December Birchbox VS Ipsy Smackdown

birchbox decemberIpsy- Ipsy is a makeup subscription company and for $10 a month they send you make up in a cute little bag! I do pay for the subscription myself, and this is the link that all subscribers get as an affiliate link.

Link to subscribe:

DSC_0135The theme this month was Thinking of You, and came in a slim and sleek black bag. The material it’s made from is soft, but this bag just seems boring to me. I don’t mind though, they are great to put gifts in, and the service isn’t about the bag but what’s inside it. The bag is just an added bonus! Here is what I got:

NYX Butter Lip BalmNYX Butter Lip BalmNYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in Ladyfingers- This is a super build-able lip balm, I was shocked! It goes on sheer with a slight tint, but as I added more it became SUPER PIGMENTED! And to top it off, it smells like berries AND moisturizes, which is awesome for the wintertime when I get chapped, cracked lips. It is also very buttery, hence the name “lip butter” and I would buy more. It is a mauve toned lip balm, and reminds me of the Revlon lip butters, but (sadly) without the cute packaging.

Full Size: $4  My Value: $4

Link (25% NYX Glam Collection, with code NYXGLAM):

Coolway Boost Repair TreatmentCoolway Boost Repair Treatment- This product smelled so bad. It was a combination of nail polish remover and hand sanitizer with a bit of fruit, but is was just so overpowering. I did use it and the smell went away, but it didn’t repair my hair. It did volumize it for some strange reason though, but I would never buy it in fear that any more interactions I have with it will make my nose fall off from that nasty odor. I can get volume someplace else, not worth losing my poor nose over this.

Full Size: $29.95  Sample Size: $3.74  My Value: $.5 (the volume is worth something)

Link (20% any purchase with code IPSY12):

Crown brush infinity shadow brushCrown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush- The shadow side of the brush packed the color onto the lid nicely, but was a little scratchy. A dense-ish brush, but not good for blending. The crease side of the brush was great! I felt it really held onto the color to bring it through the crease, and was a very dense brush. Neither brush was very fluffy so I would recommended a different brush for blending the shadows together. I do enjoy this brush, and it is great for travel to have a two-in-one. It seems to be of good quality, no hairs have fallen out, still a firm brush.

Full Size: $6.99  My Value: $4

Link (30% a purchase of $25 with code IPSY30):

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust in Brightening BarePixi by Petra Fairy Dust in Brightening BarePixi by Petra Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare- I really like the color of this shadow. It is a shimmery nude with a satin feel and look. It is also quite blend-able and makes a nice lid color. I just wish the packaging didn’t suck. I hate it’s packaging soooo much. With a burning passion, because how am supposed to apply it to my lid with this silly q-tip-like applicator?! Answer: I’m not, there is way to much fallout onto my lashes an face, and GAH! So instead I just glare at it and hope it transforms into a  non-stupid mineral powder pot instead of this weird tube whatsit, because those don’t aggravate me! Grrrrrr.

Full Size: $10  My Value: $3 (not worth much because of its hassle to use)

Link (20% off of any purchase with code PIXIDUST):

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 MascaraTarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 MascaraTarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara- I am really bi-polar towards this mascara. Sometimes it looks gorgeous and there is no clumping and it volumizes the heck out of my lashes. BUT other times I just want to give it a bit of a smack, because it will be clump city, and then it will have a fallout onto my face and I have these nasty black bits under my eyes. The formula itself just smells like a regular mascara, and it has bushy, fiber bristles. Straight wand, nothing fancy, and I think that my indecisiveness about it could just be operator error. I get so frustrated with it sometimes that I am just doing to blame it on the mascara 🙂 Nice product, just nothing to rave about. Sadly I don’t have a holy grail mascara, but if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments below lovelies!

