Battle of the Beauty Subs 8/2015

Ready to rumble? It’s time for the Battle of the Beauty Subs August edition.

Every month Birchbox provides a curated box of beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples for $10/month. You can either pick 2/5 samples per month or choose a guest editor box with all products chosen by the guest editor. They also have a point system that translates to cash for purchases online or at the Birchbox store. A beauty profile questionnaire is available to better suite your interests. Birchbox tends to send higher end products so they rarely include full-size items. Birchbox can be purchased yearly or gifted. You can subscribe to Birchbox here.

Every month Ipsy provides 5 full-size or deluxe sample products in a cute little travel size makeup bag for $10/month. Ipsy focuses mostly on makeup with the occasional hair/skin product. They also provide a beauty quiz to tailor your needs. There is a wait list but they provide opportunities to skip it. Ipsy will send some drugstore brands but they include full-size items more frequently. It can be purchased yearly, but due to the wait list it cannot be gifted. You can subscribe to Ipsy here.

Birchbox August 2015 Guest Editor Box- Birchbox x Nicole from Candidly Nicole

Birchboc x Nicole
Birchboc x Nicole
Birchbox x Candidly Nicole
Birchbox x Candidly Nicole
Birchbox x Nicole
August 2015 Birchbox x Nicole
  • dr. brandt- Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant in deluxe size | Full-size $78
  • LAQA & Co.- Full-size Cheeky Lip in the shade Humble Brag full-size | Charm School Kit set of three $20
  • OPI- Venice Collection mini in Gimme a Lido Kiss | Full-size $9.50
  • Renee Furterer- LISSEA Leave-in Smoothing Fluid in deluxe size | Full-size $31
  • St. Tropez- Gradual In-Shower Tan in deluxe size | Full-size $25

Ipsy August 2015 Theme- PREP SCHOOL

Ipsy August Glambag
Ipsy August Glambag
Ipsy August Prep School
Ipsy August Prep School
Ipsy August Glambag Prep School
Ipsy August Glambag Prep School


Jessie’s Girl Cosmetics- Eye Shadow Primer | Full-size $5.99

Starlooks- Luxe Longer Eye Liner Pen in full-size | Full-size $19

Briogeo- Blossom & Bloom Ginsing + Biotin Volumizer in deluxe size | Full-size $18

Hikari Cosmetics- Lip Gloss in Salsa Full-size | Full-size $13

Lord & Berry- Ultimate Lipcolor and Liner in Nude deluxe size | Full-size $18

Birchbox is the winner without a doubt, this month was really easy for me to decide. As you can see I clearly received more full-size products from Ipsy this month, unfortunately bigger isn’t always better. This was the first month that I opted for the Guest Editor’s Box with Birchbox and the editor was Nicole Richie from Candidly Nicole. I am so happy I went with the Nicole box because I knew exactly what I was getting and I love every single product I received. Kudos to Nicole for picking amazing products!

Hope you enjoyed his post. I would love to hear what you got in your bags/boxes.




  1. I just started both subs in May and I’ve had one month that I got really excited about Ipsy. I feel like they have months with no good products available so they rotate old inventory of the lower end brands. Thanks for the comment. XoXo


    • I can see ow Ipsy gets boring….from what I read they do rotate some of the same brands too frequently. I just started both in May and I’m going to give it a year and maybe switch out to different boxes. Thanks for the comment!! xoxo

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