Birchbox, Boxycharm and ipsy: August 2015

Woohoo! It’s that time of the month again! No, not that time of the month — it’s beauty subscription time!

This month, because of the move, getting all of these was a pain in the ass. I moved after the first of the month, so I didn’t change my address on the websites, but I did change my address through USPS. Apparently, that means absolutely nothing, and all of the packages were at my old apartment still. After a very long wait at the post office, a very nice supervisor offered to personally contact my carrier so I could get my mail and I received a call later that day saying he had all three of my packages and if I could be there before they closed, I could get them. Needless to say, I ran out of the house to make it before five, and lo and behold, there they were!

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Isn’t it just so beautiful? Doesn’t it just make you want to tear up at the sight?

But I digress. Let’s get on with the show!

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First up, we have ipsy. For ten dollars a month, you get five samples or full-sized products. I haven’t been loving my ipsy lately, but this month’s is better than the last few and I’m hoping it’ll keep going that way!

This month, I got:

  • AILA nail polish in Mister Pookies.
  • Marc Anothony Nourishing Argan Oil Treatment.
  • Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk.
  • Noyah lipstick in Desert Rose.
  • Skone Cosmetics Eye & Lip Pencil in Wine.

Overall, I like everything well enough and certainly better than the last few months! I was most excited about the cleansing milk and the lipstick and least excited about… nothing, actually! I want to try everything for once!

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Up next is Birchbox. This box was pretty solid and I like everything I got! Birchbox is usually pretty consistently good and I appreciate it a whole lot more now that I’m more into skincare than I used to be.

This month, I got:

  • Dr. Jart+ Deep Hydration Sheet Mask.
  • Crabtree & Evelyn ultra-moisturizing hand therapy.
  • Rusk volumizing mousse.
  • IPKN New York Pore Apple Sun Cream.
  • Laqa&Co Cheeky Lip in Cray Cray.

In this month’s box, I was most excited for the sheet mask, and probably least excited about the mousse, though I still want to try it.

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Because I have no self-control, I upgraded my Birchbox subscription to receive two full-sized items for an extra 20 dollars a month. With this, I got a Marcelle eye shadow duo in Rockin’ Rose, and a Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney. I’m so excited to try them both! Not regretting the extra money… yet.

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Lastly, my Boxycharm was definitely loaded with goodies!

This month, I got:

  • CoastalScents Revealed 3 palette.
  • So Susan highlighting crayon.
  • MICA Beauty gel eyeliner.
  • SETA eyeliner brush.
  • Nios Shield leave-in conditioner.

I was definitely most excited about the Revealed 3 palette, but I was happy to see how great the rest of the products look! Another great box this month.

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Lastly, here are the swatches. From top to bottom, we have:

  • So Susan highlighting crayon.
  • MICA Beauty gel eyeliner.
  • Laqa&Co Cheeky Lip.
  • Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge.
  • Marcelle eye shadow duo.
  • Skone Cosmetics Eye & Lip Pencil in Wine.
  • Noyah lipstick in Desert Rose.

As you can probably see, all these goodies look fantastic and I can’t wait to try them out! What did you get in this month’s beauty subscriptions? Let me know in the comments, and as usual, follow me on instagram and twitter!

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Birchbox, Boxycharm, and ipsy: July 2015

Hi guys! Sorry for the awful delay in this post, I was meant to have it up Tuesday but this week has just been a lot of everything happening and I just kept missing my chance to write this! I told myself I had to write it today at the very latest and here I am now… just three days late.

The middle of the month is usually the best for me because it’s when I get all my beauty boxes! I currently have ipsy, Birchbox and Boxycharm, and I love them all enough to be willing to excuse spending this much money on them. Oops? (I just upgraded my Birchbox to get two full sized items, too, I have no shame.)

In all honesty, I’m probably going to cancel one of them by the end of the year if I find that I can’t really afford all of them at the same time, but until then, I’ll just keep them because it makes me happy! Let’s get started, shall we?

IMG_0003Up first is Birchbox. The design of this month’s box is absolutely precious and I love it! Two of these are things I’ve already received before from ipsy (Benefit they’re real mascara and Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant, which I think I might have even received in a Birchbox in 2013 too) but I’m really excited about the other three! I got a dry texturizing spray from OribeStila stay all day liquid lipstick in the shade Venizia, and Coola cucumber moisturizer with SPF 15 in it.

IMG_0004In this month’s ipsy, I received Octavio sea salt spray, OFRA eyeshadow and highlighter in Bliss, Vasanti enzymatic face rejuvenator (which I got from Birchbox in May), Be a Bombshell lip balm in french kiss, and tarte deluxe Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer. I have zero use for the bronzer, so that’s going to Savannah when I send her a care package! This month was a bit disappointing for ipsy, I have no use for the sea salt spray and I don’t care for the lip balm, so the only thing I’m really excited to try will be the eyeshadow. If ipsy continues like this, it’s probably going to be the subscription to go!

IMG_0005Lastly, Boxycharm! I got a Vasanti blush brush, OFRA eyebrow pencil, yourMinerals setting powder, gorge daily hair spray, and MDMflow mascara. Overall, this wasn’t a bad box and definitely not something I’d cancel my subscription for, but I wasn’t all too impressed either.

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Between these three, Birchbox definitely wins my favorite this month, if anything because I would use all of these and I was actually excited about three out of the five. Boxycharm would be in second place because while nothing makes me particularly excited, it’s all good stuff, and ipsy falls into last place. Here’s to hoping that next month’s ipsy is better!

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what you got in your beauty boxes this month and don’t forget to follow me on instagram and twitter.

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