My Last Ipsy Bag

It has been a year, officially, since I first subscribed to ipsy. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t fallen out of love with this monthly subscription bag, but I will be moving out in a month and started to critically think about my spending. What it came down to was: close to $20 Canadian a month for a surprise bag of makeup? Looking back, I don’t know.

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There have been bags full of products I will never use, and just about every bag has one thing that is a little disappointing. There are many other Ipsy perks like discounts, contests and a community but as a Canadian, the products don’t always ship to Canada or the contests are US Only. Even though the bags are technically worth the price for the product, I think there may be other products I want to sink my teeth into with a $20 price tag.

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Back to this months bag. With Tarte and NYX products, you can’t go wrong or so I thought. Let’s start with one thing I can’t say I am excited about: the Beauty Without Cruelty cleanser. Have I tried it? Not yet. I feel a bit hesitant because if I like it, I don’t think that the brand even ships to Canada. Again, the discount is US only and I can’t see anywhere on their website about international orders. The product may be amazing, but I wouldn’t be able to purchase it if I wanted to. I will only have this deluxe sample. That being said, I do like trying new skin care and this looks like it will be good for my oily skin so I will give it a try.

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Hair products are not my strong suit. I would never say no to a new serum, shampoo or spray, but I will probably never use this Style Sexy Hair Blow Out Spray. My hair is usually au natural out of fear of it getting oily, and I use heat very rarely. The one thing I do go through is dry shampoo as you may have seen in my empties post. This isn’t a win or lose for me, and I would love to try the brand so I may find an excuse to use it, but it’s a product I don’t need.

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The most thrilling product this bag had to offer – and I feel like most other ipsters would agree – is the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara mini that everyone received. I have tried a few mini Tarte mascaras before which I did generally like so I am excited to receive this one. I may not be able to pull it out yet since I have about 10 mascaras to go through. However, a mini is perfect for my purse so it could very well be in my make up bag before you know it! Like lipstick, you can never have too many. I will use it and I will surely love it.

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Can I be honest? I am not really a fan of the NYX Butter Balm. I have received a NYX Butter Gloss before which I really enjoyed so my hopes were pretty high. I don’t know what exactly I was expecting but I think the biggest let down is the constancy. I expected it to be slick and light like a Chapstick or balm, but instead it was kind of chunky (?!) and kind of thick. I am not a big fan of the colour either as Marshmallow is a very brown neutral though it is a lovely matte finish. Even the packaging was a bit sucky. The first time I went to roll it up, it wouldn’t. In fact, I thought that perhaps that was all the product you got. I love you NYX, but this product is a no go.

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Last up is a Cailyn product which is on the list of brands I have discovered through ipsy (and actually like). I haven’t received too many products but I have enjoyed the Tinted Lip Balm quite a bit. The colours are really surprisingly gorgeous. This month, I received an eye polish in Orchid – a very deceiving name. When I saw this product online, it didn’t look like it would be the rose gold gorgeousness that it ended up being. My two tiffs with the product though: there is only about half a container of product and the shape is so odd that it makes it awkward to store. Both annoyances are worth it for that beautiful rosey shade.

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The bag this month doesn’t really do anything for me. I don’t care for the shape or fabric though it is a bit structured which isn’t a bad trait. Regardless, it isn’t my favourite.
Products offered: ♥️♥️
Products received: ❤️❤️
Bag Design: ♥️♥️

Til next time, ttfn x

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25 thoughts on “My Last Ipsy Bag

  1. I ended my subscription but I was thinking of getting it back. It’s one $10 in the US so it’s not a huge deal but like you pointed out some items can be a little disappointing and quite honestly I’ll probably never use the hair products because they are not tailored to my type of hair. But I was surprised that I really liked my last ipsy bag which came with a brush as well. We’ll see how january goes though.

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    1. I got the crown brush in a previous bag and it was really fantastic. I ended my subscription regardless of how the Dec bag was, and i am pretty glad i did. The January one doesnt seem too special to me either but i will put that $20ish towards a Sephora purchase this month 🙂

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  2. Great review! I completely agree with you on the Cailyn shadow – while it’s a gorgeous color and I like the product itself, the packaging is awkward and it doesn’t fit in the drawer with my other single shadows, so I have to store it apart from them, causing me to forget about it all the time.

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  3. I don;t blame you for wanting to cancel you Ipsy for the $20 Canadian you pay. The only reason I keep mine is beacues it cost me $10 US and I feel like I get my money’s worth each time. Sexy hair makes some great products! I got the same Cailyn eyeshadow and I agree with you about the shade being gorgeous but the packaging is so unnecessary. Good luck with your move!
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    1. It is a great option if you’re willing to try new brands and different products. There are usually groups dedicated swaping items as well. I just have enough stuff that it isnt exciting anymore.

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  4. I only recently joined ipsy and I received my first bag in November which seriously disappoint me. I am happy with the December bag, actually used al the product and I really like the cleanser. I do agree about it being pricey, my subscription was for a year so I’ll see how it goes throughout the next few months.

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  5. That’s my concern with subscription boxes too. Much as I love cool things, I’m extremely particular about where my money goes, and I can’t budget out an extra $20/month for products that I might not like. That’s almost half my monthly grocery bill! ._.

    Maybe you can sell the things you don’t see yourself using? Or swap with friends? :O Or do a giveaway / donate it to a woman’s shelter? (That’s what I’ve been thinking of doing with all the stuff I’ve accumulated. I need to live like a minimalist! 😡 It makes moving a billion times easier.)

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