If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
When you make it to your one Ace anniversary, Birchbox rewards you with a code, ALLACES. It is good for $15 off a purchase in the Ace category. There is no minimum spend, but there are not a lot of items in this category. I received my code last month, but I waited to earn a few more review points to place the order. On 09/10/15, I reviewed my September Box (thanks to the option saying I have not tried the items yet). My box just shipped, so I will not have it for a while. That brought me a little over 200 points, so I had $20 to spend in addition to my free $15 code.
What is an Ace? An Ace is a Birchbox customer who earns at least 500 points in a calendar year. Notice I wrote customer and not subscriber. It is possible to achieve Ace Status without being a subscriber. You earn 1 point for every dollar you spend in the shop, and there thousands of awesome items you can purchase, including the amazing limited edition boxes. There are constant promo codes released to earn bonus points (which count toward status). If you are a subscriber, you also get 10 points for every item you review and 50 points for every subscriber you refer. The only points that do not count toward status are I’m sorry points. I’ve only received I’m sorry points once about a year and a half ago, so I think they are rarely given.
Items in the Ace category can fluctuate, but I did not notice any new items from when I first looked a few weeks ago to the day I placed my order. There were 53 items to select from both times, and I am almost certain they were the same. Although there were some decent items in there, nothing screamed buy me. I wish we could use the $15 toward anything. As there was nothing I had to have, I decided to get something for my husband. Considering there are only a handful of items for men, I liked seeing something he really wanted in there.
My husband, a huge Howard Stern fan, mentioned a few times over the years that Howard loves Tommy John. He said he wanted to try them but never pulled the trigger. When he finally decided to subscribe to Birchbox, he and I were both excited to see he would get a pair in his very first box. Trying things before you buy them is the best, especially since he never got around to buying them. The problem is the size medium that came in his box were a little tight. Knowing he would never get around to purchasing them on his own, I wanted to save up points and order some for him. That way, I was not buying them, but he could still try them. It takes a while to save up that many points, so it would have taken me a while without this offer.
I ordered the large size Tommy John 360° Sport Trunk, so the underwear should fit this time. When you cash in points, it rounds to the nearest dollar. That means the $16 left would have used $20 in points wasting $4. Never leave points on the table. If I cannot get perfectly to the redemption number, I would rather go over than under. There was nothing available for $4 I wanted, but I picked up a $6 travel tube of Marvis Strong Mint Toothpaste. My husband loves this toothpaste and just booked another work trip today, so this will arrive before he leaves. That meant I had to pay $2, but I would rather do that than waste $4. This also meant I spent enough to get a free 2 piece sample pack (loads from the bonus shop with a $35 purchase). Getting the samples means I get a little something on an order I place for someone else.
This is actually my third Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Indigo. I have not published or presented the other two (yet), but I will eventually. As much as I love colored eyeliner, I do not need three. The 0.028oz sample is worth $7.70. Reviews on Birchbox are very favorable of this. Those reviewers must have dry lids, because it moved and smudged on my oily lids, and my right eye had worn at least 30% off by the end of the night. My pencil (the one of three I am keeping, not the one pictured above) had a broken tip. To use this, I had to sharpen it right off the bat.
I started with my Julep sharpener, but that did not go well. There was a gap between the color and the pencil and jagged edges. My Lancome sharpener seemed to leave less of a gap than the Julep one, but the edge was still jagged. This actually made me smile, because people I know recently discussed how many makeup pencil sharpeners is too many. Apparently, you cannot have too many if the pencil sharpeners are even slightly different in size. The smallest difference in barrel can fit one pencil better than another, and I have a ton of different sized pencils, so I may buy a ton of different sharpeners. Of course, I could also use the electric one with the adjustable opening I use to sharpen my son’s school pencils.
I took the pencil with the jagged edge and tried to draw a line. The line was huge. Are you picturing the Panda eyes picture? I sure was. For fun, here it is.
While trying to fix a fat line on my left eye courtesy of the bad sharpening and shaky hands, the pencil slid. You can only imagine what happened. The jagged edge scratched my eye. It still hurts! I am lucky I did not scratch the cornea, because I’ve done that in the past (not with eyeliner).
The blue looks vibrant with the flash.
It looks muted without the flash.
Five minutes after swatching, I like to rub the eyeliner (dry) to see if it moves. There are plenty that do not move at all. You can see how much this one moved.
On my eyes in natural lighting, the blue is soft and pretty. I am a fan of the color.
Please forgive the splotchy orange skin. I tried to give the Stila Bronzing BB cream another shot by mixing it with something more human colored. It did not go well, so I am officially done trying to make it work.
The Sharpie is only there for size perspective. It is to show how far the clip opens. According to the description, this holds any amount of hair, so I wanted to put that to the test. I did test it in my hair, but my assistant was unable to take a clear close up to show it holds all of my hair. None of my assistants have much hair, so I could not use them as models. This SARAHPOTEMPA Darby Hair Clip is actually something I almost purchased. While I blow dry very rarely, I do use clips when I do. My current ones are okay, but I was looking for something nicer. In my very first Birchbox, I received a Bun tool from her line that I really liked. Hopefully this is as nice when I finally put it to use. Birchbox sells these in sets of 2 for $9.99, so this is worth $5.
I am happy with the value of this order, especially for the $2 I paid. Technically, I only paid $1.34. MrRebates gave me 3% back on $22 (because the points are like a gift card in the scenario but the $15 off is a promo code). If you shop at Birchbox, you need a Mrrebates account, because Birchbox does not affiliate with other pay to shop programs like ebates, or ShopatHome. You should really sign up for all of them, because each has affiliations with certain stores that others do not.
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. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. See other Birchbox articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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