August Subscription Box Reviews: Birchbox, Ipsy and Sample Society

It’s that time again- we’re reviewing some beauty subscription boxes that I received in August. I’m still getting Birchbox, Ipsy and Allure Sample Society. I didn’t love ipsy again this month, and Sample Society didn’t wow me either. Check out my reviews, then let me know if you agree or disagree!



Monthly delivery for $10/month

Includes 4-5 beauty and lifestyle samples

This month my box included The Balm: Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain, Dr JArt Pore Minish Primer, Not Soap Radio Body Wash, Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub, and Hello Breath Spray. Birchbox recently started allowing subscribers to choose one of the their products each month, and this month my pick was the stain- I’ve never used a cheek stain before and this seemed like a great way to try it out! I’ll admit, I was a little skepical, but this product seems great for adding a little color on breezy, no makeup days- it’s pretty sheer, which is great since I’m so fair, and it stayed on a while. The primer was okay for me (though I use Monistat chaffing cream as primer, thanks to a Weddingbee tip!), and I always like sample face and body washes. I actually was completely grossed out by the breath spray, but overall this box was a winner for me! I’m back to being satisfied with my Birchbox 🙂

Ipsy Box


Monthly delivery for $10/month

Includes 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample products, plus a makeup bag

This month my box included Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Minimizer, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, J Cat Beauty Eye Shadow, Jersey Shore Sun Lip Conditioner, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, and the orange polka dotted cosmetics bag pictured here. I wasn’t thrilled to see another pore minimizer, because I think it acts as a primer, which I’m already all set with. The eyeshadow is kind of a specific color (not my favorite) and I don’t really use any lip balms other than my Burts Bees. I am happy to have another mascara though, and lovvvve the dry shampoo. I’m not in love with this bag, but here’s something I’ve noticed about my ipsy samples- I never love everything when I open it. A few weeks later, though, there’s always a few that I adore. Last month it was the Bare Minerals Eye Shadow, which I’ll definitely be purchasing full size (perfect color, perfect texture, long lasting-such a winner!) and the month before it was a sample of Benefit They’re Real Mascara– it’s amazing, and I’ve already bought the full size. So, while I’m not thrilled now, I still feel compelled to keep my ipsy going…we’ll see what happens next month.

Beauty Box

Allure Sample Society

Monthly Delivery for $15/month

Includes 4-5 Full sized and deluxe beauty and makeup samples

This month I received a Too Faced Melted Longwear Lipstick, Ciate Mini Nail Polish, KAte Somerville Face Oil, Jane Iredale Mascara, and Oribe Surfcomber Tousle Texture Mousse. So, to start with, none of these samples are full sized- okay. Also, I actually feel like the mini booklet that comes with this box is kind of awesome- the editors of Allure talk about the products and why they chose them, and give tips. So, the lipstick- it’s not something that I would have picked out myself, but I kind of love it! The color is cute, and (as the booklet points out) it’s a full coverage matte lipstick in a playful color, so it feels fun and a little unexpected! I’ve never used face oil before, but I’m not at all opposed to trying it, especially with the dry atmosphere of winter come. I love the nail polish sample, and it will be the perfect color and size for my upcoming beach vacation. The mascara sample wasn’t really notable for me, but I never mind more purse mascara. The only item in the box that I actively disliked was the mousse- the editors recommend using it on dry hair, so I applied it one morning before work, and it was a total disaster! My hair got sticky and awful and I had to improvise a weird twist situation with tons of bobby pins…not awesome. I will try it with wet hair sometime, though, and see how that goes. Overall, there wasn’t anything in this box that wow-ed me, but I still thought it was pretty good over all. I’ll definitely be subscribing for the upcoming month, because the spoilers are advertising a full sized Restorsea Eye Cream, at a value of $85…not bad!

So, tell me about your subscription boxes- anything new, fun, or awesome out there I should be trying??