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 full-price for their subscriptions up front get points to use toward shop purchases. People who use a discount code on up front subscriptions will not get points. No one on a month-to-month plan gets points for the subscription either. The amount spent for the subscription goes toward the $300 annual minimum to achieve Aces status.
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month.
The first thing you normally 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. My card was missing this month. That rarely happens. On the back of the (missing) card, it goes over the box theme. I am unsure what the box theme is this month. My guess is something regarding summer.
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.
In February, we were able to skip product type. It was the first time it ever happened, and I have not seen the option since. I made a point of triple checking the email and selection screen. It makes me wonder if February really was the only month it ever happened. Birchbox should bring that option back. If it does, I will skip perfume most months. The three items to choose from were: philosophy Purity Made Simple Moisturizer, Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle, and Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara. Those who selected the featured box got all five of these samples: Beautyblender® original limited edition beauty queen, Davines SU Hair & Body Wash, R+Co WATERFALL Moisture + Shine Lotion, Red Earth DEEP DIVE Water Cream, and Beautaniq Beauty Glow Serum. 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 55628128, which is the featured box. It has one hair product, one hair/body hybrid, one skincare item, one makeup product, and one beauty tool sample.
The sample beautyblender® original limited edition beauty queen is very small. I’m really not even sure how to value this. It is easily 7-8x smaller than a really beautyblender. It is about the size of a beautyblender mini but this one is flat where that one is still rounded. This is the main reason I got this box. My plan was to gift this to someone who has never tried a beautyblender. Now that I see how small it is, I don’t think someone should use this as his/her first experience with a beautyblender. Since this is about 1/3 as thick as a mini, I will value this at $3.
The 2.5oz Davines SU Hair & Body Wash is worth $7.10. This is a sample I’ve tried and loved in the past. Getting another one is cool and part of the reason I selected the featured box. I do prefer it on my hair, but it works nicely on my body as well. Usually, I dislike multi-use products. It lathers very well on hair and body, rinses with the squeaky clean feeling I love, and smells incredible.
The R+Co WATERFALL Moisture + Shine Lotion is worth $2.90. I have not tried this particular smoothing lotion, but I find these cream products are usually more foolproof than oil based ones. My hair is frizzy so this is a step I always take with wet hair.
The Red Earth DEEP DIVE Water Cream is worth $3.47. It was not that long ago when I would not even try a gel-based moisturizer for my skin. They’ve really come a long way and can provide enough moisture without feeling heavy. That is really nice in warm weather. Hopefully, this one works for the summer.
The Beautaniq Beauty Glow Serum is worth $6.90. I already own this in Sunrise. There is no shade label on the container, but the link from my Birchbox account leads into Morning Dew. It is a beautiful lilac shade.
If you wanted to wear this as a highlighter, you could forego completely blending it in.
You could wear this all over if you blend it all the way in, but it has a lot of glitter in it. Indoors, the glitter looks subtle. Outdoors, you may look like a Twilight vampire if you catch the sun just right.
This box has a $23.37 value. That brings the value of the average box for 2018 to $29.61. My personal value is also $23.37, because I will probably keep everything in it. If I do end up gifting the beautyblender as originally planned, my personal value will be $20.37. I went into this box mostly knowing what I was getting (the beauty of selecting the featured box) so I have no regrets. It would have been nice if the beautyblender was a little bigger or at least not flat. By making it small and flat, I think it will not have much purpose.
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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.