In all seriousness, I thought the bag was really cute, but holy heck, it REEKED! It smelled very plastic-y, like one of those blow-up inner tubes that kids use in the pool. Are all the Ipsy bags like this? Luckily, the smell has faded, so I'm able to use it without conjuring images of myself floating down the lazy river at a water park.
2. Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant. I always like trying out new skin products, so this will be put to good use.
3. Starlooks Luscious Longwear lip pencil in "nude." I very rarely wear lipstick, but I like the color of this liner. It's light enough that I think it'll look good with colored lip gloss, which is what I usually wear when the occasion calls for painted lips.
I was really happy with my first Ipsy shipment! I can't compare the service to Birchbox yet; I'll have to ride the Ipsy wave for a few more boxes before I can decide which service I like better. Or, I guess it doesn't have to be a contest; I can like both equally. You can't go wrong with any service that delivers cosmetics to your door every month, right?
If you haven't yet tried out Ipsy and would like to do so, head on over here: Ipsy subscription link. The cost is $10 a month, and you'll receive a mix of trial and full-size beauty products, all in a cute makeup bag.