October Ipsy Bag: Am I Being Trolled?

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Hello gentle reader.

Just to warn you, this post is an epic whine fest for which I make no apology.

I think that Ipsy is trolling me. Who is Ipsy, you may ask. And why would they troll you? Well, to answer your first question, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that is (allegedly) personalized to your preferences by the questionnaire that you take when you sign up. For ten dollars a month, you receive a makeup bag and four to five deluxe sample to full sized just right for you (yeah, right!) products in that month's theme.

This month's theme is "Beauty Candy." I saw some teaser photos on Instagram and Facebook, a couple of weeks ago and I started getting excited that finally! After months of bags full of unusable for me skincare (stahp with the skin care, already!)  I would be receiving a bag with items that I would love. Surely a bag in the theme of Beauty Candy would be filled with... Beauty candy.

NOPE. While other subscribers received Cirque nail polish and a pretty highlighter, lipsticks and mascara and sweet smelling hand lotion in pretty tubes, I received this:


An admittedly cute makeup bag in shiny teal patent with a square embossed pattern that looks like quilting. Another bag that I kind of dig. In fact, I think I'm going to change out the one that is in my handbag, now and use this one, for a while.

The contents? Not so much.


H2o+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment: Sample size. Full size is 1.7 oz and is $36.00. From what I read about this, it's not appropriate for my skin. I didn't even open it. I passed it on to someone who may be able to put it to use.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths: This is a sample/travel pack size of ten. The full size of 30 is $15.00. They are probably good. I tossed the pack in my handbag. You never know when they could come in handy for cleaning up when I'm swatching my way through the makeup counters at Dillard's or Ulta or just need a wet wipe for whatever. I would be tempted to buy the full size but at fifteen dollars a pack, no. My favorite wipes are half that price, even less when there is a sale and I have coupons.

Ayres Patagonia Body Butter: Sample. A full size is 6.75 oz and is $28.00. This is pretty nice stuff. I wish my sample jar had been bigger, as it didn't last long. This body butter applies smoothly, sinks in quickly without forever rubbing, rubbing, rubbing, rubbing and it leaves my skin nice and soft and not feeling coated, oily or sticky. Too bad it's so spendy. At that price and the way I need to slather body moisturizer on to my very dry skin, I'd be in the poor house in no time!

Jesse's Girl Mineralized Baked Eye Shadow in Ocean Breeze: This frosty blue stuff I receive in a full size. $3.99. This shadow  comes in six shades. The shadow is a bit dry and stiff but once you break the surface, it softens up and swatches out all right. The shade is a shimmery blue-grey with coloured sparks. It's not bad... There are shades I would have preferred. I don't know if this will get much use. At the moment, it's giving me bad seventies flashbacks.

Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure: A full size is $12.00. I received a snack sized mini. This is kind of nice. It's a pretty, neutral creamy pink. This gloss smells kind of yummy. Honestly, so far I have only swatched it. I have a lot of glosses going, right now. I could toss it in my bag as an emergency lippie.


Swatches of the Starlooks lip gloss and the Jesse's Girl eye shadow. I guess that I keep getting skin care and blue eye shadow because I'm old? Is this ageist trolling on Ipsy's part? Because I have to tell you, that is a little how it feels. At my current settings, I get this kind of nonsense. If I change my settings, those who also receive bags according to settings like mine get fabulous bags, I get junk like this. I switch my settings back and... You guessed it. I feel as if I'm being trolled.

Another bleh Ipsy bag. For me, Beauty Candy turned out to be Random Stuff She Doesn't Want But We're Going to Give to Her, Anyway. Not all of the products are useless. I passed on the moisturizer, (unopened, of course!) the body butter is used up, the wipes will come in handy now and then. I am probably not going to use the Jesse's Girl shadow all that much, if at all. The lip gloss should be a hit, for however long that cute, tiny tube lasts.

So, there is my Ipsy Beauty Candy bag for October. Definitely more tricks than treats. Honestly, seeing the products others are receiving, I have to ask myself why I am continuing with a subscription service that, in spite of repeated efforts to tweak my preferences, seems to have me locked in to receiving products that I don't want, don't like and am not happy with. I may give Ipsy a couple of more months I may not. I'm debating. The debate is not leaning in Ipsy's favor, at this point and time.

Anyway, if you do decide to sign up, if you use my link I receive points that I can use toward things that I actually do want, and do like. I recently redeemed a pile of points for three Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadows. (Review in an upcoming post.) And I have just about enough points for something else I would enjoy. And I figure I might as well hang in long enough to finish racking up enough points to do that, eh? And maybe things will get better? Ah... The realist plays optimist. Wow. Desperation. I stink of it.

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? Did you receive Beauty Candy or did you, like me, receive the equivalent of a package of underwear on Christmas morning? Please do tell. And whine with me. Or rub my nose in the contents of your fantastic bag. I'm here for you.

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