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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.
Birchbox Plus items are new items you can add to your subscription before they launch at the store. The Plus items are cheaper than the future store price, so you get the item early and for less. There were three Birchbox Plus items I wanted: the bag, the pink glasses, and the blue glasses. You can only select one of each item. It would not let me select the pink and blue glasses, because it was considering them one item and not two. I selected the pink glasses on my main account. When I logged into this secondary account, I selected the blue glasses and the bag.
The blue glasses are Sunksi Headlands 53mm Retro Polarized Sunglasses. They will retail for $48 when they hit the shop, but I was able to add them on for $28 as a Plus upgrade. I love the deep blue color of the very reflective lenses. Buying glasses without trying them on first is always a risk, but I thankfully like the way they look on me.
Whenever we travel anywhere to swim, which we do at least once a week for our boys’ swim classes, I hate bringing the wet clothes back. Our gym does provide disposable bags to place them in, but they’re wasteful and do not breathe. Even when I use the spinning machine that removes water from the suits, I cannot close the bag to prevent the mildew smell. With this Hayden Reis Sailcloth Beach Bud Bag, I can close it. The bag itself is bright and adorable. It’s perfect for a trip to the beach. This will retail for $34 when it hits the shop, but I was able to buy it for $24 as a Plus add-on.
It is decent sized. As you can see from how easily it fits my boys’ wet swim clothes, there is plenty of room to add my husband’s and mine. This would easily fit all wet swim clothes for a family up to about six people. After six people, you may need a second bag. Made of water resistant sailcloth, it is extremely durable. The bag is light feels like a very thick paper. I like that it will keep sand at bay when we finally get it to the beach.
This was my first time ordering Plus items, so I have a few important notes. The popular items sell out fast. If you wait until the email alerts you to look at them, they will be gone. Why? The video and selections go up at least a full day before the emails come out. You can always subscribe to Birchbox YouTube updates or follow Birchbox on another social media form to get a head start on purchasing. Review points are not rewarded for Plus items, because only subscription items are eligible for review points. These are add-ons and not subscription items. You will get 1 point for every dollar spent on Birchbox Plus items just as you do in the full price store. Your Plus items charge on the second of the month, but your subscription charge will stay on the first. Make sure you only have one have the proper payment method on file if you want it to go on a specific card. The one charged will be the last one used on the subscription account unless you update it.
Expect your package to arrive later than usual. I got a tracking number on 07/10/15 stating my package was prepared and should arrive between the 18th through the 20th. Even though I checked it on the 18th and saw it had not updated, I waited until the 20th to contact Birchbox. Only after I contacted them did my tracking number finally update stating my package shipped. Two days after I emailed them they responded to tell me my box was on the way. They pinned the late shipment on staggered mailings and my region. My other two boxes shipped to the same region, same address in fact, so I am not buying that. This could be a fluke, so I am not listing the late package for Birchbox Plus items on the retailer page yet. If it happens to me again, I will list it.
I’ve love all the special Birchbox designs from this year. This one was no exception. Hopefully, they keep customizing the boxes.
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. Unless you choose to opt out for some reason, you will always get a sample choice. You can either select one item from a choice of 3-4 items or the guest editor box where you know all five in advance.
This month, the sample choice only consisted of picking one of three Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick shades or the guest editor box. I selected Venezia, the bright coral here, because I already owned Beso and was receiving Bella in my primary box. 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 tried exfoliating my lips before applying this shade after being reminded with Bella. It did not help much. 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 swatch makes Venezia look a little more wearable than Bella or Beso (which I owned and disliked before, so I never took any pictures of me wearing it). Of the three colors, it is definitely my favorite. Beso leans a little too orange for my skin tone, and Bella is such a bright pink. This is bright, too, but it does not scream “look at me” as much as the other two.
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. If you read the review of the first box, you may realize this is a repeat. Whenever an item repeats, I have a backup if I love it or one to gift if it is not for me.
I am happy to see the Whish body butter in almond. This is a brand I already know and love, thanks to Birchbox. Although I have not tried any of the body butters yet, I have a few of them. None of the ones I own were in almond though, so this is a new scent. At 0.75oz, this is worth $3.52.
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. This also came in my first box, so I am saving the one from this box for someone else. Even though this is incredibly small, I doubt I would ever use the backup.
I know this is a trend with the boxes I am receiving from multiple places, but the LA Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover wipes are something I’ve purchased in the past. Like the wipes received in both Target boxes, I have not used them yet. My wipe stockpile consists of so many wipes in different brands I purchased without sampling first in my quest to find my wipe. That was before I knew I would take a long makeup break. Of course, I can always gift these if I do not like the ones I purchased. They’re older, so they need to be used first. It was nice of them to send two. These are worth $1.11.
The box has a $22.83 value. My personal value is also $22.83, because I would use samples. Of course if I give away any of the duplicate items, my personal value could dip. Giving them away for being duplicates and not for lacking quality is not necessarily a bad thing though. This is less value than Box One, but the guest editor boxes almost always have the highest values. The Birchbox Plus items only add to the value. I paid $52 for $82 worth of items. My total spend for everything listed was $62, and the total value was $104.83.
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