Tuesday, February 7, 2012

MyGlam vs Birchbox Part 2

Ok so now that we went over birchbox, let's go over MyGlam....

It came in this adorable pink bubble wrapped envelope. I accidentally threw it away before I could take a picture of it, but it was definitely adorable!! So one big difference between MyGlam and Birchbox is every month MyGlam gives you a different glam bag (makeup bag).This month's theme was "back to nature," so here is a picture of the Glam Bag. It says Back to Nature on the top right corner.


The first item that was in the bag, well technically it wouldn't fit in the glam bag, was the Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask in Cucumber. I have actually never tried a peel off mask, so it was definitely something very different for me. It is the actual full sized item, so thats definitely really awesome! You can actually find it at a drugstore, so if you really liked this product it would definitely be very affordable.   

The next item that was actually in My Glam bag was the Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner. I was super excited when I saw this!! I have been wanting to try out the Wen Collection for some time now. So it is definitely very minty smelling. I enjoy the smell of mint, but if you are someone who doesn't care for the smell...then the Sweet Almond Mint is not for you. It a cleansing conditioner meaning you can basically use it as both shampoo and conditioner. I did try it out as both my shampoo and conditioner, just to see how it would do...I didn't really like it that method. I prefer only to use it as just my conditioner.

The next item is The Balm's Hot Ticket nail polish in the shade "Pale In Comparison." When I first saw it I was like ohh okay bummer. I kept seeing YouTubers with pretty pinks and vibrant reds, so I thought mine was kind of bland. BUT once I put it on my nails I was SO EXCITED! It is GORGEOUS!! I love everything about this nail polish...the color, the brush...

Here is the color on my nails. As you can see it is very neutral. I think this would be nice in a wedding!

And the last product that was in MyGlam bag was the SheerCover's Duo Concealer. I have used SheerCover before and I really liked the concealer. It has a lighter shade and a medium shade. Since it is winter time and always raining or cloudy..the lighter shade works perfectly for me. If you aren't quite the light shade and the medium is too dark..you can mix the two on your fingertip to create a beautiful color in between the two shades.

I don't really see myself purchasing the full sized item of the Cucumber Peel Off Mask and I am still deciding on the Wen Cleansing Conditioner. I will definitely be buying more of The Balm's Hot Ticket nail polish and the SheerCover Concealer. The concealer has a lot of product in it and is full sized, so it will be awhile before I will need to repurchase that product.

So which one is better-- Birchbox or MyGlam???

Overall, I am definitely impressed with both Birchbox and MyGlam. They both had some amazing stuff in their boxes/bags that I will be buying more of and they both had products that I probably won't buy. MyGlam had more full sized items than Birchbox, so that is something to take into consideration. I can't wait to see what will be in February's box/bag!!!

If you get Birchbox and/or MyGlam what are your thoughts about each? Please leave a comment, but remember everyone can have their own opinion. No judging! :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

MyGlam vs Birchbox Part 1

So January was my first month of receiving both Birchbox and MyGlam. You have no idea how excited/happy I was when I opened my door and saw the adorable pink box of my Birchbox or when I opened up my mailbox and saw the oh so adorable pink bubble wrapped envelope of MyGlam. I did a little dance and starting screaming with excitement over both! I bet my neighbors think I am one crazy girl!! My sister actually bought me a 6month subscription to Birchbox as my Christmas present and I bought MyGlam with my own money.

If you don't know what Birchbox or MyGlam is let me introduce you to your newest addiction...

They are both monthly beauty subscriptions of 4-5 deluxe sized samples (and sometimes full sized items)  that you get in the mail or by UPS every month that you pay $10 a month for. They have very common brands and brands that you may not have heard of before. It is really good if you are like me and love trying out different brands, but don't want to spend a ton of money on the item and end up not liking it.

So now that you know what they are (or if you already knew), let me give you my review on them both. ;)

Starting with Birchbox...

This is the box it came in. Well, technically it came in a different pink UPS box, but I forgot to take a picture of that. OOPS! But after you open up the first box , this is what you see...

Here is a list of all the goodies that was in my box...

The 1st item was a small tube of the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy perfume. I was so excited when I saw this in my box because I have been wanting to try out the Juicy Couture line for a while now. And let me tell you..this is AHHHH-MAZING!!! I am in love with the smell! I love it so much that I used this entire tube within a matter of like 3 days. My husband, my sister, and co-workers all told me I smelled GREAT when they were near me.

 Jouer lipgloss in Birchbox Pink is gorgeous on! It is such a beautiful bright pink on your lips.

The VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion definitely lived up to its name..it is very gentle. It does not have a smell which some people may not like, but I do. Sometimes the smells of products gets old and makes you want to stop using it. Especially the ones that smell bad!! So having a neutral smell was okay for me! I have only used it on my face so far, but I did like what I saw and felt. It left my face feeling very soft and refreshed.

When I first saw the Zoya nail polish in Kristen, I was unsure if I would like the color..but after putting it on I am so happy with it!! It is such a pretty color!! This was my first experience with Zoya nail polish and I have to say.. I am very pleased! It goes on super easy and the color you see in the bottle is exactly what you get on your nails with just 2 coats. I hate when you have to put a ton of coats on your nails to get the color that you want. It dries quickly as well. I will definitely be purchasing more Zoya nail polish!! 

Here is the color on my thumb.. (Oops I made a little mess on the corner)

My Lifestyle Extra is the EBoost All-Natural Orange Flavor Energy Booster. I received 2 packets of these. I actually have not tried this product out yet, so I really can't review the product. From what the directions say, all you do is pour the packet into a glass and then add water. I will try it out this weekend and let you know if I felt a boost of energy. I am planning a "Spring Cleaning" day at my house on Saturday, so I will definitely be needing some energy. :)

 So overall, I am really happy with Birchbox this month. I know a lot of people on YouTube were saying this month was a let down, but I was definitely not. I was able to try products out that I probably wouldn't have picked out at a store (Zoya in Kristen) and loved it. I was also able to try out a product that I have really been wanting to try out (Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy) and really loved it!! So that's really the whole idea behind Birchbox, MyGlam and other beauty subscriptions is to try out new stuff and expand your beauty collection. I will definitely be making some purchases of the full sized versions of  the Jouer lipgloss, some more Zoya nail polishes, and I actually bought the Viva La Juicy full size perfume earlier in the month after I used up my trial size from my Birchbox. I am going to continue using the VMV lotion before I decide if I want to buy the full size version or try out any of their other products.

If you would like to subscribe to Birchbox or learn more about it...here is the link...... Birchbox

If you are already subscribed to Birchbox, what did you get in your January box? Leave me a comment.

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