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On the 15th anniversary of the worst day on US soil, I want to break the fourth wall for a second to say, “We remember.” Yes, it is September, and I am just receiving and thus reviewing the Beauty in Bloom Limited Edition Birchbox. With all the awesome things in this box, I am grateful it lasted this long. It’s a box I really wanted to buy after I received my final review points for reviewing my August 2016 Birchbox. Before I placed my order, I saw a video where Lorelei teased the new Cheers To You! box without specifying what was inside. Instead of buying this box then, I decided to wait to see what was in that box. It is their sixth anniversary box, so I assumed it would be amazing. Although spoilers from Cheers to You! did not go over well with most people, I actually think it looks like a good box. I actually would have enjoyed a lot of things in the box, because I: want to explore more Erno Laszlo, loved the Pixi eyeshadow I sampled, enjoy the Cynthia Rowley lip stains, love trying any and all candles, and I think the tray in that set is adorable. The problem is I still think the Beauty in Bloom Limited Edition Box is better.
I am still trying to decide whether I want to stay subscribed to Birchbox. Whether I do or not, I will always consider purchasing these limited edition boxes. They are always a great value, and I want ones where my personal value is high. This order is from 08/31/16. When I placed my husband’s Birchbox order to redeem his final review points, I accidentally ordered a female sample pack instead of a male sample pack. To make this right, I needed to order a male sample pack with my order, so he could get his samples. WELCOMEOFFER20 was the only 20% off code that was still working, and I had my cart loaded with that offer. After changing the female sample pack to a male sample pack, the code stopped working. That was the only change I made, so I assume the Birchbox site deactivated the code after I loaded it into my cart. The Birchbox system keeps codes active (after they get deactivated) as long as it is already in your cart and you make no changes before ordering.
I contacted Birchbox to see if they would honor the code, because the sample pack was the only thing I changed. Birchbox was gracious and agreed to honor it. The rep asked me to place the order using no promo code, and email her after I placed it. I initially paid $16.50 using no promo code, but she refunded 20% ($14.10). That means I paid $2.10 for this order after using $54 in points and getting $14.10 refunded to honor my 20% off code.
Like all Birchboxes, there is a product card going over everything inside the box.
It does not list the cost to purchase the full size as it does in subscription boxes. Many of the items inside limited edition boxes are already full-sized or limited edition and exclusive to the box, so the pricing exclusion makes sense.
This limited edition Beauty in Bloom Birchbox retails for $64, and Birchbox values it at $188 (a claim I disagree with).
There are 11 items inside the box, and I am really interested in 9. Technically, I want all 11, but I already own 2 of them. Unless a shade gets specified in the description, there is shade variation. I got lucky with the shade I received of the Laura Geller Blush, because I own a few. Birchbox sent me a color I did not already own. Laura Geller blushes last longer on my cheeks than any other formula powder formula I’ve tried.
When you lay everything out, this box looks less full than past boxes. It has quality items I really wanted, so I am still happy.
The 0.95oz NEST Fragrances Grapefruit Votive Candle is worth $6.33. I love the grapefruit scent from this brand. They do it so well, and I am loving this candle. If I remember, I will report back on burn time. These more expensive candles tend to burn longer.
The 1.25oz Lollia Relax Shea Butter Handcreme is worth $7.81. I can never try too many hand creams. My hands are extremely dry, and I go through hand creams quickly. It will take me a while to get to this, because I have others I need to use first.
The 1.69oz Davines OI Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion is worth $18.59. Other than the sea salt spray from this line, I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve tried. I have high expectations for this oil, and my hair is extremely frizzy. All oils have their work cut out for them when it comes to my hair.
The 0.23oz Laura Geller New York Baked Color True Blush in Maui is full-sized. It retails for $28. These are long-lasting blushes even on my dry cheeks. I am grateful that this is in a color I do not already own, because I will happily use this. This is a beautiful pink. Once I wear this, I will edit in pictures and a review.
I really like this mascara. It’s the best one I’ve used in a long time. My lashes look longer and more defined. There is no clumping.
The 0.1oz Mally Beauty Eye-Amplifying Shadow Liner Chestnut is full-sized. It retails for $20. Cream shadows usually crease on my very oily eyelids, so I never buy them. I love trying them though in hopes that I can eventually find one that works for me. This is a beautiful brown, and the color will make a lovely shadow or liner. Once I wear this, I will edit in pictures and a review.
The 1.7oz Darphin INTRAL Toner is worth $5.40. I’ve heard great things about this toner, so I really want to try this. It is certainly possible I will try this soon. Although I have toners in my stash that have waited longer, none are any I’ve wanted to try as much as this one.
The 0.16oz Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer Hi-Speed Sonnet is full-sized. It retails for $22. I’ve heard great things about this gloss, so I really want to try it. This swatch felt very sticky when I swatched it, and I hate sticky glosses. I like the color, which is a bright pink that falls short of hot pink. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The 0.5oz Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is worth $5.30. This is another item I’ve wanted to try for a very long time. It will be hard to resist opening this until after I’ve finished multiples of similar products I have open.
The Umbra Prisma Tray retails for $15. I thought this was beautiful, but I love the size. It is bigger than I expected. Everything from this set easily fits inside with room for more products. This will look nice on my vanity (when I get one).
I also purchased a St. Tropez Tan Application Mitt. Although I have not used self tanners often, I prefer this mitt to the ones I’ve purchased at Ulta. It is only slightly more expensive than the Ulta branded ones, so I only buy the Ulta ones when they’re on sale. When I use this mitt, the product does not bleed through to my fingers, and this gives me an even application. The main reason I ordered this is it was the cheapest item I will actually use that got me over the amount of points I had and allowed me to maximize my 20% off code.
The items I received in my Birchbox Man Mystery Sample Pack were a 0.8oz Baxter of California Clay Mask ($4) and a 0.5oz Baxter of California Daily Face Wash ($0.90). Getting a sample pack with a value under $5 is not common for women, but men’s items are a lot cheaper. That makes their sample packs worth a lot less, but it is not so bad considering they get to purchase full-size items for a lot less. My husband will actually use both of these samples, because he started a masking journey with me less than a month ago. Prior to that, he always gave me any mask samples he received.
The box retails for $64 and has a value of $148.14. That is lower than the $188 Birchbox quote, so I double checked my values. I stand by my valuation, so I am unsure where Birchbox got its number. My personal value is $128.43, because I will not keep the mascara or the perfume. Those are both items I’ve received multiple times, and I do not need backups. Considering I paid $2.40 and received $159.54 of value, I am happy. Birchbox constantly releases limited edition boxes worth picking up. This one is still in stock, and I do recommend it. There are some current offers available, but I suggest waiting for customer appreciation day on September 15th. There will probably be some special sales, and it is possible they will include this box. Let’s just hope the box stays in stock long enough for you to get one.
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