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.


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 disgusting LOL

Asha said...

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

llinda29 said...

I did a light work out after serious surgery

Anonymous said...

Most extreme was to drive to a neighboring town.

mverno said...

i went grocery shopping on a friday now thats extreme