Saturday, April 18, 2015

April Birchbox - Mad Men California 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.

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.

April Birchbox Mad Men California box. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

1.5 oz. 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment. Value = $5.25

.05 oz. Clean Eau de Parfum. Value = $1.90

.04 oz. Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator. Value = $10.18

.07 oz. LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Pencil in Honeypot. Value = $14.08

1.2 oz. Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in Bathing w/Sharks. Value = $1.41

The total value of this box is $32.82. This month there were 3 different box options. You could choose between Mad Men New York, Mad Men California of their regular box. I went for the Mad Men California box because it had things I would use in it. I've used the 12 benefits spray before and it made my hair feel really soft. Keeping your hair hydrating when it's colors/bleached, etc is super important. I'll always use bath soap and perfumes. I don't normally use illuminating products but since this is a small tube with a high value I'll give it a try. 

The verdict: This box was a good one. 

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