Ipsy – My Monthly Beauty Fix

It’s been just over half a year since I started trying out these so-called subscription boxes. A bit of trial and error was involved, and of course some spending, but not much. After a while, I’ve managed to stick with a few. Those are Julep, which caters mostly to nail color and nail tools/accessories, and Ipsy, in which this post is based on.

The process for subscribing to Ipsy was easy, however, be aware that the service is very popular and in high demand. How so? After filling in my information and taking the beauty quiz to determine what products would be suitable for me, I had to wait a while before having my subscription approved. I actually checked my email history with them, and it took at least a month before I finally received my first shipment. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as long as other pending members who weren’t hesitant to complain about waiting months and still not getting any notice of shipment. In that case, lucky me!

Here’s Ipsy in a nutshell:

  • Once you’ve had your subscription confirmed, a specially designed bag will be delivered every month. Each contains a few items to try out, based on your submissions from the beauty quiz. The number I’ve received has ranged from 4-6.
  • Give the products a whirl, and feel free to rate and/or review them along with your overall experience of the month’s bag on the Ipsy website.
  • If for any reason you have to skip a month, you can do so before the 1st of that month. Be absolutely sure about your decision before taking action! As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, it is a highly popular service. You may have to play the waiting game again should you decide to re-start your subscription.
  • How much does it cost? Only $10/month (before tax and with free shipping)!


Here’s a photo of some of the bags and their contents:



So far, I’ve gotten 6 bags from them consecutively. The brands of the items range from drug store (i.e. NYX, Andrea) to prestige (i.e. Urban Decay, Bare Minerals, Zoya). I’ve had a mix of good and bad in terms of the experience with my subscription. The main issue lately seems to be with the lip products. What looks great in the packaging does not always have the same result when worn! That said, I may try taking the beauty quiz again to better my options for the next month. Overall, this is a great way to try out new cosmetics without leaving a dent in your wallet. It’s been saving money for me so far.

Interested in giving Ipsy a try? Click here to get started, and good luck!


Coachella 2014 – I Made It!

After a disappointing failed attempt to make my first trip out to Coachella last year, this year was redemption time.

Instead of arriving around 3pm from my initial travel itinerary, I ended up getting there roughly at 8:30pm (Thanks a million, Eye!). Nevertheless, I was up for anything as long as I got to catch Zedd and Outkast perform. It was a done deal for both after grabbing a beer and pizza. That night pretty much set the tone for the remainder of my weekend at Coachella.

I decided to head out earlier on Saturday in hopes of catching more performers. Yep, totally happened. I also got to meet up with friends who were also in town for the event. In between sets, I was able to check out a few vendors. The Samsung Experience won me $15 in food/beverage tickets, plus another $5 for participating in a survey. I then refreshed my face at the Sephora Collection Beauty Studio and took a selfie as a memento of my weekend. I also dropped my phone off twice at the charging station. That came in extremely handy since I forgot my USB cord for my portable battery (D’oh!).   To recall, I saw Banks, Chvrches, Kid Cudi, some of Dillon Francis, Lorde, some of Galantis, some of Empire of the Sun, Pharrell, Muse, and Nas . My favorite set of the whole weekend belonged to Pharrell. I dubbed it “The Pharrell Show” simply because he threw out old songs from his time with N.E.R.D, songs from his latest album, and songs that he help produced, which prompted several guest appearances. Those included Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Diplo, Puff Daddy, Tyler the Creator, Snoop Dogg, and Gwen Stefani. If Daft Punk had appeared as well, I would have been on Cloud 9.

Unfortunately, I had to make my way back up to LA on Sunday in order to get to my flight back to SF the next day. Didn’t miss too much. However, I’ll be catching up by watching the videos of Krewella, Alesso, and Jhene Aiko, the only artists I really wanted to see that day. Overall, this was an incredible weekend of fun and music. It’ll cost you a bit, but I guarantee it’s worth every penny. I know I’ll have to be more attentive with my arrangements should I return next year, and hopefully more friends would be down to join in as well.

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