Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

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The theme for May's ipsy bag was Fresh Picks and I received six products this time.  I have to admit, I was totally "Meh" about this bag.  The previous two months I've been a subscriber there were multiple items sent that I was excited about, this time not so much.  I added ipsy because I wanted more make up samples than Birchbox was giving me and this time around ipsy seems to be more skin & hair care focused.  That being said, I do still think it was worth the $10 subscription price, it's just that instead of being WOW this month I'm more like, OK.

I do like this month's bag a lot.  It's canvas and not synthetic material like the last two.  It has a nice nature themed designed, although I'd have preferred it to not have ipsy written on the leaves.  The plus is that unlike the other two months this has a bottom so it can stand up on it own and hold more.

Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50, full price $12.99: Protect and nourish your skin with our clear, lightweight, naturally scented sunscreen. Provides maximum water resistance and full body coverage against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

- Oxybenzone Free, Paraben Free, Retinyl Palmitate Free, Non-Greasy, Non-Nano, Synthetic Fragrance Free

Weight: 1 oz

I only get excited about sunscreen when it's something I can use on my face, both alone or under make up.  I kind of feel whole body sunscreen, even nicer stuff that is free and more natural like this is can be easily picked up at local stores and not being super picky, I usually buy whatever's on sale.  However, it is big enough to great for keeping in my mom bag for touch up or applying when we are unexpectedly going to be outside longer than I planned.  I will probably slather this on the kiddos as both have sensitive skin.

Avène Thermal Spring Water, full size $12.50: Known for its long history in treating atopic dermatitis, the Avène Thermal Spring Water is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits. Its unique composition is proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin. Avène Thermal Spring Water is recommended by dermatologists worldwide.

Spray onto the skin in a fine mist. May leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, and then gently pat dry. Ideal for use after cleansing, shaving, exercise, sun, to soothe diaper rash and set make-up to help keep it fresher looking longer.

Weight: 1.76 oz

I have never used a product like this, I would've thought it would be drying to your face to have some evaporate off of your skin but this is supposed to help with a whole slew of things.  I have tried it a few times, right after cleansing at night and also to set my make up.  I don't know if I saw or felt an amazing difference or anything but it did feel pretty nice when I used it a third way.  This was after taking my son for a walk and to the playground on a sunny day.  Not sure if this is worth the full price and I kinda like the smaller size for travel, I think this is a good size to really try it out and get a feel for it.

Balanced Guru No Frizz Organic Sesame and Lemongrass Balancing Oil, full size $25Balance frizzy hair without the need to weigh it down with silicones. The Balanced Guru No Frizz Organic Sesame and Lemongrass Balancing Oil controls fly aways with a blend of Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba and Tamanu Oils. Show your hair who's boss even in humid and tropical weather. By the way, you will also get incredible shine and manageability.

Weight: 0.5 oz

This is a pretty good size sample, half of a full size and since it's oil it has plenty of product for my shoulder length hair to get several uses of.  But this was complete miss for me because I just could not get past the very strong smell.  Since I love lemon and all things citrus scented, my friends joke that it's kinda my thing to  smell like lemon pledge, that I was very surprised by how off putting the smell was.  I used it once but had to rewash my hair by the end of the day.  I also didn't think it worked very well.  I didn't care for the texture my hair had when I used it nor did it tame the frizz.  Maybe I just need a more powerful product.  Anyway, I will find a friend who can use this.

Medium Shade, full size $19.99: Have a Boo-Boo? Skip the bandage and the shiny ointment. Look your best even while you heal with Boo-Boo Cover-Up for the body. Our innovative formula offers great coverage for skin imperfections while containing ingredients known in nature to promote healing. Contains aloe, chamomile, green tea, tea tree oil and vitamin E. Medium shade matches most skin tones.

Weight: 0.34 oz

A full size product was sent!  So that's pretty cool.  I gave it a little try out an itty bitty scratch I had it only took a little bit to cover things up.  It was a bit dark at first but blended in well.  I think since you'd only need it sporadically, it's a pretty fair size.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, full price unavailable as Pacifica does not appear to package their eyeshadow in duos for sale.  Their palettes contain four eyeshadows.

The Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo are coconut infused mineral eye shadows that are a perfect addition to any makeup collection. Packaged in a beautiful travel ready recyclable container, these exclusive duos are customized just for ipsy! These shades can be found in the Pacifica Mystical and Charmed Palette. Smooth application with gorgeous color pay-off.

Weight: 0.07 oz

I got duo #2 with Moonbeam, a pearlescent greyish moody violet to use on lids or create a subtle smoky eye and Unicorn, which is white with sparkling shimmer.  Both are pretty colors and I will enjoy using these.  However, I don't see myself purchasing them because the color pay-off is a little light and I had some fall out as I applied them.  I am going to try it with primer next time to see if I get better results.  It's a shame because I absolutely love their Blood Orange scent, it's my current fave, and their Color Quench Lip Tints.


I was happy to get the Pacificia sample, even if I wasn't completely in love with it because I get their emails, due to my aforementioned obsession with their fragrances & lip products, and have been very tempted to try their other make up.  This was a nice way to check out their eye shadows out and satisfy my curiosity.

While I wasn't, "Oh yay," to see the Avène Thermal Spring Water or Boo-Boo Cover-up they were both new to me and interesting to try.  The Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 is sunscreen and that is always useful, just not something I want to see in my ipsy bag!

The Boo-Boo Cover-up more than covered the price of the bag and this month's bag is pretty cute and usable so bottom line, May's ipsy was still well worth the $10.  If you decide to sign up for your own bag, it would be fantastic if you'd consider using my referral link!  Thank you in advance for helping me earn ipsy points!


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