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Ipsy Science: AKA How on Earth did you get that bag, girlfriend?!

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My bag this month actually makes sense with my profile, dunno if it was a fluke or not.

 

I got the humidity spray and I have frizz as a concern, microdermabrasion scrub with large pores and blemishes checked, and they sent me the coola without a tint with fair skin checked.

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Ok, so my bag ended up being this one:

 

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Personal style: Classic, Sultry, Formal, Worldly

Stylist: Promise, Kandee, Heart

Comfort level: Very comfortable

Adventurous level: Very adventurous

Brands I love: Bare Escentuals, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, MAC, Make Up For Ever, theBalm, Philosophy, Stila, NYX, Smashbox, Tarte, Buxom, Butter London, LORAC, Too Faced, Carol's Daughter, Essie

Types of makeup I love most: Foundation, Powder, Blush & Bronzer, Eye Shadow, Eye Liner, Mascara, Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Brushes, Tools

Types of skin/hair/nailcare products I love most: Cleanser, Moisturizer, Nail Colors, Body Lotion, Bath & Shower Gels

Shopping: all companies listed

Skin tone: light

Skin concerns: all

Eye color: Brown

Hair color: Black

Hair type: Needs volume

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Anyone want to chime in specifically on if/how skin tone affected colors sent?

 

I notice that when I had Light chosen I received cooler colors (last month I received Volta and lip pencil in Bare) and when I changed to Fair I started receiving warm colors (Coral Crush).

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Anyone want to chime in specifically on if/how skin tone affected colors sent? I notice that when I had Light chosen I received cooler colors (last month I received Volta and lip pencil in Bare) and when I changed to Fair I started receiving warm colors (Coral Crush).
I have my profile set to light and also received Volta /bare last month and coral crush this month. BUT, we got the Pop Beauty spoiler before the first and I "liked" a bunch of looks containing coral/orange/peach lips in hopes of getting the coral crush.

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I'm wondering something... most of the people I've seen get the Derma-E scrub have been "older" (at least late 20s, which to Ipsy's teen-heavy subscriber base, is PRACTICALLY ANCIENT, apparently).  I'm 30, had my real age listed on my profile, and got the scrub.  (I have since traded it for the perfume)

 

Did any teens/early 20s ladies get the scrub?  My theory could be completely off... but in the meantime, I took 10 years off my age in the Style Quiz... just in case!  (I did the same thing with Birchbox several months ago and have gotten MUCH better boxes since!)

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Originally Posted by magicalmom View Post

 

I'm wondering something... most of the people I've seen get the Derma-E scrub have been "older" (at least late 20s, which to Ipsy's teen-heavy subscriber base, is PRACTICALLY ANCIENT, apparently).  I'm 30, had my real age listed on my profile, and got the scrub.  (I have since traded it for the perfume)

 

Did any teens/early 20s ladies get the scrub?  My theory could be completely off... but in the meantime, I took 10 years off my age in the Style Quiz... just in case!  (I did the same thing with Birchbox several months ago and have gotten MUCH better boxes since!)

 

I'm 39 and didn't get the scrub (which is kind of a shame because I wanted it!). I have two subs and both list my real age. I got Benetint and Nailtini.

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Originally Posted by sldb View Post

 

 

I'm 39 and didn't get the scrub (which is kind of a shame because I wanted it!). I have two subs and both list my real age. I got Benetint and Nailtini.

I'm in the lowest age category and I'm SUPPOSED to get the scrub... I'll let you know if I ever do, seems like my bag got lost in the mail or something, it got shipped the 11th and hasn't moved since the 16th... blah!

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Originally Posted by fadingsuns3ts View Post

 

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Originally Posted by sldb View Post

 

 

I'm 39 and didn't get the scrub (which is kind of a shame because I wanted it!). I have two subs and both list my real age. I got Benetint and Nailtini.

I'm in the lowest age category and I'm SUPPOSED to get the scrub... I'll let you know if I ever do, seems like my bag got lost in the mail or something, it got shipped the 11th and hasn't moved since the 16th... blah!

Oh no, I hope your bag arrives soon! That is crazy!  (and quick question for my theory on a certain age range getting the scrub... Have you updated your quiz, where they now ask for your birthday instead of an age range?)

