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..

Thinking about getting Birchbox or Ipsy? You can always use those referral links attached.