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Birchbox released a new limited edition box today. This box is included in the Valentine’s Day Shop offers that work with the discount code VD20 through 02/03/18. I was already going to pick it up, but I was thankfully distracted. When I went to purchase it this afternoon, I noticed Birchbox placed 50 surprise points for being an Ace in my account. For those looking to track 48-hour 50 point surprise offers, I’ve got you covered. An offer for all subscribers went out on 12/08/17. Offers for Aces went out on 12/31/16, 03/24/17, and 06/28/17. The offers appear to release randomly, but I will let you know if I ever notice any patterns. I take advantage of these points when possible, because there is no purchase minimum to redeem them. As an Ace, you also get free shipping on any purchase.
It says it is a 48-hour surprise. The official email did not come until the next morning, and it says this offer is valid through the 27th. That means those of us who were lucky enough to stumble on it before the announcement got more than 48 hours to redeem them. If you are an Ace and looking for something to spend your 50 points on, I suggest this box!
Limited Edition Boxes are my favorite items to purchase from Birchbox. These are a mixture of full and sample sized items that usually fit a specific box theme. All boxes have a value far greater than the cost so they are a great deal when the items you want to keep exceed the value of what you’re paying. Better boxes sell out quickly, but the ones that linger will occasionally pop up in the sale section for 30% off. Aces sometimes get 40% off on sale items. Predicting which ones will sell out is not always easy so I buy the ones I really want close to the release date. If you’re on the fence because of price, wait it out.
The Limited Edition: Sweet Beauty Treats released on 01/24/18 for Aces and 01/25/18 for everyone else.
Aces usually get early access, but I have never seen an item sell-out in early access. I ordered my box on the 24th. It retails for $46.
The contents are loose inside of a box with white crinkle cut paper.
A product card going over the items is inside, an important note for those planning to take select items before gifting the box to someone else. You could either omit the card or have no shame in admitting you took things. Unlike the cards that come inside the subscription boxes, the price to buy the full-size is not listed. Some of the items inside these boxes are already full-sized.
The back of the card goes over the box theme. This theme is Oh Sweet, which is a great title for the contents inside.
The 0.12oz (0.04oz x 3 shades) Laura Geller New York Iconic New York Collection Downtown Cool Eye Shadows is worth $10.50. This includes 3 full-size pans from the 12 pan palette. Although I feel Laura Geller is a brand that does cheek products better than eye products, I will give this a fair shot. None of her shadows have ever truly disappointed me, but I do not love them the way I love her blushes and highlighters.
The shades in this travel-size palette are: cream (matte) , gilded bronze (shimmer), and goddess (shimmer). They all swatched beautifully. I will edit in a picture and review once I wear this.
The full-size 0.32oz Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara retails for $24. I’ve seen ads about this mascara on Facebook that have piqued my interest, but I could not justify buying it when I have over 100 tubes of mascara. Getting it in this box was amazing. As soon as I test it, I will let you know if the ads were legit. Will it lengthen, curl, and add volume? We’ll see.
The 0.34oz Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette Rollerball retails for $20. Birchbox surprisingly sells the 1oz size for the same price so it is obvious which one I’d suggest getting to anyone else looking to purchase this. Every size they sell is $10 cheaper than you’d buy it for elsewhere so get this at Birchbox. Though this has notes of Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Licorice, Strawberry, Red Fruit, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood, and Powder, it smells almost like pure sugar. It is very aptly named. As you can guess by the price, the scent does not last long. At this price, you can probably afford to keep reapplying it though.
The full-size 0.12oz Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Lipstick Treatment retails for $24. This is one of the sheer pigment lipsticks from this line. They impart color, but they wear and feel like a lip balm. As someone with dry lips, this formula was the first colored balm I fell in love with. Since I did not already now this particular shade, it is a huge score for my collection.
I love the deep berry shade and thanks to the sheer formula, even darker shades can look somewhat subtle. They can be built a little, but this is not a traditional lipstick. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The 0.14oz Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder Mini retails for $15. This a cult-classic product that I already know and love. It is the original milk chocolate-colored bronzer that adds warmth without being too yellow or orange. Surprisingly, I do not have any pictures of me wearing this, but I will upload one as I wear it again. Even though I already own this, I am keeping it. These little boxes are adorable, and I can always use more Hoola.
The 1oz AERIN Rose Hand & Body Cream is worth $9.52. It is a medium density cream, but it is deeply moisturizing. Though the magnolia and peony flower scents are not overpowering, they are noticeable. Those who dislike floral scents will not like this. I am on the border of disliking the scent.
The 3.2oz sugarfina Sugar Lips® retail for $7.50. These are sugar-coated sweet and sour gummies in watermelon, berry, and bubble gum. I am not a fan of sweet and sour gummies, and my kids are not either. Despite that, I tried one. If you like that type of candy, I think you’d like these. Once the sour flavor fades, the gummy is sweet and delicious. Getting through the sour part to get to the sweet part is not something I want to do though.
The 4oz sugarfina Royal Roses retail for $7.50. These are rose gummies in strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and black current. I love all those flavors so I naturally love these. They have a high quality taste that is lacking in some cheaper gummies.
There is a The Bouqs Co. $40 Gift Card inside the box. This is actually a discount code, not a gift card. As such, it cannot be combined with another discount code (as you could if it was an actual gift card).
