IPSY vs. Birchbox: October Edition


Last week, my IPSY and Birchbox subscriptions arrived and I couldn’t wait to dive into them.  Birchbox came up with a great box last month while IPSY was a disappointment. Since Birchbox won last month, let’s see if they can do it again!


1. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – I’m always on the look for a detangling spray because I have very fine hair and it gets easily tangled.  I really like this spray because it smells great and acts as a 2-in-1 leave in treatment.  It not only detangles my hair after I shower, but if I have to blow dry my hair, it protects it from heat damage and leaves my hair extremely soft.  The spray is also vegan and paraben-free, so it’s very natural and safe for color-treated hair. (Sample Size:  $3, Full Size: $21.95)

2. Camille Beckman Tuscan Honey Glycerine Hand Therapy – It’s starting to get cold and dry in San Francisco and my hands tend to get very dry in the fall and winter seasons.  This hand cream smells very sweet and it has a very thick consistency.  It definitely smooths and softens my hands, but I will only use this cream at night because it is a little too heavy for the daytime.  (Sample Size: $0.54, Full Size: $13.95)

3. Coastal Scents Revealed Eyeshadow Palette Sample in Latte – I was so excited to receive this sample because the eyeshadows are all neutral and it comes with two shimmery shades and two matte shades that complement each other perfectly.  The shadows are not the most pigmented, but they can be built up for a more bold look.  I have heard that this palette is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 palettes, so if you don’t feel like shelling out the money for the Urban Decay palettes, I would definitely check out the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette.  The palette comes with 20 neutral shadows that have a variety of shimmer and matte finishes, so for the price, it is a steal. (Sample Size: $6.80, Full Size: $34)


4. dr. Brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner – I love a good mask and this one worked pretty well.  It comes out like a gel and it dries to a matte white finish.  I used this mask to clean out my blackheads and it did a pretty good job of drawing out the impurities.  It was a little drying on my skin, but my skin was noticeably smoother and it felt very refreshed.  You are supposed to use this mask 1-2 times a week, but I find that after two times a week, my skin becomes very dry, so I like to use it either once a week, or once every other week.  A downside to this product is that you cannot buy it by itself.  You have to purchase it on Birchbox as a kit with a bunch of other products.  I probably will not purchase the full-size product because I don’t want to purchase the kit.  (Sample Size: $11.25, Full Size: $45)

5. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – This lip balm is extremely thick and sticky.  It does hydrate my lips, but it is so thick that it’s hard to rub your lips together.  I’m not too impressed by this lip balm because it is thicker than Vasoline and doesn’t feel very comfortable on my lips.  To be honest, I would much rather use Vasoline because I get the same results without having the uncomfortable feeling of having something thick and sticky on my lips. (Sample Size: $2.90, Full Size: $14.50)

Total Value: $24.49

I’m actually extremely impressed with Birchbox this month because I enjoyed 4 out of the 5 products and I will definitely use all of the samples.  I was also pretty happy with all the sample sizes, aka, no foil packets!

Let’s see if IPSY can compete!


1. Patagonia Body Butter by Ayres – This body butter is very moisturizing and really sinks into the skin.  I wouldn’t categorize this cream as a body butter because it is not very thick.  This body lotion has a very strong herbal and floral scent that lingers long after you apply it.  It’s something I had to get used to, and it’s definitely not for everyone.  (Sample Size: $4.15, Full Size: $28)

2. H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment – Since fall is in full swing and winter is approaching, my skin is starting to get a little bit dry and I am in need of a more hydrating moisturizer.  I have always seen H20+ products around, but I have never tried anything from the brand.  It was always on the pricer side and I have never heard a lot about the company, so I was always weary of trying out their products.  With a gel consistency, this moisturizer absorbs into the skin very quickly and is extremely light on the skin.  It also has a very fresh scent and I like to use it in the morning as a moisturizer/primer duo.  For me, it’s a perfect day cream as I prefer a thicker cream at night.  (Sample Size: $7.20, Full Size: $36)

3. Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Powder Eyeshadow in Ocean Breeze – I was the least excited to try this product because blue is not a color I reach for often, if at all.  I was hoping that it would be pigmented, but to my dismay, this shadow was not pigmented and very shimmery.  There are also chunks of glitter, which makes this shadow even more disappointing.  (Full Size: $3.99)

4. Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Clothes – I usually don’t use cleansing clothes to take off my makeup or to wash my face, but when I travel, I like to pack them for emergencies because they can come in handy when I am in a rush.  These clothes smell really great and do a decent job of taking off my makeup without leaving a greasy residue on my skin.  Even though the clothes removed most of my makeup, I still followed up with a cleanser to get the remainder of my makeup off.  The one thing I was slightly disappointed by was that these clothes were not very moist.  I won’t be purchasing the full-size of these cleansing clothes because they are quite expensive and I have tried better cleansing clothes that are more cost effective.  (Sample Size: $5, Full Size: $15)

5. Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure  I’m not much of a gloss gal, but this gloss is not half bad.  It’s a muted, natural, rose-pink shade and it’s perfect for everyday wear.  It’s not sticky and it smells like vanilla.  Although I really like this gloss, I don’t see myself using it very often just because I prefer lipsticks over gloss.  (Sample Size: ~$5, Full Size: $12)

Total Value: $25.34

I think this is the first time that the total value for both subscription services were about the same.  Given that fact, the winner was solely based on the products and whether or not I would actually use them.  So the winner for this month is:


Birchbox had a nice variety of products, ranging from haircare to skincare and I was really impressed with the products and the sample sizes.  IPSY, on the other hand, had mediocre products and most of them, I will probably never use.

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

Stay Chic!

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