Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April Birchbox

It's Birchbox time!  This months theme is natural wonders.  What's a Birchbox? It's a monthly subscription service for beauty products like makeup, skincare, fragrance, etc.  Each month you will receive 4-5 generously sized samples and sometimes full size beauty products.  The cost of this service is $10 w/shipping included.  They also have a yearly subscription which is $110 for the year bringing the cost down to $9.16 a month.  You can about my March Teen Vogue themed Birchbox here

The good:
The brands.  You will receive items from Benefit, Borghese, Pur, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc. 

The price.  This month I received 6 items and 2 of them were what I would consider deluxe size.  This worked out to be $1.53-$1.67 an item.  Great value on a couple items and overpriced a couple but in the end it all balances out. 

Like surprises?  You don't know what's in your box until you receive it.  When you sign up you take a little quiz and the items in the box are supposed to be customized to you. 

Discounts: They have a system where you earn points for referrals and things you buy.  The points allow you to receive discounts on future full size purchases from their shop.  They offer free shipping on items from the monthly box and a $5 flat shipping rate for items that don't qualify for free shipping.  This is a nice feature because if you want to order several different brands you get free or $5 shipping for everything. 

Need a gift? You can gift a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription or you can purchase a gift card in any amount.  There also have a nice option with the gift subscriptions where you can choose to have the 1st box shipped you for giving and subsequent boxes will be shipped directly to the recipient.  Great holiday gift!

The not so good:
Skip a month?  Currently there is no option to skip a month.  If you don't want a box that month then you have to cancel your subscription.  If you paid for the year you cannot cancel, you will continue to receive boxes until the paid year is up. 

Choice.  You don't get to choose what's in your box so if you don't like surprises or experimenting with different products this may be an issue for you.

Contents of April Birchbox (Full size amount and price in parenthesis)

3 ml Benta Berry G-1 Exfoliating Cleanser - value $1.60 ($16 for 30ml)

3 ml (guesstimate) Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil - value $3.60 ($36 for 30ml) - I actually really liked this.  I thought it would make my face too oily but I really felt like it made my skin softer.  

3 ml (guesstimate) Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion - value $3.72 ($62 for 50ml) - this is very light and didn't feel oily.  wouldn't use it everyday because I like to use something with SPF on my face.

.3 oz Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer - value $6.18 ($34 for 1.7oz) - I don't wear foundation but I didn't mind this.  It went on very light yet provided enough coverage to even out my skin.  I would buy this if I felt like I wanted to wear foundation. 

.04 fl oz Wonderstruck perfume by Taylor Swift - value $0.74 ($59.50 for 34oz)

8 pk Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towels - value $2.13 (30 pk for $7.99) - these smell good and held up well.  They removed my makeup but I didn't feel like the moisturized my face like the Neutrogena wipes do.  This might be a good thing for people that don't feeling any type of residual after cleansing. 

The total value of my items are $17.97.  I know I could probably get the perfume sample for free in a store if I was so inclined.  The Kahina samples were pretty small and figured I could probably get those for free as well but when I searched for a store there were no retailers close to me. I'm excited to try the facial towels.  I currently use Neutrogena face wipes and haven't found I like more than those.  So if I deduct the value of he cost of the perfume sample which I could get for free the box value is $17.23.  Not as great of a value as last month but still more than the $9.16 I paid and I received a couple items I definitely want to try.      

The verdict:  Rumor is next month is a Gossip Girl themed box.  I don't watch that show so I have no idea what to expect but again curiosity gets the best of me so I'm sticking with it....

**I pay for these boxes myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Birchbox

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