Ipsy Review : January 2014

Ah, Ipsy. This was the month that I finally decided that I was going to cancel you. After feeling uninspired by every other bag, I decided that the amount of things I loved just wasn’t high enough. But before I get into that, let’s get onto the overall review of the January bag.


This bag was really heavily skincare related. While that’s not an awful thing for a lot of people, it’s bad for me. I honestly hate getting skincare in my bags because I’m cautious about what I put on my face. I like scrubs. I’m not a huge fan of moisturizers or cleansers because they have a tendency to have additional oils that make me break out. I hate when I get sent any form of foundation, concealer, or tinted moisturizer/BB cream because they can never get my color right. Hate it. So I already hate two of the five things in the bag. Either way, I’ll give it a chance.

Starting with the conditioner. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioner.

IMG_9105This conditioner is labeled as a “deep conditioning mask”. I call bullshit. I’ve tried using this a few times, and every time I use it I’m confused as to why it’s labeled as a deep conditioner. When you scoop it out, you assume it’s thick. When I add it to my hair, it all disappears. I have no idea where it goes. It’s not in my roots (because I don’t apply it there). It’s not in the strands. It smells a little coconutty, but add lemon. Lemon-coconut scented. It’s not effective. Somehow it makes my roots oily? I have no idea. It doesn’t make sense to me. I hate this conditioner.
Price: $26 for 5.25 ounces. That makes this sample worth $4.95

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm 

I actually really like this. I like the color (even though I thought I wouldn’t). I’ve read some reviews about how it’s a little gritty, but I honestly didn’t feel that. It was pretty awesome. It doesn’t feather. Smudge proof? Eh, not so much. It came off very easily when I was ready for it to come off. I didn’t find that it was drying. It was absolutely my favorite thing in the bag. One thing that I didn’t like was the sneak peak for these had a lip brush included, which is true in the full sized product. It was just a bit misleading, but  that’s not something to get completely upset about. Also, one last thing, I would absolutely NOT pay $30 for this. 
Price: $30 for 0.14 ounces. That makes the sample worth $19.29

Epice Purifying Exfoliant 

This exfoliant is similar to the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Scrub because of how fine the scrub particles are. It wasn’t as harsh. It didn’t really make my skin any smoother. Overall, disappointment.
Price: $32 for 3.3 ounces, or about a $9.69 value

Yaby Liquid Foundation

IMG_9104Surprisingly, this is my color. However, I would not use this foundation. It’s really sheer, and it doesn’t really blend smoothly. It’s better than the Yaby concealer I was sent months ago, but still. 
Price: $13.55 for 15.4 g which would make this approximately worth $6.78

Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads 

IMG_9101When I was in high school, I tried Proactiv. It made my skin super dry and red. I found out my allergy to benzoyl peroxide thanks to Proactiv. So I will absolutely not touch these. I already passed them off to one of my friends.

While the total value of this bag exceeds the $10, and the fact that the thing I liked is ALMOST $10, I got my money’s worth. I’m just SO IRRITATED at hating my bag one month, loving it the next, and hating and loving and hating and loving. It’s awful. So now I’m down to Birchbox and Sample Society. 



About Jamie

Makeup obsessed beauty blogger, with an affinity for reading books and going to concerts. Check out my blog (www.post9to5.com) for awesome product reviews.
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2 Responses to Ipsy Review : January 2014

  1. prettytrippy says:

    I feel ya! Ipsy is slowly slipping into Birchbox territory of simply giving out samples and from no-name brands. BOO. High five for the Ipsy unsubscribers!

    • Jamie says:

      I don’t mind the whole no-name thing as long as the products are good. But half of the bag was pure crap. I don’t feel any remorse canceling and I think their “Come back to Ipsy!” emails are annoying. Oh well. Still need to decide which box is next to leave.

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