Monday, March 30, 2015

March 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.

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.

March Birchbox - Creativity

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

1 oz. amika Bombshell Blowout Spray. Value = $3.00

.16 oz. Cover FX BB Gel Mattifying Anti-Blemish Treatment. Value = $7.26

.05 oz. Harvey Prince Sincerely Eau De Parfum. Value = $1.67

.05 oz. Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in Cheeky Kiss. Value = $0.79

Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo. Value = $3.76


Number 4 Reconstructing Masque. Value = $2.90

The total value of this box is $19.38. Other than the BB Gel this is a great box for me. I've been using and enjoying my Harvey Prince perfume samples. I don't mind getting shampoo/conditioner since they are things I use all the time. I was able to choose one of the items in my box this month so I picked the amika spray. I blow dry almost everyday for volume so I wanted to give this spray a try. The color of the lip gloss seems nice and again I like the small purse size. 

The verdict: I thought this was a great box for me with only one item I won't use but I'm sure I'll be able to trade it. 

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