Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 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.

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.067 oz. Harvey Prince Ageless Pink Grapefruit Parfume. Value = $2.20

1.7 oz. Marcelle Gentle Make-up remover for sensitive eyes. Value = $3.20

2.5 ml. theBalm Cosmetics Read My Lips Bam! Lip Gloss Value = $4.24

.20 oz. Laura Gellar Beauty GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara. Value = $17.14

1 oz. PARLOR by Jeff Chasten Sea Salt Spray. Value = $4.90

The total value of this box is $31.68. Summer must be right around the corner because I'm starting to see sea salt sprays making an appearance again. I actually like most of them but I've tried a few that left my hair feeling really dry. I like the color and the size of the lip gloss. I have enough mascara right now to last me at least 2 years. I have given a couple of them away but they are all different brands that I want to try. I like this smaller size though because them I can use it quicker and move on to the next one. I don't use eye make-up remover because I use the cleansing cloths so I will probably trade this. 

The verdict: I thought this was a great box for me with only one item I won't use. 

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