Back to School Giveaway

My kids have already been back in school for two weeks and there is still a month left of summer. Too bad summer vacation is not more aligned with the actual season. Whether you are going back to school, sending kids back to school, or are forever done with school, I thought it would be a good time to host my next giveaway. The items in this giveaway are a 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask ($32), Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask ($49), Invisibobble Original Duo Pack ($16), AVEDA damage remedy daily hair repair ($31), eyeko eye do liquid eyeliner ($22), and APTO Skincare Face Mist Set in Turmeric and Pomegranate ($20).

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Sephora Play! August 2019 Review – Your Beauty Sidekicks Subscription Box

It’s time for my August 2019 Sephora Play review. Play! by Sephora is a subscription box that offers five deluxe beauty samples and a bonus foil packet or perfume vial for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is free. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the Play! box so most items are from well-known, high-end brands. While Sephora does carry a few low-end and luxury brands, they do not really appear in the subscription boxes. There is not a traditional rewards program with this box so you cannot get points for referring friends or writing reviews. It does award 10 Beauty Insider points to Beauty Insiders, 12.5 points to VIB members, and 15 points to VIB Rouge members. This Play! box also applies $10 toward your purchase minimum to maintain your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status. The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and from the 1st through the 4th for succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 11th through the 15th.

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FabFitFun Fall 2019 Subscription Box Review With Add-ons

My Fall 2019 FabFitFun subscription box review is ready! FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription that releases one box per season. Boxes have over $200 in value. The items are always full-sized and include products from: beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness lines. Subscribers can either pay $179.99 for an annual subscription ($20 off when buying 4 boxes up front) or $49.99 for a Seasonal subscription. Shipping is free, but sales tax gets charged (in certain states). There is usually a code to receive $10 off your first seasonal box. Those codes are fffa2p6 and FAB10Members can select add-ons at deeply discounted prices to include with their boxes. All subscribers get to customize some choice options, but Annual Subscribers (select members) get extra choices.

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TopCashBack Back 2 School Giveaway Game 2019

The latest TopCashBack giveaway, Back 2 School, will run from August 19th through September 2nd. This marks the first time I knew an event was coming before it even started. TopCashBack is finally getting better at advertising these games, but I still think sending an email the day it starts would help those not lucky enough to see a social media post. This 2019 version is just the latest in its series. Once I know the dates, I will list them here. Prior to this game, I had never won more than $0.50, but I still enjoyed playing. Instant winners can make anywhere from $0.25 to $100 by collecting the respective game pieces for that prize. One grand prize winner will get drawn from all entries received by vote. That winner will get $500.

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Birchbox August 2019 Review of Swap For Full Size Plus Subscription Box Offers

My August 2019 Birchbox review is ready. Birchbox subscriptions get customized to your beauty profile. All boxes are a mixture of haircare, makeup, and skincare. There are times when body care items pop up, and you can select an option to receive no more than 6 fragrance vials a year in your profile. You could get a box with 2 haircare items, 2 makeup items, and 1 skincare item or any similar variety, but you will rarely see more than 2 items from any category unless the third is a foil. If you are looking for a box that is mostly makeup or mostly skincare, this is not it. Those looking for a well-rounded sample box may enjoy this subscription.

Annual Birchbox Review

This is my August 2019 Birchbox review, but you can see a synopsis of a year of Sephora Play Box reviews vs a year of Birchbox reviews. Every year, I review my $10 boxes (for me at least) against each other, so I can declare the annual winner. This is also helpful for those who would like to see a year of reviews for either box in one place. Birchbox did raise its prices for select members, but it is still $10 for me. For those who are not ACES on the $10 plan, I will consider that when I do the annual comparison for 2019.

