Subscription boxes are all the rage right now—pay a set amount every so often, and receive a mystery package with a selection of goodies. For the past six months, I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy, which delivers a makeup pouch and five cosmetic/haircare/skincare samples for $10 a month. It’s my way of treating myself to something small and exciting—I like getting mail (who doesn’t?) and the bag contains samples of things I would otherwise never think to purchase, because I am a) cheap and b) …no, that’s it, I’m mostly just cheap. I probably will never purchase a full-size replacement for any of my Ipsy samples, because I’m cheap. Well… maybe one of the Elizabeth Mott blush they sent that one time, but the sample looks like it’s going to last awhile, so maybe not.
My problem is that I also now work in an office with a very lax dress code, so I am not driven to make myself entirely presentable every day. I show up in jeans and a hoodie every morning, and although I started off wearing makeup every day, my colleagues have now seen what I look like without it, stumbling in at 9 AM with only two cups of coffee in my system. It’s a sight they can’t unsee, so I don’t bother as much. Once that curtain comes down, it’s down forever.
The above paragraph is part of the reason why my August bag sat untouched until my September bag showed up—between working at work and working on the house, the only time I got dressed up to go out was when I went to give the commencement address at We Can Code IT. (I also put on some makeup to take a new headshot, but that doesn’t count because I didn’t leave my house.)
Therefore, I am starting a new category on this blog for the review of items in my Ipsy bags. This will actually force me to use the items in the bag, plus, it’ll help me sharpen my review skills—and maybe it will even help someone out there is looking for something like hyaluronic acid toner or shimmery pink highlighter.
Also, even though this blog is obstinately tech-related, I don’t think there’s any harm in an occasional post about makeup and skincare products. Awhile back, I wrote a post entitled “I Am Not Developer Barbie,” in which I said that being concerned with my appearance in no way detracts from my intelligence or ability to write code. Heck, if a woman somehow finds my blog because she’s searching for makeup and decides to sign up for Codecademy afterward, that’s great. If a woman in tech who doesn’t otherwise wear makeup finds my blog and decides to sign up for Ipsy, that’s great, too. I’m allowed to be a femme developer, and so is everyone else—or not. Personal freedoms, yo. Hashtag justlibertarianthings.