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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.
Ever since I started getting three boxes, I find it humorous that I receive the shipments out-of-order. Most months, Box three comes first, followed by box two, with my original subscription bringing up the rear. This solidifies my theory that new members probably get their boxes faster than older members on average. I know I am only one person, so three boxes is not a huge sample size. There is not much difference in email addresses from my first to second account and all three come to the same address. Yet, the boxes always arrive separately. As I’ve come to expect, Box Three arrived first and well before the other two actually.
The lovely accident, which looks like an “accident” of a more famous nature thanks to the yellow tissue paper, was the result of the Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Leave-In Conditioning Mist being partly open. It arrived less than a quarter full. As soon as I touched the box near the wet spot, it shredded. My finger literally went right through the box. This generous 3.3 oz sample when it does not leak is worth $8.54. I will be using this as soon as I finish my current leave-in. Once an item is open, the expiration countdown kicks in.
When an item arrives damaged, Birchbox will usually replace the box. Of all the customer service departments I’ve dealt with over the years, the women at Birchbox are top-notch. Replacing an entire box for one damaged product is incredible. If you read my recent Target experience, you know that not all customer service departments are as wonderful.
That means after I use the 1/4 Macadamia Spray, I have a brand new one to use if I like it. All the other samples are complete duplicates because the spilled product did not damage them in the slightest. If you read Box Two for this month, you may have noticed it was unusually delayed. That actually allowed Box One to come in before Box Two this month. This is also why Box One posted first. Although I like the idea of presenting boxes in technical order, I am posting them based on when they arrive. I did not want to only present the spilled box, so I waited for its replacement to arrive. That helped me take pictures in a box that did not fall apart the moment I lifted it and a product card that was not a hot mess.
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.
You may notice there is no lid on the Rusk heat shift. It was the first thing I noticed. I searched the box, but I never found it. Although it has no lid, it feels just as full as the one from the first box. With no lid, you can probably guess which one I will be trying first. The 1.0oz sample is worth $5.29. I do not usually blow dry my hair, but I will give this re-styling cream a try. It will be great for those rare occasions that I wipe the dust off my blow dryer.
The other thing that is odd about this box is I have never seen two of the main five beauty products both be hair styling products. I’ve received about 25 boxes and gifted 14, but this is the first time I’ve noticed this. It also happened on a month where I got two makeup items. While that has happened before, because of the wide variety of makeup items available, I think it is odd they happened in the same month. That means my five samples only cover three categories, hair styling, makeup, and skincare. It’s not that I am complaining, but I felt compelled to mention this is an odd box.
This month, the sample choice only consisted of picking one of three Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick shades or the guest editor box. I wish they had more than three color options, because I already own Beso. With three total subscriptions, I was bound to end up with a repeat. The bright pink here, Bella, is the one I selected to repeat, and my sister gladly accepted my offer to give her the second one. Duplicate problem solved. 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 it, 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 3ml Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream in worth $2.04. It is in the shade light/medium, which is a little darker than my skin tone, but the formula seemed fine. I will use the sample (and the others I’ve received in the past), but I would not purchase this shade.
The 0.26oz Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive is another sample I’ve received before. It is another one I have not tried yet. I am a huge fan of the brand, so I look forward to trying this. This sample is worth $5.07.
The box has a $31.94 value. It was the most valuable of all three boxes this month, including the guest editor box, which is usually near the top. My personal value is also $31.94, 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. After getting Bella in Box One (for me) and twice in box three, I will still have one of those to gift after I give one to my sister.
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