Battle of the Boxes | October 2013

October 23, 2013

Welcome girls!

Today I have another Battle of the Boxes for you ladies, one of my favorite posts!

I was a bit worried I wasn’t going to get my Ipsy bag this month, there was a bit of a mishap with my billing info. My old debit card expired and when I tried updating my info, it wouldn’t let me. When I was finally able to get through to an Ipsy Representative, I was put back on the waiting list. I had a bit of a panic attack, but thankfully a sweet Rep from Ipsy Care was able to get my mess situated and had me back as a subscriber, making sure I wouldn’t miss this months bag. Phew, that’s just the short version of it girls. Just ask my dear friend Liz from My Pretty Obsessions, I just had to vent to her about it–as if the world was ending?! She’s the absolute sweetest, always there to help a friend out and always knows just what to say! Love you dahhling!!



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. Just recently, they added the same feature as Birchbox, now you also get points for reviewing your products. They also provide coupon codes or discounts for the products they featured that month!


Okay, on to the good stuff!





Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo | Full-Size, $21.95

New to the Beauty Protector family, this sulfate-free formula adds shine and volume.


Beauty Protector Protect & Condition | Full-Size, $21.95

Use this nourishing conditioner with shea butter.




Evologie Stay Clear Cream | Full-Size, $62

Moisturizer that protects skin and balances oil levels with a patent-pending YS3 Complex




theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen | Full-Size, $17

Bestselling stain that gives cheeks and lips a sheer, rosy tint.




ChapStick Hydration Lock in Vanilla Crème | Full-Size, $2.99

Clinically proven to moisturize lips and doubles as a lip primer.



 Included in this month’s Birchbox was also a coupon for $1.oo off with any ChapStick Hydration Lock purchase. *not pictured*





LA Fresh Oil Free Face Cleansing Wipes | Full-Size, $9.99



Zoya Nail Polish in Giovanna | Full-Size, $8.00



Be Delectable Hand Cream | Full-Size, $14.00



Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel | Full-Size, $16.95

Sample Size, $5.00



Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly | Full-Size, $23.00



The Verdict


I am not a big fan of getting Shampoo and Conditioner samples, only because I suffer from a type of psoriasis that you only get in the scalp–weird I know. So I can’t really use just any shampoo or conditioner. So I will be passing these babies on to my mom, she loves trying new hair products. I did smell them and they smell great! I’m really excited to try the cleansing cream, sounds like something right up my alley. And if you already didn’t know, I am obsessed with theBalm, so I am the most excited about the stain. It’s such a pretty color! I am a ChapStick hoarder, but after reading sweet Maya’s blog post on this little baby, I’m probably not going to be using it. Please check out her post here, it’s very informative and she explains what ingredients are used in the making of this ChapStick. 


Now my Ipsy bag! I have heard great things about the LA Fresh line, so I’m excited to try these wipes out. Another full size nail polish and it’s Zoya! Yay! I was hoping I would get this little gem in my bag this month, isn’t the color gorgeous!? The hand cream, oh my word, I wish you ladies could just smell this delightful cream! Ahmazing!! I’m not sure how I’m going to like the blow dry gel, it’s a bit odd, but I’ll give it a try. Lastly, Buxom made it’s way to my bag! Yay! I hear every YouTube beauty guru rave about this line, so this was definitely something I was also hoping to get in my bag!

Okay, so by now you probably know who my winner this month is….drumroll please….

Ipsy!! Woot woot! I love just about everything I got in this months bag!


If you would like to see what I have gotten in some of my previous boxes click here for September, here for August, and here for July. 🙂



So are you guys subscribed to these monthly services?

Which box was your favorite?

What products did you get?


Don’t forget to review your goodies for points! And if you are interested in either service please click here for Birchbox and here for Ipsy. I don’t get paid nor am I affiliated with them, I just get points.


Until next time my beautiful friends! Have a wonderful day!


xoxo, Lily



*Lily’s Life*


-Did you catch that, I changed it from “Daily Nuggets” to “Lily’s Life.” I’m still unsure of the name, any ideas my friends? I want something cute and catchy.


-I am a Gold Canyon Candle Representative and my mom decided to host a candle party tomorrow, our very first at that! But who doesn’t love candles!?


-Last night, around 9 pm mind you, we got a notice on our door that the city was closing our street due to some maintenance…no way in and no way out all day!

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