IPSY vs. Birchbox: September Edition

It’s that time again, IPSY vs. Birchbox.  You know you love it, so let’s get into it.

Since Birchbox came a few days before IPSY I’m going to start with Birchbox.


1. Acure Organics Day Cream –  I’m always on the fence about new face products because I have a really good skin regimen and I don’t want to mess with it.  This cream has a really strong orange scent, which I am not a fan of, but it does absorb into the skin really quickly and smooths out the skin.  The one benefit I can see in this day cream is that it contains 1% Chlorella.  Chlorella is rich in nucleic acids, which helps rejuvenate skin and protect collagen.  I am traveling to LA this week, so I might bring this cream along and test it out some more. (Sample Size: $10.85, Full Size: $18.99)

2. Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofa – First off, this product was half empty and there was not enough product to cover half of my body.  It is infused with grapefruit and vanilla, but it just has a very strong perfume scent – nothing fruity, just really chemically.  I assumed this body wash would be exfoliating since it is described as a “liquid loofa,” but it is not exfoliating.  It is not even moisturizing.  To put it simply, I am not a fan of this product. (Sample Size: $1, Full Size: $22)

3. Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray – I was so excited for this product because I picked it out for my box.  Birchbox e-mailed me at the end of August and allowed me to pick a product that would be guaranteed to be in my box and I went with this Macadamia product.  I have never tried anything from the Macadamia product line, but I have always heard great things about it.  This oil smells great and it works well as a nice finishing spray after I blow dry my hair.  I don’t like to spray this product directly into my hair.  I spray it on my hands first and then work it through the ends of my hair.  I was pleasantly surprised that the size I received was the full “travel” size that Macadamia sells on their website and in stores. Overall, I give this product two big thumbs up. (Full Size: $14.50)

4. Real Chemistry Luminous 3- Minute Peel – Again, I am on the fence on this product.  It’s supposed to be a hybrid between a mask and an exfoliater.  I would not consider this a mask because you are only supposed to leave it on the skin for 30 seconds and then massage it into your skin for 2-3 minutes and wash it off.  It comes out as a gel and as you massage it, the gel turns into larger granules that act as a gentle exfoliater.  I think this product is okay, I think I have better mask/exfoliaters like the GlamGlow Mud Mask, so I will have to pass on this product. (Sample Size: $4.80, Full Size: $48)

5. Temptu Highlight in Champange Shimmer – This product is GORGEOUS.  It is a liquid highlight and is meant for the Temptu Air Brush System, but I just dab this between my fingers and apply it to the high points of my cheek bone and it just adds such a beautiful and natural glow to my face.  If you are trying to maintain your summer glow into fall, I highly recommend this product even if you don’t have the air brush system because it just enhances your complexion and gives you a healthy glow.


6. Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Moisturize and Renew – This product is just your average Chapstick.  It’s really hydrating and to be honest, I don’t notice a big difference between the two ends.  The “Moisturize” side has a vanilla scent while the “Renew” side has a more herbal scent.  It’s light, smooth, and not very greasy.  It’s a very basic Chapstick, but it is a good product to keep in your purse.  I always lose my Chapsticks, so it’s always good to have a spare. (Full Size: $2.99)

Total Value: $36.89

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my Birchbox.  I am so excited about the Macadamia Healing Oil and the Temptu Highlight.  I’m not a fan of receiving skincare or body care products, but I will probably keep the moisturizer and peel for when I travel.

Now that we have seen what Birchbox has to offer, let’s see how IPSY compares.


Before I get into the products, I just have to mention the bag.  I absolutely think the bag is adorable!  It is a metallic faux leather pouch and it can actually hold a decent amount of stuff.  I also love the added studded detail on the bag.  Now that I got that out of the way, let’s get into the products!

1. Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction by Alterna – This was the first product I saw in my bag and I was SO excited! I almost spent my Sephora points to get this exact same product and I am so glad that I didn’t.  I have tried other Alterna products and have absolutely loved them, and this product was no different.  I was a little dubious at first just because they called it a CC cream for your hair – I am over this whole BB and CC cream stuff.  Besides the name, I love this product.  It smells great and it really nourishes your hair.  I like to use this to prep my hair before I blow dry it.  I just take a dime size amount and run it through the ends of my hair and I can really notice a difference in texture and softness when I use this and when I don’t. (Sample Size: $8.50, Full Size: $25)

2. Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush by Crown Brush – I have never tried any brushes by Crown Brush, but I have seen and heard about the brand through Hautelook. The shadow brush is very dense and wide so it is good for a light wash of color on the lids.  It is not really going to pack on shadow – it’s going to give you a very soft and natural finish.  I wouldn’t consider the crease brush a traditional fluffy crease brush – it’s really more of a smudge brush.  It is pointed and stiff and it works great to put shadow onto the lower lash line.  You could use it to add definition to the outer crease, but you will need to use a fluffier brush to blend out the color.  I really like the quality and feel of these brushes.  They are really soft and the bristles don’t shed.  The one problem I have is that it is difficult to store. Since it is double-ended, storing it upright would either bend the brush or cause it to lose its shape. (Full Size: $6.99)

3. Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet –  This lipstick is a very rich berry color and it applies very smoothly onto the lips.  It is not lightweight and you can definitely feel like you are wearing something on your lips.  I am very skeptical to use this product just because I can’t find a lot of information about the company and how the product is made.  I find the price of the product to be a little high for what you are getting.  It’s made in China, but it costs more than most drugstore lipsticks that are made in the USA.  The quality is not great and in my opinion, it’s worse than a lot of drugstore lipsticks.  For the price of this lipstick, I would rather spend $5-10 more and buy a lipstick from a more reputable company and know that I am getting a quality product.  On a side note, the packaging looks exactly like the packaging of Be a Bombshell Cosmetics.  It is the same; down to the font on the packaging as well as the sticker they use to tell you the color of the product.  After doing some research, I found that both companies are located in Arizona, but their manufacturing is in China.  I couldn’t find a lot of information on Hikari Cosmetics because it seems like it is a fairly new company.  I don’t know for sure if they are associated with Be a Bombshell Cosmetics, but their packaging is identical.   (Full Size: $13)


4. Pacifica Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil – There’s really nothing much to say about this eyeliner.  It’s creamy and NOT WATERPROOF.  This eyeliner rubs off very easily and doesn’t last all day.  There are better eyeliners at the drugstore that cost less than $11.  (Sample Size: $5.50, Full Size: $11)


5. Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cleanser – This is my least favorite product.  Although the packaging says that the cleanser is fragrance free, it had a really bad smell.  It smelled like chemicals and plastic.  I didn’t even try it because I could not get past the scent. (Sample Size: $2.33, Full Size: $13.99)

Total Value: $36.32

I am not too happy with this month’s IPSY bag.  Although I loved the bag and the hair cream, the other products were just mediocre and not very exciting.  I find that although IPSY gives me products that I have never heard of, they all tend to be comparable to drugstore products and there’s usually not a lot of information about the company that makes the product.

I was not really impressed with either subscription service, but in terms of quality and products from reputable brands, I have to give it to:


What did you think of this months’ IPSY vs. Birchbox? Let me know!

Stay Chic!


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