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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one gets me $5 back. I also “shared” my box on Facebook (only I can see it) for an extra 10 points. That will give me a total of $6 back to redeem toward future purchases. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. This month, I selected the Beachy & Bright Guest Editor Box on my main account.
This is the first of my three Birchbox Subscriptions. Box Two and Three were different.
I actually ordered a Birchbox Plus Upgrade with this, the pink sunglasses. The primary card on the account for my subscription was my debit card, I thought. Rather than pulling the $28 from debit card, it tried to pull from a credit card. This credit card number was stolen thanks to the Target breach. Since they started offering Birchbox Plus items, I had never partaken. Every card I had ever used was listed underneath my debit card. Now that I know, I will make sure I remove credit cards right after I make a purchase. Recurring charges are easier to track using my debit card. Single purchases are more beneficial (for points and rewards) with credit cards. Anyway, the card canceled long ago, so they could not secure funds.
I got an email on 07/02/15 stating I would not get my Plus item. Those glasses are really cute, so I responded asking why they tried to pull from the credit card and not the debit card. Although, I never really got an answer to that, I ultimately got them to agree to honor the advance price when the item goes live in the shop. The Birchbox Plus item is always discounted over what it will cost once it hits the store. They also offered me a 100 point apology when I mentioned I wish they contacted me to correct the issue before giving the item to someone else. This is only the second time I’ve ever received free points, so I was happy with that resolution.
When I was writing this, I may have answered the question Birchbox did not. I paid for an annual subscription on this account last August. Shortly after, I called Birchbox and asked them not to auto-renew the annual plan. They agreed. My plan was to switch back to monthly billing upon completion. I used a credit card (may have been the canceled one) and not my debit card to take advantage of rewards, because I thought it was a one time purchase. The debit card was still listed first in the account, because it probably saves cards in chronological order. In retrospect, I should have figured this out sooner. Of course, the card updated when I charged the annual subscription. Asking them not to auto-renew does not remove the card.
I am loving all the custom boxes lately. They’re seriously so pretty that I do not know if I will be able to repurpose them. The first thing you notice when you open a box is the product card. It gives you a brief description of the products as well as the cost to purchase the full size. None of my items were a surprise, because I selected the guest editor box. Selecting the guest editor box is the only way to know all of your samples when you make your choice. If you want to try three or more items in the box, it is a good idea to get it. This was a five for five box for me. I wanted to try them all.
The 0.34oz Supergoop! Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum is worth $8.40. I love the idea of trying a sunscreen and serum in one. This will be a great serum to replace my retinol one when I am spending a day in the sun.
This month, everyone was getting a Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick. The bright pink here, Bella, was the one selected by the guest editor. Even though the color is bright, I was able to mute it slightly by removing some product after application. This 0.05oz sample is worth $11.
These Stila lippies have incredible staying power. There is a little rub off, which is unusual for a liquid lipstick. If any of the rub off transfers to your face, you will have a difficult time removing it. My problem with this lipstick, as well as other liquid lipsticks, is it is too drying. Having lips that are already naturally dry does not mix with liquid lipsticks either. They accentuate every dry patch of skin on your lips more than anything else I’ve tried. I removed the lipstick, exfoliated, and applied it again. It looked even worse. You can add a lip balm to not only moisturize but take some of the focus off the dry patches. The problem is the lip balm effectively takes away almost every benefit of liquid lipstick, including its ability to last all day, set nicely, and stay put.
The 0.27oz Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub is worth $4.10. Finding a scrub that works well without irritating my sensitive skin is a challenge. Though I have one I love, I am searching for cheaper alternatives. Hopefully, this fits the bill.
I opted to use theBalm Cosmetics Balm Desert in place of blush and bronzer. A light application went a little higher than my usual bronzer, which is a bit lower than my usual blush. The color created a refreshing subtle bronze without the pop of color I get from a traditional blush. It seemed like the perfect way to wear this bronzer/blush combo. This product faded quickly, but I liked the color while it lasted. Despite what appears as flimsy cardboard packaging, there is a magnet that keeps the product closed, thereby protecting it. At 0.028oz, this incredibly cute and tiny sample is worth $2.61.
The 1oz Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray is worth $4.59. It should add wave and shine instantly. As someone with naturally wavy hair that is anything but shiny, I think this item is a perfect fit to my profile. I look forward to trying it.
The box has a $30.70 value. My personal value is also $30.70, because I want to try all the samples. This is a pretty good month.
If you want to subscribe, remember to look at start-up offers and all available offers. When you’re ready to spend your rewards points, remember to add your free two piece sample pack when spending $35 from the Bonus Shop. See other Birchbox Subscription articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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