Battle of the Boxes | September 2013

September 20, 2013

Hello beauties!

It’s that time again…Battle of the Boxes time! Woot woot! I really enjoy this blog post, it has to be one of my favorites.

This month, my box/bag came in later than usual…way later! I saw video upon video of reviews and girls unboxing their packages, and I read so many blog posts…and I didn’t even have tracking codes. Not sure why it took so long, but I finally have them. šŸ™‚


So by now I hope you know a little bit about Birchbox and Ipsy–maybe you’ve subscribed! But in case you’re new to my blog, here’s a little bit of info.

Birchbox — is a beauty subscription box filled with lifestyle and beauty sample or full-sized products for $10 a month. The great thing about Birchbox is you can earn points every month by reviewing the products you received that month, and you can use those points towards full-size products. You can also earn points by referring friends–that’s why I share my link to you guys!

Ipsy — is also a beauty subscription bag filled with beauty sample or full-sized products also for $10 a month. You earn ipsyPoints each time someone you referred subscribes and you get an extra goodie in your bag for the following month. They also provide coupon codes or discounts for the products they featured that month!


Okay, on to the good stuff!








Amika Blow Up Spray | Full-size, $24


Lightweight mist that adds lift and major shine for the perfect blowout.




Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum | Full-size, $36


With plant stem cell technology, this conquering serum targets fine lines and dark circles.





Ruffian Nail Lacquer – Fox Hunt | Full-size, $10


Vibrant orange from the fashion label’s first lacquer collection. Exclusive to Birchbox!




Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Towelettes | Full-size, $7.99


Powered by our fave superfood, these oil-free wipes purify skin without any drying effects.




Yes To Grapefruit CC Cream | Full-size, $15.99


Multitasker with naturally brightening grapefruit and SPF 18 to even out and protect skin.







Starlooks Eye Kohl Pencil – Obsidian | Full-size, $12




Victoria Jackson Eyebrow Pencil – Taupe | Full-size, $14.95



Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm – Big Apple | Full-size, $19




NYX Single Eyeshadow – Velvet Suede | Full-size, $4.50



It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara – Black | Full-size, $19.99



The Ipsy bag also came with a pamphlet on EM Cosmetics *not pictured* | EM Cosmetics is Michelle Phan’s new makeup line. If you aren’t familiar with her, she started out making YouTube videos, she still does, I love watching her videos, she has great tutorials!






The only thing I have tried is the eyebrow pencil, and I loved it!! I have swatched the other things, and I’m not disappointed in anything.

It’s quite difficult choosing just ONE! But I will have to go with….Ipsy!

I really like everything that came in my bag this month.

I also liked my Birchbox! The nail polish is a pretty color, that I have in my collection. I’m all about eye serums, so I know I will enjoy that as well as the facial towelettes. I’m also really excited to try the blowout spray as well.

The reason I went with Ipsy over Birchbox this month is because…all of my products, with the exception of the mascara, are FULL SIZE products! Making my bag worth OVER $50!! So I definitely am getting my money’s worth, and then some.



I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Are you subscribed to either service? Which do you like most? Out of my boxes, which one takes the win for you?



*Don’t forget to review your Birchbox products for points!*




Until next time loves! I hope you all have a GREAT weekend!!





Daily Nuggets…


-I am LOVING iTunes Radio!


-The last few days have been rainy and cloudy around here…it’s definitely starting to feel like fall!


-I woke up feeling sick and my eyes were, well still are, really swollen for some odd reason!


-I haven’t done my nails ALL week, can you believe that! I usually do them 2-3 times a week…ļ»æ

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