I've officially been subscribed to Ipsy for one year! We've had ups and downs galore. Here's what showed up in my October bag:
The bag itself quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson (without citing him): "Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art." I would posit that the corollary is also true: not loving things that are ugly is also taste. It is my sophisticated palate that allows me to conclude that this is one ugly-ass bag.
Ole Henriksen Truth Creme Advanced Hydration (0.25 fluid oz), estimated retail value $6.72
Holy cow. I have never put a product on my face that smells as strongly this moisturizer. If I was a dog, I'm pretty sure it would have knocked me over dead. To me, it smells like those chocolate oranges that always pop up in stores around Christmas time, which are mildly delicious but would be even more delicious if they weren't tainted by the scent of artificial citrus.
As for it's moisturizing capacities? It did fine, but I didn't see anything that made me go, "I NEED TO SPEND $45 ON THIS!"
Nourish Organic Coconut and Argan Body Lotion (1 fluid oz), estimated retail value $1.25
I had really low hopes for this product. I don't really use body lotion and I don't like coconuts. However, this product did manage to hobble over my low expectations because it doesn't smell like coconut at all. The scent is a bit hard to describe-- if you made super, super sweet hard candy out of thyme and smelled that with one nostril, and then smelled a big old pile of black pepper with the other nostril, you might be in the right ballpark.
Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly (0.07 fluid oz), estimated retail value $8.87
Heyyyyyy something looks familiar. I recently reviewed the Buxom lip gloss in Dolly here, and you can check out the full review there if you recently found me via google/have mild retrograde amnesia. It's a product that I like, but it's definitely not a product that I needed to have a duplicate of.
Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel (1.7 fluid oz), estimated retail value $3.39
In the pursuit of data, I always test products for you, even if it is not something that I would typically use. However, I don't even own a blowdryer! To me, this is just a big ol' tube'o'crap.
Zoya Nail Polish in Mason (full size at 0.5 fluid oz), retail value $8.00
Mason is a bright plum with a subtle fuchsia shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. This is part of the Fall 2013 Cashmeres and Satins collection, so it is brand new!
Total Box Value: $28.23
Overall, I'm not very happy with this bag. The nail polish and the Ole Henriksen moisturizer will get used, but the rest is just stuff I need to find storage space for and/or give away. Ipsy, stop giving me chores!