Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag Beauty Subscription Review, July 2015

The theme for Ipsy's July bag is "Summer Lovin'".  That's as far as they go; no messing around with detailed information cards here.  Usually you get what you pay for but at just $10 per month, you always get a lot more value with Ipsy.  I was also pleased to see all new products this time; no repeats and thank Purlisse!

The best way I can think of to describe the July cosmetics bag is "boho chevron". Bright, colorful and summery it certainly is!  You really have to hand it to Ipsy for constantly coming up with cute new bag designs.  I must have 50 of these by now!

This is a luxury sample size of Vasanti's BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator.  This is an exfoliating cleanser that includes papaya and aloe in its ingredients.  I'm not familiar with this brand but it's always nice when you can cleanse and exfoliate in one step.

One of the most fun cosmetic brand names out there has to be Jelly Pong Pong.  (I dare you not to say that out loud at least once!) This is a 2-in-1 eyeliner and shadow crayon in what looks like a coppery brown color.  

The value winner in this month's bag is a Tarte Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer in the shade "Park Avenue Princess". It comes in a unique faux crocodile textured compact. This compact is about one third the full size which retails for $30.  That makes this one worth about $10.  

Tarte's blushes and bronzers are best sellers for a reason; they have a lovely creamy texture that gives a wonderful "lit from within" look. My camera really didn't capture the color well; it is considerably darker than it looks here. By the way, are you familiar with the "backwards 3" method of applying bronzer for the most subtle facial definition?  

One thing I have NEVER received in a subscription box before is a pair of tweezers. These are from Crown Brush, which is known for quality cosmetic tools.  I usually prefer scissor tweezers but this is a quality pair with precision tips so I may give them a try.

Lastly, we have La Playa sea salt spray from Octavio Molina Hair.  This is a texture spray which is the last thing my hair needs.  It's infused with algae extract for moisture and can be used on dry hair for separation and movement.  Since I need a "de-texturizing" product (is there such a thing?), I'll pass this one along.

So there you have it for the July Ipsy bag.  All in all, it's a nice selection and I especially appreciate the new brands and products.  There are no repeats which is pretty much the definition of a great bag to me.  Variety, quality and value are the three things I want from cosmetic subscriptions and Ipsy consistently provides all three.

If you are new to sub boxes and cosmetic subscriptions in particular, I highly recommend Ipsy as an excellent starting point.  It is a great way to sample a lot of mid range products that you might not otherwise know about or want to take the risk of purchasing in the full size.

Thanks for reading,


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.

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