Ipsy July 2013 Review: Beach Beauty

The Bag: A clear pink tube made of pool floatie plastic.  It smells so plasticy!  I like that smell, but I could see how some people would hate that.

Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush: This was the first thing I tried because I was so excited about the shade.  The application was a bit waxy and not nearly as cute as I’d hoped.  It was a little minty.  These are sold in a set of 6 for $25.  My take?  Not a buy.

BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sample: This was three shades–eggplant, gold and a darker burnished gold.  Without primer, these were very sheer on me.  So disappointing!  I tried these over a weak primer and didn’t get much better payoff.  I’ve seen this brand’s eyeshadows swatched elsewhere and the shades seemed to give decent payoff over a good primer, so I’m sure this is buildable.  These are sold as part of larger palettes for $10, which seems like an okay price for the amount of shades.  I’d suggest looking up more swatches before buying!

Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20: This has a lot of oils and is unsurprisingly a bit oily on.  I didn’t detect a scent.  I can’t speak to how well it works as a sunscreen, but this sample was pretty small.  This is probably intended for the face only, but I need SO MUCH MORE sunscreen than this for a day in the sun!  It’s organic, vegan and cruelty-free, which is amazing, but this is priced at $36 for 1.7 oz, which I think is kind of outrageous.

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub: This has a nice amount of grit in it and smells like lemonade!  It was hard to get some of the grit off afterwards, but the cream of this product was pretty easy to wash off.  It supposedly contains Dead Sea salt and volcanic ash.  Afterwards, my skin feels a bit tight, but definitely softer and less flaky.  At $32 for 2 oz, though, I’m not sure the price is right for me.

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray: This goes on a bit like hair spray.  It feels a little sticky.  This would probably make some nice beachy waves.  My hair doesn’t feel softer after using it, but it smells decent.  For naturally curly hair, this would probably be a nice product.  This is $20 for 5.1 oz, which I think is a so-so price for a product like this.

The Overall: I was really excited about this bag when I opened it.  I was a little disappointed in the two actual makeup products, but everything else is a nice treat.  I felt like the full sizes of all these products were all a little overpriced, even with the Ipsy discounts.  Looking at the products I didn’t get, I was a little disappointed to miss out on some of those products.  They had Benefit benetint (!!), Sexy Hair humidity spray (which I need because I like in Humidity Land), Demeter perfume and an orange nail polish from Nailtini.  I sort of wish we could choose our products, but I can see how that might be chaotic.

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