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Battle of the Boxes {April 2016}

battle of the boxes

This month I received 8 beauty boxes: Birchbox (x2), Ipsy, Beauty Box 5, Lip Monthly, Walmart, Target, and the BeautyCon Spring box.

My Other Subscriptions: Treatsie & Adore Me, will NOT be included in this battle.

Battle of the Boxes

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April 2016 ‘Effortlessly Elegant’ Birchbox

Box Cost: $10.00 (I paid $7.33 on a deal)
Box Rating: 4/5
Total Products:
 5
Total Retail Value: $28.68
Total Personal Value: $12.96
Full Size Products: 0   Deluxe Samples: 5   One Time Use/Foils: 0
Items I Won’t Use: 1 – PARLOR by Jeff Chastain
Favorite From Box: Laura Geller Baked Blush’n’Brighten in Pink Grapefruit

Birchbox April 2016

April 2016 ‘Spring Awakening’ Birchbox

Box Cost: $10.00
Box Rating: 3.75/5
Total Products:
 7
Total Retail Value: $30.38
Total Personal Value: $13.12
Full Size Products: 1   Deluxe Samples: 4   One Time Use/Foils: 2
Items I Won’t Use: 4 – Davines Ol Hair Milk + Shampoo & Conditioner, Lip Lush gloss
Favorite From Box: VASANTI BrightenUp! (ohmygod amazing)

Ipsy April 2016 Unbagging

April 2016 ‘The Dreamers’ Ipsy Glambag

Box Cost: $10.00
Box Rating: 4/5
Total Products:
 5 + 1 bonus item with redeemed points
Total Retail Value: $39.99 + $6.00
Total Personal Value: $14.86 + $2.29
Full Size Products: 3   Deluxe Samples: 3   One Time Use/Foils: 0 + bonus
Items I Won’t Use: 0-1 (have not tried hair mask)
Favorite From Box: L.A.B.2 Just Blending In Brush & bonus BeFine cleanser

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April 2016 ‘Hydration Vacation’ Beauty Box 5

Box Cost: $12.00 (I paid $10/box using the 3 month option)
Box Rating: 2.5/5
Total Products:
 5
Total Retail Value: $46.73
Total Personal Value: $16.28
Full Size Products: 2   Deluxe Samples: 2   One Time Use/Foils: 2
Items I Won’t Use: 2 – Chella in Passionate Pink, Jelly Pong Pong in Cakepop.
Favorite From Box: Global Beauty Care Makeup Cleansing Wipes

Lip Monthly April 2016 Unbagging

April 2016 Lip Monthly Bag

Box Cost: $12.95 (I paid $9.73/bag on a deal w/4 months)
Box Rating: 2/5
Total Products:
 4
Total Retail Value: $30.98
Total Personal Value: $7.27
Full Size Products: 3   Deluxe Samples: 1   One Time Use/Foils: 0
Items I Won’t Use: 3 – Hikari, Gloss Snob, & Pencil Me
Favorite From Box: Starlooks Gloss in Cuddle

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Spring 2016 Walmart Beauty Box

Box Cost: $5.00 shipping
Box Rating: 3.5/5
Total Products:
 7
Total Retail Value: $13.52
Total Personal Value: $11.02
Full Size Products: 2   Deluxe Samples: 4   One Time Use/Foils: 1
Items I Won’t Use: 1 – John Frieda brilliant BRUNETTE
Favorite From Box: Colgate Optic White & St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

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April 2016 ‘hello Sunshine’ Target Beauty Box

Box Cost: $7.00
Box Rating: 3.5/5
Total Products:
 8
Total Retail Value: $15.88
Total Personal Value: $9.99
Full Size Products: 1   Deluxe Samples: 5   One Time Use/Foils: 2
Items I Won’t Use: 1 – Pantene Pro-V hairspray
Favorite From Box: Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation & Hawaiian Tropic Sport SPF

beautycon spring 2016

Spring 2016 BeautyCon x Grav3yardGirl Box

Box Cost: $35.99 w/shipping (I paid 19.36/box w/shipping on a deal)
Box Rating: 4/5
Total Products:
 11 + $20 gift card
Total Retail Value: $149.88
Total Personal Value: $72.25
Full Size Products: 8   Deluxe Samples: 3   One Time Use/Foils: 0
Items I Won’t Use: 3 – keychain, pacifica, hair ties.
Favorite From Box: Garnier SkinActive wipes

