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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 the moisturizer.
All boxes (other than the featured Beauty Solutions box) came in a Cupcakes and Cashmere box. While it is not my favorite design, it is the classiest looking box to date. Seems the guest editor has a hand in design, so she probably helped create this 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, the sample choice was between four items: a Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment, a Harvey Prince Sea Salt Hair Mist, a Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer, or a Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel. They all looked lovely, and I would not mind any of them. I actually love the Real Chemistry peel but opted against, because I had a lot of them. I regret that now and will always select this when possible. Their guest editor, Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere, was kept a secret until the last-minute.
This is probably why she did not curate a box of her own (outside of the actual box). She mentioned four items in her video that she loved and Birchbox would sample that mont. I did not get any of the four items across three subscriptions. Her items were Tocca Isabel fragrance, Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Living Proof Restore Instant Repair, and Benefit Porefessional. There was also a featured Beauty Solutions Box with a W3LL People The Expressionist Mascara in Black, a Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion, a Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel, a Cotz Flawless Complexion SPF 50, and a Juara Candlenut Body Butter.
My choice was the 0.67oz Naobay natural & organic Oxygenating Cream Moisturizing worth $14.40. At the time I selected it, I did not have any of these. I later received this in my free sample pack with my Limited Edition Lovely Day Box. Although I am not a fan of multi use products, I will find where this works best and use it there. If for any reason I do not love this when I try it, I will give away the duplicate meaning I will get the value from it in this box. It is one of the highest values I’ve received for a sample, so I really look forward to trying this. I’ve also been really into natural and organic products lately, so that is an added bonus.
The 0.08oz Coastal Scents Reveal3d Desert Bloom mini is worth $1.60. This sample also came in Box One from this month, so I did not keep this one. I included photos of the one from the first box I played with. That value uses the actual retail of $19.95 rather than the suggested retail of $39.95 listed on the Coastal Scents site. Although this looks very small, 0.02oz per shadow is not much smaller than some full size palettes that offer 0.03oz or 0.035oz per shadow. If you were to buy the full-sized version of this palette, you would get 1oz of shadows making the 20 shades 0.05oz each.
It took six swipes to get the light, lavender purple shade to show up on my arm. I do not remember it lacking pigment that way when I applied it. The beautiful burgundy color was one swipe. That is two swipes on the gold color, and one swipe for the brown. These are wonderful colors for recreating a sunset, so I was happy with them.
I sampled Coastal Scents Revealed Two in a previous box and was not impressed. The colors were not easy to blend and creased using my NARS base. To this day, I have not given that sampler a second chance. My NARS base was missing when I went to apply shadow (my son took off with it but I found it later). Instead of opening a backup NARS (having two of the same products open at once in a general no in my book), I decided to finally try LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. It gets excellent reviews, but trying it for the first time with another product I was trying for the first time is not something I’d usually do. That makes it harder to see if one is failing where the other is exceeding.
There is always a chance they’ll both exceed expectations, and that is what happened here. The Coastal Scents Reveal3d sample was a lot easier to blend than its predecessor. The LOARC primer was similar, although more clear, than my usual NARS base. When I washed my makeup off eight hours later, everything was fresh looking and crease free. Both new products impressed me, and I want to give the earlier palette a second shot with my newly opened LORAC primer. At some point, I will try the new palette with the NARS primer to see if the first attempt last year was a fluke.
I will edit this tomorrow when I remember to swatch these colors. The names of the individual shadows are not listed, so I will label them the way the colors look to me.
The 1oz No4 Super Comb Prep & Protect is worth $4.73. I also received this on my primary box, but I have not tried it yet. My leave in conditioner samples and full-sized products are too plenty, so I did not keep this.
The 0.55oz Marcelle Clay Mask is worth $2.23. I only apply clay masks to oily parts of my skin, so they tend to last me a long time.
The 0.06oz Harvey Prince Yogini is worth $5.24. I always use the smallest size to calculate value, because it is the cheapest buy-in to try the product. This sample is about 1/5 the rollerball. This also came in one of my April Birchboxes, so I did not keep it. The scent is very subtle but pleasant. It lasts on my skin a long time. On a scale of one to ten, I’d give it an eight.
The box has a $28.20 value. My personal value is $16.63, because I gave three of the five items away. That speaks more of a stash too large than disliking the products, which I had not even tried when I gave them away. I am not disappointed in a box where I can give three items away and still be left with more value than I paid.
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