About the Birchbox Subscription

The $10-$15 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and on the 1st in succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 8th through the 12th. At the end of every month (actual date varies), Birchbox will email an option to select a sample (from a choice of 3-5 items), or the featured box where you know all samples up front. Those who respond to that email can also opt out of one type of sample. If you want a sample choice and the featured box, I suggest making a choice and purchasing the featured box separately. Subscribers can review 5 samples for 10 points each once during the lifetime of the account. Those who pay full-price for their subscriptions up front get points to use toward shop purchases. People who use a discount code on up front subscriptions will not get points. No one on a month-to-month plan gets points for the subscription either. The amount spent for the subscription goes toward the $300 annual minimum to achieve Aces status.

August 2019 Birchbox Theme

Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month. I would pick the full size product shipped in an outer box on the month they are doing throwbacks. Members can get a box design from any month in the past. The Rifle Paper ones are my favorite. It would have been nice to have a shot at another.

The first thing you normally see when you open a Birchbox is a product card. This was the first time it was a piece of paper. It wants us to turn it into a fortune teller paper, so I am guessing the cardboard will return next month.

The back of the card goes over the theme, Old-School Summertime. This might have been fun in the July Box. Since my kids started school this week, I do not want to dream about summer vacations. It’s hard to believe there is still more than a month of summer left. Someone forgot to tell the school.

Contents are loose inside the box with a single piece of black foam at the bottom and a single sheet of tissue paper encircling the items. The tissue does seem to help the items from moving around a lot.

There was also a subscriber’s only coupon offer inside the box. If you arrive after the expiration date and need a code, check this article.

August 2019 Birchbox Sample Choices

The three items to choose from were: amika Bushwick Beach No-Salt Wave SprayPūrlisse Watermelon Energizing Sheet Mask, or ModelCo LIP PLUMPER Hydra Lip Therapy. There were three options for the curated boxes.

Curated Box 1- Test the Water, includes: R+Co HIGH DIVE Moisture + Shine CrèmeIBY Beauty BlushSmashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water, Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, and too cool for school Coconut Oil Serum Eye Patch.

Curated Box 2- Back to Business, includes: Vasanti® BrightenUp!® Enzymatic Face RejuvenatorARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm Berry Busy, MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara, air repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer, and Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse.

Curated Box 3- Summer Hits, includesLipstick Queen Dating Game LipstickCOOLA® Dawn Patrol™ Classic Primer SPF 30Lise Watier Intense Waterproof EyelinerJuliette Has a Gun Vanilla VibesIllamasqua Gel Sculpt Silhouette, and Living proof.® Perfect hair Day™ (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment.

Subscribers can always purchase these featured boxes separately for $15 if they want that and another option. Everyone can purchase a curated box for $20.

There was also an option to Swap Your Box For a Full-Size 8oz Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle.

Some members were given the option to swap the box for Birchbox Loyalty points. I get 1.3 points per dollar as an Ace, so I would never pay $10 for 100 points. That is equivalent of 1 point per dollar.

My choice was the swap for full-size option.

My August 2019 Birchbox Subscription Review

My box was 65871096. Because I swapped for a full-size product, my box only has one item. Prior to my July 2019 Birchbox, every box I’ve received since the April relaunch had at least one full-size product in it. That means forfeiting the other five items was a risk. The main reason I decided to go for it is that I already know and love the full-size product. With tangle prone hair, I need a lot of leave-in conditioner.

The 8oz Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle retails for $23.50. I love the way this smells, but most importantly, it really helps detangle my hair. It also makes it a little softer and less frizzy than usual.

Was my August 2019 Birchbox worth it?

The August 2019 Birchbox has a $23.50 value. That brings the value for the average box in 2019 to $42.24. Had I selected a box I am almost certain this would have a higher starting value driving up the average box value for the year. I am happy with my selection and have no regrets. This particular full-size product is 8x the sample size Sephora sent me in the past. It will last me a long time. Paying $10 for a $23.50 product is over 50% off. With an amazing deal like that, I just hope Birchbox can sustain it. Let’s see which full size products it offers in place of the box next. If they are good ones, I will be all over that deal.

My personal value is $23.50, because I am keeping this. If I have any samples left, I might be willing to part with those. Thus is all mine though.

Subscription Start-Up Offers

See my list of Birchbox subscription offers. Want to subscribe? Click that link to see the current start-up offers. If you’re reading this around the time I’ve posted it, the one I posted below will work.

