Saturday, March 21

ipsy vs. Birchbox, February

My ipsy vs. Birchbox posts originally started as I was trying to choose between the two subscriptions. Now they've basically switched focus, to experimenting with and reviewing new beauty products, and ultimately, just maybe, turning me in a beauty junkie.

Until further notice, and as long as I continue to use up my products, I'm gonna stay subscribed to both (I say this, and already March was kinda disappointing!) But February was a good month. 
(October // November // December // January.)

Here's what they sent me last month!
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Birchbox (products left to right)

*Juice Beauty Cleanser-* I've almost used this up, between my trips to Austin and CA. It smells great, has blemish clearing benefits, and takes my make-up off in one wash. I would buy this to give my face a break from my exfoliating scrub, but still get the cleansing benefit. 
Gilchrist & Soames Body Wash- I can't say much about this, though I do like getting a travel-sized body wash, which I didn't have any of. Subs always try to get you hooked on random, meh, brands. This is one of them. I wish they would "stop trying to make fetch happen."
theBalm Read My Lips Lipgloss in Rose Pink- Not bad, another BB sample that I can use approx. two times. Overall the color and consistency is not my favorite for gloss; darkish pink and really sticky/overly pigmented. Still, I like trying a "The Balm" product because I know it's a great brand. 
BeeKind Conditioner- I took this to Austin with me, and all I remember is that it didn't wash out of my hair very well, which is a huge problem for me. Otherwise I think it was pretty standard.
beautyblender + solid cleanser- My beauty friends in the office absolutely freaked when I got this, (and they all said "It even came with the cleanser!") Apparently a Beauty Blender is the Holy Grail of applying foundation and concealer. Both of which I don't use all that much...but, they all also said "Watch a YouTube video about it. It will change your life." I did a little research, and apparently you can use it to apply any sort of serum etc. on your face. I tried it out the other day, and it really DOES make liquid foundation go on flawlessly, and it keeps your fingers clean! 


*Favorite of the month, because at press time, I've used it all. I love that this takes my make-up right off. Close close runner-up is the beautyblender, can't wait to use that forever.

The actual boxes have been killing it lately. I feel silly keeping them, because I'm not sure what to do with them, but this one was so so cute for Valentine month. 
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ipsy (products clockwise)

Cargo Cosmetics lip gloss in Anguilla- I wanted to like this lipgloss. I really did. Lip color is the item I consistently receive AND use in every sub. But this lipgloss makes me look ill. The very light pink just does not work for my skin-tone. Anyone want this? For real. I hate wasting anything! To be fair- this is not really the fault of the lipgloss, maybe just my genes.
Rob Scheppy for Tini Beauty eyeshadow in Pearl Fizz- This was also a little bit too light for my taste, and definitely shouldn't be used as an all-over shadow. Upon further research, I think I should be using it as a highlighter for my cheek/browbone. 
Joya Parfums Composition No. 1 Roll-On- I actually love perfume samples, because I've been out of perfume forever. This mini roll-on is a perfect fit for anywhere! I don't know that I love the smell necessarily, and you definitely don't need much to make it work! 
*ModelCo Blush in Peach Bellini-* I desperately needed new blush! This is a peachy shade, where I normally stick to pinks, but I actually love how it looks! And that right there is why I subscribe to ipsy in the first place. 
Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush- My old blush brush was also (cheap) and not that great. This certainly feels luxe, works well, and bonus that the handle/bristles are pink. 

*Favorite of the month, I've been using this blush and the accompanying brush since I got them! 

This bag is cute for sure, but they could have gone so many cuter ways with a "February" themed bag. So it's a little meh for me. I tucked it inside another purse to hold gloss, etc. 


Victor for February: very close, but I'll have to say Birchbox this time! Getting a (game-changer!) $20 beautyblender to try out really couldn't be topped.

Anybody else receive a Birchbox or ipsy this month with the same stuff? Or maybe you got something awesome that I missed out on? Spill!

If you are interested in signing up for ipsy OR Birchbox (or both ;) for $10/month, you can find my referral links here: ipsy // Birchbox.


Oh by the way- I am totally not really here today. I'm off in Pulaski, Tennessee, because Amanda is getting hitched! Fingers crossed that I don't cry off all my make-up, trip over my dress, or bomb my bridesmaid speech! Talk to ya soon!!

7 comments:

Larissa said...

I think its sooo difficult to say which one is better this month. The products are so different and they complement each other somehow quite perfectly. I want an organic cosmetics box like that! That would be really cool!
ENJOY the wedding :)!!!
xx

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

I have a fake beauty blender that I use all the time! It helps even out my skin and just looks awesome! That brush looks great! I always like getting brushes in my Ipsy bag because I never think to buy them!
~Sara

Priya said...

I was really pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to use, and how much I like it! Sometimes foundation/concealer can be tricky to apply.

Lauren @ Exploring My Style said...

I cannot believe a BeautyBlender was in your Birchbox! My jaw just hit the floor. I don't use foundation because my skin is so dry, it just looks flaky no matter how much moisturizer/skin exfoilator I use. I have heard it's a must have so lucky girl you for snagging one! The ipsy bag didn't have too many products for you this month it seems but great score on the blush!

reshma said...

Thank you for sharing this post. I've been on the fence about trying Birchbox, but I might try it out since I have a lot of traveling coming up soon and might be a good time to give samples a try. I've heard a ton about the beauty blender, definitely seems like a score. Have you come across any good moisturizers or spf products you'd recommend?

Priya said...

It is honestly awesome! I use it every time I put on concealer/foundation now.

Priya said...

I'm so glad it was helpful! I definitely enjoy getting Birchbox.

I really like this eco-beauty moisturizer (http://perfectlypriya.blogspot.com/2015/02/ipsy-vs-birchbox-january.html) and it was SO good for traveling with the screw-on top!

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