Here's the lineup this month:
|Definitely the best $20 I spend all month long.|
As you may already know, I divide the products up into completely arbitrary categories, decided by me. This month was actually really hard, as none of the products matched up quite right. But I did my best.
1) You're a Mouthy One, Aren't You?
From Birchbox, Marvis Toothpaste in "Classic Strong Mint", 0.5 oz. From Ipsy, Juice Beauty Lipgloss in Pink, 0.14 oz. When I found out that Birchbox was sending me toothpaste, my first reaction was "Seriously? Birchbox, you're my splurge, not my mom!" I know that this is a beauty sub, and can include items from the full range of making yourself (including your teeth) beautiful. And I'm sure this is just the most spectacular toothpaste ever - you have to admit, the tube is really cute. But it just will not win against lipgloss. Organic, non-sticky, beautiful pink lipgloss. Ipsy? WINNER.
2) Four-letter Words
Runa. Yaby. Not the four-letter words you were thinking of, perhaps. But it's the only way I could find to link them. I received a 4-pack of Runa tea from Birchbox, and a refill pan of concealer from Yaby (they sent out the cute little eyeshadow pans in March, that fit into the magnetic compact). I have been WAITING for a concealer from a sub company, and this color (Buff) is perfect! Although it may only be perfect during the summer months, when my skin has a tiny bit of color. Although this is a total win for me, this seems to be Ipsy's greatest problem this month with their match technology. I have seen dark-skinned ladies get Vanilla (lighter than Buff!), and pale ladies get Pecan (a dark, yellow-based shade). This is definitely an Ipsy WIN for me, but I really hope they get it together for all the disappointed Ipsy subscribers up there! (The tea is supposed to be super-charged with caffeine, so I'm giving them to my hubby. Caffeine is no bueno for me.)
3) Classic Beauty
What is more classic than red lipstick and black eyeliner? I got both this month - a full-size Mirabella lipstick in Posy (technically, it's a dark bright pink, but it's close enough to red for me!) from Ipsy, and a sample size Sumita eye pencil in Suman (black). I. Have. So. Many. Black. Eyeliners. It's a common thing to send in sample boxes, because who doesn't need a black eyeliner? Um, me. And this is actually the second black eyeliner I've received from Birchbox (but I love the Eyeko Liquid Pen, so it's all good). The reviews so far are good for the liner, but it'll have to wait in line just like all the others. The lipstick? I turned it so you can't see, but I've already used it several times! It's from Mirabella's Colour Sheer line, so it's a very glossy, sheer lipstick that is a great pink! I bet you can't guess who wins this round... Ipsy!
4) Save Me From the Sun
From Birchbox, Coola Moisturizer with SPF 30, 0.23 fl oz. From Ipsy, St. Tropez Instant Glow Body Lotion, 1.69 fl oz. This. This is the item that I got from Ipsy and immediately went "Whaaaaaat?" I don't tan. I mean, I do get some sun accidentally, I have kids that occasionally want to go outside and play, and I generally remember to put on sunscreen about 30 minutes after we go outside. The Coola, however, is awesome! It smells good, and I'm putting it into my morning moisturizer routine so my face will never be without sunscreen! I thought about trading the St. Tropez, but someone on the MakeupTalk boards suggested mixing it with lotion and using it on my legs (which always remain much lighter than my arms). It is a bronzer, not a self-tanner, so it will wash right off if it looks ridiculous. But it's definitely not my favorite. Guess what? Birchbox WINS this round!
5) Perfect Pastels
Yeah, once again, I had no idea how to link these until I put them next to each other and thought "This looks like an Easter Basket!" It's my first Zoya polish, and everyone went NUTS when they revealed this as a spoiler. I got the color Blu, and it was not my first choice. But I did a manicure with it yesterday, and it's growing on me. I'm going to try it as a base under glittery polishes, or as a tip for a french manicure. I also have had the Amika mask before (I bought one from Birchbox after seeing all the rave reviews when it was sent out before). The mask is good, but once it was gone, I started using one from John Frieda that 1) works just as well and 2) costs way less. So I'll enjoy having this, I'll use it when I travel, but I'm not going to buy it again. While there are some Zoya polishes that are just calling my name. Ipsy? WINNER!
And finally, just when you think that the contest is over, and Ipsy is the clear winner, well guess what? Ipsy actually sent me more items! The bag this month was AMAZING. It was a Missoni-style chevron print in teal, turquoise, orange, and white, lined in solid turquoise. It is the perfect clutch size, and will be going with me all this summer to farmer's markets, field trips, and anywhere that I don't want to carry a full-size purse. It already had a trial run at a field trip this Tuesday to a children's museum, and it was great! But... that's not it. Because I interact with Ipsy on their webpage, Facebook page, I blog about them, and I recently started doing unboxing videos, they sent me (and many other subscribers) a full-size Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadow. Mine was in the shade Space Cowboy, and it is a super-shimmery nude color, and it is AMAZING.
|The bag and eyeshadow.|
Actually, that picture doesn't do the eyeshadow justice, so here's a pic from the Urban Decay website:
So, can you see why Ipsy totally knocked out Birchbox this month? I'm hoping Birchbox steps it up next month, I still love them, I swear. But this:
kicked the pants off of this:
Do you get both subs? Which one did you like better this month?