On the plus side, the $40 gets discounted before sales tax so those who are liable for sales tax will not have to pay it on the $40 discount (as they would if this was a real gift card). Thus, it is not a complete loss.
If you are considering this box for the $40 Bouqs coupon, there are some stipulations for redemption. The first, which is not a big deal, is you need an account to redeem a promo code. Make sure you create one or you will get an error message when entering your code.
You cannot select any Bouq from the site. There is a special link for Birchbox users with a $40 discount to purchase flowers. The 25 Crazy-in-love blooms pictured are the only options for this offer. If you add flowers from any other section of the site, your discount code will not work.
All bouquets in this section start at $60 so none of the $40 Bouqs from the main sire work with this coupon. No one can get a completely free Bouq.
Delivery is free unless you select a weekend date for arrival. A $12 vase gets added to each Bouq, but you can remove it. Sales tax will apply to certain orders. I selected Valentine’s Day for my Bouq delivery, and there was no extra charge. They use FedEx for shipping so it was no different from any other day for them.
Of the 25 possible Bouqs that accept this promotion, I selected All the Rage. Tulips are my favorite flower. Since this will be my first Valentine’s Day alone since 1996, I did not want a Bouq that screamed love. I went with the Original package for $60, which includes 18 tulips. With my $40 discount and $1.75 in sales tax, my grand total was $21.75. All Bouqs can get upgraded to the middle package, deluxe, or the top package, Grand. The price depends on the Bouq, but the deluxe for this one is $75 and the grand is $90. Each price increase gives an extra 18 tulips.
FedEx dropped off my box right before I left for Valentine’s dinner with my boys. They arrive in a very large flower box with a hole in the top for the flowers to breathe.
I wanted to take them out and photograph them while there was still some light, but they are fastened inside with a zip tie. As I did not have anything to cut them, I placed them inside the house (still in the box and left for dinner).
By the time I got home, there was no light. Thus, I apologize for the flash. The flowers are wrapped inside cardboard paper. They are extremely fresh and none of them have even remotely started blooming.
The directions say to cut all the stems, which hardened by the time they arrived, at an angle. Place the flowers along with the flower food, which looks like a parmesan cheese packet, inside a vase of water. If you did not pay for a vase (as I did not), you would just use one you already own.
By the morning, most of the flowers had bloomed. My florist gave me 20 flowers instead of the 18 I paid for. I always like when people underpromise and overdeliver.
As the flowers started to bloom and the leaves started to drop, I realized this is an extremely beautiful bouquet. The colors are vibrant and it looked a lot larger than I expected. I was actually surprised that it required such a large vase. This is the smallest one, too. If you order a medium or large bouq, you will need an extremely large vase.
There is no flower than can match the beauty of a tulip when it hits the sweet spot right before it fully opens. The shape is just so feminine and beautiful to me.
A full week after the flowers arrived, only one flower had started to die. One was almost completely open. The other 18 were still in the sweet spot. That was with no adjustments whatsoever. Had I adjusted the stems or moved anything around, it may have been even better. There is a beauty in ordering fresh-cut flowers directly from farms. They will last a lot longer than bouquets that have already started blooming from a florist. It does not hurt that the price to arrange the flowers is gone either. If the flowers are beautiful enough, they do not even need arranging to show that. Just put them in the vase and enjoy.
When I look at photos of everything swatched together, it is clear the theme for this box is a natural look.
Whenever you spend over $35, you can add a free 2-piece sample pack to your cart. This combines with any promo code, because you add it directly to your cart. Discount promo codes are on my Birchbox page, but you can always view the Bonus Shop for GWP promo offers. Promo codes cannot be combined. Choose the one you like best. For this order, I used TAKE15 to get 15% off a $35 purchase. The $10 for the sample pack gets deducted after the subtotal so the price of the sample pack gets factored into the purchase requirement for a promo code.
All limited edition boxes are 30% off using the code LIMITED. I saw this code on Facebook on 02/26/18. It does not say when it will end.
The items I received in my sample pack were a 0.34oz hey honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, and a 0.33oz foil of L’Oreal Mythic Oil Shampoo. I never place value on foils, although I sometimes like receiving them, because foils should never be sold. This mask is worth $6.40. Although this is the highest value sample pack I’ve received in a while, it is still less than the $10 Birchbox charges users who select this without going over $35. Never buy this sample pack, because it is too much of a gamble. It has been a long time since I’ve received one with a value over $10.
The box retails for $46, and it has a $118.02 value. Those who consider the value of the Bouqs coupon may give this a $158.02 value. Had it been a real gift card instead of a coupon, I would have factored it in. Based on the $170 value Birchbox assigns to this box, it is clear it adds the value. While I used and appreciated the coupon, coupons should never be sold. Thus, I disagree with factoring them into box value. My personal value is $118.02. Even though I may not keep sugarfina Sugar Lips®, I did open them. Once I try something, I cannot say it did not work for me and not include the value. It also limits who I can give them to. Unopened items are giftable to almost anyone. Opened items can only be given to close family and friends.
If you want to subscribe, remember to look at start-up offers. Look at discount offers and items available in the Bonus Shop when shopping the store. Remember to add your free two-piece sample pack when spending $35 from the Bonus Shop. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. See other Birchbox articles and Limited Edition Boxes. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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