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Birchbox and Ipsy May Reveals are Up!

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Birchbox Reveal

FYI – if you haven’t checked already, you can now see your May Birchbox reveal. And if you share your GlamBag on Facebook, you can also see your Ipsy bag reveal:

Ipsy Reveal

Have you checked out which samples you’ll be receiving yet? (I kind of hate that ipsy makes you share on Facebook to see your glam bag early, so I haven’t checked that one yet).

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Can anyone tell me if Ipsy ships UPS? I still haven’t gotten a tracking noticed, but did get an odd tracking from UPS stating the JHL company was sending me a package?? I’m “missing” 2 that have already shipped, but the weight on this one says 3ozs, so I’m guessing it isn’t my Lilee box.

    • Mine came via DHL and then transferred to USPS – I live extremely close to their shipping center though, I’m not sure if they use other options.

      • I finally heard back from ispy and it’s definately not them. It’s not Birchbox. Lilee is the only other one shipping at the moment and they have not emailed me back. Anyone get Lilee? It says the package is roughly 1/2 a lb.

  2. Does anyone else think its more fun to be surprised since you can’t choose anyway? I’m not doing spoilers or tracking my boxes this month. I’ll be excited to come home to the surprise. 🙂

    • The only reason I track is because we live on a private road and I have to know if I need to leave the gate open and unlocked… though my mailman has our phone number on his cell (gotta love small towns)

    • Yes! If only my willpower agreed! 🙂

    • I love the surprise of it! I have, on occasion, peaked, usually when they are taking forever to arrive. I just got my Birchbox today! I didnt even pick a sample. I did the full surprise. I cancelled Ipsy this month and changed to Petit Vour, so I am excited to get that. I will miss my cute little bag, but love natural, vegan stuff, so it will make up for it. 🙂

  3. * big sigh So disappointed in my ipsy this month, I received the urban decay lip pencil, Bella Pierre eye liner, not yr mothers hair extender, pixi bronzer and organic pharmacy face mosturizer. I am trading everything except for the last one. I am looking for the it concealer and glamglow or toner. Let me know if interested !

  4. For the first time, I’m thrilled with every single item in my Birchbox. This month my hair item is amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, which I can actually use! Then I’m getting Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain, which will probably go to my 10 yo and WEI Multi Mask Multi Task, CoTZ Flawless Complexion SPF 50 and Aruba Aloe Luxe Foot Creme. Those are all products I use!

    I got ipsy for my daughter because she wanted a makeup subscription but it didn’t turn out so well. The only makeup she got is a the Balm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single. At least it’s something that she can use if she’s not too embarrassed by the packaging.

    She is also getting Dermatologica breakout cleaning toner (which may not be makeup, but it’ll be good for her to have), an IT cosmetics CC cream that she’ll only use if it’s the right color, a hair oil and a generic face cleanser. We’ll probably put those up to swap – maybe for some makeup 🙂

  5. FYI for everyone and Liz – You can get 10 extra BB points each month by sharing your box on social media during that month. It should show the option to share on Twitter or Facebook. If you share on both, you only get 10 points. That said, you can now get 60 points each month until BB decides to stop that promotion. ^^

  6. When sharing this stuff on Facebook, I always make sure I click “Only Me” since the share button allows you to choose who sees your post. I don’t have Ipsy, but this does work for Birchbox and I get the extra 10 points for sharing my reveal page without spamming my friends! Maybe this will also work for Ipsy?

    • I can confirm that setting the privacy to “only me” before sharing on Facebook works perfectly for Ipsy too 🙂

  7. I don’t think that I got anything in my box that anyone’s mentioned already. Except for the coastal scents palette which, I am sure I am probably not getting the whole pallet just a few eyeshadows. It kills me though when I hear people complain constantly about what they didn’t get it and whether not getting or they didn’t get this right. I think everyone needs to remember that this box cost $20 a month. We can all go into any big box store and blow that in five mins. I know some months I can do better than others but, I just have to go back to the initial cost of the box and the experience that I’m getting from trying out all of these new products! If something doesn’t work for me I give it to someone else that it can and it makes their day!

