Friday, August 17, 2012

August 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 Birchbox has a theme.  This month the theme is beauty school supply kit.     

The good:

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

The price.  For $10 you can give yourself a little beauty treat.    

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. 

Look at this cute little yellow box. 

The treasures in my August Birchbox.  

Contents (Full size amount and price in parenthesis)

Full Size 25 count Beauty Fixation Cuticle Conditioner. Value = $5.00 - very convenient.  the skin around my nails were feeling a little rough and I had these in my purse.  Instead of ripping my skin off (we've all done it!) I used one of these and it worked.  There was enough left to use on my friends nails too so it was a 2-fer. 

.05 oz. Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur. Value = $1.40 (2.5 oz. $70.00)

tiny samples of Stila 10 in 1 beauty balm, foundation and concealer (Full sizes $38-$44)

2 packets of Wei Pomegranate buffing beads. Value = $1.00/ea (20 packets $20.00)

1 pot of Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask. Value = $5.25 (8 pots $42.00) - This actually felt luxurious when I was putting it on, it was so creamy and smooth.  I felt like I put it on very generously but I still had quite a bit left in the pot.  I'm going to try and save it for another application.  

1 Schick Hydro Silk Razor. Value $9.99

The total value of my items are $23.64.  This isn't the best box they have ever sent but it's not too bad.  I'm  a little disappointed in the Stila samples #1 because it's hardly a useable amount and #2 I don't use foundations/concealers #3 if I did use them this is no where near my color.  I'm curious about the mud mask and razors are always handy.   

The verdict: overall the boxes are a good value.

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

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