I’m 100% in on the monthly box craze. It’s awesome to get a $10 ‘present’ in the mail once a month. I’ve subscribed to the beauty boxes because the thought of walking in to Sephora without a guide makes me feel a little shaky. Like I’m not supposed to be in there? I’m alone? Either way, that’s my reason for the boxes. A monthly schlep of everything I wouldn’t have the guts to pick out/would have no idea what its for until I read the directions.
I was a Birch Box gal until my friend Carolyn came in town and told me Ipsy was the way to go. Before committing 100% to the change, I got a box of each… here’s what I found.
This was actually a pretty decent BirchBox. I have to admit, they have steadily been decreasing in quality in my eyes within the last 6 months. It was like they knew I was trying to compare them to someone else. Either way- it looks like their A-game made it.
Our lineup includes:
Nail Rock- a popping bright polish with an included party nail. I happen to LOVE party nails.
Serge Normant Dry Conditioner- Yes I used this once. No I don’t know what it did.
Zenmed Gentle Cleansing Creme- I have 0% feelings on this. It’s facewash?
Ahmad London- Soothing for bed time
100% Pure Fruit Mascara- for my recycling days. You know the ones..where you feel extra obligated to recycle.
I was surprised to find a reusable pouch in the envelope. Apparently it’s a monthly thing! I love pouches and everything I can cram in them.
Our lineup includes:
Pro-activ solution towelettes- it felt a little like an infomercial. However, I happened to be traveling the week after I got the pack so ended up using them.
Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil- I don’t exactly know how to ‘highlight’ but it’s been great to use after I stay up too late reading.
Epice exfoliator- I gave myself a quick facial and felt pretty special about it
Healthy Sexy Hair Leave-In Conditioner- Great size bottle! Mediocre hair conditioning….but my hair is fine so the less conditioning the better in the end.
MICA Beauty- a rouging of sorts.
In the end for me, IPSY won. The samples were larger and brands I would more likely use in my day to day routine. Canceling BirchBox felt a little like canceling on a friend but I haven’t looked back.
I encourage you to give it a whirl.