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Birchbox October 2018 Subscription Box Review

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.

The back of the card goes over the theme, turn over a new leaf, which is a cute pun to say hello to fall.

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 three items to choose from were: the Winky Lux Strobing Balm Cream Highlighter Radiant Pink(MALIN+GOETZ) vitamin e face moisturizer, and the Davines MELU Hair Shield. I did not own any of these (owned the moisturizer in the past but gave it away before trying it), but I selected the one I wanted most. Those who selected the featured box got all five of these samples: Laura Geller Nude Kisses Lip Hugging Lip Gloss Blushing ShimmerR+Co ACID WASH ACV Cleansing RinseDr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ CreamSand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment, and ittsē Pearly Eyeshadow Metamorphosis. Subscribers can always purchase this curated 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 59436672. It has two hair products (one is a bonus), three skincare items, and one makeup products. Getting three of one product is exceptionally rare. One is a cleanser, one is a serum, and one is a moisturizer, so they are all different skincare items.

The 0.5oz (MALIN+GOETZ) vitamin e face moisturizer is worth $6.25. I have given this away so many times, but it keeps making its way back to me. This is a sign that I should finally keep and try this. It claims it is lightweight, which is the main reason I usually give it away. A lightweight moisturizer in the summer is cool though, so I will try it then (as long as I have not given it away).

The 0.67oz amika The Kure Repair Shampoo is worth $1.47. This claims to hydrate hair and reverse the damage dry hair causes. I wish the sample was bigger, because I can only use this about twice.

The 0.5oz amika The Kure Repair Conditioner is a foil. I do not assign value to foils (unless they are sold in that form). It is funny that the foil is almost as big as the deluxe sample though. This is enough for at least one full use and one partial use. Birchbox never counts a foil like this a sample, so this is a bonus.

The 1.5oz Murad® Clarifying Cleanser is worth $6.67. I do get acne, so I like the idea of a salicylic acid acne treatment. These types of washes usually dry out my skin though. It is hard to say whether I will keep this or not. If someone with oily and acne prone skin grabs it from my collection before I do, I may not try this. My sister ended up taking the moisturizer that pairs well with this that I got in my Spring FabFitFun. After complaining constantly that the moisturizer samples I’ve given her are too small, I gave her a full-size. In a couple of short months, she was asking for more. She must lather the facial moisturizer all over her body!

The 0.14oz Air Repair Protect + Prevent Hydrating Face Serum is worth $3.64. I am conflicted on what to do with this. It arrived open and leaked a lot of product. That means it is technically not new anymore, so I cannot gift it. There are also so many serums in my collection I need to use before this. Once a product is open, the expiration countdown starts though, so I may need to move this up in my rotation. For those thinking I could call Birchbox and get a replacement, you’re right. I probably could, but I am not going to. A hydrating face serum does sound like a nice thing to try with winter just around the corner.

The 0.05oz Winky Lux Strobing Balm Cream Highlighter Radiant Pink is worth $7.27. This was my sample choice, because I want to try more items from this brand. Besides, I can never have too many highlighters. My dry skin really likes to glow, but it needs a lot of help to get there.

From the swatch, I see it is very close to my skin tone. I will see how much I can layer it to build it or if I prefer it just for the wet look.

This box has a $25.30 value. I wish I would have taken a screenshot, because I saw an ad that says the average October Birchbox was worth over $30 (think it was actually over $32). Considering mine came in a bit lower than average, there are either some incredible boxes this month or the average estimate is high. My value would have gone up slightly if I calculated the foil, but it would have been nowhere near my $7 shortfall. I was thinking my box was okay, before I noticed that it has way less value than the average Birchbox this month. That brings the value of the average box for 2018 to $29.65. My personal value is also $25.30, because I will probably keep everything in it. As I mention above, some products that wait for use in my collection might get grabbed by others in the future. It is too early to say what I will actually try and what my loved ones will take. All of these products are new to me. Unless there is something I love inside, I prefer boxes with all new products. Getting a product I like and using it over something new I might love is not something I want to do.

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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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