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As predicted, Aces are getting 25% off any purchase over $30 for Cyber weekend. It is automatic, so do not forget to add a promo code with a GWP. You cannot combine discounts. I am sure a discount is around the corner for everyone else, and it will probably be 20% off.
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.
A notification for a new limited edition Birchbox went out to ACES today, so everyone else should receive the email later today or tomorrow. This is a Luxe Beauty Box. Birchbox releases a luxe box most years, but it almost always has a higher price tag. At $48, this one will probably go fast. It has three full size products, which easily cover the cost of the box. That makes the faux leather box it comes in and the five sample size products free as long as you want at least two of the full-size products. Every product in this box is either something I want to explore more or something I’ve never tried before.
Anyone who purchases it today, 11/12/18, can use code LUXEPILLOW for a free Birchbox Satin Pillowcase. Even though I predict these boxes will go fast, I know from experience there will be Black Friday and Cyber Monday codes that will almost certainly not exclude this box. Those wishing to save 20-25% (the offer varies) can wait until then to pick this up. My son loves my Silk Pillowcase I purchased from FabFitFun. Though this is hardly the same thing, I bet he won’t really notice. As such, this is the promo code I used.
The pillowcase is the standard size. This is not listed on the Birchbox site, so I cannot provide a link. It is 100% polyester and made in China. There are no care instructions on it either, which is why I cannot place it on a pillow yet (don’t want to ruin it until I research how to clean it). My guess is this is worth no more than a few dollars. If you can get this box for 20-25% off, I think that is a better deal than the pillowcase. No worries if you happen upon this article after the pillowcase is gone.
There is a sham that tucks inside. That means one side of the pillow hangs loose as a pillowcase without a sham would. The material feels all right, but it is not as smooth as my Silk Pillowcase. That is 100% silk, and this is 100% (satin) polyester, so I am not surprised.
Everything comes inside the box on top of white, crinkle cut paper. That helps cushion everything in transit. My items all arrived intact.
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. Only three (four if you count the keepsake box) of the items in this box are full-sized.
The back of the card goes over the box theme, which is Little Luxuries. It mentions this box is full of hand-picked prestige products to upgrade my beauty routine. Some of the items are definitely luxe. Others I would argue are just high-end, but I guess they are luxe compared to other brands at Birchbox.
The full-size 2.029oz Wander Beauty Extended Stay Hydrating Mask retails for $38. This is a product I’ve never tried before, but I love trying hydrating masks. It claims to moisturize and nourish dry or stressed-out skin as it plumps and replenishes. Unless it is amazing, I cannot see myself repurchasing it. It is just under $19 an ounce, which is pricey. Trying expensive things like this will usually only happen in a kit or if I get it as a sample.
The full-size 0.33oz Smith & Cult Illumify Shimmering Highlight in Starlings retails for $36. This is a brand that makes frequent appearances in limited edition boxes, but I have never been swayed to purchase anything. While the packaging is always beautiful and this product is no exception, I have not really fallen in love with anything yet. I go into every product with an open mind, and I have never tried a cream highlighter from the brand. My dry skin really likes cream products, especially in the winter. It promises a natural, lit-from-within glow, which is what I want when I am doing a no-makeup look.
The swatch is very close to my skin tone, but I think it should give the natural appearance it promises. I think this would looks better on someone slightly darker for contrast, and it might be a little too dark as a highlighter on anyone too much lighter. Until I use it, I will withhold my final opinion. For now, I can say it was not a smooth swatch, so I wonder how well this will blend into the skin. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The 1.7oz Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer is worth $10.66. I used to think Oribe was the luxury hair brand I would always revel in receiving samples but never purchase anything from. Then, I fell in love with the dry shampoo. Considering how few texturizing sprays I like (texture is typically not my thing), I actually enjoy the one from this brand. So, I have finally purchased some items from Oribe. That said, I still love getting samples. In the back of my mind, I always hope I will not fall in love with the product I am about to try though. This promises to detangle strands, seal in moisture, and protect against heat damage. My guess is that it will be yet another wonderful product. If there are any duds in this line, and I am sure there are, I have not found them yet.
The 0.27oz Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment is worth $28.35. It promises to exfoliate dead skin cells, plump fine lines, and boost glow. I definitely notice the exfoliation and the glow. When it comes to plumping fine lines, I am not really sure I noticed a difference. That said, I have never tried a large enough sample of this. Serums really need at least 30 days to properly review. Every time I receive one of these, I intend to try it again and give it enough time to make my full and final review. Then, I give the sample away before I do. Since I knew I was getting another 0.27oz sample in this box, I gave my last 0.27oz sample to my recent giveaway winner. Hopefully, she loves it. I hope I love this, too, assuming I do not give this one away. Even if I don’t love it, a sample this size will help me know how I feel.
The 0.7oz EVE LOM Cleanser retails in this size for $24. You get a free muslin cloth with every cleanser you purchase, and I like that Birchbox included the cloth from this box. It astounds me what this little set sells for, but I know the Muslin cloth alone is worth $7.33. Years ago, I accidentally threw away my only EVE LOM Muslin cloth. That one was a lot smaller, and I only used it twice before I forgot I was using a muslin cloth and not a makeup wipe and tossed it in the garbage. Even after two uses, I knew I prefer that one to the Liz Earle ones, which I fell in love with later. They are almost as nice and cheaper, so the deal shopper in me cannot pay the EVE LOM price. Getting the EVE LOM Muslin cloth in the full-size, which is slightly larger than a standard wash cloth is amazing. This cleanses so much better than a standard wash cloth. They feel much more gentle, but they still exfoliate. They are so gentle, you may forget you are not using a disposable one.
