Battle of the Beauty Subs April 2016

I’m sad to say that this is the last battle that will include both Ipsy and Birchbox. It’s been a year and it’s time to decide which to keep and which to cancel. After thinking long and hard I have come to a decision. This wasn’t easy considering both subscriptions are very different and only cost $10/mo.

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 April 2016 Theme: Spring Awakening a Collaboration with Rifle Paper co.



Which Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Lavender deluxe size. Full Size $16 USD


English Laundry Notting Hill Femme eau de parfum sample size. Full-size $70 USD


Acure Organics Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub in deluxe size. Full-size $12.99


Au Naturale Cosmetics Trio Set in sample size. Full-size $42 USD


Davines OI/All-In-One Milk in deluxe size. Full-size $30 USD


Davines OI Shampoo &Conditioner-Absolute Beautifying Shampoo & Conditioner For All Hair Types both in foil packets. Shampoo full-size $28 USD. Conditioner full-size $34 USD.



Ipsy April 2016 Theme: The Dreamers


tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Cream in Wonder deluxe size. Full-size $24 USD


Adesse New York Organic Effect Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Irina full-size $18 USD.


Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum in sample size. Full-size $70 USD


Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush #522 in full-size. Full-size set of 15 Dreamcatcher brushes $150 USD.


Starlooks Cream Eyeshadow in Rose Gold in full-size $17 USD.

Here is a swatch of tarte Wonder LipSurgence and Starlooks Rose Gold Shadow.

This month I was thoroughly impressed with Ipsy at first glance. Two full-size items and I was super exited for the rose gold shadow and it was a huge let down. I do love tarte’s LipSurgence and always have. The Luxie highlighter brush has come to be one of my Favs. I do not typically use nail polish but Irina is a shade I would wear if I did my own nails (but I suck at it). So far I’m liking the Skin&Co Serum but not enough to spend $70.

Birchbox was a total disappointment. Other than the beautiful box, the only item I liked was the Acure Pore Minimizing Scrub. The Whish Shaving Cream was awful. English Laundry & Au Naturale sample sizes were a joke and it’s in my profile that hair products are not for me so hair conditioner and foil packets?  Just NO!!

Even though Ipsy stole the show this month and my review on Birchbox was harsh, I am cancelling Ipsy. Shocker, but I have 3 very good reasons; Birchbox has a much better point system (lots of freebies). Birchbox has a good mix of makeup & skin care, and drumroll please……I am off the wait list for Sephora Play!!! I’m so excited and because it’s similar to Ipsy, (I’m hoping much better), I don’t feel like I need both subscriptions.

Has anyone tried Birchbox or Ipsy? What do you think about April’s products? Anyone receive Sephora Play? I would love to hear your thoughts! Give Me Some Lip!!

This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased by me.

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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.

7 thoughts on “Battle of the Beauty Subs April 2016

      1. ❤ Happy monday !!!!!!!! yeah i guess the shipping was too much for birchbox – i was surprised to see that on their site ,,,,,,,, i love a face mask a nite – so I think Beauteque xx

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