February 2014 Subscription Box Reviews

At this current point in time I am subscribed to 3 subscription box services: Birchbox, Ipsy, and Wantable Intimates. I have been subscribed to Birchbox since December 2013, Ipsy since January 2014, and I just started Wantable’s Intimates Box this month.

Birchbox; $10/month:

Feb 2014 Birchbox

I’ve previously been pretty pleased with Birchbox; I have enjoyed the majority of the products sent to me, and have even found 2 that I can’t live without. I don’t expect much from Birchbox because, to be quite honest, it’s $10 a month. I’m not expecting them to hand me the world on a string, I just want to try a few new samples here and there to see if any suit me and my skin/hair/nails/lifestyle/etc. However, I will admit that this month I was a little disappointed with my box. Compared to the other Birchboxes I have received this one was a bit of a letdown.

Inside Box: Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner was one of items I was really delighted to receive. However you have to apply it right after dry shampoo – so I’m going to have to wait to give it a try until my order of dry shampoo reaches my house.

Outside Box from Left to Right: I received two Harney & Sons Wrapped Tea Sachets. I actually like tea quite a bit – so I am looking forward to trying these. One is a caffeine free mint tea, and the other is a green tea. I wish I’d received more satchets though.

Joan Vass L’eau de Amethyste is a nice smelling fragrance. I enjoy getting fragrance samples even though they’re tiny – mostly because I love to collect perfume bottles and this scent is subtle enough that I would enjoy wearing it on a day to day basis. However, the fragrance is expensive and I’d probably snag other bottles before this one.

The Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight SPF 20 would be nice – if I had darker skin. It comes out in a brown shade when I applied it on my face I felt like it made me look like I was a little dirty. The nice thing about it though is it doesn’t leave some gross residue on my face and it does have a little sparkle to it. I’m going to save it for summer in hopes of being able to use it then – but I’m not holding my breath.

OPI Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coat in Don’t Violet Me Down was kind of disappointing polish for me to receive personally. I tend to prefer to do nail art so a color tinted top coat isn’t really my thing.

Ipsy; $10/month:

February Ipsy Glam Bag 2014

In January, I enjoyed 3/5 of the products Ipsy sent me. So far the tally for this month is the same: 3/5.

Top Left: The J. Cat Eyelashes are made from real human hair but holy cow are these puppies LONG! I’m not sure I’ll really be able to wear them. They would have been great for Vegas, but I don’t know when I’d be going back.

Bottom Row: The Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini is a great shade but smells awful. So awful. If I ever wore this on a date, the guy would hightail it out of there as soon as he came close enough to kiss me.

The Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow & Base in One in Violette is one that I’d expected I hate – after all it is purple eyeshadow- but it actually looked very subtle and pretty on. I expect I’ll be using this quite a bit. (Edit: I will not be using this since I had an allergic reaction to it the second time I used it – burning eyelids are not my favorite thing!)

Skyn Iceland Freshstart Mask with Ice Age Mud was right up my alley. While I haven’t used it yet, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it when I do. I love masks, but I usually snag them at Target or Walmart for $1.50 to $2.00. These ones are priced at $39 for 6 – that’s a very pricy $6.50 a mask (although with ipsy codes you can receive 50% off a product, putting it down to $3.25 a mask). So I don’t believe I’ll be purchasing these in the future unless it turns out to be utterly amazing.

Zoya Nailpolish in Dot is a soft pale pink (I’d actually compare it to Essie’s Ballet Slippers). It applied smoothly and only took around 2-3 coats to apply and it wasn’t nearly as thick as my Essie polishes. I’m hoping this means it will be less likely to chip. Pale pink is one of my favorite nail polish colors so this was a good choice for me.

Wantable Intimates; $36/month:

February 2014 Wantables Intimates

It’s not particular fair to compare my Birchbox or Ipsy to Wantable’s Intimates Box because of the cost difference. However, as this was my first month subscribed to Wantable I’m definitely giving them a review.

I researched all of Wantable’s subscription boxes (makeup, accessories and intimates) before choosing the intimates box. Because of my research, I am aware that the Wantable’s listed retail price might not be entirely accurate – I believe several other bloggers have found certain items they received in their Wantable Intimates box on sale elsewhere (although the blogger did say that even on sale the items were still worth more than the price of the box). I am just using the retail prices that Wantable provides.

On the Right: St. Eve Cotton Modal Romper with Lace Trim ($36.00). This item was worth the cost of the box right there! I’m not a big romper fan – this is actually my first one but when I pulled this out of the box I fell in love with it. It’s so soft and comfortable. I put it on right away and wore it all day (and night). The box was a complete win for me, simply based on this item alone.

Wantable Bandeau (valued at $15.00). The Bandeau was super comfortable, it also (very nicely) has some soft inserts in the cup area so nothing will show in case you become cold. The stripes are very much my style.

Betsy Johnson Intimates Sleep Shorts in Houndstooth (valued at $29.00). These are comfortable, cute, and just about everything I could ask for in a pair of sleep shorts. I’ll definitely use them.

Icy Hot Sweet Dots Hipster Pink Glo/Excalibur (valued at $8.99). The pair of panties I received is definitely my style – it’s got the polka dots and bows with a hint of lace. They also seem like they’ll hold up well over time.

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