Battle Of The Beauty Subs 2/2016

I knew the month of February would bring themes of hearts and shades of pink & red. I’m pretty excited to bring you the contents of my Birchbox and Ipsy this month.

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.

Birchbox February 2016 Theme- What’s The Occasion

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle in deluxe size. Full-size $21.95         Catherine Malandrino Romance de Province sample size. Full-Size $65                                                                                                            ModelCo Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner in deluxe size. Full-size $20     REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask in deluxe size. Full-size $55
SkinClinical Extreme Healing Repair Concentrate sample size. Full-size $24.95

   

Ipsy February 2016 Theme: Pretty In #IpsyPink

BellaPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose in delux size. Full-size $45
dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion in sample size. Full-size $58
My Amazing Hair Secrets Leave In Secret in deluxe size. Full-size $37
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealor-medium shade in sample size. Full-size $24
Luxie Beauty Small Tapered Blending Eye Brush Full-size $12

 





VERDICT:

Ipsy kicked ass this month!!

This month I picked one Birchbox sample and it was the REN Radiance Renewal Mask and it was a huge let down and not what I expected at all (review to come). The Skin Clinical and Perfume samples are ridiculously small. Again I wasn’t impressed with Birchbox sample sizes. Now IPSY blew me away this month!!! I loved every single product this month. Th BellaPierre Blush looks full-size but on their website the blush is a tad bigger. The shade is just perfect for me and I can’t stop wearing it. I was already a fan of IT cosmetics and dr.brandt. So far the conceal or is working for me and I already own and love PoreDermabrasion. I haven’t tried the eyeshadow brush yet but it’s a pretty rose color. My Amazing Secret was the biggest surprise, works without weighing my hair down.

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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