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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:
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 $
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:
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?
TO BE CONTINUED...
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