August 2014 Ipsy Review


I’ve been subscribing to Ipsy for 3-4 months now. I gave them a shot for the same reason that I tried Birchbox…I wanted to try new products that I wouldn’t otherwise have tried or even known about.

Ipsy, like Birchbox, is only $10 a month and they send you around 5 (usually sample size) products packaged inside of a unique travel sized makeup bag (the Glam Bag). You can also review the products you sample for Ipsy Points which can be redeemed for bonus items in your Glam Bag. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for. You can also cancel any time.

Here’s what I received in my August 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag. I received five products + the bag. And, I thought this month’s bag was another cute one! I like it’s shape, plus who doesn’t love the orange polka dots?


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July’s theme was “Beauty/Schooled.” I took that to mean it would be a kind of back to the basics type bag, which in my opinion, it was.


Klorane Dry Shampoo – (value $6.50) – I wish that I had a use for dry shampoo, because I know there are a lot of people out there who swear by it. But my super curly hair definitely wouldn’t do well with this. I’ve received it before in another box, and will be swapping it as well.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More –  (value $11.25) – I’ve received this before in a different subscription box. I’m probably in the minority, but I’m not that big of a fan of this product. It’s a foundation primer, and it’s not that it doesn’t do what it claims, it’s just super expensive. The full size retails for $45 for 1 oz. There are other primers on the market, that do exactly the same thing for far less money. This will probably be swapped.


Mongongo Lip Conditioner –  (value $5.50) – This lip balm is 100% natural and USDA certified organic, and is supposed to leave lips delicious, luscious and hydrated. I have a ridiculous amount of lip balms, and it seems that at times they are taking over my life, lol. Not sure if i’ll be adding it to the collection, or giving it away to a friend.

J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow – (value $2.99) – This was full size, which I definitely appreciate. But I can’t say I’m all that excited to receive yet another eye shadow. This color doesn’t do much for me, so again, I’ll probably swap this.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – (value $5.50) –  I was excited to receive this, as I’ve loved all of the Urban Decay products I’ve tried. It’s a new product for this brand. Even though I have a lot of other mascara samples floating around, I gave this one a try. And, you guys, I LOVE it!  I’ll definitely be buying a full size version when this sample runs out.

Overall, this is another Ipsy Glam Bag that I have mixed feelings about. I calculated the final value for this bag at $31.74 which was a pretty good value considering I only spent $10. However I’ll probably only keep/use one of the products that I received – the mascara. Though that was the highest value item I received so even if that is all I use, it seems that I still got my money’s worth. Also, I thought the Glam Bag itself was super adorable, and loved the shape and design. I keep tweaking my style profile, to improve the items I receive so that they more fit what I would like/use, but I still don’t think I’ve gotten it right.

Are you an Ipsy Glam Bag subscriber? What did you receive this month? What did you love (or not)?


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