Unboxing: Birchbox June 2014

Hello Birchbox. It’s nice to meet you. I’ve heard a lot about you. Birchbox is similar to IPSY in the sense that it’s a monthly subscription box that is delivered to your door for just $10. If you’d like to try Birchbox for yourself, click HERE. But without further adieu, my first Birchbox review for the month of June.

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit – This. Is. Awesome! This alone is worth the price of the Birchbox. You apply the gentle cleanser onto your dry face and neck then wet the 100% cotton muslin cloth and use it to wipe all of your makeup off along with dirt and grime. It’s so much gentler than a scrub and still exfoliates. LOVE!

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Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment – The shampoo is a healthy sized sample and I’m glad they included the conditioner but I personally don’t like the smell. It’s a little too flowery for me but I can see other people liking it. I’m definitely going to try the hair treatment though because that’s been my new favorite beauty product lately.

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Harvey Prince Hello – Ugh. A perfume sample? When you initially fill out your Birchbox profile there’s an option to receive only 6 perfume samples per year. This is my third box and third perfume sample. Meh.

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Supergoop! Everyday SPF 30 – This is a small sample and also something I don’t really use. However, this is a good little size to pack in your purse and for travel.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner – I’ll never complain about eyeliner! While this is half the size of a normal stick, the formula is quality. I used it last night and it didn’t smudge or travel down my face. I like!

Over all the verdict is still out on BirchboxIPSY has more streamline brands while Birchbox is a little more high end. If Birchbox can lay off the perfume, I’d be a much happier customer. I’m still keeping my subscription and if you’d like one too, click HERE.

Unboxing: IPSY February 2014

It’s my favorite time of month! It’s IPSY Day!!! If you don’t know, IPSY is a subscription box that costs $10 a month. 4-5 beauty products (think make-up, hair, lotions, etc.) are delivered to your door in a super cute GLAM BAG each month. Here’s what came in my February bag:

Ellen Tailor IPSY Unboxing February 2014

The picture doesn’t do the make-up bag justice. The outside is plain but the inside has a fun pink leopard print. Initially I was excited about what was inside. That was until I tried everything out. But first, the good…

Zoya Nail Polish in “Odette” – omg. This is the second bottle of Zoya polish I’ve received from IPSY and I’m OOOOOOBSESSED. The color is gorgeous, long lasting, and it’s even vegan friendly. Love that this is a full size bottle, too. Full Size: $9

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eye Shadow Compact in “Tickled Pink” – I didn’t know this brand made eye shadows but I’m excited to give this palette a try. The colors seem really pigmented and not chalky. The true test will be whether or not it can last all day. Full Size: $3.99

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay – I’ve been testing out new skin care products and this was a great find. While I think this would work best for fighting oily skin, which I don’t have, I like the way it smells and makes my skin feel. Full Size: $24

The Meh

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in “Starlight” – I’m not a big fan of this metallic eyeliner trend. The more I think about it though, I’m actually kind of glad I got it. This pencil is perfect for the lower lash line. Don’t line your lower lash line with a dark color. It’ll only make your peepers look smaller! Instead, use a light color pencil to make your eyes pop. This is another full size product in this month’s bag. Yay! Full Size: $15

And now for the OH HELLLLLL NAW…

Ellen Tailor IPSY Unboxing February 2014ew. Ew. EW!

POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini in “Peony Petal” – I was stoked about the color and thought this would be great to carry along in my purse. That was until I opened it. What’s that STANK?! This stuff smells disgusting. Then I made the mistake of actually trying it on. If I had to imagine what rotting coconuts would taste like, this would be it. I’d pay money NOT to wear this. Gross. Full Size: $16 

Update: I contacted Ipsy Cares about the poo-poo lip gloss. They were so nice and prompt with their response. They’re sending me a replacement product so I’ll make sure to post what it is once it arrives.

Despite the nasty lip gloss I’d say this month’s IPSY bag was a big win! The three full size products alone retail for $28 which is totally worth the $10 I spent on the entire bag. If you’d like to sign up for your own IPSY bag, which I highly suggest you do because it’s A-MAZING, click HERE.

Subscribed to IPSY? What’d you get in YOUR bag? Is there any subscription box you’re currently subscribed to? I’d love to know what you’re digging! Please comment below. 🙂