First of all, how about those adorable little bags the samples come in?! These are super fun and functional parts of getting the Ipsy package in the mail every month. They typically center around some sort of theme, often seasonal. I will forever have an amazing stash of travel bags for makeup, jewelry and skincare. Each bag comes with five products and I've gotten everything from tweezers, to makeup brushes and every type of makeup imaginable.
One of the best things Ipsy has done for me is gotten me more serious about my skincare routine. From facial masks (many of which I've used up) to amazing moisturizers, face serums, and exfoliating products, I've become much more serious about caring for my skin. I've really noticed a difference in the reduction of fine lines and more hydrated skin, both of which make makeup go on much easier! Some of my favorite things I've received in this category include Ren Skincare moisturizer, Glamglow Firming Treatment, and BioRepublic's masks.
I've also gotten some amazing lip colors that are different shades than I might not ever buy, but it's been super fun to experiment with those. Favorites in lip care and color include Hanalei lip scrub, Seraphine Guava Butter (this works for lips and cheeks!), and Meet Matt(e) Hughes lip color, which comes in a super well priced set of 6 and stays on really well.
I've also loved all of the nail colors I've received. I was especially impressed with the super metallic Formula X glitter color. I'm also realizing now that I left out some colors from Trust Fund Beauty out of this photo, but they've been colors that have held up super well.
Thanks to Ipsy, I will never have to buy eyeshadow again. Favs here include the NYX trio palette and the Pixi by Petra brow duo. It's not all roses and sunshine; every single item I get isn't a winner. I can't ever see myself in a dark purple eyeshadow, but there are way more neutrals than anything, so more often than not, I'm pleased here.
Above include all time favorites that I've gotten the most day-to-day use out of. I used up every last drop of the Illamasqua Precision Eyeliner, I love the added hair volume from Alterna Caviar Volume, and I've really fallen in love with the entire Pixi brand. Liquid Gossamer from Jelly Pong Pong is the perfect shimmery highlight.
Overall, I love and use over half of the items I get in every bag, many of which are at least $20 retail. I'd totally recommend Ipsy if you're a makeup novice who doesn't have a budget to spend on trying out lots of products and brands. It's a really fun way to step outside the box a little bit for not much money out of your pocket. Let me know if you have any specific questions about products (it would have taken me about 1,000 years to go through each one), or if you'd be interested to see a breakdown of what I receive monthly. And, if you're interested in trying Ipsy out, remember Christmas is right around the corner! What a perfect gift for yourself ;)