Get a free ColourPop Highlighter Palette with a sub.

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What are your thoughts on my August 2019 Birchbox review? Do you think it is better than past boxes so far? Let me know below. If your purchase is over $25 (longer subscriptions or purchasing something from the shop with the subscription), you can pick a free item from the bonus shop if you do not use a subscription start-up offer or discount code, which I cover on my Birchbox Deals Page. Some discount codes on that page will not work on subscriptions, but I will post any that work on my Birchbox Subscription Deals Page. You can always add a free two piece sample pack when spending $35, because it combines with any promo code. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. Product reviews do not always make it into the haul article, but you can always type the product into the search bar to see if I’ve mentioned it or reviewed it elsewhere. Subscribe to the blog to get updates on all posts. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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Ulta Beauty 10x Points Diamond and Platinum Appreciation Day August 2019

The major 10x points event for Diamond and Platinum Appreciation will take place on Monday, August 19th. It always takes place on the third or fourth Monday of August. Select items get 10x points one-day only. Everything excluded from 10x points gets 5x points. Diamond and Platinum members get free shipping on every purchase for this event. Platinum members always get a 0.25x bonus multiplier, so they get 10.25x points. Diamond members always get a 0.5x bonus, so they get 10.5x points. Ulta Beauty runs on Central time, so the deals run from 10pm – 9:59pm for those of us on the West Coast. Get ready to shop to on Sunday night, because a lot of the better deals will be gone by the time you wake up Monday morning. Very few deals get leaked ahead of time for this promotion, so we never really know what is included until the event link goes live.

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Sephora Beauty Insider Sweeps Ends August 18th 2019

When I received the Sephora Beauty Insider Sweeps email stating it was “a chance to win a million,” I thought it was pretty cool. That was until I saw how many points it takes to enter the giveaway. Whenever it costs a lot to enter a promotion, I usually opt out. Yes, the points spent are worth it for the winner, but the losers, and there will be a lot, only help Sephora remove some points from their books. As that would improve Sephora’s balance sheets, it is a no-brainer for Sephora. But, why should us Beauty Insiders dump our hard earned points into a contest where the odds of winning are likely incredibly slim? Of course, we cannot know the odds until all of the entires are tabulated, but Sephora never would have hosted this if it did not expect at least 1 million points to get redeemed. Anything redeemed over that lets them get 100 points off the books for less than $1. Overall, it will make the finance department happy.

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Ulta Beauty National Grooming Day August 16th 2019

Ulta Beauty is hosting an event for the 2019 National Grooming Day on August 16th. This is just ahead of the 10x Points event that will take place this month. For one day only, so Friday, August 16th, shop National Grooming Day. It will feature deals geared toward men. These deals are up to 50% off. Some are 30% off. Most are 40% off. The last men’s event was a little over two months ago, so we are getting more opportunities than ever to get deals on grooming products at Ulta. Yes, the Fall 21 Days of Beauty event is less than a month away, so Ulta is not giving our wallets a break at all for the foreseeable future.

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Fall 2019 September 1st through 21st

The Ulta Beauty Fall 2019 21 Days of Beauty will run from September 1st through September 21st. Twice a year, usually starting in March and September, Ulta has a 21 day sale where select brands or items get discounted up to 50% off for one day only. Every day during the semi-annual event there are at least two beauty steals. There are also Hot Buys that run throughout the entire event. Most events also release Beauty Samplers, Try Me Kits. Spring tends to get the better steals. These deals come from the upcoming catalog, and the online link from the special event page. Deals listed in the printed catalog are in-store and online. All online exclusive deals are only listed online. All Steals ship free for Platinum and Diamond members. They ship free with a $50 purchase for UltaMate members.

