Battle of the Beauty Boxes (March MyGlam & Birchbox 2012)

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I have been wanting to do a "battle of the something".. but couldn't figure out what I should battle off.. Usually when I go onto myglams FB, there are always people saying things favoring birchbox over myglam or vice versa.. so I thought I would battle them off this month since i have a subscription to both.

Please read on for more details and pictures!

Please click on any of the images to see the larger version.

Packaging (Round 1)

BirchBox: Special Teen Vogue Edition
...comes in a small pink square box and within is another brown box with the products inside covered by tissue paper.

MyGlam: Regular Edition
...comes in a metallic pink bubble envelope and within is a cosmetic bag that contains their products with various post cards.

So who won this round?!
I like to say MyGlam did!.. The reason why I chose MyGlam is because I think the "cosmetic bag" is convenient for anyone. Whereas you can only recycle birchboxes box and tissue for so many things.  I also love the fact that every month myglam gives a different bag design. 

Post Cards (Round 2)

 I like the fact that BB includes the prices of the full sized products.  I also like how they describe what the product is and does.

 I love how they always have a myglam stylist's photo on their card.. I specially like this one a lot.. i think michelle looks really nice here.  I also like that it feels like a post card and is just not a regular card.  However, I would have liked it better if they included prices of their products as well as giving a description of each product.. not just some of them.

So who won this round?!
It's a tie.  They both have what the other needs.. so they balance each other out.

Products (Round 3)

Essie Luxeffects in "as gold as it gets" (Full Size)
Kate Spade New York in "twirl" (Deluxe Sample)
Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint in "lucky" (Full Size)
Kerastase Elixer Ultime  (Deluxe Sample)
TwistBand Hair Tie (1 out of a pack of 12)

DermStore Care Package
  • Pur-lisse Pur-protect SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer (Sample)
  • Murad Eye Lift Perfector (Sample)
  • DermStore $25 giftcard (???)
Pur-lisse Pur-Lip Comfort Daily Lip Nourisher (Full Size?)
Keracolor Color Enhancing Leave-In Treatment (Sample)
Myglam exclusive Classic Crease Brush & Case (Full Size)

So who won this round?!
BirchBox did!  I have to say I was really surprised with this month's birchbox.  Full and Deluxe size samples! thats awesome.  Myglam came close with the same amount of full size items in their bag.. but their samples were a little smaller.  Also i have to say.. i also chose BB because they had more items that i would use and would last longer than just 1-2 uses.

Now for the detailed pictures!


Essie Luxeffects in as gold as it gets - Full Size | $8 value
"Layer this glittery top coat onto any polish for an eye-catching look"

I love how this came out.. it reminds me of fine glitter and flakes!.. so pretty!

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Kate Spade New York in Twirl - Deluxe Size | $65-$80 value for full size
"You'll adore this flirty scent, which is a modern update on a timeless fruity floral"

I don't know what it is.. but the scent reminds me of something!  It is definitely my cup of tea!.. If i knew about this before i would have probably purchased it.  Im not a huge perfume collector because of the price of most of them.. but im glad i have a sample of it! I say that the floral scent over powers the fruity.. but its still very girly and soft.

Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Lucky - Full Size | $24

"This long-lasting stain adds rich pigment and is designed to boost the moisture levels in your lips"

Now.. did anyone else have a problem with opening the top off this thing? I gave it my all.. and still couldn't open it.. you can even see my teeth marks lol.. while trying to open the top.. the bottom part came out and it broke it =.= .. grrs!.. i emailed birchbox already.. we will see what happens.  On the upside..I love the color and the pencil like figure... i like how controllable it is but i don't like how dry it is/looks.  I am also not sure if its just me.. but it smells a little minty.. and I am not a fan of anything mint scented.

 no flash
 with lip balm

Kerastase Elixer Ultime - Deluxe Size | $54 value for full size
"Add this nourishing oil to your hair regimen to hydrate, smooth, and sleekify your strands"

It smells good, a little like coconut.. it reminds me of a mild smell of aussie products.  It does have the greasy feeling to it since it is an oil.. but surprisingly the oil absorbs quickly on my hair and my hands.  I don't usually out anything in my hair..  but i guess i will have to test this over the next week to make an accurate review.

TwistBand Hair Tie - 1 | $18 value for a pack of 12
"Give your ponytail a makeover with these colorful, snag-free elastics"

The color is nice, it sort of looks like a ribbon.  I like to say that i have a decent amount of hair.. not too thin nor too thick.. but my hair is sort of slippery/silky.. so it slips off easily.  To actually have it hold my hair tight, I wrap it around 3 times.  I can easily pull if off my pony tail without any snagging.  I wouldn't mind buying these.. but 12 for $18 is a lot to me.. i would rather stick to the goody brand.


DermStore Care Package
  • Pur-lisse Pur-protect SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer Sample | $55 value for full size
It smells like sun screen.. I hate the smell of sun screen.. it feels thicker than a moisturizer, more like a sun screen.  It made my skin smooth for a bit.. but went a away not long after applying it.
  • Murad Eye Lift Perfector Sample | $35 value for full size
Sorry guys i didnt get to sample this one for you guys yet.. the sample looks a bit small i didn't want to take a sample picture without using it.. since i had make up on when i took these pictures.

