Thursday, April 14, 2016

April Birchbox - Rifle Paper Co.

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.

April Birchbox


Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

1.7 oz. Marcelle Micellar Solution. Value = $3.57

.17 oz. Dr. Jart+ Contour Cream. Value = $6.00

.04 oz. Laura Gellar Baked Blush. Value = $8.00

1 oz. Parlor Volumizing lift spray. Value = $4.90

1 oz. Tocca Giulietta Hand Cream. Value = $5.00


The total value of this box is $27.47. I am really looking forward to the items in this box this month. I don't use blush much but I like blush that comes in containers like this. I can just swipe it on my cheeks and brush to blend. The hand cream is nice and light without a strong scent. The contour cream is some sort of anti-aging something or other. I figure using it can't hurt anything. I think the micellar is a combo cleanser and toner. It says it removes makeup and you don't rinse off. Seems strange to not rinse it off but I'll try it. 

The verdict: This box was a good one for me. 

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