The Darling Nomadess: June Ipsy "Pretty in Paradise" Bag Review

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Ipsy "Pretty in Paradise" Bag Review

I've never been the type to sign up for those subscription boxes but I have been intrigued by Ipsy. There's something about watching YouTube video tutorials and reading beauty blogs that got me antsy about trying Ipsy for myself. It's a pretty good deal - at only $10 you typically receive 4-6 beauty products. After what seemed like years (it was only a few weeks) the June "Pretty in Paradise" bag arrived in my mailbox. I could not have received a better bag to review as my first bag! 

Firstly, how adorable is this bag?! It's designed by Rebecca Minkoff and so on trend with the pineapple fabric. Is it just me, or are pineapples everywhere this season? It's a good quality bag and the perfect size to carry around in my purse. 

Here are the products included in my bag: 

Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, Full Size $15 - I hoard mascara like it's my job. It's my all-time favorite beauty product and I will go to great lengths to find the perfect mascara. I love that I received a full size of this product rather than a smaller sample; it makes me excited for future full seize products that I'll receive in future Ipsy bags. With that said, this mascara is far from perfect. It has a strong and strange scent, like paint thinner or burning rubber. The quality is not that great either. I experienced some pretty horrendous clumped spider-lashes. It definitely doesn't live up to its namesake. 

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Full Size $9, Sample Size $3.25 - I haven't been able to try this product yet but it smells amazing! I have a different sea salt spray sample that I want to finish up before I start on this one!

NYX Butter Gloss, Creme Brûlée, Full Size $5 - I had bought this gloss in the Tiramasu shade in May. It was my first experience with NYX and since that first gloss, I've been hooked. I was so excited to pull this gloss in shade "Creme Brûlée" out of my bag! It's a great pink-nude color and goes on so buttery smooth. It's not sticky and I love the vanilla scent.

Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil, Full Size $13 - After mascara, I would say my second beauty love is a good eyebrow pencil. I haven't tried this one out quite yet but I did swatch it and it looks a bit dark. I'll give it a try sometime this week but I might end up using this on my sister Amiee for her wedding make up. She has darker brown hair and beautiful tan skin which might complement this eyebrow pencil more than my blonde hair and porcelain skin.

RealTree For Her Perfume, Full Size $25 - While I'm obsessed with ensuring I smell good, I am definitely not a perfume person. I find a scent that I like and I stick to that scent. This perfume may be a game changer! It's a floral scent that just smells like summer to me. 

Want to sign up for Ipsy, too? You can sign up for Ipsy here with my referral link! I'm not paid for it, I just receive points!

Are you an Ipsy subscriber? What did you receive this month?

With Love,


  1. Loved my NYX Butter Gloss this month. I noticed the weird smell the mascara has too!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  2. I miss ipsy so much! I'm planning on resubscribing after I finally get my apartment situation taken care of and get to move in. I love that bag! And I really need to find a good eyebrow pencil. Mine are basically nonexistent.

  3. I got the same bag!
    I've gotten Ipsy for a few months and sadly this bag is what made me cancel my subscription because the mascara was so horrendous and mine was dried up. I was very very disappointed and have emailed them and have had no responses. It was very very disappointing for me.

  4. I received the same thing! I loved my bag for the most part. My favorite parts were the NYX Butter Gloss & the Perfume!

  5. that bag is adorable, I love how many full size things you got!

  6. The mascara smell was SO strange!! It was so overwhelming, and definitely not what I want to smell when I'm still half asleep getting ready for work!

    I always like seeing what other people got in their Ipsy bag - we only got two of the same products this month!

  7. Ugh, I really want to do Ipsy but just don't see the point since I'm leaving for China so soon! Maybe when I get back?

  8. I was disapointed by this month's Ipsy. Besides the pouch and the NYX lip butter, I didn't really like the rest :-S Have you tried Vain Pursuits btw? Would love to have your opinion on them before I buy!

    1. I've actually never heard of Vain Pursuits before! I'll look into it though!! :]


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