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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 guest editor.
This is the first of my three Birchbox Subscriptions. Box Two and Three were different.
This box, curated by Megan from The Tig, reflected that in its design.
All of the June Boxes had a Say Yes insert with a unique code printed on the other side. The codes won a unique discount for 10-20%. The code that came with this box only won a 10% discount, so I never redeemed it. There was no expiration date listed on the email, but the code was invalid when I prepped this article. Sometimes codes are invalid the first part of the month, but they work in the second half of the month. I just checked this morning (the second half on the month), and the code still does not work. It is probably not going to work again. As mentioned on my Birchbox retailer page, some codes (usually general recycling codes) only work in the second half of the month.
The first thing you usually see is a product card, and I remember seeing a product card with this. I lost it though. If it were here, it would list the items in the box and the price 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: Coola Mango Body Sunscreen SPF 50, Supergoop+ Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology, skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, or Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micrometer. The guest editor box, The Tig, should have included: SU hair & body wash is worth, Harvey prince hello body cream, Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel, Oribe Cote d’ Azur, and Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner.
All boxes should have included an Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner. Birchbox said they got held up at customs and would be included as soon as they arrived. Since then, we’ve received boxes in July, August, September, and October without another peep on the eyeliner, so I am not holding my breath. The eyeliner substitution in the guest editor box was Marcelle BB cream. In all other boxes, it came with Marcelle eyeliner.
The main reason I selected this box is because I love the Real Chemistry peel. I could have chosen it the previous month and opted against it since I had so many. Almost immediately after doing that, I regretted it (especially when I saw the low value box I got with the Harvey Prince Sea Salt Spray). None of the other samples screamed try me, but I really liked that I did not own any when I chose the box. Had I known the eyeliner would be subbed with the Golden BB cream, I would have been less inclined to pick it. Considering guest editor box samples do not count toward your history (meaning you can get items from the same subscription again), I would avoid a guest editor box would an undesirable sample no matter how desirable the others are.
The 2.5oz SU hair & body wash is worth $6.66. As I mentioned in my September Empties when I finished this sample, I loved it. I never go into multi use products with high hopes, because items usually work better when they target different areas. How can areas that have different needs get optimal benefits from different uses? This really did work well on both my hair and my body, but I preferred it on my hair. That meant I tried it once on my body and decided to keep it hair exclusive after that. It lathers very well on hair and body, rinses with the squeaky clean feeling I love, and smells incredible. It could have done more for my frizz, and that is the only thing that will probably keep me from buying it. Sampling it again would be very welcomed though.
The 0.5oz Harvey prince hello body cream is worth $0.92. Low value samples do not generally interest me much, but I tried the scent and find it pleasant. Like the perfume, the lotion has a similar scent. It is a little more faint, but unlike most scented body creams, I still smelled it on my skin hours later. After four hours (the same point the perfume seems to fade), I could still smell it. This medium density cream feels like a lotion when you start to rub it in but thickens like a cream as you rub. It is not the most moisturizing body cream I’ve used by far, but it moisturized well enough. If you’re a fan of the scent without overly dry skin or want to use this in warmer months, you will probably like it. The sample is an odd size. There is not enough cream for two uses but more than enough for one. You can either do a thick application, two thin applications, or one regular application mixing it with a different cream (not a great idea when using scented creams) on the second application. I opted for the one thick application, and used the entire tube after one shower.
The 0.17oz Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel is worth $4.80. I love this sample, so I want to receive it as often as I can. It helps peels the outer layer of skin leaving softer, even skin. When I use this, my dry patches fade away. This is one of the best things I’ve ever sampled from Birchbox.
The 0.05oz Oribe Cote d’ Azur is worth $2.50. On a scale of one to ten, I’d give this scent a 3.5. Strong scents make me light-headed. While this was not strong enough to induce a headache, it was not overly pleasant either. It should be a copy of the scent the hair-line made famous, but it is way stronger and not the same. If I keep this scent, I will not use it when I feel even the slightest remnants of a headache, which is almost all the time.
The 0.24oz Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow is worth $4.05. This was the first time I received this sample, so it is the one I opened to try. These golden creams are usually too orange for me. Some of you may remember my recent experience with the Stila cream.
When I put this in my hands, it was very dark. I almost washed it off my hands without applying it because I had no hope it would work.
It started to meld with my color almost immediately as I applied it. While it never completely settled into my color, it was only a little darker and warmer. That is probably the intent, because it does claim to give a golden glow. I prefer my gold or glow spot specific, so I would not buy a BB cream that imparts either.
The color difference is minute enough for me to use the sample, so I will keep it.
The formula itself is nice. It provides light coverage. My pores are not highlighted (an issue I’ve dealt with a lot lately), and it does not accentuate dry patches on my face. Other than the color being slightly too dark and warm, it actually looks great on.
The box has a $18.93 value. My personal value is also $18.93, because I tried everything. That could be the first and last time you ever read me say I tried everything in a box before I wrote the review. I guess there are benefits to getting behind in writing articles. It gives you more time to try the samples.
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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.