Product Breakdown

Winning Products

Biggest Retail Value in a Single Item

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: $22.00 NCLA Grav3yardGirl Designer Nail Wraps

Most Used Product

Birchbox ‘Effortlessly Elegant’: Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Pink Grapefruit (gorgeous easy to apply shimmery coral)

Most Improved With Use

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: Maybelline NY The Rock Nudes Palette (didn’t expect much, tried it out for a week during my WIWTW: One Palette One Week challenge and started loving it a lot more!)

Most Surprising Like(s)

Birchbox ‘Effortlessly Elegant’: Laura Geller New York Baked Blush’n’ Brighten in Pink Grapefruit (gorgeous corally shimmer almost-waterproof blush, new go-to)
Birchbox ‘Spring Awakening’: Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvination (just a scrub, but a FREAKING AMAZING scrub)

Most Looked Forward To

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: Benefit They’re Real! lengthening & volumizing mascara (I haven’t actually gotten to try it due to other mascaras being open, I’m still excited!)

Most Effective

Birchbox ‘Spring Awakening’: Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenation (makes my skin feel like it’s breathing a sigh of relief and rejuvenation)

Failing Products

Biggest Disappointment(s)

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick (horrible gasoline-like smell in mine)
BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: NCLA Grav3yardGirl Designer Nail Wraps (fell off in less than an hour following directions)
Birchbox ‘Spring Awakening’: Davines Ol Hair Milk (awful, awful boozey herbal smell)

And then what we’re all reaaallly curious about…

Box Breakdown

Highest Retail Value

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: with $129.88

Highest Personal Value

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: with $72.25

Biggest Discount: Subscription vs Retail Sample Value

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: with 87% discount

Biggest Discount: Subscription vs Personal Value

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: with 73% discount

Most Loved Products

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: with 4 items, AND
Birchbox ‘Effortlessly Elegant’: with 4 items

Most Full Sized Products

BeautyCon Box Spring 2016: with 7 full sized items

Most Improved With Product Use

Ipsy ‘The Dreamers’ Glambag: with 4 items improving.

And the WINNING BOX:

Most Exciting To Open AND Most Satisfying…

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Birchbox ‘Effortlessly Elegant’! This is the only box that didn’t really have a disappointment for me. I feel satisfie and that I got more than what I hoped for, since I loved the blush when I intended to sell it outright and almost didn’t even try it. BeautyCon may have won most of the ‘awards’ this month, but Birchbox’s curated box won out for making me just feel good.

If you are interested in any of these boxes, I have included the sign-up links for all subscription boxes in this review. I am not affiliated with any of these companies, but do use referral links when I can. If I’m the one that convinced you to sign-up, I’d love it if you used my link. 🙂

Birchbox (May Box)
Ipsy (June bag – if you get yourself off the wait list before 6/1)
Beauty Box 5 (before 21st: May) use HALFOFF for $6.00 off — pair w/quarterly for $8/box
BeautyCon Box (Spring – until sold out) try bfffreeship for free shipping or use my referral link for $10 off.
Lip Monthly (current or next depending on inventory) use LIPLOVER to get your first bag for $5.00.
Target is NOT a subscription. They become available on the 1st Monday of the month (usually) and sell out within a few hours.
Walmart (quarterly box with semi varied contents)

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4 thoughts on “Battle of the Boxes {April 2016}

    1. Hahaha it’s kind of a pain after a while! I may have been bad and been researching ones to switch to next month since I’ve got one or two ending *tries to look innocent*

      I think the only way I justify this is that some are paid annually or quarterly so it doesn’t come out monthly. The first of the month would look awful in my bank account otherwise!!

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