Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 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 Beat Year Ever.  

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 approximate retail price listed.

.68 oz. Amika Color pHerfections Shampoo. Value = $1.05 (14.37 oz. $22.00)

.05 Harvey Prince Skinny Chic Perfume sample. Value = $8.14 (50 ml. $55.00) 1.478

.3 oz. My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer. Value = $10.30 (2 oz. $68.00)

.035 theBalm Hot Mama two-in-one blush highlighter.  Value = $2.71 (.25 oz. $19.00)

Beauty Extra:

Deborah Lippmann The Stripped to go lavender nail lacquer remover mitt.  Value = $2.00

The total value of this box is $24.20.  The value is good on this box but I wasn't super excited about all the products.  I am interesting in trying the nail polish remover but I'm almost hoping I don't like them because $2 a pack is pricey.  I'll use the shampoo and I'm glad it's for colored hair.  I don't use blush or primer so these products were just ok.  I'll try the perfume because why not?
The verdict:  This box may be on the list of ones I'm not renewing.  The value is ok but I'm not super happy with the products I've been receiving. 

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

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