  8. I’ve been getting Ipsy for about 6 months now and I finally broke down and signed up for Birchbox. I was given the option to upgrade to the Beta version, so I went ahead and added the 2 extra full size items. I think this will end up being a sub box that I really enjoy.

  9. I’m getting the coastal scent revealed 3 palette from birchbox
    But is it the WHOLE PALETTE (wishful thinking) or just one or a quad.

    • It’s a tiny quad in a plastic container. I actually haven’t yet figured out how to open it!

  10. I hate that ipsy makes you post it to Facebook as well, but at least it motivates me to keep it surprise!

    • You can set your settings to Only Me for Ipsy sharing. That way I can share all I want on FB and only I see it.

  11. I have a separate fb page just for all my beauty-related stuff. That way I can share without clogging up the newsfeed and make posts to subscription box pages without my friends seeing what I’m writing them. lol.

    I always get nervous the closer it is to summer (that I will get bombarded with sunscreens, bronzer, tanning products, etc) but I really love my Birchbox and Ipsy this month!

    • Lol, I thought I was the only one who created an alternate profile specifically for beauty-related stuff! I’m in a bunch of swap groups and do all my trading there, too, lol. I don’t want my friends and family to see all that! Haha.

  12. I didn’t pick a sample for my birchbox and I’m really happy with the samples I’m getting: Marcelle Clay Mask, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, Harvey Prince Sea Salt Spray(only thing I don’t like since I can’t use it for my hair), Peripera Peri’s Tint Water, and Aruba Aloe Luxe Foot Cream. I can’t wait to try everything, even the foot cream, cuz I need some! My Ipsy bag on the other hand is super disappointing as normal. I’m starting to get mad about it, it’s like they deliberately pick things I hate to send to me. I’ve re-done the quiz 3 times and it doesn’t help. I am getting the Urban Decay lip pencil, which may be ok. But I’m getting another black eyeliner and bronzer, which I don’t use at all, and sunscreen lotion. And Klorane soothing patches. Very disappointed in Ipsy, I always think about canceling it, they never send anything I love and like I said it seems they pick everything I don’t like. I don’t use eyeliner pencils or bronzers at all Ipsy!!

  13. I never look at my box before it comes but the suspense is killing me!

  14. With the Ipsy FB shares, I have them ALL set to “only me” so that I still get the credit via the share and in turn get my access/review points. It works well for me, only I see a very ipsy-filled profile.

    • I do the same thing! 🙂

    • I do the same thing!

  15. This month is so weird for me, because it’s my last (I have to cancel because we don’t have the $$ to keep going with the boxes, sadly).. and my Ipsy bag is the best I’ve ever gotten (I’ve been sorely disappointed by them every other time), and Birchbox — which was my favorite — is the worst I’ve ever gotten from them with nothing to be excited for. WTF lol. Oh well.

  16. I swear if I get one more sample of Porefessional in any of my subscription boxes I’m going to run down the street screaming! I must have a minimum of 15 samples of that stuff. And I don’t even use it. I can’t give it away cuz nobody I know uses it either. They are seriously over-marketing that stuff. Really turns me off to Benefit in general. Grrr…

    • you can give it to me! i’ll pay shipping!

      • Get your address to me and I’ll send all my samples to you. I’m happy to pay the shipping to make more room for stuff I actually use. LOL! I just can’t bring myself to throw it away so it just sits there!

    • That’s funny, cause that was the thing I was looking forward to and didn’t get.

  17. I think Im receiving the Revealed 3 eyeshadow palette in Birchbox. Is anyone else receiving it ? Not sure if it’s going to be the full palette or just a few samples.

    • It’s listed on my account. I don’t wear makeup, so it’s going on the swap site. I was wondering if it was full size or just a sample too.

