Saturday, March 16, 2013

March 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 March Madness.

This subscription is available in the US only.     

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/value listed.

.25 oz. packet Caldrea Aloe Water Apricot Body Lotion. Value = $0.69

.25 oz. packet Caldrea Tea Olive Lime Body Lotion. Value = $0.69

.25 oz. packet Caldrea Coconut Fig Leaf Body Lotion. Value = $0.69

.5 oz. Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow. Value = $9.00

2 oz. Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo. Value = $15.00

.75 oz. Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream. Value = $2.94

Beauty Extra:

Madewell for Birchbox Emery Board. Value = $5.00

The total value of this box is $34.01.  This is a great value for this box but I'm not too excited about the products.  BB Cream is all the rage now and that would be great if I wore foundation.  I have a few bottle now that will last me forever. The lotion is pretty cool and that will definitely get used.  I also have a couple of bottles of dry shampoo laying around that I've never used.  I just don't have a use for it yet.  The emery board is pretty but $5? really? More like $1. I think that value was a little over inflated.

The verdict:  I decided to let this subscription go.  The price is price and value are good but the products they have been sending aren't really useful to me. 


  1. I just got into a BzzAgent campaign for Garnier's BB cream, which I'm pretty excited about! I don't wear any makeup, but BB cream seems like the kind of thing I can use instead of my moisturizer and also get some light coverage without it looking like I am. Sounds like you're swimming in it, lol. Maybe you can put together some of the items you have too much of for a giveaway (or just sell them :-P).

    1. Funny you should mention a giveaway. I just had knee surgery and have a few weeks off work and was thinking of going through my stuff and getting some stuff together for a giveaway. Hopefully I'll be able to get that going in the next couple of weeks.