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Birchbox gives at least 5 deluxe beauty samples each month for $10. Some boxes have more than 5, but anything over 5 is usually a foil. Boxes get customized to your beauty profile, and you can opt out of one type of sample per box during sample choice. All boxes are a mixture of haircare, makeup, and skincare. There are times when body care items pop up, and you can select an option to receive no more than 6 fragrance vials a year in your profile. You could get a box with 2 haircare items, 2 makeup items, and 1 skincare item or any similar variety, but you will rarely see more than 2 items from any category unless the third is a foil. If you are looking for a box that is mostly makeup or mostly skincare, this is not it. Those looking for a well-rounded sample box may enjoy this subscription.
The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and on the 1st in succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 8th through the 12th. At the end of every month (actual date varies), Birchbox will email an option to select a sample (from a choice of 3-5 items), or the featured box where you know all samples up front. Those who respond to that email can also opt out of one type of sample. If you want a sample choice and the featured box, read this article. Subscribers can review 5 samples for 10 points each once during the lifetime of the account. Those who pay subscriptions up front get points to use toward shop purchases. Anyone with a month-to-month plan does not get points for the subscription, but the amount spent will go toward the $300 annual minimum to achieve Aces status.
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month.
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 finally. spring. Someone forgot to tell the weather than spring is almost here.
Last month was the first time where we got to skip a product type. If that was an option this month, I completely missed it. In April, I will make sure I check. I really like that addition to the box and think it makes this subscription even better (if it is permanent). Sample selection this month was a little harder. There were 2 items I did not already own and would not have minded either. Passing on a chance to get an Oribe product is not something I do often, but I do not blow dry my hair that much. The three items to choose from were: Winky Lux Glazed Lips Donut Lip Gloss, Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream, or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. The featured box, Breaking Ground, includes: ModelCo Luxècreme Long Wear Lipstick in Sienna, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (24-Hour Miracle Cream), Smashbox Cosmetics Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye, and Bumble and bumble. Thickening Spray Pre-Styler. Subscribers can always purchase a featured box separately for $10 if they want that and a sample choice. Everyone else can purchase a featured box for $15.
The Box I ended up with is 53007755, which includes my sample choice. It has two hair, two makeup, and one skincare product. That is somewhat standard. While I think shampoo and conditioner are a set (and should count as one sample), these are large bottles. I can see why Birchbox counts each as one sample.
Contents are loose inside the box with a single piece of black foam at the bottom. As you can imagine, fragile samples move around too much inside the box and are subject to breaking.
The 3oz ApotheCARE Essentials™ The Booster Conditioner is worth $3.25. This conditioner claims to moisturize without weighing hair down. I have fine, dry hair so I hope it works.
The 3oz ApotheCARE Essentials™ The Booster Shampoo is worth $3.25. This shampoo claims to cleanse hair without stripping it and build volume. If this works, I can see why I received this based on my beauty profile.
The 0.05oz Winky Lux Glazed Lips Donut Lip Gloss is worth $10.71. I almost purchased something from this line when it launched at Ulta. This is the first product from this brand I’ve ever received. When I get a chance to try new brands, I enjoy that.
This swatch gives me serious mermaid vibes, because the glitter inside this pearl gloss is holographic. I love watching the colors sparkle as I move. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The 0.24oz Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer is worth $2.76. I’ve sampled this from Birchbox before and thought receiving it again was a mistake. Birchbox does not usually repeat random samples (does not apply to items received in a featured box or sample choice). After checking my history, I confirmed this arrived in my second and third subscription back when I had three. It never came in my first, original subscription. Now, it has. This is a really nice moisturizer. My skin drinks it up and feels very moisturized when I use it.
The full-size 0.03oz Love of Color Liquid Shimmer Shadow in Stardust retails for $10. This is a Birchbox owned line, but it is the first time I received this specific product. As such, it is new to me.
I love the champagne shade, and the swatch was smooth. This has over 1500 reviews and most of them are positive. My expectations are high. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures and a review.
This box has a $29.97 value. That brings the value of the average box for 2018 to $32.01. My personal value is also $29.97, because I will keep everything in this box. Everything is new to me, except the Air Repair moisturizer. I love that enough to keep it for myself instead of paying it on. This is not my favorite box, but it is easily worth the $10 I paid. As four of the items are new to me, I could always discover something I love once I try them. Trying new items I would not have otherwise is the number one reason I love subscription boxes.
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. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. Product reviews do not always make it into the haul article, but you can always type the product into the search bar to see if I’ve mentioned it or reviewed it elsewhere. See other Birchbox Subscription articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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