  • DermStore $25 giftcard - more like a discount | ???
Giftcard?.. what a joke!.. You HAVE to spend $50 or more.. to get $25 off!.. that is not a gift card at all.. i mean is there another definition for a gift card that i do not know about?  at least this month they gave us samples with this so called GC... but seriously.. its a coupon!.. I would not care so much if it just said "coupon or promo code"... but it says GIFT CARD and has a expiration date (5/1/2012)... that is really misleading in my opinion.  I have to blame myglam for this.. it says from MyGlam and Dermstore.. so they knew about this.. Great for the people that are making use of this.. but i am not sure if i will use it or not.

Pur-lisse Pur-Lip Comfort Daily Lip Nourisher - full size (15g) | $16 value 11g
I gave this to my bf.. I figured he needed it more than I did.  However i did test it out and I like it.  It hydrated my lips and moisturized them.  It can also be used as a primer for your lipstick and gloss.  I like the tube and the tip of it.. I like how the angled tip conforms to my lips easier for application.  It's filled with a lot of healthy ingredients for your lips.. but for 16$.. that's a bit too pricey for me.

Keracolor Color Enhancing Leave-In Treatment - Sample | $9 value for sample size packets
"This leave-in treatment is especially designed to enhance, protect, strengthen and hydrate all hair types"

It's hard for me to believe that this sample packet is worth $9... It's hard for me to believe that any sample would cost that much.. but it does, i checked the website.  Each packet is good for 3-4 uses. I am assuming both packets are the same thing, not sure though.. because both products have different texture/colors. 

I like the scent of the product in the green packet more than the white.  The white one smells a little bit like paint to me.. gave me a headache.

Myglam exclusive Classic Crease Brush & Case - full size | ??? value
"Hand-selected by Michelle from her recent trip to Hong Kong for Cosmoprof Asia, freshen up, your spring makeup routine with this myglam exclusive classic crease brush and brush case"

The brush is perfect for the crease and blending out colors because of its density.  I believe it is synthetic hair.. It's really fluffy and seems to be a little big for my eyes but i can still work with it. The handle has a good thickness to it, easy to control.

A lot of people were complaining about the scent of the brush.. but mine didn't have a weird scent to it.  It smelled a bit like leather.. I am assuming from the case. I did wash my brush when i got it and there was no hair fall out from the brush.. woot woot!

The brush case has a magnetic closer to it and is only good for eye and lip brushes.  Its great for travel or for those extra brushes you carry in your purse when going out.  I would say it can carry 5-7 eye brushes at one time but might not close fully.  If can also be used as a pencil case or a lipstick case but again the top won't close correctly.

 ♡Which beauty box do i get the most use out of? (Final Round)

Birchbox hands down won this round. I like more products from birchbox than myglam, also their products benefit me more personally.

Who Won March's Battle of the Beauty Boxes

Round 1: MyGlam
Round 2: Tie
Round 3: BirchBox
Round 4: BirchBox
Final Result: Myglam- 2  Birchbox- 3

Sorry MyGlam but I have to say Birchbox hit it out of the park this month with their Teen Vogue Edition box.  I hope that birchbox does more of these collaboration boxes.. it was great!..

Myglam needs to step it up. I love samples and everything.. but i didnt pay for samples i can get for free (last month).. or for a "giftcard" that i have to pay extra to use.. I wish they did more deluxe samples rather than normal samples as well.  Their box was worth more than 10$.. but still not worth it.

I will be continuing both subscriptions.  Let me know what you guys think about this "battle of the beauty boxes edition" in the comments section below. Do you like it? should I continue with this segment? or go back to individual posts for each beauty box.

Also if there are any other products or brand you guys would like me to compare in a battle.. feel free to let me know in the comment section as well.. and i will try my best to reply to your requests =)

Hope you guys enjoyed this super long post!


  1. Well I like the whole battle segment...In regard to some of the products you received, in my first BB that I got back in November I received Twirl and my grandmother ended up buying me the entire set at Lord and Taylor's. I love the smell but it wears off extremely quickly. I thought it was just me but my mom and sister both agree the smell wears off. About the KeraColor treatment you have to open both packages and squeeze the same amount of each. 50/50. BB def won those battle and MyGlam needs to step up they're game. No more "GIFTCARDS" MYGLAM. :)

    1. ooh wow.. so twirl isnt even worth it if it doesnt have lasting power.. and thanks for clearing up with the keracolor .. i was trying to look online but had no idea what to do lol.. =) i will try it tonight correctly. I agree!! No more giftcards myglam! lol

  2. Agreed with the whole "gift card" thing. I am not really sure why they're calling it that when it is clearly a coupon/promo code. Dermstore actually has makeup on it, but if you do use it make sure you pay attention to see if any of the items you are buying that say they are not in stock. I've heard a few people say that Dermstore holds the entire order until ALL the items are in stock. It could be several weeks before it is even shipped.

    You are lucky, my bag was one that smelled really bad. It was bad enough that I was considering throwing it away.

    1. ya i know right! I was going to get the deborah lippmann polishes.. since i have never owned one.. but there are so many dupes for those.. and i wasnt willing to pay 25$ extra.

      Aww.. im sorry!! I saw the response you posted from myglam.. that is interesting.. did it still smell after washing the brush? or it was the whole bag in general?

    2. I let it air out for 2-3 days and it still smelled slightly. The thing that smelled the worst was the brush case that they gave us. I'm not sure though, some people are saying only their brush smelled, others saying the case, and others the makeup bag. I have no clue what really happened and MyGlam is saying it was the glue on the brushes, yet some people last month said their bags smelled.

    3. oh wow =.=.. that's so weird.. maybe its the packaging company or something. I'm glad i havent had that problem yet.


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