Monday, December 22, 2014

December 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.

Look how pretty the box is this month. 

December Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.17 oz. Coola Mineral Sunscreen. Value = $3.60

.17 oz. Embryolisse moisturizing cream. Value = $1.87

1 oz. Hayadi Relief Hair Mask. Value = $2.64

1 oz. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. Value = $9.00

.05 oz. Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Paris. Value = $7.07

Coupon for $10 off at The Gap

The total value of this box is $24.18. The high value item is the dry shampoo which would be fantastic if I used dry shampoo. My hair is short so I don't wash it everyday but I get it wet everyday. I'll put this in the trade pile, I'm sure someone will love it. All the other treasures are great. The sunscreen and moisturizing cream will both get used and I like the small size for travel. I like the color of the lip stuff also and I hear matte is making a comeback. I'm always using hair and face masks so the hair mask is cool by me. 

The verdict: This box was ok. I wish dry shampoo was real shampoo but you can't win it all. 

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