Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Birchbox vs. Ipsy Showdown

Hello all!
I had so much fun doing this little showdown last month that I decided to do it again! 
So without further adieu, the contenders:

Birchbox's  Power Up Box

First off, can we talk about how pretty the packaging is?! I love the blue shipping box it came in, a nice change form the regular pink. But the actual box is so adorable! It's so cute it actually inspired me to work out....unfortunately, that inspiration hasn't been set into full action just yet, but it did inspire me none the less.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo: Who doesn't love dry shampoo? I'm particularly excited about this one because it is a travel size so it is perfect to touch up on the go and it also has a nice light, fresh scent.

NAOBAY Body Radiance Lotion: I have already given this product to my mom because I was really not a fan of the scent to be honest. It's not bad, it is just one of those scents that provoke certain memories and for me that memory was the cleaner they used at my pre-school....

Vasanti Cosmetics Detox Facial Cleanser: On the other hand, I love the scent of this product (I feel like there is a trend going here...) It is a silky cleanser full of nutrients and I am excited to use with my Clarisonic.

Sumita Eyeliner in Raina: I love receiving eyeliners in BBs or Ipsy bags because I feel like you can really get your money's worth with that product alone. This eyeliner is a beautiful navy blue, a color I do not have, yet desperately wanted so I was very excited when I saw it in my box. I have yet to wear it but I can tell you that I swatched it on my hand before taking a shower and it is still on my hand now... as I type this... after my shower!

100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel: I'm not sure how I feel about these beauty extras or if I am actually going to use them, or give them to someone else, solely because I am not a fan of ginger scented products. I am glad that they are an extra as opposed to one of the actual samples though.

As I've mentioned before I love the little extras BB throws into their boxes. They are really thoughtful and very creative. To go along with the theme, this month's box came with a little flipbook of mini challenges you can try to "power up" your every day. They're actually pretty interesting and I just might be doing them myself.

Ipsy's Sensationally Sunkissed Bag 

 Love the name/ theme! Perfect for this time of year and so catchy. The bag itself is this brilliant hot pink that I am so excited to throw into my beach bag! 

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil: I am a huge fan of tanning oils for pool days or for afternoons when I just want to lay out. Unfortunately I have not been able to try this one out yet due to the weather, but I think it will make a good excuse to take a an afternoon off to lay out and test it out. I also love that it is travel friendly because my other tanning oil is so bulky to carry around.

Befine Daily Moisturizer: I am so glad that I have finally jumped on the daily moisturizer bandwagon. I always thought my skin was too oily for it, but I am now noticing that without it my skin does not look its best. I love trying out new ones to see how my skin reacts to them and from the looks of it this one seems to be a good contender with SPF 15 and a nice, light scent and texture.

wHet Nail Polish in Facetious: Love this bright dark blue! Definitely going to be the next color I paint my toes with!

BareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow: Although this little guy may seem ittie-bittie at first look, I feel like it will actually last me a long time considering the small amount you need for application. I didn't think I was going to really like this product, but I completely changed my mind once applying. The application was so smooth but still stayed in place and the shade is smokey yet wearable for the daytime.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink: I'm not sure what it is about this product but it absolutely love it. It is one of those balms that adjusts to the pH of your lips so each shade will be a little different. I was a little afraid of how light the color was in the tube, but after applying and waiting a few seconds it turned into this beautiful "my lips but better" shade with a nice, glossy favorite. Definitely a new favorite!

And with that I must choose a winner and that winner is.... Ipsy! I was genuinely excited about each of the products and my first impression of each product was a positive one. I was a little underwhelmed by the product selection of this month's BB which is unusual, but you know, not everyone is going to like everything. There were some great products in it however and I absolutely loved the packaging and the little challenge booklet as well.

So that is that!
What did you receive in you monthly subscription box? I'd love to know!



  1. oooh the only box i get is the julep box but people seem to love both of these. might need to check them out!

  2. Yes I highly recommend!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I'm so tempted by Ipsy! It looks like you got a great variety of things between the two boxes!

    1. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try!
      Thanks for stopping by!