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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 later this month, 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 Real Chemistry peel.
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month, and I really like this one. It is simple, but chic.
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.
The back of the card usually goes over the box theme, which is Let’s take this party outside, shall we?
This month, the sample choice was between four items: Coola Classic Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea, Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel for Body, Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion, or Supergoop! Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam SPF 50. There was also a featured box, Naturally Radiant, includes: Clean Blossom Eau de Parfum, Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo, Davines Love Conditioner (foil packet), Coola SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray, ModelCo Lip Laquer in Creme Brûlée, and Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer.
The 0.5oz Supergoop!® Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 is worth $4.12. I love makeup setting sprays in general and love the idea of using one with added SPF over the summer when I get burned walking to and from my car. Any extra sunscreen helps.
The Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle does not list a size. This is a common theme with all Beauty Protector samples. My guess is this is a 1oz sample. If I am correct on the size, this sample is worth $2.94. I love everything about this product and already declared it one of my top 10 (technically 11 if you count the shampoo and conditioner separately) Subscription Box Finds of all-time. It is wonderful to receive it again. Birchbox does not repeat samples (unless an item repeats when you select a featured box), but I received this in the past from my second and third subscriptions. This is the first time I received it on my original subscription.
The 0.05oz ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Morocco is worth $5.33. Birchbox sells a 3-pack of these mini sets for $16. I love trying any and all lippies, and I am happy with the color I received. Of the three available, this is the one I would have selected for myself. It is more my speed than the nude or pink.
It goes on showing the beautiful color in the swatch, but the color quickly fades into a very sheer shade on my lips. This is an issue with a lot of glosses and makes me wonder why they try so hard to make them colored and why anyone would ever need to own more than one shade. The smell of this gloss is terrible. I cannot even think of a word to describe it, but it takes a while to fade. While the taste is not as bad as the smell, there is a slightly off taste when your tongue catches your lips. On the positive side, this is not an overly sticky gloss and it does not fade too quickly as some glosses do. I’d say this is a 1.5 out of 5 on the sticky scale, which is acceptable to me. This can go a few hours before needing a second application.
The 0.05oz Vera Bradley Vanilla Sea Salt is worth $1.41. Most perfumes do not sit well with me and though I am not overly thrilled to receive perfume, I do like the idea of trying a vanilla sea salt scent. Vanilla and sea salt are two scents I enjoy, so I cannot wait to see what they smell like together.
The 0.5oz Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel for Body is worth $3.15. I selected this, because I love the Real Chemistry peel for face and named this one of my top Subscription Box Finds of all-time. It instantly removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin so soft. Hopefully, this body version works as well as the face version. I wish the sample was a little bigger, because I doubt 0.5oz is even enough for the body. This will at least work for a couple of areas. The ingredients for the body version are different from the face version, so it may not work as well. If this ends up being less than I need to use on my whole body, I will probably not purchase this (unless it has a crazy deal), because over $3 a treatment seems a little steep for the body.
The box has a $16.95 value. My personal value is also $16.95, because I will try everything. That is one of the lowest values I’ve seen in a long time, so you’d think I’d consider this a box fail. This box has an item from my all-time favorite subscription box finds and another that is similar. I am really looking forward to trying the setting spray and the lip lacquer. It is a pretty successful box considering there are four items I really want, despite the box value.
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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.