Here is the lowdown for December:
*$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 December bag:
*Mai Couture Highlighter Papier -25 sheets ($28 -does not say how many you get for $28, so not positive that this is full size, but it seems like it).
*Mirabella Primer for Face & Eyes (full size! $29)
*be a bombshell lip gloss in Hot Mess (full size! $14)
*Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in Zero ($19 for 1.2gm, 0.8gm= $12.67)
*NYX loose pearl shadow in mink pearl (full size! $3)
*Silver Shimmery Make-up Bag (unknown value...but it's pretty nice)
Total Estimated Value before make-up bag: $86.67
Initial Thoughts: Merry Christmas to me! I swear that Ipsy gets better every month. I LOVE everything in this bag. It's no secret that Urban Decay is my favorite brand. I can never have enough 24/7 pencils & I actually did not own a black one before this came. Everything other than the UD eyeliner is full size! The "Hot Mess" lip gloss is very pigmented and brighter than what I would normally wear, but I kind of like it. The whole point in sample bags is to try new things and I never would have bought that color. I'm glad I got it. The Mai Couture Highlighter Papier is really cool. They look like blotting sheets, but contain highlighter. It even has a guide on the back flap with recommendations on where to put it. I'm also excited to try the Mirabella primer. I normally use Smashbox BB cream on face, so I don't need a face primer. However, I am willing to try it out. Plus, it works for the eyes too. I use Urban Decay Eye Primer, but I am currently out. Like I said, I love everything in this bag. It is perfect. Thanks Ipsy!
*$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!)
*Benefit Cosmetics- It's Potent! eye cream ($32 for 0.5oz, 0.1oz= $6.40)
*Juicy Couture - Juicy Couture ($90 for 3.4oz, 0.05oz= $1.32)
*Kerastase - Nutritive Nectar Thermique - Protect ($42 for 150ml, 2x 10ml pkgs = $5.60)
*Model Co - Shine Ultra Lip Gloss (Full Size! $16)
*Emily's Chocolates - Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fortune Cookie ($5.99 for box of 6, 1 = $.99)
*Total Value: $30.31
Initial Thoughts: This is the best Birchbox I have had in about 3-4 months. I actually received a full size product AND a Benefit sample. My initial joy was squashed when I opened my eye cream sample and it was almost empty. I emailed Birchbox and they are out of samples for it, but they credited me $10 worth of points. That basically makes this box free and I still get the points from the surveys this month too! Score! I love the lip gloss and the mirror on the side is super useful. The Juicy Couture is garbage. I also won't eat the Fortune Cookie, but I will pass it on to my Mom or Brother. The Keratase won't work for my hair since my hair is normal to oily...definitely not dry. If Birchbox would pay attention to our profiles they would know that. So, basically the only thing in this box I will keep is the lip gloss and my maybe 1-2 time use of the Benefit eye cream. Still worth the $10 and I got a credit.
This month's winner: Ipsy. It's always Ipsy. Do I even need to explain? I think not.
Read my previous Battle of the Sample Boxes:
June 2012 Battle of the Sample Boxes
Disclaimer: I am a paid subscriber to both services. I just compare them and share with my readers for fun. I am not compensated in any way.