August Ipsy Bag and First Impressions

Each month I see a $20 charge on my visa for my Ipsy subscription and I get a little pit of excitement iIMG_2086in my stomach. No, I’m not worried about the charge {ok I’m a little excited for the points!}. Rather, it’s just the opposite: I know that in a short week or two, I’ll have a pink envelope waiting in my mailbox FULL of beauty products for me to try {and the bubble wrap in the envelope is a bonus…so what? I’m a kid}. Some will be faves I’ve heard people talk about or have even tried myself, some will be new to me entirely, or something we don’t often get in Canada. For $20, it’s worth every penny to get something other than a bill in the mail. Being an adult sucks. Fact.

In the almost full year I’ve been an Ipsy subscriber, the bags {uber cute bonus and good for travel or gifts, btw} and contents have almost always been a win. Each month I will post my unboxing pics and first impressions. I’ll let you know what I plan to use, and see if it ends up in a favourites post. Kind of a fun experiment, test who’s really paying attention, ya know?

Alright, enough babble. Let’s get on to this month’s bag, shall we? {click to enlarge pics}


First up were some hair and skincare samples: Briogeo Blossom and Bloom. A full size of this product retails for $23 on Sephora’s website, and says it’s a volumizing spray fortified with natural hair thickeners. The description says that the spray will enhance the look of hair fullness with long term results and of course, it lists the natural ingredients in the product’s composition. I can’t say I’m overly excited about this one. I have long, thick, coarse hair and certainly don’t need any thickening. I believe I answered a question denoting this same thing on the Ipsy website!  Either way, it’s nice to have a new product to try, and it mayIMG_2100 find its way out of my beauty sample box to either my bathroom or the bathroom of a well-deserving friend!

Lather Ultra Mild Face Wash retails {in full size} for $19 on There’s not much by way of a product description, but it says that the foaming prep doesn’t strip the skin of natural oils, it’s mild and gentle for every day use, and the soothing anti-bacterial phospholipids leave skin glowing. Reviews are generally raving, so I’m excited to give this one a try!

This box had 3 makeup samples: a Doll 10 cream blush, a Skinn Cosmetics eyeliner, and a Hikari lipgloss.


The Doll 10 HydraGel Blush is designed with a hybrid gel technology to make you look like you’re blushing. It’s a cream based project, and is formulated with beneficial ingredients like shea butter, avocado butter, and Jojoba seed oil to hydrate the skin while Lavender extract provides luminosity. A full size retails online for $16, and I believe this is a sample size. While the colour is gorgeous, I’m not a huge fan of cream products.   I’m sure it’s perfect for many subbies; just not my preference.

Skinn Cosmetics’ Luxe Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy Seal {I feel like every. Single. Bag. Has an eyeliner of the blue or black variety, amiright?} This eyeliner is a pure luxury treatment liner that creates a smooth no-smudge line and retails for $9.99 USD. It, similar to some of the other cosmetics in this box, contains peptides, shea butter and Jojoba to firm the appearance of eyelids and smooth dry lids. It has a waterproof formula and claims it won’t come off until it’s taken off! The pencil comes with a built in sharpener, much like the Nars Larger Than Life line. I’ll likely pass this on too. I’ve got more eyeliners than I can count on two hands, and know of a few ladies this would look fab on.

Last but not least, a full sized Hikari lip gloss in Merlot. I must say, this was the only hit of the bag this month. The Hikari website shows 8 colours availaIMG_2115ble in a decent range of shades and each gloss retails for $13.   The product description says it’s a high shine matte gloss {yes, a high shine matte. What? How?} I love the pigmentation {click the pic for a larger swatch} and glossy finish. This isn’t a colour I tend to gravitate to whatsoever, but I think it will be a gorgeous, bright, berry lip.  I’ve got lots of glosses, but definitely see this one making it’s way in to my rotation come fall.


{by far Ipsy’s cutest prepster bag}

THE VERDICT: Ipsy missed the bag a little this month {get it? Missed the BAG}. The houndstooth bag and Hikari gloss are about the only things I look forward to using. I’m not overly upset, though, as the Hikari gloss I like retails for almost the cost of the bag.  Like anything else, I guess there will be good and bad months. Considering this is one of the only real “missed” months, I’m going to chalk it up to summer holidays and the Ipsy team being a little short staffed and fishing for samples. Here’s hoping the September box is a hit!

Do you subscribe to Ipsy?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts on the August bag.



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