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I know my last article was also a Birchbox limited edition box, and I was planning on putting up some different articles before posting this one. Then, I saw an ad for a discount on limited edition boxes on Facebook. That thwarted my plan to post this later, because I want the review to go up before the boxes possibly sell out. This is also my chance to tell those who’ve been waiting for a discount on these boxes that 30% off is the best I’ve seen in a while. That is a better discount than I received on the box. Of course, Aces could wait to see if this pops up in the 40% category later. It might, but this is arguably the best of all the available Women’s boxes. Birchbox priced it the highest so it looks like they agree. Yes, I purchased all of them, because I have a hard time passing up these limited edition boxes. See reviews for A Toast to the Host, Meet the Latest and Greatest, and Sweet Beauty Treats. I really did enjoy all four of them and have no regrets on purchasing any of them.
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.
I received the same offer in an email from Birchbox the next day, 02/27/18. It says the 30% off ends 03/01/18.
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: Time to Dazzle retails for $66.
While the value is inside this box, it has been available for months. This has a great mix of products. It has 9 full-sized products (if you count each of the three brushes separately) and 3 deluxe items.
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 Showstopper. A dark lipstick, red nail polish, dangling earrings, and a hair tool for fancy hair fit the theme nicely. While the others do not seem like the best fit at first, they make sense.
The full-size 5oz Living proof.® STYLE|LAB® Prime Style Extender retails for $20. I’ve been impressed with all the Living Proof items I’ve tried so far, and this one is new to me. As someone with dry hair and scalp that gets oily to compensate for that, I like the idea of extending time between washes. If this works, that would be great. Currently, I can only skip one day between washes as long as I use dry shampoo on Day 2 or wear my hair up. When I try this, I will see if I can go an extra day without washing my hair.
The full-size 0.09oz Smith & Cult Book of Eyes Eye Quad Palette in Noonsuite retails for $44.
I feel like Birchbox puts something from Smith & Cult in almost every single limited edition box. It is nice to see something other than the sticky lip gloss from this line.
The swatches were actually really nice. Each swatch is only one swipe in the product. To clean up the lines, I did smooth out product with what was left on my finger. They look pigmented and blendable, but it is hard to say for sure until I try this on my eyes. Once I do, I will edit in a picture and review.
The full-size beautyblender® original retails for $20. I am writing an article on different beauty sponges (hope to have it up in a couple of months) so I have purchased a lot. This is still my favorite, but I am hoping I can find something cheaper than works better. Until I find something comparable, I am always happy to receive these in kits. It is something I know I can always use.
The full-size 0.4oz Oribe The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish in The Red retails for $32. I love everything about this polish from the way it looks to the color to the way it performs. After purchasing the $50 (thankfully I got it during the Rouge sale for $40) Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin, I told myself I would not purchase any more expensive nail polishes. Sure, that red was beautiful, and the design is striking. That polish chips like crazy though. It is way too expensive to chip almost as soon as you put it in.
This red shade is different from that classic red, but I still really love it. With one coat (and this polish is opaque in one coat), it actually looks like the Christian Louboutin. When you add a second coat, it gets a little deeper. Compare this to my other red polishes.
I took this with me to the nail salon on 02/13/18. On the 23rd, so over 10 days later, it still looked pretty nice on my hands. Other than a few small chips at the tips and a noticeable gap at the base where the nail grew, they looked decent. My niece liked it so much that she wanted me to paint her nails with it. Even though I do not have any base or top coats where I am, I painted her nails with her Mom’s permission. They looked great. She came over today (3 days later) and there is a lot of chipping. Considering she is not even 3, I did not lock it in, she smudged the nails before they dried, and I only did one coat, I would not expect anything less. I’ve also noticed her picking at the polish, which is something I do as the polish starts to chip badly. Now, that this polish has been on my nails for almost 2 full weeks, I do have major chipping. Look at my fingers holding the Stila for proof. This is a really long-lasting polish when applied properly. It impresses me a lot and is definitely worth the $32 price. The pictures above are from day 5. My toes still look great though, but that is normal. I can usually wear polish on my toes for weeks without chipping or getting regrowth.
The 0.27oz Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment is worth $28.35. I’ve used smaller samples of this in the past and have not noticed much difference. This is so highly rated that I am happy to try it again with a bigger sample to see what the big deal is. As it is an expensive serum, I am glad I have not fallen in love with it (yet).
The 0.05oz Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick in Aria is worth $11. I am not a fan of liquid lipsticks, but I have purchased some lately to find some I might like. A liquid lipstick comparison article is coming in a few months. This is not one of my favorite formulas, because I find it too drying. Aria is a color I did not already own though so I am keeping it.
