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Birchbox February 2016 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 five sample box like this one got me $5 back. I also shared my box on Facebook for an extra 10 points (which is only available on the mobile app now). 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 ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm.

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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, which was what’s the occasion.

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There are times when a new product launches and Birchbox includes a card discussing the product and/or a GWP involving the product. This month, they focused on Dew The Hoola, which I received from Ulta. A Benefit GWP offer is on the back.

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This month, the sample choice was between four items: Hey Honey Take It Off: Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm, or Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil.

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There was also a featured box, Date Night, which includes: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator, Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, Catherine Malandrino Romance de Provence, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Strumpet, and Whish Renewing Mud Mask.

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There were no sample choices inside the featured box. Although the featured box looked nice, I really wanted to try something from the new ARROW line.

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The 0.14oz ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm is full-size. It retails for $14. Getting a full-size item in a Birchbox is not common, but it happens more with in-house brands, like ARROW and LOC. This was my selection. I love trying lip balms and really like exploring new makeup brands. LOC was a nice introduction, and I look forward to seeing if ARROW follows its lead.

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The color goes on sheer, like a regular lip balm. As time lapses, it adjusts to the PH in your lips to leave a subtle, yet beautiful pink hue. It must have incredible staying power. I tried to wipe off the swatch, but it barely budged. Some of the pink tint stayed behind after I wiped the balm off.

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There is a slight mint taste to this balm. It is so faint that it took me a while to identify the flavor. This does make my lips a tad more pink, but it is definitely a MLBB shade. The formula itself feels almost like a standard chapstick. While it moisturizes fine, and I love the subtle pink tint, I am not sure it is worth the price. For a bit more, I can buy a fresh balm that moisturizes deeply and lasts longer. I would consider this if I could get it for $10 or less.

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The 0.25oz Color Club® That’s My Jam is worth $4.25. It is a deep wine color in between a pink and a red. This looks more red to purple though. Compare this to my other salmon and wine polishes.

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The 0.06oz Catherine Malandrino Romance de Provence Eau de Parfum is worth $3.90. I use the cheapest buy-in to calculate value, which is the 1oz size in this case. Her last scent impressed me, so I am looking forward to trying this.

The 0.5oz Corioliss Argan Conditioning Mask is worth $1.20. I love sampling hair masks and rarely buy them any more, because I get so many samples and only use them once a week.

The 1oz BORGHESE Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser is worth $8.57. This is a generous sample, especially since I only use clay masks around my T-zone.

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The box has a $31.92 value. My personal value is also $31.92, because I will try everything. I am happy with this box, but I wish the hair mask would have been a little bigger. When I use 0.25oz-0.5oz per application, there is a chance this may only last one use. 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. See other Birchbox Subscription 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 (13 and 8) 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 13-year-old to apply it.

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