Sunday, March 13, 2016

March Birchbox - Ready for Anything

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.

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 department store/beauty store brands. 

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 - Ready for Anything

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

1 oz. Parlor by Jeff Chasten blowout spray. Value = $4.90

.014 oz. MILK Studios Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M. Value = $??

.04 oz. Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter (vanilla, sable, sumatra). Value = $12.44

.25 oz. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. Value = $4.10

1 pack Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads. Value = $3.60

The total value of this box is $25.04 not including the lip color. It's a sample size so it was hard to figure out the approximate price. I love the size and colors in the smash box palette. I'm also a big fan of the eye pads. Flying really takes a toll on the eyes and these things really help with the swelling and icky eye look. I used to use Kiehl's products a lot but since I've been getting subscription boxes I haven't purchased anything. I will put this in my pile of things to use at night. I've actually stopped blow drying my hair on a daily basis so I'm hoping the blow out spray works without a blow dryer.  

The verdict: This box was practically a perfect match for me. 

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