Friday, May 22, 2015

May Birchbox - Cupcakes and Cashmere

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 Cupcakes & Cashmere box. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.08 oz. Coastal Scents Revealed 3 eyeshadow quad. Value = $4.00

.05 oz. Harvey Prince Yogini perfume. Value = $4.44

.1 oz. Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Oil. Value = $9.52

.24 oz. Marcelle Hydra-C Energizing Hydrating Gel. Value = $3.43

.16 Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water. Value = $1.33

The total value of this box is $22.72. I'm not sure why this box has a cupcakes & cashmere theme other than that's the name of the curators book. None of these items say cupcakes or cashmere to me, however I am happy with the items. I'm a fan of the macadamia oil. I use it a few times a week on my hair and I know it really does work. The eyeshadow colors are really pretty and compliment each other nicely. It's a great size for traveling also. I'm going to try the photo finish primer this weekend. We are getting all dressed up and attending a soirée/ball. I'll have to break out all of my finest beauty products. 

The verdict: This box was just about perfect for me. 

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