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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 Coola makeup setting spray.
The package was slow going this month. It actually arrived here in Las Vegas on 08/18/15, but for some reason it shipped to Bell Gardens and checked in early on 08/19/15. I sent Birchbox an email that morning. Birchbox responded the following morning that they would send a replacement. A few hours after receiving the email, I find the original package in the mail. I am overly impressed with how fast USPS got the package back to Las Vegas for delivery, but it was too late. An email confirming the replacement box shipped arrived before I retrieved the package. Once again, Birchbox customer service is impeccable.
There was only one other time where my box was lost in the mail, which was also in August, but in 2014. Birchbox sent me a replacement on that box as well and both eventually made it here. This marks the second occasion (once the replacement arrives). The samples listed in my profile changed, so I am getting a different box as the replacement. I am unsure which box I prefer, but I will review both as they are different. Getting a bonus box is kind of awesome. Three of the five items listed are items I have yet to receive from Birchbox, too. Once you’ve subscribed for a long time and have multiple boxes, you tend to get a lot of repeats.
I really like the design of the box this month. All of the designs lately have been a lot of fun.
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 was between four items or the guest editor box. I selected the guest editor box on my primary account, the dry shampoo on this account, and the Coola makeup setting spray on the third account.
It seems most (if not all people) are receiving a LAQA & Co Cheeky Lip in one of three colors this month. I received Humble Brag in Box One and Box Three, so I was happy Box Two brought a different color. This is Cray-Cray, which is coral-peach. The color is great on my cheeks, but I did not like it on my lips.
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 pink one may make another appearance on my lips in the future, but this color will stay cheek exclusive. I keep my cheek and lip products in separate train cases, so you know where this is going.
The Beauty Protector Leave In Conditioner does not list a size. I am starting to think Beauty Protector is allergic to listing sizes, because I cannot recall seeing a size on anything from this brand. It is the only brand from the women’s box I can think of that repeatedly does not list the size. My guess for this bottle is 1oz. If my guess is correct, this is worth $2.74.
The 0.5oz Coola radical recovery after-sun lotion is worth $2.67. Some of you may have noticed my skin is peeling in the picture above. Despite my best efforts, I sunburned recently. This is actually the cream I used to nurse my skin back to health. Although I’d prefer not to peel, I have yet to find a magical cream that prevents my burn from peeling. It does seem sooth my skin and give enough moisture by itself. My chest and back have not peeled much, so it did prevent some peeling.
Usually, I need a moisturizer on top of an aloe gel, because one does alone does not help my skin as much as I need it to. Getting a backup of this made me happy, but I am not pleased that this new one has the same 02/16 expiration date as the one I am using now that I received a year ago. Always check those expiration dates. Never assume products received later will also expire later. They sometimes expire at the same time or even earlier. I’d personally have items sitting in my house than stored in a warehouse that long, so I am not a fan of receiving items with the same or earlier expiration dates that far apart. I discuss this in more detail in this article.
The 0.24oz air repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer is worth $2.40. This is something I am willing to try but did not select it because the other options appeal to me more. I have so many moisturizers. Birchbox sent me a lip balm from this brand in the past, which tasted terrible. I’ve repurposed it for my cuticles and elbows. It works fine there.
The 1.6oz R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo is worth $10.88. I always use the cheapest buy in (smallest size) to price items, so I used the 2.5oz size and not the full size. When items are more expensive in smaller quantities valuing it off a bigger item devalues it more than it should. Dry Shampoos are always welcome here. Unless I wash my hair everyday or wear it up, dry shampoo is a necessity for second day hair. My hair is so dry that my scalp gets incredibly oily to compensate. It results in dirty looking hair. Dry shampoos also help some off the added frizz created by the steam of the hot shower hitting your shower cap. I look forward to trying this offering, because finding something that does the job without smelling awful is a challenge.
The box has a $25.36 value. My personal value is also $25.36, because I will use all the 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.
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