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You’ve banked a lot of points at Birchbox. What should you spend them on? There are thousands of great items in the store. If you’re a subscriber, you’ve probably even sampled some gems you could buy. I like to use my points to purchase more boxes. The Limited edition boxes, in particular. The CEW boxes are usually a great purchase, because they’re high value and desired items. Birchbox usually applies a $5 discount (applied automatically) when you add both CEW boxes to your cart. You can look at the discount however you want, but I look at it as getting the Mass Appeal box for $10 instead of $15.
The discount makes it almost impossible not to get them both. There are items from both boxes I really want to try or already know and love, so it was an easy decision to get them both.
The CEW Mass Appeal Box received an article of its own to spotlight each box. I am adding the value of that box at the bottom, because it belongs to this order. This order and thus $30 in points came from my third account.
I had also never used MOBILE20 on my third account, so I used it with this order to save 20%. I wanted a free sample pack, so I added the Caudalie Hydration Duo to get over the $35 minimum. Whenever your purchase is over $35, you can add a two piece sample pack from the bonus shop. It does not need a code, so it should be combined with one. The $10 charge will automatically drop off if you qualify.
I do not value foils even though I like receiving single use masks like this one. The 0.500z Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is something I will happily use. Rusk paste sells in this 1.5oz size for $7. This went to my husband, because he loves trying hair products like this. It is something I would never use. That means my sample value on this order is actually $0, but I will add $7 to the box value.
The Caudalie Hydration Duo is something I’ve wanted to purchase anyway. It retails for $12 but claims to have a $22 value. I value it at $18.86, which is $6 for the hand cream (40% of the 2.5 oz size), and $12.86 for the lip conditioner. The full size lip conditioner is actually 0.01oz smaller than this resulting in the extra $0.86. Lip balms and hand creams are things I collect way too much of, but I will eventually get to each one.
The box itself was actually a lot bigger than the items inside.
The items were so small in fact that I looked forward to calculating value.
Every Birchbox comes with a product card. It gives a brief description of the items inside. Some of the items are already full-sized, so it usually does not include the price to purchase the full-sized version.
I love getting samples of Glamglow Masks. The black one is my favorite of the face masks, and the white one is my least favorite. Although I have not decided whether I like the green or the blue one next after black, I like that they’re both in here to give me another shot to figure it out. Foils do not get a value assigned, but this 0.10oz GlamGlow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment is enough for a healthy use. Even without any value calculated, I always appreciate receiving them.
Here’s hoping I figure out I do prefer the Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment. This 0.24oz sample is enough for 2-3 uses depending on how liberal I am with application is worth $9.74. My skin is dry, so you think I’d prefer this to Youthmud, which is probably best for oily skin. Youthmud leaves my skin looking more renewed even though I prefer how my skin actually feels post Powermud and Thirstymud. I am still trying to decide what if anything Supermud (the white one does). If you purchase Glamglow, price it by ounce first. Unlike most brands, Glamglow is usually cheaper per ounce in the smaller packages.
I love Marula oil, and most other oils. When my dry skin is acting up, oils are soothing. This Marula Pure Beauty Oil is incredible, so I loved picking up this mini 0.17oz sample worth $11.09.
I have the world’s shakiest hands, so I am trying to decide whether I want another go round with this 0.003oz Benefit They’re Real push-up liner sample in black. Despite the tiny sample, I never finished it the first time I sampled this from Sephora. It is really hard for me to draw a straight line, so I prefer a more foolproof application. This could be magic without any mistakes, but I always make mistakes. Ulta sent me the brown one recently (prefer brown over black), and I did a little better. That was also a bigger sample with a container that was a little easier to work with than this tiny thing. I will keep this $3.60 micro mini if I decide to try again. If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. It will be a miracle if I can master this product.
Coola is a brand I was first introduced to in early 2011. The cucumber facial sunscreen was a winner from the start. Although I have not yet tried this Coola Sport SPF 50 in Fresh Mango, I am sure it is the same sunscreen I know and love in a different scent. This 0.5oz beauty is worth $3.20.
When it comes to hair products, I think Fekkai has mostly hits. One coming to mind, I hate, but the one I love seriously cancels it out. Anyway, I had never heard of this Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist in Creme Vanille. It smells incredible. Over a year ago, I opened an Ojon dry shampoo that works pretty well minus the awful scent. I am going to break it out again and see if this lovely concoction can help overpower the scent that must die in that dry shampoo. Let me know if you want me to report back on that. This 0.330z sample is worth $3.88.
I had never heard of the Nudestix Lip + Cheek Pencil in Blush, so seeing it win a CEW award surprises me. Winners are usually items or at least brands I’ve heard of. It is an extra creamy, soft-feeling lip liner, lip color and cheek cream all-in-one. That certainly sounds interesting, it is sold at Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, etc. Seems like it is my bad that I’ve never heard of it. This 0.088oz pencil is worth $24. Nudestix actually contacted me to let me know this full-size. Even though the pencils you buy separately with a separate sharpener and box are marked as 0.05oz, they are 0.088oz as well. It was a misprint from the manufacturer. As nice as it would be to have the sharpener (this is a thick pencil so a standard sharpener will not work), I am not deducting value for it. The box it comes with is also cute but unnecessary. You get the same amount of product, but you need to purchase it separately for the bells and whistles.
This Blush color was described as nude on one of the websites I saw it on. The same website listed a few of them as nude, so my question is nude according to whom and for who? For me, the color was not nude. It is a pinkish beige with a slightly glossy finish. I had to apply it to my cheeks three times before I noticed any color. As usual, the color on my cheeks faded in less than two hours. The struggle to find a lasting cheek color is real. On my lips, the color lasted a bit longer. Dry patches were accentuated. Though I liked the color, it was not my favorite. For a pencil, this moisturizes well. I am not completely sold on this, so I am uncertain whether I would purchase any more.
The CEW Prestige Box has a $55.51 value. Those who place a value on the Glamglow foil may value this box slightly higher than its Mass Appeal counterpart. I will probably use everything in this box, so my personal value is also $55.51.
The CEW Mass Appeal Box is pictured below, but the article breaking everything down is separate. It costs $15 before getting $5 off for purchasing both boxes. The value is $58.51. My personal value is $46.72, because I am giving away one of the items. As the item is going to my boys, we will get all the value from this order as a family.
This order after discounts and points cost me $2.00. The total value is $139.88. My personal value is $121.09, because I am giving away one of the two samples and one of the items from the Mass Appeal box. As the only items I am not using are going to members of my immediate family, we will get all the value from this order as a family.
I am happy with the value of this order, especially for what I paid. The boxes are still available if you want to pick them up. For a limited time, orders over $50 get a three-piece sample pack. It was not available when I purchased this, but it is available now.
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