Ipsy Glam bag and Birchbox are monthly beauty subscriptions that send an assortment of sample size and deluxe size products right to your door. They each cost $10 and always have a different variety of products each and every month. I love opening the two together and comparing the contents to see which beauty box that month was better. Read on below to see more about what I received this month!


Battle of the Boxes: September 2015

Ipsy Beauty Glam Bag Review

  • clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant – I like that this product can easily be added to your everyday cleanser for a little extra scrub every now and then. It can even be used with a small amount of water so either way it’s a great way to get a little extra exfoliation and sluff off old skin cells.
  • NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Trio – The three shades that come in this little palette are great for everyday. They can easily create an eye look that transitions from day to night making it great for taking on the go. I am normally not a big fan of NYX shadows since the color pay off isn’t as great but this is a palette I will continue to use.
  • Formula X Nail Color in Ignite – I wasn’t too excited when I saw a polish in this months bag because I am terrible at painting my own nails. However, once I pulled it out of the box and saw it was this gorgeous red shade I knew it would be perfect during the holiday season and could always use it on my toes.
  • tre’StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon – I thought this was an eyeshadow pencil at first and pleasantly surprised when I realized it was actually a buttery soft, rich matte lip color.
  • First Aid Beauty, Ultra Repair Cream – I’ll be honest, I dislike receiving lotions and creams because I am literally swimming in them. I toss them into a container in my beauty drawer and they just sit there slowly piling up until a few years later we move and I throw them away. I was tempted to toss this right into the trash from the get-to but I am going to keep it in my diaper and try ti use it through the winter months when my hands always need a little extra moisturizer.


Birchbox Beauty Review

  • 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream – This product actually has a fairly strong coffee coffee scent. It works really great as an eye cream though and soaks into the skin fast without irritating it. So far, it’s been a really great cream for helping with my dark circles and hydrating my skin in general without feeling sticky or greasy.
  • POP Beauty POP Portfolio Eyeshadow Palette – When I received this it was completely crumbled. I took off the wrapping to actually open it up and glittery eyeshadow spilled out everywhere. It was absolutely terrible and I quickly threw the entire thing in the garbage.
  • tre’StiQue Correct & Cover Concealer Crayon – Again, I thought this was an eyeshadow crayon. I received an eyeshadow in a previous months bag so I love that this company makes lipsticks and concealers too! It was only so-so as a concealer though. I wasn’t too keen on the coverage and it didn’t hide blemishes very easily. I’d like to think that I will continue using it but I most likely I will forget about it and continue using my trusty, concealer favorites.
  • NER:D Skincare Hydrating Mask – I’ll be honest, I haven’t even had a chance to try this yet. I am hesitant about the idea of a full-face sheet mask. Some of the other reviews said it was great while others said it was slimy and unpleasant to wear. I am curious to see what it’ll be like for me and will use it as soon as I get back from vacation.
  • RUSK Hair Care Elixir Mist – Right out of the gate, I am not a big fan of hair products. They weigh down my hair and I have to wash it a day earlier than usual. This product is essentially a spray oil which, if over applied, does in fact weight down the hair. For me, it works great on second day hair when it’s feeling a little dry and needs an extra boost of moisture. It leaves hair shiny and smooth and I like to use it when I know I am already planning to wash it the next day.


In review, Ipsy had a lot more to offer than Birchbox this month. With a completely busted up eyshadow palette, Birchbox had to really stretch the rest of its products to make up for something completely unusable. I like and will use up all of the  products from the Ipsy bag. So excited to see what will come in next month’s beauty bags! Until then, thanks for reading!

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With summer in full swing the weather has been hot and dry keeping me on my toes with my skincare routine. Finding the right solution for keeping it hydrated, protecting it against sun damage, and smoothing wrinkles has been at the top of my agenda.

loreal-revitalift-reviewEver since becoming a mom, my skin has been in need of some extra loving care. I suffer from very dry skin and keeping it moisturized and refreshed on a daily basis is a priority. Luckily, the search for a great new skincare line is over. The new L’Oreal RevitaLift products are a great investment that helps preserve beauty by preventing, concealing, reversing, and rejuvenating your skin. This line of products is exactly what I have been looking for.

loreal-revitalift-cream-nightThis creamy facial treatment for lines and wrinkles is a lightweight, silky texture for normal to oily skin that contains those glorious antioxidants while also firming skin at the same time. It makes skin feel smoother and softer, containing ingredients that hold moisture to the skin’s surface, resulting in wrinkles being temporarily plumped. The texture is creamy smooth and works perfectly under my everyday sunscreen. When rubbed into the skin, the product becomes invisible. The skin is left with a soft feel and immediately looks more moisturized. The effect seems to last all day and within two days I noticed that my skin looked more refreshed and moisturized with smaller pores too.

loreal-revitalift-volume-fillerThe RevitaLift Volume Filler is the first daily volumizing skincare that restores skin’s natural fullness for a more youthful look. I noticed the most difference around the eyes including a smoother appearance in the fine lines at the outer corners and underneath them as well.

