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Birchbox March 2016

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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 gets me $5 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 featured box, Ready for Anything.

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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, 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 is Ready For Anything.

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This month, the sample choice was between three items: No4 Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, Parlor by Jeff Chastain Volumizing & Texturizing Shampoo & Conditioner, or amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. There was also a featured box, Ready for Anything, includes: PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Smoothing Blowout Spray, MILK Makeup Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M, Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Filter, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads.

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The single use Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads are worth $3.60. These 100% collagen pads should plump, hydrate, and restore. Any time eye gels are available, I want them. This is a product I love to use, but I do not purchase it often. If I could get these for a little less, I would purchase them more. I really want to try this, because the price (especially with Birchbox discount codes that are always available is decent (although, still a little more than I’d like to spend).

The 0.04oz Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter is worth $12.44. I triple checked this, because $28 for 0.09oz of Smashbox shadow seems overpriced. It’s probably because I am not a huge fan of the brand, but I would never consider paying $28 for 3 0.03oz Smashbox shadows. Never! That said, I really do not mind trying the sample for the bargain price of $2 ($10/5 samples).

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The container is cute. There is a release button, and the shadows swing out.

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These coördinated shadows should: shade, contour, and highlight. That was actually immediately what the swatches reminded me of. They’re all matte, so I thought of contouring. I prefer to highlight with a shade that is not matte, but that is just me. The highlight shade is close to my natural tone, so I am not sure how well it will highlight. Both of the brown shades will probably contour well. The darker shade was a little patchy, but I was able to build upon it to make it solid. I want to try this as eyeshadow and a contour palette, since the shades will probably work well for both.

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I tried this palette first as an eyeshadow and will still try it as a contour palette later. The dark brown shade went on patchy (just as it did with the swatch), but the others went on nicely and were easy to blend. They did remain crease-free and looked nice other than the patchy parts.

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The 0.25oz Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is worth $4.04. This should moisturize dry skin without a greasy residue. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about this cream and have wanted to try it for some time.

The main reason I selected this featured box is because I wanted to try the new Milk line.


The o.014oz MILK Studios Lipstick in C.R.E.A.M. is worth $3.08. Birchbox mistakenly has the full-size listed as 0.01oz, which is impossible given this tiny sample is 0.014oz (which would make this micro mini bigger than full-size). Sephora has this correctly listed at 0.1oz, so the full-size 10x bigger than Birchbox claims.

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The bottom is hollow, so all the product is out in plain view. After applying it and swatching it, I can safely say I will get more use than I imagined (which I initially thought was 5-10 applications). There was barely a dent, so I imagine this will be somewhere closer to 20 modest applications or 10 heavy ones.

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The swatch was looks much more pink than it does in the tube or on my lips.

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Though the formula is somewhat moisturizing, it faded quickly within two hours the first time I wore it. It lasted about four hours the second time. This highlights lip lines and accentuates dry patches, which is the main reason I am not a huge fan of nude shades. I definitely liked the color though. This is a great nude for my skin tone.

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The 1oz PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Smoothing Blowout Spray is worth $4.90. It should add instant volume and luster while protecting hair from heat damage. I do not blow dry my hair often, but this is something I would not mind trying when I do.

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The box has a $28.06 value. My personal value is also $28.06, because I want to try everything. This is not the highest valued box, but I really want to try three of the items and would not mind trying the other two. It makes it a successful box. 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 (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.

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