Welcome back to the year of Birchbox gifting. This is the year I decided to send all the women in my immediate family three-month Birchbox gift subscription for their birthdays. On 04/28/15, I ordered a subscription for my sister, who was about to turn 37. I selected 06/19/15 for her ship date, because her actual birthday was two months away. The box she received had more to do with the ship date than the order date.
I redeemed $10 in points and ordered this for $20 from my third account using the code SUBSCRIBENOW50, which I already used on my primary account and my second account. This code gave me 50 points with the subscription order.
You cannot count points toward your discount as you earn and redeem, so I will only count them as I redeem. That means the $5 I get back on this order will be used on a future order just as the $10 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.
Her box did not have a product card. I asked her to text me the names of the products, because I could only clearly identify two from her picture. Egyptian Magic is my baby, so I would recognize that anywhere. She was the only one lucky enough to receive it in her welcome box. A lot of people received Vasanti BrightenUp! Instead, she sent me a clear shot of them. Neither of her pictures focus on the eyeliner color, so I guessed from what they looked like on the Birchbox website. It is fun (for me) to see how they choose to present their boxes. I liked her second picture, sink and all.
Egyptian Magic is by far the best sample I’ve ever received from Birchbox. I discuss my love for it in my Drugstore.com haul and a few other places. A small amount of this balm heals dry skin quickly. Within about three uses, my sons have relief from their eczema patches. It is very greasy, so I only apply it sparingly on very dry patches of skin.
Assuming her Marcelle Eyeliner is in Electric Blue, I would love to see her wearing this. The color looks awesome. I’ve received Indigo, which looks slightly darker, four times. If this is Indigo, then we are eyeliner twins. This Marcelle formula moves on oily eyelids, and I have not yet found a pencil sharpener in the right size to leave it without jagged edges. That said, I do not mind owning one of these, so I hope she enjoys hers.
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator gets incredible reviews. I still have not tried it, because I have too many facial scrubs open and cannot justify opening another one. Based on reviews, this is probably one of the top items I look forward to trying, so I hope she’s tried it and loved it.
I received the Coola Mineral Sunscreen Natural BB Cream in a past box and as I stated in my August empties, I loved it. The consistency falls between a foam and a mousse. It’s very light, and I love the matte finish. This formula has very light coverage and the anything with sunscreen in it is awesome. Hopefully, she loves this as much as I do.
She is the only person I’ve ever seen to receive this MD Solar Sciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion from Birchbox. I am sure others have, but I have not seen it. This is an exciting sunscreen brand that many people rave over, so I am guessing there is sunscreen in this eye cream. If this eye cream gives sun protection and moisture without burning, it is something I would love to try. Fingers crossed I get this sample at some point in the future, because I’d love to put it to the test.
All of her items look nice to me, except the eyeliner. Even the eyeliner is not something I mind owning one of. If her color is not Indigo, I would be willing to receive it if Birchbox sent it to me. 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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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.