Full Size: $20  Sample Size: $8.33  My Value: $4

Link (20% at tarte with code IPSYDEC):

Total Math Value: $33.06  My Value: $15.5 How many of the products will I use/like?  3 of 5


Birchbox- Birchbox is a makeup/lifestyle subscription company and for $10 a month they send you things! I do pay for the subscription myself, and this is the link that all subscribers get as an affiliate link. Link to subscribe:

Look how cute this box is!
Look how cute this box is!

Birchbox december opened

December birchbox

This months Birchbox theme was Decked Out, and came in the most gorgeous box ever, which I will definitely be keeping!It also came with $10 gift card to Gap, which will last until December 30th! Oh my goodness this totally gets me into the holiday spirit 🙂 Here is what I got:

Beauty protector sampleBeauty Protector Protect and Oil-This smells like the holidays. I’m not even kidding, it smells like sugar, spice, and all things nice, it’s it’s like liquid gingerbread. Along with the smell it is a nice product. I don’t straighten/curl my hair so I don’t know how great of a heat protector it is, but I use it as a hair oil and it works well. It makes my hair shiny, and soft, and smooths out the flyaways which is perfect. Good product, and smells like a Starbucks drink 🙂

Full Size: $29.95  Sample Size:$4.54?   My Value: $3 Link:

Cynthia Rowley lip stain in SugarCynthia rowley creamy lip stain in sugar

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Sugar- This is a really smooth everyday lip color. When they say creamy I would agree, but I don’t think it is a lip stain, and for me it had a very short lasting time of an hour or two before it started to fade. It’s a pigmented rose-y, mauve pink semi-matte lip color, and is very buttery in feel with a makeup smell. I like the color, not the lasting power.

Full Size: $20  Sample Size: $9.29  My Value: $3  Link:

Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara in BlackMirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara in BlackMirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara in Black- This mascara makes my lashes longer, but too much can make them spindly. The mascara’s smell is slightly stronger that a typical mascara smell, with a curved fiber bristle wand. I think it does a good job separating my lashes, but doesn’t really darken or thicken them much. I think if you combined the thickness of the Tarte mascara with the length you get from this one, it would make a really awesome product. I just layer this mascara on top of the Tarte one and it does a pretty darn good job. By itself it’s OK, but not Barney Stinson legendary.

Full Size: $29  Sample Size: $11.6  My Value: $3.5 Link:

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face RejuvenatorVasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator- Ouch, this scrub was too harsh for my face, and made me break out. I swear whenever I used it it caused blemishes to appear on my skin. I didn’t think it was a “rejuvenator” and I don’t think it did much good. Maybe I just have sensitive skin, but I don’t recommend this for people with delicate and/or sensitive skin.

Full Size: $34  Sample Size: $5.67  My Value: $0


Whish Shave Cream in Acai GrapefruitWhish Shave Cream in Acai Grapefruit- This smells really nice, but when I shave I use soap, so this wasn’t my favorite product. It was ok, but it didn’t wow me. It wasn’t very moisturizing, and I am not going to use it just for the smell. I wouldn’t buy this product, and soap actually works really well! I don’t hate this product, but I would never buy it either.

Full Size: $20  Sample Size: $2.93  My Value: $0  Link:

Gap Gift CardGap Gift Card- I think that this was a great idea, but I totally forgot about it, and since it expired on the 30th of December, and I got my box on Christmas, I had little time to use it. I just didn’t get around to it 😦 I would have loved to use it though, and it is totally my fault I didn’t.  I just wish they would have had a longer period before the Gap-Cash expired. I do believe that it is worth the $10, as I would have definitely used it had I remembered, and I go to Gap a lot anyway.

Full Size: $10  My Value: $10  Link:

Total Math Value: $44.03  My Value: $19.5 How many of the products will I use/like?   4 of 6

Summary: I really enjoyed both boxes this month, and both mathematically in value and in my personal value did Birchbox win. I think it was a close call, but it came down to the products I enjoyed the most, and so Birchbox won. The score is now 1-1.

See you in the next smackdown lovelies,