Hey ladies! I know it’s now February, but my Ipsy bag arrived pretty late last month, so I am just getting around to writing my review. I have already tried all of the products in each bag, so I am ready to give my thoughts on both of them! Neither box particularly excited me all that much, but one was slightly better than the other in my opinion…
(You can see all of my past Ipsy vs Birchbox reviews here.)
The Scoop on Ipsy: $10 a month for 5 samples. You can earn Ipsy Points which you can then redeem in their small shop. The products in the shop are limited and the good ones tend to sell out very quickly, so you have to constantly check back. You can earn 10-15 points for every glam bag item you review. You can also earn 250 points for each person you refer to Ipsy. They also randomly give you 10 points here and there if you share your bag contents or sneak peek on FB. The items in the shop range from 250-1500 points. (The 1000/1500 point products are full size.) They also have discount codes for products included in each months glam bag, incase you want to buy the full sizes. If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy you can use my referral link, and I would really appreciate it!
What I got:
- Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub– This is a Hawaiian based company and their lip scrub contains real Maui sugar crystals, pure kukui nut oil from Hawaii and shea butter. It also has a fresh lemon scent thanks to the addition of lemon peel oil. I found this scrub to be decently gritty, very easy to spread on the lips and my lips were moderately smoother after use. It doesn’t leave a waxy feel or film on the lips either, which is one of my lip scrub pet peeves. A full size is $20 and you can get 50% off at their website if you use code IPSYSCRUB through 2/29.
- Skone Smudger Brush– Skone claims to be a budget-friendly beauty brand, but from looking around quickly at their site I found that their cheapest lipstick is $15 and the cheapest makeup brush is $12. Not exactly budget busting, but also not very budget friendly in my opinion. Anyway, I received their Smudger brush that can be used for lining, smudging (duh), or blending shadow or liner. It is soft yet firm, and made from natural pony hair, which makes me kind of sad… Get 15% off their site by using code IPSYJAN through 2/29.
- Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil– Normally, I love anything Burt’s Bees puts out so I was pretty excited to give this a try. The first thing I noticed was that the plastic container is so incredibly hard and you can’t squeeze it. You have to shake it up and down (like a salt shaker) to get the product out. The second thing I noticed was the scent. It’s a very strong, pungent scent that kind of smells like how I think rancid honey would smell. It’s also very greasy and hard to rinse off in my opinion. Even if the consistency was perfect, I couldn’t use this because of the overpowering scent. If you shop the Burt’s Bees website by 2/29 you can get 20% off using code IPSY20.
- Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Duo– I received this in the shade Lavender Bloom, but the only duo I see on the website is Apricot Glow. The shades were very soft and decently pigmented, although they didn’t last very long without a primer. Also, this little case gave me such a hard time to open. I bent a fingernail and eventually had to use a small screw driver to get it open! Other than that, I definitely want to they some of the larger Eye Palettes available. Get 15% off at the Pixi website if you use code IPSYJAN by 2/29.
- The Balm Mr Write (Now) Eyeliner– I was kind of hoping for the gold one, but I was excited to try this nonetheless. I got the shade Scott B. Bordeaux (a deep purple) but I found it to be more of a brown. It’s a skinny twist up style pencil which aren’t my favorite, but it seemed to have great pigmentation when I swatched it on my hand. However, when I tried to use it to line my upper lid it felt incredibly hard and dry which made it very difficult to get a decent line. I much prefer liquid or gel liners anyway. Get 20% off at thebalm.com by using code IPSY20 by 2/29.
The scoop on Birchbox: $10 a month for 5 samples. Birchbox has really upped its game in my opinion. They now offer a Sample Choice each month where you can pick 1 sample in your box (or sometimes a specially curated box where they show all the contents) but it is while supplies last only. Also, they have a fantastic rewards program! You get 10 points for every item you review in your box each month (100 points = $10.) In turn, you can spend those points in their shop. So every month you basically earn $5 to spend! You also earn points on anything you buy in the store and each $1 spent = 1 point, also, each referral earns you 50 points. Pretty awesome. The only “down side” to Birchbox is that most of the samples tend to be on the small side, but most of them are higher quality products/brands. If you want to sign up, please consider using my referral link HERE, thank you!
What I got:
- My Daughter Always Loved Fragrance– I’m not a big fan of fragrance samples to begin with, but if you’re going to send one, at least send one with a pump. This one has the stopper style and it’s very difficult to open without spilling it all over the place. Besides that, the fragrance was definitely not for me. It has way too much of a rose sent which is something I’m not big on. Full size is $85
- Ciaté London Mini Paint Pot– When I looked up my box online it said I was supposed to get the shade Pillow Fight, but I think everyone ended up getting the shade True Blue. It’s a gorgeous sparkling cobalt blue that dries to a matte, gritty texture. (Think Zoya Pixie Dusts.) This is a lovely shade and right up my alley, but it chipped rather fast. A full size Ciaté plush is $15.
- Eyeko Fat Eyeliner– This is the eyeliner that we were all supposed to get in our boxes. I like the thickness and the pigment of this, but it does tend to transfer to my hooded upper lids a bit. This was a full size sample $18.
- Whish Almond Body Butter– I loooovee Almond scents, so I was so happy that I received this one. The fragrance if this is fairly strong and artificial smelling at first, but it fades a bit after you apply. The cream itself is a medium consistency, but it hydrates and softens my hands very well. Whish is cruelty free and a full size 5 oz tube retails for $24.
- Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate– This is a much coveted cream that is supposed to help heal and hydrate skin, while also prepping it for makeup. I have combo/oily skin so it did feel a little bit heavy, but if your skin is dry this is probably going to work really well for you. The tube I got is super tiny, but a little does seem to go a long way. Full size is $16 for 1oz or $28 for 2.6oz.
In the end, while I did like a lot of things from my Ipsy box, the fragrance was the only thing from my Birchbox that I didn’t like. So, I would have to say that my BIRCHBOX was the winner for January!
What do you think of my choice? Did you get anything good in your sub boxes last month?
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