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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 Supergoop! sunscreen.
The June Boxes were sent in three colorful designs. Even though I received three boxes, I only got the green and yellow Say Yes design all three times. It is the least attractive of the three, but it is still nice.
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 won a 20% discount, but I have not 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. It lists 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.
Yes, you are seeing double. The Catherine Maladrino spilled inside the first box (staining it) and emptied most of the perfume. I emailed Birchbox, and they sent me an entire new box to replace the first one. The eyeliner opened up inside the second box, but the Catherine Maladrino sample arrived just fine. Between the perfume stain on one box, and the eyeliner stains on the other, neither box is in re-gifting condition. Luckily, another Birchbox subscription came in the same box. It arrived in perfect condition, so I have one to place gifts inside.
When I get a replacement box, I only value one of each sample. Replacement boxes are rare, so it is not realistic to include their value in determining worth.
The 0.05oz Catherine Malandrino perfume is worth $3.25. When a box arrives full of aroma, it is never a good sign. While the aroma was pleasant and not at all overpowering (which is impressive considering almost all the product spilled out), I prefer my perfume inside the vial. Birchbox sending me an entire box to replace the perfume is way more than I asked, and very appreciated. They have sent individual items to replace damaged ones, but this is not the only time they replaced the entire box for one damaged item.
Style de Paris blends notes of ruby-red grapefruit, orange blossom and Nashi pear with violet and patchouli. They all blend together beautifully for an incredibly soft, lovely scent. At night, I could still smell the scent applied that morning. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is definitely a nine. I just used it for the time first time yesterday. The original vial was damaged (not just loose like I hoped) and spilled again the moment I opened the lid. There was barley enough for one use. Luckily, the replacement is full and undamaged, so I will have more time with this scent to see if it is the one I’ve been searching for. So far, it sits on top! That perfect 10 will one day find me.
The 0.24oz Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow is worth $4.05. I received this as a substitute for another sample in my primary box. These swatches and pictures below are from the sample in the first box to keep this new. Golden creams are usually too orange for me. You can see the experience I had with the orange Stila cream at the bottom.
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 hopes 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 highlight dry patches on my face. Other than the color being slightly too dark and warm, it actually looks great on.
The L. Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder is worth $2. I love this hair tie and use it almost everyday. It is strong and holds all of my hair nicely. Unlike other hair ties where I constantly have to adjust my hair from falling, my hair barely falls during the day time with this. Once I can no longer use my samples (assuming they eventually stretch out, break, or get lost), I will purchase these.
The 1oz No4 Super Comb Prep & Protect is worth $4.73. I’ve received this sample in the past on my main subscription, but I have not tried it yet. Leave-In Conditioners are a must for me, so I will definitely try it. If I love it, I will probably keep the duplicates.
The 0.34oz Supergoop! Everyday SPF 5o with Cellular Response Technology is worth $2.69. I am a fan of Supergoop! and sunscreen in general, so I try to pick up samples wherever I can. This does not expire for a while, so I will use ones that are expiring soon over this for now. When I eventually try this, I assume it will go well.
These Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner Indigo samples got another pair later. My ALLACES and Farewell reviews went over this. As much as I love colored eyeliner, I do not need four. The 0.028oz sample is worth $7.70. Reviews on Birchbox are very favorable of this. Those reviewers must have dry lids, because it moved and smudged on my oily lids, and my right eye had worn at least 30% off by the end of the night. My pencil (the one on the right) had a broken tip. To use this, I had to sharpen it right off the bat.
I started with my Julep sharpener, but that did not go well. There was a gap between the color and the pencil and jagged edges. My Lancome sharpener seemed to leave less of a gap than the Julep one, but the edge was still jagged. This actually made me smile, because people I know recently discussed how many makeup pencil sharpeners is too many. Apparently, you cannot have too many if the pencil sharpeners are even slightly different in size. The smallest difference in barrel can fit one pencil better than another, and I have a ton of different sized pencils, so I may buy a ton of different sharpeners. Of course, I could also use the electric one with the adjustable opening I use to sharpen my son’s school pencils.
I took the pencil with the jagged edge and tried to draw a line. The line was huge. Are you picturing the Panda eyes picture? I sure was. For fun, here it is.
While trying to fix a fat line on my left eye courtesy of the bad sharpening and shaky hands, the pencil slid. You can only imagine what happened. The jagged edge scratched my eye. It still hurts! I am lucky I did not scratch the cornea, because I’ve done that in the past (not with eyeliner).
The blue looks vibrant with the flash.
It looks muted without the flash.
Five minutes after swatching, I like to rub the eyeliner (dry) to see if it moves. There are plenty that do not move at all. You can see how much this one moved.
On my eyes in natural lighting, the blue is soft and pretty. I am a fan of the color.
Please forgive the splotchy orange skin. I tried to give the Stila Bronzing BB cream another shot by mixing it with something more human colored. It did not go well, so I am officially done trying to make it work.
The box has a $24.42 value. My personal value is also $24.42, because I will probably keep the duplicate Marcelle BB cream. The Indigo eyeliner I am definitely keeping is the one with the broken tip that came in the replacement for this box, so I included that in my value. I do not want to gift a damaged product to anyone.
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