Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ipsy vs. Birchbox: October Sub Box Review

Hello Again!

I am very late in reviewing my October subscription boxes! But, I was fairly impressed with the boxes last month, and wanted to share goodies I received with you.

Let's start with my October Birchbox.
Here is what I received:
Eve Lom Cleanser & Muslin Cloths
Amika Nourishing Hair Mask
Luna Lemon Zest Bar
Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
DDP Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser

I have used most of these products and enjoyed them. The DDP Cleanser is a nice exfoliant, the mascara gives me lush lashes, and the Luna bar was yummy.

I've been feeling rather "ehhh" about the last few Birchboxes I received. They are beautifully packaged, and generally have some nice skincare items. But, I don't feel that they are necessarily geared towards me. I am in like, but not love, with my Birchboxes. But, this one was a bit better than the previous.

Next up is my first Ipsy box/bag (formally known as My Glam Bag):

Here is what I received:
Coastal Scents Eye Shadow
The Balm " What's Your Type" Bodybuilder Mascara
Be A Bombshell Eyeliner
Mirenesse Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Stain
Couture Color Pequi Oil Treatment

I was quite impressed with my first Ipsy bag. First, I loved the Bombshell/Pinup concept, and the bold, feminine products. The Be A Bombshell Eyeliner was long lasting, though the felt tip was a bit thick for my taste. The Balm mascara was lush and lengthening. I've used the Couture Color Oil Treatment a few times, and it leaves my hair very soft.
Plus, with Ipsy, you receive a mini bag each month! I found the chevron stripe bag quite snazzy.

My favorite item from Ipsy was the Mirenesse Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Stain. The color is very highly pigmented, goes on glossy, and has the great staying power of a lip stain.

The Coastal Scents eyeshadow was really the only "ehhh" item. The colors are pretty, but the item didn't seem to fit with the Bombshell concept.

So, obviously I am partial to Ipsy. I might give Birchbox one more month (yes, I said this a few months ago), and stick with Ipsy for now.

How many of you subscribe to beauty boxes? What have been your experiences?

Have a good one!


  1. Loved your blog hun, seriously! Keep up the great work over here.
    Come by and let's follow each other! Would love to stay in touch! xx

  2. Adrienne, if you were going to pick one bag, which would you choose? I would love to get the subscription for JaiLynn. She is crazy about quality make up!


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