Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 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 "The September Issue"

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!

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.

My Birchbox Treasures!

1.5 ml. BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir eau de parfum. Value = $2.50 (50 ml $83.00)

.3 oz. Fekkai Essential Shea Shampoo. Value = $0.96 (8 oz. $25.00)

.3 oz. Fekkai Essential Shea Conditioner. Value = $0.96 (8 oz. $25.00)

.25 oz. Color Club Birchbox custom polish in Put a Pin in It. Value = $4.00 (.5 oz. $8.00)

1 Twistband Birchbox custom lace hair tie. Value = $1.88 (set of 12 for $22.00)

.1 oz. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+. Value = $1.88 (1.7 oz. $32.00)

coupon for $25 off purchase of $75 or more from Madewell

Lifestyle Extras:

Set of 3 Brush Guards for makeup brushes. Value = $4.13 (set of 4 $5.50)

Birchbox Digital Download for 2 songs from Tristan Prettyman. Value = $1.29/ea ($2.58)

Total value of this box is $17.60. That's a little on the low side for this particular box but it's still a great value.  I'm undecided if I like this box or not.  On one hand it does include some great brands like BVLGARI and Fekkai but I'm not too excited about the brush guards and the music downloads. I find it odd that they sent a set of 3 brush guards when a full set is 4.  Would it have been so terrible to include the extra one?  I do like the hair tie and the nail polish because it's a cool looking metallic color.

The verdict: overall the boxes are a good value but I'm becoming less excited about he contents.

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


  1. It seems like the recent Birchboxes haven't been very impressive! That is weird about the brush guards, too.

    1. I was thinking the same thing. You still get your money's worth it just seems the products aren't as exciting as they used to be.

  2. I am glad that I am not the only one underwhelmed by Birchbox!!! This month was bad, the value wasn't there and the brush things make me say WTF!?

    If this month sucks I'm canceling I think.

    1. I have a yearly subscription but this one may be on the chopping block at the end of the year. The last few months have been kind of blah.