    • It will just be a sample of 4 of the colors, I got it for a different Revealed palette a few months ago.

  18. If you don’t want to share your ipsy bag on Facebook all you have to do is click the share button, and when the Facebook box pops up click settings and set it as “Only Me.” That way nobody but you can see the post on your Facebook page. It’s what I do.

  19. I just checked and I’m getting a tinted Dr. Jart thing for dry skin. Epic WTF as my profile is like “extra oily, acne” all over it.

    This is the 2nd month I’ll just put the whole box on the trade group. 🙁

    • My entire swap is going up also.

    • I’m scared to look, but this stuff happens to me all the time too. A couple months ago, I got some anti-frizz treatment from Ipsy. Really useful on my very fine, flat hair.

  20. I can’t figure out how to do the ipsy early access. It shows a text box and says “step 1, share on facebook” There is no link to do anything. Typing in the box has no affect. What is this??

  21. If you want to peek at Ipsy, but not share it on facebook, click the link to share… that pulls up the pop up box that shows everything in the box, then just cancel the post instead of sharing it.

  22. I didn’t choose a sample for birchbox and im getting a juara body cream, benefit lollibalm!!!!, parlour sea salt spray, harvy prince parfume and a Dr Jart day tint 🙂 the lollibalm is paraben free so I can use it and that right there makes the whole box worth it! Woo!

    • Wow! That’s a fantastic box! I didn’t pick a sample either and I got a boring box of stuff that I may or may not use. I actually can’t even remember what was in it other than a detangler/anti frizz hair spray which is useless for my fine hair.

      • See now I can’t use the sea salt stray because my hair is so frizzy and wavy as it is…we switched boxes lol

  23. I jsut checked my samples and I am getting the smashbox photofinish primer water I am so excited about that! I don’t even remember any of the other samples!!!

  24. I saw my choices yesterday for Birchbox. They didn’t send me the sample choice I chose, but I guess that’s kind of common for them?

    • Contact them. They’ll often send it separately or else give you “sorry” points.

  25. Liz, what about your upgraded box? I signed up for the upgraded box with 2 full size items. I looked at my reveal page this morning but I don’t know which two items are the full size and which are sampled. But the products are pretty exciting.

    • I have the beta upgrade too. I’m guessing the full size items for me are a Laura Mercier Nouveau Lip Color and a Cargo Summer in the City eye shadow palette. The only other make up choice I have in my reveal is a Prescriptive mascara, but since a full size mascara was one of the beta upgrades last month, I’m assuming this is a sample? For me, this box is a big hit, can’t wait to receive it!

      • PattyK, I had both of those listed on my reveal too. Along with the mascara, English Laundry perfume, Primer water, hair oil treatment and the three minute peel which I had picked as my sample choice. Fingers crossed that the full size is the palette, it looks pretty.

        • How do you sign up for the Bets Upgrade? I can’t find it anywhere on the sight. 🙁

          • Cattnipp, a box popped up on my account one day while I was placing an order and also reviewing products. I had inquired with customer service when Liz had posted about it, but they said you had to be chosen to get an invite. Then a few weeks later an invite popped up.

          • Be aware that if you sign up for the Beta testing for 2 full sized samples, you might not get to choose a monthly pick your sample/box
            choice. There were complaints about that when the testing first started. I don’t know if that was fixed or not.

      • When I clicked to look at May samples (not “this month’s box”) it showed me the first five products (with the perfume and mascara missing) which makes me think the mascara and perfume may actually be the full size items. I really hope you’re right about the Cargo palette and lip product because getting two mascaras in a row under the program would not be cool.

    • *Scrap my previous comment. On the Birchbloggers facebook group, one of the ladies called customer service and they told her the full size items for the Beta Upgrade is the Laura Mercier Rouge and 1 Full size eye shadow in one of the shades from the Cargo palette (and not the actual palette).

      • THANK YOU, YOU JUST SAVED ME $20 from almost upgrading!!!!

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