Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Glamour Birchbox

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 month Birchbox teamed up with Glamour magazine.  This box celebrated the five senses of summer that guarantees a multi-sensory experience.   

The good:

The brands.  You will receive items from Benefit, Stila, Pur, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc. 

The price.  This month I received 6 items for $10 (actually I pay yearly so for me $9.16).  That breaks it down to $1.66 an item.  

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. I'm really curious about it.  

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. 

This is the box.  It has a special wrapping from Glamour.  

My Treasures!

Contents (Full size amount and price in parenthesis)

25 pack of Boscia Green Tea blotting linens. value = $2.50 (100 pack $10.00)  

Sample vial of Juliette has a gun Vengeance Extreme perfume. value $1.35 (100 ml $135.00) 

Full Size Stila Lip glaze in Lights. value $4.00 (set of 3 $12.00)

.5 oz. Gloss Moderne high gloss hair masque. value = $4.88 (4 oz. $39.00) 

Lifestyle Extra - 1 tin of Tea Forte minteas. value = $3.32 (3 tins $9.95) 

Lifestyle Extra - Birchbox exclusive neon green ear buds. value = $10.00 - I'm not sure these are worth $10 but that's what Birchbox values them at. - 8/19 update: definitely not worth $10, awful quality, sounded like a tin can in a bathroom.  horrible.  

The total value of my items are $26.05.  This isn't the best box they have ever sent but it's not too bad.  I've been using lip gloss/stick more so the Stila is good.  Since summer is so drying on the hair it's always good to do a little extra moisturizing during these months.  I swear I'm going to use the blotting papers and I put them in my purse but I never end up using them.  Ear buds, well I have a few sets already but I guess I can use these as a back up. 

The verdict:  It's still a good value and they send out good products in good sizes.  

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

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