ipsy march 2014 review

my ipsy bag finally arrived in the mail today! i have been really looking forward to receiving this month's bag since i had to cancel my february one due to moving states. if you aren't familiar with ipsy, it is a beauty subscription service that curates 4-5 deluxe sample/full-size products tailored to you, and sends them in a different make-up bag every month! ipsy retails for $10/month to US residents and i believe canada has an extra shipping cost. out of all of the subscription services i have tried so far - ipsy, birch box, julep maven, graze - ipsy is by FAR my favorite one. there are always more beauty products than anything else and they are always items i enjoy seeing. if you are interested in signing up/learning more, please use my referral link located here, as it allows me to earn loyalty points!

in my excitement, i will admit that i peaked at my glam room early as well as looked up other ipsters reviews. as much as i wanted it to be a surprise, i also was just way too excited to see what kind of things i was going to receive! a lot of people seem to have mixed feelings on the bag this month but i honestly really like it. i am definitely going to re-purpose it (and i will be posting what i am doing with it on monday or tuesday!) but i think it's unique and i like the fact that it is more rubber than fabric, as it will bode better for travel purposes.

there has also been a lot of talk this month about the fact that ipsy sent out 4 products, rather than the usual 5 (although they DO promise 4-5, not always 5). for me, this is not a big deal at all! the products this month were great and i would rather receive 4 things that i actually will use, rather than 5 products where i only will use 3. PLUS - i received 3 full size items this month. three! if that means i only receive 4 products, that is fine with me!

anyways, here is what i got... 

pixi flawless beauty primer | $9.00 
nicole by OPI 'roughles' | est. $7.00
bareMinerals marvelous moxie lipstick | in 'get ready' est. $7.00
be a bombshell eyeshadow quad | in 'bora bora' $16.00

total estimated value: $39.00

the pixi primer is smooth and has a very pleasant shimmer. i would definitely categorize more as a highlighter or illuminizer, but i will definitely be getting a lot of use out of it! the nicole by opi nail polish may end up being gifted, i have not decided yet. on one hand, i really love the color of the polish, it is perfect for the upcoming beach season. however, i am not a big fan of textured nail polishes, which might make this a hard polish for me to use. i have still yet to figure out if i will be opening this. the bareMinerals lipstick is GORGEOUS! i am a huge lipstick fanatic and the shade is a perfect, creamy dark pink. it will definitely be getting a lot of use this upcoming spring. and last but not least, the be a bombshell quad is also great. the colors are all gorgeous and perfect for summer, and will really accent my blue eyes. i swatched only the blue color but it came out highly pigmented and had a nice shimmer.

all in all, i am SO pleased with this month's bag! i received 3 full size products and one great sample from bare minerals. the value was almost 4x the price of the subscription and i even enjoyed the bag! my only comment would be that i had peaked at every body who received the chella eyeliner and i was a little bummed i did not receive that item. it looked so great! can't win em all i suppose. anywho, like i said, i have already decided on what i am going to be re-purposing the bag for, and will be posting this week on how to make a great ____ kit. look at that blank space. i am really great at building tension. the highlight of this post, wouldn't you say?

what did everyone else receive in their ipsy bag this month - were you as pleased as i was?

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