I’d love to know which of these two subscription boxes you purchase. If you don’t buy any of these which would you pick after seeing what’s in the December boxes? I’m not going to comment until the end so you can form your own opinions (pretty unusual for me to keep my mouth shut!!)
BIRCHBOX DECEMBER 2013: Sparkle and Shine
Birchbox is $10 a month. Once you subscribe be sure you fill out the surveys to gain points that will help you get products they sell for free or for less money. The box is known to be a SAMPLE box though in the beginning I believe they’d have some full size items. December held 4 samples, a cookie and a Birchbox extra.
These are the deluxe samples: Number 4 Non Aerosol Hairspray, Secret Agent Beauty Nourishing & Plumping Lip Gloss in Foreign Intelligence Flirt, and Bee Kind Body Lotion.
This picture shows the Eslor Skincare System sample packet, Emily’s Chocolates Milk Chocolate Fortune Cookie, and a Birchbox Digimate that you stick on your phone when you want to purchase from Birchbox and get 20% off the purchase.
IPSY DECEMBER 2013
Ipsy is also $10 a month and includes full size items although once in a while there will be a deluxe sample. There are variations to the subscription so you may not get the exact same cosmetic bag as your neighbor but they’ll be similar.
Every month the bright pink mailer brings you cosmetics in a makeup bag. This month’s bag is a black patent leather look textured one.
The products in my bag are Andrea false eyelashes, Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio in Naturally Bare, NYX Miracle Lipstick, Be A Bombshell “The One Stick” in Girl Crush, and Nikka K nail polish in a taupe shade (NY 112, I think).
Now that you’ve seen what’s in these subscriptions, do you have an opinion? I sure do. First thing you need to know is that I cancelled my Birchbox subscription in early November. I had removed my CC information and got a cancellation notice. Then voila, there’s the box in my mail and on my charge. I didn’t return it because the postage wouldn’t be worth it to me and I can use items in the BIZ giveaways. I will most likely use the BeeKind lotion on my legs though since my skin is so dry. There’s a chance I’ll use the Secret Agent Beauty gloss. The cookie will get eaten. Eslor and Number 4 hairspray will be given away.
IPSY on the other hand will get use. My sister’s next goodie bag will include the Andrea Falsies since she’s a makeup artist and someone may want these put on them. I have no skill at all when it comes to false lashes so I won’t even attempt them. Be A Bombshell’s color stick is a keeper. Not everyone can wear this light a color but I can and will. The Pop Beauty trio is very nice although I haven’t decided if it’s a keeper or giveaway but I’m glad it was in there. Nikka K isn’t a color I’d normally wear but it’s nice to have a shade I might just need in the stash. Last is the NYX Miracle lipstick which looks beautiful but isn’t my shade so someone will get this in a giveaway.
Even though you can see that I won’t use everything in my IPSY, you can also tell that this is the winner. IPSY has become a subscription I look forward to every month and a great value for my $10. — Marcia
Disclosure: I finally got a link for IPSY credits that can help purchase items so if you decide to become a subscriber, I’d love if you clicked through my link. Thanks