Saturday, May 14, 2016

May Birchbox - Naturally Radiant

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.

May Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.1 oz. Benefit Cosmetics Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer. Value = $10.36

.05 oz ModelCo Lip Lacquer Créme Brulee. Value = $5.33

.34 oz. Coola SPF30 Makeup Setting Spray. Value = $7.20

2.5 oz. Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo. Value = $7.42

.4 oz. Davines LOVE Smoothing Conditioner. Value = $1.38

.05 oz. CLEAN Blossom Eau de Parfum. Value = $1.80

The total value of this box is $33.49. This box features barely there beauty products. They will enhance your natural beauty. I have lightish skin so I'm kind of afraid to use the bronzer. Knowing me I'll end up with weird streaks across my face. The lip lacquer is a neutral color but I'm loving my Julep product right now so I'll probably trade this. I'm a fan of makeup setting products with SPF. It's hard to reapply sunscreen when you have makeup on so this is perfect. I think I've tried this brand shampoo and conditioner before but not this formula. I hope it's foamy. I know foamy isn't necessarily good for you but I like foam. 

The verdict: I'm liking most of the items in the box this month. 

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