • VALUE: The value was approximately $34.42
  • USAGE: I will use the mascara, lip gloss, and try out the beach wave spray. The eyebrow pencil will either be used as a back-up or given to my nieces. The perfume vial, because of the leakage, is going straight to the trash - even though I originally thought I'd keep it in my perfume vials jars. Oh well, not a huge loss on that.
  • FINAL THOUGHTS: This wasn't my favorite month from Ipsy - in fact, it may be my absolute LEAST favorite month EVER. The value was relatively low for an Ipsy bag; sure you only spend $10 so anything above that is a value - but typically my Ipsy bags have been around $50 or more. I think one of the lowest was $40 value, so for this to be $34 value this is pretty low. I got a perfume sample vial, which was my least favorite product and threw in the trash because of the leakage. I got a repeat product (the brow pencil) - which was in another subscription box (but that's bound to happen when you have multiple beauty subscription boxes, so not an Ipsy issue; had I not had this before I probably would have been excited about it). The NYX Butter Gloss is something I already had - including the same shade (would have loved a new shade). The beach wave spray is just okay - nothing I'm excited about, but something I'll give a try. The mascara was the only item I was truly excited to try and considering that's $15 on its own, I still got a deal. Overall, it was certainly not a favorite and one that makes me worry if future bags will be bad. I certainly know what Ipsy can do, so I won't give up on them over one bag. Looking forward to a better bag in July!

Let me know what you think...
What are your thoughts on this month's Ipsy bag? Did you receive an Ipsy bag this month? If so, what did you get in your bag? Discuss in the comments below.

1 comment:

  1. Bag twin! :-)
    I really liked this bag, but I don't have all that many beauty products so these are great additions to my stash. The beach spray smells SO GOOD I can't wait to try it out! I hope it works as good as it smells. :-)


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