I’m significantly unfashionable by choice. I just don’t care anymore, although I used to.
Then, you have to provide your credit card information and join the waiting list. My waiting period lasted for a month and ended with an email stating that I could receive a December bag if I sent out a Facebook message promoting Ipsy. I hate sending these types of promotional updates and tweets, but dang it, I wanted my Ipsy bag.
The theme was Celebration.
Here are my thoughts on each product:
Bright red. The pencil glides on smoothly and is very concentrated. For kicks and giggles, I applied a light coating of the pencil and ended up with clown lips. Celebration indeed!
I think I can use this more like a stain if I apply it very lightly with my fingertip.
I think the best way to describe this nail polish’s color is how Jake and I describe the color we just painted our bedroom: Gurple.
I don’t typically wear nail polish because I cook and bake frequently which chips polish. We weren’t allowed to wear nail polish in culinary school, anyway, due to sanitation rules, so that’s what I got used to. I’m also a perfectionist, so when my polish chips, it drives me nuts and I feel obligated to fix my nails.
This polish’s quality seems decent. I tested it on a nail and it covered well for a first coat and dried quickly.
When I worked at a corporate office, I wore nail polish, but refused to wear conventional colors like pink and red. It just made me feel too normal. I love strange colors like this, though I gravitate toward brighter, gaudier ones. I wouldn’t have chosen this on my own, but when I noticed it matches our gurple paint, it grew on me.
This Pop Beauty eye shadow palette seems to be full-size, though I can’t find an exact replica through their website. I like that the colors are neutral earth tones with a little shimmer. I can wear them every day without feeling like my face appears caked with make-up. The shadows go on lightly which is acceptable by me. Like I said, I’m not comfortable wearing flashy make-up, nor do I have any idea what I’m doing.
These eyelashes are my least favorite product in this month’s bag because I have no interest in wearing fake eyelashes.
My eyes are sensitive and wearing contacts causes me enough grief. I stopped wearing mascara and liquid eyeliner because every brand I tried flaked off into my eye. Now that I don’t wear mascara, I still find myself running to the sink all to often to rinse dust and eyelashes from my contacts.
Unless a professional assists me in applying these eyelashes, I will either puncture my eyeball, adhere a contact to my cornea, or glue my eye shut.
- I have new products to try that I wouldn’t have sought on my own.
- It’s fun to get mysterious packages in the mail filled with random samples.
- I received full size products.
- Points: You earn 100 points with each month’s bag, plus 10 after completing a per brief survey reviewing each product. Once you reach 1,000 points, you can choose from one of a few bonus samples that Ipsy will add to your bag.
- I wish I had received something, anything besides fake eyelashes.
- I can tell that some of the cosmetics are going to arrive in random colors that may not always flatter my skin and hair tones.
Do you subscribe to a monthly subscription service? What are your thoughts?
Update (1/18/2014): I use the Color Stick every day as a blush. It actually blends really well and the color is subtle. I also use it as a lipstick when I want a very light color. I also use the eye shadows almost daily and really like the nail polish. For one thing, I love the color and the polish dries quickly. Looks nice after two light coats. I never use the red lip pencil and still haven’t touched the eyelashes.