Friday, December 19, 2014

UnBoxing Match! December 2014 Ipsy vs. Birchbox vs. Beauty Box 5

For those of you who are unfamiliar with these services, Ipsy and Birchbox are two custom beauty subscription boxes that come monthly. Both of these cost $10 a month and each arrive with 4-6 different goodies ranging from sad little foil packets to full size products! Beauty Box 5 costs a little more at $12 and delivers the same amount of goodies. I would say that typically Birchbox consistently delivers high-end skincare and hair care products with a sprinkling of makeup while Ipsy goes more for the mid-range items and is normally a lot of makeup items and Beauty Box 5 is mostly drugstore with an even mix of products.

Initial Reaction: Each spoiler just killed me a little more. I knew it wouldn't be a good month the second the first spoiler released and it was that everyone was guaranteed a drugstore item (NYX) and a mascara sample (heck no!). But I must say I do like this bag, it's a good size and shape, not made of weird smelling pool toys plastic, and I think the heart shaped zipper pull is adorable. A+ for bag design this month!
1. $4 NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait is a full sized product. So the lip balm, not even the lipstick. What I hate about tinted lip balms is that I forget they are tinted so I apply it mindlessly throughout the day and end up looking like Chuckie's twin sister. 
2. $10 tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara is a deluxe sample size. Normally I'm groaning about mascara samples, but today it's a little quieter. So many people have raved about this mascara for awhile now so I'm interested in trying it out. Packaging is adorable too.
3. $5? Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream is a sample size. I can't even price this accurately because this product isn't even available until January so the $5 is just a guess. I must say it's pretty cool that Ipsy subscribers are the first to try this out. I'm on the fence with this product, I hate the brand, but it's such a convenient travel size. I'll throw it into my overnight bag and I'll use it but I think I stand neutral on this one.
4. $15 CAILYN Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid is a full sized product. So overpriced. I hate these unknown makeup companies (CAILYN, Be A Bombshell, Mica Beauty just to name a few) that pump up their price but then always have drastic discounts to make themselves seem high end but in reality that discounted price is the suggested retail you're not just stop it. With that being said I probably won't ever use this and it's a pretty weird concept to me anyways.
5. $2 Bumble and bumble. Repair Blow Dry is a sample sized product. HAIR PRODUCTS GO AWAY!!!! I do appreciate that this is a nice brand, and someone will use it, but still no. I don't every blow dry my hair and even if I did I wouldn't put product in it.
Approximate Value: $31.00
Initial Reaction: What did I pick as my item again this month? It seemed so long ago..But look at the pretty limited edition box!
1. $13.50 Vasanti Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil in Rose Gold is a sample size. This is what I picked! I know it's an eye liner and I usually gripe about them, but the rose gold color got me! Also I love the Vasanti scrub and I didn't know they made makeup products too so I just had to have it.
2. $9.66 Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask is one out of a set of six. What luck! Last month I was struggling between picking this mask and the green apple peel and I'm so excited I got this this month! Caffeine masks are fantastic for brightening and tightening the skin, plus I love tea, so this will be great!
3. $1 Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is a sample size. It's a moisturizer. I'm not too excited about it, but I've been blowing through my moisturizer stash so I'm no longer upset about getting more.
4. $0.25 Manna Kadar Lip Locked in Lucky. I believe this was also a sample choice? Either way it is the skinniest little lippie I have ever seen, this would get lost in my purse almost immediatly. I have more than enough lip products than I will ever use, luckily this is a very wearable color so it will be easy to pawn off on someone else.
5. $3 RUSK® Texture Spray is a sample size. Hair products, go away, seriously. I never have luck with texturizers, I hate how gritty and dirty my hair feels, but I'll still try it out since it's really hard to dump hair products with anyone for some reason.
Approximate Value: $27.41

Beauty Box 5
Initial Reaction: Never excited to see this box and I'm quietly counting down the months until this will be out of my life.
1. $18 Jaqua Rose Bouquet Facial Mist is a full sized product. There seems to be variation on this prouct this month but everyone got some type of Jaqua item and I'm so excited I got this one! I want to just rave about this bottle because it's a gorgeous frosted glass container that just looks so luxurious and pretty. Rose is definitely not my number 1 scent but my mom is obsessed with it. This stuff smells really nice so this is a great stocking stuffer for her that I know she will be thrilled about.
2. $3 Absolute! New York Nail Polish Remover Pads in Lavender is a full sized product. I actually already own these remover pads in another scent and I'm a huge fan! They aren't the best for dark colored polishes but light ones, they are super handy and travel friendly so I'm pleased with another one.
3. $10 Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer is a sample size. Juice Beauty seems to be everywhere lately and I'm not complaining! I have an overabundance of that Green Apple Peel so I'm excited to try out this moisturizer.
4. $4 Nanacoco Nail Polish in Beatbox is a full sized product. I've received this same brand before and wasn't impressed with it, but this is actually a great blue glitter that I don't have in my collection so I'm not mad at it. I'm very into sparkly accent nails right now and jelly sandwiches year round so this will definitely get used.
5. $1 Lucky Brand Lucky Number 6 Perfume is a sample size. This was the only miss for me, perfume samples are not my jam and this one is not appealing to me at all.
Approximate Value: $36.00

This month I was pleasantly surprised, I thought Birchbox was the shoo-in but Beauty Box 5 is actually the winner! Everything except that perfume was a hit! Again I was really annoyed with Ipsy but then I realized something interesting, there's a serious lack of available products, in fact there were only 13 different options this month. I think this is really strange and perhaps an indication that Ipsy is struggling. Either way, it gets until February and if it still hasn't wowed me it is getting cancelled along with BB5! On the plus side these posts will now turn into in depth Birchbox reviews!

What did you get this month in your subscription services?

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