Birchbox was once again delayed because of the crazy New York weather (what is going on up there?), so this post is a little later than usual. Here you go:
*$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 February bag:
*Pixi Flawless & Poreless ($29 for 30ml, 15ml= $14.5)
*Coastal Scents Glitz & Glamour Eye Shadow Sample set (estimated value $2)
*MICA Beauty cosmetics black gel eyeliner (I think this is full sized, $30)
*Lash Card ($6.99 for 10, 4= $2.79)
*Pop Beauty mascara in Smoky Black ($13.84 for full size, est. value $7)
*Black makeup bag (unknown value)
Total estimated value before makeup bag: $56.29
Initial Thoughts: I finally get to try Pixi! I have drooled over some of the Pixi eye products at Target, but I can't bring myself to pay that much for a brand I have never tried and don't know much about. Pixi has Sephora prices, not Target. I'm also excited about the gel eyeliner and mascara. I probably won't use the eyeshadow (I didn't care for Coastal Scents last time it was in Ipsy and the small palette is awkward). The Lash Cards are pretty ridiculous. Unless you are a preteen/ teen learning how to put on mascara for the first time, then I don't see the point. Even with the two crap products, it is a really good bag. I am once again happy with 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!)
my February box:
*Nicole Richie Fragrances- Nicole by Nicole Richie ($55 for 50ml, 1.5ml = $1.65)
*Color Club nail polish in Mamba (mini= $4)
*Vasanti - Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator ($34 for 120gm, 20gm = $5.67)
*Ghirardelli Squares - Milk Chocolate with Caramel ($4.25 for 5.32oz, 0.53oz= $0.42)
*Twistband - Thick Headband ($19 for 6, 1 = $3.16)
Total Value: $14.90
Initial Thoughts: Really Birchbox, Really? Everything I hate to get all in one box: perfume (and Nicole Richie none the less...what is next Britney Spears?), Twistband and nail polish. The nail polish I might be okay with if it wasn't the same crap brand and a super common color that everyone already has. Plus, it isn't even full sized. Ipsy sent me a much nicer, full sized cherry red last month. Twistband is a joke. You can buy the material and make your own "twistbands" for a few pennies and yet they charge about $3 per hair tie/ headband. The headbands don't even work because they slide around too much. So the only two things worth mentioning are a small chocolate bar (which I can not even eat due to my no sugar diet) and the Vasanti. I am getting closer and closer to cancelling every month. This boxes total may be at $14, but it is not worth the $10 I paid.
This Month's Winner: This post should be renamed "How bad did Ipsy outshine Birchbox this month?" because I can't remember the last time Birchbox won. Ipsy has won the majority of the battles and definitely the war. I'm not even sure at this point how Birchbox is still alive to fight. I am seriously considering cancelling Birchbox. Maybe I will switch to the Allure Sample Society box that I received once and really liked.
Read my previous Battle of the Sample Boxes:
June 2012 Battle of the Sample Boxes
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