Birchbox Versus Ipsy Bag Face Off January 2014

 This month both my Ipsy Bag and Birchbox arrived on the same day so I decided to do a Face-off between the two for the month of January. They are after all similar. Both Birchbox and Ipsy are beauty subscription’s costing $10.00 a month that include, samples as well as some full-sized products.  First Let’s start with Birchbox.

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 I always love the box presentation with Birchbox, I think they do a splendid job in that arena. Also I love how the boxes are always themed and include a card with what products are included and what they are used for. Anyway this month’s box was heavier than it usually is, which is always a good sign.

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My first product are these unfortunate packaged samples.

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100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream 3 samples (.067 fl oz each), Full Size: $15.00

I really hate samples like this, they are small  and sure there are 3 but I don’t feel like they should even count. Also they are in condiment sample packets. It looks like Ketchup.

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle  Deluxe Sample, Full Size: $21.95

I feel like I get this kind of stuff all the time. But I do like these sorts of products, it’s just I am kind of backed up. I would of preferred something else, but I have heard good things about this product.

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish  Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit Deluxe Sample (1 oz & muslin cloth), Full Size:$24.50

I really like this, it is the highlight of my box! It was the item that made my box kind of heavy. I started using it last night and then used it this morning. I really do need to take better care of my skin while I am young! My skin feels so soft even after a 10 hour work day. I will be buying this when I run out.

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Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish Mini in Kitten Heels (7 ml), Full Size (15ml): $10.00

Nail Polish! I have an addiction my collection keeps getting bigger and I like this one. The light didn’t capture how bold this fuchsia nail polish is. Also it changes colors, it turns a red color. Super Cool!

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Ahmad Teas Assorted Teas (Sample Size, 3 teabags), Full Size: $7.00

More tea! It will go away fast. I’ve never had this brand and it’s from London. I’m intrigued, yes it’s stereotypical to say hey its english and it’s tea so it has to be good, but we will see. The Peach and Passion Fruit one I am looking forward to.

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The box also included these cool cards with sayings on them. The back of them have tips for Confidence, ways to get happier, etc. They are pretty and I already put them on my walls in my cubicle at work to keep me happy and positive.

Now on to Ipsy!

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I always love how Ipsy includes so much value in their bags. Also it always includes a bag.

There is the bag…

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I will be honest this is my first bag that I don’t like. It’s just a little cheapy compared to November and December, but who buys Ipsy for the bag? You can only have so many makeup bags right?

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Proactive Mark Fading Pads  Sample Size (4 packets)

What is this, small samples? Gah Ipsy went the same route as Birchbox and gave multiple small sample packs. I am not a huge Proactive fan. It just never worked for me. I will use them of course..and very quickly. I used one last night, it burned a little.

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask ( 1 fl oz Sample Size)Full Size: $26.00

Here is my favorite product in the Ipsy bag. I already used it last night. First of all it smells AMAZING, and my ends of my hair felt so silky afterword. I like it. 🙂 I wish I had more, I might have to purchase it.

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Nourish Organic Face Lotion (Sample Size .5 oz) Full Size: $21.99

Who doesn’t like some moisturizer? It has shea butter, rosewater, and Moroccan Argan oil sounds awesome. 🙂

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Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil in Pearl (Sample Size), Full Size:$14.99

I do use Nyx jumbo pencils all the time, but I am not partial to creamy shadows because it usually creases. But I will try it,  love the color.

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Tinted Lip Balm Mica Beauty Cosmetics in Fiesta (Sample Size), Full Size: $30.00

It is a very pretty shade, I am intrigued by it. First of all the price tag is 30 dollars for a full size, expensive much? I am sure this will be my first and last Mica lip balm.

So that was my Birchbox and my Ipsy Bag which one do you think won this month? It’s tough, I will say that this was my least favorite Ipsy I have received (but I hold Ipsy to a high standard). I hold it to a higher standard because I was spoiled with November & December, they were AMAZING. So many full-sized products, exceptional value.  This one was so-so. Birchbox I liked this month more than usual. Mainly because of the Liz Earle Cleanser, and nail polish. I will give it to Birchbox this month! I declare them winner, however it was close. Anyway what do you think? I have 20 dollars worth of Birchbox points now! 🙂 What shall I buy..

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Glitter Guilty Box January 2014 Review

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 My box arrived!  Glitter Guilty is a nail polish subscription that includes a full size nail polish, a mini nail polish and a yummy snack for $15.99. This month’s box was inspired by the winter vortex much of the country has been having. I was hungry when I opened this box because I was immediately drawn to the chocolate covered fortune cookie. YUM.

