Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September Birchbox - Fashionista 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, Pür, 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.

I'm really liking the differently designed boxes. 

September Fashionista Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.2 oz. Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara. Value = $14.45

.03 oz. Cynthia Rowley Beauty Silver Eyeliner. Value = $12.31

.25 oz. Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner. Value = $11.25

1.01 oz. Naobay Bpdy Radiance Lotion. Value = $2.90

3 oz. Macadamia Professional. Value = $15.00

The total value of this box is $55.91. I was so happy with this box, I will use absolutely everything in it. I am super excited about the eyeliner. It's a really pretty silver color that will look great for the holidays. I had kept seeing the pores no more stuff on various websites and since I kept seeing it I was hoping it would come in a box. I don't have visible blackheads but when I look under the magnifying glass I feel like they look hideous and huge. My friend once told me that no one would ever look at me that closely but I know they are there so I'm definitely going to use this. The mascara and lotion are always things I will use. I'm a big fan of the macadamia oil/argan oil products. I think this spray can will be handy for traveling.

The verdict: This box was perfect for me and the value is fantastic!

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