Saturday, January 3, 2015

Battle of the Beauty Boxes: December 2014 Birchbox, Glossybox, Ipsy

I love beauty boxes. Even more, I love analyzing them for value. I love that I discover new products, haven't needed to buy eye cream (or mascara) on my own in two years, and anything that doesn't work for me is bound to work well as a stocking stuffer for a friend during the holidays.

Birchbox - $10 a month, rewards system is AWESOME. 10 points per product review, 100 points = 10 bucks. This month I received six products, and therefore got six dollars of credit to use in the shop. The shop is extensive and amazing - spending money there is no problem for me.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: Value: Around $3.00. I dislike the feel of dry shampoo on my hair, this will be the first product in my give-away box for 2015.

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Cream SPF 25: Value: $4.80. I love Asian BB creams, and am excited to try this one.

Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft Curls: Value: around $1.60. I will use this, but the people who think giant packets make good samples should burn in hell. There is nothing portable or convenient about this, not unless I am staying somewhere for three weeks, and I hate that there is no way to close it.

Mirenesse Mattefinity Lip Rouge in Sydney: Value: $5.80. This packs some serious punch - I absolutely can't wait to try. I really embraced the fuscia, red, and berry tones in 2014 and I am planning to bold lip it even more in 2015.

SeaRx Anti Wrinkling Serum: Value: $6.80. I love serums, as my skin is dry and fine lines are sadly becoming more of a battle.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream: Value: $1.60. I have heard this stuff works wonders. A test on my arm makes it seem more like a creamy oil than a cream. I will save it for when winter becomes super duper cold.

Overall: 5/6 products will be tried out and hopefully loved. That is a win to me, even with the sketchball packaging on the curl cream.
Birchbox: $10 spent. Overall value: $23.40
Glossybox: $21.00 per month, mostly super deluxe sized or full sized products. Very reliably awesome. They give you ten points per review, just like Birchbox, but it takes 1000 points to redeem for a free box. Which means overall, it takes 20 months (there are normally five products per month) to redeem a new box. Almost two years. Super lame.
Beautiful holiday box.

Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick in Burlesque: Value: full size at $19.99. I have already tested this an it is an amazing hot pink that is comfortable to wear. I already put it away for summertime use.

Ciate Mini Paint Pot in Humbug: Value: full size is $10.00. I love that this is tiny, because I love the chunky glitter look, but not all the time.

Rituals Miracle Scrub in Ginseng & Ginkgo Biloba: Value: full size is $17.00. I love the scent, and I have been dying to try things from this brand.

Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute: Value: Full size at $32.00. This is the most exciting thing to me in the box. I love moisturizing masks, and I have been itching to try this brand and compare it to my Origins Overnight mask. 

Toni&Guy Prep Leave In Conditioner: Value: Full size at $16.99. I have hair that requires leave in conditioners to keep the Jew-fro under control, so this will be good to try.

Overall: No reject products. All full sized, even if it is the smaller size available of two sizes. Awesome brands. Nothing going in the reject box here.
Glossybox: $21 spent. Value: $96 (rounded to nearest ten cents)
Ipsy: $10 a month, super reliable about providing good brands and makeup items, even if the brands aren't always super luxe. Comes in a makeup bag that is sometimes ugly and useless, sometimes wonderfully shaped and pretty. I do not count the bag as having any value in the box. Also provides 10 points per review, takes a super long time to gain enough to redeem for free product.
This bag looks like it could be very useful for brushes when traveling. Shape win.

Beauty Without Cruelty Facial Cleanser AHA Complex: Value: $2.60. I like little travel facial cleansers, and I love trying natural products even more.

Crown Brushes Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush: Value: Full size at $6.99. I love getting brushes in my boxes. I am trying to revamp my very old, ultra cheap brush collection, and all my nicest eye brushes came in these subscriptions and I love them.

NYX Butter Lip Balm: Full size at $4.00. This is a comfortable, pretty, sheer red. I could see wearing this to school daily for a no fuss lip look.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare: Full size at $10.00. I love the shade. Usually love the brand. Loathe this messy packaging.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara: Value: About $7.70. I love trying new mascaras, particularly high end ones that are sample sized so I don't feel too guilty throwing them out if I hate them.

Overall: No reject products. A mix of mostly makeup with some skincare, which is refreshing, and a mix of high end brands with drugstore ones. No reject products, just a little reject packaging.
Ipsy: $10 spent. Value: $31.30 (rounded to nearest ten cents)
Round Up:
Value Per dollar:
Birchbox: $2.34 in product for every dollar spent.
*If you consider the $6 in credit as money off, it changes to $5.85 for every dollar spent*
*Removing the value of the product I won't use changes the value to $2.04 (or $5.10) for every dollar spent.*
Glossybox: $4.57 in product for every dollar spent
Ipsy: $3.13 in product for every dollar spent.

The best products were in the Glossybox, followed by Birchbox and then Ipsy this time. The best value is Glossybox but if you know you will have no problem spending the Birchbox point money then it is the best value overall. I am pleasantly surprised by Birchbox - when I unsubscribed two years ago, their boxes had gotten so terrible it felt like a waste for them to even be $4 or $5. As long as this post is, I think this is a good way to track box value, and compare subscriptions for when I eventually end up needing to cut back.

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