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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 Candidly Guest Editor Box on my main account.
This is the first of my three Birchbox Subscriptions. It actually arrived first this month for the first time since I’ve had three subscriptions.
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 themed boxes usually have added cards promoting the guest editor. Although I had never heard of Candidly Nicole, mostly because I have not watched VH1 in many years, I find the guest editor likable. Nicole Richie’s been on my radar since I found her hilarious on The Simple Life. Okay, she was mostly silly on that show, but I love light-hearted silliness. I will never forget the Sonic advertisement for Salty Anal Weiner Burgers. Too bad she got fired for it. Since then, I’ve read she’s become somewhat of a fashion icon, and I like her style.
There was even a fun fill in the blank paragraph to play with. It actually reminds me of her personality, so I would not be surprised if this was her idea.
The 1.6oz St. Tropez in shower Gradual Tan is worth $5.97. The concept of this is extremely neat, so I look forward to trying it. One of the things I dislike most about self tanning is the mess. I also dislike that I cannot apply moisturizer right before or right after a tanning cream. Applying this in the shower eliminates both of those issues. Because the tan is gradual, it should also prevent the overly fake orange tan look. We’ll see how it goes.
This month, it seems most (if not all people) are receiving a LAQA & Co Cheeky Lip in one of three colors. I am receiving one in all three boxes according to my previews (box two and three have not arrived yet, so I am hoping I do not get color repeats). The pink here, Humble Brag, is the color selected by the guest editor. It is almost like a light version of a hot pink, so the title Humble (light) Brag (hot pink) seems appropriate. I like the color very much.
This 0.03oz sample is worth $6.67. It was actually difficult to price this, because no one other than the direct company sells the full-size. It does not list a size, but it is obviously bigger and packaged differently for this sample size. That retails for $22. Birchbox sells a three-pack of these sample-sized versions for $20. I took the easy route and divided the price by three. If I knew the size of the full-sized version, I would have priced it that way instead. Pricing it off a discounted sample set devalues it a bit.
I used it below on both my lips and cheeks. It is less shiny than the Lip Lube I’ve used and loved from this brand in the past, which makes it suitable for cheeks. This goes on almost perfectly matte, so I prefer it on my cheeks to my lips. On my lips, it applied somewhat patchy and accentuated dry patches. The color lasted a long time and felt moisturizing, but I wish it wore a little nicer. Based on how much I love the Lip Lube, this inferior product slightly disappoints me.
The 0.125oz OPI Nail Lacquer is worth $2.38. One of four colors arrive in the guest editor box this month. My color is A Great Opera-tunity. It is a nudish beige with a slight hint of peachy-pink. I am happy with the color I received. Compare this to my other salmon and wine polishes.
I already know and love dr. brandt microdermabrasion, so I welcome samples at any time. Like another scrub I love, Exfolikate, it is more than I generally like to pay. Both this and Exfolikate come in 2oz sizes, so the extra $7 for Exfolikate makes them in the same price range. It is awesome when these items come at me in a cheaper way. In a five sample box, this sample only cost me $2. At 0.25oz, this is worth $9.75.
The 0.5oz Rene Furterer Lissea is worth $3.69. I had never heard of this brand, but I always welcome leave-in treatments for my hair. This is a smoothing fluid, which I hope helps my frizz. It is for blow-drying, but I hope it will work without it. I will try it both ways.
The box has a $28.46 value. It could be slightly higher depending on what the full size LAQA product goes for. My personal value is also $28.46, because I want to try all the samples. This is a pretty good month.
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