Monday, December 19, 2016

December Birchbox

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. This will be my last box though. I made myself choose between this and the Sephora box and Sephora won. 

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.

December Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.75 oz. Un.Done Texture Spray. Value = $7.99

.1 oz. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash mascara. Value = $8.00

.14 oz. Chella Eyebrow defining gel. Value = $12.00

.1 oz. Milk Makeup Highlighter. Value = $2.40

.5 oz. NUXE Moisturizing cream. Value = $11.33

Birchbox round purse mirror. Value $??

The total value of this box is $41.72 plus the price of the mirror which I would guess is $2-$3. This box was darn near perfect for me. I love texture spray and I've never tried this brand. I'm hoping it does feel dry like other brands I've tried. Benefit mascara is always welcome as well as brow gel. I've been highlighting a little bit and I gotta say, I kinda like it. This Milk highlighter is perfect for traveling. 

The verdict: I decided to let this subscription expire but of course I love everything in the box this month.

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