Ipsy October 2016 Review

I’ve officially been subscribed to Ipsy for one year! We’ve had ups and downs galore. Here’s what showed up in my October bag:

The bag itself quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson (without citing him): “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” I would posit that the corollary is also true: not loving things that are ugly is also taste. It is my sophisticated palate that allows me to conclude that this is one ugly-ass bag.

Ole Henriksen Truth Creme Advanced Hydration (0.25 fluid oz), estimated retail value $6.72
Holy cow. I have never put a product on my face that smells as strongly this moisturizer. If I was a dog, I’m pretty sure it would have knocked me over dead. To me, it smells like those chocolate oranges that always pop up in stores around Christmas time, which are mildly delicious but would be even more delicious if they weren’t tainted by the scent of artificial citrus.

As for it’s moisturizing capacities? It did fine, but I didn’t see anything that made me go, “I NEED TO SPEND $45 ON THIS!”

Nourish Organic Coconut and Argan Body Lotion (1 fluid oz), estimated retail value $1.25

I had really low hopes for this product. I don’t really use body lotion and I don’t like coconuts. However, this product did manage to hobble over my low expectations because it doesn’t smell like coconut at all. The scent is a bit hard to describe– if you made super, super sweet hard candy out of thyme and smelled that with one nostril, and then smelled a big old pile of black pepper with the other nostril, you might be in the right ballpark.

Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly (0.07 fluid oz), estimated retail value $8.87

Heyyyyyy something looks familiar. I recently reviewed the Buxom lip gloss in Dolly here, and you can check out the full review there if you recently found me via google/have mild retrograde amnesia. It’s a product that I like, but it’s definitely not a product that I needed to have a duplicate of.

Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel (1.7 fluid oz), estimated retail value $3.39
In the pursuit of data, I always test products for you, even if it is not something that I would typically use. However, I don’t even own a blowdryer! To me, this is just a big ol’ tube’o’crap.

Zoya Nail Polish in Mason (full size at 0.5 fluid oz), retail value $8.00

Mason is a bright plum with a subtle fuchsia shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. This is part of the Fall 2016 Cashmeres and Satins collection, so it is brand new!

Total Box Value: $28.23

Overall, I’m not very happy with this bag. The nail polish and the Ole Henriksen moisturizer will get used, but the rest is just stuff I need to find storage space for and/or give away. Ipsy, stop giving me chores!

1. Well…at least the nail polish is pretty?

Shani x

2. The blow dry gel didn’t work for me, really. Maybe I didn’t do it right? O.o

It did make my hair straight but gave no noticable volume.


3. That bag is the worst one yet, isn’t it? How do they not see the hilarity of decorating a piece of crap like that with a quotation like that? I don’t like to throw the bags away, because they’re usually useful for SOMETHING, but I don’t know what I’ll do with this one. I don’t want to give it away to anyone, either. Ugh.

4. This honestly looked like a very boring bag compared to previous one.


5. Is it just me, or did they slap some ugly lettering on the April bag?

6. the gel works, as long as you have a blow dryer and a good brush.

7. This bag was a win for me, if only because I love Zoya nail polish (I also got Mason) and it included a Coastal Scents medium shadow brush exactly when I lost my old eye shadow brush. I also got Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Shimmers in Navy, Sexy Hair Spray Clay and La Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes, none of which I’ve tried yet.

That is one ugly bag, though.

8. I thought the lotion smelled exactly like a pina colada, including the smell of the rum. I like the scent at first but it has an after scent that isn’t nice.

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10. You can give me the Buxom Lip Polish since both Ipsy and Birchbox hate me and never send me the ONE THING I really want out of the assortment. I have yet to get Buxom, Urban Decay, Butter London, BareMinerals, Benefit, Oscar Blandi… But hey! I got a Chapstick!! I just realized I sound a little bitter. It may be that time of the month. ;

11. I’m really surprised you don’t own a blow dryer with your hair being as long as it is. My hair’s about 2 inches shorter than yours and still takes ~2 hours to dry completely without a blow dryer! Could be that I have too much hair though.

12. /blissful sigh/ SO REFRESHING. this is why I love your blog. You never just squee over every little thing. And you can show us your nails without obsessively removing all the polish from around the nail and then groveling about how your perfectly fine hands look. Like a normal person!!!! GO hellocampcomfort.com!

Also, if you think that bag is fugly, you should see the riffs on it that ipsy has been posting on their Facebook page. People adding more art to it so it’s just an overwhelming pile of overdrawn puffy pink lips and things. Gah.

13. I’ve seen this bag in *so* many posts and *adopts Regina George voice* that is the ugliest effing bag I’ve ever seen.