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Fall is nearly here and even though it is supposed to be in the 90’s this weekend, now is a great time to switch up your beauty routine. This tutorial features all drugstore products so it is not only affordable, it is easy and can be transitioned quickly from day to night. Skip the eyeliner for day and sweep a little extra shadow in the crease, adding a bit more dimension, for night!

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Back to School Makeup

This time of the year when it’s back to school can be disheartening and sad, or exhilarating and exciting. It’s a new time of the year, fall is right around the corner, but that also means summer is ending and homework is about to bury you in heaps and bounds. I am done with school but there are times when I still miss those college days.

With the school year approaching, now is a great time to step up your makeup game. I love wearing a casual everyday look every single day but trying a new shade of pink lipstick or adding a shimmer to those lids can really give your look a boost and make you feel like a new woman. This change in the season is the perfect time and I hope this makeup look with give you some inspiration!

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Battle of the Boxes: August 2015

Ipsy Glam bag and Birchbox are monthly beauty subscription that send mini and full-size samples of products to your front door every month. I love receiving them and always look forward to finding them in the mailbox on the 15th and 20th of each month. I started opening them together each month to see which beauty box would be my favorite. Read below to see what I received in each one.

Battle of the Boxes: August 2015Battle of the Boxes: August 2015 Birchbox

  • Silhouette by Christian, Siriano Eau de Parfum – Not being a huge perfume person, I was happy to receive this small sample. This is about as much as I will be able to use before getting tired of the scent which has a very feminine and delicate scent. AJ loves it so I will happily use it up.
  • Crabtree & Evelyn, Gardeners Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy – This small sample size is perfect for throwing in my bag. This is a great hand cream because it is a thick consistency but without feeling heavy or greasy. The smell is subtle but has a “clean” scent.
  • Harvey Prince, Sea Salt Texturizing Mist – First off, this products smells amazing. I haven’t quite mastered styling my “natural wave” but I am excited to use this product more on my damp hair to add a hint of volume and wave to give it a bit of texture without drying it out.
  • Beauty Protector, Protect and Oil – This is a great product for adding moisture to dry hair. I could immediately feel a difference after using it and it has a really great smell too. It isn’t too heavy and really helped tame my frizz. I definitely plan to use all of this up!
  • LAQA & Co., Charm School Kit – I received ‘Humble Brag,’ which is listed as a blush pink color but found it to be more of a punchy fuchsia pink. Either way it is a fun color to wear and works great as a light lip tint under my favorite lip gloss too.

Battle of the Boxes: August 2015

Battle of the Boxes: August 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

  • Starlooks, Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen – A felt tip pen that makes applying eyeliner a breeze. I love how dark and vivid the color is and it didn’t smudge while lasting all day long. A definitely yes.
  • Briogeo, Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer – This product claims to do a lot of things for the hair but I don’t really believe it all and didn’t notice that much of a difference. It smells great and helped add a bit of fullness and texture to my hair but I hardly ever blow-dry it so I don’t think I’ll be using this product very often.
  • Marsk, Pro Line Eye Shadow Brush – I was so excited to see this brush in this months bag but it is actually very stiff and not very soft. It feels kind of cheap which was a major disappointment.
  • Hikari Cosmetics, Lip Gloss – This is a high-shine matte lip gloss. I received the shade ‘Salsa’ which is a classic red and found it to be a great wearing lip gloss. It wasn’t sticky and wore well but it had a weird scent that immediately turned me off to it.
  • Lord & Berry, Ultimate Lip Color and Liner in Nude – This liner is so brown that I immediately knew I would never wear it as a lip liner. It’s a perfect shade for eyeliner though so I threw it in with my other ones and know I will be using regularly on my lash line.

This month, Birchbox definitely win this battle of the boxes/beauty bag. I loved all five items in that kit versus only two from Ipsy. Which one did you like more? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next month!