Monday, February 17, 2014

February Ipsy vs. Birchbox!

You know the drill. Ipsy & Birchbox are both subscription beauty services that send you a sampling of beauty products once a month for just $10. Click any of the hyperlinked "Ipsy" or "Birchbox" links in the post to sign up today. Let's get right to it...



  • Juicy Couture Couture La La Malibu - I swear to god, I have received a million and a half Juicy Couture samples (different variations, of course) from Birchbox. I am so freakin' sick of receiving Juicy Couture fragrance samples. All I can say is at least this one didn't come broken
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner - I always like to try a new pore refiner, so I'll happily try this one out. 
  • Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish in Kitten Heels - Oddly enough, there's nailpolish all over the cap of this sample, as if someone opened it up and used it. I think the mood-changing thing is a gimmick, but I'll try this out nonetheless. 
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Oil - I love this brand! Their detangler is one of my favorites, so I'm super excited to try their newest product out as it's exclusive to Birchbox!
  • 32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy - This is the weirdest thing I think I've ever received in a Birchbox. Breath freshening crystals. Odd, but I'm intrigued. 

  • Zoya Nail Polish in Odette - Full-size alert!! I very nearly bought this color for myself not too long ago, so I couldn't be happier to receive this (full-size no less!) in my Ipsy bag! If you've been reading Glazed Over for awhile, you're already aware Zoya is my favorite nail polish brand.
  • Benefit High Beam - I redeemed some of my Ipsy points to get this in my bag this month, and I'm really glad I did. This is such a natural highlight for the cheekbones. Great product, great brand - love!
  • J.Cat Beauty Eyelashes in EL15 - Full-size alert!! I have never tried eyelashes by J.Cat Beauty before. These look really dramatic and fun. Can't wait to try them!
  • POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini in Peony Petal - This is a gorgeous everyday color. I've enjoyed all I've tried so far from POP Beauty, and I expect I'll enjoy this, too. 
  • Mally Beauty Evercolor Waterproof Eyeliner in Starlight - I don't have much need for a silver eyeliner, but I will more than likely try this out as I've been curious about Mally. Seems very creamy... I so wish it was black or brown!
  • City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh MelonFull-size alert!! Look at the size of this thing! I've already tested this blush (from a brand that's completely new to me!) and it is so finely milled and extremely pigmented. Loving this so far!

It's pretty clear Ipsy is the obvious winner this month. Birchbox was doing so well for the last couple months that I thought they were making a real turn around. Unfortunately, I get so much value in my Ipsy bag that I am THIS close to cashing out my Birchbox points and ending my subscription. 

What do you think - which do you prefer? Ipsy or Birchbox?

18 comments:

  1. I wish Ipsy would be available in Europe. Seems much better value than Birchbox which has been disappointment for me as well. Nice post!

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    1. Birchbox has become a real disappointment. Once I move up to the next points bracket (next month!) I'm going to cash my points out and cancel. I can't stand wasting even $10 on it anymore.

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  2. Sorry about Birchbox. I gave up my subscription a couple years ago when I ended up with too many perfume samples and foil packets. Great post. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Next month is my last month. Over it! Thanks for reading! :)

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  3. I've never tried Ipsy, but I ended up cancelling my Birchbox because I was tired of getting less than half dozen junk items every month. I rarely use anything I've ever gotten from them, and it just wasn't worth it.

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    1. I've been hearing this from so many people. I have to wonder if their subscription rates are taking a huge hit because the value just isn't there.

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  4. Ipsy definitely won this month! Full size Zoya--that's nearly the value of the bag! And the blush looks amazing--I love bright matte corals for spring.

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    1. Absolutely! Ipsy did good this month. :)

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  5. Ipsy definitely looks like it takes the cake! Its a good mix of well known brands as well as unknown ones which you can familiarise yourself with!

    ♥ M&L twoplicates

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    1. That's half the fun.. trying new brands you've never heard of. :) Thanks for reading!

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  6. The Ipsy box looks fab, although I must admit I have actually never heard of them! Are they just in the states?

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. From what I hear, they're available just in the States. :(

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  7. Oh wow that Ipsy bag looks amazing... I can't believe how rubbish that Birchbox is.. I'd be so gutted to receive that! xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I know, right?! Can't wait to cash out my points and call it quits with Birchbox!

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  8. The Ipsy bag definitely wins in my opinion! That Zoya polish looks gorgeous :)

    BeyondBlush

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    1. Isn't it? I can't wait to wear it. I think it's the classiest color!

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  9. Wow, I would so rock that bright pink polish this summer, I love wearing those colors because they look so pretty in the sun. We don't have much sun here in Toronto right now but since I'll be in L.A next week I think I will see if I have something similar to this to wear.

    -Erica
    http://diaryofatrendaholic.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Bright pinks are my FAVE for summer! Thinking about pulling some out to get through this awful blizzard that hit us last night.

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