Now, that I dedicated a paragraph to the muslin cloth, I will mention that I am happy to get a sample of the cleanser as well. I have not tried this product yet, but I do remember enjoying the product from this brand I tried years ago (despite not remembering the name). Too bad I was not blogging then or I would have a record in my empties. Cleansing oils and balms are my favorite way to remove makeup, so I really want to try this balm-to-oil cleanser that claims to melt away makeup, clear pores, and moisturize skin with plant oils.
The full-size 0.14oz Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Liquid Lipstick Molten Metals in White Gold retails for $30. I usually do not wear anything for the first time until I have full makeup on and am ready to go out. With this, I had to put it on while writing the review. According to the description, it is a liquid lipstick infused with multidimensional pearls for a luminous, plumped-up look.
When I swatched it, I thought it felt like a thick, opaque gloss. While it would not be the first time a gloss posed as a liquid lipstick, I know it may take a while before I wear and review this. I had to know what it was, so I could tell you. It is definitely a gloss disguised as a liquid lipstick. Like a gloss, this never dries down, and it is sticky. I am not a fan of sticky lip gloss, although I understand that makes it last longer. Every time I purse my lips, it removes color from a part of my lips and deposits it to another part. That results in a patchy within minutes look no matter how even you get it upon application. The white gold color is not as stark as I thought it would look either. If this was not so patchy, I could see myself occasionally wearing it on its own. Because of how patchy it gets, I will only wear it over lipstick.
Of course, I will edit in a picture and updated review once I wear this out for the first time.
The 2.7oz Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts is worth $17.18. This is a unique shampoo that starts as a paste, but transforms into a foamy lather that washes away build-up and thickens hair. Everything about this sounds like something I want to try. I’ve been excited to try this since I saw the November spoilers for the Sephora Play Box. Not only did I not get this in the November Play Box, but that was the worst box I’ve received all year. Getting it in this limited edition box lifts my spirits. Had I received this in the Play Box, it would have been in a micro size Sephora gives in those boxes anyway.
The 0.045oz BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder is worth $1.29. This powder promises to prevent shine, blur pores, and set makeup. It has hyaluronic acid, which is rare for powder. As someone with dry skin who loves hyaluronic acid, I’ve wanted to try this for as long as I remember. There were a couple of near misses where I almost got my hands on a sample, but they did not pan out in the end. I read some bad reviews that kept me from plopping down the $60 for the full-size. In the back of my mind, I knew I would eventually get a sample and find a way to try this for less than $60. Given that the full-size is a tick over 2oz, I this sample size disappoints me. This size reminds me of a Sephora Play sample. Nevertheless, this is at least big enough for a few uses. By the time I finish this, I will know if I can invest the $60 with confidence or if it is a pass from me.
What I love the most about this box is the actual box. If Birchbox sold this separately, I would link it. This is not the typical cardboard box most limited edition Birchboxes come in. Not that I mind those at all, because they are great to place gifts inside. It is the Birchbox Verge Faux Leather Box. My guess is this is a thick cardboard wrapped in faux leather on the outside and felt on the inside. I will definitely keep this box for myself.
It is about the size of a shoebox. I could probably place a pair of my sandals inside, because tennis shoes would be too wide and heels would be too tall to close the box. This is a theory I will not test, because I do not have any new shoes and am not scuffing up my box with dirty shoes. Whatever I ultimately store in this box will have a nice home. Birchbox claims this box has a $223 value. If I deduct the price of the things I can calculate from the $223 value, this box is worth $37.52.
The only two color items in this box have a gold theme, which gives me Christmas vibes. Between the gold colors and the trinket box, this would make a good holiday gift. Here’s hoping there are some boxes left when you are ready to order.
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. Birchbox sells this for $10 for anyone spending less than $35. It has been a long time since the value was over $10 so I highly discourage anyone spending less than $35 to buy it. For the past two years, I mostly get one deluxe sample and one foil with every set. I received a 0.8oz Klorane Nourishing shampoo with Mango butter ($1.19), and a 0.3oz foil of the Klorane Nourishing conditioner with Mango butter ($0). My sample pack has a $1.19 value, which might be my lowest ever. Someone who places value on foils would get a slightly higher value. Since foils should always be free, I never value them. That does not mean I will not happily accept them.
The box retails for $48, and advertises $223 value. Unless I believe the box is really worth $37.52, which I do not, I think Birchbox has once again overvalued this set. Do not get me wrong. I love this box, and I recommend it. What I dislike is how Birchbox always seems to overestimate the advertised value on every box. There is probably a reason, and it cannot be as simple as the person who curates these things cannot add. What am I missing! When I value these things for Sephora or other places, I am always very close to the advertised value. Then again, maybe the box really is around $35 and they just rounded up slightly. It’s not like I’ve ever purchased a box like that separately. If I did, I can tell you I would not spend $37.52.
Since I cannot prove the box is not worth $37.52, I will use the advertised value. That is something I almost have to do when there is a product or two I cannot verify. If the value is really $223, my personal value is also $223, because I will keep everything in it. If I knew how sticky the lip product was, I never would have opened it. Now that I have tested it, I cannot give it to anyone else. At least now I know, so I will give away any others I receive from that line. I am sure I can still find a use for it, so it does not go to waste. This is the first box in a long time where I was really happy about every product coming. Every single one was something I knew I would try. If you feel the way I do, you should order this.
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