Welcome back to the year of Birchbox gifting. This is the year I decided to send three month Birchbox gift subscriptions to all the women in my immediate family. Immediately after placing an order for my sister-in-law on 04/06/15 in Volume Two, I placed an order for my 41-year-old sister who actually celebrated her birthday about two weeks earlier. Her birthday fell during a time where I took a break from all things beauty, but I knew I would make it up to her. Seeing what comes in their welcome boxes, which are never customized to a profile, would be fun for me and hopefully helpful to someone thinking of purchasing a gift subscription for a family member or a first subscription for herself.
Codes can only be used once per account, so the code I used for 100 points earlier in the day was no longer valid. I found another code SUBSCRIBENOW50 to get 50 points back. It is still active if you want to use it, but remember to check all offers here to see if a better one may apply to your order. I earned $10 in points placing the last order, so I used that here. That means her subscription cost me $20. The 50 points I got back on her order could go toward a future order. You cannot count points toward the discount as you earn and redeem, so I will only count them as I redeem them. That means the $5 I get back on this order will go toward a future order just as the $10 I applied on this order came from past orders.
If you read the last volume, you may recognize that the samples are the same. It makes sense that orders placed right after one another would have the same samples. As the articles advance, you will see some orders placed on separate days match up and others placed on the same day are different. If there is a pattern, I will find it before this series completes. I am writing the articles one at a time, so I will review them as each one comes up.
The first item that jumped out at me was the Beauty Protector Protect & Oil. This is a popular Birchbox brand, but it took me over a year of subscribing before I received my first item from them. Though I have not yet tried my sample of this, I absolutely love hair oils. My hair is frizzy, so anything that tames the frizz a little is very welcome.
Vasanti BrightenUp! Face Rejuvenator is a product I was not familiar with before receiving it in a box of my own. Finding a face scrub that works well without giving me a rash is always a challenge. My goal is to find one that works as well as Exfolikate without the high cost. Thus, I always welcome samples that allow me to try before I buy.
Whish is a brand Birchbox introduced me to, and I fell in love with. I never would have discovered the brand without Birchbox, so this is one of the many reasons I love subscription boxes in general. I have not specifically tried the body butter yet. As a Whish fan and someone who needs a lot of body butter to combat dry skin, I would be excited to receive more of this sample.
Recently, I read a post from a fellow blogger where she received a product from Jelly Pong Pong. That was the first time I had ever even heard of this brand. None of my Birchboxes have provided me with a sample from this brand at all. Highlighters are always welcome in my beauty routine, so I would certainly be willing to try it if I ever receive this. My unfamiliarity with the brand leaves me less than excited, but unfamiliar brands have impressed me in the past.
The TempleSpa Peace Be Still Calming Face and Body Balm is a dual product. Some of you may already know how I feel about products that claim to work in two different areas. Generally, I would rather buy two different products specifically designed for one area than one combo product. It’s not that combo products cannot do a good job. The skin on your face has different needs than the skin on your body, so I cannot imagine a product that would address both well. My body has dry skin plain and simple. Although the dry parts of my face are way more dry than my body, I also have oily parts of my face which are nowhere near as dry as my body making the task of a dual product working well so much harder. I received this sample in a box as well, so I will try it on both my face and my body and stick to the area I prefer the product on and not using it for both.
That means three of her five items look exciting to me. The other two are not necessarily exciting but not completely disappointing either. Some may wonder why I am offering my opinion on her items instead of getting her own. The reason is I did not want the gifts burden her, so I did not want to have her tell me what she thought of each one. On that note, I also refrained from asking her for the size of the items. Anyone who reads my personal box reviews knows I break down the value of the samples, and I will still do that for my boxes.
The welcome boxes usually do not take the beauty profiles into account, so I also did not feel it was necessary to ask my gift recipients a bunch of questions to see why they got the welcome box they did. I am not sharing any of their boxes that take their profile into account. Again, this is to let them enjoy their gifts without me bothering them. My boxes are pretty good, so I have not touched my settings in a while. I will be more than happy to share my settings on my box for people who want to tinker with theirs.
I answer more questions regarding the program if you want more details on how it works. You can review other welcome boxes I’ve sent and received this year. Ready to send a Gift Subscription? 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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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.