This month’s Ipsy Ultimate Subscription box arrived. For those who don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service. There are three Tiers to the service; The Glam Bag ($12 per month), The Glam Bag Plus ($25 per month) and The Ultimate ($50 per month). This is the Ultimate box and inside I am supposed to get a makeup bag, eight full sized products and four deluxe sample sizes. Usually the box is a mix of makeup and skin care but as you can see, this month was heavily skin care with a few makeup items thrown in.
This month’s bag is pretty enough. It has a sort of coppery rainbow sheen to it and is sturdy enough. It’s pretty but I have to say I prefer the bags that don’t feel quite so plastic-y. I know this is good to wash off if anything spills and it is a good size as well as a good quality, I just prefer the feel of some of the other bags. Some have a more rubberized texture and some are cloth. This just sort of feels like plastic. But it is pretty.
I’ll either decide to use it or end up donating it to the shelter my mom’s church works with. As they put together kits of personal items for people with personal items like toothbrushes and deodorant for people to use, they are always looking for bags and containers. So even if I don’t like the bag, it will get plenty of use.
The first of the makeup items in my bag this month was the BEAUTY FOR REAL Hi Def Mascara in Just Black (retail $19). I love mascaras and tend to wear them every day even if I don’t where much of any other makeup that day, so I am always willing to try out a new one. I’ve tried a couple of things from this brand before and they tend to be a bit hit or miss for me, but I do love lengthening mascaras. I’m curious about the micro brush applicator as well. I have a couple of mascaras that are due to be changed out soon, so I might wait until I clear out the older ones before opening this one. So for now it is set to the side.
The next makeup item came from Wander Beauty. It is the WANDER BEAUTY Skyliner Automatic Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black (retail $21). Wander beauty does have really good products so I have no problem receiving another one. I usually end up liking them. I can’t say I’m thrilled by another eyeliner as I seem to have gotten a lot of them recently, but I am looking forward to trying out their formula. I like the fact that it has olive and jojoba seed oil in the eyeliner and that it is designed not to run or smear in hot humid weather, which let’s face it, is what I am living in right now. So it will be fun to try.
The COMPLEX CULTURE Plush Powder Brush (retail $35) was also in my bag this month and I have to say I was happy to see it. I love a good fluffy powder brush and to be honest, mine was getting pretty old. It started shedding bristles which is generally the beginning of the end. So now I have something to replace it with. I believe Complex Culture is either owned by IPSY or partnered with them in some fashion so I’m not surprised to see the brand here. It is however a good quality brush so I don’t mind. Either way it is good timing for me. My old brush can be retired and this can take its place.
The last item that can be considered in the makeup category is the KOKIE COSMETICS Mini Fix It Up Setting Spray. It is a deluxe sample size. I haven’t actually tried any of Kokie products before although I’ve seen them around. The spray is supposed to be a matte spray, which I really like.
While I’m more flexible with sprays in the winter, I don’t need any setting spray giving me a dewy look when the sun is already trying to melt me. For me, mattifying is fantastic. I have only a little more of my I Heart Revolution Setting spray left so I am going to hold this for a couple of weeks so I can finish it out (finally) but then I will be giving this a trial run. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a whole new brand to love.
There was one hair care product in my IPSY Ultimate this month and it is the full sized SOAPBOX Coconut Milk Hair Mist (retail $12.99). It is supposed to boost hair’s hydration levels providing softness and shine. It also helps tame flyaways, which I can use. It can also be used to refresh hair between washes.
That sounds like a lot of claims to me, so I look forward to trying it out and seeing what it actually does. I have to admit I am not too thrilled by the potential coconut scent. It seems like this summer everything has been coconut scented. I don’t mind coconut, but it feels like the scent is everywhere. I think it is just the scent of this summer. While I like coconut, I am just kind of over it at this point. Sort of too much of a good thing. I will still test out the spray because I am curious to see which claims it manages to meet, I am just tired of coconut.
Pretty much everything else in the box falls into the skin care category. First up is the FEEL Vitamin E Balm (retail $24). I like the brand feel. I have always had really good results with their products. I also like vitamin E. When I was little my mom used to take the Vitamin E capsules and break them open to put on cuts and scrapes so that the skin would heal faster and the scar tissue would soften and leave less of a permanent scar. So I am well familiar with its skin softening effects. (I was not grace personified on roller skates when I was little.) I think the Vitamin E would work well on my lips as well so I am happy to have this lip balm. (Although really, when am I not happy to have another lip balm?)
I’ll admit I am intrigued by the next item that came in my IPSY this month and I will probably be using it for this week’s Face Mask Friday post. And that is the MAKEUPDROP Super Silver Haze Purifying Face Mask (retail $65). It has kaolin clay which I love as a pore clearing medium. Me and clay masks are very good friends. In addition the mask is CBD infused which I find interesting. I’ve been trying out a lot more CBD products lately. Some of them have been better than others. I confess I know nothing about colloidal silver on skin so I will have to look that ingredient up before I use it, but I am always interested to find out about new ingredients. So tune back in Friday to see how this mask performs on a first test.
There is a second clay mask (sample sized) in my bag this month. It is the GENERATION CLAY Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay Mask. I am a big fan of Generation Clay and Charcoal to be honest. I really liked their pink clay mask and I absolutely adore the Purple brightening mask. So I am happy to get a different style that I haven’t tried yet. If you like clay masks, this is definitely a company to stock up on with products.
Surprisingly there were also two moisturizers in my IPSY bag this month, the first was a full sized jar from PAYOT PARIS. It is the Hydra 24+ Crème Glacée (retail $48). It is for day or nighttime use and designed for normal to dry skin. I’m going to leave it sealed right now and try it out a little later in the year once the weather cools a little bit. While I have normal skin, in the summer I lean more towards oily while in the cooler months I lean more towards dry. So given it’s description, I think this might be more of a cooler weather product for me. I will say I am interested to try a moisturizer from a company that has been in production since the 1920s. And I have to say, the glass jar is pretty.
The second moisturizer in my bag this month was a trial sized product from the company THANN. Hydrating Emulsion is what it is called, so I’m guessing that means moisturizer. I recognize that companies like to stand out, but sometime a little clarity goes a long way. I will be adding this to my moisturizers to try. I have to admit I’ve never tried anything from the brand Thann, in fact I’ve never heard of them before, so it will be a completely new to me experience.
There was one cleanser this month as well. It is a sample size of the DR. OHKIMS+ Cleansing Gel Foam. I’ll admit, I’ve never heard of them either, but I am always looking for a good cleanser and have no problem giving them a try.
Finally we reach the one product I chose for this month. It is the 111SKIN Cryo ATP Sports Booster ($135). It is supposed to energize the skin and is supposed to be perfect to use after a workout. I’m guessing that’s the reason for the word sport in the name. I usually have pretty good results with 111Skin so I am looking forward to giving this a go. As I said before this is the item I chose. With the Ultimate category you can choose one item per month. For September’s box the choice date is August 24th. Choice opens around 9 am on the day off and I think stays open for 24 hrs.
So that was my IPSY Ultimate for the month of August. While it had several good products and several interesting items I want to try out, I can’t say it was the most exciting bag. It is solidly good this month, just not fantastic. If that makes any sense. I like it, but didn’t get giggly over any one item. The value was certainly there though. For my $50 I received $359.99 worth of products. It’s a really good return and all of the products I will use. There was no real wow factor, but there were a lot of quietly interesting items.