August Ipsy Bag Review Plus... A look at July, too!

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Hello gentle reader.

Time to take a look at what came in my August Ipsy Bag. Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that includes a little makeup bag and five products, some samples and some full sized products. The subscription costs ten dollars a month and it is easy to sign up. You give them your info, take a quick quiz and you're off to the races. Hint: They will most likely put you on a wait list. but you can "hop off" by doing the share on Facebook thing and then you will immediately be off the wait list and up for the next bag to ship. A bit manipulative when you think about it but I guess that we all need a little promotion in our lives.

Sooo... My August Ipsy Bag was a so-so experience. I wasn't disappointed, I wasn't blown away.

My August goodies consisted of two full size and three sample sized products.

First out of the pink bubble mailer were the card that informed me that this month's theme was "Beauty Schooled." It's been a while since I attended classes and as I am not likely to be doing so anytime in the near future, I was hardly excited. Next was a big, waste of good trees paper sample holder card with a great big, slightly scary looking face on the front. That card even wigged out my camera. When I was firing off this shot, my camera kept zeroing in on the face. Next from my mailer was that God-awful vinyl barrel style bag covered in anemic orange spots, looking rather as if it caught some strange, tropical virus while on it's journey to my doorstep. I didn't know if I should keep it or quarantine it. At least it didn't stink. It's currently housing clean Beauty Blenders to keep them dust free until I find just the right jar for them. Then it's buh-bye ugly bag.

The contents of my August Ipsy Bag left me a little Yay! Wut??? Meh! and OUCH! Not receiving individual photo reviews this time around are samples of  Dr. Brandt Pores No More (Wow! What an imaginative name that one is!) pore refiner primer and Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo. The Dr. Brandt primer is unopened and in a drawer because I have three face primers going right now. I didn't need to add to the confusion another one, at this time. The dry shampoo is... Dry shampoo. It works well and smells pretty. I'd probably buy this in full size.

Moving on to featured items:

Jersey Shore Mongongo Nutrient Dense Lip Balm. I don't know about nutrients, the only thing that is dense about this stuff is the scent. It wasn't altogether unpleasant; it reminded me of Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream... That lemon-y, sharp scent. The taste is what I imagined that scent to taste like. I didn't hate it... I kind of dig scented, flavored stuff, as you know. The balm was smooth, somewhat thick and coated and moisturized my lips pretty well. Unfortunately, it also irritated the snot out of them. I have a lip condition that is under my dermatologist's care and it is making my lips much more sensitive than they used to be. This stuff hurt to wear and by the end of the first day, my vermilion line was irritated. This went into the round file.

J Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow Single. The shade is Half Naked. This shimmery, light apricot eye shadow is soft, somewhat velvety and applies and blends nicely. Pigmentation isn't stellar; the apricot colour doesn't translate very well on the eye, it is overpowered by the shimmer.

Swatch of the eye shadow. As you can see, it is smooth and showy but the pigmentation isn't fabulous.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. Sorry, some idiot, whose name we won't mention forgot to take an individual shot of the mascara sample tube so I'm showing it in use. This is one generous coat and the eye shadow is last month's Ipsy offering, the Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow duo in The Inspiration and this month's J Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow Single in Half Naked. The three shadows worked nicely together. I used Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra to line my upper lash line.

That Urban Decay mascara... Wow! Yeah, I'm liking that stuff. It applies beautifully, gives fab volume, even on the first coat and emphasizes the natural length of my lashes. No clumping, no smearing or transferring and it didn't flake, even a teeny bit. Just before I took my makeup off that night, I added two more coats, just for shits and giggles. I had glamazon lashes and not a clump in sight. This mascara is also not too difficult to remove, even built up to the extreme. Urban Decay Perversion mascara is a huge win, for me. I am definitely buying this in the full size. Soon.

And that is my August Ipsy Bag experience. A little win, a little meh. Always fun to receive and discover what goodies are to be had. And for ten clams, not an expensive adventure. If you would like to try Ipsy and are inclined to use my link, I receive points that I can use to redeem for goodies, in the future. I receive no other compensation. If you don't want to use my link, it is easy enough to hook up with Ipsy by just typing it into your command bar. I'm perfectly happy, either way.

Since we're at Ipsy bags, here is a quick gander at my July bag:

July was a frakking bust. Three products packed with my old nemesis chemical sunscreen. Really, Ipsy? They went to live with my mother in law who was delighted to make use of them. I received a Pop Beauty bronzer in Secret Sunshine. The sunshine may have been a secret but the shimmer certainly is not! This is not for all over application, I just put a little along the tops of my cheekbones and my decollete. And I just want to add, my bronzer arrived cracked. No bueno!

The one product from my July Ipsy bag that I really liked was the sample of Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow 2.0 in The Inspiration. This shimmery, purple shadow duo was a total win. The shadows are soft, buttery and smooth, very pigmented and have wonderful payoff. They are also complex and interesting. I need to obtain some more shadows from the Ready line.

Okay, I think I've prattled on, long enough. If you made it through this entire post, I'm over the moon in admiration for you. If it is TL/DR the fast and dirty version is, August's Ipsy was pretty good, July made me want to throw it out the window.

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? Did you greet your August assortment with delight? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a beautiful day!

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