ipsy: September 2013 Review

ipsy | September 2013 Glam Bag1Ipsy is probably one of my favorite subscription boxes out there. For $10.00/month, you’ll receive 4-5 deluxe or full-sized cosmetic and hair care products. Each Glam Bag also comes in its own little makeup bag, which after a couple of months, you kind of wonder what to do with, but it’s still a nice touch!

ipsy | September 2013 Glam Bag2

I’m not too big on ipsy’s theme’s, but to me… it doesn’t really matter, because the products themselves are usually so good!

Opening up this month’s bag, I was immediately pleased with the contents. I knew I could use everything that night, no problem! Inside my September ipsy Glam Bag I found:

  • Elizabeth Mott | It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara
  • NYX | Single Eye Shadow
  • Starlooks | Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil
  • John Frieda | Full Repair® Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner

Elizabeth Mott | It's So Big Volumizing MascaraElizabeth Mott | It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara
Sample Value: $8.00 (4 ml)
Full Size Cost: $19.99 (10 ml)
Buy at Elizabeth Mott (50% off with coupon code IPSYBIG)

This is apparently an ipsy exclusive launch, so you won’t find it anywhere else! Hello exclusivity! I wasn’t happy with my last mascara sample, so I was excited to find one I really liked! This thing really pumps up the volume, without getting overly clumpy or heavy. It features an “hourglass” brush that promises to always give you the perfect amount of mascara for each lash.

NYX | Single Eye ShadowNYX | Single Eye Shadow
Full Size Sample Value: $4.50
Buy at NYX Cosmetics (30% off eye shadow bases with coupon code IPSYPRIME)

I’ve used NYX eye shadow before, so I was happy to see it inside this month’s Glam Bag. The color is a rich purple that goes on nicely and builds for various levels of color density. It blends really easily, and I mean, who doesn’t love a full-sized sample?!

Starlooks | Obsidian Kohl Eye PencilStarlooks | Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil
Full Size Sample Value: $12.50
Buy at Starlooks (30% off purchases of $25.00 or more with coupon code IPSY)

Now, I’ve heard of Starlooks, and I know they have their own subscription box service, but I’ve never actually tried any of their products. And, I gotta say… this one didn’t make a good first impression. The eyeliner just gets everywhere and doesn’t last as long as I would like it. It smudges like crazy and is definitely not a favorite!

John Frieda | Full Repair® Full Body Shampoo & ConditionerJohn Freida | Full Repair® Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner
Sample Value: $2.34 (1.5 fl oz each)
Full Size Cost: $13.18 (8.45 fl oz each)
Buy at Drugstore.com (BOGO 50% off with coupon code IPSY)

I was excited to see some hair treatment in this month’s box, because my hair is starting to look fried! I definitely needed this Full Repair® product, and I really enjoyed it!! I mean, it’s John Freida, all their products are quality and I went through both of these after a couple of showers. Lord, I just wish these samples were bigger!

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This month’s Glam Bag also came with a little something extra.  Michele Phan’s The Life Pallete sample featured a small collection of colors from the Career Life. I really wanted to like this sample, because I’m a sucker for a good pallete, but I just found the product faded quickly and certainly didn’t last throughout the day.

The Verdict
Cost: $10.00/month
Value: $27.34

As always, ipsy did a great job in the value department. They never disappoint in providing me with quality products that are definitely worth the $10.00/month rate. This is one of my standard subscription boxes, and I have no intention of stopping it any time soon!

My favorite item this month has to be the John Freida | Full Repair® Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner, mainly because my hair was in such desperate need for it! It’s probably pretty obvious my least favorite item was the Starlooks | Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil. Has anyone else tried their products? Was this just a bad first impression?

What did you think of this month’s Glam Bag? Did you get something you think I would like? Share below or get your own ipsy Glam Bag by subscribing here.

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this review are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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