IPSY-Beware PRC Product Samples

Ok-I’m exaggerating.

But after 2 messages to the company and a back and forth with customer service, I again received a sample made in the PRC.

No dis on China-but I’m just a little paranoid about the stories about lead in the color products and other sorts of manufacturing shortcuts and cost cutting ingredients in PRC aka Chinese products.

In any case, this month I received another lip product made in the PRC. Last month when I asked about this, I was informed that the products sample companies were carefully researched and considered high quality.

Really, am I five years old and easily placated by customer service-speak?

I think not.

Please note that I said the product sample companies were researched not the products. I seriously doubt that Ipsy requires the hundreds of companies to provide product ingredient breakdowns, FDA approval etc.

Still, having the Ipsy subscription has helped my new product addiction-to search and buy just because it’s fun.

So far, the only products I’ve really liked are the brushes. I did like an IT brow pencil in this months’ bag too. Product Details

However, the sample was probably just a 1/4 inch of product in a travel sized aluminum type applicator with a spooly brush.

Seems expensive to give a sample so measly in a casing that seems costly.

The case must have been made in China.



To Sag or Not to Sag? NUFACE by NUFACE

I’m pretty slow to buy devices of any kind.  I had my original blow dryer for at least a decade before it wore out.  I didn’t have a flat iron until years into the super straight trend.

And I still don’t own a Clarisonic tho I bought my mom the Clinique face cleanser.

I’ve been searching for a fix short of botox for the “bunny” wrinkles that affect the inner corner of my eyes. Surfing the net for keywords phrases – vertical wrinkles, lines in inner corners of eye etc. I did not find a solution.

Having a gift card in hand, and my weekly sephora.com browsing session onscreen, the NUFACE skin system was one of the device selections ( I was actually looking at the Clarisonics).

Years ago I went Dr Wong, a well known plastics guy.  I was pitching him for some ad sales, and he pitched me NuSkin.  Which is very similar to NuFace.  In any case he expertly did the demonstration on one side of my face and showed me the difference.

I was amazed. Tho because the serums and device are pretty pricey I passed.

True to form, years later, I decided to blow my whole gift card and them some on the NuFace after reading reviews on the internet.  I decided against buying the extra eye and lip attachment or the cheaper mini device based on the reviews.

I have to say, though at first I was my usual intensive user, with more casual once a day use, the bunny wrinkles are lessening. With a good eye cream, sunscreen and usage of the device it all works together to produce results.

I would say that the way I use is it off label tho. I put the device in the center above my nose but below my brow bone and hold for 5 seconds, 3 times.  Then I do around my eyelids and under my eyes.

I know it’s used for pulling up jowls and what else, but I mostly use it for my eye area.

And I’d say it works.