Ipsy vs. Birchbox

Let the great subscription box wars begin!  No not really because I have a feeling most of you aren’t going to agree with me.  It seems that there is no neutral territory in the Ipsy vs Birchbox debate. But, I like both of them, yes you read correctly I like both Ipsy and Birchbox for different reasons. 

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::How They are Alike::
Both subscriptions cost  $10 and you receive one box a month.  Both have a deal where you buy a year’s subscription and you receive one box for “Free” meaning you pay only $110 for 12 boxes.  With both subscriptions you receive 4-5 product samples. Also both brands seem to have a lot of overlap with the brands they supply you with. 
::The Difference::
In my opinion with Birchbox you receive more samples sizes then travel or full size compared to Ipsy.   Ipsy has given me more full size products and travel size products then Birchbox has.  With Birchbox (at least for me) I get more sample sizes.  Birchbox does seem to offer more products from foreign brands like Liz Earle (UK), ModelCo and Jurlique (Australia) and Caudalie (France). While Ipsy offers products from professional make up lines like Starlooks. 
With Birchbox for every review you write for the products you receive in your box you receive 10 points, when you reach 100 points you get $10 to spend in the Birchbox store.  You can also receive points for referring friends and for buying products. Also Birchbox tends to send food items as well, I have received chocolate, protein bars and tea in various boxes. 
Ipsy also has a point system which works in a similar way.  When you start with Ipsy you receive 100 points and each product you review from your bag also gives you 10 points.  After you have accumulated emough points you can choose a bonus item to be sent in your next bag. 
::Why Choose One?::
I like the variety that both subscriptions give me and I have found products that I never would have otherwise tried.  And I have also tried things that I thought I would like and hated and I’m glad I received a sample before I went out and bought a full size.  Bottom line; I like both and unless one goes significantly downhill in quality I will continue to keep both
  If you are interested you can join me on Ipsy by following this link http://www.ipsy.com/r/2o2y and you can join me on Birchbox by following this link http://birch.ly/11hDxM6

November Ipsy Bag!

Hello Beauties!  So I decided to start sharing what I receive in my Ipsy bag with you all.  And I will do my best to use every product and write a review about it here. If you are not familiar with Ipsy it is a beauty subscription service that cost $10 a month. When you sign up you fill out a survey about your likes and dislikes regarding beauty products so each bag is customized to you.   This is my third Ipsy bag and so far I am very happy with what I have received.  Like any subscription box/bag, you may always find a few things you don’t like but I have yet to be totally disappointed with an entire bag. I am also subscribed to Birchbox which is a beauty box that is also $10.  If you would like me to do a comparison between Ipsy and Birchbox please let me know and I will write a post.

So here is what your Ipsy bag looks like when it comes in the mail…

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And when I opened it this is what greeted me!

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First off, I love love love the bag!! This is the first bag from Ipsy that I would actually use.  The others I have received were ok, but did look on the cheap side.  This one is really nice quality and totally fits with the November theme of “Glam It Up”.

 First off is a Travel Size TRESemmé Extra Firm Control hairspray.  This is perfect timing as I leave tomorrow on vacation to Hawaii. 

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Now on to what is actually inside the adorable gold bag! 

The first thing I see when I open the bag is a .em Michelle Phan Lip Balm in the color ‘Sorbet’  I have never used any products from Michelle Phan’s makeup line so I am excited to try this. 

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Next we have a eyeliner from StarLooks in the color ‘Topaz’ this liner is super soft so I am worried that it may be too soft and easily smudge and leave me with Topaz colored raccoon eyes.  I don’t know if you can tell in the swatch but the color is very metallic silver and has lots of sparkle, so it definitely has the ‘Glam It Up’ look.

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Now I see a Pixi Beauty Bronzer in ‘Subtly Suntouched’.  I am very excited to try this as with my fair skin it is hard to find a bronzer that is not too orange or too dark. This color looks about right. 

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  And guess what I see next… a nail polish!  Ok the color is nice but seriously I have sooo many nail polishes and to me this color is nothing special, I am sure I can find a dupe easily in my own collection.  This is from Nailtini in the color ‘Champagne’ which looks like a sparkly rose gold.  I have never used the brand Nailtini so I am anxious to try this see how the formula applies and wears.

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And lastly I have a lip crayon from be a…bombshell (side note, love the name!) in the color ‘Hot Damn’.  This shade looks like a cross between a pinky red and a orangey red.  I can’t really say which it is so I am going to say it is a pink-orange red.  I am also excited to try this and from the swatch it goes on very smoothly and has a nice finish.  I will wear it one day and report on staying power and glossiness.   

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Just from the initial first look this Ipsy bag has been a home run for me.  All of the products minus the hairspray are new brands and/or products for me so it will truly be a test and review for all of them. If you are interested you can join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month  for just $10.  Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/2o2y