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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10, which is half the cost of the Men’s Box. 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. I’ve compared Birchbox to the Ipsy and am certain I have the better box. My first Sephora Play box arrives in May, so I will compare those soon. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. For this box, I selected the featured box, Effortlessly Elegant.
All April boxes come inside a Rifle Paper custom box. Of all the beautiful Birchboxes I’ve received, the Rifle Paper one from last April is probably my favorite. This design for the custom box looks like the one from last year, so I would have preferred the general box. Its design and color are different, but I am still happy to receive a Rifle Paper box at all. I do wish the inside was not marred by blush.
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 3-5 items or the guest editor box where you know all five in advance. My card arrived dirty (thanks to the pulverized blush). I took it out to clean it and forgot where I placed it afterward. If I ever find it, I will edit it into this article.
The back of the card usually goes over the box theme, which is Effortlessly Elegant.
This month, the sample choice was between three items: rms beauty the ultimate makeup remover wipes, Au Naturale Cosmetics Lively Trio Set (includes small samples of cream formulas of lipstick, blush, and shadow), or Briogeo Don’t Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. There was also a featured box, Effortlessly Elegant, includes: Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution, PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray, Tocca Hand Cream in Giulietta, Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream, and Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in varying shades.
My box initially arrived looking like this thanks to the Laura Geller Blush getting pulverized in transit. The sad thing about receiving items in this condition is no matter how well you clean the other items, there will always be traces of blush in them. Thus, I have to keep all samples, including the Volumizing Spray I probably would have gifted otherwise. There is no way I will gift something that looks used and dirty, even though it is new. If I have to find a silver lining in this, it is I will try something now I otherwise would not of. Hopefully, I love it, so something good can come out of the literal mess.
I imagine the rough transit this little guy had. It arrived in this condition on 04/12/16. On 04/13/16, Gino put in a request to order a replacement. The replacement arrived 10 days (yes, 10 long days) later on the 23rd. Thankfully, it arrived in tact, which surprised me. While the original arrived pulverized in its box, the replacement arrived in a slightly padded envelope in perfect shape. Those boxes do have a lot of room for products to roll around inside with nothing but a light tissue paper trying to hold them in place.
And, without further ado, I present what my box looked like once the replacement arrived, and I cleaned the others up as best I could.
The 1.7oz Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution is worth $3.57. I love micellar water and have heard wonderful things about this one in particular. If it lives up to its reputation, I will have this replace the expensive Lancome one I use.
The 1oz PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray is worth $4.90. I have fine hair, but I have a lot of it. This is not something I’d normally try. Because I was unable to remove the blush from all the crevices, I will give it a go.
The 1oz Tocca Hand Cream in Giulietta is worth $5. I have not tried this scent yet. These Tocca hand creams are not as thick as I generally prefer, but the wonderful scents are worth the reduction in moisture (in the summer). That is just around the corner, so barring a bad fragrance, I will use this soon.
The 0.17oz Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream is worth $6. At first, I thought this cream was using the term contouring term, because it is gimmicky. Then, I read that it is the first-of-its-kind collagen producing cream works hard to visibly firm and add volume to skin. Now, I cannot wait to try this. My skin can seriously use some help in the firmness department.
The 0.04oz Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Pink Grapefruit is worth $6.36 when it arrives in tact. This is a shade I did not already own, and Laura Geller Baked Blushes are my all-time favorites. They seem to last longer on my dry cheeks than any other powder blush (other than Tarte clay, which is about the same). I am glad the replacement arrived in tact. It makes a lovely addition to my collection. The peachy-pink is such a beautiful spring color. Once I wear this, I will edit in a photo and review.
This blush is very vibrant and goes on more orange than it appears in the swatch. I suggest a very light hand, because these Laura Geller blushes are long-lasting. It stayed this bright on my face for much longer than the 3-4 hours I usually get with these. That is longer than most other blushes, too.
The box has a $25.83 value. My personal value is also $25.83, because I will try everything (thanks to the product explosion). Other than the lifting spray, I am really looking forward to trying everything. That makes it a successful box (despite the mishap). 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.