Friday, August 22, 2014

August Birchbox - The Everygirl Box

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.

Price: $10 a month or $110 a year pre-paid. 

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.

August Everygirl Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

1 oz. Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect. Value = $4.73

.003 oz. Benefit They're Real push-up liner. Value = $1.88

1 oz. Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub. Value = $3.75

1.5 oz. Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash. Value = $1.77

Harvey Prince Hello sample spritz. Value = $0.56

The total value of this box is $12.69. This value is still more than I paid but it's kind of a sad value. Usually Birchbox does much better than this. The good news I will use everything in this box. I love a good face scrub and I can always use body wash. I keep seeing the Number 4 Super Comb protect stuff around and I've never heard of it before. It's a leave in conditioning mist that helps protect your hair while blow drying and since I blow dry more days than not this is definitely for me. The push-up liner is super small. You have to squeeze the bottom of the container to get the product out. I wanted to try it on my hand to see how it worked but it wasn't that easy, especially since the tube is so small. We will see how it works.

The verdict: This box was perfect for me even though the value wasn't great!

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