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Sephora Beauty Insider Event 2019 Summer Bonus

Everyone was wondering if Sephora Sale would repeat in August 2019. The first ever Beauty Insider Sale in August took place in 2018. That event was to launch the new Beauty Insider Benefits though. Sephora just announced that the August Beauty Insider Sale, also known as the 2019 Summer Bonus, will repeat this year with one major exclusion. It only includes VIB and Rouge members this year. This likely means it has been officially added to the lineup of events we can expect from Sephora. It also brings the sales we can count on from two to three, which makes it easier to shop more often. One is the Spring Discount, where Rouge members get 20% off, VIB members get 15% off, and Beauty Insiders get 10% off. The other is the Fall Discount, where VIB and Rouge clients get 20% off, and Beauty Insiders get 15% off.

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Ulta Beauty Forever Fabulous Sale August 7th 2019

The 2019 Ulta Beauty Forever Fabulous Sale takes place on August 7th this year. This is just ahead of the 10x Points event that will take place this month. For one day only, so Wednesday, August 7th, shop the Forever Fabulous Sale. It will have hundreds of deals on drugstore and high-end brands. The deals are on products from makeup, skincare, hair, fragrance, and more. These deals are up to 50% off. Most are at least 30% off. Some drugstore brands are offering 30%, 40%, or 50% off the entire line. Yes, the Fall 21 Days of Beauty event is only a month away, so Ulta is not giving our wallets a break at all for the foreseeable future.

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FabFitFun Summer 2019 Edit Sale Haul Review

My FabFitFun Summer 2019 Edit Sale Haul Review is ready. There is an event between the seasonal subscription boxes called the FabFitFun Edit Sale. This is a subscriber only event where FabFitFun members can shop for items discounted 25%-70% off. For those who love add-ons, this is akin to purchasing add-ons without a subscription box. It also means subscribers who are not interested in any items or need a break for financial reasons can just sit this out. For mainland US subscribers who choose to shop, they get free shipping with a $25 purchase. Like add-ons, you add the items you want to your cart throughout the sale and only pay for the ones that are still in your cart once the event wraps. The Edit Sale opened to select members at 9am on July 1st and all members at 9am on July 4th. Shopping closed at 11:59pm on July 10th and all members were charged on July 11th.

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National Lipstick Day 2019, July 29th Deals at Ulta Beauty

Everyday the nation celebrates something. Today is National Lipstick Day and no store has an event as big as the one at Ulta Beauty. The best thing about events at Ulta is it usually does things on a bigger scale. While there are some offers that are only available today, others started yesterday and run through August 3rd. It’s helpful for those of us who cannot remember the specific day we celebrate events like National Lipstick Day when the deals span across more than one day.

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Sephora Play! July 2019 Review – Desert Island Essentials Subscription Box

It’s time for my Sephora Play July 2019 review. When I looked in my account on the 15th (the day the preview goes live), I had what I consider the best box for July. Imagine my disappointment when it arrived, and it was a different box. I was even more disappointed when one of my items was broken. This is not even an item I should have received if I got the box I should have. Getting a box that varies from the preview happened another time. Coincidentally, the preview was better than what I received that time as well. Sephora likes to tease me with the idea that I am getting the amazing box that month only to take it away from me. Yes, I am being dramatic. At least this time, Sephora corrected my box contents online, so they matched up when I looked on the 24th after the wrong box was delivered. The other time I got to see the superior box contents mocking me every time I logged into my profile.

Play! by Sephora is a subscription box that offers five deluxe beauty samples and a bonus foil packet or perfume vial for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is free. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the Play! box so most items are from well-known, high-end brands. While Sephora does carry a few low-end and luxury brands, they do not really appear in the subscription boxes. There is not a traditional rewards program with this box so you cannot get points for referring friends or writing reviews. It does award 10 Beauty Insider points to Beauty Insiders, 12.5 points to VIB members, and 15 points to VIB Rouge members. This Play! box also applies $10 toward your purchase minimum to maintain your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status. The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and from the 1st through the 4th for succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 11th through the 15th.

