Beauty Back-Talk: October Birchbox and Ipsy

Although I’ve been getting both my Birchbox and Ipsy bags, I haven’t blogged about them lately.  In all honesty, I am preferring the Ipsy over the Birchbox but then there is always something somewhat good in the Birchbox and so I figure, I’ll keep going for another month.

So here’s October:


Birchbox October

The pink bottle is 12 Benefits-Instant Healthy Hair Treatment (full-size $19)

What: Created by two industry experts, this heroic all-in-one detangles, protects, and heals

How: Spritz damp or dry strands from mid-lengths to ends.  Style as usual.

I’m excited to try this as I’m always looking for stuff to make my hair feel better!

Karuna Hydrating Mask (4 masks $28)

What: This all-natural cloth mask is infused with a hydrating cocktail of antioxidants

How: Arrange on a clean face.  Remove backing, relax for 10-20 minutes, then discard

I am looking forward to a relaxing mask–I love masks!!

The pink tube: Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer (Full-size $14)

What: A British makeup pro created this sheer gloss, which plumps and hydrates with jojoba oil

How: The cute paddle-style applicator makes for precise lines

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum (Full-size $20-$42)

What: This antiaging SPF 30 serum, which creates a weightless UV shield, can be worn year-round

How: Apply a thin layer in the morning.  Wear alone or as a primer under makeup

I loved my previous supergoop! samples so I am looking forward to this one.

And then the chapstick: Look for the baggie with your Birchbox Find, a mass-market discovery we think is just plain awesome.  I’m excited for the vanilla creme flavor and it’s a throw back to being a kid!

Ipsy Box

Ipsy October

First of all, I LOVE the cosmetic bags.  I’ve loved all of them and I think I like this one the best–but that’s because I love words!  Included in this bag were five items plus the bag:

Style Sexy Hair: Spray Clay–meh.  Not a big fan of hair stuff for the most part and don’t use spray.  It’ll be a good gift.

Coastal Scents: Medium shadow brush–looking forward to using this one.  Can always use new brushes.

Zoya nail polish in Mason–pretty color, looking forward to trying this.

Bella Terra mineral cosmetics eye shimmer in navy-looking forward to this and the powder is the kind of eye shade I use anyway.

Ole Henriksen truth creme advanced hydration–I used this tonight and it’s got a mild citrus smell and feels good so far.

All in all, a pretty good load for October.  I love receiving packages and so it’s always fun to be surprised every month.  The only hard part is reading blogs of people who also get one of these bags and being on the West Coast, I tend to get the bags a few days to a week later and so I can’t read those blog posts–I don’t want spoilers!

I pay for all these items on my own.  If you are interested in Birchbox, please use my referral code (I get points!):

If you are interested in ipsy, please also use my referral code:


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  1. I just signed up with Ipsy, after reading an East-Coaster’s blog about it. It sounds like a great program, and that you prefer it over Birchbox speaks volumes! :)

  2. Lucky girl getting that 12 benefits I wish I had gotten it too! I’ve used it before and its awesome!! I think I might start doing ipsy too Ive heard good things about it!!

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