ipsy vs. birchbox January 2015

Birchbox and Ipsy are makeup subscriptions. They’re each $10 a month. You take a quiz on both sites to see how each service matches you up with their makeup/ skincare brands. Basically each month they send you about 5 different products. I’ve tried Birchbox for 13 months now, at first I was really excited about it, but lately, it’s been kind of disappointing. On the other hand, I’ve tried Ipsy for only 8 months and I’ve loved almost every bag.


This month, for Birchbox, I recieved:

  1. Balance Me – Wonder Eye Cream
  2. Number 4™ Hair Care – Non-Aerosol Hairspray
  3. Harvey Prince – Sincerely Perfume
  4. theBalm – Stainiac – lip and cheek stain
  5. Whish – 3 Whishes Body Butter – Lavendar

Out of the 5 things, all were samples which is fine, but I would like to be able to use a product for more than like a week, you know?

IMG_0556I don’t like the fact that my products come all messed up. Why isn’t birchbox more careful with how they package their products? This is how the tiny bottle of perfume came, in my box like this.  How does that even happen inside two different boxes?!? 








1. Balance Me – Wonder Eye Cream


So this cream is supposed to fight wrinkles and aging. The directions say to use a pea size amount on your under eye, which was ridiculously way too much. The cream does not mix very well into my skin. Also, I’m sick of getting anti-aging creams. I’m 23 years old, I don’t understand why they keep sending me this kind of stuff.





2.  Number 4™ Hair Care – Non-Aerosol Hairspray


I think this is the second time they’ve sent me this hairspray. I love Number 4 products and I do like this Hairspray. It’s just the fact that they send me the same thing over and over. It’s such a bummer. Although I do like the little travel sized hairspray, I can take it anywhere.




3. Harvey Prince – Sincerely Perfume


It smells like I walked into a house filled with Indian and Indonesian food. It honestly smells delicious. I don’t know if it’s my thing, especially not for $55 a bottle. I like scents a little more subtle but it was nice to  try, even though you only get about 10 sprays from it.





4. theBalm – Stainiac – lip and cheek stain


I usually try to see how things look on my hand before I put it anywhere else. Also, I have a ton of allergies, so I would rather get an allergic reaction on my hand than somewhere closer to my throat. So I tried this stain out, it was amazing. It took over 5 different times washing my hands in order to get it off, so imagine how long it lasted on my lips. I don’t know if I would use it on my cheeks. It’s a bit much. A bit too red.




5. Whish – 3 Whishes Body Butter – Lavender


I absolutely HATE the chemistry that Whish uses in their products. I don’t like how it feels on my skin. I hate the smell of lavender to top it off. I hate this product.






For Ipsy I got:

  1. Malin+Goetz – Mojito Lip Balm
  2. Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eyeliner – Storm
  3. Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow – ethereal
  4. Velvet 59 – Velvet Rose Lipgloss
  5. Elizabeth Mott- All Over Shadow Brush



1. Malin+Goetz – Mojito Lip Balm 

I love LOVE love this chapstick/ lipgloss thing. It’s glossy like a lipgloss but amazing and soothing like a chapstick. I love the smell of it, the texture. It’s amazing. I’m definitely buying this again.

2. Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eyeliner – Storm


I usually do not wear any other eye liner colors other than black, but this grey is amazing. It’s almost dark enough to pass for a black but it’s still subtle enough to be grey. I love the formula, and it definitely does not wear off right away, which I like. I hate reapplying make up. I love putting things on once and be done for the rest of the night.




3. Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow – ethereal


So, all five things were full sized products, how awesome is that?!?  I’m really excited about the eyeshadow, it feels amazing! I’m really into a naked look lately. I love the  Urban Decay Naked Palette, so this color was a really nice addition to my usual colors.

4. Velvet 59 – Velvet Rose Lipgloss


I like this lipgloss, it’s pretty much my natural lip color. There’s nothing huge to talk about about this product.







5. Elizabeth Mott- All Over Shadow Brush


I’m obsessed. I love this brush. It feels delicious. Every brush I’ve gotten from ipsy is amazing. I love the bristles on this brush. I love the color. I LOVE PINK! It’s perfect.



Overall, I use the ipsy products a lot more than I use the Birchbox products. I love my Ipsy bag, rating 9/10. My Birchbox was okay, rating 6/10.  Sadly enough, my favorite thing about birchbox was the actual box it came in this time around!


To get Birchbox, sign up here! https://www.birchbox.com/invite/fsndc

To get Ipsy, subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/9jns?sid=ipsypoints&cid=email


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