Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Battle of the Sample Boxes: MyGlam VS. Birchbox


It has been awhile since I have done a post on Birchbox. I am a Birchbox subscriber and I have been mostly happy with my subscription (See all my Birchbox posts here). Well, there are a lot of other sample box subscriptions popping up. I watched a Youtube video last January or February and decided that I HAD TO sign up for MyGlam. The only problem was that they were so popular that their subscriptions were sold out. A few weeks ago I received an email saying that my wait was finally over! Yay! So, I thought I would share with you all the loot I received from both Birchbox and MyGlam.


*$10 a month 
*It was started by Michelle Phan (who is a Youtube Beauty Guru)
*Every month you receive a make-up bag with deluxe samples and full sized products 
Here was my April bag:


*All-Belle Eyelashes (I have seen these priced from $8-$12 online)
*DermStore Lip Quench  - Moisture Infused Lip Treatment (Full size, $12)
*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Junkie (green)(travel size which is 2/3 the size of the regular that retails for $19)
*MyGlam All-Over Eyeshadow Brush
*MyGlam Eyeliner Brush
*Shiny Pink Make-up bag (The color really didn't come out in the picture, but it is pretty)
Value: At LEAST $38

Initial thoughts: 

LOVE it! Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands and I love their 24/7 pencils! I was also really suprised by how much I love the DermStore Lip Quench. It is officially my new favorite lip product. It keeps my lips moist for hours and tastes/smells delicious. I won't use the eyelashes because I have enough eye issues without gluing crap to them. Plus, I have great natural lashes. I am storing them for a future giveaway. The brushes are made by MyGlam and are great quality. The bag is cute, but I really have enough make-up bags. Overall it is definitely worth the money. Any company that gives me my money back in Urban Decay is a company I will love. : )


*$10 a month
*Created by Harvard Grads
*You receive 4-5 "deluxe samples" every month, occasionally full sized products
*You get bonus points for answering short surveys about the products you receive. You can then use those points to buy products at the their store (i.e.: FREE Stuff!).

My April Box:

sorry for the crappy quality, my camera is acting odd.

*amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask (sample pack, I got 2 uses out of it)(Full size: $40)
*Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer (small tube, full size: $28)
*Wonderstruck Taylor Swift (small vial, full size: $49.50-$59.50)
*Zoya in Lotus (half size, full size: $8)
*dropps laundry detergent (2 pods, full size of 20 pods: $6)
Estimated Value: Not really much over the $10 I spent for it

My thoughts:

Birchbox has been pretty hit or miss recently. Last month they had a GREAT Teen Vogue box (full size tarte lip tint and essie luxeffects nail polish + other stuff), this month isn't great. I liked the amika, but it was a tiny sample. The Juice Beauty is nice and I love the brand, but I have tons of moisturizers right now. Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift smells amazing. However, you could probably get the Wonderstruch and amika samples for free with a lot of beauty purchases (Hello, Sephora!). LOVE the Zoya. They are my favorite nail polish brand and this color is awesome (wearing it now), but it is only worth $4. Laundry detergent drops, really? Not even going to acknowledge that stupid move (ok-guess I just did...hmmpf). Overall, this has been one of the lowest value boxes I have received in my 8 months or so with them. I am not planning on cancelling though, because I still like my boxes overall.

If it was a contest, MyGlam definitely won. Hands down. Do you Birchbox? Do you have a MyGlam subscription? How about some of the other ones like Cravebox (which will be where I go if I drop Birchbox), Beauty Army, QVC New Beauty, The Look Bag, Sample Society, Blissmobox, Eco Emi, etc?


Disclaimer: I did not receive anything in exchange for this post. I paid for both subscriptions and this post is just to inform my readers. All opinions are my own.

7 comments:

meghan said...

Thanks for sharing!! You're so good about using your products. Do you know that I haven't even used most of them? I just love getting them in the mail...I really should use them...

Asha said...

I absolutely hated my birchbox this month! And some of the samples I got were leftovers from prior months so needless to say...I had to break up with Birchbox and am no longer subscribed. It's sad because I used to LOVE them! But now I'm on the waitlist for MyGlam (who knows how long that will be!) Thanks for letting me know about it :)

Asha said...

p.s. - for the giveaway the most extreme thing I did today was drink green juice...so disgusting LOL

Asha said...

p.s. - for the giveaway the most extreme thing I did today was drink green juice...so disgusting LOL

llinda29 said...

I did a light work out after serious surgery

madreblair said...

Most extreme was to drive to a neighboring town.

mverno said...

i went grocery shopping on a friday now thats extreme
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