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Causebox Summer 2019 Welcome Box Review and a $10 Off Coupon Code

My Causebox Summer 2019 Welcome Box review is ready. I ordered this on July 13th, and it arrived on July 20th. That turnaround was very impressive. Considering I only had my original summer box eight days before this arrived, I had not even begun exploring that one. Causebox includes a mix of: exclusive, ethically made products from a wide range of items. They are always full-sized, and the value of the box will always be over $200. There are 6-8 full size items in every box. Each item is cruelty free, vegan whenever possible, and always socially conscious. This is a quarterly subscription program. There is one box per season. Welcome boxes are usually available between seasons. Those who sign up between seasonal boxes will get a welcome box. Those who sign up before the fall boxes get announced will get a version of this welcome box.

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Birchbox July 2019 Review of Sample Choice Plus Subscription Box Offers

My July 2019 Birchbox review is ready. Birchbox subscriptions get customized to your beauty profile. All boxes are a mixture of haircare, makeup, and skincare. There are times when body care items pop up, and you can select an option to receive no more than 6 fragrance vials a year in your profile. You could get a box with 2 haircare items, 2 makeup items, and 1 skincare item or any similar variety, but you will rarely see more than 2 items from any category unless the third is a foil. If you are looking for a box that is mostly makeup or mostly skincare, this is not it. Those looking for a well-rounded sample box may enjoy this subscription.

Annual Birchbox Review

This is my July 2019 Birchbox review, but you can see a synopsis of a year of Sephora Play Box reviews vs a year of Birchbox reviews. Every year, I review my $10 boxes (for me at least) against each other, so I can declare the annual winner. This is also helpful for those who would like to see a year of reviews for either box in one place. Birchbox did raise its prices for select members, but it is still $10 for me. For those who are not ACES on the $10 plan, I will consider that when I do the annual comparison for 2019.

About the Birchbox Subscription

The $10-$15 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and on the 1st in succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 8th through the 12th. At the end of every month (actual date varies), Birchbox will email an option to select a sample (from a choice of 3-5 items), or the featured box where you know all samples up front. Those who respond to that email can also opt out of one type of sample. If you want a sample choice and the featured box, I suggest making a choice and purchasing the featured box separately. Subscribers can review 5 samples for 10 points each once during the lifetime of the account. Those who pay full-price for their subscriptions up front get points to use toward shop purchases. People who use a discount code on up front subscriptions will not get points. No one on a month-to-month plan gets points for the subscription either. The amount spent for the subscription goes toward the $300 annual minimum to achieve Aces status.

July 2019 Birchbox Theme

Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month. The lemon and orange design does give me summer vibes.

The first thing you normally see when you open a Birchbox is a product card.

The back of the card goes over the theme, love, you. It mentions that self care is different for everyone, and it is important for all. It wants us to get over what we’re self conscious about and embrace them.

Contents are loose inside the box with a single piece of black foam at the bottom and a single sheet of tissue paper encircling the items. The tissue does seem to help the items from moving around a lot.

July 2019 Birchbox Sample Choices

The three items to choose from were: Balance Me Congested Skin SerumMAC Cosmetics Lipglass Prrr, or Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. There were four options for the curated boxes. Curated Box 1- Ingredient Conscious includes: Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30Davines SU Hair & Body WashW3LL PEOPLE Bio Bronzer Loose PowderBeautaniq Beauty Blush SerumDERMA E Overnight Peel with AHAs, and Lavanila The Healthy Fragrance Pure Vanilla Eau de Parfum. Curated Box 2- Customer Favorites includes: R+Co ANALOG Cleansing Foam ConditionerMAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream, Balance Me Congested Skin SerumOribe Dry Texturizing Spray, and Love of Color Liquid Shimmer Shadow. Curated Box 3- Pop of Color includes: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gelbutter LONDON Glazen Eye GlossGrande Cosmetics Grande MascaraDr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting TreatmentDavines MINU Illuminating ShampooDavines MINU Illuminating Conditioner, and Davines MINU Hair Serum. Curated Box 4- Low Effort, High Impact includes: COOLA® Dawn Patrol™ Classic Primer SPF 30Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara 4DARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip BalmBumble and bumble. Don’t Blow It (H)air Styler FineNumber 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect, and invisibobble® POWER. Subscribers can always purchase these featured boxes separately for $15 if they want that and a sample choice. Everyone else can purchase a featured box for $20. There was also an option to Swap Your Box For a Full-Size Set Love of Color Luminous Lia Shine Trio in Glow, Beam, and Glisten.

