Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February Birchbox - Red Carpet Ready

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 Red Carpet Ready.    

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 value listed.

.1 oz. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips. Value = $2.90 (.5 oz. $14.50) - works great!

.05 oz. Juicy Couture Couture La La parfume. Value = $2.06 (1.7 oz. $70.00)

.035 oz. theBalm cosmetics, Mary-Lou Manizer. Value = $2.40 (.3 oz. $24.00)

2.3 oz. Tigi Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray. Value = $3.93 (12 oz. $20.50)


Ghiradelli Milk & Caramel Square. Value = $0.50 - yummy

The total value of this box is $11.79.  That's a little low for this particular box but I'm unhappy with the items.  I will definitely use the hairspray and I ate the chocolate right away.  I'm getting quite the collection of parfumes but I will use them.  I saw the nipple balm and thought, what the heck?.  True to it's name it was originally formulated for nursing moms but it's a makeup artist must have now.  My lips have been super dry so I used this right away.  The first thing I noticed is the bottle wasn't completely full even though it was sealed.  I don't think it's a defect but rather how it's packaged.  Luckily a little goes a long way so it should last a couple weeks.

This is a box that I've been debating whether or not I should keep.  The yearly price is $110.00 which makes it $9.16 a month.  In the last 12 boxes I've received $346.41 worth of product which averages to $40.66 a month.  Some months are great and others are just so-so. 
The verdict:  I have one more box left before I need to make a final decision. 
**I pay for these boxes myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Birchbox

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