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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 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. For this box, I selected the brow pencil.
This is the second of my three Birchbox Subscriptions. Box One will post in two days, and Box Three has not arrived yet.
Three designs created by subscribers went into creating this box. The Birchbox team took their designs and joined them to make one special box. Their names are actually printed inside the box, so I can think of at least three women who will probably hoard this box. “You’re Beautiful” is always a great reception, so any design would have made this a great box.
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 is the fifth anniversary of Birchbox, so they gave us a little gift. I already used this 20% discount code, but I keep a listing of general offers if you need one.
This month, the sample choice was between four items: a Davines Love Shampoo with a bonus conditioner foil, Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio in Sugar Plum, an Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown, a and a Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser. They all looked lovely, and I would not mind any of them. There was no guest editor box this month, but they did throw together a Customer Favorites box with a Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo, a Beauty Protector Protect & Condition, a Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, a Harvey Prince Hello perfume, and a Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner in Mulberry. I already own three of the five items in that box, so I decided not to get it.
The 0.013oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown is worth $2.99. It retails for $23 at Birchbox rather than the $25 printed on the card. I was nervous the color would be too dark, so I almost did not select this. Her brow products are incredible and this pencil is one I have not tried yet. Even if the color was too dark, I decided to get it to try the pencil before possibly purchasing it down the road.
It was dark when applied full force as shown in the swatches. The one on the left was easily 10 or more passes where the one on the right is a single pass. If you went with a really light application, a blonde could pull this off. Someone with darker hair probably would not be successful, because this is as bold as it gets.
I was not super pleased with my first attempt. The super light application did not give me the desired look. To get a fuller look, I applied too much product. This made them a little too dark, but I loved the appearance despite the color. The pencil itself was easy to work with, so I know I will purchase this in my color at some point. It glided and applied pigment with ease.
Here is a close up of the brow look which features the eyeshadow below as well.
I tried it again and was able to apply the color a little lighter.
I love sampling eyeshadow, so I almost regretted not selecting the Pop trio. Turns out, I would get eyeshadow anyway. This 0.05oz Japonesque Velvet Touch Eyeshadow in shade 03 retails for $9. It is a very pretty beige color.
This was my first experience with Japonesque shadow. Until very recently, I did not own any Japonesque products at all, so I am still pretty new to the brand. The color is light, but it still took a lot of product to build pigmentation. Once the swatch and color on the eyes presented, it was beautiful. I did get slight creasing on one eye, but the other eye was still solid before bed. Usually I write products that crease off for a while before I give them a second shot.
I was also sampling the Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm SPF 30, which has one universal color. It is so orange that placed it everywhere, including my eyelids. The color difference was stark, so I could not leave any areas uncovered. To keep the BB cream in place, I left my NARS Pro Prime off. One side of the shadow stayed in place without any NARS, so I am actually impressed. This paired with NARS should work nicely, and I will mix it with other shadows to test how it plays with others.
While I am not thrilled to get a product for combo to oily skin, I do have combo listed in my profile for this account. I do have slightly oily skin in some parts, but I am way more bothered by the dry skin than the oily skin. Regardless, I will try the Acure facial cleansing gel superfruit + CGF at some point. When I sample a cleanser for oily skin, I tend to only use it on my oily parts, but I have no problem using a dry skin cleanser on my whole face. This 1oz sample is worth $2.50.
I received this Davines This Is a Sea Salt Spray in the Modern Mermaid box last year. When I saw that a new one was coming my way, I decided it was finally time to try the one from last year. Like its Modern Mermaid counterpart, this is a generous 3.38oz ounce sample worth $10.80. My issue with sea salt sprays are they usually make my already frizzy hair worse. That is why it took me so long to even try this. Although I have tried sea salt sprays that left my hair more frizzy, this one left my hair coarse and sticky. Someone told me that is what they’re supposed to do, so I guess I will give it another shot. I am unsure I can get used to sticky hair, no matter how much oil I use to smooth the frizz or combat the coarseness though.
The 0.05oz L’Artisan Perfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons is worth $5. I always use the smallest size to price samples, because it is the cheapest buy in. Using the largest size devalues the sample, because most products get cheaper per ounce as you purchase bigger sized. This sample is 1/5 the size of the rollerball. My perfume collection is exceptionally large, because I receive a lot, but I do not use a lot. To refrain from adding duplicates into my collection, I keep a spreadsheet. According to my spreadsheet, I already own this scent. I located my old sample and tried it. After three uses, I am pretty sure this scent it not for me. It is not amazing or terrible, but it completely disappears on me within three hours. The only way I would consider purchasing a scent that disappears that quickly is if I loved the scent.
The box has a $30.29 value. My personal value is also $14.49, because I will almost certainly get rid of the new Davines Sea Salt Spray and the perfume. It is still a successful box when I can dump two items and still be in the positive.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.