ipsy Review – July 2014

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Sooo. I didn’t quite make it to church today. Between having family in town, and having a pretty rough couple of days with the baby, it just wasn’t going to happen, but since I hate to disappoint, here’s my July ipsy review instead. I know it’s not quite as much fun, but it’s something, right?

The theme for this month is “Sensationally Sunkissed” and I can’t tell you how pleased I am that they DIDN’T send me some kind of bronzer or self-tanner. I just won’t use that stuff. I was quite happy with most of what they did send me.

We’ll start with the good.

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Pur-lisse Pur-protect Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (sample size)

If you’ve been reading my BIRCHBOX and ipsy reviews for awhile, you may have noticed there are a couple of items I’m really picky about. One of them is mascara, another one is moisturizer. I’ve got my favorites and products have to be pretty amazing in order to surpass those. This moisturizer is one of those pretty amazing products. It moisturized, it smoothed, and it protected. I even went on a couple of walks with it on in the heat of day and not even the slightest hint of sunburn. For my sensitive, pale skin that’s a pretty big deal. It wasn’t oily or heavy. It was perfect. The only downside? The price tag. I can’t see myself paying $55 for a 1.7 oz bottle of moisturizer. That’s too bad.

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Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum in SPF 15 (sample size)

Yes that’s the whole name of the product. I received it in Barely Nude. I was skeptical as I am with most eye shadow, not because I have a favorite, but because I feel like most eyeshadow is pretty much the same. I know some of my makeup artist friends are gasping at me right now for that, but I’m just not that picky. This however, was fantastic. It was easy to put on with the applicator, easy to blend, and stayed on without any weird creasing or smudging. The nude color was subtle enough to make a difference without making me feel like I was wearing too much color.

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Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm (sample size)

I received this in Unique Pink which is supposed to work with your PH to show up in your own personal pink color. I’ll be honest, it pretty much had no color on me. I don’t know if that’s because my PH created such a sheer pink that it didn’t show (which makes me think there’s something wrong with my PH. I’m talking about PH like I understand the science behind it. Spoiler alert: I don’t) or if that is just a fancy gimmic and it’s more for a placebo effect of “oh look at my own personal pink!” Either way, the balm part of it really did moisturize my lips and it smelled nice. Overall it got my lip product seal of approval.

There wasn’t anything in the bad category so we’ll go on to the meh.

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Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment (sample size)

I’ll be honest, this is in the meh category because I haven’t had a chance to use it. I’ve been lucky enough to be breakout free for awhile so I had no spots to use the spot treatment on. It could be a fantastic product. It could be a terrible product. I have no idea, but since I can’t use it right now, it’s meh.

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Model’s Own Nail Polish in Red Sea (full size)

Normally I’m super excited about nail polish, so why so meh about this one? I don’t do glitter polishes. It’s just not my thing. This nail polish is perfectly acceptable as a nail polish. I just don’t see myself ever wearing it.

Overall this was a pretty good month. Any month where there’s nothing in the bad category is a good month, and there were more products that I loved than products that I didn’t care for. Yes, I think that fits the definition of a good month. It’s not exactly rocket science. High five ipsy.

If you’re interested in joining ipsy, use my link here. I’m told if you use a referral link, you skip the waitlist, but I can’t confirm that. I think it’s worth the $10.


4 thoughts on “ipsy Review – July 2014

  1. I love the lip balm too!! It showed a little bit on me, but not much. It definitely does moisturize though!!!! Hey, mind if I buy yours???? Lmao!! 😂😂😂😂😂😉😉😉😉💄💄💄💲💲💲💲

  2. I got the pur lisse moisturizer last month & fell in love. Like you, though, there’s no way I’m paying that much for a moisturizer! Bright side: it’s a nice sized sample, so maybe it’ll last is a while.

    • Thank you so much! I prefer things simple and I don’t know enough to make it fancy even if I wanted to. 🙂 And yes, the sample moisturizer has lasted me 2 weeks so far so that’s pretty good for a sample.

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