It’s that time again, the Battle of the Beauty Subs October edition. Once again Birchbox failed to send me the sample choice email and by the time it was corrected every single option was out of stock. My Box was again a complete surprise.
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. I find that they do generally follow your profile answers. 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. I’m not sure how much weight my answers hold with Ipsy. 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 October 2015 Theme: Positive Force
BioRepublic Skincare Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask (one mask) | Full-size $14.50
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk deluxe size | Full-size $20
Jouer Matte Moisturizing Tint in Nude sample size | Full-size $40
Number 4 Lumber driver Fluoro5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil deluxe size | Full-size $26
Still Huge Extreme Lash Mascara deluxe sample | Full-size $23
Ipsy October 2015 Theme: Alter Ego
theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pinky Nude deluxe size | Full-size $17
Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand & Body Lotion deluxe size | Full-size $11.95
Skone Cosmetics Pretty Eyes Eyeliner in Plum full size | Full-size $15
Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum deluxe size | Full-size $23.99
Dose Color Pill Nail Polish in Stormy deluxe size | Full-size (3 shades) $20
This month was just ok in general. In the end Birchbox did send me the Stila mascara even though the website said it was sold out. I was disappointed in getting ONE single face mask that counted as 1 of my 5 samples and 2 hair products. Come on Birchbox…PLEASE step it up!! On initially inspection, I wasn’t really excited about anything this month, however Ipsy shocked me by adding a higher end product in their glam bag this month and a unique face serum. In my opinion Ipsy loves to send eyeliners and nail polish to keep up their more “full-size” item gimmick.
The winner this month is Ipsy for sending some unique items that were useful to me.
Occasionally I will do a full review on items received in my subs but only if I really think it’s worth the time. If there is ever anything you see that you would like me to review please let me know and I would be happy to do it.
Do any of you receive Birchbox or Ipsy? As always, thanks for reading and feel free to give me some lip in the comments below.