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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 got me $5 back. I also shared my box on Facebook for an extra 10 points. That gave 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 one of the featured boxes, Power Pose.
This is the first of my two Birchbox Subscriptions. Box Two (which has not arrived yet) is different.
There were two boxes designed specifically for The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Power Pose box featured the light pink version. Game Face featured the dark pink version. I really love the design of the box and did not care whether mine was light pink or dark pink, so I went with the one featuring the products that appealed more to me.
This box included a special insert with some important facts on breast cancer. It is breast cancer awareness month, so I liked this added touch. Some of the information was new to me, so it was good to read.
The first thing you usually 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 3-5 items or a featured box where you know all five in advance.
Sample choice this month was between five mascaras: Benefit They’re Real, Benefit Roller Lash, Eyeko Black Magic, W3ll People Extraordinary Mascara, or Stila Huge Extreme Lash. There was also an option to select one of the two featured boxes. Power Pose includes: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Clinique Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon, Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream, and Clinique Moisture SurgeTM Extended Thirst Relief. Game Face includes:Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Prescriptives False Lash Mascara, ORIGINS Checks And Balances™ Frothy Face Wash, and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
Clinique and Estee Lauder are GWP Kings. Their samples are so readily available that I almost feel like getting them in a box I pay for is a waste. Three of the five items come from them and one item gives me an allergic reaction. Why did I select this box? Three reasons. I buy Lancome way more than I buy Clinique or Estee Lauder, so all three of these items are actually new to me. I own the chubby in different colors, the Moisture Surge in different products, and the face version of this eye serum from Estee Lauder. They’re all technically different though. This was the only mascara free option this month, so I had to go for it. The most important reason is I really wanted the Darphin cream.
The 0.17oz Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Multi-Corrective Divine Cream is worth $29.50. I knew when I selected this cream that it would have a high value, but I had no clue until I priced it out that it would be my most valuable Birchbox sample ever. Trying expensive samples is always fun unless I love them. Then, I get a little sad at the prospect of wanting something I know I should not buy. Here’s hoping I love it but not too much that I have to buy it.
The 0.04oz Clinique Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon is worth $6.80. The formula is relatively sheer but still has a nice color payoff. As the name suggests, these pigmented balms are extremely moisturizing. When I want a pop of color but my lips are not in any condition to wear lipstick, colored lip balms and glosses are my go to. They hide dry patches on the lips, impart color, and feel wonderful. Like most balms, they are not extremely long-lasting. At this price, reapplying is completely acceptable. I like the color (a sheer peachy-pink) and feel Mega Melon was the perfect choice for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink melons! Someone obviously has a sense of humor, because there is no way that was a coincidence.
The 0.25oz Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is worth $9. Its primers are known for being the best on the market. When I started wearing makeup again, I bought a couple of their kits knowing they’d work. I tried a few different samples, and they all gave me a rash. Although I have avoided trying others, this is one I’ve tried. Since my purchasing fail, I keep getting samples of these, which makes my friends who are not allergic very happy. One of my lucky lovelies will receive this goodie.
The 0.14oz Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum is worth $18.20. I actually have two samples of the face serum and wonder how this eye serum is different. As someone who uses eye serum and eye cream everyday, I welcome eye serum samples. They are much more rare than almost any other skincare sample. The last time I received an eye serum sample was in my May 2014 Glossybox if that offers some perspective. This will be happily used.
The 0.21oz Clinique Moisture SurgeTM Extended Thirst Relief is worth $4.82. I received a sample of this in the past, but I never tried it. Gel-creams are not moisturizing enough for my dry skin. It is ironic that something with moisture in the title is known to lack moisture, but I believe this product is not geared toward people with dry skin. This time, I will sample it. If it is not moisturizing enough for my dry skin, I will see if I can use it exclusively on my oily skin. Using different moisturizers usually works well in the summer when I prefer not to use a heavy moisturizer on my oily skin. In the fall or winter, I tend to use a thick moisturize everywhere, so this will have to wait a while before I try it.
The box has a $68.32 value. My personal value is $59.32, because I cannot keep the Smashbox primer. This is the highest valued box I’ve ever seen, so I promise you most are not this high. While I do recommend subscribing, I want you to subscribe with realistic expectations. Most of the better boxes are in the $30 value range, but feel free to browse my other boxes to get a more accurate picture.
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.