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Birchbox January 2016 On Trend: Korean Featured Beauty Box Review

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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 six sample box like this one got me $6 back. I also shared my box on Facebook for an extra 10 points. That gave me a total of $7 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 box.

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The box design is simple, yet cute.

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The first thing you usually see when you open a Birchbox 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 4-5 items or the guest editor box where you know all five in advance.

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The back of the card usually goes over the box theme.

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This month, the sample choice was between three items: Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner (yes, the item held at customs for half the year), TONYMOLY Delight Tint, or IPKN Flash Radiant Cream Primer. There was also a featured box, On Trend: Korean Beauty, includes: TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint, IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer, RE:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb, Manefit Beauty Planner Cucumber, Goodal Waterest First Essence, Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling, Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam. Two of the three selections were inside the featured box as well. The irony is the only item outside the box is the item we were all promised in our June 2015 but never received. Now, I want it and still am not getting it. I wanted all the items in the featured box though, so I could not select the eyeliner.

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The full size TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint is 0.28oz. This sample does not list a size. It is short but thick, so I am guessing it is around half-size. That makes this worth $3.

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I love tints, because they last longer on my cheeks than most powders. On my lips, tints are usually not moisturizing enough. It is very red. A lot naturally comes off with the wand, so I suggest dotting (with the tip) instead of rolling (which I did on the side for the swatch) when applying.

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Like Benetint, you need to rub it out quickly to prevent it from staining awkwardly. I wanted to see what would happen if I waited 30 seconds to rub it out. The skin I applied it to did not rub out nicely and still looked very dark after I washed my hands. It turned pink where I rubbed it out and did wash off on my first try. This will probably settle into a beautiful pink stain that lasts all day if you rub it out fast enough.

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Coverage was not perfectly even, but that was due more to my dry lips than the formula. It stayed beautifully on smoother parts of my lips. Application is messy. Trying to get this on my lips without getting it on my teeth was a challenge. On the bright side, I did notice plaque I missed while flossing. I was able to remove that thanks to the stain, but the color stayed on my lips for many hours after the 2-3 minutes it took to set. This wears as a soft, beautiful red and fades somewhat evenly. My lips did not feel overly dry with this, so it has that benefit over most stains.

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When I applied it to my face, I made sure I rubbed it in very quickly. It blended in nicely. While it is probably possible to build the color, I chose to stick with a light application. The reddish-pink color lasted a few hours, which is longer than I get from most blushes.

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The 0.24oz IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer is worth $4.98. A radiant primer seems lovely, so I look forward to trying this.

The 0.7oz RE:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb is worth $6.31. I’ve really come to appreciate calming masks, especially in the winter. This will probably be nice.

The Manefit Beauty Planner Cucumber sheet mask is worth $2. I love when masks are inexpensive, because I steer clear of repurchasing expensive ones. With Birchbox discounts and points, this is super affordable. Hopefully, I love it.

The 0.2oz Goodal Waterest First Essence is worth $1.20. I recently started exploring essences, so I look forward to seeing how this compares.

The 0.17oz Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling is a foil. I do not place value on foils, but I always appreciate receiving them. A foil never deducts a deluxe sample (guaranteed 5) and reviews for the same 10 points as deluxe counterparts. It is a foaming, peeling, gentle, exfoliant.

The 0.17oz Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam is a bonus foil. It is not listed in the box and cannot be reviewed for points. I love trying cleansers and like that this bonus gives me the opportunity to try two new ones.

The box has a $17.49 value. People who calculate value on foils will say this is worth more. My personal value is also $17.49, because I will try everything. That is actually a really low value for a featured box. I am not disappointed though, because Korean skincare items are usually inexpensive. Other than how well they work, the low-cost is the biggest part of the appeal. 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.

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