Birchbox is a monthly subscription service for beauty items 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..
Each months box has a theme and this months Birchbox theme is Jet Set. It contains items devoted to products that will indulge your inner jetsetter. Next month they are teaming up with Glamour magazine for a 5 senses Birchbox.
The brands. You will receive items from Benefit, Stila, Pur, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc.
The price. This month I received 6 items including one full size item for my $10 (actually I pay yearly so for me $9.16)
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. I have seen pictures of other peoples boxes and they do receive different items.
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 birthday/holiday gift!
Man in your life that likes surprises? Birchbox now has boxes for men. The cost is $20 a month or you can buy a 3 month gift subscription. I don't know anyone who has received one of these yet but I hear they are going to have some great products in them. You can see a sample of what's in the Men's Birchbox here.
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.
June Birchbox Treasures.
Contents of June Birchbox. (Full size amount and price in parenthesis)
2 Comodynes Self-tanning intensive towelettes. value = $1.87/ea (pk of 8 $14.99)
1 Masqueology Pore Minimizing Mask. value = $8.00 (pk of 3 $24.00)
Full Size Stila One Step Bronze. value = $36.00
.04 fl. oz. theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen. value = $2.43 (.3 fl.oz. $17.00)
Lifestyle Extra - 1 Tilt quart size plastic bag. value = $0.94 (pk of 9 $8.49)
Birchbox Man Extra - .04 fl. oz John Varvatos Star USA cologne. value = $1.38 (1.7 fl. oz $55.00)
The total value of my items are $52.49. I'm excited to try some of these items like the mask and bronzer. I've used the tanning towelettes before on my legs and wasn't impressed but I'll give it another go. My boyfriend doesn't wear cologne so I'll probably give the cologne sample away. The plastic bag is ok I guess. I'll be curious to see how it holds up. Some people received Cynthia Rowley band-aids instead of a plastic bag. I think I would've got more use out of that (bought new super sharp knives and keep cutting myself).The verdict: It's still a keeper. I'm very happy with the full size Stila product which makes the cost totally worth it.
**I pay for these boxes myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Birchbox.