Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 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 All Wrapped Up.  
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! Sorry it's a little blurry. 

Contents of box with retail price listed.

1 reusable set of Frownies Eye Gels - can be used 2-4 times. Value = $10.00 (set of 3 $29.95)

FULL SIZE ModelCo Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Strip Tease. Value = $16.00

2 oz. Nick Chavez Shampoo. Value = $5.50 (8 oz. $22.00)

.17 oz. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream in warm glow. Value = $3.90 (1.7 oz. $39.00)

1.5ml/.05 oz. Cartier Baiser Vole Eau De Parfum. Value = $3.00 (50 ml $100.00)

$50 of a dress rental of $125 or more from Rent the Runway
Lifestyle Extra

.05 oz. Cartier Declaration D'un Soir Eau De Toilette. Value = $1.62 (3.3 oz. $105.00)

The total value of this box is $40.02.  The funny thing about getting the Cartier is every now and then I say I want something from Cartier and low and behold it arrives in my box.  I was thinking jewels but I'll settle for parfum for now.  The shampoo smells really nice and fruit like.  I received a lip gloss in another box and haven't tried it yet.   
The verdict: These boxes are hit and miss for me but I like the items in this months box. 

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

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