Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 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.

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.

November Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.7 oz. Amika Nourishing Hair Mask Value = $4.56

.079 oz. Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Heartthrob. Value = $9.30

1.35 oz. Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion. Value = $2.53

.33 oz. Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask. Value = $9.67

theBalm Cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer. Value = $1.60


Dang Toasted Coconut Chips. Value = $1.47 - I love getting these in boxes, they are so good!

The total value of this box is $29.13. This box was almost tailor made for me. The coconut chips are so good and calorie wise they are only 115 calories per serving. There is a lot of worse things I could eat that's for sure. I've used the Amika hair mask before and while I didn't notice life changing effects I didn't think it could hurt. Body lotion in a travel size is appreciated. Also the lip stain is perfect pocket size and the color is really nice. I love a good face mask and this cuppa cuppa mask is made with tea which I've heard is really good for the face. At first I thought the Cindy-Lou product was an eyeshadow but my friend pointed out that it's a highlighter. I think it could be used for both but I'll give the highlighter function a try.

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

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