Saturday, December 19, 2015

December Birchbox - All Wrapped Up

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 resubscribed to this because I came across a Cyber Monday deal which made a yearly subscription $88.69 which breaks down to 7.39 a month. I figured that was a pretty good deal. Right now yearly subscription are available on Rue La La for the same discount!

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.

December Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.75 oz. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. Value = $6.75

.023 oz. Coastal Scents styleEyes Eyeshadow Palette in formalEYES. Value = $0.63

.24 oz. Coola Classic SPF30 Cucumber Moisturizer For Face. Value = $4.57

.27 oz. Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Mist. Value = $1.09

FULL SIZE The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream. Value = $18.00


The total value of this box is $31.04. I am very happy with this box. I like the color of the eye shadows a lot. I like travel size sunscreens for traveling. The sea salt spray is probably a one time maybe two use. In this case I don't mind because while I like sea salt spray every now and then I don't use it often. I'm not a user of dry shampoo but the teenager is so this is going in her stocking. I'm going to give the highlighter a try and see if I can accomplish that healthy glow!

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

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