If I had to rate my January Ipsy bag, it would be a 9 out of 10! While I wasn’t expecting to love every product, I was pleasantly surprised that I did, for the most part.
Here’s what I thought of this month’s Ipsy bag:
Rimmel London – Lip Conditioning Balm by Kate Moss
Everyone likes lip balms right? I mean they’re pretty essential, I think. That being said – I don’t go out of my way to buy them too often. Living in Florida my lips, face, and everything else always find a way to stay hydrated. The only time I really invest in lip balm is in the winter. So receiving this balm now was perfect timing. I would never have thought to purchase it, even though I love this brand of lipstick. It smells amazing and goes on so smooth. However, it doesn’t last quite as long as I would hope. I find myself reapplying it often. That’s my only, very small, complaint. Other than that – perfect!
theBalm Cosmetics – Bahama Mama
So far everything I’ve tried from theBalm has been amazing and this product is no exception. It can be used as a powder, a bronzer, or even an eyeshadow. It’s the perfect matte shade, it’s a great pigment, and it’s so diverse. This product retails online anywhere between $10 (Walmart)-$20 (Amazon). I definitely think it’s worth a try.
Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Paradise Blush
This color is probably not something I’d reach for because it appears quite pink. However, when applied, it’s a warm pink with a “paradise” citrus undertone that makes it a great color on the skin. My only complaint about this product is the packaging. By the looks of it, it seems like average packaging – and maybe I just got a dud, or it’s just the sample size– I don’t know. But it’s really difficult to open. I’ve only been able to use it a few times because I’m afraid I’m going to hurt myself every time I open it. It’s disappointing because I really like this product in every other aspect. It retails at $16.49 on Amazon and but, the packaging is a big deterrent for me. I mean if I’m going to spend $19 plus shipping, I’m going to want to use the product without fear.
Naked Cosmetics -Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02
I have never purchased or ever used a loose pigment before. So, I was a little apprehensive about this product at first. While I don’t think it’s something I’ll use too often, just because the shade is so intense, I do like it. It’s very different from any eyeshadow I’ve ever used, and I think it just takes some getting used to. I don’t think it’s worth it to me to buy it for $9.99 (Amazon) I’m not opposed to trying loose pigments in the future.
Ciaté London – GELOLOGY Top Coat
Last but not least! My Ipsy bags are not complete without a lipstick or a nail polish and this month’s bag had both but in unexpected ways. As I’ve mentioned in other Ipsy reviews, I don’t invest too much into nail polishes. I change my mind too much to be spending $5+ on something that will come off in two days. So, I wasn’t shocked that this is a great product. My nails have never seen better days. I think my paint job lasted about 5 days without chipping and only came off because of my own need to switch the color. Otherwise, I think the top coat would have kept it in check much longer. Suffice it to say, I love this product and will forever think twice about investing more in a top coat.
So, as you have read, this bag was surprisingly pretty perfect. If you have thought about trying Ipsy but haven’t yet, let this bag be proof that it’s worth the $10 a month. The total retail value of this bag was about $75 and that’s less than most months. Follow my link here to sign up! I highly recommend it.
Let me know in the comments below what you thought of your January Ipsy Bag!
Christina is a twenty-something living with her beagle, Mash, and husband, Nate in their van. She loves traveling, shopping, art, and photography. She’s also a vegetarian, pop-culture enthusiast, book-lover, and Dave Matthews Band fanatic. Catch her somewhere around the country in a converted camper van or at home in Florida for a visit.