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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 cleanser.
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 am not using this 20% discount code, so the first person to claim it can have it. Of my three boxes, there is only one code I probably will not use, and this is the only place I am listing it as a possible bonus for reading the article. If someone claims it before you try it, I keep a listing of general offers as well.
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.
My ModelCo Lipstick was a mess when it arrived. The bullet was probably not locked when the lipstick was shrink-wrapped, because I cannot see how a locked bullet would implant into the lid. I sent Birchbox an email as soon as I opened it at 7:36pm Pacific.
Birchbox usually has great service, but I am not used to receiving responses four minutes later, on a Saturday night no less. At 7:40pm Pacific, 10:40pm their time, my response came in. They have extra ModelCo lipsticks and will be sending a replacement.
I usually wait for the replacement before I publish the article, but I was still able to swatch (used the product that got all over my fingers when I opened it) and wear the lipstick damaged. There is nothing to wait for. I pushed the lipstick back together as best I could.
This beautiful color is Smitten. It is a deep cranberry-red. Wines and reds are lovely on their own, but they combine in a wonderful way. These are $17 each.
Please forgive my orange complexion that spread into my hair. I am trying the Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm, which is allegedly one color fits all. You can see that is not true. Anyway, the lipstick was long-lasting and slightly moisturizing. It did not accentuate dry patches on my lips. As it faded, it did fade unevenly and the formula started to get a little thick. When you first apply it, the look is incredible.
The replacement ModelCo lipstick arrived on 09/25/15. I was happy to see it was the beautiful Smitten I originally received, because I love this color. While the new lipstick is not damage free, I can live with the two large indentations and sweat (even though I hate lipstick sweat).
The dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser is something I remember sampling in a foil. It went well, but I cannot remember much more than that. I look forward to having a bit more experience with it. This 0.25oz sample is worth $2.50.
Benefit GimmeBrow in Light/Medium is another product I have experience with. My Benefit Brow Specialist at Ulta occasionally used this on me when she waxed my brows. The only reason I never purchased it is because my brow stash was already large enough, but I figured I would eventually buy it. It latches onto your brows to make them look fuller. As long as you do not apply it too heavily, it gives a natural look. That is what I go for. This 0.03oz sample is worth $7.20.
Harvey Prince Hello is a perfume that already exists in my stash. I finally tried the original, so I could decide whether I wanted to keep this duplicate. Trying this actually inspired me to add a rating section to my scent spreadsheet. When I have a duplicate scent, I will put it away for the time being. As I give scents to family members, I will be sure to hold onto duplicates with higher numbers longer. If I never finish the original, I can get rid of the duplicate then.
This perfume gets a 7 out of 10. The smell was pleasant and something I could easily reach for. Within four hours, it was gone. I’ve sprayed things in the morning that have lasted into the evening, so only four hours of wear deserves a deduction. Only an incredible smelling, long-lasting scent would get a 10, so a 7 is fair on this. This 0.05oz sample is worth $4.43. When pricing items, I use the smallest size. That is the cheapest buy-in and most items get cheaper per ounce as they get larger. Using the bigger size devalues the item. The rollerball is about 4/5 bigger.
I’d heard of Dear Clark Volumizing Tonic but until recently I had not heard a lot. An article suggested this is amazing, so I cannot wait to see if I agree. As someone with fine hair, I look forward to seeing if this builds volume. This 1oz sample is worth $4.33.
The box has a $35.47 value. My personal value is also $35.47. I am getting a new lipstick, and I do not know whether I will gift the perfume yet. If I do, my value will still be $31.04. It is still a successful box when I can dump an item and still have more than twice what I paid in value.
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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.