Subscription Box/Bag Showdown

I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again. I’m a subscription service junkie.  I can’t stop.  I don’t want to stop.  I just canceled one, so I’m not going to mention it, but I have several to show you today. We’ll go in order of when they came in, I guess. I’ll go ahead and give the disclaimer now.  Each link I provide to the services will be my personal referral links.  I do not get paid for referrals, but with each service, I will receive points if you sign up using my link.  With most subscription services, points are redeemable for products on the sites.

Which starts us at Boxycharm! Boxycharm is $21 each month.  Boxycharm has been around since 2013, and I have been a subscriber since May 2015.  In your Boxycharm box, you will get 5 full sized products every month. There is no personalization to Boxycharm at this time.  However, I’ve noticed a trend of more and more boxes being different, so I wonder if that will change in the future?  We shall see!  Now that we know what Boxycharm is, let’s see what I got this month!

This box came with a gorge I’ll Make You Radiant Sponge, a Vintage by Jessica Liebskind Highlight duo, a PUR Cosmetics bronzer, a So Susan! Fan brush, and an English Laundry perfume.
I’m not going to talk a lot about the products today because there’s a lot.  If there’s something really significant about any of them, I’ll mention it either here or in a separate post.

Next up will be Ipsy!  Ipsy is $10/month and generally sends 5 sample products.  Once in a while, they will send full sized products, but that’s not often. There’s a survey when you sign up for Ipsy during which you’ll create a beauty profile.  This profile is taken into consideration when a subscriber’s samples are selected.  Here’s what the bag looks like and what I got:

This month’s Ipsy bag is ok. I like it, but it’s not my favorite. However, it already lives in my purse.  It came with a Trust Fund Beauty lip gloss, a Jelly Pong Pong Lip Scrub, a Naked Cosmetics Eye Shadow Pigment, a Pretty Woman nail polish in I’m Not a Ballerina,and a Manna Kadar Paradise Blush.

Next up, Sephora Play! Play! by Sephora is $10/month, but I think taxes are different for each area.  I pay $11.05 a month.  In your Play! box, you will receive 5 beauty samples plus a bonus fragrance sample each month.  There is no personalization to this subscription.

I really love the bag that came with Sephora Play! this month.  It’s a mini athletic bag! Inside it was a Ouai Treatment Masque, Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Fragrance sample, Tarte Frxxxtion Stick, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, and It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. I will say, the Tarte Frxxxtion Stick quickly became a must have for me, and I will purchase it in a full size when this sample is gone.  However, I have used it daily since it came, and I still have probably half of the sample left, so I think that will be a while.

Birchbox is $10 a month, as well.  Like Play! by Sephora and Ipsy, Birchbox generally sends 5 sample sized beauty related products.  As you can see, there’s usually a good mix of skin care, makeup, and hair care.  They do, however, have a personalization quiz for you to take, which is supposed to affect your samples each month.  Also, they’ve been giving sample choices each month, as well, in which you are offered the choice between 3 different samples (so, you’ll get to choose one of your samples for the month), a special curated box, or being completely surprised.

This month in Birchbox, I got:

Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner samples, Arrow (Birchbox’s own brand) Endure Water Resistant Mascara, Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic To-Go, and a Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil.  The brushes were an extra thing… because I had canceled Birchbox a couple of months ago, and that’s how they lured me back.  They’re decent brushes, actually.  But, I think the star of this box (Note: I have not tried the mascara or the hair care items, yet) for me is the cleansing oil.  This is another product I’ll purchase in the future.  It melts the makeup right off at the end of the day and leaves my dry skin feeling great.  I struggle with finding cleansers that don’t leave my already dry skin feeling completely moisture-depleted.

Last AND Newest one!  This is my very first month receiving Lip Monthlyso I don’t really know much about it.  I paid $5 for my first bag, and I think it’s $10 monthly.  I think 4 products is normal, and I was able to choose shades for 2 products, though I didn’t know what the products were, I was just offered 2 shade choices, one for a lip stick and one for a gloss, if I remember correctly, and the same goes for February.

This month, Lip Monthly came with four products: Hola Neon Velvet Liquid Lip, Jelly Pong Pong Lip gloss, a Lord & Berry Lip Pencil, and a Manna Kadar Lipstick.  They all seem really nice, so I’ve decided to see what February brings!

I realize there’s not a lot of information about the boxes/bags in this blog, but I found that I ran out of time (It’s wrestling season, Y’all, sorry…) and the month is over (today! What?!).  Next month, I’ll likely separate them, but I’m not yet sure how.  If you have any questions about any of the services or the products, you can comment below, or tweet me at @girlybyforty.

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Girly By Forty

It's never too late! All my life, I've been a tomboy. I put on makeup and dress clothes (something nicer than a Tshirt with my jeans) for special occasions only, so I never actually learned how to use makeup. Everyone take a moment to cringe, now. You good? Good. This blog is about my journey to becoming girly. On a deadline. The way I see it, I have approximately 26 years to catch up on, and I have 2 years to accomplish it. I'll be sharing every step of my journey with you, and reviewing products along the way. So grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and enjoy! I hope you learn things. Or comment and teach me things!

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