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Beauty Sample Showdown

My May Birchbox has arrived!  And so has my May Ipsy Glam Bag!  What the what?  What’s an Ipsy Glam Bag you ask?  Well, I recently found out about a service very similar to Birchbox called Ipsy.  They also send out monthly fun mail full of beauty samples. So I thought I’d get both and compare and decide which one I’d like to stick with.

First let’s look at my Birchbox.  photo 2This month’s box included:

  • amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask for hair.
  • COOLA Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face
  • Isaac Mizrahi FABULOUS Isaac Mizrahi Eau de Parfum
  • Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste
  • Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner (in black)
  • Purple Pilot Acroball Gel Ink Pen

A great box for sure!   Now let’s look at this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag.

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This month’s bag included:

  • Chevron striped cosmetic bag (each month you get a little cosmetic bag)
  • Zoya Nail Polish in Neely -a pale mint  (full size)
  • yaby Concealer Refill in buff
  • Nume Finishing Serum (for hair)
  • Pacifica Bronzing Body Butter in Coconut Crushed Pearl/ Sun kissed
  • Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Pink (full size)

By the way, I do know how to use my shift key but some of these beauty brands are non capitalized.

So…the details.  Each subscription is $10 a month.  Birchboxes come in a little brown cardboard box with hot pink tissue.  They get a point because I can recycle the box when I’m finished with it.  But Ipsy sends you a little cosmetic bag each month.  I’m pretty full up on bags, this is true, but I can always find a use for a little bag.  Mostly I give them away as little gift bags.  In the 7 months or so that I’ve been receiving Birchboxes I’ve only gotten one or two full size products.  My Ipsy bag had 2 full sized products right off the bat!  Now, who knows, they may be trying to butter me up with my first bag.  One other cool thing about Ipsy is that once the Glam Bags have been sent out you can go online to and check out what everyone got in their bags, plus all past bags.  Another cool thing is that you take a beauty quiz on Ipsy and they choose colors for you based on your skin tone, coloring etc.

The verdict…Sorry Birchbox, we’ve had a great run, and I may come back to you at some point.  But for right now Ipsy has won me over!