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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 six sample box like this one got me $6 back. I also shared my box on Facebook for an extra 10 points. That gave me a total of $7 back, which I redeemed on a purchase shipping to me now. 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 shampoo with the bonus conditioner foil.
I subscribed to this third box in April to order extra birthday gift subscriptions. After ordering the last gift subscriptions for the year in July (articles are still rolling out), I should have canceled. Getting the extra box for August and September was pretty awesome though. Keeping the second one is probably already too much, so I knew it was time for the third one to go. Six months (really 5 months, but 6 boxes) of having three boxes was a good run. From here on out, I hope to only have two (or even one down the road).
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 (from Box Two), but I keep a listing of general offers if you need one. I am saving the code from this box to place an order on my main account before it expires on the 30th. The code from my main account may still be available.
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 0.12oz Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Cherry Blossom is full-size. Birchbox sent another full-size lipstick in a recent box, too. This retails for $20. It is the highest valued box item I’ve ever received, and it is already on a product I love. It comes in pen that resembles a Stila Lip Glaze, but is nowhere near as sticky as those. While I dislike the little white brushes that dispense uneven product on both devices, I prefer the product that comes out of the Mally pen. She named it a high shine liquid lipstick, because it is like a lipstick and gloss in one. There are other claims such as it emulates a lipliner, but I disagree with that thanks to the awkward application brush.
This product does have a very slight sticky film. On a scale of 1-5, I’d call it a 1.5. For the comfort of a lipstick with the shine and wear of a gloss, I will take the slightly sticky application. It lasts longer than a lip gloss but not as long as a lipstick. It moisturizes better than a gloss and does not accentuate dry patches on my lips like some lipsticks. Birchbox sent me Cherry Blossom, which I cannot find listed anywhere other than Amazon. I can find Blossom listed, which I already own. I thought Cherry Blossom and Blossom were the same color with different names, because they looked the same.
The full-sized one from Birchbox is on the left. Pictures taken with a flash actually did make them look different, so I swatched them.
Blossom is more rose-shimmery, and Cherry Blossom is more pink. Although I got Blossom from Ulta, I am adding a picture of Blossom for comparison. The first picture is Blossom and the second is Cherry Blossom.
The 0.3oz 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is worth $7.50. I love this brand and everything it stands for, so I am always happy to sample items from it, even when they flop. This specific product interests me, too. Coffee bean eye creams are something I’ve heard of before, but I’ve never tried any. With this generous sample, I should get a good feeling on what I think of this.
The 0.75oz Whish Body Butter in Lavender is worth $3.60. I still have not tried Whish Body Butter despite collecting a few from Birchbox and Ulta. These body butters cost almost $5 an ounce, which is a little of my price league. If I try them and love them, I will only buy them with extreme discounts or in sets. That is too much for a body cream no matter how good it is.
I never place value on foils, but I love receiving them. They get the same 10 review points deluxe items get, and they are always a bonus. You will always get a minimum of five deluxe items. Anything above the five is extra. Knowing I was going to close this account down and needing 8 extra points to get me to the next $10 increment for one last order, I purposely selected the shampoo knowing I would get 10 extra points for this Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner foil. It is nice that the foil is a generous 0.4oz size. At that size, I am sure to get at least one and maybe even two uses.
This By Rosie Jane james perfume is very tiny. Although there is no size printed, it looks bigger than a 0.03oz sample I own and smaller than a 0.05oz sample. Thus, I suspect it is 0.04oz. If my assumption is correct, it is worth $9.18. That is the highest value fragrance sample I’ve tried from Birchbox. The top note was not the best, but it improved as it dried down. As it reached the base note, I found it pleasant. I love the sweet smell this settled into. It is light and long-lasting. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give this an 8.
Last but not least is my choice for the month. The 2.5oz Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo is worth $7.40. Davines is very generous with its sample sizes, so I am happy to see they did not skimp here either. I am currently sampling a different Davines wash/shampoo sample and like it thus far. Hopefully, this is as nice or better.
The box has a $47.68 value. My personal value is also $47.68, because I will try everything. This is the highest value box I’ve seen (since I started pricing them out anyway). It may even rival Mad Men California for best box ever once I’ve tried the items and see what I think.
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