Wednesday, January 21, 2015

UnBoxing Match! January 2015 Ipsy vs. Birchbox vs. Beauty Box 5

I can't believe it, the end of UnBoxing Match posts are coming! This will be the second to last one and then from March on it will be a purely Birchbox focused post. I will be nice I will go more in depth about the samples I receive there and start a running Birchbox Points tally in my quest for a ridiculously cheap (possibly free!) Clarisonic!

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: Why are you even still in my life? I'm so so so SO done.
1. $15 BelláPierre Shimmer Powder in Wheesk is a full sized product.
2. $10 Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush is a full sized product. I'll never say no to another makeup brush and this one is adorably pink. I go through eye shadow brushes much faster than I can wash them so this was acceptable.
3. $7 Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer is a sample size. Jouer is known of their lip products and I'm thrilled to get this in my bag! My lips have been suffering lately so let's see if this stuff will help relieve the dry itchiness.
4. $12 La Fresh Eco-Beauty Be Good. Good Day. Day Moisturizer is a sample size. Talk about weird packaging. Moisturizer isn't really something that gets me excited but at least this is a small size so it can be done and out of my life quick. However I do love the La Fresh brand, their makeup wipes are fantastic and they can come individually sealed which is extremely handy for travel.
5. $3.50 Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal is a full sized product. Pacifica eye shadows just won't go away. I keep giving them away and more just show up on my door step. I have wonderful palettes for all my eye shadows and I really don't need these singles!
Approximate Value: $47.50
Initial Reaction: Weirdest thing. I picked the hand cream and it didn't show up as a item in my box online but when I got my box there it was! It's not listed on my card so I'm not counting it towards the value of the box but I'm glad it's there!
1. $3.50 Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion is a sample size. Okay this bottle is adorable. But body lotion I don't need you!
2. $10 Sweet Science Invisible Daily Tint SPF 35 is a sample size. What. The. Hell. Is. This. I don't think I will ever us this, it's a sticky tint with SPF?! Why would I want this. I'm seriously so annoyed I just want to chuck this into the trash. Also guessing on the value here though but since it's $45 for 1oz I think it's a pretty high value sample.
3. $26 Katherine Cosmetics Everyday Eyeliner in Bonanza Black is a full sized product. Oh joy more eyeliners. Can you tell I'm not amused? I am impressed that it is full sized though.
4. $2.75 Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser is a sample size. Facial cleanser! I'm trying to get rid of them but I still welcome them with open arms. Aloe is a great soothing ingredient for your skin so I'm excited to try this!
5. $11 REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask is a sample size. I'm not crazy about the REN brand but I am crazy for face masks! Birchbox you really redeemed yourself with these last two products! I always love a good face mask and these are one of those fun ones where you massage your face after awhile and little balls of dead skin pop off! Okay sounds gross but I have a lot of fun doing it!
6. Tocca Crema Da Mano in Cleopatra. Smells so delicious I'm so happy to have a spare!
Approximate Value: $53.25

Beauty Box 5
Initial Reaction: This subscription really can't end soon enough...At least I didn't get another blue nail polish though.
1. $1 Coastal Scents Eye Shadow is a sample quad. It's sad to say I got lucky with these colors there were some truly atrocious combinations out there. I would say these colors are pretty wearable.
2. $10 Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Stripe Tease is a full sized product. I've never used these before and I'm interested in trying it out. The pattern isn't too bad so I'm not too mad.
3. $6 Ultraflesh The Gold Standard Mascara in Blackout is a sample size. Ugh mascara, go away.
4. $1 Softsoap Nutri Serums Vitamin E Body Wash is a sample size. What the hell....I can't even.
5. $0.50 Garnier Fructis Daily Care Fortifying Shampoo is a sample size. Okay did they even try here?
Approximate Value: $18.50

Clear winner has to be Birchbox! And that my friends is why it is the only subscription I'm keeping. Just one more month ad I will be saying good bye to Ipsy and BB5. I can't even begin to talk about BB5, I'm just done, so done.

What did you get this month in your subscription services?

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1 comment:

  1. i agree that birchbox has to be the winner here! id love it if youd comment back xx