The magenta plum shade is beautiful. My lips are not very pigmented, but it still looks darker on my lips than it does in the tube or even the swatch. I love the color. This formula definitely dries down so it is not moisturizing. That is the main reason I am not a fan of liquid lipsticks. Every part of my body craves moisture. Once it dries, I can barely feel it on my lips. Stila either reformulated or this color is not as drying as others I’ve tried. Despite wearing it alone, my lips were not desperate for moisture. It surprised me how fast this faded given the dry down, and it does not fade evenly. It was cracking and awkward looking within a few hours. Bullet lipstick almost always winds up on my chin (probably from eating), but this liquid lipstick also transferred there. Like most liquid lipstick, it accentuates dry patches and highlights lip lines. I did not hate it, but I did not love it. Indifference it is.
The 0.5oz Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer sells in this size for $16. It is one of the rare products that is cheaper per ounce in the travel size than it is in the full-size. You will not see it in my picture, because I gave it away before photographing it. I know that makes me a bad blogger, but I did receive it. This primer gives my skin a rash so I like to give it to someone who can comfortably use it.
The full-size Clip-on nOir™ Jewelry Tassel Earrings are not for sale on Birchbox or the nOir™ site so it is hard to value these earrings. I found a dangling pair that looks nothing like these for $35 (retail). These are clip-ons so they are probably slightly cheaper. My guess is they are around $25 in value. Again that is a total guess. As someone who does not wear jewelry often, the holes in my ears occasionally close. If I ever need a pair and my holes have closed yet again, I actually like that these are clip-ons. Most adult women have pierced ears so I cannot see clip-ons as a huge draw. Heavy clip-ons have a hard time actually staying on, and these are a little heavy. The design is pretty so I hope I do not lose them (when they inevitably fall off due to their weight).
The Birchbox Brush Set includes 3 Makeup Brushes, an Angled Liner, Shader, and Blender. Birchbox has never sold these separately so it is really hard to place a value on them. I got a free 3-piece gold set with a $35 purchase (never did a review on that purchase so I cannot link the article). That makes me think these brushes are worth $35 or less. They are nice looking and feel great on the back of my hand. As I have not used them yet, I cannot offer a review. My guess for value on these brushes is $25. Again, that is a total guess.
The full-size The Beachwaver Co. The WRAP UP® retails for $9.99. I really like these type of products when I want my hair to look nice, but they take a long time to apply in the hair. Unless you have a real talent for hairstyles (which I do not), getting this to look great on the first or even the second try is just not happening. While this can place hair up a few different ways, it does work for a bun (my preferred method of putting my hair up).
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 HOT CLOTH, which gave me a free 1.6oz Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and cloth with a $50 purchase. I really like the cleanser, but I have not had to purchase any yet thanks to samples. The cloths are something I did purchase, because I wanted the full-size. You usually get a sample size cloth with the deluxe samples. Surprisingly, this promo had a larger sample than usual and a full-size cloth. I also got 25% off, because I ordered this on Black Friday. Aces automatically got a 25% discount on purchases over $30. That discount combined with a promo code, because it did not need a promo code to redeem it.
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. That obviously makes no difference on a larger order, but if you are spending $40 and add a $10 sample pack, you can use a promo code for a $50 purchase even though the $10 for the sample pack drops off. I did not make a note of what the samples I received with this order were. It has been a long time since I received over $10 in value on the sample pack so I know it fell under that. This is yet another reminder not to buy those. Unless you are spending $35 or more, do not add that sample pack to your cart. It will charge $10 to anyone whose subtotal is under $35.
Here is a look at the color items together (minus the polish pictured separately above). The lipstick is definitely dark (which it does not look in the tube). At first, I wondered why it included such a neutral eyeshadow palette for Time to Dazzle. By dazzling, I think of bold. Then, I realized the most dazzling looks are usually created with neutral shadows. They pair with anything so the lip or the outfit can do all the dazzling. I get it.
The box retails for $66, and it has a $231.34 value. That is under the $240 Birchbox estimate, but I did make total guesses on two of the items. My guesses were likely off. My personal value is $215.34, because I did not keep the Smashbox primer. I am happy to try everything else for one reason or another. This is a well-rounded box with beauty products for skincare, haircare, nails, ears, makeup tools, and makeup. While that is great for someone like me who loves to experiment with so many things, I can see people who like more targeted boxes getting turned off by this one. If someone hates hair and nail products (as I see a lot of complaints on in the regular boxes), I think they’d skip this box. To me, this box was a great deal and probably the best of the 4 that are available now. Considering I love all 4 of them, I think that is a high compliment to this box.
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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