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I have to admit I’m feeling a bit of blogging ennui lately. If you haven’t noticed, the frequency of my posts have slowed down a bit. I just seem to have lost a ton of my motivation lately. Hopefully I’ll come out of this rut soon enough! That being said, there is my ipsy May bag!
I don’t like the pattern of this month’s bag as much as last month. It’s a tribal print that reminds me quite a bit of Pucci prints. I think a lot of people will enjoy the print, but it’s not personally my style. I think I’d bring this bag with me on a beach trip, though. It’s very bright and fun.
A small side-note: every picture in this post was taken using my new phone, the HTC One! Pretty impressive, right? The quality of pictures from this phone are amazing, in my opinion. I was torn between this and the Samsung Galaxy S4, but most of the reviews gave the edge to the HTC One and after playing with them in store, feeling them out, I just liked the look and feel of the HTC One better. I may do a more in-depth post about this later, but I don’t necessarily want to stray too far from beauty-related posts.
Of course, I think I’ll still use my camera for most of the my posts, but I can’t deny how convenient it is to snap a set with my phone and have them automatically uploaded to my Dropbox so I can immediately get to work editing. I think for my next camera purchase, an auto-upload feature will be near-required for me.
In my ipsy May bag, I received:
Mirabella Colour Sheers lipstick in Daydream
Pacifica Roll On Perfume in Tahitian Gardenia
NuMe Finishing Serum
Zoya polish in Neely
yaby Concealer refill in cc013 Vanilla
Daydream is a medium-toned mauve-y pink, or a pink-y mauve. I can’t decide. Looking at it in the tube, and after swatching, I thought to myself that there’s no way it would work for me. But, as the name implies, it’s a very sheer formula that can be built up to moderate pigmentation. It has slight sparkles in the tube that don’t translate loudly on the lips, and instead it simply creates a glittering, glossy finish. This smells exactly like a MAC lipstick, which may be good or bad depending on your tastes. It’s the kind of shade I’d never buy for myself, but it actually works pretty well for me and it’s a unique shade in my personal collection. These lipsticks retail for $22, so you’ve more than received your money’s worth for the bag with this alone!
Pacifica is a brand I’m very familiar with, as I love their Tuscan Blood Orange and Hawaiian Ruby Guava scents. This scent, Tahitian Gardenia, smells like pure, bright, fresh gardenia. It’s not powdery or cloying. If you love gardenia, you’ll love this. I love roll-ons as I very rarely finish a whole bottle of perfume, and I like that they’re travel-friendly and can be toted around for touch-ups. This retails for $12 normally.
The NuMe finishing serum is the only dud I’d pick out of the bag. It’s a typical finishing serum for hair which can be used to speed up blow-drying time or create a shiny, smooth finish on dry hair. It’s a bog-standard mix of silicones and Vitamin E. This sells for $29 on their site, and I think that’s highway robbery, to be honest. It worked alright on my hair, but so would the $2 Suave serum I can get at Walmart, considering they’re the exact same ingredients. The bottle is a good size, although it’s not terribly travel-friendly being that it’s glass and the dropper is not great for portioning considering the viscosity of the serum.
I am a huge fan of Zoya polishes. I think they have one of the best, if not best, formulas I’ve ever tried and they’re very affordable at around $7 a bottle. This shade, Neely, is a pale, pale, pale lightened pistachio green. This is the first creme formula I’ve ever owned by Zoya, and as many cremes are, it goes on a bit thicker but I had no problems with application.
The yaby concealer refill is a little bit smaller than a quarter in circumference (maybe closer to a dime? But I didn’t have a dime on me at the time!). The shade, cc013 Vanilla, is waaaay too light for me. It’s the lightest shade they offer from their cool shade range. The refill is magnetic and can be popped in and out of the yaby refill palettes or your own magnetic palette (like the Z-palette). I actually have been looking for a good refillable, make-your-own concealer palette lately, and I took advantage of the ipsy discount code to snag the yaby pre-made concealer palette for 20% off. I will swatch and review that later on. Therefore, I did not swatch this yet as I’m keeping this to refill that palette with. These sell for $4.35 on the yaby site, although Camera Ready Cosmetics (the site which the discount is valid on) has them for a little more at around $5, if I’m not mistaken.
Overall, I like this month’s bag even more than the April bag! I’m really happy because beauty subscriptions, obviously, can be so hit or miss. So far, ipsy has given great value for the money with an even better selection of products (i.e., products are not discontinued stock, a good mix of makeup, hair and body products). In this bag, the only product that may not be full-sized is the NuMe finishing serum; I can’t find size information online, so it’s possible this is a full-sized bottle! If you’ll recall, an ipsy subscription is $10 a month (even cheaper if you buy a year’s worth at a time) and even if we assume the NuMe serum is, say, half the size of a full bottle (unlikely), that would give an approximate retail value of $60 for this month’s bag! I really would wholeheartedly recommend ipsy to anyone looking to try out a beauty subscription service.
What do you think of my ipsy May bag?
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