This is my first ipsy box. Compared to some other subscription boxes, ipsy has some great products but I hate how they are all over your social media accounts. When I first signed up, I was wait-listed. Share ipsy with five friends and get this month’s box, except I shared and still had to wait a month. Compared to my recent Birchbox subscription where my first box was sent within days, it put me off ipsy a little.
Then they emailed me to say my box was on the way, and once again, you have to share on social media to find out what is in your box. Yes, you could just wait and see, but a page full of ipsy shares doesn’t necessarily make me want to buy into a brand where you can tell it is forced shares. On to the unboxing:
Ipsy June 2015: Swim Into Beauty
This month’s theme is swim into beauty
Salt in the air, sand in our hair. Cue the lifeguards because summer will be five times the fun when you dive into these beauty must-haves for June.
The ipsy June bag is a soft black bag with bright pink zip top and raised ipsy print. Nothing special about it, but a good size and easy to find the neon zipper in my massive purse.
First up in my ipsy June box is Formula X nail colour in Power Source. While I do not have any Formula X in my collection and was happy to get a mini to try, I was surprised to see they sent Power Source. Formula X makes it easy to choose colours for your skin tone with “The Match” system – four colours picked for each skin tone, and Power Source is a feature colour in the medium to deep skin tone set.
Next up in my Ipsy June box is Smashbox Photo Finish primer. Many of you will know that I love Smashbox primers, especially Photo Finish original so while it is great to have a mini to stick in my makeup bag for travel rather than carrying the full size, it was not something new to try. For those who got it and have not tried Smashbox, you may find yourself addicted to the finish and how well it smoothes and fills lines!
The third item in my ipsy June box is Lavanila’s The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla. I had never heard of Lavanila before but they seem to make some interesting products. The full size of this body butter is $19 US when bought directly from Lavanila.
If you’re looking for instant hydration, this is it. This velvety smooth, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Completely non-greasy, prepare for the ultimate indulgence. About the scent: A grown up expression of vanilla. Its sensual blend of fresh Madagascar vanilla and tonka bean will leave your skin softly scented. No paraben, silicone, mineral oils or harsh chemicals.
It is a good body butter, but I wouldn’t say amazing. It is not widely available in Canada so while I will happily use up my ipsy sample, I probably won’t buy again unless I see it on sale.
Next up in my ipsy June bag, two eye products.
First up is OFRA Cosmetics Turquoise Eyeliner. Since ipsy has this listed as Turquoise and not a list of colours, I assume everyone who received it got the same colour. Personally, I would play it safer if sending one colour to everyone as many of the reviews so far on the ipsy June bag say they would never wear this colour.
This Turquoise Eyeliner is a gorgeous color that applies smoothly and lingers with a velvety finish. Not only is this pencil perfect in complimenting your eye makeup, it can also be used as a bold lip liner. The creativity is completely in your hands!
Finally, tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee. Like many, I was confused by the lid on this one. It looks like the crayon came without a lid. Opening it, I wished it was more like the lid. The crayon is very rounded so while you can use it for all over colour, it isn’t great for a line of colour.
This amazing 12 hour eye shadow has customizable color that you can build from a subtle wash to intense vibrancy. It’s also super blendable with a crease free, smooth finish. Colours can be layered over a lighter shade for a softer look or layered under a darker shade for a more dramatic eye. Customize, blend and build as you wish. This product is free of d5, parabens, talc, synthetic fragrances, petro chemicals and also cruelty free.
Overall, I am fairly happy with my ipsy June 2015 bag. They chose products I would like, even if they were a little off on the colours. Not an ipsy member and want to be? Sign up here.