I wasn’t really feeling it with Birchbox this month, so thank goodness for Ipsy! In this month’s battle of these two $10 beauty boxes, Ipsy was definitely the big winner. In fact, I’d say this is one of the best bags I’ve received from Ipsy yet!
Without further ado, here’s what I received in my April Ipsy Bag:
While I like that Ipsy uses bags instead of boxes (I have a lifetime supply of boxes at this point), I’m not always a fan of the design as some bags look cheaper than others. (I know – who am I to complain about the bag that comes with my $10 shipment?!) This bag, however, I really like. It is perfect for summer!
theBalm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Single – I am super excited about this! I love theBalm Cosmetics and the eyeshadow in particular. The color I received is “flirty” is described as a shimmering violet. This is definitely a color I will be putting to good use! (I don’t think theBalm sells eyeshadow singles, but I could be wrong. I want to consider this a full-size product because it’s the exact size that comes in the full Nude Dude Palette.)
JulieG Nail Color in Damsel – Full Size Product – Bright pink is my go-to pedicure color during the summer, so I will definitely be getting good use out of this polish!
It is apparently PopSugar Must Have Day because I just received word that due to disappointment over the fact that new subscribers won’t be able to get a box until June, those that subscribe to the PopSugar Must Have Box NOW will receive a Sorial Wallet on a Chain FREE with their June PopSugar Must Have Box! This is a $49 freebie!
To take advantage of this offer, enter code “WELCOME” when you register for a new PopSugar Must Have account! Limited quantities are available so you’ll want to jump on this train quickly if you’ve been on the fence about subscribing. This is one of the first times (perhaps the only time) I’ve seen PopSugar Must Have offer a gift with subscription, and it’s a great gift at that!
One of the best days of every month is the day that my PopSugar Must Have Box arrives! I’ve had nothing but good things to say about this box recently. They have just been sending really solid items. Frequently they send items that I’m excited to have but never would have purchased for myself. This month’s box was full of practical items that, while useful, I still probably wouldn’t have purchased for myself. I’m more than happy to put the items to use though, now that they’re here!
Here’s what I received in my April PopSugar Must Have Box:
Produce Candle: Rhubarb Spring ($20) – While I’m not a huge fan of candles and rarely purchase them, this one could not be more perfect. I absolutely love rhubarb and the scent of this one is amazing! (It smells sweeter than rhubarb tastes!)
One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum ($39) – I am not at all familiar with this product and I would try it out except I have someone in mind that would love it much more than I would so I’m going to gift it away. According to the description, this serum “takes moisture to the next level.”
When I was on maternity leave I logged on to the Birchbox website and found the following message:
I was a little surprised as it used to be that Birchbox occasionally sent full-size products in the monthly beauty boxes. Now, however, they are asking for an extra $20 to receive 2 full-size items? Oy.
I imagine this was the look on my face when I saw that pop-up:
This apparent shift in options may also explain why the boxes have been underwhelming recently.
I am disappointed with this change because I assume it means the end of receiving any full-size products in the monthly Birchbox unless you’re willing to pay extra. Part of the fun of these sample boxes is being treated to the occasional super awesome product, and that often comes by way of something that’s full-size. I certainly hope I’m wrong and that those of us unwilling to pay an extra $20 per month still receives the occasional full-size treat, but I’m pretty certain it has been awhile since I’ve gotten a full-sized item in my Birchbox!
Rant aside, here’s what I received in my April Birchbox:
Things got off to a great start, as the April Birchbox was adorned with a custom design from Rifle Paper Co. I’m a huge fan of Rifle’s designs so this may be one of my favorite boxes to date. I would have loved if a notecard or two had been included in the box but alas, it was not to be.
A new limited-edition PopSugar Must Have Box was just released and it might be their fanciest yet! The CFDA PopSugar Must Have Box was curated with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and will feature products from both established and emerging designers. This might be THE box for fashion lovers!
While the box is pricey, at $195, 50% of the profits from each box will be donated to the CFDA Foundation. Typically the boxes that are this expensive have anywhere from $500-$600 worth of products included.
No details about the box have been released. Limited quantities are available so if you’re interested you will want to grab this box quickly – I expect it to sell out!
A new Julep Mystery Box is available! Or, should I say that 2 mystery boxes are available?!
The April Mystery Box lets you choose between two fab boxes – one filled with beauty products and the other filled with nail polish! The Pamela (It Girl) Beauty Mystery Box will include Pamela (It Girl) plus $100+ of Julep beauty products. The Cora (It Girl) Nail-Only Mystery Box will contain Cora (It Girl) plus $100+ in polish. Both boxes are an exceptional value at $24.99!
Can’t decide? Get one of each – there will not be overlap in product between the two different boxes. (Note, there may be overlap if you purchase more than one of each individual box.)
Julep Mystery Boxes are only available for a limited time each month. Purchasing one will NOT enroll you in Julep’s nail polish subscription box.
Back in January we posted about a discount on Bean Box, but today we have another fabulous deal- you can get one free month! Bean Box is one of the first subscription boxes that I’m excited to pick up for my husband- he’s a coffee fanatic!
Here’s how it works:
1. Start your free trial
Your trial Bean Box includes four unique hand-picked coffees, delivered fresh.
2. Monthly deliveries
Each month you’ll receive a new box, with free shipping in the US, for $20.
3. Fall in love
Found a roast you love? Want only dark roasts? Tailor your box to your preferences.
Honestly, for $20 a month this is a fantastic deal. If you stop for coffee everyday or every couple of days, that adds up to way more than $20. Now you have the option to make your own!
I will tell you though, this isn’t entirely free- they do charge you $2 for shipping. But $2 with the option to cancel if you hate it isn’t a bad deal, in my opinion.