Ipsy June 2014 Review

I typed up this post at some point, and it looks like WordPress ate it. That’s fine because I’ve got a persnickety update!

So when I opened the Be a Bombshell mascara, it smelled kind of acrid. Knowing that the chemical composition of mascara would probably frighten most people–and knowing that the chemical smells of most mascaras are covered up by fragrance–I gave it a go. It went on beautifully and looked really nice.
Until, that is, my eyes began to itch and burn. The skin on my eyelids got a bit red.
I honestly chalked this up to some sort of sensitivity until I happened across the ipsy Facebook page. Apparently, I was not alone–some ipsters even had their eyelashes start to fall out. UM.
Be a Bombshell passed the buck off on ipsy, even though this was clearly a quality control issue on their end. They say they’re investigating the matter. They admit it was a special run for ipsy and that they didn’t use fragrance, but I feel like the number of people who experienced ill side-effects is just too darn high.
I noted that several users said they contacted ipsy care and got a replacement item (still not sure what that means), so I contacted them. On the 21st, they said they would ship me a replacement product and send me a tracking code within 7 business days. As of today, I have received no tracking code nor a product. I contacted them again yesterday and got an automated response that they’re experiencing a high volume of complaints, so I’d hear back in 3-7 days. I’m not angry, but I am a little disappointed.

I opted to skip July’s glam bag. Looking at the sneak peeks, I don’t feel like I’m missing much. Will I resubscribe? I don’t know at this point. I had already decided to skip this month before the Be a Bombshell problem, and now I don’t feel any urge to sub up.

The other products?
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (sample size) – This smells wonderfully of Pina Coladas, but as far as offering texture? Not really so much. It’s a little sticky, but just didn’t do a great job on my hair.

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee (Full size $5 value) – This felt really nice on and smelled very sweet, but the shade kind of made my lips disappear a little. I also would probably give pause at paying $5 for a tube this size, but I’m a tightwad.

OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil in Brown (Full size $13 value) – This was kind of waxy, which is nice for getting brow hairs in line. The shade is a bit too dark for me and my brows are more or less black. The website says that this shade is supposed to work for all brows and skintones and I couldn’t disagree more. I’ll stick with my $3 E.L.F. eyebrow kit, thanks.

Realtree for Her (sample) – Ugh. First, I hate perfume samples. Second, I hate this perfume. Third, a camo company has a perfume? Really?

2 responses to “Ipsy June 2014 Review”

  1. I also got the butter gloss ( which, like all nudes, makes me look dead ), the eyebrow pencil ( meh ) and the realtree ( smells nice but gave it to my niece nonetheless ). The only “score” for me was the Nicka K Shimmer Eyeliner in bright blue. I haven’t done more than swatched it but it has a lot of potential.

    In other box fronts : the popsugar box was pretty cool. I got a collapsible hat ( which I really needed ), salad tongs, a new mascara and some cool drinking straws. In the “meh” category : more freakin’ sunscreen and some weird coconut bits. I also got a — get this — jump rope! I haven’t jumped rope since I was 12! Might be work trying if I don’t break my ankle.

    1. I love eyeliners in cool colours! That’s what I was hoping to get more out of from ipsy. Give me your weirdest products, brands! I skipped this month and looking over all the products in the bags, I’m not sad at all.
      OMG I once pulled a light fixture down into my head with a jump rope (breaking the rules as a kid, of course.) So I have no love for those things. The salad tongs looked AWESOME.
      I’ll be putting up a (negative) review of Beauty Box 5 later. (Spoiler alert: don’t waste your time!)

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