Battle Of The Boxes | December 2013

December 18, 2013

Welcome beauties!

I’m back with another Battle of the Boxes post, you can find the rest of the series here

I really enjoy seeing what everyone else is getting in their bags/boxes throughout the month, and I hope you do too. I like doing these posts mainly because some people want to see what $10  subscription may be best for them, so I hope these types of posts can be helpful. 

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 with 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!

On to the goodies!!


BeeKind Body Lotion | Full-size, $15

This natural hydrator from the eco-friendly line softens with honey and organic chamomile. 

BENTA BERRY G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser | Full-size, $16

This gentle scrub balances oil levels and brightens skin with ground apricot seeds.

Lulu Organics Hair Powder | Full-size, $30

Natural talc-free cleanser that absorbs oil and leaves behind a lovely lavender-sage scent.

Secret Agent Beauty Lip Gloss | Full-size, $18

Shimmery formula that plumps with sacha inchi oil, peppermint oil extract, and menthol.

Fatty Sundays Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels | Full-size, $7

Sweet and salty gourmet pretzel sticks that we can’t stop eating.


POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life Trio | Full-size, $24

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset | Full-size, $16

Mirabella Eye Blender Brush | Full-size, $27

Nicka K New York Nail Color in Ripe Apple | Full-size, $4.99

J.Cat Beauty Lip Pencil in Caramel Mocha | Full-size, $3.99

The Verdict 

I can’t say that I’m super thrilled about this months Birchbox, although, I do like the products I received, I’m not happy with the sizes of the products. After comparing the products in my Ipsy and the Birchbox items, I think it’s clear who the winner is here….IPSY. Ipsy has really stepped up their game and they are definitely giving Birchbox good competition. 

I will continue with Birchbox because I have found new high-end products to try and purchase thru them. Whereas, Ipsy doesn’t offer as many luxurious or high-end products. 

I have been with Birchbox for a full year now, and overall, I’m happy with them in general. They have great customer service, the points system is amazing–I just used some of my points and got 3 full-size, high-end brand items for $18 with free shipping!! I think it pays off! And they also sent me a small thank-you gift for my “anniversary.”

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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 beauties!!

-Lily’s Life-

♥ I actually had a different post ready for today, but since my Ipsy came in last nigh…I just had to get this one up! 

♥ I have some blog reading to catch up on…

♥ Friday’s post will be part of my Color Combination series using the UD Vice 2 palette!! <3

♥ Only in Texas can you have cold weather one day and 70 degree weather the next…geez! 

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