Sunday, June 29, 2014

June 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. I had canceled this subscription last year because I didn't like what they were sending me. A friend signed up and was getting some pretty cool items so I decided to sign up again.

Each months Birchbox has a theme.  This month the theme is Away We Go.

This subscription is available in the US only.     

The good:

Name Brands.  You will receive items from Benefit, Stila, Pur, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc. 

Cost.  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.

2.5 oz. Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo. Value = $7.50

.41 oz. Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner. Value = $1.41

.13 oz. Davines Ol All In One Mix multi benefit beauty treatment. Value = $0.83

.25 oz. Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream. Value = $2.38

.06 oz. Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum. Value = $1.75

FULL SIZE LAQA & Co. in Menatour. Value = $18.00 - Oh my gosh, I love this color!

.2 oz. Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. Value = $1.65 - Ive used this before and it's pretty good more more importantly it smells delicious. 

The total value of this box is $33.52. I am in love with the lipstick. It goes on smooth and I love the purple color. Totally worth resubscribing! The shampoo was a little leaky but not enough to contact them. That small bottle is worth quite a bit though. I know shampoo and conditioner aren't exciting but they are for me because that means I don't have to buy it. The teenager and I were talking about hair and she asked me what kind of shampoo I use and I said whatever comes in a box. My stylist says my hair is exceptionally healthy considering all the stuff she does to it so why change now?  The Egyptian magic cream really is good stuff. I recently took a nose dive in my driveway and skinned my knee pretty good. It started getting dry during the healing process but I put some Egyptian magic on it twice a day and dryness gone.  I also use it on my elbows when they get dry.

The verdict: I hope the rest of the years boxes are as good or better than this one.

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