Battle of the Beauty Subs 1/2016

This is my first Birchbox & Ipsy of the new year. I am hoping that both companies are striving to make their subscriptions services better. This is Battle of the Beauty Subs January edition.

This is the year that I plan on making myself better, and by that I mean my health, my body, and most importantly my relationships. Time to cut losses and move forward. No more wasting time. Life is too short and I’ve worried about everyone but myself for so long that I’m not sure I know where to begin. One step at a time.
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. They have now added a build-your-own-box feature. 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 products. 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 at this time. You can subscribe to Ipsy here.
I opted for the Birchbox featured box this month which is focused on Korean Beauty. I love to try foreign brands that are unknown to me.

Once again, I opted for the Featured Birchbox that was curated with the help of Charlotte Cho (co-founder of Soko Glam) to bring Korean Beauty to subscribers.

Birchbox January Theme- On Trend: Korean Beauty

Birchbox January 2016

 

RE:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb deluxe size. Full-size $41

IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer sample size. Full-Size $28

TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint #2 Red in deluxe size. Full-size $6

Manefit Beauty Planner Cucumber Soothing + Moisturizing Mask 1 treatment. Full-size set of 5 , $10

Goodal Watercrest First Essence sample size. Full-size $30

Bonus: Goodal Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling & Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam 1 packet of each

TonyMoly Tony Tint Delight IPKN Radiant Primer REP Fresh Mask Waterest First Essence Goodal Cleansing Foam & Bubble Peeling Manefit Cucumber Mask

Ipsy January Theme: All Eyes On You

Tipsy January 2016

Ofra Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil full-size $13

theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) in full-size $17

J.Cat Beauty Blinkle Shimmer Eyeshadow full-size $4.99

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths travel size. Full-size $15

Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl deluxe-size. Full-size $21.95

J. Cat Blinke TangerineOfra Universal browtheBalm Mr. Write Now Skyn Makeup WipesJelly Pong Pong Mascara

Once again I was extremely disappointed in the sample sizes contained in Birchbox this month. If you take a look at the Waterest Essence you can see how tiny this sample is. I get the whole idea of Birchbox being a little higher-end so smaller samples are provided but seriously?? I’m pretty sure they realize this and added a bonus of a double foil packet (didn’t change my opinion). I feel like I’m paying for department store sample sizes.

Ipsa’s January bag is one of the cutest I’ve seen so far….LOVE IT!! They are killing me with the J. Cat products. I am sorry, I do like J.Cat but I also like Variety. Ipsy did provide almost all full-size items this month as well as some awesome brands. So there you have it, Ipsy takes January by a landslide!

Any thoughts on January’s Ipsy or Birchbox? Give me some lip!!

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I am a married mother of two adult daughter's and a teenage son. I am a pediatric oncology nurse and a former beauty school drop out (pause to sing the song .lol). My daughters have taught me more about beauty and fashion then I could ever teach them. We are three independent and uniquely different women that bring a variety of intriguing ideas and advice based on personal experience. The one thing we do have in common is that we love the beauty and fashion industry and love to test and review new products. Together we decided to create this blog to share our opinions and promote discussions.

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