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You’ve banked a lot of points at Birchbox. What should you spend them on? There are thousands of great items in the store. If you’re a subscriber, you’ve probably even sampled some gems you could buy. I like to use my points to purchase more boxes. The Limited edition boxes, in particular. The Birchbox Limited Edition Boxes: Luxe List and Charmed Life looked amazing, so I decided to order both. Once I post the Charmed Life Box tomorrow, I will add a link to its review.
This box retails for $65. October 2015 was the 21st anniversary of my box, so I received a special code for 21% off, 21ANDCOUNTING. Birchbox codes are always available, but you can only use that one if your subscription is over 21 months old and have not redeemed it yet. Any time your order is over $35, always remember to go to the bonus shop to add your free 2 piece sample pack. If you add it on an order over $35, it will deduct the $10 charge. My total for everything in this article was $22.95 to $60 in points, the 21% off code, getting the $10 deducted from the sample pack, and having free Ace shipping.
Like all Birchboxes, there is a product card going over everything inside the box.
It does not list the cost to purchase the full size as it does in subscription boxes. Many of the items inside limited edition boxes are already full-sized or limited edition and exclusive to the box, so the pricing exclusion makes sense.
There was a bonus freebie inside, which I happily consumed the moment I opened the box. It was a Fatty Sunday Toffee Pretzel. A five pack of these retail for $7, so this is worth $1.40 or $100.
I loved it, because the toffee was not overly sweet and the pretzel was not overly salty. The flavors complimented each other nicely.
The two sample pack I received with this order were items I received in the past. Dr. Jart+Dermaclear Micro Water came in my Farewell order on my third account. I have not used the original one, so I am unsure whether I will keep this duplicate. Unless the sample is awful (which I doubt), I will probably keep it, because I use a cleansing water every day. It will come in handy when my current one is gone. This 0.7oz sample is worth $2.67. A Pure Vida Lace Headband in the same pretty green color came as a bonus sample with my Gym Class Heroes Limited Edition Box. It’s worth $2.25.
I’ve had some high value sample packs, and although both are nice, they add up to less than $5 in value. That makes this sample pack one of my lowest value sample packs ever.
The Cynthia Rowley Beauty Makeup Bag is a durable neoprene. I am a fan of this material, because is stretches without scratching and looks classy. This pattern is striking although I admit the random dots look like they do not belong when you view the bag in person. It retails for $20.
The bag is bigger and thicker than your average makeup bag (8 x 4 x 5). It expands at the bottom to make room for a lot of things. Everything inside the box easily fits inside with plenty of room to spare.
The Umbra Magnolia Jewelry Dish retails for $10. This thing is substantial and heavy. It is not cheaply made, so the price tag surprises me in a good way. Birchbox should take the ad photo again, because it does not do this beauty justice. In person, this gold beauty is vibrant and stunning. I love this piece.
The 3.5oz Candlefish Candle retails for $8. It smells incredible, so I look forward to lighting it. I love candles, so the more the merrier at almost any time.
This box has a lot of beauty products, and I only owned one of them. It is awesome when I pick up a new box without getting too many repeats.
The 0.17oz 111 Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel NAC Y2 is worth $64.60. This seriously blew my mind, because I’ve never even heard of this brand. I use an eye gel designed for lifting at night that is a fraction of this price. Trying expensive products is always risky, because you could fall in love. I already love the Ole Henriksen one I use now, so trying this should be okay.
The 0.05oz Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Gilded Gold is full-size. It retails for $28. This is not my first Caviar Stick, but I do not own this color. Cream shadows crease on me unless I set them with powder on top. That takes away from the look of the shadow stick, so I do not buy them. I will gladly use any that make their way to me in methods like this.
I love gold shadows in general, and this one is no exception. One thing I love about cream shadow sticks is they are always vibrant and pigmented regardless of brand. Laura Mercier is up near the top of shadow sticks I’ve tried.
I decided to try this with some MAC Mineralize Skin Finish on top to set it. While I loved the gold color, I did get some light creasing. The creasing surprised me, because I used the same MAC Skin Finish on top of the Birchbox LOC shadow stick recently and did not have any creasing.
The only other time I’ve used Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, I always used a similar eyeshadow color to set. This was the first time I tried using a semi sheer color to let the vibrant color of the stick shine through. I had my NARS primer underneath, but even with primer, cream shadows move unless they are nicely set.
The 0.14oz Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Bang Bang is full-size. It retails for $26. When I swatched this, it felt like I was applying lotion. That is a really good sign for a lip conditioner.
I like the color, which is a light red. It takes a few passes, but the color does build.
This is very comfortable. It wears like a long-lasting tinted balm. My lips feel incredibly moisturized. The color is bold and sheer at the same time, thanks to the dark color and balm like consistency. Lip lines and slightly accentuated and although dry patches are not highlighted, they are evident. Five hours after I applied this, some of the stain was still on.
The 1.7oz Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream retails for $19.50. I am always intrigued by this line. Finding a cream that adds shine is usually more foolproof than an oil, so I have great expectations for this.
The 0.5oz Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Dark Like Me retails for $18. Everything about this is amazing. I adore the color. These dark wines are so perfect for cold weather. This bottle is stunning and heavy. I’ve never used a heavier brush (the lid makes it heavy). It will take some getting used to, but it is worth it for the sheer beauty of the container. Compare this to my other salmon and wine polishes.
The 1.6oz R+Co DEATH VALLEY Dry Shampoo is worth $7.37. This is the product I owned before receiving the box. I have not tried it yet, so I have no clue if I will keep this duplicate yet. If I like the sample, I can always use more dry shampoo meaning I will keep it.
The 2.5oz Rituals Ginkgo’s Secret Hand Balm retails for $17. Lately, I’ve been impressed with all the Rituals items I’ve tried. I can never try too many hand creams either. When you have very dry hands, you must moisturize after every hand wash. If you wash your hands a lot, you go through a lot of cream. Here’s hoping this is thick and smells incredible.
The 0.33oz Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer is worth $19.41. Of everything in the box, this is the item I most wanted to try. It gets so many accolades from many websites. I look forward to seeing if it lives up to the hype.
The Charmed Life Limited Edition Box was reviewed separately, but I attached a picture to show everything on this order in one place.
The box costs $65 and has a value of $237.88. It is $17.12 under the $255 advertised value, so I double checked my figures. Valuation from larger to smaller items sometimes increases as things get more expensive per ounce in smaller sizes. With the pretzel, the freebies come in at $6.32. I am valuing the Charmed Life Box (I will link tomorrow), at $120.31. That makes the total value of this order $364.51. My personal value (for now) is also $364.51, because I will probably keep everything
Considering I paid $22.95 for everything, I am happy. Birchbox constantly releases limited edition boxes worth picking up. This box has already gone in and out of stock at least twice. It is in stock again, so get it! Through the end of the month Aces can use code ACESONLY for 30% off. Everyone else can use the code BIGDEAL for 25% off.
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