Some members were given the option to swap the box for Birchbox Loyalty points. I get 1.3 points per dollar as an Ace, so I would never pay $10 for 100 points. That is equivalent of 1 point per dollar.

My choice was the MAC Lipglass.

My July 2019 Birchbox Subscription Review

My July 2019 Birchbox review is from box version 65403394. It has 2 skincare products, two makeup products, one hair product, and one makeup-skincare hybrid.

The 0.08oz MAC Cosmetics Lipglass Prrr is worth $14. I prefer other formulas over this one, because it is a little sticky. It is not too sticky though, so I do not mind it.

This pinky-peach color is nice. It will look great this summer.

The 0.5oz Georgette Klinger Volcanic Mineral Scrub is worth $3.57. This seems interesting. I’ve never used an ash scrub.

The Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+ set of 6 is worth $2.77. I still get acne, so I like having these patches on hand. I’ve purchased these in the past. My nieces and nephews stole most of them, but I did like it. There is a brand I like more than this one, but I will use these (if they’re not stolen from me).

The 0.1oz Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D is worth $14. This is a mascara I have not tried yet, so I will probably hold onto it. My Sephora Box preview showed this but then it changed. Glad I got one anyway.

The 0.16oz Dr. Jart+ V7™ Priming Moisturizer is worth $4.54. I’ve been getting into priming moisturizers, because I find them even more hydrating than a hydrating primer. My skin can always use the extra boost. This is one I have not tried yet.

The 0.85oz Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Leave-In Heat Protection Spray is worth $6.48. This is a product I’ve wanted to try. It made me really happy to see it.

Was my July 2019 Birchbox worth it?

The July 2019 Birchbox has a $45.36 value. That brings the value for the average box in 2019 to $46.33. This is the first box since the price increase in April that does not have any full-size products. It also slightly brought down the average value for the year. I wish the trend with full-size products would have continued, because one extra sample is not enough to justify the price increase. There was also a curated box with only five products even though we are now promised six. That makes me wonder if there were any random boxes with less than six items.

My personal value is $45.36, because I will probably keep everything in the box. That makes it a successful box for me. A six for six hit on products I want to try does not happen often. Only one item of the six is a repeat to my collection. Because that is an item I like, I never mind getting more of it. There is nothing overly exciting in here other than the hair product, but I am still happy with this box.

Subscription Start-Up Offers

See my list of Birchbox subscription offers. Want to subscribe? Click that link to see the current start-up offers. If you’re reading this around the time I’ve posted it, the one I posted below will work.

Get three Bombas socks with a six month sub.

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What are your thoughts on my July 2019 Birchbox review? Do you think it is better than past boxes so far? Let me know below. If your purchase is over $25 (longer subscriptions or purchasing something from the shop with the subscription), you can pick a free item from the bonus shop if you do not use a subscription start-up offer or discount code, which I cover on my Birchbox Deals Page. Some discount codes on that page will not work on subscriptions, but I will post any that work on my Birchbox Subscription Deals Page. You can always add a free two piece sample pack when spending $35, because it combines with any promo code. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. Product reviews do not always make it into the haul article, but you can always type the product into the search bar to see if I’ve mentioned it or reviewed it elsewhere. Subscribe to the blog to get updates on all posts. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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Ulta Beauty Stars Event 5x UltaMate, 6x Platinum, and 7x Points on Foundation – Favorite Products Picked For You

A new 2019 Ulta Beauty Stars Event for Foundation, Favorite Products Picked For You starts today, July18th and runs through Saturday, June 20th. The point multiplier for this event is based on rewards level. UltaMate members get 5x points, Platinum members get 6x points, and Diamond members get 7x points. This is the second event with that specific point format, so I think we will see more that resemble this in the future. Members with this offer who purchase any of the 450 foundation offers in the event will get 5x, 6x, or 7x points for those products. It’s not the biggest selection of products, but it is nice to see an increase in these mini events. See the article for all 5x, 7x points offers for other times Diamond members got 7x points. As this is the seventh Beauty Stars event of 2019 and the year is barely more than half over, I think we have more surprise events on the horizon.