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 Why have I never thought of that? Chocolate covered Fortune Cookies are delicious!

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I haven’t tried either of these nail polishes yet ( I am really liking my current mani. 🙂 I’m not crazy about the fact that they are both blue, but we will see

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I was really thrilled that there was striping tape in my box! I actually just ordered some, but when you order it via amazon it is shipping from Japan so it could take over a month to get here. So I am super happy I have some because I have been wanting to try using striping tape to do some mani’s. I have been addict-idly  watching striping tape tutorials on youtube.

So that was my box this month. How do you think it was? I am looking forward to the February box for sure, maybe a valentines box? That would be awesome. 🙂

Julep Maven Review January 2014

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I was really excited when the January window opened up for Julep Maven. For those who don’t know Julep Maven is a nail polish and beauty subscription. Each month 21st- 24th we get to see the 5 box choices that cost $19.99. If you don’t like any of the boxes you can skip the month. If you love the whole collection you can upgrade, they offer various upgrades. I decided to upgrade to the Boudoir Collection which is an additional $35 on top of the $19.99 because I liked all the colors and finishes so much as well as the products.

I have a little story about the delivery because the pictures I have of the box might look a little tattered. So I went to USPS’s website and it said it was delivered however it was not at my door. I was ready to go to all the apartments near mine to find it, but first I was going to check my mailbox. My mailbox is so small so I didn’t think I would find it there (however they have done it before). But of course there it was, its like impossible to get the box out without damaging it. I guess the side where they put the mail in is bigger than the side where I take it out. I had to take a knife and scissors to my box, I wasn’t pleased. I tried to hide it in the photos. I left a note for my mailman. Next time I will have to just contact my post office.

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Look at all my pretties! I love them, and many of them have awesome finishes. The boxes are new too, no longer the black boxes with white writing. I really like the new boxes. I do have a stash of boxes I keep and reuse as gifts so I am sad this one is damaged from me prying it out of my mailbox.

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 Julep Nail Color in Hannah $14

Julep Nail Color in Abigail $14

Julep Nail Color in  Mae $14

Hannah was one that I was instantly very interested in, I love all shades of green. So I’m looking forward to putting this one on. Abigail is very pretty in person, better than the swatches on juleps blog lets on. I love purples and Mae is a very light shade of purple. It has a satin finish, I just hope this color isn’t too light for my skin so we shall see.

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 Julep Nail Color in Margot $14

Julep Nail Color in Mona$14

Julep Nail Color in  Noelle $14

I almost put on Margot because she looked so pretty when I swatched her. I think she will be my next mani for sure. The gold color looks unique compared to other golds I have. Love it. Noelle reminds me of Farrah, but in a different color because it has that same awesome shimmer and has a silk finish. I really like this one, will be wearing it shortly. Mona looks very dark in person, it almost looks black (which I am not crazy about) but I will test this one out.

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Julep Nail Color in Annemarie $14

Julep Nail Color in Hope $14

Julep Nail Color in Farrah $14

I love Farrah! I am wearing her right now I had to put her on right away. She has a lovely shimmer and a silky soft finish. ❤ She is very elegant, and so far hasn’t chipped! I always have that issue when I don’t use topcoat. I’m not so crazy about Annemarie, not sure if I will swap her or what. And Hope is a white with a satin finish. I am excited by two of these three.

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Julep Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover $18.00

I was really happy that this months beauty product is nail related! I have never used a similar product so I am excited to try it. I am not one of those people who obsess over their cuticles, but if there is a product to improve mine sure I want to use it.

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Julep Ta Da Quick Dry Drops $14.00

I’m glad I held off on purchasing these because I have been tempted over my time as a maven member and now it is included in a box. I love painting my nails, but I have this problem with sitting still after I paint my nails and then I smudge them, or ruin them and I hate that. I used this when I did my nails in Farrah and it worked like a charm. It does have an odd smell, it isn’t bad and it isn’t good. It kind of reminded me of Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle. She shows off her nail polish topcoat and says it smells like flowers and like garbage together. Not sure if it it smells like garbage but it is kind of a weird smell.

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Here is a picture of my nails, I feel like the photo didn’t really pick up on Farrah’s purple tinge but it definitely does have a purple shimmer. Love January’s box! I don’t have enough hands for all these polishes. Gosh I remember thinking when I signed up for Julep I thought I’d be skipping a lot because I thought you only need 10 to 15 nail polish colors. I surely was wrong! Thank you Julep I am a nail polish addict now.

That is what I received this month. Love it? Pretty awesome month to me. I am so excited to play with all my pretties.

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