December 2013 Ipsy Bag

Does anyone else do a happy dance when they see this familiar pink package come in the mail?!?!

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All right first off I am impressed with the bag this month, that is two months in a row I love the bag.  This month is a very nice quality black bag,  very chic.

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Ok first thing I see is an eye shadow trio from Pop Beauty in Naturally Bare.  Nice colors but I have a zillion similar colors so this may or may not be re-gifted for Christmas… Sorry this is not a great picture but I don’t want to open it if I’m going to give it away.

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Next is a product from a newly discovered brand that I am really loving.  Its be a…bombshell and the product that I have received this month is The One Stick in ‘Sunset’.  The One Stick is an all in one cheek, eye, lip and shimmer in a gorgeous deep coral with gold shimmer flecks.

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Next is a not so favorite product to receive; a nail polish…I get one every month and I already have a ton that I will never be able to use in this lifetime.  This one is from Starrily and is the color ‘Bzzz Bzzz’ and is a textured polish in combination of black and yellow glitters in what looks like a clear base.

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And another lip pencil!   This is new brand to me J. Cat Beauty, The Big Lip Pencil in the shade Caramel Mocha.  I like lip pencils so I am excited to try this and see how it wears.

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And lastly is a set of Ardell Lashes the 120 Demi, which I think I already have this pair…if not they are super similar.  Not quite what I was expecting to find in my Ipsy bag, I can get Ardell lashes at Walmart, so this product doesn’t excite me as much as some of the others.  Don’t get me wrong I will use them I just expect more high end/unique brands to be represented in my Ipsy bag monthly.

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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

Full Size Products::

POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life-Naturally Bare $24

Be a Bombshell…The One Stick in ‘Sunset’ $16

Starrily Nail Polilsh in ‘Bzzz Bzzz’ $12

J. Cat Beauty The Big Lip Pencil in ‘Caramel Mocha’ $3.99

Ardell False Lashes in Demi 120 $3.99

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