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Welcome back to the year of Birchbox gifting. This is the year I decided to send all of the women in my immediate family 3 month Birchbox gift subscription for their birthdays. My brother-in-law and his 22 year old fiancé have been together since she was 14. She is my sister in every sense of the word. On 04/20/15, I placed a late birthday order for her from my main account. Her actual birthday was almost two months prior, which fell during the period I was out of the beauty spirit. Ordering her gift subscription two weeks after I resumed the gifts helped bring me back full circle, too, because she was the last one I was behind in buying.
I actually had 302 points in my account thanks to reviewing the items from my most recent box and the most recent purchase I made on the main account. Redeeming 300 points for a $30 gift sub meant this was the first (and sadly only) gift subscription that did not cost me anything. A new code 100FORME was released that applied to gift subscriptions. The fine print on the code said you would get 100 points with a $30 purchase. It meant 30 points for $30 spent plus a bonus 70. Usually, I am good at reading fine print, but I admit this one tricked me. I did not notice that it only gave me 70 points until after I ordered it and wondered why I only had 72 points.
I immediately sent an email. Shoot first and ask questions later. After I sent it, I pulled up the original email and read the fine print. When the agent responded to my email, I had already realized my mistake. Although I responded that it was my mistake for not reading the fine print, I suggested they not make offers like that again where you have to read the fine print to realize you will only get the full 100 points if you do not redeem any points. She said she would pass the information on. I still felt irked about not getting the 100 points I thought I would. A similar offer came a month later, and that one was clear it would be 70 points plus whatever you spend. Birchbox listened, so I am assuming others had the same complaint. My annoyance went away. It will return if it happens again though.
You cannot count points toward your discount as you earn and redeem, so I will only count them as I redeem them. That means the $7 I get back on this order will be used on a future order just as the $30 I applied on this order was earned on past orders. Seeing what comes in their welcome boxes, which are never customized to a profile, would be fun for me and hopefully helpful to someone thinking of purchasing a gift subscription for a family member or a first subscription for herself.
Though I have not tried my own Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, it is one I look forward to trying.
Sunscreen in eye cream is a huge plus, because it is an area many of us forget to cover. Supergoop is fantastic in the way of sunscreen, so I hope the Supergoop! Advanced Aging Eye Cream is just as nice.
Assuming she got the 10z Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil, that is a very generous sample on a wonderful item.
Who can ever have too many candles? I cannot be the only one obsessed with candles, right? This Votivo Pomme Dusk Mini Tin Candle would be welcome.
Though I have more mascara than I know what to do with, I am a fan of the natural brand and would gladly try this W3ll People The Expressionist Mascara.
The Tocca Isabel is not pictured, but it is listed on her product card. Hopefully, it is hiding in the green pouch. Everyone was asked to text me a picture of the box contents and product card. Part of the fun (for me) is seeing how each recipient presented her box. I did not want to contact them to ask for anything else as long as they sent the box and the card. Here is a grainy picture from Birchbox that shows what the Tocca Isabel looks like. It is nothing I’ve tried yet (although I think I own a sample vial). I’d certainly try it.
Five of her six items look exciting to me. The Tocca does not excite or disappoint me, because I am not really into getting too many scents. Some may wonder why I am offering my opinion on her items instead of getting her own. The reason is I did not want the gifts burden her, so I did not want to have her tell me what she thought of each one. On that note, I also refrained from asking her for the size of the items. Anyone who reads my personal box reviews knows I break down the value of the samples, and I will still do that for my boxes.
The welcome boxes usually do not take the beauty profiles into account, so I also did not feel it was necessary to ask my gift recipients a bunch of questions to see why they got the welcome box they did. I am not sharing any of their boxes that take their profile into account. Again, this is to let them enjoy their gifts without me bothering them. My boxes are pretty good, so I have not touched my settings in a while. I will be more than happy to share my settings on my box for people who want to tinker with theirs.
I answer more questions regarding the program if you want more details on how it works. You can review other welcome boxes I’ve sent and received this year. Ready to send a Gift Subscription? If you want to subscribe, remember to look at start-up offers and all available offers. When you’re ready to spend your rewards points, remember to add your free two piece sample pack when spending $35 from the Bonus Shop. See other Birchbox Subscription articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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