Battle of the Boxes–July 2013

July 30, 2013

Hey everyone!!

Welcome to my blog! I was inspired to create my own beauty blog after becoming an avid YouTube watcher for over 2 years. As of now, I don’t have the courage or the guts to start my own channel. So I decided to start a blog! I have always had a love for makeup, but as the years went by I developed a passion for it. I love trying new products, new techniques, and telling my friends and family all about it! So the idea of a blog came to mind a few times and here I am writing my first blog post, terrified, yet excited!


  I have been reading blogs for as long as I can remember, there is just something about getting to know other people and seeing their views on things, as well as seeing product reviews, fashion posts, and so much more! The more I fell in love with blogs, the more I realized I wanted to start my own. Beauty With Lily is more than just another beauty blog, I want to incorporate so much more–organization, décor inspiration, lifestyle posts, wedding inspiration (I have a deep passion for anything wedding related) and so much more.


For my first post I wanted to do something a bit fun, I am subscribed to a couple of beauty subscription services, and I often get questions on which one is the best, what it is exactly, and how I like them. So here is a post on what I received for the month of July. Enjoy!

For the last few months I have been
subscribed to a couple of beauty box subscriptions, so I came up with this idea
to have a “battle” of the boxes every month, and figure out which is best that
month. I have been with Birchbox and Ipsy for quite some time now, and have
grown to really enjoy getting my monthly products; it’s just so fun to have
something to look forward to getting in the mail!

If you aren’t familiar with either
service, they are beauty/lifestyle monthly subscriptions. You will find
anything from makeup, to hair care or skin care products.  Birchbox is $10 a month and comes in a
typical box—which I reuse to organize things—there are 4-5 sample size
products. Every now and then they will throw in a full size product!! One time
I got a $22 full size mascara!! Birchbox has a ton of high-end products, so I
enjoy getting a sample of something and not feeling really guilty that I spent
a ton of money and hated the product.

Now Ispy is just a tad bit
different, instead of a monthly box, you get a cute little makeup bag! It also
comes with 4-5 sample or full size items, also $10 a month. You may be
wondering, does everyone get the exact same things? Or will I get the correct
shade of a BB cream? Well each service has their own personalized quiz that you
complete upon signing up and voila…each box is filled with products that fit
your style the best!

                Now on
to the goodies I got for the month of July!


Acne Control Treatment | Full-size, $44

overnight treatment with purifying salicylic acid to tackle blemishes and


Bain Chroma Riche + Masque Chroma Riche | Full-size, $38-$61

supercharged duo hydrates and protects color-treated hair, damaged hair


Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask | Full-size, $42

nondrying, deep-cleaning mask packed with purifying China clay.

Pomegranate Buffing Beads | Full-size, $20

from finely ground pomegranate peels, this scrub brightens and declogs without




Purminerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 | Full-size, $38

                This clinically proven antiaging formula moisturizes, brightens, and evens skin tone.



Here’s a look into my Ipsy bag!


Nailtini nail polish in Mai Tai | Full Size, $13



POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon | Full Size, $18  



COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer | Full Size, $36  



Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray | Full Size, $19.95



BH Cosmetics California Collection Sample | Full Size, $8.95






 I haven’t been able to try all of the products yet, seeing as I just received them in the mail a few days ago, but I’m very happy with all I got! But the verdict of which box is better this month…I will have to go with Ipsy!! A full-size nail polish, eyeshadow trio, and a lipstick won me over! However, I love getting both of my boxes each month, it’s like Christmas!

                I hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful. Let me know if you guys are subscribed to anything different, if you have Birchbox and/or Ipsy, and what you think of this months products.

Xoxo, Lily


Daily Tidbits…

-As I type, I’m catching up on some YouTube videos, who are you guys subscribed to?

-I’m also eating Ramen Noodles, talk about “multi-tasking!”

-My husband and brother have got me hooked on “The Walking Dead” so I’m currently on Season 2 catching up, talk about an intense show!!

-I can hear my parents Poodle-Bichon mix, Sophie, in the background snoring, how funny do dogs sound snoring!?!?


-Happy National Lipstick Day!!! I wore my favorite Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart today, what about you guys?


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