My Thoughts: Ipsy January Glam Bag

Sunday, February 09, 2014

So my Ipsy bag arrived near the end of January and over all I'm happy with what I received. Some I've used before, some are new and some... well I liked but the color was a bit off.
So I received five items:
  1. Benefit's The POREfessional
  2. (MALIN+GOETZ)'s Mojito Lip Balm
  3. Balanced Guru's Balm Me Up Organic Sweet Cocoa & Tangy Body Balm
  4. Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissue
  5. yaby's Liquid Foundation in Buff
Benefit's The POREfessional is nothing new to me. I have many small travel samples and I have an almost brand new full size tube, that has gone missing, so I've used it. I like it, it's not a bad primer but it is a pricy one at $30 for 0.75 oz tube. It does fill in the pores in a "natural" color but because it's a silicone based primer applying a water based foundation over it can cause some issues with caking depending on the foundation. Would I buy it again? Probably. I get so many samples of it that I haven't had to buy a full size one since the first time I bought a full size tube of it back in late 2012.

Ipsy sample size: 0.10 oz
Full size: 0.75 oz
Value: $4

The Mojito Lip balm from Malin+Goetz was okay. To me it felt a bit sticky and oily even a half after applying it continued to feel sticky. The applicator, or should I say lack of an applicator, was odd. While it smelled nice there was no actual taste to it at all which was also odd. Overall, my experience with it kind of reminded me of a Vaseline product only more on the thin, liquidy side. While this was full size, at $12 a tube it's a big pass for me on re-purchasing it. Maybe if it were more like C.O. Bigelow's lemon lip balm I'd be more inclined to re-purchase it but as it stands now, it's a pass.

Ipsy sample size: .35oz. / 10g
Full size: .35oz. / 10g
Retail: $12

As for Balanced Guru's Balm Me Up Organic Sweet Cocoa & Tangy Body Balm, I actually like the smell of it. While I could smell other sweet fragrances to me the lemongrass was really strong. When I first applied it I thought it was going to be an oily mess however my skin quickly absorbed the oil and it didn't stain my clothes. I'm not entirely sure that I would purchase this partially because it's $45 for a 4 oz container and partially because I'm not sure it's a product I'd use frequently.

Ipsy sample size: 1 oz / 30ml
Full size: 4 oz / 114g
Value: $11.25

Beauty Treat's Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissue is an absolute pass for me. When I first opened up the package the first thoughts that popped into my head about the scent was "spicy". It did an okay job of removing my makeup but I had to use multiple wipes to really get everything off and even then I went back and washed my face with a cleansing product because I didn't feel as if it removed all my makeup.

To me it felt like a waste of money, if I had purchased it, because I used four or five wipes in one use.  It'd be okay to travel as if you're going out of town for the weekend and need to take something with you but using it frequently... big pass for me. The 60 count package is $7.99 which is a better price than the 10 count package.

Ipsy sample size: 10 count
Full size: 10 count / 60 count
Retail: $2.49 / $7.99

The last item in my Ipsy Janaury Glam Bag was the Yaby's Liquid Foundation in Buff. When I first saw it I had high hopes that it would work for me however it's as I feared - too orange for my skin color. Buff is suppose to be neutral but I found it to be too orange for my yellow (with olive) undertones.

I would like to try this particular foundation in Ivory and/or Custard, since those two colors are suppose to be for those with yellow undertones, but I won't buy this online since apparently the sample sent out in the Ipsy Glam Bag is FULL size! It's tiny and at almost $14 (excluding shipping) it's just way too expensive for me to buy. I might pick on up at IMATS LA in 2015 though.
Top two squares: My coloring in natural light (no makeup) with no flash and flash.
Bottom left: Me wearing Yaby foundation in Buff. 
Bottom right: My skin back in October, you can see the olive in my skin in this image along with my Rosacea.

I typically use Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (tint and skin) in Y1 though in the summer I can use Y2 and in the winter, sometimes, use Y0. As you can see in the picture below of OCC Tint in Y1 and Yaby foundation in Buff that Buff appears to be too orange on my skin.

Several months ago Ipsy sent out Yaby's concealers in Buff and unlike the foundation was truly more neutral and matched my coloring better than the foundation.

Yaby's foundation in Buff versus OCC Tint Red (left) series and Yellow (right) series.

Ipsy sample size: 8 ml / 0.272 oz
Full size: 15.4 g / 8 ml / 0.272 oz
Retail: $13.99

Edit to add: As for the actual bag itself, I'm indifferent to it. While the color was okay I wasn't crazy about the pattern (disliked). I wouldn't carry it in my purse that's for sure but I'd use it around the house. Oh! And I was reminded that these were among the top three smelliest bags! I completely forgot about the smell but yes it reeked. No idea why but I had to leave mine outside overnight. It was horrible.

Overall, I was happy with my bag, at first I wasn't sure because I already own POREfessional, was iffy about the foundation and indifferent to the rest but in the end I did like my bag. I would like to see other products from Yaby and Balanced Guru and of course more samples from Benefit even if I already own the product (keeps me from having to repurchase). ;)

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  1. love your blog, but i cant help but think you were really trying to convince yourself tht you liked this bag :/

    1. LOL Well out of the five items I'd most likely repurchase at least one item (POREfessional), two I might buy (Yaby foundation but only if Custard or Ivory matches me and Balanced Guru's balm). The remaining items I wouldn't. So I'm leaning towards overall liking my January bag though there were a few dislikes.

  2. Nice products, thanks for sharing.

  3. I got the same bag as you, and found that the Balanced Guru balm was an oily mess. My legs stayed greasy all day when I used it. But it was incredibly hydrating. Fun to try, but wouldn't rebuy.


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