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Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream vs tarte sugar rush Cake Butter Review- Are They Dupes?

A question I’ve seen since the launch of tarte sugar rush Cake Butter regards whether it is a dupe for the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. At $23 for the newcomer, many hoped it could dethrone the $45 cult classic. After all, who doesn’t like to save money. I am going to review both the tarte sugar rush Cake Butter and the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, so you can see the similarities and the differences. For those who have never purchased either and are trying to decide which to splurge on (let’s face it, they are both a splurge), I will make sure I hit every aspect. After all, a pro to some is a con to others.

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Causebox Summer 2019 Review and a $10 Off Coupon Code

My Summer 2019 Causebox review is ready. Yes, I am reviewing it after it is no longer available for purchase. That is my bad, because I waited too long to order it. I did also order the Summer 2019 Welcome box. It seems like the Summer 2019 Causebox sold out on the 11th of July and my box arrived the next day. Causebox includes a mix of: exclusive, ethically made products from a wide range of items. They are always full-sized, and the value of the box will always be over $200. There are 6-8 full size items in every box. Each item is cruelty free, vegan whenever possible, and always socially conscious. This is a quarterly subscription program. There is one box per season. Welcome boxes are usually available between seasons. Those who sign up between seasonal boxes will get a welcome box.

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FabFitFun Summer 2019 Editor’s Box Review Plus The Coupon Code to Start With This Box

My FabFitFun Summer 2019 Editor’s Box review is coming. I ordered my first box today, and I ordered my second box on July 18th. The shop reopened on the 16th as planned, but the Editor’s Box was not available for purchase until late in the day on the 17th. Members can now select all five options when they purchase from the shop, so we get more choices than the two category options we received in the Edit Sale. After making the calculated decision to pass on paying $49.99 for two options in the Edit Sale, I paid $39.99 for three options today when I got $10 off using the promo code COOL. That is a code designated for the Summer Editor’s Box. Please note that the Summer 2019 Box is still in stock. If you use a code not designated to an Editor’s Boxyou will start with a summer box. Well, I also paid $10 for an extra customization in category one, so it was like I got a free item and an extra pick for the same $49.99. I did pay the full $49.99 on the 18th for a second box, so I could make all five choices without opening a second annual subscription.

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Ulta Beauty Primer Days July 2019

The first ever Ulta Beauty Primer Days Event starts today, Sunday, July 14th and runs through tomorrow, Monday, July 15th. This mini event brings up to 50% off select primers, a primer sampler as a GWP (to better arm you for purchase decisions at subsequent Primer events), and plenty of primers as the free gift for specific brand purchases. Because I love a good pun, I love the ad campaign that this delivers prime(r) offers for up to 50% off. Ulta even got a jump on Amazon Prime Day (which starts tomorrow). Whoever came up with this idea deserves a raise, although the Amazon execs might not find it as funny as I did. Get your Prime offers from Amazon and your primer offers from Ulta.

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Sephora Because It’s Been a While Special Discount Promo Code Offers

Sephora emailed me a special discount code, “Because It’s Been a While.” I heard Sephora started emailing unique, one time use codes to select members last year, but I had never been the recipient of any. Thus, I chose not to cover the topic. Now that I have received my first offer, I wanted to track the ones I receive here. This will also give me a chance to give away the ones I won’t redeem. The year is more than half over and this is my first offer. That means they are likely infrequent. As such, I will combine 2019 and 2020 into one article.

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Christmas in July Giveaway

To see what this winner received or enter the next giveaway, view the new article

I want to host a giveaway to re-home some of my duplicate products. There are four full-size items and a mini product in this giveaway. The full-size items are: COOLA Makeup Setting Spray ($36), QUAY Cherry Bomb Sunglasses ($55), Too Faced Tutti Fruitti Twinkle Twinkle Liquid Glitter Eye Shadow Strawberries & Champagne ($22), and tarte Sugar Rush preppy Precision Eyeliner ($15). My mini is the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($20).

