My favorite item from this bag is the Luxie 660 Dreamcatcher Foundation Brush valued at $23.00. I am a sucker for colorful handles on my makeup brushes and this lavender or periwinkle blue color is such a cheerful addition to my collection. Luxie brushes are becoming my favorite brand and it is good to know that they are cruelty free. The brush is soft and tapered, which I can see being great for foundation. I love my paddle brush for foundation though, so I may wind up using this one for setting powder under my eyes. You can find out more about this brush here: http://go.magik.ly/ml/5138/ (affiliate link)
Lip balm is something I hoard, as I can't stand to be without any nearby. I do tire of the drugstore options, so this one by KVoss in Macaroon is a very welcome addition. It is chock full of coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil and macaroon essential oil. My only disappointment is that it doesn't taste or smell like coconut as I thought it might, but that isn't a deal breaker for me. It feels great on my lips and adds a soft sheen. It looks to be full size and is on sale right now on the KVoss website for $12.99. https://www.kvossnyc.com/products/macaroon-lip-balm
A new brand to me, the Mellow Matte Lipstick is perfect in the color nude. It has a pink tone to it, which I really like. I don't like matte lipsticks as they usually make my lips too dry and I can't stand it. However, this one feels like there is nothing there. It is described as being a long wearing lipstick, which I agree, but there is some transfer if that is a concern of yours. This full size tube sells for $13.00. http://www.mellowcosmetics.com/lips/creamy-matte-lipsticks/matte-lipstick-nude
Ipsy knows I love body lotion and I am glad to get another one to try. Hempz is a new brand to me and I am impressed so far! The Pomegranate Herbal lotion is not greasy or sticky . It absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and moisturized. The scent is subtle and fruity and while it's not the best thing I have ever smelled, it is pleasant to use. The size of the sample is 2.25 oz and is on Ulta's website for $7.30. http://go.magik.ly/ml/513j/ (affiliate link) The full size is 17 oz. and is listed at $23.00. http://go.magik.ly/ml/513m/ (affiliate link)
Urban Decay is another brand that I have been wanting to try, so I was excited to see a sample of this highlighter in my bag. I love highlighters anyway and this champagne gold with the name Sin is beautiful. It sheered out nicely and was definitely buildable when more layers were added. It was creamy and gave a nice golden glow, just perfect for summer. This sample size was .08 oz. and valued at $9.04. http://go.magik.ly/ml/5139/ (affiliate link)
The grand total of my Ipsy bag for May was $65.33, which is outstanding for a $10 subscription service! I love everything that I received and even though this wasn't my favorite bag, I will definitely get some use out of it. This is my 7th month with Ipsy and feel like the feedback I have given them has really helped with the curation of my bag. I can't wait until the next one! To subscribe to Ipsy and get your very own curated bag, go to www.ipsy.com.