Thursday, August 16, 2012

Battle of the Sample Boxes: MyGlam VS. Birchbox August

I received my Birchbox several days ago and my MyGlam today. I am still a little unsure as to whether or not I loved my boxes this month, what do you think? Here is what I got:

*$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
My August bag:

*Circus by Andrea's Choice in Spectacle (bright orange) (not for sale to public yet, estimating $8)
*eclos Cellular Activator Facial Serum (0.5oz, $24.99 for 1.7oz= $7.35)
*eclos Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream(0.25oz, $24.99 for 2oz= $3.12)
*Salty Cosmetics Glama-Zoid Mineral Eye Shadow ($3.97)
*Demeter Roll on Perfume Oil in clean skin ($10)
*MyGlam Glam Gloss (unknown value)
*Mesh Makeup bag (unknown value)
Total value: $32.44 before Glam Gloss and Makeup Bag!

Initial Thoughts: I am a little torn on this box. Normally I would be thrilled to get nail polish, BUT this is the second month in a row we have received a brand that one of MyGlam's stylists is getting ready to launch. That seems cheap to me. Plus, the colors are hideous, it is a massive amount of packaging (so not green) and it stains your nails and chips badly from what I have heard. Also, the roll on perfume oil smells like cotton and moth balls aka old people. That is not a scent I will ever wear. The best thing in the bag was actually the MyGlam Glam Gloss. It has a wonderfully angled applicator for easier application. It looks great and tastes like strawberries. I wish we could buy them from MyGlam. I also think I will like the eclos products. Anti-aging stuff is always great and I have been wanting to try them. The Salty Mineral Eyeshadow is actually very pretty too. It is a pearly color. Overall the stuff that I love is valued at way over the $10 I spent & hopefully I can sell/trade the perfume oil and nail polish. Any takers?

*$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 August box:
*Schick Hydro Silk Razor ($9.99)
*DDF Brightening Cleanser (60ml, $38 for 250ml =$9.12)
*Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur (0.05oz, $70 for 2.5oz= $1.40)
*Per-fekt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel (0.01oz, $28.50 for 0.45oz= $0.63)
*Caldrea Hand Soap ($10.50 for 10.8oz, no size on one time use packets= unknown value)
Total value: $21.14 before Caldrea soap packets

Initial thoughts: Hand soap...really Birchbox, really? Why must you continue to send me lame and disappointing things like ziploc bags and hand soap? I would have probably liked this box better without it. I was really excited for the DDF Brightening Cleanser and I was right to be. It is amazing and I would probably never try it otherwise. The razor is kind of a *shoulder shrug* item. I will use it, but I have used Hydro Silk before and I was not impressed. I prefer Gillette Fusion razors (guys razors are SO much better than ours). The Juicy Couture smells great, but I am sick of perfume samples. The Per-fekt Lash Gel really excited me, but I was a little bummed to see how small of a sample they sent. Plus, it already had massive clumpage on the end of the wand when I first pulled it out. I didn't exactly hate this box, and I saw plenty that were a lot worse. However, the DDF is the only thing I LOVE. Even when Birchbox disappoints me, they are still worth the $10. 

This months winner: MyGlam. They finally beat out Birchbox, but not for the right reasons. I didn't love everything in either box, but MyGlam has more things that I will use again and possibly buy. The Glam Gloss really put it over the top and made it worth it to me. Better luck next month Birchbox.


Kari said...

I got a different shade of Glam Gloss than you. Mine's brighter pink and tastes like watermelon, but I think I'd prefer the one you got. I don't really think the Demeter perfume oil smells like old people, but it's not a scent that everyone will love, for sure.

Polished Dezinez Addict said...

Do u still have the circus nail polishes? If so how many do you have and would you be willing to trade them for different polishes or something else? You can view my blog.. I'm a nail polish addict lol. I have over 300 and would love to have these circus colors if you still have them and really arent interested in them. You can email me at or view my blog at or follow me on FB on my nail site, i'm Polished Dezinez Addict :) thanks Joanna