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Sorry I haven't bothered to post my bags this month. I was kind of depressed about my husband not hearing about his job interview week before last. Then, around Wednesday or Thursday of last week, my older cat Sallee started acting odd. It was subtle at first. Just a bit withdrawn. By the weekend, it became obvious that she was sick. I called the vet as soon as they opened Monday morning. We took her to the vet who said she had water in her lungs. They drained it off and said she was resting quite well. We thought we'd be able to pick her up today. But around 8 am, they called to say she had just passed away. They thought she was sleeping peacefully when they got to work, but then they couldn't wake her up, and they found her pulse was extremely weak. They couldn't revive her. She had a huge growth in her chest, so they suspect it was cancer. She was at least 13 years old. I adopted her in 2002 and they estimated her age at 2 years. My mom always thought she was older than that--5 to 7--which would put her around 16 to 18. I guess that's a long life for a cat, but I was expecting to have her for another 10 years. It really was a shock. Neither myself nor my husband is taking it very well. I can't even think of makeup right now. To make it worse, I have a Birchbox coming in Sallee's name. I also started balling in Kmart tonight when I walked by the Sally Hansen nail polish. (I went there to pick up a new gown as I had buried Sallee at my mom's house in the gown I was wearing at night). Anyway, sorry to blab so much, and I know I am WAY off topic, but talking/writing about it seems to help stop me from pacing the floor and crying. But, I don't know how much I will be reading or posting on here for a while, on any link. I just miss my baby girl (the first pet that was all my own, before my husband came along) and she lived in the house with me. I really do love her! I'll miss you guys too. I'm sure I'll be back sometime. Maybe even sooner than I'm thinking about as I will probably need a diversion.

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Originally Posted by magicalmom View Post

 

Oh no, I hope your bag arrives soon! That is crazy!  (and quick question for my theory on a certain age range getting the scrub... Have you updated your quiz, where they now ask for your birthday instead of an age range?)

Yes :) I re-do the quiz every month due to paranoia of ipsy bag non-perfection! Haha

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Originally Posted by fadingsuns3ts View Post

 

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Originally Posted by magicalmom View Post

 

Oh no, I hope your bag arrives soon! That is crazy!  (and quick question for my theory on a certain age range getting the scrub... Have you updated your quiz, where they now ask for your birthday instead of an age range?)

Yes :) I re-do the quiz every month due to paranoia of ipsy bag non-perfection! Haha

 

Oh gosh... me too! (on both Ipsy and Birchbox!)  I just did a major overhaul on Ipsy, took 10 years off my age (think they'll notice? wink.gif) and changed my styles to "natural" and "club-goer"...  Running through meadows by day, dancing my shoes off all night!  That is totally... not my life.  But if it gets me the Ipsy variations I want, I'm all for it!

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 I'm guessing the scrub was more based on skin concerns than age. I lopped off 15 years, fair skin, classic, no hair concerns, dry sensitive skin, and in faves I only chose eyeshadows, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, lipgloss and BB cream. It's been working well to suit me.

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 Another bit of advice fwiw......don't change your profile constantly, you change at wrong time you'll get a default. Also narrow in more, too many chosen styles and types just begs for a random bag. HTH!

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this is what Ipsy wrote to me about their matching

" The ipsyMatch algorithm works by taking your answers and inputting into an equation to select the BEST match for you out of all the possible combinations your answers gave. This means that the more answers you give - in other words, the more items you selected per page of the quiz - the more combinations the algorithm has to choose from. Because of this, we find the highest rate of success when users have narrowed down their choices to around 1 to 2 per page (3 if you absolutely must).

You are also correct in that it does have to do with the styles you like. Beyond just the ipsyMatch algorithm, we do take into consideration your product reviews, the looks you've liked, etc.

Please keep in mind that again, even if you do everything within your power to adjust your profile and activities accordingly, we still cannot guarantee you will not receive a product. This is because every month, we generally have 1 to 2 items in our Glam Bags that all subscribers get, not matter what - for example, all subscribers received the BH Cosmetics eyeshadow pallet in their July Glam Bags, regardless of whether or not they had selected eyeshadow in the quiz."

 

So, the key is not to select too many items on the same page if you are really particular about certain items. 

 

I also think that certain colors might be tied into your eye and hair color as well.  I have green eyes and I got the purple CAILYN eyeliner - purple makes green eyes pop!  Well, not out of your head, but makes them more vibrant.  I would think iron is great for blue and brown eyed ladies (I also have iron, because I did a swap for something else)

 

I think with August's bag, the only thing that I really wanted (mica eyeshadow) was not in my bag, but a BB cream was (of which I did not select in my profile).  So, some things are still not quite "right", but I have to say, I have enjoyed my Ipsy's bags very much since I started to subscribe.  I hope that trend continues.

 

I am not sure age matters.  I have a few friends on ipsy and we are between 40 and 60 years old (yes, some of us older ladies love our makeup!!)  and we get some products that are similar and some that aren't.  I am not sure if taking years off your profile will help - what is that supposed to accomplish?  I am confused here...

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I just signed up for my second Ipsy bag so I am re-taking the quiz for each profile over and over trying to ensure that I may get 2 different bgas. I am getting a headache! Lol. I am curious, girls with more than one bag: Did you give your profiles different ages? Different skin and hair types? I am not sure if I should, becuase although i want to try some different things and hopefully get different shades, I DO want things that will work for my age, skin etc.  not sure what else I should do...

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