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15 May, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag - May 2014 review. And dinosaurs.

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Another month, another Ipsy bag. But this month's delivery has brought some disturbing news to Dinosaur City...

Whoa there. Let's get to the bottom of this. (The bottom of my Ipsy bag, I mean.)

Just in case you're wondering what the hell I'm talking about, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription box. Well, actually it's a bag if you want to get really specific about things. For $10 per month (or $14.95 if you're Canadian) you'll receive 4-5 deluxe beauty samples and/or full-sized products for your sampling pleasure. As for the dinosaurs... well... you'll have to read my archives and figure it out.

This month's theme is "Fresh Picks". Freshness as a beauty box theme, eh? Sounds familiar. Bag contents:

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2014 Fresh Picks contents and review

1. derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub (Sample size 1oz/28g, approx. value $15.00):
So here's the thing - I don't use facial scrubs all that often. And Ipsy sent me a different microdermabrasion scrub last month. Pop quiz: Has the scrub I received last month been used yet? Show your work. Anyway, I have no idea when I'll get around to using this, but I opened the jar and it smells like lemons, so I guess that's nice.

2. Hang Ten Classic Sport Sunscreen SPF50 (Sample size 1fl oz/30 ml, approx. value $2.17):
I like getting little tubes of sunscreen like this because they're easy to throw in your purse for touchups. I sunburn easily, believe it or not. I've never tried Hang Ten before, so I guess we'll see how it is!

3. Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Celestial/Opal (Sample size 0.07oz/2g, approx. value $4.00):
These appear to be two shades from the Pacifica "Mystical Supernatural" palette (linked above). I have mixed feelings about this shadow duo - on one hand I really want to try Pacifica's shadows, but on the other, these colors aren't that exciting to me. So I haven't opened it yet - maybe I'll change my mind. We'll see.

4. Hey Honey Take It Off! Peel Off Mask (Sample size 10ml, approx. value $7.00):
This mask supposedly contains AHAs for exfoliating magic. Interesting. When I first saw it in the bag I wasn't very excited, but I do enjoy a bit of chemical exfoliation now and then.

5. Pur~lisse pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer (Sample size 0.5oz/15ml, approx. value $16.50):
A basic moisturizer that purports to be hydrating and non-greasy. Sounds nice... but ouch at the price! Do all those tildes in the product name cost extra or something?

Total bag value: Approximately $ 44.67

Overall impressions:
Let's be real here - this is not the most exciting Ipsy bag I've ever received. You know it, I know it. There's nothing awful about it, but it lacks the "oomph" that some previous months have had. Yeah, I'm looking at you November. I guess the products fit with the theme, but they still feel a bit clinical to me for the most part. The bag was sort of cute this time though:

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2014 Fresh Picks canvas bag

Dinosaur eviction notice:
I'm probably going to take a break from Ipsy for a while. I don't think it's a terrible subscription or anything, but I'm getting several other boxes at the moment and I kind of want to play catch-up with some of the stuff I've already received. That raises an important issue though: If Ipsy is no more, then where should my dinosaurs roam to? Birchbox? Another box? Their own series? Or should a meteor crash down and wipe them off the face of the earth forever?

Ipsy dinosaurs


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  1. Yay, the dinosaurs are back!

    I have mixed feelings about ipsy. I know a lot of people *love* it and swear it's better than Birchbox, but based on what other people get in their bags I've just never felt it was that exciting.

  2. Noooo! I worry about the Dinosaurs, I do. I feel like they need a safe and stable home environment. I mean, after that business with the extinction they need to feel secure (probably shouldn't mention the polar ice caps are melting to them). Can they ask the weekly poll question, or maybe get their own beauty review?
    Woah, all skincare. This ipsy bag looks like a birchbox.

  3. I'm actually considering cancelling Ipsy pretty soon as well. Not because it isn't a great service and great value - because it certainly is - but I find the makeup that Ipsy sends me stays at the bottom of my makeup pile - never to be touched again - because I'd rather use the products and colors that I purchased myself. But the bag is pretty cute this month! :)

  4. I agree, I say same thing about my this month's ipsy bag products that I received, we received all different products this month... I released my reveal on my blog today too. You got to keep the dinosaurs, you can't make them homeless......I think they need to make more appearances!!

  5. They should move to Lip Factory! I don't know anyone who reviews it, and its a great subscription!

  6. I don't any immediate plans to subscribe to Lip Factory, but if I ever do I'll be sure to have them make a cameo appearance. ;)

  7. I'll check out your reveal later! I don't want to make the dinosaurs homeless. I'll have to figure out what the best place for them to go is...

  8. I think Ipsy is really great for people who are building their makeup collections. But if you already have a lot of stuff (which I'm guessing you do) then some of their picks can be a bit underwhelming. In the 9 months or so I've been subscribed, I think this is the third neutral eyeshadow they've sent me? How many more could I possibly need?!

  9. Hmm, dinos doing the weekly poll. That's an idea. Or maybe they can be nomadic dinosaurs that occasionally review drugstore products. It's so hard to decide.

  10. Well I think Ipsy tends to send bigger products than Birchbox, so that's one reason to like it. I've never received a packet sample from Ipsy and BB sends them all the time. Plus Ipsy doesn't send random things like tea either (grrrrr.) Birchbox does have a much wider variety of products though... I was on the fence about them until I realized how lucrative their points system was, so now that I know I think it's usually worth it.

  11. I wasn't thrilled about this bag either but besides the spf...I am actually looking forward to trying the stuff I got. I would rather get makeup than skincare but I'll see how I like this. I got the same eyeshadow and I had the same thoughts but I swatched it and they are kind of pretty! The white is actually a pearlescent (is that a word?) pink.

  12. You know my lack of IPSY enthusiasm. Haha. It's not terrible, but it's not thrilling either. I agree with ekristine - random appearances for the dinosaurs would be awesome. :P

  13. Yeah, pearlescent is a word! My browser seems to think it isn't though and has placed a squiggly red line under it. >:( I may give the eyeshadow a shot just because I wonder about the texture.

  14. An excellent point. "Waiter, there's a dinosaur in my soup..."

  15. Random dinosaurs seems to be the most popular choice. I guess that just means everybody needs to read my blog really regularly to find them right? ;)

  16. Kinda glad that Ipsy is making their bags better every month! Love the variety and different fabrics they use

  17. Yeah, the actual bag was nice this time! The contents... meh.

  18. I agree with your opinion on this month's bag, not impressed. And I don't know if anyone had said anything, but they sent same scrub (the first one you mention) last year; I don't remember which month was it, but it was between april-august. Now, I don't think that's necessarily bad, but what if I was still subscribed and they sent me that? I would not have been very happy.
    Maybe the dinosaurs, should "try" different boxes, see which one they like "living" in hehe

  19. Lip Factory. Hands down. My Ipsy bag actually didn't suck this month.....well, not too badly. Got the eyeshadow, face wipes, hair mask, sunscreen mini, and boo boo cover up (in my winter shade. ugh). Birchbox is awful. Don't do that to yourself.


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