I'll start with Birchbox.
I got box number 44:
I was pretty disappointed when I saw that I had two foil packets in this month's box.
The first was curl keeper, which I'm pretty excited to try. I've read good things about it. I'm not thrilled with the sample size though, my hair is really thick and down to my butt, so I don't know how far the foil packet will go.
The bag this month was really cute. A beautiful color with black lace print.
The first item in my Ipsy bag was the Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple. They call it a lip balm, but really it's more of a lip tint. It's not moisturizing at all, but I love it. I put chap stick on over it, and it was great. It lasted AGES. I had to reapply after eating, but that's it.
Ipsy definitely kicked Birchbox's butt this month.
My Birchbox had two foil packets, one item that I really didn't like (the hand and nail cream) and two items that I liked (the lip gloss and the nail polish), but none that I LOVED.
My Ipsy box had one item I didn't like (the lip crayon), one item I won't use very often (the Starlooks liner), one item that I liked (the mascara), and two items I loved (the lip tint and the eye shadow).
My Birchbox this month was really disappointing. The one saving grace is that every time you review an item you get 10 points, and every 100 points is $10 in the Birchbox store. So basically every time you review the 5 items in your box you get $5 to spend in the store, which is pretty good for a $10 box.