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Replacement September 2016 Birchbox Subscription Box Review

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Birchbox gives at least 5 beauty samples each month for $10, which is half the cost of the Men’s Box. Boxes get customized to your beauty profile to a degree, but you cannot opt out of any type of sample. There is an option to select a sample (from a choice of 3-5 items) or the featured box where you know all 5-7 samples up front. Subscribers can review 5 samples for 10 points each once during the lifetime of the account. Unless you pay a year up front, you do not get any points for the cost of your subscription. That means there is no rewards program whatsoever for month-to-month plans after five reviews. With no rewards, the boxes have to speak for themselves in value. The samples will always go over $10 in value, but will the value you get from them equal $10!

The lip gloss in my original September Birchbox exploded in transit. I emailed Birchbox asking if they could send a replacement gloss and box (I collect the boxes). In the email, I made it clear I cleaned up the other four items. This box got water-logged when I tried to remove the gloss stains. Birchbox ended up sending me a different box, because my original one was no longer available. Only one item is the same from the original box, which I loved, but I think this looks like an amazing box as well. I still have not sharpened the original gloss pencil to see if there is any gloss deep in the pencil, but the other four items from the box are completely usable.


Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month, and I really like this one. It reminds me of confetti, which is perfect for a celebration. This month marks a sixth anniversary for Birchbox, so it has reason to celebrate. Happy Birthday, Birchbox.


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.


The back of the card usually goes over the box theme, which is Time Saving Products. I did not photograph the back of the card again, because it says the same thing. The card that came in this box does not have the lip gloss stains coming through it.


This month, the sample choice was between three Milk Makeup products: Lip + Cheek, Highlighter, or Ubame Mascara. There was also a featured box, Time Savers, includes: Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara, Supergoop!® Shine-On Lip Screen SPF 50, Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+, amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, and Vasanti® BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator.


The 2.5oz Unwash® Bio-Cleansing Conditioner is worth $6.67. I am actually a really big fan of most of the cleansing conditioners I’ve tried, and I like to use a cleansing conditioner in my hair at least once a week. Cleansing conditioners usually take a lot of work and scrubbing to get hair clean, so I usually do not have the energy to use them every wash. Plus, I have to use a clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner at least once a week, too. In other words, there is always room in my haircare routine for all types of cleansing products.


The 0.09oz LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Purple Reign is full-sized. It retails for $12. I loved the LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick I sampled in the past. My expectations for this gloss pencil were high based on that experience. Arriving intact already gives this an edge over Birthday Suit. Purple is one of my favorite lip colors, so the shade change was probably an improvement for me. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.


The 0.33oz Bioderma® Sensibio H2O is a foil. It is a large foil, but it is a foil nonetheless. Although I like the chance to sample items, foils or not, I never place value on foils. A different Bioderma foil came in my original box, and I was not thrilled that it as one of only five samples. Traditional foils are bonuses over five deluxe items. Someone said Birchbox does not consider this a foil, because it has a hard front. Getting it in this box does not disappoint me as much, because the only item I needed replaced was the gloss. All the other items are like bonus freebies. I’ve wanted to try Bioderma for a long time, and it did not occur to me until after I finally received a sample in the last box that there are three kinds. Now, I have no clue which one people rave about or if they really rave about all three. Pretty soon, I will at least know which of the two I received this month are better (assuming I do not save these for travel).


The 0.1oz Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Perk (coral) is worth $2.40. There is a weird circle shape in this product that is slightly lighter. This is a relatively new brand, so I doubt this is an expired product. When I saw the video for the sample choices, I had a hard time deciding between this and the highlighter. They both looked awesome, and I want to try as many products from this line as I can. I loved the marketing campaign to launch the brand. Then, I heard this has avocado in it, which I am allergic to. That is the main reason I went with the highlighter in the original box. It turns out the highlighter has avocado in it as well, and I did not react from the swatch. My niece recently told me she is happy to take any used makeup I do not want. If I try this and it gives me a rash, I still have someone who will use it. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.


The 0.41oz Oribe Côte d’Azur Replenishing Body Wash is a foil. I do not value foils, but I am always happy to see Oribe products. They are so expensive that I can never see myself buying them, but they feel like a treat when I use them. If I placed a value on this, it would probably be high given that 8.5oz of this retails for $42. That is almost $5 an ounce FOR SOAP! It is safe to say I will never purchase this even if I love it, but I cannot wait to try it.

The 0.41oz Oribe Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Crème is also a foil. This 5.9oz product retails for $65. That is over $11 an ounce for a body cream. I will save this for a special occasion, because I will never purchase a body cream that expensive even if I love it. These foils were the 6th and 7th items in the box, so they were bonus items. It would not be bad at all for someone who only received this box if the Bioderma was not a foil.

The 2oz Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse is worth $1.50. Some people do not like receiving two hair products in a single box, and it is not particularly usual, other than shampoo and conditioner or even a third bonus product to go with those. I do not mind at all. What I find funny about this is my original box also had two hair products. Given that this product is something I really want to try, I do not mind receiving it a second time. Everything about it seems wonderful for my hair, so I will keep the duplicate sample if it does everything it promises.

This box has a $22.57 value, which is $0.42 higher than my original box. My personal value is also $22.57, because I really want to try every single item in this box. None of these items are duplicates in my stash, except the Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse, which I only received for the first time in my original box. Birchbox handled replacing the gloss pencil, the amount I overpaid on “Customer Appreciation Day,” and October 2016 sample selection extremely well. It makes it hard for me to quit. The main draw of Birchbox to me was the points program, because I already have a ton of samples. At some point, I will reach a point where I finally decide I have enough and cancel.

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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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