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FabuFinds: The Best Finished Products Spring 2019

After I review my Empty Products, I take extra time to go over the standouts. It is a round-up for the best of the best. Only products that seem like they’re made for me make FabuFind status, so there are a lot of items I love that never make it. These are items I would repurchase, even without a deal. Items I am loving but cannot finish any time soon make it into my Core Collection (favorites). To eventually spotlight all FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. An item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. If something gets demoted from FabuFind status (formula changes, skin changes, finding something better, etc), I will note the change in the original article I mentioned it in. There are five products I consider FabuFinds in my Spring 2019 Empties that I have not discussed yet.

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Empties: Finished Product Reviews Spring 2019

It’s time to review my empty products from Spring 2019. By the time I’ve finished something, I know exactly how I feel about it, so I prefer reviews of empties to first impressions. These are the items I finished during the spring of 2019. For items I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Empties from my April and June Foil Challenge are not here, because I wanted to avoid redundancy. The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a list of everything I’ve tested.

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Core Collection: My Spring 2019 Favorites

Summer is officially here, so it is time to go over my favorites from the 2019 spring season. I like to call these my core collection items, because I find myself reaching for them over similar products in my stockpiles. These are items I am still working on, so they will not make the Empties article for this season. Each is still worthy of discussion, so this is the place I like to do that. Items I am still in love with once I empty them become FabuFinds. While I cannot promise I will ever finish these (some products expire before I can empty them) and I cannot promise I will still love them enough to label them as FabuFinds upon completion, I loved them throughout this season. Many of these items are serious contenders for my Best of the Year article. There were seven items I really enjoyed this winter.

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FabFitFun Summer 2019 Subscription Box Review With Add-ons

My Summer 2019 FabFitFun subscription box review is ready! FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription that releases one box per season. Boxes have over $200 in value. The items are always full-sized and include products from: beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness lines. Subscribers can either pay $179.99 for an annual subscription ($20 off when buying 4 boxes up front) or $49.99 for a Seasonal subscription. Shipping is free, but sales tax gets charged (in certain states). There is usually a code to receive $10 off your first seasonal box. Those codes are fffa2p6 and FAB10Members can select add-ons at deeply discounted prices to include with their boxes. All subscribers get to customize some choice options, but Annual Subscribers (select members) get extra choices.

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Ulta Beauty Online Only 2019 Summer Sale Fourth of July!

The online only Ulta Beauty 2019 Summer Sale runs from June 30th through July 5th. This is also known as the Ulta Beauty Fourth of July Sale, because it is always running on July 4th. With 6 days in 2019, it is the longest the event has ever ran. This event included 1641 products last year, but it almost doubled to 2963 products for 2019. It gets bigger every year! Speaking of bigger events, the liter sale starts June 30th, so you can mix and match items to meet the free shipping minimum. That minimum gets reduced to $35 during the Ulta Beauty Summer Sale. This event places hundreds of items from drugstore and prestige brands on sale in three price categories: Under $10, Under $20, and Under $30. Many of these items get discounted up to 50% off making some of these deals more valuable than steals offered in larger events.

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Sephora Play! June 2019 Review – Destination Beauty Subscription Box

It’s time for my Sephora Play June 2019 review. Play! by Sephora is a subscription box that offers five deluxe beauty samples and a bonus foil packet or perfume vial for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is free. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the Play! box so most items are from well-known, high-end brands. While Sephora does carry a few low-end and luxury brands, they do not really appear in the subscription boxes. There is not a traditional rewards program with this box so you cannot get points for referring friends or writing reviews. It does award 10 Beauty Insider points to Beauty Insiders, 12.5 points to VIB members, and 15 points to VIB Rouge members. This Play! box also applies $10 toward your purchase minimum to maintain your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status. The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and from the 1st through the 4th for succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 11th through the 15th.

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