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The Battle of the Subscription boxes!! Ispy vs. Birchbox!

Ipsy and Birchbox are subscription services that you can subscribe to and receive samples to test out new products. They both cost $10 per month and include about 4-6 sample sized products. I have been subscribed to both for a few months and have a good idea of what one I like more. I actually did end up canceling one of them. Keep on reading to find out which one.



Each Birchbox comes in this outer shipping box.


This is the box that the products come in which I think is a nice quality box. I have reused them for various reasons: receipt box, place to put lookbooks in from palettes, and then I just add all my samples that I receive in them including samples from Ulta and Sephora. I also at this time use one box for my lip products.


Each month Birchbox has a theme. This month is Beauty Buzz.


Back side of the card tells you what products you get in the Birchbox.


Overview of the sample products.


This was my favorite sample because I do love The Balm products so I am excited. This is a Stainiac Lip and cheek stain. This just gives the lips a pop of color. I have not tried it on the cheeks yet.


Another sunscreen sample. Birchbox has sent multiple sunscreen samples. Although I probably should take better care of my skin using sunscreen even during the colder months.


Extreme Renewal Exfoliating Facial which seems like a good sized product.


This product I was really confused by at first. But, once I read what it was it made more sense.


Sorry this photo is blurry but basically you can use it to put your hair up in a bun. They show 3 different styles: the up do, the half up, and the low bun.


The directions of use.


This was the bonus item which I do like. I am a fan of ChapStick products especially during Fall and Winter!


The scent is vanilla creme which I am a fan of!



Each Ipsy bag comes in this outer shipping envelope.


Each month Ipsy has a different bag. This month’s bag says, “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”


Has a zipper closure with the Ipsy name on the tag.


Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel. I always like it when I get products from this brand. You do get a good sample at 1.7 fl oz. I have tried this a few times and I do feel like it gives the hair some volume.


Nourish Organic deeply Nourishing coconut and argan body lotion. I love natural products that are cruelty free! This product apparently is only sold at Target. This lotion does feel moisturizing, but I am not a big fan of the smell. It has a very strong coconut scent. But, I’m sure they have other scents!


Lip liner from Starlooks in the color Tickle Me Pink. I’ve never used lip liner before so it will be interesting.


Swatch of the color “Tickle Me Pink.” I think that it is a very pretty pink color.


I was excited to receive a Zoya nail polish because I have never tried their polish before. I think that this color is gorgeous and it is a good size sample.


The color Giovanna.


Last product is “La Fresh Oil Free Face Cleanser.” These will be fun to try and plus they’re natural and cruelty free. They also have a very refreshing scent!

In conclusion, I have had these subscriptions services for a few months so I am basing my conclusion on all my boxes that I have received.  I do like Ipsy better than BirchBox. They both do have good things about them, I just felt like I was all sampled out and I needed to cancel one of them so BirchBox was on the chopping block.

Birchbox: I feel like Birchbox has given me a few samples that I like. I love it when they send The Balm samples. I discovered an Instain blush because of BirchBox. I also feel like they send out a lot of samples that I will never use or tiny samples that you could only get one use out of them. Also I follow them on my Facebook page and they always post pictures of products that are part of this month’s BirchBox and hardly ever do I get the ones that I want. An example was with Stila lip products. I love Stila so I got excited, but I didn’t get that in my box. I got this other brand that I have never heard of as my lip product. One thing that I think is really cool about Birchbox is that men can get subscription boxes too!

Ipsy: I love that they include their products in a makeup bag. They come in handy for storage or travel purposes. I feel like their products are a lot larger and worth more money. I have discovered some good products I like from Ipsy too! They sent a lot of mascara samples, nail polishes (good sized ones too!), eye shadows, and lip products.

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my post on BirchBox and Ipsy! Let me know if you’re subscribed to either BirchBox or Ipsy and what one do you think wins the battle!



The Beauty Deputy


8 thoughts on “The Battle of the Subscription boxes!! Ispy vs. Birchbox!

    • 😀 Thanks for reading! You will have to let me know what you think! They do both have their good qualities. I feel like I have gotten more makeup products from Ipsy and more skincare products from Birchbox.

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