Ipsy vs. Birchbox: September 2017

Both Birchbox and Ipsy are $10/month subscription boxes that send out personalized beauty, hair, and skincare products. Keep reading to see what I received in my boxes this month! 😃 

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Marcelle: New-Age 8-in-1 Power Serum | Full-Size $37

Beauty Protector: Protect & Oil | Full-Size $28

Lollia by Margot Elena in Love: Eau de Parfum | Full-Size $50

MAC Cosmetics: Extreme Dimension Black Lash Mascara | Full-Size $23

Pixi by Petra: LipLift Max | Full-Size $14

This month’s Birchbox was disappointing for me. Although I am 100% open to trying new products, I tend to be pretty selective about the type of product I want to try out. Fragrances, hair products, and mascaras are all products that I receive way too much of and hardly ever use in my own day-to-day routine. And when I say I hardly ever use these products, I’m talking hairsprays and mascaras I’ve had for 5+ years - eek! I honestly wish I could have skipped this month’s Birchbox.


Birch Juice: Hydro Sleeping Pack | Full-Size $30

Luxie Beauty: Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207 | Full-Size $12

Pixi by Petra: Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey | Full-Size $18

Feel Renewed: Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanser | Full-Size $28

Smashbox Cosmetics: Photo Finish Radiance Primer | Full-Size $39

How I feel about this month’s Ipsy bag is almost the complete opposite of how I felt about the Birchbox! Although I didn’t end up loving all of these products, they are all within categories of products that I love testing out! I am a huge skincare junkie so the sleeping pack, facial cleanser, and primer are all up my alley! I also love playing around with blushes and frankly, you can never have enough makeup brushes (especially if you forget to wash them like I do!). I’ve be so impressed lately by how spot on my ipsy bags have been! I feel like they’ve made a lot of improvements when it comes to sending products that are more closely tailored to my preferences and I’m very happy with it! 


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It probably goes without saying, but this month’s winner was ipsy by about a mile! I’ve actually decided to cancel my Birchbox (yet again) because it just really hasn’t been worth it for me over the past couple of months! While my relationship with subscription boxes is always a little tumultuous 😛, I’ve really seen ipsy improve over time but not Birchbox. What did you think of your subscription boxes this month? Are there any other boxes you’d like me to test out? I’d love to hear your thoughts!