This month’s IPSY Ultimate was interesting. For those who don’t know, IPSY Ultimate is $50 per month beauty subscription. Typically it contains only beauty products with a few basic tools (like brushes) but this time they branched out a little bit.
First, the subscription does come with a bag. This month’s bag was a case like bag, rectangular with a handle and a marble like exterior. I have to say I really like it. The bag is of good quality, quite spacious and the lid has a zippered mesh pocket to contain all of the little items rolling around in the bag, which I really like.
The second item, I have to say, I wasn’t too enthused about seeing. It is the THIS WORKS Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (retail $29). I know everyone raves about it and trust me, as I routinely suffer from insomnia I am always looking for something to aid me in getting to sleep without making me dependent on a prescription. This is not it. I tried a sample before and didn’t like it, but to be fair I tried it again because sometimes there is a difference between the full size and the sample. I still didn’t like it. The scent was not pleasant, it made my eyes water and I had to change out my pillow before I could get to sleep. This item was not for me. I will say though that when I didn’t like the sample I passed it on to my mom and she adored it. So clearly others like it. But it is not for me. Bonus though, I get to give my mom a full sized version of a product she likes.
The second item I pulled out of my IPSY box this month was the FOXYBAE Mini Travel Flat Iron in Marbled (retail $59). Like the bag for the month it too has a marbled handle. It is the perfect size for travel and actually I must confess on the days where I wake up with my bangs sticking straight up, I do tend to do a quick flat iron on them to help them settle so the travel size is perfect for that. I love FoxyBae Products. Their heat protecting spray is one of my favorites so using it with their tools is kind of fun as well. I should also say, this was the item I chose from the list when they were preparing the bag and I am really glad I did. Sadly now I have a much better travel flat iron then my regular one as I have used it for years and need to replace it, but that is another story. And If I like this one I may end up picking up the full sized one to replace my old one. We shall see.
This month I received a Highlighter Balm in the shade Twitch from the brand Flesh (retail $18). I have heard great things about the brand and they have been on my list of things to try for a while now. (it’s a long list, I know there are just so many fascinating things out there to try). I think that 2019 was the year of the cream products for me. Prior I more or less only used powder based products (except foundation, primer and concealer). Due to subscription boxes this year I got to try several cream based things I would not have picked up on my own. Several of them I liked, some I didn’t. So while I’d never used a balm highlighter, I was game. The highlighter is a nice golden color that works really well with my skin tone. It is really subtle, which I actually like. I really don’t like blinding highlighter on a routine basis. It does feel a little bit greasy though. I’m not sure if that is just because it’s a balm or not and will need to do a wear test to see how I really feel about it. As I have gotten quite a few highlighters lately, I may have to just do a grand highlighter test to sort through them all. But for now, I really like the shade and the look of it.
Next up was the TARTE Double Duty Beauty™ Easy On The Eyes Clay Liner in Black( retail $19). I like Tarte. This is a great eyeliner. It is one of my favorite styles of eyeliner, but I don’t wear a lot of eyeliner and I’ve gotten an eyeliner in each box for the last three months. I am well stocked on eyeliner. In fact I have enough black eyeliner to stock a goth band. Its kind of funny though. For a while I was awash with mascaras, then I stopped getting them in subscription boxes and started getting eyeliner. Now, I am actually running out of mascara (I wear it every day) but have heaps of eyeliner. Maybe the pendulum will swing and I will get to restock my mascara soon. It really is a great eyeliner though.
In this box there was also a F.A.R.A.H BRUSH 160F Face Brush (retail $12). It is actually the perfect blush brush for me and I am really glad to have it (I recently had to bid farewell to several brushes). Now if only I could find the perfect blush. I’ve gotten several I like, but not THE ONE. At the moment I am blending a couple to create the shade I want, but I keep looking.
The SWEET CHEF Kale + Vitamin B Serum Shot (retail $19.99) was also in this month’s IPSY for me and even though it sounds like something I should drink I have it in my line up of serums to try. Skin care takes a few weeks at a go to test and decide if I like it, but I am putting this in my line up and will soon try it out. (Currently I am testing an anti-aging night serum from Dermelect). It will be interesting to try this one and actually from the description, it sounds like something my skin will be happy to use once the spring garden prep starts so I may try to time that test then as I always end up spending too much time in the sun. The problem is that early spring is over cast and not very warm so when I work outside I forget how long I’ve been outside and tend to get a bit red from both sun and wind. Who knows, this might help. It will be fun to see. As I don’t like the taste of Kale it will at least let me put this superfood to a different test.
I’m always happy to try new things for my hair (it is long and thick so there is a lot to work with) and this month I received the MARC ANTHONY TRUE PROFESSIONAL 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner (it was a deluxe sample so there was no value listed.). I have several leave in conditioners and hair oils open at the moment so I am going to set this to the side for now and wait until I have used up at least one of the open products before using this one. But I am always willing to try new hair products so I’m looking forward to it.
THEBALM COSMETICS Meet Matt(e) Trimony Matte Eyeshadow Palette (retail $42) was also included in this month’s IPSY box for me and I was very happy to see it. A couple of weeks back I used the In the Balm of Your Hand palette as my palette of the week and found it far more versatile than I imagined and the shadows of really good quality with great staying power. I am happy to have a full sized palette from The Balm. I don’t know why people don’t talk about this brand any more. Every product I’ve used from them has been great, they are fairly reasonably priced on most products and the packaging is fantastic. I’m happy to add this to my collection and can’t wait to use it.
A package of ESSENHERB Tea Tree 90 Toner Pad (deluxe sample) was also in my IPSY this month. I am a big fan of toner but I haven’t used much Tea Tree oil before so I am looking to see how my skin reacts to this product. I may have to give my Thayers a rest and try this one out.
Also on my list to try is the AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer (retail $67). I am always hit or miss with AHAVA. I loved the hand cream I tried of theirs, but hated the face mask. Luckily, my mother loves all things AHAVA so if I try it and don’t like it, it won’t go to waste. I have it lined up in my skin care cue and its time of testing will come.
I was very excited to see the HEY HONEY Take Away The Drama Youth Boosting Honey & Copper Peel Off Mask (retail $49) in this month’s selection of products. I love the Hey Honey Brand. There is nothing I have tried from them that I did not enjoy. Their silk serum and 911 gel are two of my all time favorite products. I cannot wait to try their peel off mask.
The Hey Honey wasn’t the only mask in this month’s selection though I also received the AVETTE Daily Fresh Squeeze Sheet Mask Duo in Grape and Lychee (retail $8 for the set of two). IPSY just loves to send me sheet masks. I’ve stopped buying them because of the waste, but I will use the ones that I am sent. This one claims to be bio-degradable and eco-friendly and if they are I might consider purchasing them if I like them. Unfortunately I think the bio-degradable part only applies to the sheet mask itself not the foil packaging, which is sort of a problem. But I’ll look into it and see where their packaging stands when the time comes. Although not all sheet masks are created equally. Some I adore, some, not so much. I will add these to the stack and find out which way they lean when I try them out as well as look into more of their eco-friendly claims.
So that was my IPSY Ultimate for the Month of January and I have to say over all I am quite pleased. There are one or two things that weren’t catching my interest as much, but over all I really like my selection of products and am really looking forward to using them. The overall value of my $50 subscription ended up being $323 which is a pretty good return on my part. And almost all of them are things I will use or pass on to someone who will. While this subscription started off as a dud, it is getting better with each month that passes. I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
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