Sunday, July 13, 2014

July Birchbox - Women's Health Edition

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 a collaboration with Women's Health

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.

The collaboration boxes are always have fun designs. 

My Birchbox Treasures!

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.03 oz. Cynthia Rowley Black eyeliner. Value = $12.31

1.01 oz. Naobay Body Radiance Lotion. Value = $2.88

.17 oz. Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute peel. Value = $4.80

.17 oz. Ruffian nail color in Ambrosia. Value = $11.00 - we were sent an email letting us choose our color and this is the one I picked. It's a shimmery purple. 

(1) Ruffian Acetone-free nail polish remover towelette. Value = $0.83

12 month subscription to Women's Health Magazine. Value = $9.99 - If you don't want to subscription you can return the card and get a $9.99 refund and all it will cost you is the price of a stamp. 

Power Up, 12 pint-sized challenges booklet.

Beauty Extra

(2) .067 oz. 100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel. Value = $??

The total value of this box is $41.81 plus a little more for the body wash. They are really small samples and I would guess you would use both during one shower. The eyeliner is funny to me because a full size one is .04 oz. and this is .03 oz. Wouldn't it be easier to send a full size one rather then spending the money producing a slightly smaller one? Either way I'm happy with it and all the other stuff in the box. I was able to pick which nail color to get which was nice and they threw in a remover towelette as a bonus. I will always use body wash and lotion and I'm a big fan of face masks and peels. The little booklet is a good reminder to do all the things we sometimes slack on. It has things like eat veggies for breakfast, don't slouch, try something new, etc.

The verdict: This box was perfect for me!

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