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September Ipsy Bag Review

As a girl on a budget that has a passion for trying new products, Ipsy is my perfect soulmate. For only $10 a month, I get five new products in the mail. In High School, I was a long time Ipsy subscriber, and I actually restarted based on my trip to the Birchbox Store in Manhattan. I realized how much I was missing the service and figured I would do it for a few months, get some new products, and then cancel again. I know, big plans for a simple subscription, but as a true budget-lover, I can’t help but think ahead. This September Ipsy bag is really good, so get ready for a full review.

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Please note: This is not a sponsored post, I just like to tell you about things that are fun and worth the money!

Review of the September Ipsy Bag 2016

Waxing Kara-Sweet Lips Honey Lip Balm in Clear, $10: This product is amazing. For the past two nights, I have put it on before bed. In the morning I can still feel the insane amount of moisture on my lips. Lip balm is something I think you can never really have too many of, so I was happy to find this in my bag.

Crown Brush Ombre Angle Brush, $13: Brushes are always fun and often expensive, so I was happy to find this in my bag. It feels soft and seems like a decent quality level, but I haven’t played with it yet so can’t say more.

Whish Renewing Mud Mask, $44-full size: I am a mask hoarder. I have had acne prone skin for about 12 years, so I love to try new masks. This sample size is honestly perfect for me because it will last roughly 5 uses.

tre’StiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent, $34: When I first opened this product, I thought the cap was missing. It wasn’t. It just opened completely differently than expect. After that initial struggle, I am extremely happy with this product. I have sampled the Benefit Watt’s Up highlight stick before, and am very excited to try another. I find this type of product to be perfect for your inner eye duct or as an eyeshadow base.

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara, $23-full size: Mascara is always a necessity because you never want to use a tube for much longer than 3 months. Mascara is the one product that I try to continuously replace and keep up with. That’s why getting one in a subscription box makes me smile. I tried this mascara this morning, and like the consistency; however, it has an interesting cap as well. It is pull off instead of twist off. I am very interested to see if the product dries out faster with this type of packaging and will keep you all updated.

Total Bag Value: $124 (if all products were full size)

Things I Would Have Purchased Myself

When you are on a budget and subscribe to something like this, I think it is important to take a step back and value the bag. I ask myself what I would have actually purchased, and what I would have paid for that product. Not what it is worth, what I would actually pay. That’s they only way to truly know if it was worth it. In my September Ipsy Bag, I would have purchased the following items myself:

  • Lip Balm for $3
  • Face Mask for $5
  • Mascara for $5 (it is a sample size)

The total I would have spent to get items that I will use to completion was $13. Therefore, even with my own stubbornly, cheap mentality, this bag was worth the $10. This doesn’t mean I won’t use the other products. It just puts value on what I would have spent on these same products.

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MY GOAL

As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get the most out of life during your college years and early twenties. Certain things are worth splurging on—hey, Fall textbook order—but others aren’t. I hope that this post gave you an idea of how you can incorporate new products into your daily routine without breaking the bank!

~Alana Robin

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