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Birchbox sent unique promo codes for $10 off a $35 purchase in the December box. Even though that is a tick shy of 29%, which is a little over 1% less than the amazing Black Friday special, I was very happy with this deal. For one, I received 70 points for reviewing my December box and sharing it on Facebook. Those points pushed me over 200 giving me $20 to spend in the shop. Without those points, I could have saved an extra 1.43%, but I would have needed to spend an extra $10 to do so. I also would have missed out on the beautiful gift box. Waiting served me well.
Many of you probably already know you can add a free mystery 2-piece sample pack to any $35 order from the Bonus Shop. This is an add to cart option, so you can combine it with a promo code. Most of the other items in the Bonus Shop require promo codes, so you have to choose between any of the lovely discount codes you qualify for or the free item. More often than not, I go for the discount, because the mystery sample pack fulfills my desire to get something for nothing. It feels like the best of both worlds.
Occasionally there are items in addition to the sample pack that you can add to the cart, and they stack. This is another reminder of why it is important to mosey around the Bonus Shop before placing an order. I’ve found a free chocolate bar in their before. That’s right. Who does not want free chocolate! While poking around, I saw an option to add a free gift box to my cart. Any time I gift something small, I stick it in one of my old subscription boxes, so I am always open to receiving a free gift box.
After adding the free mystery pack, and the free gift box (the beautiful purple box worth $5), I added my $10 off a $35 purchase certificate bringing my total down to $25. Once my $20 store credit applied, I paid $5.
My free box is bigger than a standard monthly box and smaller than most limited edition boxes. I may talk of my love for Birchbox a lot, especially when I compare it to Ipsy. That is because paying $5 for my order is actually on the high-end. Thanks to rewards points and discount codes, I usually pay less for my orders. It really is a love fest.
It is great when my order comes right in at the minimum amount to get a promotion. These beauties came right in at $35. The samples were slightly disappointing. I received the 12 Benefits™ Instant Healthy Hair Treatment in an October 2015 Birchbox. This 1.5oz sample is worth $5.25, and I do love sampling leave-in conditioners. If it works, I will be glad to have the duplicate, but I have not even tried the first one yet. Getting duplicates is only exciting when you already know and love the item.
The second sample is actually a full-sized ModelCo Ultra Long-Lasting Lipstick in Smitten. This is a beautiful deep cranberry-red. I received this in a September Birchbox. It arrived broken, and the replacement in the same color arrived with two interesting squares pressed into the bullet. To make sure this was not broken, I removed the plastic seal. It is in tact, but it has the same squares pressed in leading me to believe there is a flaw in the package design. One arrived broken, and two arrived with unnatural indentations.
Wines and reds are lovely on their own, but they combine in a wonderful way. Birchbox sells this 0.12oz full-sized ModelCo lipstick in a three pack making this worth $17. After having my first broken one replaced (the one I used to swatch and sample this), I now have two brand new lipsticks in this shade. There are three lipsticks in the set, so I do find it interesting that I received the same color again. As much as I love it, I do not need another one.
Please forgive my orange complexion that spread into my hair. I was trying the Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm when I originally sampled this lipstick. The lipstick was long-lasting and slightly moisturizing. It did not accentuate dry patches on my lips. As it faded, it did fade unevenly and the formula started to get a little thick. When you first apply it, the look is incredible.
I started using the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser sample recently. It came with a small Muslin cloth. The cleanser and the cloth are both incredible, but I see the cloth as a rag and want to wash it after each use. Having extras can prevent me from doing a load of laundry everyday I use makeup (I’ve only been using this at night on days I wear makeup). This Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloths 7 Pack was the answer. They are a lot bigger than the little one I got with the sample, which is lovely. These exfoliate gently and do not scratch at all thanks to the texture.
I considered the Sigma Beauty E55 Eye Shading Brush for a while. Although I have a few brushes similar to this, I’ve read mostly good things about this one. The one I use now is a little bigger than I prefer, and a similar one I use less often is a little too scratchy. If this works out, I will let you know. Hopefully, this is what I am looking for to pack color on my eyelid. It is a full-sized brush. This picture just shows how big the muslin cloth is.
My order worth $62.25 only cost me $5 with points and all offers factored in. That is over 90% off. 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. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. See other Birchbox 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.