Monday, November 26, 2012

November 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 give.  Also this month Birchbox is supporting The Art of Elysium, a non-profit that encourages actors, artists, designers, and musicians to dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling various medical conditions.
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 only cancel. 

My Birchbox Treasures!

Contents of box with retail price listed.

.06 vial of Atelier Rose Anonyme Cologne. Value = $4.55 (1 oz. bottle $75.00)

.1 oz. Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector. Value = $5.80 (1 oz. $58.00)

1 oz. Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray. Value = $7.33 (1.5 oz. $11.00)

.05 oz. Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminzer. Value = $6.66 (try me set of 3 $20.00)

$15 off Chromatic Gallerie shoes - price is $88.00 a pair

Lifestyle Extra

1 Chuao Chocolatier Potato Chip. Value = $1.14 (7 pack $7.95)  - yummy!  I went to Birchbox to order some but they are sold out. 

The total value of this box is $25.48.  I can't think of anything in this box I wouldn't use, besides the coupon.  Some months Birchbox is ok and then there are months like this that just hit the mark for things I like and will use. 

The verdict: These boxes are hit and miss for me but this particular one was great. 

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

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