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The new points program at Birchbox starts tomorrow, so make sure you review those July Birchboxes today. Birchbox actually published the review links earlier than usual (for most users). If you wait until tomorrow or later, those will be the last points you ever receive for reviews on the account. You will also only get 50 points, even if your box has 6-7 items. Do not worry if you have not received your box yet. There is a question on every review asking if you’ve sampled the product. Select no, and you will still get your points. Birchbox does not publish reviews where the subscriber states she has not tried the item yet.
I am 100% positive that reviews only post to the product page when you state you’ve tried the products, because I have done this many times over my 2.5 year subscription. My reviews for untried products never show on the page. When you have as many samples as I do, you cannot always open brand new ones that arrive. That only makes ones that have waited longer get older while they wait, and I mostly open things in order.
Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10, which is half the cost of the Men’s Box. This was the last time I was able to review my box for 70 points (7 samples at 10 points each). Effective 07/11/16, you will only get 50 points for the first five reviews on your account, and you will never get review points again. Sephora Play is also $10 a month, so it is an alternative to this box. I will be comparing these two boxes (now that the Birchbox review points are coming to an end). Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. For this box, I selected the featured box, Rise and Shine.
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month, and I really like this one. This reminds me of watercolors.
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 Our ideal morning?
This month, the sample choice was between three mascaras: Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara, Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, or Smashbox X-Rated Mascara. There was also a featured box, Rise and Shine, includes: Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower, Living proof.® No Frizz Shampoo, Living proof.® No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream, Living proof.® No Frizz Conditioner, dr. brandt® PoreDermabrasion, Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil, and Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara.
The Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower are worth $3.43. I have yet to actually try an eye patch that made much of a difference, but I really like trying new ones in case the magical one for me is still out there. Even though I never notice a difference, it always feels relaxing to wear them.
The Living proof.® No Frizz Shampoo is a 0.33oz foil. I do not place value on foils, but it is always nice to try them. Since I reviewed this before the 11th, I also got 10 points. It will be nice to pair this with the other items on the first use to see how well they all work together.
The Living proof.® No Frizz Conditioner is a 0.33oz foil. I do not place value on foils, but it is always nice to try them. Since I reviewed this before the 11th, I also got 10 points. It will be nice to pair this with the other items on the first use to see how well they all work together.
The 1oz Living proof.® No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream is worth $6.75. I’ve always wanted to try this product, because my hair is really frizzy. Products with a lot of oil and silicone not only weigh my hair down, but they do not always tame the frizz. This is one I’ve heard great things about, so I have really high expectations.
The 0.25oz dr. brandt® PoreDermabrasion is worth $7.25. This is a product I already know and love, so I love receiving more samples of it. When I use this exfoliating cleanser, I actually feel like the pores around my nose look smaller. They’re not overly big to begin with, so this could be amazing for someone with really oily skin. It is a chemical and physical exfoliator in one. As someone who prefers to use both, I like knowing this takes care of both sides.
The 0.1oz Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil is worth $8.61. I have dry skin, so I love experimenting with new oils. This brand looks fun, so I really want to explore more items. So far, I was not overly impressed with the first one I tried, but that does not prevent me from wanting to try a few more.
The 0.14oz Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara is worth $6.36. Mascara is the one beauty product that I toss as close to the recommended expiration as possible, so I rarely have more than one open at a time. I already have so many and was not thrilled to see it as a required sample in every Birchbox this month. In October 2015, subscribers could avoid it even though all sample choices were mascara by selecting the featured box. Every box had mascara this month. Most women do say mascara is the one beauty product they could not go without, so I get the desire to occasionally push us into trying ones. It may even work out for someone with an insane amount.
This box has a $32.40 value. My personal value is $26.04, because I am sure I will not keep the mascara. There are too many interesting ones already in my stash for me to push aside to try this brand I’ve only seen in subscription boxes. Hopefully, whoever ends up with this mascara loves it or at least likes it enough to use it.
The main draw of Birchbox to me was the points program, because I already have a ton of samples. I will probably cancel after I review the August Birchbox and see if my 30th box anniversary code (for this July 2016 box) ever comes. Until mid August, I could still change my mind. If you’re considering a subscription and are not completely stocked on samples, it could still be worthwhile. Through Birchbox, I’ve discovered some incredible items I never would have. While it would have been better for you had you arrived sooner, I understand it was the most generous program around and Birchbox can no longer sustain it. The box of samples is still a great draw if you love trying new things.
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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