Ok, so for the past few months, have been seeing adds about all of these different beauty box subscriptions. I may be hopping on the bandwagon a little late but I finally decided to give one a try. My box, or bag rather, of choice is Ipsy! While I haven’t recieved my first Ipsy Glam Bag yet, I wanted to go over a few reasons I chose to try Ipsy over the other numerous options out there. There are several reasons, so lets get started.
One of the biggest reasons I wanted to try a subscription was because I am such a cheapskate and rarely branch out to try new products. I’m hoping to document all of my makeup adventures here for other like minded folks to watch. I tend to have a very simple daily makeup style and spend FOREVER trying to decide if I want to try any new products. Not that I don’t like trying new things, because I definitely would buy so much makeup if I could! I’m just a tightwad when it comes to anything that isn’t necessary to survive. So I hope that Ipsy will introduce me to new styles, techniques, and overall products that I wouldn’t try otherwise.
As of now, I’m mostly interested in trying new makeup products. It seemed that several of the other subscriptions like Sephora Play, Birchbox, and the others included a lot more skin care and hair care over makeup products and I’m just not into that side of things right now. I have my face wash and it suits me. My skin is generally pretty healthy and I prefer to keep that simple. And my pixie hair is short and takes me less than 5 minutes to fix. Not interested in change there.
I will note that while I was filling out my Ipsy profile, skin care and hair care were definitely a part of the selection. It just seems, from other people’s reviews, that they focus more heavily on the makeup.
Did I mention I’m a cheapskate? Ipsy only costs $10 a month. I’d say I was averaging about $100 a year on makeup so this really isn’t that much more expensive. And while I do intend to continue purchasing my absolute favorite Tarte products, I am hoping that over time Ipsy can supply my trendy eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras at least.
4) I don’t need full size everything
If you are like me and stick to your simple makeup routine, you notice your makeup “expiring” before you can use it all. I say “expire” lightly because I’ve got some eyeshadow pallettes that are older than my cat. I just can’t use certain products fast enough to justify spending $25 per color on mulitple colors of lipstick. So I really hope Ipsy can give me choices when I need them and savings when I don’t.
5) The Waitlist
Ok, so I’ll admit it. I was 99% committed to trying Sephora Play before switching to Ipsy. Their waitlist was open and I was about to sign up. I entered my info and hit submit. Nothing. Nothing happened. I clicked it again. Still nothing. So refreshed the page only to be redirected to the waitlist page. They literally closed sign ups as I was signing up. The only reason I wanted to try Sephora first was because I had friends signing up for Ipsy and I knew I could cancel Sephora and sign up with Ipsy at any time if I wanted.
Clearly it was a sign. So I moseyed on over to my email from Ipsy saying the waitlist was open, and again, as I was signing up the waitlist closed. It was a very frustrating moment. Until I was directed to the “Skip the waitlist” page. The skipping process is painless. You just have to let them post on your facebook and send a message to at least on friend. While I normally avoid anything posting to my personal facebook, I really wanted to get in so I could recieve September’s bag. So I did it and Ipsy immediately congratulated me on signing up and sent me a confirmation email.
I’m very excited to give Ipsy a shot. I really have high hopes for the subscription and can’t wait to see how it goes!
These are the main reasons why I’m choosing to give Ipsy a shot. I do plan on doing a follow up to this post detailing the successes and disappointments of Ipsy so subscribe to get updates when that post comes through. I also can’t wait to do my first Ipsy Glam Bag review of September’s bag and the new products I get to try!
UPDATE: My First Glam Bag review is here! Check out my First Impressions of Ipsy and September’s Glamazon Bag