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Ipsy Glam Bag vs. Birchbox May 2016

Here is what I got in each of the beauty subscriptions this month.

IPSY Glam Bag – $10 a month no tax

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2016

Etat Libre de Orange – Perfume

INSPR – fluff beauty brush

Jelly Pong Pong – Caribbean sun bronzer duo

SOO AE- Collagen essence sheet masks

IT cosmetics – gel eyeliner

The perfume was much too strong for me and I haven’t tried the other products, mostly because I have no need for them.  I think I will be cancelling after this month.  Ipsy has adorable bags but didn’t have brands or products I’m all that interested in.  I just double checked my profile to see why they would send me an eye product every month and I had not checked anything related to eyes so it seems not all that personalized.

Birchbox – $10 a month plus tax ($10.86 for me)

Birchbox May 2016

Coola – Daydream SPF 30 Mineral makeup primer

Eyeko – skinny eyeliner

Matrix – Oil Wonders volume rose plumping mousse (plus shampoo and conditioner)

MDSolarSciences – Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50 for Body

Vita Liberata – Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

I absolutely love the rose shampoo, the smell reminds me of a doll that I played with as a child and it made my hair soft and fluffy.  The conditioner didn’t smell as nice, but when I used them together my hair seemed a bit fuller.

I’m excited to try the MDSolarSciences product, I use SPF on the back of my hands and it will be nice to have one with moisture defense in it since my hands get dry.  I don’t use makeup primer and hate self tanning lotions, and definitely won’t use the eyeliner.  To be able to try 3-4 products that I’m interested in seems like a good deal still and I’m pleased with the brands that Birchbox carries.  Plus I like that you get points after reviewing towards your future purchases.  I think I’ll stick with Birchbox.


April Birchbox vs Ipsy Glam Bag

I haven’t reviewed my two beauty subscription boxes in a while so here is my breakdown of April.

Birchbox – $10 a month plus tax ($10.86 for me)

birchbox and ipsy April 002

The box this month was really pretty and here’s what I got:

Acure – organics lip lush lip gloss

Juliette has a gun – perfume in Anyway

Vasanti – Brighten Up! Face scrub

Supergoop – Daily correct CC cream

Davines – OI all in one milk

Davines – OI shampoo and conditioner

This box was actually very good for me.  I ended up really liking the Davines shampoo, and the Anyway perfume by Juliette has a gun is my new favorite and I plan to order the full size.  The face scrub was also really nice and made my skin very soft.  The supergoop CC cream was a little oily for me and I just purchased a different one from MD Solar sciences that I like better but was happy I got to try it.  Overall a really great box and several products I’ll end up buying full sizes of.


IPSY Glam Bag – $10 a month no tax

birchbox and ipsy April 001

This month’s bag isn’t quite as cute as some of the others (they’ve had some really adorable bags.)  Here’s what I got:


Jor’el Parker – Fango Mud Therapy

Tarte lipsurgence – in wonder

Briogeo – Don’t Despair repair hair therapy

Ofra – eyeshadow

Eyeshadow brush

The mud therapy was nice and a good replacement for my Glam Glow mud that has dried up recently.  It smells nice and seems to do just as good of a job.  The shade of the tarte lipstick was a bit too bright for me.  The hair therapy involved applying it overnight and putting something over your pillowcase to protect it which sounded too messy and too much hassle for me so I skipped that.  I didn’t try the eyeshadow because I don’t wear that.

Overall, I really have been liking Birchbox and might cancel the Ipsy Glam bag soon.  I’ll miss the adorable bags, but the products are from brands I haven’t really heard from usually (aside from Tarte) and I haven’t really discovered anything I’d like to purchase.



Birchbox vs. Ipsy Glam Bag

I recently signed up for two  popular cosmetic subscription boxes and wanted to do a quick comparison.

Birchbox – $10 a month plus tax ($10.86 for me)

You get 5 samples in a cute box each month.  There is an online profile you fill out to let them know your preferences so the samples are selected especially for you.  Here’s what I got in January:

Birchbox January 2016

Beauty Protector – Protect and Detangle

Eyeko – Fat Liquid Liner

Jouer – Matte Moisture Tint (Linen)

Real Chemistry – Luminous 3-Minute Peel

Whish – Three Whishes Body Butter (Almond)

Of these, I’m looking forward to the hair detangler, the 3 minute peel, and the body butter the most.  I don’t really wear eye makup and black eyeliner is too overpowering on me.  The moisture tint is interesting but it’s hard to match my skintone so I’m not sure about that one yet.

IPSY Glam Bag – $10 a month no tax

Ipsy also sends 5 samples a month, but they come in an adorable makeup bag and a fushia bubble mailer.  It’s so exciting to get the package itself!  You also fill out a style profile for Ipsy.  Here’s what I got this month:

IPSY Glam Bag January 2016

Burt’s Bees – Cleansing oil

Hanalei – sugar lip scrub

Mr.Write (Now) – eyeliner

Pixi Petra – eyeshadow duo

Blending brush

In this bag, I’ve already tried the cleansing oil which dried my skin out a bit, but I will combine with some scrubbing powder I use as an exfoliant.  The lip scrub felt nice and I’ll probably use it once a week.  I didn’t care for the eye shadows and eyeliner because again, I don’t use eye makeup.  The brush will be great for covering up blemishes or red spots.  It was meant for eye shadow but I find that these detail brushes are good for cover ups.

The Winner this month?

I think I’d call it a tie this month.  While I liked more of the products in the Birchbox, I love the bag for Ipsy and a few of the products really made it worth the cost.  So far I’m undecided which one I like better.