Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January Birchbox - South Korea 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.

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.

January Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.70 oz. re:p bio fresh mask w/real calming herb. Value = $6.31

.24 oz. IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer. Value = $4.34

TonyMoly Delight Tony Tint in Red. Value = $??

Manefit Beauty Planner Cucumber Soothing + Moisturizing Mask. Value = $2.00

.20 oz. Goodal Waterest First Essence. Value = $1.15

5ml. Goodal Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling. Value = $??

5ml. Goodal Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam Packets. Value = $0.67

The total value of this box is $14.47 not including the lip tint because I couldn't find a size on it. I don't really know what I was expecting from this box but I expected more or maybe different. The products are fine and things I will use but they just aren't that exciting. I think I also expected the value to be a little higher. I've heard of a few of these brands but I haven't used any of these products. 

The verdict: This box was just ok. 


  1. I agree with you, the box was meh. I only got it because of the facial masks. Lately, I been using (okay, "stockpiling") facial sheet mask and it helps with eczema on my face.

    1. any particular brand of facial sheet masks? My mom has psoriasis and is always looking for something to help with that.